Death Metal Meets ‘Mary Poppins’ – It’s Official, Nothing is Sacred
It's official: Nothing is sacred. Somebody has gone and made a metal version of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," the much-beloved tune from Mary Poppins and synced it up with the scene of the 1964 Disney film in which it appears.
The video, which is embedded above, was found by the A.V. Club, who deem it "simply quite atrocious" in their headline even as they call it "a surprisingly coherent piece that works well even within the film’s scene of rambunctious cartoon characters and thoroughly entertained (yet kind of neglected) moppets" in the body of the article.
They also say it's the work of Andy Rehfeldt, a composer for film and television whom Metal Insider says has a history of such juxtapositions, including an easy listening version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and a death metal take on the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love?" Although Rehfeldt arranged the track and played all the instruments, Sera Hatchett and Thomas Hinds were responsible for the vocals that, in the movie, were sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" was written by brothers Robert and Richard Sherman. In 2007, Richard told LAist that the song was based on words the two used to make up when they were kids. "[W]e said, 'Remember when we used to make up the big double talk words?' We could make a big obnoxious word up for the kids and that's where it started [...] We started with 'atrocious' and then you can sound smart and be 'precocious,' we had 'precocious' and 'atrocious' and we wanted something super colossal and that's corny, so we took 'super' and did double talk to get 'califragilistic' which means nothing, it just came out that way. That's in a nutshell what we did over two weeks. All together you get 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.'"
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