Eat My Shorts – Gotta Dance Uptown

This uplifting mashup of iconic dance scenes from Golden Classic movies with a soundtrack of Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk was created by Nerd Fest UK.

The brilliantly edited clips match the song perfectly which goes amazingly well with the Hollywood choreography of Fred and Ginger, Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers among others.

WARNING: We have several cleverly edited videos using the same infectious music. They are all worth watching but we suggest you take a break between viewings.

Here is the original Uptown Funk music video by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

And What’s Up Mashup? previously created their version with contemporary movie classics. See booty shaking moments from Zoolander, Lion King, Saturday Night Fever, Slumdog Millionaire, Pulp Fiction, Magic Mike, Grease, Sister Act and The Wolf of Wall Street to name a few of the 100 clips edited together.

Hear 280 movies sing Uptown Funk. it took three months to make. You are in for some surprises.

Do these people have too much time of their hands?

EDF FilmStripOur featured book excerpt from Mike Kaplan’s Gotta Dance inspires a few actual musical trailers along with some more posters from the book.

Singing

“A rainy grey-black background, reflecting the setting of Gene Kelly’s iconic dance sequence contrasts and highlights the colorful, joyous trio of Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds …depicted here in their most imposing rendering for this Italian poster by Silvano ‘Nano’ Campeggi for Singing’ in the Rain,“ writes Kaplan.

MillionDollar

“Artist René Péron captures star Esther Williams in one of her classic underwater ballet positions, poised against a sea-themed setting, in the French design for Million Dollar Mermaid, considered the finest Esther Williams poster.”

Moulin_Rouge_poster_1934

“Posters for Moulin Rouge are very rare. The Erte-like figures make this a stunning poster.”

Moluin Rouge deco

This poster is the only one not in Mike Kaplan’s collection and in fact he had never seen it before we were researching this article.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams dance number and more from barely (that is a pun) pre-code Moulin Rouge.

silk-stockings

Illustrator Jacques Kapralik used his imaginative collage/caricature style for the lead actors. His name is actually credited in the bottom right of the artwork.

jailhouse

“Roger Soubie had painted every legendary movie star in his career as France’s most prolific film poster artist — from Gable to Garbo; from Stanwyck to Sinatra. When the rock n’ roll era arrived, Soubie rose to the occasion to produce the best poster of any Elvis Presley film. His Jailhouse Rock puts every American Presley poster to shame. Here, Elvis’ vibrant profile immediately captures the viewer, made all the more effective by the less defined features of Judy Tyler, another of Elvis’ mostly interchangeable leading ladies. Soubie then puts the icing on the cake by showcasing Elvis’ jailhouse romp with his dancing cellmates, one of the King’s most memorable choreographed numbers.”

All posters above (except the yellow Moulin Rouge) and quotes are courtesy of Mike Kaplan, author of Gotta Dance: The Art of the Dance Movie Poster, available at www.LagoonPress.com as a limited edition. The book is also for sale at MOMA in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art plus a handful of independent bookstores around the country.

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The-Wizard-Watch The Wizard of Oz in Alphabetical Order

The Uptown Funk videos and movie trailers all take images out of context to create new works. A mind-boggling feat to this end is Of Oz the Wizard.

The Wizard of Oz was edited by a top MGM editor named Blanche Sewell during her 25-year career in Hollywood. But what if a file clerk re-edited it?

The website Dangerous Minds writes: ”Matt Bucy has pulled off one of the most brain-meltingly OCD remix stunts ever attempted: he’s alphabetized the indelibly classic 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. The result is called Of Oz the Wizard, and it’s a mind-scramble to watch. So we’re clear on what exactly has been done here, Bucy re-edited the entire film so that every word of dialogue appears in alphabetical order—he even rearranged the credits. Repetitions of oft-recurring words are sometimes jarring, sometimes hilarious, sometimes actually musical. My favorite sections are “ARF” (I’m a dog person, sue me), “DEAD,” “HOW,” and, surprise surprise, “ROAD.” (Don’t even get me started on “BECAUSE,” good lord…) .”

Watched in small doses we find the project fascinating and suggest you take a look and return often to discover new moments of wonder. And be sure to check the credits and the M-G-M logo.

Read the DM interview with Matt Bucy.

The original film is available in special editions at Amazon.

 

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