Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde were the stars of the 1960 musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” They made a Hollywood film based on their Broadway triumph. Though many elements were altered for the film adaptation, “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” still managed to steal the show!
The young celebrity Ann-Margret informs the family that she has dyed her hair before Dick and Paul begin to sing the song. But it’s my hair, Ann-Margret cries as Paul loses control. Not till you become 21 says Paul in response. You remain in your room till it turns back, young lady!
The recognizable song begins, and the two extraordinary comedy entertainers provide a dynamic performance that is humorously laden. They start off by singing, “Children! What’s happening with these kids today? I have no idea! Kids! Who can understand anything they say?
Paul Lynde is dressed in his nightgown and wraparound, while Dick Van Dyke is wearing a suit. Paul sings first, adding funny facial expressions and a distinctive voice tone.
Dick Van Dyke joins in and sings with his mother, who is attempting to make him feel guilty about his girlfriend. Paul Lynde’s youngster in the film, who contributes a few unique phrases, is curious to see what occurs.
Elvis Presley’s conscription into the Army in 1957 sparked the creation of the 1963 film version of “Bye Birdie.” Elvis, however, would not appear in the film since it was a parody of his profession.
What’s wrong with kids nowadays is a question that every parent in history has asked themselves. These two comedy superstars sing an outrageous song that perfectly captures the universally acknowledged sensation of becoming a parent.