I chatted with Danny Elfman about his new MasterClass, and his ventriloquist dummy “Buddy”
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You may remember I recently blogged about Danny Elfman’s new “music for film” MasterClass (which launched on Halloween, naturally). A day or so after it posted I got an email from someone on his team asking if I wanted to interview him. My response, “Uh, who could say no to that…?!” I soon found myself Skyping with the founder of Oingo Boingo, the father of the Simpsons’ theme, and one of the most prolific film composers of all time Happy Mutant extraordinaire, Mr. Danny Elfman.
Here’s what we chatted about:
Rusty: Hi there, Danny. I’m thrilled to speak with you today.
Danny: Hello, thank you.
Rusty: I wanted to share a couple of things we have in common real quick before we get into it. One… we’re both redheads.
Danny: I was just going to say that. That’s got to be the first thing.
Rusty: Right? Well, it’s obvious. Two… we both collect strange and unusual objects.
Rusty: Just saw an article about your strange and unusual collection and they shared a picture of you with your creepy ventriloquist dummy.
Rusty: Yeah, Buddy! Well, I wanted to tell you, you must know Archie McPhee…
Rusty: So, a couple of years ago, they made my likeness into a product. I’m a creepy ventriloquist dummy toy, a finger puppet.
Danny: Wow… Oh my god, that’s so cool. What an honor. You should be honored.
Rusty: Oh I am.
Danny: Wow. Well, you have to go look at my nine episodes of “Danny and Buddy.”
Rusty: Oh my gosh, yes, ok. Read the rest