Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Ducks are dandy

Media Moment: The Mighty Ducks
Queen Related: features WWRY and WATC

What sports movie made after 1977 doesn’t use these two songs? As I mentioned in a previous post, WATC has become the defacto arena anthem for a winning team, no matter what the sport seems to be.

Hockey was very quick to embrace the songs and hockey movies began to mimic real-life with the inclusion of WWRY and WATC in their underdog storylines. One can really understand this movie having such iconic anthems because the timing of the movie coincided with Queen’s move to Hollywood Records, owned by Disney who also made the film.

The fun thing that I remember about the movie (which was on TV last night) was what happened shortly after the film came out . . . Anaheim (and Disney) launched an expansion hockey team called
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks, named after the movie. For a while there, I seem to recall that the Duck players were constantly teased about having a cartoon character for a logo and that they were, pardon the pun, a lame duck team.

The movie did well at the box office though (spawned two sequels and another two Queen appearances on the soundtrack), and the hockey team started kicking butt later on as well. The common denominator in these success stories—Queen. No, wait, maybe it was Emilio Estevez?


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