Of pigs, penguins, Puccini and paper bags
A friend of mine recently drew my attention to this song in Happy Feet 2 which sets new lyrics to the tune of Puccini's "E lucevan le stelle":
Many reckon it has a good claim to be the worst shredding of a piece of classical music in a film for a very long time. While I feel their pain, for me it doesn't come close to the anguish provoked by the example below from Babe. After all, Puccini did at least write a piece intended to be sung. Saint-Saens wrote this one for organ and orchestra (the name Organ Symphony gives that away). Erik the penguin is a better singer than James Cromwell, has better lyrics to work with, and despite the title of the film it isn't the penguin who makes a prat of himself with a stupid dance.
Mind you, I gave up on the film of Babe (it's loosely based on Dick King-Smith's marvellous The Sheep-Pig) when I discovered that in the film the "password" which allows the pig to be accepted by the sheep had morphed into "Baa-ram-ewe! Baa-ram-ewe! To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true! Sheep be true! Baa-ram-ewe!" from the awesome original
I may be ewe, I may be ram
I may be mutton, may be lamb
But on the hoof or on the hook
I b'ain't as stupid as I look.
Listening to either of those songs makes me wish to emulate Mr Lambert in this Monty Python sketch and put a bag over my head. (On the LP it was a bucket - better sound effect - and for the same reason the singers had to climb into a fish tank rather than a tea chest to get him out.)