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Your opinion of the famous 'Gene and Jerry' dance?


I've heard it described often, ranging from 'magical' to 'cheesy AND YOU KNOW WHY!!!!', what do you think of it?
I love it, the ultimate feel-good scene. :-D

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I love it!! They did a fabulous job coordinating everything, it really looks like Gene and Jerry are holding hands etc. I remember seeing the snippet of it in "That's Entertainment" in the theater in 1974 and people were still amazed by it. I think it holds up very well, (even tho nowadays the computers do most of the work in animation.) It just shows how talented those people were!!

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It's a wonderful scene, well created and superbly choreographed. It never fails to amaze me or make me smile and is, arguably, the highlight of this superb film and one of the greatest moments in all musicals.

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Original, groundbreaking, charming but kinda silly as well. That's it.

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It's basically the scene that saves an otherwise not very great movie, but the scene is truly terrific.

Obviously the choreography is amazing, but the animation quality is also outstanding, with beautyful scenery and backdrops. Especially noteworthing is the shading of Jerry on the polished floor. One of the hardest things to animate and often not even noticed by the audience, here it puts the finishing touch on a great scene.


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Even if the cutesyness isn't your thing, watch how Gene dances. It's superb.

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Considering how wrong it could have gone ("Cool World"--with a cameo by Frank, Jr.--anyone?), it is truly astonishing how well it holds up today.

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One of the best scenes in Anchors Aweigh.I like the movie but some scenes are better than others. The Gene and Jerry scene still holds up today.

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I bought the film specifically for the Gene and Jerry "Worry Song" dance. At the time of its release, Walt Disney said the blend of animation and live action was more advanced than anything being done at the Disney studio. The only complaint I've heard regarding the sequence was that Jerry was too large, closer to the size of a Teddy Bear than a mouse. Sure, he's a little gargantuan for a mouse, but I can suspend disbelief for the sake of a brilliant musical number (besides, I fully understand why the animators made him the size he was).

This scene, along with the lively "I Begged Her" Kelly/Sinatra dance duet, are the best sequences in an otherwise ho-hum MGM musical.

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It's excellent. One reason is that it was choreographed personally by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The other reason is, of course, Gene Kelly's incredible dancing.

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It was a remarkable achievement and very fun to watch. It's really a testament to the incredible talent of Gene Kelly as a dancer. This and his alter-ego number in Cover Girl are probably my favourite dance performances of his.

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I liked it. As I was watching the movie I was trying to figure out how it would happen. Since it was a live action movie I figured if they just all of a sudden had Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse it would be out of place and make no sense. Then when the kid's imagination started and thought, ah, that's cool. I liked it a lot. Plus I always liked Tom and Jerry cartoons anyway.












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It was great! I don't think anything like it had been done before.

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Since Paula Abdul was a fan of the film and admired Gene since childhood, she was inspired to copy the technique for her video " Opposites Attract" in the 90's. I loved the forest scene in the film as well. I saw the movie recently for the first time , and only saw the "Jerry and Gene" scene all my life. I didn't know Tom made an appearance as well. NTM, Jerry talks. I was also surprised by Jerry's size in the film, overall it was cute.

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