Pharrell told NPR that he created "seven to nine different actual full songs of trying
to get that scene right" before coming up with "Happy." He explained: "With 'Happy' I went through
everything that I thought was possible in my mind based off of what I understood about Gru and what I
thought the people needed in terms of what the studio was looking for, and none of it was working."
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"It was only until I was tapped out that I had to ask myself the fundamental question: they're
asking for a song that's happy," he continued." They're asking for something where Gru is in a good
mood, and that's when I realized that everything I needed was right there. I began to ask myself,
'What does feeling like a good mood feel like?' That's where 'Happy' came from, and that's how
that happened. And it would have never happened if the studio wouldn't have kept telling me,
'No, it's not good enough. No, it's not good enough.'"
The song is also featured in a Beats by Dre ad featuring people in different elated states. They
included Pharrell himself dancing around the street and rapper Pusha T walking through
a record store.
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"Happy" on YouTube
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To coincide with the single release, the website
was launched featuring a visual
presentation of "Happy" advertised as being "the world's first 24 hour music video". The video
consists of the four-minute song repeated with various people dancing and miming along.
The clip was directed by the creative duo We Are From L.A. and was filmed entirely
on Steady Cam, requiring the crew to walk nearly eight miles per day over the course of 11 days.
himself appears 24 times on the hour, and there are a number of celebrity cameos including
Odd Future (1:48pm), Steve Carell (5:08pm), Jamie Foxx (5:28pm), Ana Ortiz (5:32pm), Miranda
Cosgrove (5:40pm), JoJo (6:16pm), Kelly Osbourne (1:28am), Magic Johnson (5:36am),
Sérgio Mendes (10:32am) and Jimmy Kimmel (11:48am). The minions from Despicable Me 2
make several appearances throughout the film, including one scene at 3:00am, in which
Pharrell and the minions dance in a movie theatre that is playing the scene from
Despicable Me 2 in which "Happy" appears.
The site allows users to navigate to
various points in the 24-hour timeframe, including all 360 four-minute segments and
each hourly segment with Pharrell. An official four-minute edit of the video was also
released on YouTube.