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The Chipmunks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Yorick, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I'm also impressed that Alvin actually earned that weekend adventure with Dave by doing his chores for a whole month like Dave said. If only Alvin did that regularly.

    There was some nice chemistry between him and Alvin in that episode.
     
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yesterday's episode with Alvin's phone addiction was really funny and rather realistic too. But what I really like is how they've made Brittany such a talented mimick, in that she can disguise her voice and fake accents really well.
     
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I know I've said before that one thing I've observed about ALVINNN is how relatively low-key and laid-back Dave seems, almost as if he's become desensitized to Alvin's mischief, well, today's new episode had Dave the angriest I've seen him in a long time, so much so in fact that I actually found myself experiencing glee at Dave absolutely losing his temper with Alvin without knowing it was his clone who was actually causing all the trouble. I mean, seriously, this is the Alvin-Dave dynamic I once knew, so that was refreshing to see, and the way Ross's voice strains as Dave gets angrier and angier makes it all the more funny.

    But, is anyone else noticing how in the end everything turns out to be just a dream is becoming a very common - almost too common - plot device?
     
  4. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Becoming? It's been a cliche for decades now. I blame The Wizard of Oz. Seriously, they've used that plot device on almost every show I can think of.
     
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think its the simple lack of faith in a plotline being too cartoony. The show needs to be grounded in realism, no matter how much its about singing wildlife living as humans. I can overlook that, but the whole episode where Dave buys a parenting app to keep Alvin in check and it turns into a robot... we can be expected to believe that, but find clones and magic, and weird science hard to swallow?

    But to be fair, a lot of the episodes of the 80's/90's Chipmunks cartoons ended up as just a dream. So I don't take that much issue with it.
     
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Did anyone else feel like today's new episode, with the Aesop about lying, seem more like an episode of a Nick Jr. show, or even a PBS Kids show, rather than an episode of ALVINNN?

    Also, talk about Disproportionate Retribution: Alvin was the one who made up the story about having an older brother who races in the jungles of China and prodded Dave into going along with it, but Dave was the one who got all the blame and ended up getting in all the trouble for it, while Alvin received no discipline or punishment for making it up in the first place.
     
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So I was listening to a new(er) interview with Ross and Janice, and Janice explained why they went the route they did with the movies: they were inspired by STUART LITTLE (which is a good movie, actually) in terms of a believeable, pseudo-realistic, tiny CGI character interacting with live actors in the same universe. So, in a sense, it's interesting to note that Stuart Little is the grandfather of what many like to refer to as "The CGI Rats."
     
  8. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    In the episode where Brittany gets a suck toad attached to Brittany's face, didn't the New Zealand specialist who was supposed to treat her sound an awful lot like Rhys Darby?
     
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You know what I've just recently come to realize? Many of the supporting characters on ALVINNN are genuinely unlikeable much of the time. Miss Smith and Miss Croner, in particular, are prone to this: Miss Smith often goes out of her way to be harsh with Alvin, even when he doesn't deserve it - automatically singling him out for stealing everyone's phones and yet still punishing him after he proved himself guiltless, punishing him for Brittany getting that suck toad stuck on her face when he was actually pushed into the terrarium; Miss Croner goes back and forth between being an embodiedment of a miserable old lady who pesters kids for amusement, and being a misunderstood loner with a heart of gold - the switch witch prank was okay, because she and Dave were both in on it to give the kids a harmless scare for Halloween, but that cat curse prank to get the kids to find her missing cat for her was just spiteful, mean-spirited, and they even had to prompt her to thank them for even finding her cat. Derek? Again, he's just walking status quo, and nothing more. Even the other kids at school can be obnoxious at times.

    Officer Dangus, Julie, and the seemingly nameless principal are just about the only consistently good supporting characters, though we seem considerably less of them.
     
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've realized there's another flaw with ALVINNN so far: there's a considerable amount of delay before we actually learn the names of some of the supporting characters - it was well into Season 2 that we finally learned the cop's name is Officer Dangus, and we still don't know the principal's name.
     
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Today's new episode with Miss Smith quitting and being replaced with a tough drill sergeant as the new teacher, prompting the class to try to get Miss Smith to come back totally ripped off HEY ARNOLD! That was Mr. Simmons's debut episode.

    But the main difference was that Miss Smith went so far as to file a restraining order against Alvin, of which Dangus had to detain him for violating - twice.
     
  12. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    But Alvin was the one to force her to have a breakdown, rather than the whole class. And the sergeant didn't get driven out of the room by the class. And he forced them to do pliés in the hall rather than banish the troublemakers into the corners of the room. So yeah, there's a lot more differences there, so I wouldn't go so far as calling it a ripoff.
     
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, Walmart has given us our first look at some new toys from Fisher-Price, and they . . . ah . . . uh . . . hmm . . .

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    Well, Alvin looks good . . . he's really just about the only one that looks good (well, Theodore looks decent). Simon looks like he's high as a kite, Brittany looks like an evil robot clone of herself, Jeanette looks like they didn't even bother finishing her, and Eleanor looks sickly.

    But, at least we're finally getting toys, so this is a start. But honestly? From Fisher-Price? I would have expected better quality - these almost look like a fast food premium, and in fact, the way their stage pieces connect together remind me of Subway's EEE premium, where each of the characters came with their own piece of sidewalk pavement you hooked together to form a cul-de-sac curve.
     
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  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    These are clearly made for the youngest of the demographic. I can see why they'd look cheap (and probably aren't) for the kinds of kids who put these things in their mouths. Still, it's a shame that there can't be somewhat more of an older demographic toy (the 6-8 year olds at least), and it's a shame that something more collector friendly wouldn't be commercially viable.

    That said, I'm sure Hasbro would have done a better job. But I do like that Alvin as well.
     
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It's still a little disheartening to see how far FP has fallen from their glory days. I mean you take a look at their SST playset from the 70s, then compare the 40th anniversary playset they made in 2009, and there's just no comparison.

    Heck, I remember as a kid in the 90s, FB has this really, really awesome pirate ship playset that I loved so much:
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    Then I see what kind of pirate ship playsets they've had since then, and I almost feel sorry for kids:
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  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, Toys R Us has plushies now . . . I thought Toys R Us shut down, but I guess they're just yet another chain that left my town because there's no money here.
     
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I caught the last half of the Road Chip movie. Gotta admit, not as bad as I thought it was. Not good, but Tony Hale completely stole the show. I'd say so far, if you can find it on cable, Netflix, or some one's garage sale, check it out for him. Kinda wish he used a more effeminate voice like his Mr. Noodman from Sanjay and Craig or that Mime Angry Bird. But him and that German comedian that's sometimes on @Midnight who's name escapes me at the moment... that scene with them waking up with a hangover at a hotel after the Downtown Funk number was precious.
     
  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    And not too long ago I watched "Chipwrecked". Not a great movie by any means, but at least they tried something different than the first two movies (both of which basically had the same plot). And I can't hate Jenny Slate, no matter what character she plays, and say what you will about her but at least she was one of the only actors that actually seemed to give a care. David Cross and Jason Lee clearly did not want to be doing another movie.

    Geez, I can't believe i've actually seen three of these films. But hey, I guess if you're an obsessed film watcher and aspiring screenwriter like me, you gotta take the good with the bad, the great with the mediocre.
    I find it kind of odd that in the Uptown Funk cover they had the replace the "Put some liquor in it" line with "put some water in it", yet the guy was still clearly allowed to get drunk.
     
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I can see why they'd do it, considering the Chipmunks are kids, while the Tony Hale character and the woman handing him the drinks are full grown adults. Like I said countless times before, it's not as if they never censored lyrics in Chipmunks covers to the point of strangely overly safe before. They couldn't even use the lyric "break your mama's back" in their cover of Whip it, even in reference to "step on a crack." And for the millionth time, their cover of Time Warp wasn't altered in the slightest. Especially "voyeuristic intentions." Yep, apparently the thought of someone injuring their mother is too gruesome for kids, but watching people doing it? Yeah. TOTALLY kid friendly.

    Though, I swear using the word water, rather than soda (the default for family friendly alternative to alcohol, hence the term "soft drinks") just smacks of health badgering.

    That said, the one thing that bugged me at the end of the movie, and I'll put this in spoilers anyway:

    It took 4 freaking movies for David to legally adopt the Chipmunks as his children? I get that it was used as a sappy ending to the events of the film and all, but you'd think that would have been something he'd do movie one. Then again, considering how cold and distant Dave was in the first 2 films due to Jason Lee not wanting to be there, it's not too much of a surprise.
     
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Another week of new episodes ahead of us, but in all honesty, reading the descriptions, half of them don't even sound very interesting at all.
     


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