It’s no animated rendition of Freddy Mercury flying through sky like a tiger, defying the laws of gravity accompanied by one of Queen’s greatest hits Don’t Stop Me Now, but the Valentine’s Day Google Doodle (or Yoodle) is more than enough to illicit warm fuzzy feelings and/or put a smile on your face.
The 71-second animation in honor of the holiday that honors love features a flirtatious display of youthful exuberance followed by a cute can’t-we-all-just-get-along collage of romance’s many manifestations (including the same-sex variety) all accompanied by Tony Bennett singing the Hank Williams original Cold, Cold Heart. It’s great and the kind of video that will make even the most ardent Valentine’s Day opponents feel okay with the celebration, if only for a minute or two.
If you’re wondering how the powers that be at Google chose Bennett’s song as the video’s soundtrack, there are two reasons. One, it’s fantastic. And two, Bennett is being honored today in the city of San Francisco. February 14, 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first time the now 85-year-old American singer performed his Frisco anthem I Left My Hear in San Francisco in the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel. To commemorate the anniversary The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus along with Beach Blanket Babylon sang the tune from the City Hall rotunda at 12 Noon PST.