Why is the Rum Gone?

By Shamus Posted Saturday Aug 16, 2008

Filed under: Movies 47 comments

Ok, in your opinion, is this one worse than They’re taking the Hobbits To Isengard?

Must be something to do with Orlando Bloom.


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47 thoughts on “Why is the Rum Gone?

  1. Snook says:

    Quite frankly the original was catchier. But that may also be because I’m not a huge fan of the Pirates series…

  2. LemmingLord says:

    I have to agree with Snook on that.

  3. Jim says:

    Yeah I’m with Snook, this one doesn’t seem to roll quite like Isengard does. Though I do like the video editing here.

  4. The Lone Duck says:

    Perhaps I’m just more interested in rum than Isengard, but I liked the rum one better. I do think the editing of the Isengard video was better. It was funny without plastering Pikachu and Teletubbies all over the place. What can I say? In the general scheme of life, I care more about rum than hobbits.

  5. DiscountNinja says:

    Depends what you mean by worse .. i think the origional was a better video, so in terms of quality it’s worse.

    In terms of being catchy or annoying, then no, it’s not oworse :D

  6. Daemian Lucifer says:

    Too many words.Thats why the isengard is better.

  7. Kevin says:

    Kiera Knightly is pretty.

    She’s even prettier with the sound turned off.

  8. Snook says:

    Oh come on, her acting isn’t that bad! I mean, just look at Natalie Portman in the Star Wars movies… For everything else she’s done, I’d say it *almost* ruins her.

  9. Khorboth says:

    I liked the hobbits more. I can’t define why I liked it, but I’m now going to have it stuck in my head all day. Not nearly the same with the rum.

  10. Shamus: I know I’m probably not your typical user, and you have little reason to meet my demands, but it also wouldn’t (I think) be much effort. Could you please include links to the youtube videos that you embed, preferably right below the video?

    My RSS feedreader (Thunderbird) does not show embeds, so I have to use context clues to guess whether there is a video at all. And then, if there is, firefox won’t do, because I don’t have Flash, because a) Flash is evil, and b) Adobe steadfastly refuses to release it for 64 bit Linux. So what I have to do is rummage through the source to find the embed url, and then use the command-line tool youtube-dl (which downloads the flv video) on that. If you included the link, I could put that straight into youtube-dl, and that would save me a lot of trouble hopefully at the cost of only a little of yours.

    Anyway, thanks for posting the great video!

  11. Factoid says:

    Taking the Hobbits to Isengard was awesome for about 10 minutes. This has better technical achievement, but it’s not nearly as catchy.

  12. Heph says:

    This one’s quite funny, but the video editing was better in Isengard. Also, for my taste, there seems to be one too many “why”‘s in there when they’re repeating.
    The teletubbies were nice, though.
    Overall, Isengard wins by a slight margin, though I, too, care more for rum than hobbits.

  13. Chris says:

    Darcy beat me.

    Taters beats them all.

  14. TalrogSmash says:

    The music was much more a big part in the Isengard video, way more low key here. And you should use catchy lines, not ones you have to decipher. Something about drinks all around?


  15. Neal White says:

    Annoying? Both.
    Repetitive? Both
    Clever? Ok.. both… sort of. (meaning that I couldn’t have done it)
    Do I want my 2:24 back? Damn right!!
    Will I forward a link so others can be subjected to te same drivel? Not on your life.

  16. Luke Maciak says:

    Taking the hobbits to Isengard is my ringtone. :P

  17. Don J says:

    @Alex Ponebshek:

    The Better YouTube Extension includes a “download this video” link, and while I can’t find a URL for it, I use the Greasemonkey script “Link to YouTube Pages from Embedded YouTube Videos” which gives exactly the kind of link you’re looking for, on any site.

    Should both work for Firefox on Linux, I think.

  18. capital L says:

    what’s ‘taters?’
    boil em mash em stick em in a stew
    boil em mash em stick em in a stew
    boil em mash em stick em in a stew

  19. Shawn says:

    This reminds me of the bad techno my friend’s roommate would make back in 1997. F-ing horrible. That hobbit song sucks too.

  20. Riksa says:

    I must say that I liked this better than Isengard. I just watched both for the first time. Both videos are skillfully edited, but what really tipped the scales for me was that the key of the background music in Rum was chosen very well to make the actors sing in key. In the beginning I was thinking “Hmm, ‘Why is the rum gone’ fits quite nicely to the key.” But what really blew me away was the surprise at the end when the undead pirate literally sings “We know you’re heeeere, puppet”. That bit was just full of win.

  21. Nazgul says:

    I’m with Shawn. Both were lame. Like the internet equivalent of filking.

    Shamus must be angry with us.

  22. Kris says:

    Visually this one felt too busy, the straight scenes in the original were less distracting without Pikachu and the Teletubbies popping in with forty little bubbles on top with other scenes and moving about.

    I also thought the background techno beat was better in the Hobbits.

  23. Avaz says:

    The first one was better, but I think they could both use some tightening up.

    Both featured at least one clip that was indecipherable.

    Plus, although the inclusion of the Teletubbies and Pikachu in the Pirates version added a bit of comedy, it was also distracting.

  24. Zukhramm says:

    TVTropes of course have this type occurance documented:

    Check to see if they’ve got your favourite Stupid Statement!

  25. Bloodspider says:

    What, no one’s got a jar of dirt?

  26. Drag0n says:

    i want the song its put too…lmao

  27. DocTwisted says:

    This one feels rather “meh” in comparison to the LotR remixes. Heck, it feels downright mundane compared to “Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise.”

    It’s not the wordiness that’s the problem so much as the mechanical sfx being used to create the beat, and the fact that the other quotes mixed in lack the rhythm of the central snippet.

    Also, they failed to use Captain Jack’s other rum-related quotes, a more mournful “Why is the rum always gone?” followed by a couple of beats while he tries to suck the last of the rum from a bottle, and then “Oh yes, that’s why.”

  28. Dev Null says:

    The other rolls better, and rates a good 9.6 on the Badger Scale of Annoying Compulsive Mind-Domination, but the mere presence of the Tele-Tubbies cameo pretty much makes this worse by any definition in my book.

  29. NobleBear says:

    “Isengard” is repetitive and obnoxious, but this one was fun.

    “po-ta-to” is alright too, i guess.

    The Picard song by Darkmateria does trump all, tho.
    “he just kept talking in one invrediblylongunbrokensntencemovingfromtoictotopic
    sothatnoonehadachancetointerupt it was really quite hypnotic…”

  30. John Callaghan says:

    I like both, actually. They both display imagination and are not content to simply include the amusing quotes with a beat behind them but to be ingenious with them.

    A story: I saw Lord Of The Rings for the first time not long ago. A couple of friends invited me over for a watch-the-whole-extended-version-in-one-day event which I thought was as good a way to be initiated as any.

    Now, I was familiar with “They’re Taking The Hobbits…” Little did I realise that the music was the theme to LOTR. Imagine my amusement when, during any tense, romantic, dramatic or sinister moment, a large orchestra would slowly perform a soaring interpretation of something I knew as a comedy dance track. Made the film for me! It’s exactly as if they’d launched into “No Limits” by 2 Unlimited or something during all the bits when the actors are doing their best to be po-faced and earnest. Hooray!

  31. anonymouse says:

    Hobbits. Any time. I prefer the musical jokes in that one, and the catchiness of the lines.

  32. Craig says:

    I just wish these were all done by the same mashup artist, who had a wicked dance album.

  33. RedClyde says:

    Also, for my taste, there seems to be one too many “why”'s in there when they're repeating.

    I thought the exact same thing, Heth.

    I prefer The Hobbits since it’s upbeat and fun the whole way through. This one has its moments, but it’s kind of slow overall.

  34. onosson says:

    This one is not ridiculous or stupid enough, so it’s worse.

    I mean that in the nicest way possible!

  35. ShadowDragon8685 says:

    The music in “They’re taking the Hobbits” was awful, grating, and didn’t really fit.

    THIS felt pretty damn good. I’m going to say the Rum is better, all round.

  36. Kristin says:

    I’m not going to choose.

    I’m just going to sit here and pout at you.

    I had *just* managed to get the grue rap out of my head…

  37. beno says:


    I kept hearing that Chemical Brothers song “Do It Again”…

    OMG what did i Eat? – PO-TA-TOES
    All I wanted was a tasty Treat – PO-TA-TOES
    Got a stew that’s full o Meat – PO-TA-TOES
    Hey check out my hairy Feet – PO-TA-TOES


  38. Zaghadka says:

    This one has better composition. I’ll double the complement on “We know you’re here, puppet,” being sung, IN TUNE, was pretty amazing.

    Of course, this is like saying that an axe is a better tool to cleave my skull than an icepick. Way annoying. The musical equivalent of a root canal.

  39. Nixorbo says:

    Hobbits > Potatoes (close second) > Rum (not even close)

  40. Oleyo says:

    I am a bit late, but I really liked this one a lot better. Much catchier once they get to the beach scene and Knightly starts counting One, two. Very musical.

  41. Yeah, the original was totally better.

  42. Dwaggi says:

    They’re both pretty good, although I think that I have a slight preference for “Why is the Rum Gone”. The Teletubies and such would be best left out, though.

  43. Ereth says:

    The video isn’t working for me. Could someone post another link?

  44. FlameKiller says:

    I preferred the Hobbits to Isengard to this one.
    but this judgment is more for the tune then the lyrics.
    but then i preferred LotR to PotC.

  45. Cat says:

    The Jar of Dirt song was pretty decent, stuck in my head for HOURS


  46. Rayen says:

    a year afterwards i post. goodness this is like the fifth time i’ve done this i must be annoying.

    And as alwasy i find the awesomeness of the music destroyed by human voices.

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