FCS Daily Music Video – ‘Opposites Attract’ Paula Abdul (pre and post, rotoscoping animation) (1991)

This one is interesting. I learnt a lot about rotoscope animation.

The song’s music video was directed by Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson, in which Abdul dances with cartoon character MC Skat Kat, voiced by The Wild Pair, Bruce DeShazer and Marvin Gunn.

The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. Paula even choreographed the animated character’s moves to match her live-action dance moves in the video. MC Skat Kat was animated by members of the Disney animation team.  MC Skat Kat’s movements were the result of rotoscoping animation, with Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers standing in for the character against a blue screen, then drawing the animated form over Chambers’ dance moves. The Wild Pair did not appear in the video.

The video won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video and was nominated for Breakthrough Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lyrics below

Baby seems we never
Ever agree
You like the movies
And I like TV

I take things serious
And you take ’em light
I go to bed early
And I party all night

Our friends are sayin’
We ain’t gonna last
‘Cause I move slowly
And baby I’m fast

I like it quiet
And I love to shout
But when we get together
It just all works out

I take two steps forward
I take two steps back
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract
And you know, it ain’t fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract

Who would’ve thought
We could be lovers
She makes the bed
And he steals the covers

She likes it neat
And he makes a mess
I take it easy
Baby I get obsessed

She’s got the money
And he’s always broke
I don’t like cigarettes
And I like to smoke

Things in common?
There just ain’t a one
But when we get together
We have nothin’ but fun

I take two steps forward
I take two steps back
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract
And you know, it ain’t fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract

Two steps forward
Two steps back
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract
And you know, it ain’t fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract

You know it, baby, baby
We come together
We come together

Baby, ain’t it something how we lasted this long?
You and me proving everyone wrong
I don’t think we’ll ever get our differences patched
It don’t really matter ’cause we perfectly matched

And I take two steps forward
I take two steps back
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract
And you know, it ain’t fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract

Two steps forward
Two steps back
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract
And you know, it ain’t fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
‘Cause opposites attract

Two steps forward
Two steps back
Two steps back
We come together
‘Cause opposites, opposites attract
It ain’t fiction
You know it’s a fact
We come together
‘Cause opposites
‘Cause opposites

Two steps forward
Two steps back
Two steps back
Opposites attract
We come together
We go together
‘Cause opposites attract

Two steps forward
Two steps back
Two steps back
Opposites attract
We come together
We go together
Opposites
I said, opposites attract

Don Matthews
April 2021




Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing round with words. And having fun

5 thoughts on “FCS Daily Music Video – ‘Opposites Attract’ Paula Abdul (pre and post, rotoscoping animation) (1991)

  1. Well, THAT was fun! And on multiple levels, too. Fun music to begin with; nostalgic; comparison between pre and post; the animation in the post is great!

    …and I am still singing the song in my head…

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