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Chicago/Disney Mashup Sheds New Light on Classic Villains
October 28, 2013

I am astounded at the creative, high-production-value entertainment that people put together just to get hits on YouTube. Such as this “Spell Block Tango”, Disney villains singing a rewritten “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago. I recognized Amber Riley (Glee) as Ursula, but everyone is identified at the end. And I like the clever touch of red scarves signifying mayhem.

(To soapbox for a moment, this is why more material should be public domain. Here we have a song from an almost-forty-year-old show (Chicago debuted in 1975, the first time) that was based on a 1926 play, performed by fairy-tale characters that appeared in these particular looks from 1937 to 1994. And yet, someone put them all together to create something that I can say with confidence was never envisioned by any of the original creators, nor does it take away from any of those original productions. I want to see more creative reworks without fear.)

4 Responses  
Kris writes:  

Not quite the choices I would have made (Scar, when there’s plenty of other great female Disney villains to keep with the theme, including a Lion King Villainess?), but incredibly creative and well produced.

 
Johanna writes:  

Well, the guy who put the whole thing together is playing Scar, so one can understand him wanting to be in it. I thought throwing a lion in was an interesting evocation of that great grandfather of all modern musicals, Cats.

 
Kris writes:  

True. And that’s fine. I’m not saying it was bad, just out of place. He could have been the announcer instead. I also got a Cats vibe out of it, though.

 
Augie De Blieck Jr. writes:  

Yikes, Todrick Hall’s videos just get more and more ridiculously professional. He also did one with Pentatonix for Wizard of Oz that’s worth a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkVeKb2igrg

The “Chicago” video here features two “American Idol” alumni and a “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant. (I admit I thought Adam Lambert was Constantine Maroulis at first…)

 
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