ALL ABOUT MERRY CROCMAS
All good clean fun made to scare kids to be good or the Crocodiles will pay them a visit.
NOW LISTED OFFICIALLY ON IMDB
Energetic bonkers & chaos or "Bonkerzilliance" is how one friend described this music video, with round 22,000 pictures that make up this stop motion anime and you can easily treble that for what didn't make the cut.
Taking a few years to make this in-between life, a full time job, settling back in my country of origin from OZ, buying a house for the first time and having a very sick young dog.
I just wanted to make a unique totally original fun song and video. Purely mad intent created this without any musical or film background or training I managed to pull this off by sleeping a lot less, I made a prelude stop motion story to this song along with a couple of others.
(Check them out on the Show reel page).
History of MC
Originally known as "Crocojillo Loco" this was born out of phrasing ridiculous metaphors from trying to learn Portuguese in Perth, Western Australia, whilst living out a needy van, partially sharing a flat with throngs of Brazilian friends. The portly Chefo fevela thug animal rap drawl embossed the ridiculous madness of my lyrics, much to uproarious approval of unbeknown neighboring flats begging for repeat.
This was 2013 but never evolved further until late 2015 on a monotonous flight to work in the desert of the Pilbara I revised it with the hope of attempting to make a Christmas hit.
Utilising a squad of Maori's and Ozy droogs the plan was for them to pose as crocs painted green in hi viz work gear chasing me through the outback, sadly with much seasonal inebriation engaged virtuous intent was spent. I made a promise to myself that one day when I was settled I would give MERRY CROCMAS the life it demanded.
I've rewrote the lyrics close to 50 times and really it should have been a children's book rather than a very long song, many lyrics didn't make the cut which is hard to decide on in itself. Learning heaps since early 2017 I looked into music with a piano and ableton live 10, delved into stop motion and become ensnared surrogate to this demanding mushrooming monster, what a trip.. lol xox
SO WHAT IS MERRY CROCMAS ABOUT?
The answer to the perpetual missing socks mystery, where do all those socks go? Primarily the focus was to teach and frighten kids to be good or face immortal scary crocodiles that are invisible to all except dogs, no wonder they're always barking at nothing. Clepto crocs who go around all year stealing socks, sewing them together to keep warm at Christmas when they appear to bad people to make them good, along with origins of Santa and Christmas winter time, it's all in the lyrics.
If I make you laugh or brightened your day then I've achieved my goal.
Ps. Best performance on Big Speakers!..Crank up this multi genre music video (Pop, Jazz, Bluegrass/Country, Dance & HipHop with a Rapping Croc).
CROC SUIT & MORE
Originally I did incorporate myself dancing on my local beach and riding a snake board in a home made croc suit 🤪with the theory people would keep wanting to watch it to see what they missed.
I hired a guy to do me a slow trap beat based on my own rendition which was awesome with KMT's Piece of Eights Slow Rap however this would of made the song even longer than it already is.
(Available to buy on the shop page!).
MERRY CROCMAS TEAM
PAUL J FLETCHER FROM UK/AUSTRALIA
WRITER, DIRECTOR, SET/MODEL DESIGNER ARTIST, STOP MOTION ANIMATION, VIDEO EDITING, MAJORITY OF MUSIC, CAST PERFORMER AS SANTA, PART OF CHORUS, EDWIN DAWG TALKING, SCOUSER BUSKER, RABBLE & CACKLING CROCODILES. PLAYING DIDGERIDOO, BULL ROARER, MINIMAL HARMONICA & MEDITATION BOWL.
Questioned myself heaps, "What in the actual....?" As I'm sure everyone does, it's been exciting and fun learning new skills!
ROBERT RUBY FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
MUSIC PRODUCED MIXED AND MASTERED. RESPONSIBLE FOR HIRING/DIRECTING CLARINET PLAYER ON CHORUS, MAKING A FAR SUPERIOR BLUEGRASS COUNTRY MUSIC SOUND & DROPPING THE ORGAN ON THE RAP.
Amazingly cool patient man with a vintage studio in L.A. this would not of been possible without the lengths Robert went to help me bring this song to life, no mean feat after month's of work he added his own loving musical touch with legendary mastering to this ambitious project, Huge kudos to you Robert this track still makes me smile and I totally believe that it wouldn't have done without your wizardry, I'm forever in your debt!
ERIC HOLLAWAY A BARRY WHITE IMPERSONATOR FROM TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA
CAST AS MONT MASSIVE THE MOUNTAIN & CHORUS
What a great guy, I love his deep voice, originally I was after a Satchmo impersonator but I think it couldn't have been done better by anyone else, Eric nailed this performance on the 2nd take after I explained exactly what I wanted. I look forward to hearing his deep glorious tones on the mountain verse everytime! "Well Done, Superior Quality Job Eric!!".
KMT FROM SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
CAST AS PIECE OF EIGHT CROC RAPPER
Prolifically talented and undeniably a force to be reckoned with, KMT smashed 2 deadly raps out of fast and slow in single takes, we revised it a couple of times due to technical holdbacks but blimey this Rap makes Merry Crocmas.
I salute you KMT!
ROWAN MURPHY (AGED 12)
CAST AS PART OF CHORUS
Rowan is a delight to work with, an old eccentric man trapped in a child's body, funny, switched on and engaging. Scoring him leading roles acting in many productions in TV & Theatre in Suffolk and the UK from as young as 7 years old. He gave the Chorus a raspy young mans voice, you can hear him questioning the fact that Crocs have stolen everybody's Socks....?
Certainly a rising star to watch out for in the future!
Please feel free to check out his high achievements here:
NOAH WALL FROM NASHVILLE, TENNASSEE
CAST AS PART OF CHORUS
Noah appears courtesy of Bonfire Records with an enchanting voice of such goose bumping, neck hair raising proportions. I was so glad but above all very honoured to have her on board, her high notes resonate the air. Truly awesome artist and tremendous work Noah!
SEVIL SABAH FROM AUSTRALIA
CAST AS PART OF CHORUS
Sevil brought silky jazz tones to the chorus with her amazing voice, a great artist in her own right. Thank you Sevil for agreeing to being part of my madcap work!
CHRIS HARMONICA PRO FROM UK
Chris heavily influenced this track with his astounding harmonica work and really gave it a marvellous edge. You certainly were not shy in displaying your professional play here, Onya Chris!
DIDAC TRANIS CORDON FROM SPAIN
Hired & instructed by Robert Ruby this was an outstanding achievement for the chorus and gave it that extra boost on craziness and diversity I was hoping for. I never met you Didac but I wholeheartedly thank you for your brilliance!
EDWIN THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
CAST AS HIMSELF
Edwin🐾 The ultimate dog now coming up to 4 years old, I doubt many have been through as much as him in a lifetime, such a fighter.
A particularly amusing character, so vocal never a day passes without him talking to me, what's not to love unconditionally x
Have YOU hugged a Schnauzer today?