I posted this on The Chipmunks forum earlier in General Chat, but I thought I'd make a slightly lengthened and altered version of it as a journal here.
Earlier today I read a comment on here saying that "everything in the live action movies was sooooooooooooooooo much better than the 80's cartoon". I wanted so desperately to reply, but the person who made the comment already had my blocked for reporting one of their friends for recolors.
CGI may have taken over this fandom. It may have brought with it a ton of idiots. People that recolor, repitch. People that have no grasp of the characters' actual personalities. Because, like it or not, the movies themselves mess with all of those things. They don't repitch or recolor, of course. Although they did change colors significantly, specifically the eye colors, from The Chipmunks and Chipettes cartoon counterparts.
A lot of people in this fandom, mainly CGI people, you can't deny, care more about their 'OC's'(which in actuality aren't OC's, they're fancharacters) than they do the actual Chipmunks and Chipettes. Which is extremely idiotic. What's the point of being in a fandom if you don't even like the actual characters?
Anyway, back to CGI's impact.
It will never have anything on the cartoon. They may be able to mess with the characters, fiddle with the storyline, destroy the characters' backgrounds.
They may have three full length movies, four albums, a couple of video games, and a handful of merchandise.
But you know what we have? We have three full length movies, a series with 102 episodes(many of which have two segments, so you could really count it as twice that in some cases), a series of 26 episodes, seven specials, countless albums, countless amounts of merchandise, and nearly 50 years of existence before they came along.
Plus the fact the characters all stay true to their actual personality.
You just can't beat that.