I don't know if the producers (or Seth MacFarlane) intended a subtle joke, or if the powers-that-be just decided to choose a lively tune for the opening music when MacFarlane made his entrance. But given how little-known the song they used was, and considering how many, many other lively opening tunes they could have chosen -- and given that, as far as I'm aware, Seth MacFarlane has a great love for and knowledge of musicals -- I'm going for intentional, subtle joke.
The song performed as Seth MacFarlane walked out to face the auditorium full of Hollywood's gorgeously-gowned, tuxedoed and bejeweled elite was "What's Wrong with That?" from the movie -- The Happiest Millionaire.
As I said, I'm going with subtle joke. If it wasn't, it should have been.
For those who like to keep a scorecard of such things, the score was by the team who wrote, Mary Poppins, the Sherman Brothers, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. And it was performed by, of all people, that world famous song-and-dance man, Fred MacMurray.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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