While promoting his new film The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Chris Pratt brought some Parks and Recreation nostalgia by covering “Everything is Awesome” as his Parks character, Andy Dwyer. With just a couple of days to go before the release of The LEGO Movie 2, the cast is hard at work promoting the film and having fun while doing it.
The LEGO Movie sequel brings back Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy, Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and more, as well as a new catchy song titled, well, “Catchy Song”, which will try to outdo the first film's catchy tune “Everything Is Awesome”. It might've taken some viewers a long time to get that song out of their heads, but here comes Pratt with a new version that'll not only make them sing it again, but will also remind them of a certain comedy series.
During an appearance on BBC America's The Graham Norton Show to promote The LEGO Movie 2, Chris Pratt was asked about a particular cover he does of “Everything Is Awesome” where he channels his Parks and Recreation character, Andy Dwyer. Andy was the lead singer and guitarist of a band called Mouse Rat, which as described by Pratt, played “really terrible frat boy rock music”. Pratt was then given a guitar and sang a bit in full Andy Dwyer style. You can watch the clip below.
Although it sounds more like a grunge version, it somehow stills keeps a cheerful vibe - which is consistent with Pratt's Parks and Rec character. Andy was goofy and lazy, but eventually learned to be way more productive than he originally was, even hosting his own children’s TV show as “Johnny Karate”, though he continued to be dimwitted, which was a big part of his essence.
Andy Dwyer became one of the series’ most loved characters in big part thanks to Pratt. The character was originally planned as a recurring one that wouldn’t make it past the first season, but Pratt’s comedic talent changed the producers’ mind and Andy became a main character. Rumors of a possible Parks and Recreation revival emerged last year, and while Pratt and series producer and star Amy Poehler both said they would be up for it, the idea seems unlikely to happen.
As exciting and fun as a Parks and Recreation revival would undoubtedly be, it’s not something Pratt really needs. Since the beloved comedy rode off into the sunset, Pratt’s cinematic career has skyrocketed, starring in blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, and most recently The LEGO Movie 2 and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. There might not be a Parks revival anytime soon, but at least fans now know (in case they ever wondered) what “Everything Is Awesome” would sound like if Andy and Mouse Rat covered it. As the LEGO films tend to bring a lot of pop culture references, we can only hope for a future sequel that'll include a nod to Andy and the citizens of Pawnee.
Source: BBC America
- The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) release date: Feb 08, 2019