Girl Walk vs. Happy

Last year, well before “Happy” became the inescapable 10-week reigning #1 single it is today, Pharrell released a star-studded, globetrotting 24-hour music video for the song. It inspired more than 1,000 remakes and became the kind of viral sensation that everybody saw. That included Anne Marsen, a 24-year-old Brooklyn actress and dancer who couldn’t help but notice some striking similarities between “24 Hours Of ’Happy’” and Girl Walk // All Day, a 71-minute film she made in 2011 in which she dances in locations around New York City to the sounds of Girl Talk’s mashup album All Day. So she made this video to point out the resemblance.

Marsen told Spin that she and Girl Walk director Jacob Krupnik are not mad, just disappointed: “Jacob and I were saying, we agree, it’s a great thing that dance is getting recognition as a long-form kind of thing, because we want to be making more projects that we’re dreaming up now that are in this form. Yet at the same time we feel like we’re not getting the recognition for this.” A rep for Pharrell said neither the artist nor directing team We Are From L.A. had seen Girl Walk // All Day and that the “Happy” video is based on the film Despicable Me 2, for which the song was written.

What say y’all? Is it time to bust out the sad version of “Happy” again and shed a single tear?

Comments (9)
  1. That’s the first time I’ve seen either video. #mutlitasking

  2. I think both videos are borrowing dance moves from a wedding I attended in 2010.

  3. Look the Happy video is really cool, but let’s not act like its some kind of beacon of incredible originality. It’s not that hard to think of doing something like that, just like it probably wasn’t that hard to think of doing that Girl Talk video. I highly doubt Pharrell and his team stole the idea.

  4. wait, this girl has beef because less than 1% of pharrell’s video vaguely resembles 3% of her video? give me a break

  5. Who really cares anybody can dance. Michael Jackson ‘s famous Thriller dance there always seem to be dances showing some of those dancing…so my answer NO Pharrell did what he felt dance and I just love, love that song and dance that is not offensive to young children, even makes this senior citizens try to dance, but I love clapping my hands…..sing on Pharrell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Everyone quick to jump on this girl for expressing disappointment. I guarantee someone on the team who came up with this idea saw this video. It’s not like she’s busting out litigation. I like Pharrell the producer, and occasionally Skateboard P the rapper, but to be honest, he’s maintained some hack tendencies no matter how loved he is (look up Sleepy Brown and note the similarities in both production style AND singing). Jus sayin.

    • Unless you call “who cares?” “jumping,” I’d say the predominant reaction is not so much “she’s stupid” but “what if it is, it’s not like the ‘Walk’ video was a paragon of originality either?”

  7. Not sure i care; it’s wonderful and inspiring!!

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