Bring back simple animations, please!

Yesterday evening while flipping through the channels before “Keeping Up Appearances” came on I stopped at Alvin and the Chipmunks. Look at Alvin the Chipmunk in the 1960s versus today. Personally I think the modern day animations are mostly abominations. Alvin no longer even remotely resembles a chipmunk!

Which version do you prefer for the kids in your life/at heart? Simple and silly or CGI and edgy? (Edited to add a vintage pair of wooden Chip & Dale yard carvings I sold on Etsy many years ago).

17 thoughts on “Bring back simple animations, please!

  1. Like most everyone my age I say bring back the old days. Disney’s Chip and Dale were the best chipmunks around. But then again I am just a simple person, just ask my family.

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    1. I agree!! Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to add a photo now to show the evolution even though they are different characters.

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  2. I was telling my husband today I would really like to get the classic Disney and Looney Toons compilations.
    My daughter loves hand drawing animations.
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCh7kpTa7qnUePUW98VvaavQ
    We love the old goodies, but there are a few modern companies like Big Idea that did fabulous shows. The Veggie Tales series from the late 90s to around 2010 are computer animated, but have the charm and catchy jingles of the old cartoons. My kids are in their late teens and we all still enjoy watching them.
    In the last four years my kids have been complaining about all the Social Justice content that’s being slipped into some of their other favorite series.
    We’re such nerds when it comes to cartoons. ☺️

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    1. It would be interesting to see various non-pc cartoon characters from back in the day and contemporary computer animated celebrities in a “reality” TV show together, perhaps sharing a condo. 😀

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  3. Oh yeah, Disney keeps their ancient non-pc shorts deep in the vault. My husband has actually seen ‘Song of the South”, but only because his dad bootlegged a copy.

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    1. Yikes, I didn’t even know that existed! I was thinking of more innocuous non-racist examples, like Bugs Bunny in drag hanging out with SpongeBob SquarePants. 😀 My favorite cartoons from the past are the innocent, sweet ones with a moral message. If clay animations count I love Davey & Goliath!

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  4. I don’t know about the rest of the South but here in Texas you can still find copies of Song of the South at flea markets.

    I LOVE the old animation! I can’t stand the new stuff. Let me clarify. New stories and characters don’t bother me so much but when they bring back the old characters like Alvin and the rest they look horrible.

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    1. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a kid who didn’t grow up with the cartoons and sitcoms we did in the 60s and 70s (and still being able to watch regular reruns from the 50s since they always seemed to be on, too.) Many of those shows really enriched me.

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      1. We have TONS of the old cartoons and TV shows from 30’s forward. That’s what Saturday morning is all about at our house. R gets out the cartoons and we dish up bowls of gluten free cereal! Nothing from today can compare.

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    2. We have a copy of Song of the South… I will say anyone who hasn’t watched it, really should. It was set against the background of the “time” but a very sweet story about the love between ALL people.

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