Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Good/Nutty Dance Tunes

One thing I repeatedly do and never learn from is mistakenly assume that the film version of a cartoon I like will be at least on par with the animated version. I made that mistake with Transformers, I made it with Aeon Flux, I definitely made it with Garfield, and I will make it again with My Little Pony. I would say I'll also make it with Speed Racer, but we all know that's going to be awesome so fair play.

But about the others (the mistakes). "How bad could it possibly be?" I ask myself. "They spent several millions of dollars with the express purpose of entertaining me. I ask you [me], how bad can it be?"

In the case of Alvin and the Chipmunks, about the worst possible level of bad, that level right in the middle where quality is naught but absurdity is also naught. But when I told people that after seeing the film, they acted as if that was a foregone conclusion. "How foregone could it possibly be?" I asked myself. "They already made The Chipmunk Adventure, which was great, and that's probably not just the nostalgia talking."

It's not, either, unless we are talking about nostalgia for good/nutty dance tunes, in which case, MAYBE YES! "The Girls of Rock and Roll," especially, but what else would you expect from the composers of "Physical." Personally I wouldn't expect much more.

And why would I queue up Kylie Minogue's "Got to be Certain" after TGORAR? Surely there's some justified connection there...

That's good enough for me! And the Kim Sozzi track, well, I think we can all agree that it was probably the best Good/Nutty Dance Tune of the last five years.

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