Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Director Tim Hill, best known for Garfield 2 and Muppets From Space, has signed on to direct an Alvin and the Chipmunks feature film! Now you may think this is good news, but it's not.

Word is Fox wants to do a live action film and use computer graphics to bring the Chipmunks to life. Why can't cartoon characters stay as cartoon characters?! This recent trend of making live action movies based on cartoons is becoming really discouraging. Scooby-Doo, Garfield, Underdog, Fat Albert and now this one. I really, really hope this movie doesn't get made but I'm not holding my breath.

One redeeming quality is that the script is written by Jon Vitti, a veteran writer for The Simpsons, King of the Hill and The Critic so I expect funny stuff!

Also, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., son of Chimpunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, and Janice Karman are producing the movie through Bagdasarian Productions who have handled the Chipmunks property since the death of Bagdasarian Sr. This means that the creators have an interest in this movie and maybe they will help it to not suck. We shall see.

Just for fun, here is a classic scene from the original Chipmunks movie, The Chipmunk Adventure:


coolshades said...

I completely agree with you...the Chipmunks need to stay animated.

They're probably adding the live action stuff because a lot of adults seem to think fully animated films are only for kids. I had one person tell me she doesn't watch animated films because she's not 8 years old anymore. To that I say: Your loss...

Chip Chief said...

live action chipmunks? what will they think of next?

Katie said...

If the script is good enough, we may be able to forgive the live-action-ness of it. I guess we'll have to see.