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Hilarious Songs in Movies

Updated on May 25, 2016

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Songs have been featured in many forms of media. In the article Ironic Songs I talked about songs that were about one thing, but sounded or look different than how it normally should have sounded. Take Singin' in the Rain for instance. This was a song where the singer experienced one of the more happier moments in the film, it was ironic because this happy song was sung in a gloomy environment. In the article Hilarious Music Videos I talked about songs that were funny because the content of certain music videos, like in parodies, were hilarious if the viewer was aware of the source material. In this article, the songs that will be acknowledged will be songs that were featured in movies and were meant to be funny for the viewer. One good example came from the 1994 slapstick comedy The Mask, one method the protagonist used to get away from the Police was the power of a good song. And reality warping powers. In the 2004 comedy Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy, the hilarious song came when the main male character and main female character started dating. And for animated films, the 2000 adventure comedy The Road to El Dorado had its protagonist sing about how scamming people by pretending to be gods could be deadly, but worth the danger due to all of the perks being deified came with. All of these songs had the characters sing for different reasons, but the viewer still got a laugh because of the hilarity that occurred in all of these songs.

This movie was ironic because of its family-unfriendly source material. This movie was hilarious because of changing the tone.
This movie was ironic because of its family-unfriendly source material. This movie was hilarious because of changing the tone. | Source

The Mask

The Mask starred Jim Carrey as a character who could spontaneously transform into a reality warper through a mask. Based on the 1989 comic, the 1994 film focused on making the character's green face the face of comedy rather than terror. Here Jim Carrey played Stanley Ipkiss who was very down on his luck before coming into contact with the titular mask. Once Stanley put on the mask however, he turned into a being who could bend reality to pull off some surreal tricks on people. Mostly the slapstick comedy variety tricks, like falling from a great height and surviving, random objects came out of his clothes despite being far too big to fit inside his pockets, breaking the fourth wall in at least two occasions, and basically becoming a living cartoon. Initially, the viewer got to see Stanley's masked persona commit some acts of vengeful hedonism, or hedonism to satisfy himself. While Stanley was initially able to get away with his acts of vandalism to satisfy his own greed, the plot managed to give this character some trouble in the end. Due to making the main antagonists mad, Stanley, as The Mask, had to deal with the police. Which he did in a hilarious fashion. When he was in the crossfires of a large number of policemen, The Mask decided to sing Cuban Pete. The funny thing here was that The Mask's singing was slowly influencing the cops in that scene to start dancing. Soon this little dance number ended with The Mask managing to get away by making all of the policemen form a giant conga line and perform their own dance number.

This movie probably influenced a generation to seek a job in the newsroom. Maybe.
This movie probably influenced a generation to seek a job in the newsroom. Maybe. | Source

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

Most movies starring Will Ferrell usually had the actor perform a song. Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy was no exception. Set in San Diego during the 1970s, Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy told the story of the Channel 4 News Team being forced to undergo the introduction of a new female anchor for the television station. With the introduction of Veronica Corningstone, the somewhat introduction of a love story between Ron and Veronica was introduced. But the two soon form an actual relationship and Ron was the more excited of the two. So excited in fact, that he loudly proclaimed that he and Veronica had sex and now he was in love. Of course, Ron's friends Brian Fantana, Champ Kind, and Brick Tamland were excited to learn about love, and both Brian and Brick provided examples to what they thought love was. They were completely wrong examples, but they at least put in some effort. Fortunately, Ron Burgundy provided a solution. By singing the song Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band. Funny thing here was that the version in Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy involved all four male characters in this particular scene singing this particular song. Which was hilarious because the characters singing this song were not lip-synching with the original singers, they sung this song themselves. However, there was an actual music video of the four male characters from this movie lip-synching the entire song. Ironically, while the original writer of Afternoon Delight made it clear that this song was not overtly sexual, Ron Burgundy added lines where he made it clear that this son was all about engaging in a lot of sexual intercourse. And it was hilarious.

Two regular guy masquerade as Aztec Gods. What could possibly go wrong?
Two regular guy masquerade as Aztec Gods. What could possibly go wrong? | Source

The Road to El Dorado

The Road to El Dorado was a 2000 adventure comedy where the two protagonists, Tulio and Miguel, were two normal people from Spain who accidentally wound-up in an ancient Aztec city of El Dorado and were mistaken for Gods. The funny part here was that despite the threat of severe punishment if their ruse was ever found out, both characters took the situation in a fairly lighthearted mood. Of course, like most animated movies, The Road to El Dorado had its own musical number. Titled It's Tough to Be a God, this song was hilarious because for the viewer who has seen this movie, one of the previous scenes involved acknowledged that Miguel and Tulio were on some very thin ice when it came to keeping up a divine masquerade, mostly because up until this song, both characters managed to not get caught because of random coincidences that convinced the Aztecs that these two were gods. A fact that It's Tough to Be a God made very clear when it came to a scene that showed one of the possible fates Miguel and Tulio had if their ruse was revealed; decapitation. While a later scene revealed that this was just people cutting up watermelons to give the people celebrating the arrival of these "gods", the symbolism was very clear. Another hilarious aspect about this song was the obvious references to alcohol consumption. Most animated movies would say that any and all liquids consumed were kid friendly type of drinks, the imagery from It's Tough to Be a God made it very clear that alcohol was a drink that everybody was drinking in this song. Which was pretty funny if one were to consider how strict the use of certain themes or objects have been prohibited or censored in cartoons by American censors.

Musicals

Music can come from various genres. In movies, these songs could be used for various reasons. Mostly comedic and lighthearted reasons. The Mask had one of its musicals demonstrate the slapstick capabilities that its protagonist possessed while wearing the titular magical mask. Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy used a song to confirm that the main character had sexual intercourse recently with the lead female. The Road to El Dorado used a song to show the protagonists in danger, but not enough to get seriously drunk.

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