Name That Tune

I was browsing through YouTube a few days ago, trying to figure out the site.  I know it is popular, but I very rarely use it.  As I was poking around, I came across a video (it ended up being a commercial) that showed a group of dogs “singing” what was labeled as a “strangely familiar tune.”

Let’s be honest, I took the link because the dogs were cute.  🙂 Still, as the video was playing, I couldn’t help but wonder what song they were performing. Here’s the video:

I could not figure it out.  Finally, I read the caption on the video and figured out that it was the Star Wars theme song.  Suddenly, I understood why I was so clueless. I can honestly say, I have never seen any of the movies.

I vaguely remember having a picture book based on the movies as a kid, but I truly can’t tell you what it was about.  It just never did it for me.

This probably isn’t something I should admit online.  Every time I mention this fact in a conversation, everyone just looks at me like I am insane or I committed a crime.  One person actually argued with me, saying it is “impossible” for a 30-something American to have never seen the movies.

What can I say, I am not a sci-fi fan.  There are a few movies in the genre I have seen over the years.  There may have even been one or two I enjoyed–but Star Wars isn’t one of them.

I tend to doubt that I am the only one, but I could be wrong.  Maybe I really do live in a bubble.  What do you think? Have you seen Star Wars? Does it freak you out that I haven’t?  Are there any classic movies that you have never seen? Did you find the dogs to be as adorable as I did? 🙂

23 thoughts on “Name That Tune

  1. Sara Walpert Foster

    I was in seventh grade when first Star Wars movie came out and EVERYBODY saw it. Except me. No interest. Then, when my older daughter was in 7th grade, she asked me why she was the only person she knew who hadn’t seen Star Wars. I realized it was that all of her parents friends had seen it as kids and saw it as a rite of passage. I reluctantly agreed to see it – we rented and watched as a family – and lo and behold, I really liked it. Enough to watch all the subsequent movies with my family. I still didn’t know what song they were barking in that commercial when I saw it the first time. I thought I was losing it but now I know I’m not alone.

    • It came out about a year before I was born, so I missed any hype of the original release. Still, it seemed that everyone I knew saw it when I was growing up. I did try to watch it once with an ex-boyfriend, but I fell asleep within a few minutes (from exhaustion, not the quality of the movie). At some point, I will see it. 🙂
      I am glad to know that I am not the only one who didn’t recognize it. My husband got it right away. Now that I know what it is, I can get it, but I was truly clueless the first time I saw it. 🙂

  2. Laird Sapir

    That is a great video! As for not seeing Star Wars… I think it would be weirder if as a 30 something American you hadn’t ever tried peanut butter or hung out at a mall just once in middle school. 🙂

    • Thanks, Laird! I thought it was adorable, even if I didn’t know what song it was. 🙂 I can assure you that I have had peanut butter (more times than I should ,since it is a huge migraine trigger for me), and I spent just about every weekend hanging out at the mall in middle school. 🙂

  3. Yes, they are adorable! I’m a dog person ~ totally. I think it’s okay that you haven’t seen Star Wars ~ some people just aren’t into it. You might wanna check it out just because it’s a classic though 😉

    So, I pushed play on the video and my 9 year old son was standing behind me. About 10 seconds in, he starts singing the Star Wars tune and says “Hey, that’s the Star Wars song”

    Did I mention he’s brilliant? : )

    Great post!

    • I really should see it at some point. My husband read this post last night, and mentioned (again) that he can’t beleive I have never seen it. I have this odd feeling that will change in the very near future. 😉
      That’s awesome that your son recognized it so fast! 🙂

  4. I’ve never seen E.T., which always raises people’s eyebrows. I did like the first three Star Wars movies. The newer ones weren’t as good.
    And when i see videos like that, I’m in awe of how creative some people are…and wonder why they have so much time on their hands.

    • I loved ET as a kid! But I am glad to know that I am not the only one who has missed a movie that people assume everyone has seen. 🙂
      I am in awe of the creativity of a lot of these videos, too! I wouldn’t have the patience to put something like this together. 😉

  5. I’m only mildly embarrassed to say that I saw Star Wars 82 (yes, really) times in the theater. I was young enough to get in for a child’s price and old enough to ride my bike to the Capital Plaza theater in Austin. I went in the morning, sat through all the showings, and returned when my mom got home from work. Since it played in the theater for over a year, it really wasn’t that hard.

    Needless to say, i do love the story. I love the characters. I love the mythology. I love the fact that the heroes journey plays out so beautifully and, I know, that the world and the story telling influenced my writing. And I loved the fact that I could grow up with the stories, first crushing on Luke and then on Han.

    Now, the “new” trilogy…no. those aren’t even on my radar. But the first three? Heck yeah.

    • OK, now I am intrigued. I am not a sci-fi fan, but I have seen a few that I fell in love with, mainly because of the characters.
      I have to say, most people I have talked to mention special effects first when they talk about the movie–not the characters. I am not one to see a movie for the special effects (although my husband loves them). I am a character person–I love a story where I can fall in love with the characters, feel passionate about what happens to them. 🙂
      Maybe I should give it s try…

      • Star Wars really is all about the characters – as Julie says, classic hero’s journey. These days the special effects are pretty average, even after the digital remastering. Although… maybe I was dreaming… but I think they’ve just relaunched it in 3D. (I could be making that up.)

        82 times, Julie? wow. I thought my fiend who saw Avatar at least 15 times in the cinema was obsessed 🙂

      • Oh, you totally should. And get your hands on the original version, not the remix where Lucas upped the special effects. The revamp, imho, did not make the movies better, and in a couple of instances detrimentally impacted them.

  6. I did see the 1st three Star Wars movies. They were HUGE, there was TONS of merchandising (I still have a couple of my glasses from Burger King), and all of my peers were really caught-up in the hoopla. I’m thinking that the fact that you weren’t born when Star Wars first landed on the scene is the only reason you managed to dodge a viewing all this time. (And really, they are so fabulous!)

    My personal shame? I’ve never read Harry Potter and only recall seeing one of the movies. My grown children (who have frequent Harry Potter parties) and most people I’ve admitted this to are appalled! So I generally keep that little tidbit to myself.

  7. Too funny. I’ve seen it…kinda. I don’t remember much. I still haven’t seen the new ones though, or at least, all of them. I’m just not interested, to be honest. It’s not my genre of movie, I guess. It doesn’t freak me out at all that you didn’t know it. 🙂

  8. I do love the classic trilogy (I could do without the newer three). The characters were great, and honestly, I think it’s such a classic it needs to be seen to get the references in modern day literature/TV/movies.

    Now, if you aren’t a Sci-Fi person, Firefly is the gateway. The characters are great, as is the writing, and it has converted more than one person I know to give more sci-fi a try.

    Now, I will watch the dog commercial for the 5th time, since it is all my toddler wants right now. (Thanks. 😉 )

    • I couldn’t not share that video! I think the dogs are adorable!! I think I would get along well with your toddler! 😉
      I think I have been convinced that I need to give it a try. I keep seeing blogs telling me all I can learn about writing/reading/life in general from Star Wars, and I am starting to feel a bit left out! 🙂

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