Using the style, instrumentation, and sound of one piece of music on a different melody, notably a show's theme tune, for mood effect. Also handy if you wish to parody a famous piece of music, but can't afford to license the melody. Parodying a public-domain song is, of course, problem-free.

If the song in question is written from scratch, it's SuspiciouslySimilarSong.

Not to be confused with the group that sang [[SonicCD Sonic Boom]].
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Subtrope:
* EnnioMorriconePastiche

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai'', parodying ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', and quite a few others.
* ''LuckyStar'', during the race scene, had a suspiciously ''InitialD'' sounding song , One time in episode 2 there was a ''Gun Buster'' parody, with a knockoff of the opening song, "Active Heart", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emq0Xf6zVDw seriously]] , and in episode 17 there was a parody of Cat's Eye using a knockoff of [[http://video.yahoo.com/watch/622059/2944980 the ending theme]] , but with Kagami as an extra.
* JoeHisaishi pretty much plays around with one or two melodies for the entire soundtrack of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
** There is also a section of 'Ashitaka and San' (Princess Mononoke) that sounds very similar to part of 'Ano Natsu E/Inochi no Namae' (Spirited Away).
* The ''CowboyBebop'' episode "Pierrot le Fou" includes a brilliant pastiche by YokoKanno of PinkFloyd's "On the Run". (This is actually a legitimate cover; it's even listed on the soundtrack as "On the Run" with the original writers credited.)
* Occurs early in the first episode of Gundam 0083 when Kou, Burning, Kieth and Alan are having a staged Mobile Suit battle to test a new attachment for the GM. The show's first theme is played with a different tempo for effect.
* The main theme of the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' OVA is a particularly dramatic ''Film/JamesBond''-style piece, which is remixed to provide basically all of the music in both it and the later TV series.
* The soundtracks for HumongousMecha series ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' and ''ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' both boast their own version of SpaceSheriffGavan's Laser Blade theme. The former's use of the track is quite infamous as the 'Psychic Slash' attack's theme.
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic''; one of the pieces of background music is a knockoff of the theme song for ''Series/TheATeam''.
** There are several other tracks that are quite similar to themes from 80s shows. For example, ''Shissou'', from The Second Raid, is highly reminiscent of the title theme from ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''.
* The Japanese version of ''DigimonAdventure'' reused a musical score from ''SailorMoon'', and strangely enough the music composer for both shows was none other than the late TakanoriArisawa. Compare the two - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POrdFe8nfg0 at 2:35 for the Sailor Moon version]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rukb6on10pw click here for the Digimon version]], and tell me that they don't sound almost exactly the same.
* The Japanese version of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' reused a musical score from ''CyberTeamInAkihabara'', and both series share the same composer, Shinkichi Mitsumune. And for comparisons sake [[http://soundcloud.com/theshugotv/cyberteam-in-akihabara-bgm The Cyberteam version]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvbdz8yYW0 Yu-Gi-Oh! version]].

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* The MusicalEpisode of ''{{Nodwick}}'' consists of parody lyrics reflecting the goings-on, sung to the tunes of famous pop and rock songs (as explained by the author's foot notes). The author even has the [[VillainSong villain's number]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to explain that this is Fair Use and he's safe from lawsuits.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) had a snippet of "Scandalous" by Prince worked into the otherwise somber Danny Elfman score.
** Not that the song isn't fairly somber in its own way, especially when used in the film.
* The music originally composed for the Sarlacc Pit battle in ''StarWars'' (Sail Barge Assault Alternate, released as a bonus track) is quite different from the music heard in the film, but the film music is kind of a pastiche of the original(the middle part and the ending are almost identical).
** And of course, several musics in the hexalogy were pastiches of parts of Holst's "Planets" suite. Examples: the music during the capture of the Blockade Runner and the destruction of the Death Star are based on the middle and end, respectively, of "Mars, The Bringer of War". Leia's theme is based on "Venus, The Bringer of Peace", and the music during the Rebels' approach to the Death Star resembles the "Jupiter" movement. The music when Luke is dragging Vader/Anakin to the shuttle is quoted from the first measures of the "Uranus" movement.
** The "Victory Celebration" music from the special edition of ''Return of the Jedi'' sounds rather similar to the ''Superman'' love theme, of course also written by John Williams.
* The theme from ''TrueRomance'' (''You're so Cool'' by HansZimmer) is near identical to Gassenhauer by Carl Orff.
* Also by HansZimmer, "Parley" from ''PiratesOfTheCarribbean: At World's End'' is an EnnioMorriconePastiche. In fact, the entire scene where the two groups slowly walk towards each other is an {{Homage}} to {{Spaghetti Western}}s.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GoodEats'' does this a lot. Its simple, ten-note Surf Rock theme tune has been morphed into everything from the theme to ''TheXFiles'', the JeopardyThinkingMusic, and a sea chanty, to "Theme from A Summer Place" and a heavy rock riff for guitar and Hammond.
* When a comedy character is being sneaky, adapting his theme music into a parody of the themes from the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, ''Series/MissionImpossible'', or ''Series/TheSaint'' is almost a requirement. (These three actually have a lot in common musically, so it's possible to hit all three in one parody).
* One that almost happened on TV: ''Series/SquareOneTV'' was originally going to be called "That's Mathematics", and TomLehrer wrote a theme song for it, to the tune of "That's Entertainment". But in the end, the name of the show was changed so the song wasn't used. Then, Lehrer brought the song back for a celebration of Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, but due to copyright, had to write his own tune to it (which keeps basically the same rhythm and style).
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' pastiched ''Series/{{Batman}}'''s ThemeTune in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_ks82chG4#t=5m22s climax battle]] of the episode "The Winged Avenger", complete with TheHitFlash, which took the form of huge comic book panels reading "POW!", "SPLAT!" and "BAM!" being smashed into the bad guy's face.
* Every episode of ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' ended with a parody of an existing song where the new lyrics related to the episode's topic (for example, "Born to be Wild" becomes "Bones in my Body" for the episode on the skeletal system).
** And it had several pastiches of popular songs during the show, including ''Wipeout'', ''La Bamba'', 2 Unlimited's ''No Limit'' (maybe a coincidence), and the ''Film/JamesBond'' theme (some of these, of course, are public domain).
* ''TheCosbyShow'' changed its theme song's stylistic every year. It was a regular pop song the first year. Then it was a Caribbean tune and an orchestrated tune, and a salsa number, before being a parody of "Shotgun" for its last season.
* ''SpittingImage'' did this a lot. The best remembered is "The Chicken Song", which sounds very similar to "Agadoo" by Black Lace.
* ''The X-Files'' had a just-different-enough version of Sing, Sing, Sing for the big scene in Triangle.
* SesameStreet did this for most of its parody songs, using the same rhythm with a different tune, eg "Rebel L", a pastiche of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell". Of course because PBS doesn't have the funding for licensing fees.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* There have been several spoof rock bands which parody specific songs or styles of music, but not all of these can be called pastiches. There are at least two bands that blur the line between pastiche and parody.
* The Hee Bee Gee Bees parodied numerous bands of the 70s and 80s, often very closely pastiching the original melodies.
* TheRutles, originally seen in a TV {{Mockumentary}}, pastiched Music/TheBeatles. In some cases the pastiche was almost too close for comfort, as in the case of "Get Up and Go", which was almost banned from the soundtrack CD because of its resemblance to "Get Back". Fortunately PaulMcCartney saw the joke, to the extent of performing the song himself.
** Similarly to TheRutles, [[ToddRundgren Utopia]]'s album ''Deface the Music'' is comprised entirely of [[AffectionateParody affectionate]] [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] [[AffectionateParody parodies]]. As with the Rutles' music, many of these songs are parodies of specific Beatles songs, and for people who have listened to the Beatles' music enough times, it's easy to pick out which song each of these parodies.
* RichardCheese has made a career off of the discovery that profanity-filled metal and rap songs become intrinsically hilarious when played as extremely white-bread Lounge Music.
* While the world thinks of him as strictly a parody artist, Music/WeirdAlYankovic's songs are actually split about half and half between parody works and pastiches. ''Dare to Be Stupid'' may be his best known of these; a pastiche of the works of {{Devo}} that was part of the soundtrack for a Transformers Animated Movie. Notable for drawing the comment from a critic that he had out-Devoed Devo.
** Not just from critics. Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo's frontman, wrote a letter to Weird Al, congratulating him for writing the perfect Devo song.
* Variation 22 from Beethoven's 32 variations on a theme by Diabelli is a pastiche of the aria "Notte e giorno faticar" from Mozart's ''Don Giovanni''.
* The trance track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUcQCLht7-g "Lovestruck"]] by DJ Janis uses the instrumentation of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byfVfo7ZKjU Kay Cee's "Escape"]] and the riff of George Michael's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izGwDsrQ1eQ "Careless Whisper"]].
* Taco's "Got to Be Your Lover" seems to be a pastiche of Music/RickAstley, particularly "Together Forever". In fact, it's more or less a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to that song.
* 2Girlz's "Fallen Angel" is a heavily {{autotune}}d pastiche of Music/{{Cascada}}, particularly "Everytime We Touch" and "Bad Boy". The verse lyrics also have {{shoutout}}s to the former. It was co-produced by Axel Konrad of Groove Coverage, whom Cascada themselves ripped off frequently, so it may be a TakeThat.
* CyndiLauper's "Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)" is a pastiche of her original "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love".
* A capella group Straight No Chaser recorded a mashup of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" and Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's version of "Somewhere, Over The Rainbow".
* Mylo's "Dr. Pressure" combines the instrumentation from his own "Drop the Pressure" [[WithLyrics with the lyrics of]] [[Music/GloriaEstefan Miami Sound Machine]]'s "Dr. Beat".

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' uses a bit of the melody from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the recurring "Unlimited" leitmotif, which is basically Elphaba's theme. On the length of the snippet of melody: it's ''just'' enough to avoid copyright problems--the first seven notes (somewhere, over the rainbow!).
** It also uses the chords of "No One Mourns the Wicked" and its overture as a [[RecurringRiff recurring theme]], and intersperses it with "For Good", which itself incorporates the chord theme, in the finale ultimo.
* The 1971 version of ''No, No, Nanette'' does this with reprises of "I Want To Be Happy," which three characters sing it like "I Wanna Be Loved By You," gut-bucket Bessie Smith blues and "It's Delightful To Be Married."
* In ''TheMusicMan'', the melodies of "Goodnight, My Someone" and "Seventy Six Trombones" are pastiches of each other. This is made obvious by a reprise which switches between the two songs with every other line.
* Similarly, in LeonardBernstein's ''Mass'', the a capella chorale "Almighty Father" is based on a slower version of the "In nomine Patris" which precedes it.
* The first half of ''Amaluna'''s finale combines the vocal melody and rhythm of "Elma Om Mi Lize" with the instrumentation and backing melody of "Run", the preceding song.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Much of the music from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' is based on one single melody.
** And ''Super Mario 64'', and ''Super Mario Sunshine'', and ''New Super Mario Bros.'', and ''Yoshi's Island DS''... ''Super Mario Galaxy'' is the first major Mario game in ages not to do this, and it still uses a [[RecurringRiff single strain]] in quite a bit of its music.
* The [[BanjoKazooie Banjo-Kazooie games]] have a dynamic soundtrack that morphs between styles depending on where you are in a given area. In Banjo-Tooie, they even incorporated tempo shifts.
* A lot of tunes from the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' games, especially ''IV'' and ''VI'', are based on a [[RecurringRiff recurring]] bassline/chord progression, especially those of ''Adol's Theme'' and ''Selceta Forest''. Lesser pastiches include the intro of ''Ernst''(remixed from Final Battle), ''Overwater Drive''(heavily based on Beat of the Terror), ''Mountain Zone''(pastiche of both ''Palace of Solomon'' and ''Forest of Selceta'') ''Lava Zone''(resembles ''Termination'', the FinalBoss music from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} Book I and II''), ''Defend and Escape''(includes the Ark/Napishtim's theme, ''Selceta Forest'', and even part of ''Niena'' from ''Ys V''), ''The Depth Napishtim''(in addition to using the Ark {{leitmotif}}, it also draws from ''Termination''), and ''Spread Blue View''(uses parts of ''Reconciled People'', the Port Rimorge theme).
* Many songs in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series, eg Promise, Not Tomorrow, Killing Time, Theme of Laura, I Want Love, Waiting for You, are pastiches of the first game's opening theme, and a few other themes have pastiches as well. Not necessarily {{recurring riff}}s.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog 3'' and ''Sonic & Knuckles'' had a different music composer than the first two games, hence the absence of the original title theme, but the main boss theme is a pastiche of both the miniboss theme(the second part) and the ''Sonic 1'' boss theme(the first part, somewhat more resembles the FinalBoss version).
** ''Sonic Adventure 2'''s various level themes often echo "Live and Learn," the game's theme song.
** In ''SonicUnleashed'', the first few seconds of the opening cutscene music sound remarkably like something from ''Star Wars''.
* ''Super Spy Hunter'', originally called ''Battle Formula'', is not a true sequel to the arcade ''Spy Hunter'', but the music in Stage 2-1 is a pastiche of the ''Peter Gunn''/original ''Spy Hunter'' theme.
* The two most common background musics in the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' use pretty much the same chord progression and rhythm, and have some melodic similarities.
* The ''{{Halo}}'' trilogy does this with many of its music pieces, using the same instrumentation, rhythm, sometimes chords, on different melodies, eg the Delta Halo {{leitmotif}} in ''Halo 2'' is a pastiche of the series' [[RecurringRiff main theme]], ''Leonidas'' is a pastiche of ''On a Pale Horse'', ''Impend'' is a pastiche of ''The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe'', and ''Farthest Outpost'' is a pastiche of the [[{{Leitmotif}} Ark theme]] and ''In Amber Clad'' , which in turn is loosely based on ''Under Cover of Night''.
** ''The Last Spartan'' + ''Unyielding'' = ''Finish The Fight''. The intro of the song also contains a pastiche of ''High Charity''.
** "Peril" mixes together the rhythm of "Perilous Journey" and the melodies of "The Last Spartan", "High Charity", and the Delta Halo theme.
** The first part of ''Heretic', Hero'' combines the melodies of the ''Truth and Reconciliation Suite'' intro and ''TGPATHOTU''. In turn, the Delta Halo theme is used on top of the ''Heretic'' beat in the beginning of the ''Delta Halo Suite''.
** "High Charity: Pursuit of Truth" is a pastiche of of the song "Leela" from the original ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' and "The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe", and it pays homage to Kraftwerk's ''Man Machine'' album as well, possibly sampling them (eg the beat and the characteristic "twang" sound effect).
** ''Under Cover of Night'' + ''Perchance to Dream'' = ''Dream Again''.
** During the credits of ''Halo 3'', ''Farthest Outpost'', ''Under Cover'', and the guitar riff of ''In Amber Clad'' are all mixed together.
** "Respite"(and the second half of "Tribute") is "High Charity" done in the style of the Arbiter's {{leitmotif}}.
** "Unreconciled" is a combination of "Lone Wolf" and the original ''Halo'' theme. "Hymn for Reach" and "The Fall" sound similar to "Respite/Tribute" and "Enough/No More Dead Heroes", respectively. "The Battle Begins" is a pastiche of the main theme and the rhythm of "Ghosts of Reach" from ''Halo 2''. The In "Amber Clad" beat also returns, in "Sword Control" and "We Remember". The main theme itself sounds like a tweaked version of "Farthest Outpost" from ''Halo 3''. A warped version of the Gregorian chant is also used several times.
* In FinalFantasyVII, the theme that plays when you fight Jenova*SYNTHESIS, Jenova Complete/Absolute, is a Musical Pastiche of [[BattleThemeMusic Those Who Fight]] which uses the synthesiser line from J-E-N-O-V-A.
* ''TimeCrisis 3'' doesn't directly use the series' main theme, but instead a pastiche of it, ie mostly the same rhythm and structure, but a completely different melody. This theme in turn got tweaked for the fourth game.
** Several other musics in the series, including "Rumbling of the Earth" and Wild Dog's LeitMotif, are also pastiches of the series' RecurringRiff.
* From NoMoreHeroes, the song ''Staff Wars'' is the ranking song ''Righteous, Triumphant, Etcetera'', arranged a la John Williams.
* A pretty good chunk of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''' story music is based on Dialga's theme.
* ''SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' peppers the main theme throughout menus, a few minigames, two stages, and the Subspace Emissary story mode.
* In ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail II'', the starting town themes and trail themes are mostly variations of the title theme.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1WPfxz0Jdo Fort Schmerzen]] theme in ''MedalOfHonor: Allied Assault'' is a combination of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtU0Cmx3Jqk the original Fort Schmerzen theme]], the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYfkad4Ko5A V2 rocket plant]] theme, and the ''MOHAA'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ELFxB-tGhE title theme]]. In general, the ''MedalOfHonor'' soundtracks are pastiches / homages to JohnWilliams' scores to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''StarWars'', and ''SavingPrivateRyan''.
* Remixer [=AmIEviL=] did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeWhIatbXWM mashup]] of Stage 5's theme from ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster'' and Bomb Man's theme from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''.
* The final battle theme of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' is an OminousPipeOrgan rearrangement of Bowser's theme in the style of Bach's "Toccata & Fugue".
* The music for QuestForYrolg is a minor-key and more metal-y rendition of the VideoGame/QuestForGlory march.
* Also typical of FrankZappa.
* The BGM for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYSc_rYsYHk "Laughing Joke Numbnuts"]], the final stage of ''VideoGame/AngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'' sounds like an 8-bit style parody of Music/DragonForce.
* ''DoubleDragonNeon'''s soundtrack does this alot, especially with tunes from the original series:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qQQTkIUwH0 "Neon Jungle"]] is a stylistic pastiche of 80's Hi-NRG music, such as Bananarama, which the song's {{fake band}}, Mango Tango, may be a {{shoutout}} to.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZmB_TAsBc "Firebird"]] is reminiscent of 80's {{hair metal}} bands such as JudasPriest and VanHalen.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z07S4dLtijw Mecha Biker's theme]] is a ''MegaMan'' style arrangement of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxgwZiCM6wA title theme]]. Said theme gets pastiched again for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k93kNJKEl4o the credits]], this time {{in the style of}} WeirdAlYankovic with a touch of {{Queen}}.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2WLw-b2AUA "Tube Ride"]] is ''DD 1'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQM0QECxhjc Mission 4]] music arranged DickDale {{surf rock}} style.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4KHRnvTJMU Linda's theme(Mission 3-3)]] from the NES version of the first game gets three different arrangements. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB9U6upbf5M first]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjKaBjhCUVE two]] are {{boss remix}}es used for [[BigBad Skullmageddon]], with the FinalBoss version using elements of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkE_quHvNEk final boss music]] from ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime''. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugkujCfe7ek third]], heard in the [[BigBoosHaunt Haunted Forest]], is a pastiche with the ''{{Halloween}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP-jYiuDD9g theme]].
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* "Heir Conditioning" from ''{{Homestuck}}'' starts off with a pastiche of "Beloved Tomboyish Daughter" from the VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project ([[AnIcePerson Cirno]]'s theme).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''InspectorGadget'' was fond of it, turning its short theme song into jungle drums, French provincial folk music, rock and roll, and a few other styles.
** Other pastiches included the "clockwork" version(heard in Cuckoo Clock Caper and a couple other episodes), "Hail to the Chief", part of the song "New York, New York" mixed with the IG theme, and the "chase theme", which obviously pastiches the ''KnightRider'' theme song. And the theme itself is a pastiche of Edward Grieg's "In the Halls of the Mountain King" and Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz".
* ''TheSimpsons'' has often done this with its main theme during the closing credits of an episode. For instance, in a police-themed episode the song was turned into an homage to the ''HillStreetBlues'' theme music, and in the Australia-themed episode the song was accompanied by a didgeridoo.
** There was even one episode where the credits theme was done a capella, complete with video.
* ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' did this quite a bit.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' tends to work the villains' theme motifs into the episodes where they appear or are causing trouble from behind the scenes.
* ''JimmyNeutron'' is famous for making songs that sound not quite exactly like the pop or old folk songs the viewers would know.
** "Ladies of Spain" from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', for example.
** "Hey La" for another.
* ''TheFairlyOddparents'' also does it a lot.
** "Real and Scary" song from one of their Halloween specials has a riff [and a visual gag] that is reminiscent of MichaelJackson's "Thriller".
** There are several of the aforementioned ''MissionImpossible'' riffs.
** There's a riff on Popeye using beets rather than spinach.
* This troper remembers a part in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon where the mutants crash into a TV Studio where a very ''PowerRangers'' type show is filming - when they exit, a suited-up actor looks at them curiously while the notes corresponding to the words "Go go Power Rangers!" start to play and then putter out.
* The theme from ''TotallySpies'' uses the exact same tune as Moonbaby's "Here We Go", just with different lyrics. Later episodes only used the instrumental of the song, maybe due to legal reasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' does this a lot with "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from ''HelloDolly'' At one point, a robot moves some of his parts to "sing" the first few notes of the refrain as something of ThemeMusicPowerUp for WALL-E.
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