When I was a kid, Sunday evenings were something we looked forward to. That’s because Disney would air a movie every Sunday night. With media so easily accessible, that’s no longer a big deal, but at the time, it was something you waited for. People didn’t tend to own as many movies (in their giant VHS, or slightly less giant Beta, formats) and video stores used to close early. Disney rocked the live action movies back in the day. There were loads of movies I hoped they would re-air – Escape from Witch Mountain was at the top of my list – but that’s a post for another Thursday. One of the other things that they would air were these little clips where they would take currently popular songs and play them over cartoon clips. I’m sure they aired these more often than just Sundays, but that’s when I remember seeing them.
My favourite one, absolutely favourite, was when they did Kiss is On My List by Hall and Oates with Chip and Dale dressed up in tuxedos trying to win the affections of Clarice. I enjoyed this so, so much. I distinctly remember watching this video as a kid and being super excited whenever it came on. I was pretty young and I don’t know if I had really figured out how all these cartoon voices worked. What that meant was that for a really long time I thought Hall and Oates & Chip and Dale were the same people. Whenever I heard an H&O song, I thought it was Hall and Oates. Eventually, I figured out that this wasn’t the way it worked and that Hall and Oates were their own, very real, human beings. And I will say, without an ounce of shame or guilty pleasurism, I love this band. I seriously love them. Some of that love might be related to this video, some of it is because they are legitimately good song writers. It doesn’t matter.
Does anyone else remember these videos? Do you have a favourite?