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Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse Dance

by Nicholas Sammond

This scene from Anchors Aweigh (1945) made the movie well known, as it features a dance scene combining live action and animation between two stars: Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse (from Tom and Jerry). Jerry Mouse plays a lonesome king who has abolished music and dance because he cannot dance. Gene Kelly comes across him moping, and decides to show him that in all you need in order to be able to dance is happiness, and they dance together. The scene demonstrates a coming together of experimentation in dance (as pursued probably most famously by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire through their starring roles and uniquely filmed dance numbers) and animation. It furthermore underscores the common bases of vaudeville, minstrelsy and Broadway from which both Hollywood film and popular American animation took much of their form.

Anchors Aweigh (1945) - Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse Dance

Jerry Mouse plays a lonesome king who has abolished music and dance because he cannot dance. Gene Kelly comes across him moping, and decides to show him that in all you need in order to be able to dance is happiness, as they dance together.

from Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Creator: George Sidney
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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