| The Decline of Western Civilization
||[Nov. 23rd, 2003|12:58 pm]
This new Cat in the Hat movie makes it clear. Parents are not filtering what their children watch. Well, they are, but only with regards to offensive content. It's OK to see a movie as long as it doesn't have violence, adult language, or sexual situations.|
In my house, it's only OK to watch a movie that merits watching. Just because it's new doesn't make it better.
It's as if these moviemakers do not appreciate the genius that was Chuck Jones. The original 1971 animation starred Allan Sherman, you know, of Peter and the Commissar fame. OK, maybe you don't know that one. It's one of my favorite albums from when I was a child.
The point is, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat are classic tales, and they're being unmade in these films. Come on, Mike Myers? In the ad where he's looking at a picture of the mom, and then says "Awkward.", it's right out of Austin Powers. He's not charming enough to pull it off.
And what of those classic Allan Sherman songs? Do they expect us to forget how brilliant the classic is, in favor of live-action fat-ass Mike Myers in a store-bought cat suit?
Cat, hat. In French, chat chapeau. In Spanish, el gato in a sombrero
Thing one and thing two! Thing two and thing one! They can find anything anything under the sun!
and who could forget
Beautiful kittenfish, sleep baby sleep, bloop bloop bloop bloop bloop bloop bleep bleep bleep bleep
Ok, maybe I got some of the lyrics wrong, but these are classic songs. The animation is classic animation. It's offensive to me that these movie people think they can outdo a master like Chuck Jones. But all they do is add plot elements that are unneccessary. I spelled that wrong. The animated versions of the classic Dr. Suess books added songs, and kept the dialogue and narration exactly as it was. Plus, as I recall, Dr. Suess himself took part in the creation of those animations.
Maybe Mike Myers thinks he's Allan Sherman. I was really hoping the movie would flop, as I was hoping the Grinch movie would flop. But looks like everyone's going to take their children to see it, because they've already seen the other kid movies. With all the merchandising, it's going to be hard to keep it down. Same with Grinch. Even my parents thought it would be a good kid movie. How could they? Because it's made for kids and has funny parts in it? How does that make it good?
There's already a classic. It's 24 minutes long.
I'm offended, and saddened. The legacy of Chuck Jones gets another slap in the face by an industry that has run out of original ideas.