YouTube early on got a reputation for taking clips from TV shows and movies. But the same practices that landed it in legal hot water also created a fertile community of people who remixed existing works into wholly new ones.
And no one does that quite as creatively as Nick Bertke, also known as Pogo on YouTube and Twitter. From his home in Perth, Australia, Pogo has been creating songs from footage and audio clips taken from Disney movies (and other pop-culture phenoms) for more than four years now. They’ve garnered more than 20 million views in total.
Pogo’s mixes have an ethereal quality to them, and get stuck in your head even if the words of the song are indiscernable. My favorite, one of his first mixes, is “Alice (Disney Remix)”:
“Upular (Pixar Remix)”:
“Murmurs of Middle-Earth (LOTR Remix)”:
Inspired by Snow White, “Wishery (Disney Remix)”:
“Toyz Noize (Pixar Remix)”:
“Bangarang (Hook Remix)”:
A remix for a Showtime series, “Pogo Does Dexter”:
Last but not least and inspired by Mary Poppins, “Expialidocious (Disney Remix)”:
Pogo occasionally lets the viewer in on his remixing process, and posts the accompanying video link in his YouTube descriptions. His songs are also available for download.