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I chatted with Danny Elfman about his new MasterClass, and his ventriloquist dummy "Buddy"

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You may remember I recently blogged about Danny Elfman's new "music for film" MasterClass (which launched on Halloween, naturally). A day or so after it posted I got an email from someone on his team asking if I wanted to interview him. My response, "Uh, who could say no to that...?!" I soon found myself Skyping with the founder of Oingo Boingo, the father of the Simpsons' theme, and one of the most prolific film composers of all time — Happy Mutant extraordinaire, Mr. Danny Elfman. Here's what we chatted about: Rusty: Hi there, Danny. I'm thrilled to speak with you today. Danny: Hello, thank you. Rusty: I wanted to share a couple of things we have in common real quick before we get into it. One... we're both redheads. Danny: I was just going to say that. That's got to be the first thing. Rusty: Right? Well, it's obvious. Two... we both collect strange and unusual objects. Danny: Ooh... Rusty: Just saw an article about your strange and unusual collection and they shared a picture of you with your creepy ventriloquist dummy. Danny: Buddy! Rusty: Yeah, Buddy! Well, I wanted to tell you, you must know Archie McPhee... Danny: Yeah. Rusty: So, a couple of years ago, they made my likeness into a product. I'm a creepy ventriloquist dummy toy, a finger puppet. Danny: Really...?! Rusty: Yes. Danny: Wow... Oh my god, that's so cool. What an honor. You should be honored. Rusty: Oh I am. Danny: Wow. Well, you have to go look at my nine episodes of "Danny and Buddy." Rusty: Oh my gosh, yes, ok. Read the rest

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