Diff'rent Strokes opening sequence, reconsidered

"Disturbing Strokes" is a great example of the power of music to affect mood and give different meaning to familiar visuals. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)


  1. ROFLMAO!!! I never watched it, but if THAT had been the real show I guarantee I would have. Wonderful work !!!!

  2. This is great, and immediately brought back memories of the infamous child molester episode…

    It’s amazing how primed we are to associate emotion with music and, since Hollywood at least, plot with music.

  3. No effect on me either. Plus this predisposition of the internet to find disturbing sexuality in innocent things is still remarkably off-putting.

    Thumbs down.

  4. Another “meh”. Maybe if the music responded to the cuts or scope of each shot, it might have been more effective.

  5. @dj mankiewicz, #2, and anyone else who also wants to see the ps260/Shining-as-done-by-Ephron video, Google found it hiding here. I didn’t go looking for the West Side Story/zombie flick, but I don’t doubt it, too, lurks just beneath a thin veneer of interwebbing.

  6. I’m not sure that this one’s got sexual overtones. I think the music just implies something sinister.

    I think it’s interesting how the music (especially since it’s not synchronized with the video) changes the context of the images.

  7. @#7:

    whoever smell’d it dealt it. i.e. does the internet really do that? First I’ve heard of it.

  8. NOOO! Don’t go with the old man! He’s gonna get you!!!

    I think the giant building at the end was the scariest part. LOL, it seemed like an ominous government/research facility.

  9. It’s sinister and foreboding… but it’s also weary and forlorn, like the old white dude isn’t doing anything so dramatic as abducting Arnold and Willis… this routine collecting of the children is some kind of grim ritual and indicates an offscreen exploitation … just another day in hell for two at risk youth with Stockholm Syndrome … plus there’s a real Exorcist vibe… with all the menace of The Exorcist but without the Devil… just Charlotte Rae.

  10. It’s curious how he just rolls down to the basketball courts to “pick out a couple of kids” like he’s choosing a Thanksgiving Turkey.

  11. I liked it! Though I gotta admit when I saw Arnold and Willis, I heard “Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans”… That song must be in really stuck in my head.

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