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26th Jul '16 12:56:24 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': The anime commonly includes {{Shout Out}}s to older works to entertain some of its older audiences, so naturally for many younger viewers, it's often the first they've ever heard of certain things.
** Lampshaded by the Dub, in which the narrator tells people to search for ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' on Youtube. Interestingly, that show actually ''was'' shown in America, but it's highly likely that most viewers never saw it.
24th Jul '16 2:14:32 AM IlGreven
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** And despite the short being more popular than the film, even it probably wouldn't be recognized today without [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Cartman getting an anal probe]].
22nd Jul '16 8:25:40 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' is a parody of the stop-motion Christian cartoon ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath''. Not many people realize it due to the latter being a niche work from the 60s.
16th Jul '16 8:52:16 AM Pichu-kun
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** Betty's design was heavily inspired by Clara Bow, down to having red hair like her (as shown in her only colored short, the ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} one). Clara is considered one of the first Hollywood mega stars but has since faded into obscurity for various reasons.

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** Betty's design was heavily inspired by Clara Bow, down to having red hair like her (as shown in her only colored short, the ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' one). Clara is considered one of the first Hollywood mega stars superstars but has since faded into obscurity for various reasons.
16th Jul '16 8:44:01 AM Pichu-kun
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** Betty's design was heavily inspired by Clara Bow, down to having red hair like her (as shown in her only colored short, the ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} one). Clara is considered one of the first Hollywood mega stars but has since faded into obscurity for various reasons.

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** Betty's design was heavily inspired by Clara Bow, down to having red hair like her (as shown in her only colored short, the ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} one). Clara is considered one of the first Hollywood mega stars but has since faded into obscurity for various reasons.



* ''WesternAnimation/IWantToSinga'' was a parody of the film ''Film/TheJazzSinger''. The short lives on in popularity while the film is mostly remembered for two things: 1. The fact it was the first full-length "talkie" (though technically most of the film was a silent film) and 2. The infamous {{Blackface}} scene.

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* ''WesternAnimation/IWantToSinga'' ''WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga'' was a parody of the film ''Film/TheJazzSinger''. The short lives on in popularity while the film is mostly remembered for two things: 1. The fact it was the first full-length "talkie" (though technically most of the film was a silent film) and 2. The infamous {{Blackface}} scene.
16th Jul '16 8:37:55 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'''s name is based on the legendary circus elephant Jumbo, something not many people nowadays remember or know.
* Thanks to its very quick one scene usage as an in-joke in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', people are insistent that "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the movie, even when you explain to them it wasn't. It doesn't help that the song is used briefly in the Broadway musical and on the ''Rhythm of the Pridelands'' CD.
* While older audiences and rock fans likely know of the song, the target audience for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' typically know of "Goofy-Goober Rock" before the original 1980s song "I Wanna Rock" by Music/TwistedSister. This extends to fans who were kids at the time of release but are now adults.
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' An in-universe example. Britta does an impression of a bit Jon Stewart does frequently on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', itself an impression of [[Series/TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]], which comes off as a weird impersonation of Carson. When asked "Is that your Johnny Carson?" Britta is confused, and says no, it was her Jon Stewart.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'':
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An in-universe example. Britta does an impression of a bit Jon Stewart does frequently on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', itself an impression of [[Series/TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]], which comes off as a weird impersonation of Carson. When asked "Is that your Johnny Carson?" Britta is confused, and says no, it was her Jon Stewart.



* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'''s name is based on the legendary circus elephant Jumbo, something not many people nowadays remember or know.



* Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'', well-remembered as the first talking WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon, is a loose parody of a contemporary Buster Keaton feature, ''Film/SteamboatBillJr''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'':
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Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'', well-remembered as the first talking WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon, is a loose parody of a contemporary Buster Keaton feature, ''Film/SteamboatBillJr''.



* Helen "boop-a-doop" Kane is now recalled as having been like WesternAnimation/BettyBoop -- which she was before Betty Boop was created.

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* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop:
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Helen "boop-a-doop" Kane is now recalled as having been like WesternAnimation/BettyBoop Betty Boop -- which she was before Betty Boop was created.created.
** Betty's design was heavily inspired by Clara Bow, down to having red hair like her (as shown in her only colored short, the ''Literature/{{Cinderella}} one). Clara is considered one of the first Hollywood mega stars but has since faded into obscurity for various reasons.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has Dracula, a dead-on impersonation of Fred Sanford from ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', complete with a penchant for calling people "Dummy".
** He's also drawn to look like an older version of Film/{{Blacula}}, complete with early 70's sideburns and mustache.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':
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Dracula, a dead-on impersonation of Fred Sanford from ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', complete with a penchant for calling people "Dummy".
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"Dummy". He's also drawn to look like an older version of Film/{{Blacula}}, complete with early 70's sideburns and mustache.



* It's just easier to say that ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' is another Weird Al Effect machine a la ''Alice in Wonderland'', particularly when it comes to '80s cartoons and toys.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
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It's just easier to say that ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' is another Weird Al Effect machine a la ''Alice in Wonderland'', particularly when it comes to '80s cartoons and toys.toys:



* Thanks to its very quick one scene usage as an in-joke in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', people are insistent that "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the movie, even when you explain to them it wasn't. It doesn't help that the song is used briefly in the Broadway musical and on the ''Rhythm of the Pridelands'' CD.


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* ''WesternAnimation/IWantToSinga'' was a parody of the film ''Film/TheJazzSinger''. The short lives on in popularity while the film is mostly remembered for two things: 1. The fact it was the first full-length "talkie" (though technically most of the film was a silent film) and 2. The infamous {{Blackface}} scene.
16th Jul '16 7:25:32 AM DarkStorm
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* While "Stronger Than You" is the SignatureSong of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' and is quite popular, a large number of people think of it as an ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' song due to a fan-created version of it sung by Sans. If you search the song on Website/YouTube, more ''Undertale'' versions appear than ''Steven Universe'' videos and various ''Undertale'' versions have more views than the Garnet version.

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* While "Stronger Than You" is the SignatureSong of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' and is quite popular, a large number of people think of it as an ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' song due to a fan-created version of it sung by Sans. If you search the song on Website/YouTube, more ''Undertale'' versions appear than ''Steven Universe'' videos and various ''Undertale'' versions have more views than the Garnet version. (That said, [[PoesLaw it's difficult to tell how many people really believe that the Undertale version came first, and how many are just playing along and/or trolling Steven Universe fans]])
15th Jul '16 6:01:18 AM LondonKdS
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* The Series/AustinPowers franchise parodies a lot in the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise, some that everyone would get (Random Task throwing a shoe), while others are obscure enough that most viewers wouldn't get unless they were a Bond fan. Music/BurtBacharach provided music for ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', which is why he makes an appearance in the first Austin Powers film.

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* The Series/AustinPowers franchise parodies a lot in the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise, some that everyone would get (Random Task throwing a shoe), while others are obscure enough that most viewers wouldn't get unless they were a Bond fan. Music/BurtBacharach provided music for ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', which is why he makes an appearance in the first Austin Powers film. Austin himself is a parody of Jason King, a suave hipster secret agent from the British TV shows ''Series/DepartmentS'' and [[Series/JasonKing his own eponymous spin-off]], who is now largely forgotten even in Britain.
13th Jul '16 3:39:14 PM FurMatrix
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** It has been suggested that the chicken joke actually refers to the chicken committing suicide to get to the 'other side' (i.e. The afterlife.) However, there's no definite evidence that this is true.
12th Jul '16 9:12:20 PM Pichu-kun
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* The original commercial for ''VideoGame/{{The Legend Of Zelda|1}}'' featured a man yelling "ZELDA!!!" This is likely a reference to the movie ''Film/SinginInTheRain,'' which also featured a man yelling "ZELDA!!!" in a very similar tone of voice when a movie actress of that name stepped out of her limousine at a red-carpet movie premiere.

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* The original commercial for ''VideoGame/{{The Legend Of Zelda|1}}'' Zelda|I}}'' featured a man yelling "ZELDA!!!" This is likely a reference to the movie ''Film/SinginInTheRain,'' which also featured a man yelling "ZELDA!!!" in a very similar tone of voice when a movie actress of that name stepped out of her limousine at a red-carpet movie premiere.
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