In today’s world of Pinterest-this and Photoshop-that, to craft a “we’re expecting” announcement that really wows people takes some real creativity, not to mention high production values.
Enter “The Fresh Prince of Phoenixville,” a viral parody of the ear-worm theme song and opening credits of the 1990s sitcom hit, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring then-rapper and now ubiquitous movie star Will Smith.
“Phoenixville” features the same infectious beat and tune as the original, but instead of Smith rapping about his fictional journey from rough West Philadelphia to ritzy Bel-Air, California, it’s Dayton Duncan recounting the beginnings of his relationship with Melanie, the “fly freshman girl” who would become his wife, the couple’s move from bustling northern Philadelphia to the small town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and, of course, their November due date — all in clever rhymes. (My favorite lines: “We keep gettin’ questions ’bout a bun in the oven, so she yells to her auntie, ‘Mind your business ’bout our lovin.'”)
Scenes were filmed at Temple University, where the couple met, and in Phoenixville.
“We wanted to step through our relationship in an abbreviated fashion,” Dayton Duncan told CBS’ Philadelphia affiliate.
The video, produced by Merryweather Films, now has well over 200,000 views on YouTube.
Dayton Duncan said he and Melanie had fun shooting the video and they hope “everyone enjoyed watching it.”
Dayton, I think it’s safe to say that at least a couple of hundred thousand people really did.
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