Sunday, January 14, 2018

Toon Rock: Harlem Shuffle (1986)

The Rolling Stones' cover of Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle" peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 in 1986. Part of the reason for that was the video, which garnered heavy, and I do mean heavy, airplay on MTV. Directed by Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi, the animation used here was also the same brand of artistic abstraction used the following year on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, then perfected by Kricfalusi with Ren & Stimpy 4 years after that.

Unbelievably, Bakshi directed the live-action portion, which I think was a first, as Kricfalusi handled the animation direction.

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