It is not often that talk about movie trailers on our music site, but every once in a while there is a unique enough angle for us to discuss how music is used in a trailer. This is definitely one of those times. In case you missed it, one of the biggest stories in entertainment last week was the leak of the trailer to Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. In the trailer you hear a dark monologue spoken by Ultron. (James Spader) Within that monologue Ultron refers to the humans as “puppets on strings.” As he speaks a beaten team of Avengers under attack are seen on screen, as a dark version of the Disney classic song, “I’ve Got No Strings” from the 1940 animated film Pinocchio plays. Hardcore Avengers fans know how cool the idea to use the song in the trailer was because of what the character of Ultron is all about.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ultron is an artificial intelegence programmed with elements of Tony Stark’s personality, starts to develop a god complex and desires to bring peace to Earth by eradicating humanity. This comes about after the events seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Spoilers) After S.H.I.E.L.D. was destroyed by Hydra, Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron. However, his plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth. (Taken fro Avengers: Age Of Ultron Synopsis.) When you introduce a robot with elements of a cocky, know it all personality, with a twisted sense of humor, it is no wonder why Ultron would make references to a Disney family classic to indicate something apocalyptic.
The dark version of the song really fits and turns the meaning of Pinocchio on its head. The clever song use of “I’ve Got No Strings” is one of the first things we at Clizbeats noticed, and can’t help but admire how fitting it is when first introducing the Tony Stark version of Ultron. The lyrics about a puppet that has been set free have really served as a metaphor for independence for people over the years in life beyond the Pinocchio story. Before Ultron references the song in 2015’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the song was also used as the introduction to *NSYNC’s 2000-2001 blockbuster No Strings Attached tour, and was covered by Barbra Striesand’s 1965 album, My Name Is Barbra.
Since Dickie Jones as the lead character in Walt Disney’s Pinocchio famously performed it, “I’ve Got No Strings” made history on the film’s acclaimed soundtrack that was released on Disneyland/Victor Records in February of 1940. Walt Disney Records would later reveal that the phrase “Original Soundtrack” was used for the first time with that release. Disney history continues to made with the song’s use by the Ultron character, since 2012’s The Avengers was the first Marvel Studios film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, therefore it is only fitting it’s sequel to have a connection to one of the studio’s most culturally significant films. To learn more about Pinocchio’s impact, check out our Throwback Thursday article on “When You Wish Upon A Star” from May 20, 2014. But if you are less interested in Disney history, and clicked on this article to read more about Marvel, have no fear! We will end the article for the comic book fans by reminding them all to watch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D this Tuesday (10/28/14) to see an exclusive scene from Avengers: Age Of Ultron at 9pm on ABC!
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Teaser Trailer)
Dickie Jones as Pinocchio
“I’ve Got No Strings”
From Pinocchio (1940)
Walt Disney Productions/RKO Pictures
“I’ve Got No Strings”
From My Name Is Barbra