Nerd Fest UK put together this genius mashup of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) and iconic dance scenes from old movies. It’s a companion piece of sorts to an earlier mashup with the same song, except this time it’s filled out with Golden Age classics. The result is totally infectious—the song’s been stuck in a lot of people’s heads for some time already, and this is not going to help one bit.
Aside from the brilliant and sometimes hilarious editing, the most surprising thing is how easily the song lines up with the classical Hollywood choreography of Fred and Ginger, Gene Kelly, and the Nicholas Brothers, among others. But perhaps we should expect no less, given that stars of the era were frequently fans of hot jazz, one of the building blocks of funk.
And it’s not just the rhythmic element, either. It’s also the dancers’ and choreographers’ sense of humor, which was always obvious, and lends itself particularly well to this video.