Trolley Song Remix

So at a friend’s house the other day this familiar seeming song came up on his record player:

That’s jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck performing up there, and in case you don’t get the reference, here’s the original, 1944 movie musical version:

It’s coming back to you know, right?  That’s Judy Garland in Meet me in St. Louis, obviously.  I thought it was so charming that something from the (admittedly pretty campy) movie musical world would go on to the jazz world, but upon reflection it’s not a rare occurrence at all!

Just one other example, Charlie Parker performing Gershwin.  I guess the Trolley Song just seemed strangely… specific?

That’s Entertainment!

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Enjoy your super-boring Oscars awards tonight, I think I’ve given up on them, pretty boring.  Not that the above clip is much better?

That’s Entertainment is probably the one hit of the movie it came from, 1953’s The Band Wagon.  I actually inexplicably saw it in a film studies class, and even I, with my soft spot for tacky movie musicals, was a bit… confused by it all.  That being said, it’s apparently beloved by critics and historians, so shows you what I know.

Chuck Jones Centennial

Add a cartoony centennial to this year’s already full slate of opera anniversaries.

Chuck Jones, creator of some of the most popular Looney Tunes characters and award-winning director of diverse animated movies like The Phantom Tollbooth and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was born in 1912 in Spokane, Washington.  To celebrate, the BAM Cinémathek in Brooklyn is hosting two screenings of his Looney Tunes shorts tonight and tomorrow at 6:50 pm, as part of their larger Chuck Amuck film series.

Three of Jones‘ 1950s Looney Tunes cartoons are included in the National Film Registry, and American film guru Roger Ebert wrote a lovely appraisal of the art form and the man here.  And credit where it’s due, Michael Maltese wrote all three of the National Film Registry cartoons, so looks like it was a good working relationship…

To branch out from his ubiquitous Looney Tunes work, here’s his 1965 Oscar-winning short for Metro-Goldwyn-MayerThe Dot and the Line.

Pretty freaky stuff for the Looney Tunes guy…  Tell me that the Dot and the Squiggle weren’t having some crazy kinky sex on-screen…