Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Harry Connick, Jr.’s Christmas Special As Much New Orleans As North Pole – Unintentionally

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A lot of animated Christmas specials feature the North Pole but Harry Connick Jr. unintentionally made New Orleans just as important in his new show, The Happy Elf.

The special debuts Dec. 2 on NBC and features Connick narrating the story. Naturally, there are scenes at the North Pole but Connick admits he’s surprised people are noticing connections with New Orleans as well, mostly from the music.

Connick is a New Orleans native but says any musical references – such as the drumbeat of the title song – weren’t intended, “they’re just so deeply entrenched in me.”

He’s not sure how deeply entrenched the Big Easy’s culture was in the hearts and minds of the people who worked on the film but hopes the decision to name the title character, Eubie, was in honor of jazz great Eubie Blake.

Although Connick put together the special in part for his daughters, they won’t see it before the premiere because he thinks it’s more fun to see it when everybody else does.

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