Video Information


  • Member: kitsunebeolnet
  • Studio: Streamliner Studios
  • Title: A history of US Presidents
  • Premiered: 2004-07-10
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  • Songs:
    • Animaniacs The Presidents Song
    • John Phillps Sousa Hail to the Chief
  • Anime:
  • Participation:
  • Comments: Version 2.0 - Now has most of the subtitles removed except for those I intended to have stay. (I also tossed in a couple of extra jokes. Tell me what you think and maybe I can do more in the future.) I've also changed the compression to Xvid which I hope eliminates some of the problems people have had trying to play this.

    Where to begin with this one? I've liked most of the little ditties the Animainiacs came up with during their time on the air but really couldn't figure out how to make with the Capitals or States work. (And the planets song has been done at least twice.) Somewhere along the line, I missed this one until recently reviewing my old tapes with my new daughter. While working on this, I've found out there are two slightly different versions - This one's audio is taken direct from the broadcast and includes all of the original sound effects that I tried to work into the video. There is another version that apparently came on a CD that corrected a couple of errors. (And also squeezed in a mention of the current President Bush. )

    The working title for this AMV was 'How many different anime can I cram into three minutes?' I don't know if I set a record, but I gotta be within spitting distance. I actually had to defrag my drive twice to keep the clips moving smoothly in my preview window when putting this together. This is the first time I've tried using capture for video tapes as well as my own DVD collection. (I had a few old video tapes but most came from my local library.)

    Here are the lyrics to this version:

    Heigh ho, do you know
    The names of the U.S. residents
    Who then became the presidents
    And got a view from the White House loo
    Of Pennsylvania Avenue?

    George Washington was the first, you see
    He once chopped down a cherry tree
    President number two would be
    John Adams and then number three

    Tom Jefferson stayed up to write
    The Declaration late at night
    So he and his wife had a great big fight
    And she made him sleep on the couch all night

    James Madison never had a son
    And he fought the War of 1812
    James Monroe's colossal nose
    Was bigger than Pinocchio's

    John Quincy Adams was number six
    And it's Andrew Jackson's butt he kicks
    So Jackson learns to play politics
    Next time he's the one that the country picks

    Martin Van Buren, number eight
    For a one-term shot as Chief of State
    William Harrison, how do you praise?
    That guy was dead in thirty days

    John Tyler, he liked country folk
    And after him came President Polk
    Zachary Taylor liked to smoke
    His breath killed friends whenever he spoke

    Eighteen fifty, really nifty
    Millard Fillmore's in
    Young and fierce was Franklin Pierce
    The man without a chin

    Follows next a period spannin'
    Four long years with James Buchanan
    Then the South starts shootin' cannon
    And we've got a civil war
    A war, a war down south in Dixie

    Up to bat comes old Abe Lincoln
    There's a guy who's really thinkin'
    Kept the United States from shrinkin'
    Saved the ship of state from sinkin'

    Andrew Johnson's next
    He had some slight defects
    Congress each
    Would impeach
    And so the country now elects

    Ulysses Simpson Grant
    Who would scream and rave and rant
    While drinking whiskey
    Although risky
    'Cause he'd spill it on his pants

    It's eighteen seventy-seven
    And the Democrats would gloat
    But they're all amazed when Rutherford Hayes
    Wins by just one vote

    James Garfield, someone really hated
    'Cause he was assassinated
    Chester Arthur gets instated
    Four years later, he was traded

    For Grover Cleveland, really fat
    Elected twice as a Democrat
    Then Benjamin Harrison; after that
    It's William McKinley up to bat

    Teddy Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill
    And President Taft, he got the bill
    In 1913 Woodrow Wil...
    ...son takes us into World War One

    Warren Harding next in line
    It's Calvin Coolidge; he does fine
    And then in nineteen twenty-nine
    The market crashes, and we find

    It's Herbert Hoover's big debut
    He gets the blame and loses to
    Franklin Roosevelt, president who
    Helped us win in World War Two

    Harry Truman, weird little human
    Serves two terms and when he's done
    It's Eisenhower who's got the power
    From fifty-three to sixty-one

    John Kennedy had Camelot
    Then Lyndon Johnson took his spot
    Richard Nixon, he gets caught
    And Gerald Ford fell down a lot

    Jimmy Carter liked campaign trips
    And Ronald Reagan's speeches' scripts
    All came from famous movie clips
    And President Bush said "read my lips"

    Now in Washington D.C.
    There's Democrats and the G.O.P.
    But the ones in charge are plain to see
    The Clintons, Bill and Hillary

    The next President to lead the way
    Well, it just might be yourself one day
    Then the press'll distort everything you say
    So jump in your plane and fly away.

    Here is a little game you can play - make a list of the anime used above and figure out which charcters from each were used for each President. (This is best if done before watching the video. You're cheating if you wait to bet your drunk friends after you've seen it and they haven't.) Score 1 point if you get the right Anime, 5 points if you get the right character. I figure a couple are really easy but most will throw you off. Here are 3 clues -

    Elven Bride, Cowboy Bebop, Tenshin na Konamaiki, End of Evangeleon and Love Hina Again were not used for Presidents.

    Only 1 female character was used for a President.

    Some anime use more than 1 character for different Presidents.


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