Friday, May 28, 2010

Pop Culture Casualty

(A friend once referred to me as a pop culture casualty.  I thought this was the appropriate time to use that phrase.)

One thing that I've become annoyed with lately is animated characters being featured in dance sequences in movies.  We've had penguins dancing in Happy Feet; a lion dancing in Madagascar; squirrels dancing in The Chipmunks; and the most annoying and unnatural of all, dogs dancing in the new movie, Marmaduke

Now, the gopher in Caddyshack danced a little at the end of the movie to Kenny Loggins' "I'm Alright," but that was OK.  That little furry thing shook his booty for all of ten seconds; it could hardly qualify as bothersome.

Don't get me wrong.  I like Disney flicks.  And I don't mind animals having dialogues with humans in movies (think Underdog).  I just don't see why they have to have a choreographed scene take up part of the movie.

Commercials are different.  We get talking animals but the spots are so short that they don't lend themselves to animal inline dancing.  But then I saw this new Kia commercial where we see mice grooving along to a song.  They dance a little but for some reason I find the ad mesmerizing.  I can't explain it.  Perhaps it's the song's funky beat.  Or perhaps it could be that the mice look more like mascots than anything.  Whatever the reason, I can't get enough of this Kia commercial.  Check it out. 



It's weird, but this ad also reminds me of the old movie, The Food of the Gods.  Creepy.

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