It’s time to get weird! Even though we’ve been inundated with musical biopics lately, thanks to the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, Straight Outta Compton, and Elvisa Roku Channel Original Movie finally tells the story of the greatest parody artist of all time. Bizarre Al Yankovic has been a staple of popular culture since the 1970s; it is hard to imagine another artist who was a contemporary of everyone from Queen at Lin Manuel Miranda. Although Weird Al is now in his 60s, he continues to produce original records, tour the world and lend his voice to cartoon shows.
Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic stars Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe as the world’s most famous accordionist. Although loosely based on events in Weird Al’s life, the film satirizes clichés in musician biopics with its comedic slant. Weird Al contributed to the story and even dropped his new original song “Now You Know” on the official soundtrack. The film received an overwhelmingly positive response when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and is sure to please countless Weird Al fans.
Weird Al has been an integral part of film culture since the beginning of his career. Although Weird Al is known for making cameos in movies like Popstar: never stop, never stop and Naked Gun: Excerpt from Police Squadron Files, it was his parody songs centered on popular movies that made him a favorite among moviegoers. Before leaving Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovicbe sure to listen to these must-have classics from Weird Al.
“Yoda” (Parody of “Lola” by the Kinks)
Although he made his debut on The Dr. Demento Show when first released in theaters Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, “Yoda” did not have an official album release until Weird Al’s 1985 album dare to be stupid (which is often cited as his best). Securing the rights from Lucasfilm to make an official parody may have been a challenge, but george lucas himself was a huge fan of the song. “Yoda” and the other from Weird Al star wars song, “The Saga Begins,” is often performed as an encore finale to his live shows.
“Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)” (Parody of “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor)
Shortly after the release of Rocky IIIWeird Al performed his thunderous version of his album’s theme song Weird Al in 3D. Weird Al’s fake comic theme for the 13th movie Rocky The franchise imagined the “Italian Stallion” as a pathetic, lazy champion unable to relive his glory days. Ironically, Weird Al’s version isn’t that far off from what actually happens in Rocky V.
“UHF” (movie theme)
Weird Al’s only starring role in a comedy film was in 1989 UHFwhich he co-wrote with the director Jay Levey. Although fans might have expected the Weird Al star to be a musical, UHF is a more eccentric comedy about a hopeless dreamer who brings together eccentric guests for a low-budget TV channel. UHF is quite thundering, although the concept of a “UHF station” may be lost on younger viewers. The film’s theme song was included on UHF – Original Movie Soundtrack and Other StuffWeird Al’s sixth studio album.
“C’est la vie” (Theme by Johnny Dangerously)
1984 Johnny dangerously is part of Michael Keaton‘s best comedies, and Weird Al contributed the theme song “This Is The Life” to the crime satire. Strangely, the song wasn’t widely available until the film’s DVD release in 2002, despite having one of Weird Al’s best music videos.
“Jurassic Park” (Parody of “MacArthur Park” by Richard Harris
jurassic park became the highest-grossing film of all time when it debuted in 1993, and Weird Al was quick to capitalize on the fanfare. Although “MacArthur Park” isn’t as well-known as some of the other songs he parodied, you don’t need to know anything other than the movie to enjoy Weird Al’s experiments with dinosaurs that “don’t act”. certainly not like Barney”. .” It also contains one of his most inventive music videos, which features an animated film Steven Spielberg running from a Claymation T-Rex.
“Gump” (parody of “Lump” by the presidents of the United States)
Forrest Gump may have received some necessary reviews in recent years, but in 1994 it was both the highest-grossing film of the year and the winner of Best Picture (beating both pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption). Even if you are not a Forrest Gump fan, it’s hard to go wrong with Weird Al’s hilarious account of the events of the film.
“Spy Hard” (movie theme)
spy hard is a classic James Bond parody for some fans, and the film pays homage to the 007 franchise in a hilarious parody intro. Weird Al’s theme song pokes fun at how goofy the lyrics are for Bond songs if you stop to think about it. The theme for spy hard was actually composed by Bill Contiwho previously scored the Bond movie Just for your eyes.
“The Saga Begins” (Parody of “American Pie” by Don McLean)
Weird Al’s second star wars parody song is a hilarious summary of the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace From the point of view of Ewan McGregoris Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ironically, Weird Al was able to write the entire song before seeing the film due to internet spoilers; he only needed to confirm that Sebulba had not been killed in the podrace.
“Ode to a Superhero” (parody of “Piano Man” by Billy Joel)
Weird Al has a pamphlet story Billy Joel, as he parodied “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” with his send “It’s Still Billy Joel To Me”. As we celebrate the nostalgia of Sam Raimi Spider Man films thanks to the return of Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man: No Coming Homeyou’ll need to check out Weird Al’s version of Peter Parker’s origin story.
“Captain Underpants Theme” (Movie Theme)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is much smarter and funnier than he has a right to be; the film manages to strike the right mix of childlike creativity and toilet humor. The titular hero certainly gets a theme song worthy of his family name thanks to Weird Al. It’s actually a reference to the original novel by David Pilkeywhich features a scene where the two main characters play Weird Al music for six hours straight.