I watched Hello, Dolly (I’m actually watching it right now)!
I’m not surprised that WALL-E loves this movie!
It’s hysterical, hopelessly romantic and full of high-action. When you first watch it, you won’t be able to stop dancing, and WALL-E learned well. For those who are familiar with the characters, Cornelius is very much like WALL-E and Irene is very much like EVE. It’s great.
I am a big musical and theater freak. I can’t act, but I love watching musicals and plays! Anyway, Hello Dolly is defintely not one of my favorites. I personally didn’t really like the plot. However, the songs are fantastic! And my favorite of the Hello Dolly songs were used in WALL-E.
I watched Dolly last year out of curiosity after seeing it in Wall-E. It is a very cheerful and upbeat film about going outside your comfort zone and seeking new friends. And of course, the songs are utterly charming! I didn’t dig the theme song, but I liked ‘Elegance’ and ‘It Only Takes a Moment’. <3
P.S. I was playing ‘POYSC’ on piano today, and my dad and bro asked me about it. I explained it was “from a film with Barbara Streissand in it. It’s a Roger Hammestein-style musical where a cute woman tries to win the heart of a grumpy man. And that two guys go to town and make a pact not to return until they find the girls of their dreams.” And then my dad started playing Streissand numbers on his computer during dinner.
Dolly is a very traditional musical, and I do see the similarities. For instance, “The Waiter’s Gallop” is a classic liitle wake up number for the audience. The structure of the show is quite Rodgers and Hammerstein.
I love “Hello, Dolly!” and enjoyed how it was used in Wall-E. The score is actually by Jerry Herman (who also wrote “Mame”), and the story is based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder. “H,D!” is a fun, bouncy, old-fashioned romantic musical comedy. And for those who don’t already know this, the movie Cornelius is a young Michael Crawford, who was later famous as the original star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.”
I think Barnaby and Minnie have always been my favorite “Dolly” characters. And “Dancing” is definitely my favorite number.