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"Come on, toots! Loosen up! I been dyin' to dance with you."
(To read the story in this issue, visit the post on it at "The Horrors of it All" blog.)
In an earlier post I looked at Disney's "Skeleton Dance," a black and white classic cartoon. But the imagery of the dead playing music is found in popular media and spooky entertainment to a greater degree than dancing skeletons. This time we'll look at some of the various expressions in comics, film and art of the musically-inclined deceased.
Almost as bad as the hellfire was the incessant, ear-splitting and nerve-grating tooting that he called music.
Tim Burton's 2005 "Corpse Bride" featured a swingin joint with a happenin' band. In the Underworld of the Living Dead, they were the living end.
1967's Rankin-Bass "Mad Monster Party" (the first feature-length stop-motion animation movie ever), which Burton lists as a strong influence, had a bony Beatles-type band at the party. They also influenced The Misfits.
In "Skeleton Frolic," the color remake/sequel to Disney's B&W"Skeleton Dance," made by Ub Iwerks several years later, this skeleton band supplies the tunes for the spook's nightly jamboree.