New Zealand's answer to Pharrell Williams

Last updated 12:27 21/07/2014
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Sixty residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch combined their talents to produce this parody of Pharrell Williams' Happy.

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Do these pensioners have sweeter moves than Pharrell Williams?

Sixty residents and staff from Christchurch's Diana Isaac Retirement Village proved ageing bones and dodgy hips were no barrier to making a banging music video.

The seniors spent four days in May filming the parody to Pharrell Williams' Happy, which they have renamed "80-odd years of Happy".

The song was picked because of its inspiring message about getting the best out of life.

Alister Leckie, 79 - also known as "Al Pharrell Williams" - is the star of the video.

The retired engineer said he loved the experience and didn't hesitate when asked to give it a go.

"Heavens above - you get on and have as much fun as you can," he said.

"It was a great opportunity. I'm not sure why I was chosen but I loved giving it a go.

"I was a bit jiggered by the end of it though."

More than 400 people attended the red carpet premiere of the video at the village on Saturday night.

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