If you’ve found yourself singing ‘Jaja Ding Dong’ since seeing Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, you’re not alone.
Netflix has knocked it out of the park with this heartwarming comedy which was supposed to be released around the same time as the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
Of course, the pandemic ruined plans.
However, we’d argue that it makes Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga even more welcome.
Directed by David Dobkin, it stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, two Icelandic singers who are given the opportunity to compete in the famed singing competition.
The pair shine in their respective roles but many viewers are arguing that it’s the songs which truly steal the show….
Jaja Ding Dong in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The film boasts many catchy songs, but one of the men in the bar displays obsessive favour towards a certain number called ‘Jaja Ding Dong’.
It becomes a gag throughout the film that this is the one song which the locals at their nearby venue enjoy.
They’re requested to perform it again and again to the point that it’s overshadowed their other output. However, some audiences have been curious as to whether it’s a pre-existing song or not…
‘Jaja Ding Dong’ was fabricated for the film and we do actually hear it in full during the end credits.
However, it’s worth addressing that it isn’t actually Fire Saga’s song in the context of the film. Instead, it’s supposed to be interpreted as a traditional song, hence the locals’ familiarity and liking towards it.
The film’s crew shed light
As highlighted by Vulture, producer David Dobbin said that there were roughly four writing teams at work on sculpting the song: “We were trying to create a bar song that Fire Saga didn’t write, because in the movie, supposedly, this is just a traditional song.”
Although the director had the name ‘Jaja Ding Dong’ in mind from the start, the rest was down to others to come up with. They essentially wanted a pub song and the results are pretty spot on.
The song’s producer – Christian Persson – explains: “We wanted it to be super-cheesy, but also incredibly catchy at the same time. ’Stupid-catchy,’ we call it.”
The producers drew inspiration from Dutch folksongs but they also liked the idea of including some crude lyrics to inject it with some comedy; there’s a humorous sense of unawareness from the characters regarding the lyrical content.
It’s safe to say that the song is a total success and Savan Kotecha – executive producer of the soundtrack – has even admitted: “I’ve had a few people tell me, ‘That’s like an Icelandic pub song or something?’ Like, nope! That’s a new song.’”
Audiences head to Twitter
A number of audiences have taken to Twitter and are obviously big fans of the song.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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