Past Meets Present

Start with a clever idea, execute it with skill and creativity, and you can produce something that is really great fun. The folks at Nerd Fest UK did just that with the video mashup we have for Music Monday. One of the most commercially successful music singles released last year was a song called “Uptown Funk” by British music producer Mark Ronson and American singer/performer Bruno Mars. An infectiously catchy and danceable track, “Uptown Funk” was also critically acclaimed for its fun-loving “throwback” quality. For many – especially those of us who are a lot older than the millenials! – it was reminiscent of old-school funk and early Prince recordings. Bruno Mars is one of the truly talented performers among the current crop of pop artists. He’s been praised for his extraordinary vocal ability and “retro” style of showmanship.

So in this video, the Nerd Fest people paired “Uptown Funk” with dancing clips from movie musicals of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly figure prominently of course, but there’s also Judy Garland, James Cagney, Ann Miller, the Nicholas Brothers, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple and a host of others. If you grew up watching those films like I did, you will delight in this video. The editing is mind-blowlingly perfect. The creators have stated that they neither sped up nor slowed down any of the clips, so the synchronizing is genuine and spot on. It’s a real trip to see old Hollywood legends hoofing it to a contemporary song from 2014. The Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson video can be viewed at this link.

Just some of my favorite details: Ginger’s dress at 2:10, Astaire stepping toward his cane at 3:28, Eleanor Powell’s mosh pit at 4:22, and the Berry Brothers do a leap off a balcony into splits, at 4:30, that is one of the most insane things I’ve ever seen. If I did that my leg would be broken in three places! Here’s the mashup. Fabulously well done … enjoy! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Past Meets Present

  1. Bill says:

    Okay, watching that was my exercise for the day — I’m going back to bed 🙂 Seriously, the people who would have really enjoyed that video would have been the dancers themselves — people like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire really tried to push the envelope in their time. Kelly, especially, would have had a field day with the newer technologies.

    Nice posting — thanks!

    • artmodel says:


      That’s a great point and I agree about Gene Kelly. Both he and Astaire would have been amazed at the things we’re able to do today. Although Astaire’s famous dancing on the walls/ceiling scene from Royal Wedding was a big deal at the time. That was 1951.

      Thanks for your comments!


  2. freddie says:

    Showed this to our 3 year old niece, who just started dance classes. She keeps asking to play it over and over again. Thanks for posting!

    • artmodel says:


      That’s wonderful to hear! The video provides incredible inspiration for a young dancer. And it’s so much fun to watch.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. Bruce Day says:

    This is amazing on so many levels. A delightful post Museworthy.

  4. Seriously awesome! I can watch that again and again and not grow tired of it. My mom absolutely loved those performers and movies and would have loved to have seen it. And my daughter, the budding cinematographer, has got to understand the incredible editing needed to make it all work. I’m sending it to her now!

    • artmodel says:


      I watched it so many times! It’s great fun and such a clever idea. Glad you sent it to your daughter. I bet she loved it!

      Thanks for your comments.


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