Okay….who amongst us doesn’t know all of the words to this popular theme song? Ja’net Dubois (from Good Times) and Jeff Barry co-wrote “The Jeffersons” theme song, “Movin’ on Up” and it was sung by Dubois with a gospel choir. For kids of all creeds and color, this song was our mantra for PROGRESS!
The Jeffersons is the longest-running sitcom with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television. The show focuses on George and Louise Jefferson, an affluent African American couple living in New York City. The show was launched as the second spin-off of All in the Family, on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. Though it was a sitcom, it did manage to cover serious topics including racism, suicide, gun control and adult illiteracy, issues which still haunt society today. It even managed to throw in a few UPC (unpolitically correct) terms for those times like “nigger” and “honky.”
“Movin’ on Up” found new life in the 1990s and 2000s in a number of television commercials and other references: for example, in Nelly’s song “Batter Up” (which featured Hemsley as a baseball stadium public address announcer; Hemsley also performs his signature George Jefferson dance in the video) and in Will Smith’s song “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (Now they give it to me nice and easy/Since I moved up like George and Weezie).
The song was also used in the 2006 film Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. This time, the song was sung by Bill Murray who voices Garfield who joyfully sings about his new life in the palace. This version has different lyrics relating to Garfield’s new life. The song is also referenced in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder.
I adore the concept of this tee. The negative space from the image of George Jefferson gives depth and impact to the pattern created by the dollars. The strong expression in his face makes for bold lines and just the right balance to make this overall design extremely successful. The use of this 70′s style type font and it illusory 3D effect makes it both contemporary and a solid reminder of a show we all deeply loved with a theme song we all still aspire to.
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