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Fwiw, as far as my wife and I are concerned the version with classic movie stars is the canonical official Uptown Funk video
posted by bl1nk at 4:26 PM on April 20 [11 favorites]

These are always so much fun to watch. Thanks for posting!
posted by bookmammal at 4:32 PM on April 20

If you're not a fan of Uptown Funk, here are some other dance montages:
Shut Up and Dance with Me
Disco Inferno
posted by bartleby at 4:47 PM on April 20 [8 favorites]

The first clip always brings a smile of joy to my face. Thanks!
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 7:07 PM on April 20

This type of post should always include the Nicholas Brothers.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:32 PM on April 20 [6 favorites]

There was once a montage of black-and-white SF clips to Minaj’s Starships, which I found extremely satisfactory in this vein, but I can’t find it now.
posted by clew at 9:35 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]

(I was definitely just coming into the thread to post the Nicholas Brother's 'Stormy Weather' sequence in full, but see that dances_with_sneeches has (somewhat eponysterically) beaten me to it. Carry on.)
posted by kaibutsu at 12:14 AM on April 21

It's amazing-- I see more details on repeated viewing-- similar kinds of scenes groups together.

Also, I wasn't expecting video editing to be one of the artforms of the era.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 4:25 AM on April 21 [3 favorites]

I've thought since the first digital editing and 3D animation systems that at some point a full on hollywood blockbuster would be released. Only to be revealed that instead of a massive studio it's a couple gals in a basement with a green screen wall that were friends with some famous/recognizable actors.

These are really clever and great fun. Following my first comment, the "AI"is morphing and face changing tools will also be able to take clips are re-use them. Ha as an exercise for a digital artist, take the famous Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling and replace him with a virtual Gene Kelly. Now that would mess with folks heads. The world is what the artists make it.
posted by sammyo at 5:49 AM on April 21 [2 favorites]

Came in to post Km Music's Awesome Dance Mix but MollyRealized got there first.
posted by Molesome at 6:14 AM on April 21

clew, here is the story behind the "Starships" vid you're thinking of!

For the 2012 "Vividcon" vidder convention, a vidder called bironic made this excellent vid to "Starships", using science-fiction/space footage:

It was beloved, and became a fixture of the convention's dance party.

Then for the next year's Vividcon, vidder Jetpack Monkey made this "remix" version, using black-and-white science fiction sources:

It has served as a great complement/compliment to bironic's ever since. Especially as, if you compare closely, Jetpack Monkey made a great effort to have this vid's shots speak to the specific shots in bironic's vid.

Anyway, it was big fun, and the vids make for a great rewatch.

Here I will highly recommend a recent piece of scholarship about the history and evolution of this particular type of vidding: Vidding: a History, by Franscesca Coppa. There's a free, online, open-access copy linked from there, which is terrific because it includes links to all the vids being discussed and contextualized.
posted by theatro at 6:20 AM on April 21 [7 favorites]

Loved watching all these (in original post and the comments). I was a big fan of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies when I was a teenager, and it was nice to relive the joy of watching great dancing. Just what I needed today!
posted by mydonkeybenjamin at 7:51 AM on April 21 [1 favorite]

I love all of this but remain somewhat perplexed that I've still yet to come across a 24/7 channel anywhere of nonstop people dancing beautifully, randomly to great beats and grooves.
posted by philip-random at 8:29 AM on April 21 [2 favorites]

MetaFilter: instead of a massive studio it's a couple gals in a basement
posted by kirkaracha at 9:00 AM on April 21 [4 favorites]

I've always liked this one. Burt Reynolds fits in so well.
posted by dforemsky at 10:23 AM on April 21 [1 favorite]

It's a bit less about the dancing, but I never get tired of Cookie Monster singing Tom Waits.
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 2:06 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]

A mashup for "I'm So Excited".
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 7:48 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]

Looks like I've got the algorithm trained to give me dance mashups. I am content.

Dancing on the Ceiling. Good variety of dancing.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 7:58 PM on April 21

I saw the Old Movie Stars vid before Uptown Funk's official video, and when I finally saw the latter I was ... disappoint. Very disappoint. I'm with bl1nk: the Old Movie Stars version is official.

(Is this like not admitting Star Wars episodes I-III exist?)
posted by Quasirandom at 12:51 PM on April 25

One more montage, terpsichorally dedicated to Springfield Massachusetts' tap-dancing-est daughter, Eleanor Powell: Come Hit Me Up
posted by bartleby at 6:40 PM on April 27

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