History Main / ThatRemindsMeOfASong

26th Dec '16 9:00:11 PM Az_Tech341
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that have little or no relation to the plot, usually featuring an [[{{Fanservice}} attractive young singer]]. The term for this is an [[TheItemNumber Item Number]]. There are enough Bollywood films without musical numbers to make this a discredited stereotype, but "That Reminds of a Song" is still a trope often associated with the genre.

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that have little or no relation to the plot, usually featuring an [[{{Fanservice}} attractive young singer]]. The term for this is an [[TheItemNumber Item Number]]. There are enough Bollywood films without musical numbers to make this a discredited stereotype, but "That Reminds Me of a Song" is still a trope often associated with the genre.
26th Dec '16 2:10:37 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' episode "Raiders Of The Lost Banana", DK and Candy Kong burst out into a sudden (and very 90's) R&B LoveSong, which fans refer to as "Our Love Is Stronger Than a Golden Banana".

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' episode "Raiders Of The Lost Banana", DK and Candy Kong burst out into a sudden (and very 90's) R&B LoveSong, love song, which fans refer to as "Our Love Is Stronger Than a Golden Banana".
26th Dec '16 2:10:08 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' episode "Raiders Of The Lost Banana", DK and Candy Kong burst out into a sudden (and very 90's) R&B LoveSong, which fans refer to as "Our Love Is Stronger Than a Golden Banana".
13th Dec '16 5:13:01 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "different town", Strong Bad randomly bursts into song while listing all the ways he'd make Free Country USA different.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Make the town different, eh Steven? Weeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhllllllll...\\
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The Poopsmith, he could talk!\\
And Marzipan would rock!\\
And the Stick would be this big ol' tree\\
That'd try to eat everybody, except the Cheat and me!
29th Nov '16 4:42:27 AM Andyroid
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** Lampshaded in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', when the greedy, self-absorbed GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa feels the need to talk about how great he is "in song form" and breaks into his VillainSong "Shiny".
15th Nov '16 7:51:44 AM mimitchi33
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* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' has a rare variant of this trope that advances the plot happen when Joy and Bing Bong [[spoiler: get stuck in the memory dump]]:
---> '''Bing Bong''': [[spoiler: Joy, we're stuck down here.]] We might as well be on another planet.
---> '''Joy''': Another planet? (starts singing) Who's your friend who likes to play?
---> (Bing Bong then looks shocked. He then decides to sing along)
---> '''Bing Bong''': His rocket makes you yell, "Hooray!"
14th Jun '16 8:42:00 AM StFan
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-->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', commenting on the musical numbers from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''

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-->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', commenting -->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' (commenting on the musical numbers from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''
''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'')



This trope most often occurs when a composer wrote a really keen song. Or if there is a big star in the movie who must have a solo. Or the director has a favorite song that he wants to put in the movie. Unfortunately, there is really no way to inject the song into the story in the traditional "burst into song" way. So, the writer often gives us the immortal line "That reminds me of a song," or something similar and the character sits down at a piano or hops up on the stage to sing a little ditty that has....'''no''' plot significance whatsoever. ("Let's rehearse the ___ number" or "Let's film our music video" or "Let's dance to ___" and then doing exactly that are also popular.)

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This trope most often occurs when a composer wrote a really keen song. Or if there is a big star in the movie who must have a solo. Or the director has a favorite song that he wants to put in the movie. Unfortunately, there is really no way to inject the song into the story in the traditional "burst into song" way. So, the writer often gives us the immortal line "That reminds me of a song," or something similar and the character sits down at a piano or hops up on the stage to sing a little ditty that has....has... '''no''' plot significance whatsoever. ("Let's rehearse the ___ number" or "Let's film our music video" or "Let's dance to ___" and then doing exactly that are also popular.)






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* With the exception of the "Theme Song," all of the songs in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' are there just to be there.
** Most of the songs were removed in subsequent revisions, although that's more because Mykan believed that they were the reason the older versions were removed, as Fanfiction.net has a (rarely-enforced) rule against using copyrighted songs. As Website/DeviantArt does not have the same limitations, that version retains the songs.
* Fluttershy drunkenly sings Rock Lobster in the Blog/ReadingRainbowverse. ItMakesSenseInContext.

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* With the exception of the "Theme Song," all of the songs in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' are there just to be there.
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there. Most of the songs were removed in subsequent revisions, although that's more because Mykan believed that they were the reason the older versions were removed, as Fanfiction.net has a (rarely-enforced) rule against using copyrighted songs. As Website/DeviantArt does not have the same limitations, that version retains the songs.
* Fluttershy drunkenly sings Rock Lobster in the Blog/ReadingRainbowverse. ItMakesSenseInContext.''Blog/ReadingRainbowverse''. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* [[FanNickname Sweetie Bot]] says this almost word for word in the ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' episode "Neigh, Soul Sister".
--> "THAT REMINDS ME OF A SONG I WROTE. JUST BE-CAUSE YOU FEEL UP-SET, DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion YELL]]."



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--> '''Cousin Mel:''' Now all you have to do is sign this contract.
--> '''Grandpa:''' Did you say sing?
--> '''Cousin Mel:''' No. I said "sign".
--> '''Grandpa:''' I'd rather sing.

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--> '''Cousin -->'''Cousin Mel:''' Now all you have to do is sign this contract.
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contract.\\
'''Grandpa:''' Did you say sing?
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sing?\\
'''Cousin Mel:''' No. I said "sign".
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"sign".\\
'''Grandpa:''' I'd rather sing.



* The little-known [[{{Sequelitis}} direct-to-video sequel]], ''[=FernGully=]: The Magic Rescue'' follows the tradition by including one of these musical numbers. In it, the Fairies ride a roller coaster and sing a song about "[[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry having funner than]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the funnest fun]]".

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* ** The little-known [[{{Sequelitis}} direct-to-video sequel]], ''[=FernGully=]: The Magic Rescue'' follows the tradition by including one of these musical numbers. In it, the Fairies ride a roller coaster and sing a song about "[[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry having funner than]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the funnest fun]]".



* Happens twice in the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' series. First, in the third film, the possums begin singing [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Christmas, Don't Be Late]] after swallowing poison gas that makes them sound like chipmunks. Then, in the fourth film, Manny sang "The Candy Man" from ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' when trying to ignore the illusions that turn out to be piranhas. There's also that one scene in the second film, where [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment the heroes run from carrion birds singing "Food, Glorious Food."]] In that instance, it can likely be chalked up to RuleOfFunny, as the main group seems just as confused in a lampshade hanging way.

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* Happens twice in the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' series. First, in the third film, the possums begin singing [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks "[[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Christmas, Don't Be Late]] Late]]" after swallowing poison gas that makes them sound like chipmunks. Then, in the fourth film, Manny sang "The Candy Man" from ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' when trying to ignore the illusions that turn out to be piranhas. There's also that one scene in the second film, where [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment the heroes run from carrion birds singing "Food, Glorious Food."]] In that instance, it can likely be chalked up to RuleOfFunny, as the main group seems just as confused in a lampshade hanging way.



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* Tolkien's contemporary [[Literature/{{Gormenghast}} Mervyn Peake]] was also in the habit of doing this, using whatever literary device was most expedient in order to drop his nonsense rhymes onto the page - usually apropos of absolutely nothing.

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* Tolkien's contemporary [[Literature/{{Gormenghast}} Mervyn Peake]] was also in the habit of doing this, using whatever literary device was most expedient in order to drop his nonsense rhymes onto the page - -- usually apropos of absolutely nothing.



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* Disney's ''AdventuresInWonderland'' was notorious for this, though that may be because in the [[AlicesAdventuresInWonderland source material]], the characters often recited poetry and song. That doesn't make the songs in the show any less strange or sudden, though, especially because every episode ''had'' to feature at least three and usually four songs. A prime example is "TV or Not TV," which features some of the Wonderlanders getting hooked on television; because watching TV is a rather passive activity, two of the episode's four songs occur like this:

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* Disney's ''AdventuresInWonderland'' was ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'' is notorious for this, though that may be because in the [[AlicesAdventuresInWonderland [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland source material]], the characters often recited recite poetry and song. That doesn't make the songs in the show any less strange or sudden, though, especially because every episode ''had'' ''has'' to feature at least three and usually four songs. A prime example is "TV or Not TV," which features some of the Wonderlanders getting hooked on television; because watching TV is a rather passive activity, two of the episode's four songs occur like this:



** Later, Alice visits the White Rabbit, who's just received an order from his Book of the Month Club. They begin to sing "Look! A Book!", all about the joy of reading--which has nothing to do with the plot at hand. And as before, no comment is made about this.
* Played straight in the 1986 made-for-TV version of ''Theatre/BabesInToyland''. The protagonists are captured by the villainous Barnaby, who unleashes a vial of concentrated evil (a rather literal example of SealedEvilInACan in the form of green gas) to transform them into his wicked servants. While Mary Contrary, Jack Nimble, and Georgie Porgie begin to succumb to the effects of the gas, Lisa discovers that she is immune to it--and realizes it's because "I'm from Cincinnati!" She then bursts into "C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I," a song about the city, and encourages everyone to sing along to help her friends clear their minds and free themselves from the evil fumes. It works.

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** Later, Alice visits the White Rabbit, who's just received an order from his Book of the Month Club. They begin to sing "Look! A Book!", all about the joy of reading--which reading -- which has nothing to do with the plot at hand. And as before, no comment is made about this.
* Played straight in the 1986 made-for-TV version of ''Theatre/BabesInToyland''. The protagonists are captured by the villainous Barnaby, who unleashes a vial of concentrated evil (a rather literal example of SealedEvilInACan in the form of green gas) to transform them into his wicked servants. While Mary Contrary, Jack Nimble, and Georgie Porgie begin to succumb to the effects of the gas, Lisa discovers that she is immune to it--and it -- and realizes it's because "I'm from Cincinnati!" She then bursts into "C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I," a song about the city, and encourages everyone to sing along to help her friends clear their minds and free themselves from the evil fumes. It works.



--> '''Jesse''': Just come out so we can talk. Or sing about it.

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--> '''Jesse''': --->'''Jesse:''' Just come out so we can talk. Or sing about it.



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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' -- Bill has been doing a scene in his 'Grimbling voice'. After an audience cheer at one of his jokes, he starts speaking normally, and this happens:
-->'''Bill:''' Thank you, thank you! You're my kind of people!\\
'''Crowd:''' What kind of people?\\
'''Bill:''' Showpeople!\\
'''John:''' ...He's gone nuts!\\
'''Graeme:''' No, he's leading up to a song.\\
'''Bill:''' And oh, how I love our business!\\
'''Crowd:''' What business?\\
'''Bill:''' Showbusiness!
:: This leads into the song "The Show Must Go On", which continues until David Hatch tells him to stop it.
* Parodied in ''Music/MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music''; Robin Ince either {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the silliness of his asking whether Mitch has a song about this week's topic, or just asks the question with so much sarcasm it amounts to the same thing.
* Parodied by Creator/StanFreberg's ''Omaha!'', a commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee that goes on for longer than six minutes because the characters keep preempting the pitch with irrelevant songs about their favorite Nebraska city.
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* The Willow Song Desdemona sings in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' could be one. As well as the two tavern songs Iago sings earlier.



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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' -- Bill has been doing a scene in his 'Grimbling voice'. After an audience cheer at one of his jokes, he starts speaking normally, and this happens:
-->'''Bill:''' Thank you, thank you! You're my kind of people!
-->'''Crowd:''' What kind of people?
-->'''Bill:''' Showpeople!
-->'''John:''' ...He's gone nuts!
-->'''Graeme:''' No, he's leading up to a song.
-->'''Bill:''' And oh, how I love our business!
-->'''Crowd:''' What business?
-->'''Bill:''' Showbusiness!
:: This leads into the song "The Show Must Go On", which continues until David Hatch tells him to stop it.
* Parodied in ''Music/MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music''; Robin Ince either {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the silliness of his asking whether Mitch has a song about this week's topic, or just asks the question with so much sarcasm it amounts to the same thing.
* Parodied by Creator/StanFreberg's ''Omaha!'', a commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee that goes on for longer than six minutes because the characters keep preempting the pitch with irrelevant songs about their favorite Nebraska city.
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[[folder: Theatre ]]
* The Willow Song Desdemona sings in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' could be one. As well as the two tavern songs Iago sings earlier.
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' -- Bill has been doing a scene in his 'Grimbling voice'. After an audience cheer at one of his jokes, he starts speaking normally, and this happens:
-->'''Bill:''' Thank you, thank you! You're my kind of people!
-->'''Crowd:''' What kind of people?
-->'''Bill:''' Showpeople!
-->'''John:''' ...He's gone nuts!
-->'''Graeme:''' No, he's leading up to a song.
-->'''Bill:''' And oh, how I love our business!
-->'''Crowd:''' What business?
-->'''Bill:''' Showbusiness!
:: This leads into the song "The Show Must Go On", which continues until David Hatch tells him to stop it.
* Parodied in ''Music/MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music''; Robin Ince either {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the silliness of his asking whether Mitch has a song about this week's topic, or just asks the question with so much sarcasm it amounts to the same thing.
* Parodied by Creator/StanFreberg's ''Omaha!'', a commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee that goes on for longer than six minutes because the characters keep preempting the pitch with irrelevant songs about their favorite Nebraska city.
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[[folder: Theatre ]]
* The Willow Song Desdemona sings in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' could be one. As well as the two tavern songs Iago sings earlier.
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* Every video of WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn has one very strange song towards the end, but the trope applies in particular to the third:
--> '''Blue Unicorn:''' ''"It's right up ahead now, you can see - Oh my god it's a-"''
--> '''Charlie:''' ''"Stop it! I don't care about each and every sea creature you see!"''
--> '''Pink Unicorn:''' ''"But Charlie... They care about YOU!"''
--> ''*sparkling lights turn on, music starts playing*''
--> '''Charlie:''' ''"Oh no... no... NO!!!"''
* [[FanNickname Sweetie Bot]] says this almost word for word in the WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft episode "Neigh, Soul Sister".
--> "THAT REMINDS ME OF A SONG I WROTE. JUST BE-CAUSE YOU FEEL UP-SET, DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion YELL]]."

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* Every video of WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'' has one very strange song towards the end, but the trope applies in particular to the third:
--> '''Blue -->'''Blue Unicorn:''' ''"It's It's right up ahead now, you can see - -- Oh my god it's a-"''
-->
a--\\
'''Charlie:''' ''"Stop Stop it! I don't care about each and every sea creature you see!"''
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see!\\
'''Pink Unicorn:''' ''"But But Charlie... They care about YOU!"''
--> ''*sparkling
YOU!\\
''[sparkling
lights turn on, music starts playing*''
-->
playing]''\\
'''Charlie:''' ''"Oh Oh no... no... NO!!!"''
* [[FanNickname Sweetie Bot]] says this almost word for word in the WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft episode "Neigh, Soul Sister".
--> "THAT REMINDS ME OF A SONG I WROTE. JUST BE-CAUSE YOU FEEL UP-SET, DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion YELL]]."
NO!!!
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* Mocked by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic in his review of ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' (which in itself is guilty of this) with a brief sendup of this phenomenon: "I'm tal-king! / I'm tal-king! / I'm drin-king / my cof-fee!"

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* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
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Mocked by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic then Critic in his review of ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' (which in itself is guilty of this) with a brief sendup of this phenomenon: "I'm tal-king! / I'm tal-king! / I'm drin-king / my cof-fee!"



** Hell, in his later review for ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'' , he attempted suicide after one too many pointless musical numbers.

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** Hell, in his later review for ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'' , ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', he attempted attempts suicide after one too many pointless musical numbers.



* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]] did this in his ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' review. Also to the tune of Ode To Joy.

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* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': The Spoony One]] One did this in his ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' review. Also to the tune of Ode To Joy."Ode to Joy".



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* Appears in the various incarnations of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''; the most recent series, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'', actually {{avert|edTrope}}s the previous trend of having the ponies burst into song OncePerEpisode. Thus far, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie appears to be the designated song starter, and had this {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with her first cue in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony ''Elements Of Harmony Part 2'']]:
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': ''When I was a little filly and the sun was going do-o-o-own...''
-->'''Twilight Sparkle''': Tell me she's not...
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': ''The darkness and the shadows, they would always make me fro-o-o-own...''
-->'''Rarity''': She is.
** Later, in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy "Dragonshy,"]] Twilight asks the others to help Fluttershy across a crevasse, leading to Pinkie instantly bursting into a (very silly) song about jumping across crevasses. This only serves to shorten Twilight's rapidly fraying temper.
** Lampshaded again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]]:
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' And that wicked Enchantress, Zecora, lives there doing her evil... stuff! She's so evil, I even wrote a song about her...
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Here we go...
*** Later in the episode, when Pinkie Pie has lost her ability to speak due to a curse, she asks Fluttershy, who has been cursed to have a [[BadassBaritone comically deep voice]], to sing it for her.
** It's something of a running gag that although sometimes other ponies will join in on the rare occasions that someone ''other'' than Pinkie Pie starts a song -- to the point of an outright CrowdSong in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]] -- no-one will ''ever'' join in on Pinkie Pie's songs, and the usual result is the other ponies watching in something between fear and bewilderment.
** Another lampshading in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed ''A Friend In Deed'']]. Part of Pinkie's "checklist" to making a new friend is "sing random song out of nowhere".
*** And the trope's played with in her initial song in that episode, which manages to draw in half of Ponyville (averting the usual course of things) and would perfectly offset the plot ''if there were any plot yet''. As all we see before the song turns out to be a warm up to the song, the sheer magnitude of the performance comes entirely out of nowhere.
*** That being said, the entire song is one big lead-up to a gag. As the song is about how she's able to bring a smile out of anyone and spends three minutes of the episode proving her point, the gag would be that there is someone present who has a big scowl instead appearing at the very end of the song.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel ''Over A Barrel'']] manages to deconstruct this, when Pinkie's performance makes the situation worse. Twice. The first, the buffalo chief and the sheriff say that that was the worst performance they have ever seen, and the chief decides the next day they will stampede. When they do, the chief has second thoughts, and looks like he's not going to go through with it, until Pinkie starts singing again, which causes him to go through with it.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E8RarityTakesManehattan "Rarity takes Manehattan"]], Rainbow Dash [[SelfDeprecation expresses her dislike for this trope]]. [[HypocriticalHumor A musical number begins shortly after]].

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* Appears in the various incarnations of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''; the most recent series, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'', actually {{avert|edTrope}}s the previous trend of having the ponies burst into song OncePerEpisode. OncePerEpisode.
**
Thus far, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie appears to be the designated song starter, and had this {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with her first cue in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony ''Elements Of Harmony Part 2'']]:
-->'''Pinkie Pie''':
"[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Elements of Harmony]]":
--->'''Pinkie Pie:'''
''When I was a little filly and the sun was going do-o-o-own...''
-->'''Twilight Sparkle''':
''\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:'''
Tell me she's not...
-->'''Pinkie Pie''':
not...\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''':
''The darkness and the shadows, they would always make me fro-o-o-own...''
-->'''Rarity''':
''\\
'''Rarity''':
She is.
** Later, in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy "Dragonshy,"]] "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Twilight asks the others to help Fluttershy across a crevasse, leading to Pinkie instantly bursting into a (very silly) song about jumping across crevasses. This only serves to shorten Twilight's rapidly fraying temper.
** Lampshaded again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]]:
"[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]":
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' And that wicked Enchantress, Zecora, lives there doing her evil... stuff! She's so evil, I even wrote a song about her...
--->'''Rainbow
her...\\
'''Rainbow
Dash:''' Here we go...
*** ** Later in the episode, when Pinkie Pie has lost her ability to speak due to a curse, she asks Fluttershy, who has been cursed to have a [[BadassBaritone comically deep voice]], to sing it for her.
** It's something of a running gag that although sometimes other ponies will join in on the rare occasions that someone ''other'' than Pinkie Pie starts a song -- to the point of an outright CrowdSong in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever"]] Ever]]" -- no-one will ''ever'' join in on Pinkie Pie's songs, and the usual result is the other ponies watching in something between fear and bewilderment.
** Another lampshading in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed ''A "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed'']]. in Deed]]". Part of Pinkie's "checklist" to making a new friend is "sing random song out of nowhere".
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nowhere". And the trope's played with in her initial song in that episode, which manages to draw in half of Ponyville (averting the usual course of things) and would perfectly offset the plot ''if there were any plot yet''. As all we see before the song turns out to be a warm up warm-up to the song, the sheer magnitude of the performance comes entirely out of nowhere.
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nowhere. That being said, the entire song is one big lead-up to a gag. As the song is about how she's able to bring a smile out of anyone and spends three minutes of the episode proving her point, the gag would be that there is someone present who has a big scowl instead appearing at the very end of the song.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel ''Over A Barrel'']] "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]" manages to deconstruct this, when Pinkie's performance makes the situation worse. Twice. The first, the buffalo chief and the sheriff say that that was the worst performance they have ever seen, and the chief decides the next day they will stampede. When they do, the chief has second thoughts, and looks like he's not going to go through with it, until Pinkie starts singing again, which causes him to go through with it.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E8RarityTakesManehattan "Rarity "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E8RarityTakesManehattan Rarity takes Manehattan"]], Manehattan]]", Rainbow Dash [[SelfDeprecation expresses her dislike for this trope]]. [[HypocriticalHumor A musical number begins shortly after]].



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':



---> '''Buford''': Although, that does remind me of a song. '''[[IWantSong I WAAAAANNNNNNNNTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT]]'''....[[AvertedTrope nuthin']].
---> '''Candace''': Well, at least it was short.

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---> '''Buford''': --->'''Buford:''' Although, that does remind me of a song. '''[[IWantSong I WAAAAANNNNNNNNTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT]]'''....[[AvertedTrope nuthin']].
---> '''Candace''':
nuthin']].\\
'''Candace:'''
Well, at least it was short.



-->'''Guy''': And you know what they say...
-->'''Rocko''': [[LampshadeHanging It's going to be a song, isn't it?]]

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-->'''Guy''': -->'''Guy:''' And you know what they say...
-->'''Rocko''':
say...\\
'''Rocko:'''
[[LampshadeHanging It's going to be a song, isn't it?]]
11th Jun '16 11:33:51 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Happy from ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' does this as a running gag, he usually does them when he finds a certain word funny, when he and the other dwarves are on a long trip, or when he wants to lighten up the mood.

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* Happy from ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' does this as a running gag, he usually does them when he finds a certain word funny, when he and the other dwarves are on a long trip, or when he wants to lighten up the mood. He confesses that it especially happens when he gets nervous.
12th May '16 12:52:23 PM Jeduthun
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Frequent {{justifi|edTrope}}cations include having some or all of the characters be actors or actresses, or setting one of the scenes at a nightclub or similar. A small-scale variation on the ShowWithinAShow.

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Frequent {{justifi|edTrope}}cations include having some or all of the characters be actors or actresses, or setting one of the scenes at a nightclub or similar. It may also overlap with HeyLetsPutOnAShow, giving the characters an opportunity to "rehearse" the numbers they'll need to perform. A small-scale variation on the ShowWithinAShow.
10th Apr '16 7:46:07 AM twilicorn
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* The little-known [[{{Sequelitis}} direct-to-video sequel]], ''[=FernGully=]: The Magic Rescue'' follows the tradition by including one of these musical numbers. In it, the Fairies ride a roller coaster and sing a song. Sample lyrics: "[[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry We're having fun! We're having fun!]] We're having [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment funner than the funnest fun!!!]]"

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* The little-known [[{{Sequelitis}} direct-to-video sequel]], ''[=FernGully=]: The Magic Rescue'' follows the tradition by including one of these musical numbers. In it, the Fairies ride a roller coaster and sing a song. Sample lyrics: song about "[[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry We're having fun! We're having fun!]] We're having funner than]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment funner than the funnest fun!!!]]"fun]]".
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