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Postby weird_el » Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:47 pm

I got this Google alert this morning -- from an article about animator Bill Plympton in today's New York Times

Heres the part regarding Al

Mr. Plympton's latest animated short, "The Fan and the Flower," features voicing by the actor Paul Giamatti and has been shortlisted for a 2006 Oscar nomination. He's also at work on a half-hour documentary for the History Channel on the 1786 Shays' Rebellion in Massachusetts, and a video for the pop comedian Weird Al Yankovic for a number called "Don't Download This Song" (sung to the tune of "We Are the World").



I know some don't have high regard for the Times, but I still do. hmm Al working with both John Kricfalusi and Bill Plympton -- sweet :Y
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Postby Yankovic Farley » Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:54 pm

Hmmm, a video for such an old song? Interesting. So more than 1 animated music video? Odd. Very odd.
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Postby Al's #27 fan » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:23 pm

Is it possible that it's really the same song but two different people working on it? Like, could it be about girls somehow? And shouldn't he get in trouble for leaking?
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Postby Elvis » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:53 pm

Interesting. Thanks for posting that.

The song's old, but the topic's very relevant. And if how I'm hearing it in my mind is any indication, it actually sounds like it might be pretty funny too. :lol: Plus parodies based on old songs have been the leadoff single on "Alapalooza" and "Running With Scissors" so it's very possible. :Y

It's seems odd to me that there would be two (or more??) animators working on the same video, but it seems more odd to me that there would be two animated videos, so I'd have to say it's probably the same video we've been discussing.

I just wonder how girls and cats fit into all this. :huh:

Nothing on Bill's website about it, and the only "latest news" I found about Bill elsewhere was

Bill has been busy with a new video for the Kanye West song “Heard Em Say”and his latest short “The Fan and the Flower”.


but there was no date associated with that so it might be old news by now.

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Postby CB Johnny » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:28 pm

If both sources are correct, this could be "'ll Sue You" with a new name.
Or some hooligan is wanting us to think that it's real. "Yeah, those Crazy All Yankoovich fans know he hates illegal downloads, I'll start a rumor of a song about it." :P
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Postby Al's #27 fan » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:28 pm

Maybe the girls and cats are downloading muzzak. :P

EDIT: That's an interesting idea...I'll Sue You could have been the working title. But then it wouldn't be a style parody.
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Postby thatoneguy » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:38 pm

A parody of We are the World? Wouldn't Al need like 20 different singers for that? Maybe the video is a cartoon of all the different singers.

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Maybe his friends are back up musicians for that parody.
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Postby Elvis » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:39 pm

Interesting thought just popped into my mind. "We Are The World" was sung by multiple singers individually and in chorus. Would Al imitate each artist, or would he bring in some special guest stars to take certain parts. How would he handle the chorus parts?

Another thing that suddenly makes "We Are The World" relevant again is all the musicians coming together lately to do Hurricane relief and tsunami relief songs and benefit concerts. Why not parody the one that started it all?

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Edit: :lol: Matt and I had the same thought at the same time.
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Postby Teh Dingo » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:45 pm

Well, with We Are The World being a star musician collabaration, maybe we could have a star animator collabaration :P


My belief? Don't Download This Song sounds like Al...but I wonder about the We Are the World angle.
in a complicated song does it look like al has no head
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Postby thatoneguy » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:46 pm

Elvis @ Dec 18 2005, 11:39 AM wrote: Edit:  :lol:  Matt and I had the same thought at the same time.


Great minds think alike!

It makes sense, if they all couldn't get together for a video (like in We are the World), then an animated version would work.

The syllables match up:

We*are*the*Wo*rld (5)

Don't*Down*load*This*Song (5)

The only thing is, it doesn't rhyme. Al's parodies usually rhyme exactly with the original. Also, Al has never done duets/trios/etc. on CDs before.
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