I was watching videos on YouTube and discovered these contrasting interpretations of “El Tango de Roxanne” (a re-imaginition of The Policy’s “Roxanne” for the movie Moulin Rouge). Here is the scene where “El Tango de Roxanne” is performed in the movie:
Then I found this:
Called “El Tango de Tohru”, this video is unintentionally hilarious. The song itself is a painful and memorable warning against falling in love with a woman who sells herself. Tohru, the object of the second video, is the protagonist of the charming and sweet Anime “Fruits Basket”. She is in no way a prostitute. One of the major themes of “Fruits Basket” is how innocent and thoughtful Tohru is, and how virginal. There is no true sexual tension. The story follows her and her new friends–the Soma family, whose members are cursed to transform into animals of the Zodiac when embraced by members of the opposite sex (one of the many reasons there is no sexual tension in the series). The orange haired boy seen in the video above (Kyo) turns into a cat when hugged. He is not a member of the zodiac, because the rat made his ancestral animal the cat miss the dinner where all of the other animals divvied who would represent which years. The other boy, Yuki, turns into a rat. Kyo and Yuki have been fighting for their entire lives and it is only with Tohru they find a common cause.
This Anime is unbelievably cute and sweet and has nothing to do with the kinds of crises dealt with in Moulin Rouge or the song “Roxanne”–which is why the juxtaposition is so funny.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won’t get much sleep. – Woody Allen