27 July 2007
Hoping Christmas is late for once
I just watched the trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks, due out in December, and while the voices are blessedly correct IMDb credits them to Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., and wife Janice Karman, who've done them ever since 1972 I've got a very bad feeling about this.
Maybe it's because the Chipmunks, who originated on black and white television, are just not supposed to be three-dimensional; more likely, it's the coprophagia joke in that trailer. The real David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.) would never have countenanced such a thing.
Posted at 7:16 PM to Almost Yogurt
3-D CAN be hip, funny, even nostalgic (The Incredibles). Problem is, this 3-D affair isn't Pixar-esque, it's of the Dreamworks pop-sleaze school of schlocky pop fare.
What could have fixed it:
2) A Henson's Muppet treatment (retro characters deserve a retro solution)
3) Someone like Jerry Seinfeld to lend it a detached irony, intsead catering to a cliche-ridden script. (I could see Seinfeld screaming "Alvin!", and I could see me enjoying it a whole lot more.)
4) Most Seville music than the film will probably have (Witch Doctor, Alvin's Harmonica - and Almost Good, to start with. Guy was pretty prolific - did you know he wrote 'C'mon to my House, My House'?)
5) Brian Setzer Band as back-up. (Just a hunch.)
I did know that. (I have a few pre-Chipmunk Seville tracks, including the infamous "The Trouble with Harry" and a three-track stereo mix of "Witch Doctor.")