The Skeleton Dance
Origin and Variations of The Skeleton Dance
I first discovered the Skeleton Dance when a friend shared a link on Facebook. It was the version with the music from The Guess Who, and to me it was hilarious! I did a little investigating and discovered how old the cartoon actually was! Not only did it originate in the 1920s, but was actually considered really scary at the time. Since to me it was funny, not scary at all, I could not imagine why. Then I watched it with the original music and sounds. Incredible how much difference that makes~!
It's fun to watch and share and will really get you in the Halloween mood!
It is not really "scary" but much more "scary-ish" with the original music. I guess people were spooked a lot easier back then? Either way. It's a fun cartoon. Let's explore, shall we?
Silly Symphonies was a series of cartoons created by Walt Disney and his then partner Ubi Iwerk. The Skeleton Dance was one of these. The most famous character that came out of the Silly Symphonies series was Donald Duck. If you've seen Donald Duck, then you've got an idea how funny The Skeleton Dance might be.
Like other "musical shorts" from the dawn of picture and sound era, there is no dialogue. In a way it's one of the first music videos.
The Creator of The Skeleton Dance
Ub Iwerk was most famous for creating Mickey Mouse! He was a longtime friend of Walt Disney, who first worked with him at Pesman Art Studio in Kansas City, and later went into business with him. The Skeleton Dance was created around the same time as Mickey Mouse as part of the "Silly Symphonies" series, and, like the early Mickey Mouse cartoons, was animated by Mr. Iwerk.
Isn't the Owl a "Hoot"?
skeletons party until the rise of the sun, where they frantically rush back into their graves,— disney.wikia.com
Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies
"these musical shorts served as Walt Disney's proving ground for emerging technology, new musical styles, and experimental forms....a nostalgic look back at the original musical shorts that launched a revolution in the world of animation."
About the Song "Shakin' all Over"
Shakin' all Over was written by Johnny Kidd and recorded by his band Johnny Kidd & the Pirates in 1960. It was a hit in Europe but did not get much play in the United States. It was covered in 1965 by the Guess Who and became a hit (#1 in Canada, #22 in the U.S.) It was the Guess Who version that revived the old "Skeleton Dance" filmstrip and re-popularized it on Youtube in recent years. The song was covered again in 2011 by Wanda Jackson.
The song is only about two and a half minutes, and since the original Skeleton Dance is five minutes long, they cut quite a bit out. Both versions are hilarious.
The Chorus: Shakin' all Over
Quivers down my backbone
I got the shakes in my thigh bone
I got the shivers in my knee bone
Shakin' all over
Guess Who - Shakin' all over
It's a Mystery Too!
Fun Game! Move Cursor to Make the Skeleton Dance
The Dancing Skeleton
Go to http://llerrah.com/skeletondance.htm to play.
It's really fun to try different ways to make the skeleton dance. There are options for "anti gravity" (which is my favorite) which make him a little more graceful, but he's still pretty funny looking. The music accompanying is fun too. It's all piano, and some of it is scary sounding, other is more classical. It's a fun way to "trip out" for a quick break. I love it!
Skeleton Dance Costumes! - Y'all Get your Groove On
........The Ghost of John .......... (an old folk song)
Have you Seen the Ghost of John
Long White Bones and the Rest All Gone
Oh O o o o Oh
Wouldn't It be Chilly
With No Skin On
The Original - Skeleton Dance Cartoon
Walt Disney's "The Skeleton Dance" circa 1929, (from the Silly Symphonies series) with original music.
A risen moon and spooky old owl set the scene..... take a look at both versions with the different music. What a difference the sound makes! This version, the original, has some awesome sound effects that really make it fun and creepy!
The Original Skeleton Dance Poster
By Request! - Jason and the Argonauts - VS the Skeletons
Funny fighting skeletons scene. I had not seen it before. It really is hilarious!