Your Fairy Godfather’s Guide to Christina Aguilera and Her Candyman

Your fairy godfather notices you there on the other side of the online divide, looking so bleak because of life’s tribulations. But darling, remember that it’s all a point of view. Even at the worst of times, your mortal goblet can still be half full of magical goodies. Case in point: the fabulous Christina Aguilera and her rendition of Candyman. Click it!

Wasn’t that a refreshing uplift! It certainly sets my joints a jumping. And her slightly naughty entertainment produces so many tales, only some of which I will relate to you today.

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1940s

First, the era in which the visual extravaganza is set: the 1940s. America warred just as it continues to do today. But there was no moral ambiguity about the beasts plaguing the innocents in kingdoms across both her ocean borders. No lack of work either because every able-bodied boy, and not a few girls, was engaged in battle. Though I hesitate to call any such volunteers a boy. In my libram, anybody who risks life for country is a man, no matter the gender.

But I digress. These warriors wielded the latest high technology though not quite so portable as your equipment, dear, and far deadlier. With the Grim Reaper waving his scythe at every opportunity, these boys grabbed life whenever they had a moment to spare.

Andrews Sisters

Filling many of those moments were Laverne, Maxene and Patty, the lead singer of the Andrews Sisters. Not only did they entertain the troops but they also encouraged the sale of war bonds, and brightened many shows and moving pictures. Have a gander at their hit Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from the 1941 Abbot and Costello film, Buck Privates.

You’re so clever to notice the visual and aural similarities between the World War II wonder and the Candyman. The multi-talented Princess Christina Aguilera and Linda Perry penned their effort based on the older tune. And of course the opening scene of the modern recreation features a similar collection of stalwart knights ogling some talented beauties. Except the lucky princess gets to play nearly all the objects of their affection through a little bit of fairy magic.

Rosie

Our chanteuse Christina Aguilera recalls another popular historical icon, Rosie the Riveter, by donning the characteristic scarfed headgear and red blouse with the rolled up sleeves. When the boys went to war, the girls assumed their trades in the workhouses. Rosie optimized construction expertise and independent accomplishment. Oddly, the scene in question shows no sign of such toil as she and her fellow lovelies prance on the stools and counter of a period diner.

Betty Grable

Fair of complexion and long of leg, Betty Grable, graced many a pinup to soothe hot and bothered souls. Her allure also ascended from her abilities with dance, song and acting as she entertains in the 1942 Footlight Serenade. Her blonde locks, ruby lips and abbreviated outfits are interpreted in Candyman by Christina Aguilera, who is clad in a blue naval uniform that’s far scantier than modesty would have allowed in the past

Lacey and Benji Schwimmer
Lacey and Benji Schwimmer | Source

The Schwimmers

Appearing as Christina Aguilera's only dance partner in Candyman, Benji Schwimmer garnered the top prize on So You Think You Can Dance in 2006. His sister, Lacey, also appears briefly, wearing in a blue top and dark curls. Both boast successful careers as dancers, choreographers and performers.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I didn't know that Lacy Schwimmer was on So You Think You Can Dance! I like her on Dancing With The Stars, that girl has swag!!! I also like Christina! Fun hub!


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saccharyne 4 years ago from London

Brilliant hub! I love seeing the links between old and new!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Fun and awesome. Have you seen Burlesque? I am a big fan. I like the Andrews Sisters too. Well done and entertaining!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thank you all. No, I haven't seen Burlesque, Tammy. I just actually found out about it when researching this hub.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a very cool hub. I loved Candyman and its themes. I'm interested to see what Christina does next. Great job!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I never knew Christina had it in her! lol! that was brilliant! after dancing around the living room, I then went onto to boogie woogie with the Andrew sisters, my mum used to win competitions in the War, she was a WAAF sergeant, and she loved to jitterbug! every week she said she came home with one prize or another when she was on leave! loved it! thanks!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am a big fan of Christina... but I have never actually listened to her song Candyman until today. I also love the song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. I guess my musical likes span over and I loved seeing the relationships you provided here.


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Theocharis V 4 years ago from Piraeus, Greece

Very good hub. Very well written. Up, funny and interesting


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad that people are responding to the music -- it just prove how toe-tapping timeless swing music is. Thanks all for stopping by.


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hlynnstephens 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Not a big fan of Christina Aguilera, but I found this interesting.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Very well written Alocsin, you really take on the new persona well in your writing. Some great links between the decades and interesting facts.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thank you both for stopping by.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I'm a big fan of Christina Aguillera. Love her voice, performance, looks, everything! Artists like her are not born every day :) Nice overview of her work!


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ElizaDoole 4 years ago from London

Lots of stuff I did not know! Love the contextual comparisons between her act and what has gone before. Voted Up!


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

A great breakdown of a great song. I absolutely appreciate the video breakdown on this song...cheers and thanks


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have not seen Candyman but really enjoyed all the references to the old songs and pin up girls during past wars. Thanks for compiling this hub. Will look forward to seeing it someday. Useful, interesting and up votes + sharing. Thanks!

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