Alvin and The Chipmunks, Predecessor Of The Jackson 5Posted: December 7, 2011
Billboards have popped up around town for the newest Chipmunks movie. Perhaps the fact that this is billboard worthy news gives you a clue what a hotbed for the arts Charlotte, North Carolina is.
I can’t stand The Chipmunks. I have always felt that way. Even as a kid, I felt there were too many unanswered questions and too many disturbing conclusions to be reached. Oh yeah, and their voices are irritating.
Dave Is A Disturbing Man
Let’s review the basics of The Chipmunks. A guy named Dave raised three Chipmunks as if they were his sons. As he raised them, he also served as the business manager for their musical act. The performance of his Chipmunk children were the family’s only source of income. Possibly as a result of the pressure and guilt from relying on his children for his livelihood, Dave was prone to screaming fits of rage.
There was no mother figure represented on the show. It is anyone’s guess as to what had to transpire for Dave to become the rage-aholic single parent of three English-speaking chipmunks. Even adoption causes me some concern in this circumstance.
The billboards made me think about Alvin and The Chipmunks, even though I didn’t want to. As I thought, another group of brothers came to mind – Michael Jackson and his brothers. Then it hit me. I think The Chipmunks provided the business model for The Jackson 5.
Let’s speculate and imagine together, shall we?
The Chipmunks Beget The Jackson 5
I imagine that the Jackson’s father, Joe, was sitting around one day watching cartoons. I think he saw what Dave was doing with his chipmunks.
“If only I could do what Dave is doing I would be on easy street” he thought.
Lacking chipmunks of his own, he substituted what he had at hand – children. He followed Dave’s show dad model and rode his kids to the bank. Soon, Joe was rich beyond his wildest dreams because he believed in a cartoon about singing chipmunks.
Now, I have no facts to back up my theory, just an examination of the parallels between two musical acts. I’ve set the parallels out for you in writing, but know that some people are more comfortable when they can see something graphically as opposed to in text. I saw a Venn diagram on a really good blog and stole the idea…for you.