D’oh – after two days of waiting for the BBC to send me a confirmation email for the blog, I gave up and tried again. To be fair I probably missed the email in amongst all the spam. The reason I wanted to sign up? To comment on their Monkey trailer for the Olympics. The post’s now at 285 though, rather than near the top, so I doubt anyone will read it. So I’ll put it here instead.
What a disappointment! When I saw the animation I thought “Excellent. Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn’s opera was ripe for adaptation, and now someone’s going to do it.” I sat through really loving the way it had blended Western and Eastern animation styles and music – and then confusingly they end up at an olympic stadium. Then I realised – this is just a trailer for that ultimate snorefest – the olympics.
It seems even more of an insult to all the fans of Monkey (remember how many times it got ditched for yet another snooker tournament) and Jamie Hewlett (Deadline came and went with no mention from the BBC) to have our cultural icons appropriated in this way, just because they’re finally “credible” due to the Opera.
I think we’re owed a TV series. Maybe you could divert some of the money spent drearily covering all those people playing around in China to give us something a bit more enduring – and a lot more fun.
Just to prove my point about more enduring. Monkey the TV series was made in 1978 and still sells on DVD. Most of the people my age can recite the introduction. “In the time before Monkey primal chaos reigned. ” and so on. Can you remember anything about the 1980 Olympics – apart from the US boycott?