By Tanya O’NeillPublished Aug 07, 2018 12:04AMAt the start of “The Nutcracker,” Slim thug Fat Kid is struggling to keep a steady dance routine, while trying to impress his friend Candy.
He doesn’t always have it quite right.
But as he tries to make a name for himself in the world of hip-hop, the rapper says the best way to do that is to dance.
On Tuesday, Slim, whose real name is Eric Stokes, will star in a movie based on the classic 1980s film starring Slim, Fat Kid, and Cookie Monster, The Nutcrackers.
The movie is being directed by director Matt Cohen and will be released in theaters Sept. 19.
It all began when the producers of the movie, Nickelodeon, asked Cohen to create a dance sequence that would capture the feel of the film.
The sequence includes a group of people dancing and singing the classic, hip-hopping hit, “I’m a Hip Hop Star,” which has been sampled countless times in films, from Rocky III to The Rock and other films.
“We had a group that were trying to get it to look like the film,” Cohen said.
“They were trying everything to recreate the movie.”
But the original music from the movie doesn’t play during the sequence, so the team went with “The Slimes,” a song from the original film that Cohen created to capture the spirit of the song.
Cohen said the slimes were created for the movie with a song written by the rapper and was based on a lyric from the film’s title song, “Candy’s Nutcrack.”
The original song, which plays at the end of the scene, is about a woman named Candy who was the victim of a brutal gang rape.
She survived, and she became a star.
She’s also the title character in the movie.
“It’s a great song,” Cohen says.
“I think people are going to be really drawn to it.”
“Candy,” the song with the slashes, has been used on other Nickelodeons movies, including “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “The SpongeBob Movie.”
“I don’t think we’ve done a song that captured the spirit that ‘I’m Candy,’ ” Cohen says, “and that’s something we’re really proud of.”
Cohen, who has directed and produced music videos for other Nickelodesons films, said the song is a great way to reflect the way he wanted to capture Slim’s story.
“We’re really lucky to have this great song that’s very original and a little bit funky and really captures the feel and the way the movie is,” Cohen adds.
“Catch ‘Em if You Can,” the slasher movie’s title, is based on Slim’s song.
The NutCrackers, which was filmed in 1987, has become a cult favorite and was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Original Score.