While the Ghostbusters reboot is at least on the path to a successful opening weekend, the film could still use all the help it can get to counter the internet’s negativity towards it. Just days ago, the new cover of the Ghostbusters theme was released by Fall Out Boy (featuring Missy Elliot, respectively), which only added fuel to the flames when it comes to this film. However, those standing by and hoping for the film’s success both financially and creatively at least have other areas of the internet to explore.
The original Ghostbusters theme by Ray Park Jr. is an iconic song due more to its association to the film and simplicity than its quality. It’s the song you’d expect from Huey Lewis and the News, but that’s just not how things played out. Cut to over twenty years later and the reboot did what it could to provide a cover of that old theme, much to the dismay of the internet. Well, Japan has attempted to appease audiences with their own take on the theme in a music video that ties in directly with the film.
Four Japanese comedians (Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Naomi Watanabe and Shizuyo Yamasaki) star in a music video that incorporates a Japanese-language cover of the Ghostbusters theme song and some old and new footage from the upcoming film. Additionally and clearly the highlight, the music video feature choreographed dancing with proton packs and a hilarious amount of minimal effort to show off this group’s skill as a team of Ghostbusters. Clearly bustin’ does in fact make them feel good.
This may not be the sort of thing the ones against this upcoming reboot need to calm them down, but it is a nice change from the aggressive marketing being done in an attempt to excite everyone for the new Ghostbusters film. The new footage featured also provides some new clips featuring Chris Hemsworth’s character in addition to another look at the film’s take on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Feel free to also enjoy the translation of this music video’s description to English on the YouTube page as well.
There is a goofy charm to this video. While some may not have much familiarity with the comedians featured, there is clearly a silly joy in making this goofy video. Not hurting is the random presence of some ghostly guys dancing towards the end of the song. But really, who doesn’t enjoy seeing proton packs incorporated into a choreographed dance set to the Ghostbusters theme?
Fall Out Boy fans and others may be happy enough with the new cover, however, and that’s great. It doesn’t mean various versions of the song can’t be enjoyed by all, but one does have to wonder if other hit tracks from the Ghostbusters soundtrack will be given similar service. Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own” from Ghostbusters II anyone?
Ghostbusters opens in theaters July 15th, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures Japan