||Strong... Someday he'll be
a real boy.
reference to Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who must prove himself
worthy of becoming a "real boy".
Written by Carlo Collodi in 1883, it is Disney's animated
musical version Pinocchio (1940) which is most well
known. It was Disney's second animated feature (see below for the
first) and won Academy Awards for Best Original Score, and Best
Song, When You Wish Upon a Star.
||So... Dawn's in trouble. Must
Apparently Buffy can see right through that fourth
wall and into the TV Guide.
||Plan, schman. Let's mount
It's a stretch, but the Rocky Horror Picture
Show includes the song Planet Schmanet
i.e. Planet Schmanet....?
||Life's a show
And we all play our parts
This lyric paraphrases Shakespeare's "Seven Ages
Of Man" speech:
"All the world's a stage
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and entrances:
And one man in his time plays many parts...."
Jacques, As You Like It (II viii)
Where there's life, there's hope
Every day's a gift
Wishes can come true
Whistle while you work
Just whistle while you work
And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place
So hum a merry tune, it won't take long
When there's a song, to help you set the pace
- Whistle While You Work, music:
Frank Churchill, lyrics: Larry Morey
disillusioned recitation of positive-thinking clichés includes
a reference to this song from Disney's first animated feature
- a musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimms' fairy tale Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
The movie also includes such cheery songs as The
Silly Song, With a Smile and a Song, The Washing Song,
One Song, Heigh-Ho, and the slightly pre-feminist
Some Day My Prince Will Come.
||The hardest thing in this
world...is to live in it.
Dawn returns the advice Buffy gave her before jumping
into the portal in episode #100: The Gift:
BUFFY: Dawn, the hardest thing in this world...is
to live in it. Be brave. Live... For me.
||You should go back inside.
Finish the big group sing. Get your kum-ba-yayas out.
"Kumbaya-yas" line is a pun on the titles Kumbaya
and Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!.
Kumbaya is a Gullah spiritual song: "Kumbaya
my Lord, Kumbaya"
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! is the title of
the live Rolling Stones album recorded during their 1969 American
tour. It is generally considered to be their best live album.
||The day you suss out what
you do want, there'll probably be a parade. Seventy-six bloody trombones.
"Seventy six trombones led the big parade"
The opening line to the song Seventy-six Trombones from the
musical The Music Man (1957), book, words and music
by Meredith Wilson. It won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical,
Author, Composer and Lyricist and was made into a Hollywood musical
in 1962, starring Robert Preston (reprising his Broadway role),
Shirley Jones, and a very young Ron Howard.
The musical also includes the song Til There Was
You which was also covered by the Beatles, on their second album
With The Beatles.
When I first saw "THE END" flash up, it looked
familiar. There's something about the fonts, colors and size of
the words that ring a bell, and I suspected it was another reference.
My immediate thought was Rebel Without A Cause but, as that's
not a musical, probably not.
My guess - if it is an intentional reference - would
be one of the great movie musicals, maybe West Side Story,
(particularly as the lyrics were written by one of Joss's inspirations,
Stephen Sondheim), but as I don't have a copy of it lying around
I can't confirm that.
If anyone does know which - if any - movie it is an
homage to, please let me