* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the trope when, at the opening ceremonies of a nationwide SpellingBee, celebrity moderator George Plimpton announces, "And now, our unlicensed knockoff of the Olympic anthem."
** It also played this one straight, in quite a lot of episodes. Who can forget "Springfield, Springfield," or the whole of the episode "Simpsoncalifragalisticexpiali(annoyed grunt)tious"? The latter was a parody of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', and had some of the best of these you're likely to see anywhere - particularly Barney's version of "Feed the Birds" ("Buy Me a Beer") and the family's version of "Spoonful of Sugar' ('Cut Every Corner").
*** And "The President Wore Pearls," an WholePlotReference of ''Music/{{Evita}}''. Also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the closing subtitles, which insist the producers (as advised by their lawyers) "have never heard of a musical based on the life of Eva Peron."
** The end of "Life on the Fast Lane" parodies the end of ''AnOfficerAndAGentleman''; you have to listen ''very'' carefully to the BGM to notice it isn't really "Up Where We Belong".
** The rambling song Homer sang in hopes of becoming a food critic was based around ''Theatre/WestSideStory'''s "I Feel Pretty".
** Then there's "See My Vest", Mr. Burns' PETA-unfriendly ripoff of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'''s "Be Our Guest".
*** In turn, "Be Our Guest" resembles the titular song from ''Me and My Girl'', and the ScreenToStageAdaptation version has an interlude similar to Jacques Offenbach's "Can Can".
** Lampshaded again during a ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' parody with a song called "Ho Hi" ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "this song's not like any song you know]]...if Disney sues we'll claim fair use").
** Some earlier episodes repeatedly underscored action sequences with a pastiche of the "Axel F" theme from ''BeverlyHillsCop''. In fact, they had at least two distinct versions of it.
** Sideshow Bob's [[{{Leitmotif}} personal theme music]] is a reworked version of BernardHerrmann's ''CapeFear'' theme.
** "Lady Bouvier's Lover" closes with "The Sound of Grandpa", a knockoff of SimonAndGarfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence".
** "Flaming Moe's" has a very funny parody of the ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' theme.
** The ''Film/JamesBond'' parody couch gag uses an obvious knock-off of its famous opening theme.
** The episode where Homer becomes a hippy replaces the end theme with the bass and drums from [[Music/TheBeatles Tomorrow Never Knows]], with a sitar playing the Simpsons theme on top - [[HilariousInHindsight several years before]] Giles Martin played the vocals and sitar of Within You Without You over the same, causing the Simpsons version to sound like a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of that.
** Several early episodes had a bit of incidental music that was a tweaked version of Edvard Grieg's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Mood "Morning Mood"]] from ''Peer Gynt''; it was used to in the same manner as Grieg's original, to denote the dawning of a new day. Since the composition was in the public domain when those episodes were produced, it remains unclear why they didn't use the Grieg original. Even more confusingly, the 8th Season episode "Bart Carny" ''does'' actually use the original, untweaked "Morning Mood".
** "They'll Never Stop The Simpsons", the closing song from the ClipShow "Gump Roast", lyrically [[WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies parodies]] BillyJoel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" but uses a different melody.
** "Thank God, It's Doomsday" has "Who Got Their Haircut?", a parody of the BahaMen's "Who Let the Dogs Out"
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZB5cM_6Ru8&feature=related Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers theme song]] was probably intended as a spoof of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaQvBbzslJE MacGyver vignette]].
* It is blatantly obvious that "I See the Light" from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' was based on "A Whole New World" from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Both songs even include the line "It's Crystal Clear" with practically the same notation.
* ''Histeria'', an educational cartoon about history, parodied a lot of songs with similar, but original, melodies. In the episode on Teddy Roosevelt, adapted versions of "Wooly Bully" (as "Bully Bully") and "Ghostbusters" (as "Trustbuster") were both used, altered enough to be free of royalties.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' used to do this in its early seasons -- ''e.g.'' "Give it Up" from the toad-licking one, which was a pastiche of "You're the One That I Want" from ''Grease''. Lately, however, they've been going with straight lyrical parodies.
** The apotheosis: Peter singing about his Diplomatic Immunity with "Can't Touch Me!", which includes the line "so Hammer you can't sue!" while talking to an animated Music/MCHammer.
*** "Can't Touch Me" used a Suspiciously Similar Version of the music. However, the show has more recently been able to get the rights to almost any music they want; one aversion occurred when they couldn't get the rights to the 1967 ''Spider-Man'' cartoon theme, so they had Peter sing the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show theme (owned by Fox), replacing "Batman" with "Spider-Man". It was actually much funnier that way.
*** The original MC Hammer song also uses the same bass line as "Superfreak".
** The Season 3 episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" has Peter crooning a song called "I Need a Jew", which sounds suspiciously like "When You Wish Upon a Star", from Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. The publishers of the Disney song apparently thought so, too, as they unsuccessfully sued ''Family Guy'' producer Seth [=MacFarlane=] and composer Walter Murphy for copyright infringement.
** In the episode "Love Blactually", Brian dresses up as Snoopy for a costume party. When Peter demands that he "do the dance", Brian complies, accompanied by a Suspiciously Similar Version of Music/VinceGuaraldi's "Linus and Lucy", the famous ''Peanuts'' BootstrappedTheme.
** In "Saving Private Brian", the music in the US Army commercial is The suspiciously similar version of the intro to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me".
** The "I'm A Tumor" song in "Petarded" is a suspiciously similar version of Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus". Of course, TheSimpsons did it first, using the same tune as the basis for "Dr. Zaius" in "A Fish Called Selma".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'''s theme song sounds a lot like 'Little Bitty Pretty One' by Thurston Harris.
** ''Doug'' also used suspiciously similar versions of the Raiders March from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', for Race Canyon, Superman's ThemeTune for Quailman, the ''Film/JamesBond'' theme for Smash Adams, the Mission Impossible theme (in ''Doug's Secret Song'' when Porkchop is sneaking into Bebe's house) and a knockoff of "[[Music/MCHammer U Can't Touch This]]" in "Doug Can't Dance" (starts after Mr. Dink stubs his toe), among others.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]]'' does this all the time with their montage sequences. One notable one is a couple notes off from "Hey Ya" by Music/{{Outkast}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', episode "Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Max Modem!": Mr. Fletcher, practicing as Max Modem, plays a riff on a synthesizer that sounds a lot like the intro to "Bloody Tears" from the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series.
** The Perry the Platypus theme sounds an awful lot like the song "Secret Agent Man."
** "Meatloaf Surprise" features a song that starts off sounding a lot like "Wonderwall" by Oasis, except it's about the singer's love of meatloaf.
** In "Meapless in Seattle", the brothers and friends go to Seattle, where they're greeted by a guitar riff that's suspiciously similar to {{Nirvana}}'s [[AwesomeMusic Smells Like Teen Spirit]].
*** The 2012 syndicated version of this show uses a theme sounding suspiciously similar to the Disney Channel version but instrumental.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has done this twice so far. In the episode "Grubble Gum", where Chowder's gigantic, all-consuming wad of gum starts picking up everything in its path: the background music, appropriately enough, is a lawyer-friendly version of the ''KatamariDamacy'' theme. The episode "Sniffle Ball" also has one scene blatantly parodying the classic ''SuperMarioBros'' fight with Bowser, to the tune of a variant on the classic underground theme.
** The sleepeating episode uses the first few notes of "Thriller".
** Another episode involving Schnitzel's obvious Bruce Lee parody used an equally-obvious and suspiciously similar version of the song "Eye of the Tiger".
** And in "Sing Beans", when Schnitzel is playing the steel drum, it sounds EXACTLY like Target's (Australia) "Make Me Happy" aka 100% Happy ad campaign jingle.
* An early sketch in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' features {{Voltron}} in a dance-off against a Robeast to "Work It Out On The Floor", an obvious parody of DMX's "Get It On The Floor". On the DVD version and all future airing, the song is replaced with a horribly generic, lawyer-friendly take on the song.
** During their "Greatest American Hero" parody, the theme song is "Believe it or don't I'm flying around."
** Used ''in-series'' when a sketch about the Libertarian Party have them needing to use the suspiciously similar version of various songs because they can't afford the real ones. Such as "Airborn mini-dirt" (Dust in the Wind) and "We are the Victors" (We are the Champions). They ''still'' got sued for "Friend choo-choo" (Love Train).
** A sketch about the Kraken from ''ClashOfTheTitans'' featured a suspiciously similar version of ''[[{{Cats}} "Memory"]]''.
*** A large amount of the music used for ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' are suspiciously similar versions of many popular tunes from movies, television shows, and even video games. This makes sense as parodies are a big part of Robot Chicken.
* The Teletoon-animated seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' use their own theme song, which is a Suspiciously Similar Song version of... ''the original Johnny Test theme song'' (from when the series was animated by Warner Bros.). The "same franchise as the original music" deal strikes again!
** Also occurs on the Cartoon Network broadcast version.
** And the Netflix Watch Instantly releases.
** Incidentally, while the original Johnny Test theme sounds highly styled after your average top 40 rock band, the second series theme song is actually a suspiciously similar Version of "[[Music/GreenDay American Idiot]]".
*** Which better describes the [[IdiotHero main character.]]
* The eighth episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' opens with a jukebox playing the suspiciously similar Version of Quincy Jones's "Soul Bossa Nova" (which you may recognize from ''AustinPowers'').
** Or, for those Canadians playing at home, ''{{Definition}}''.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack Flapjack]]'' ChristmasEpisode begins with "It's the Most Marvelous Time of the Year", which is a several notes-off version of (of course) "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', "You Promised", Norbert and Daggett race around their dam on bikes to the suspiciously similar, yet instrumental, version of "I'm A Believer" by The Monkees.
** "In Search of Big Byoo-tox" featured Dag trying to avoid being seen by Norb to The Suspiciously Similar Version of "Hush" by Deep Purple.
** Also, one of the instrumentals used frequently in episodes of ''The Angry Beavers'' sounds a lot like the beginning of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E9XUkoJH5I Andy Williams' song, "Can't Get Used to Losing You"]]. In fact, the show's soundtrack is practically a "Best of".
** One episode of the Angry Beavers featured a suspiciously similar version of "Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does some almost indistinguishable please-don't-sue-us versions of songs like "Happy Birthday To You" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - the latter has to be listened to very, very closely. The excuse in the director's commentary was 'we thought it'd be alright because the songs would have changed over the years'.
** Fry lampshades this during the former by singing "And you smell like one, too!", out of context from the CaptainErsatz version, but in the style of the real song. Of course, that line is not an official part of the song, so there's no copyright violation.
*** Not to mention the theme song itself is the suspiciously similar version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOqfWj0HqNE Pierre Henry's "Psyche Rock"]].
* ''The Adventures of WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' loved throwing in suspiciously similar versions of appropriate background music.
* Listen to the theme song of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', then listen to Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man". Tell me they don't sound similar.
** "When there's trouble you know who to call! Secret... Agent Man! Secret... Agent Man!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' the [[{{Leitmotif}} ukulele riff]] that sometimes accompanies Wooldoor is an obvious pastiche of a similar one from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.
** ''Drawn Together'' had some songs like this, both on the show, and some on the DVD releases to clear royalties. One DVD example was in the episode "Dirty Pranking Number 2", with the song "This Is Our Version", a song that sounds like "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", the original song that was on the TV broadcast. Another example that occurred on the show was in the episode, "Foxy vs. The Board of Education" with the song "Board of Education", a song that sounds like "I'm Just a Bill" from SchoolHouseRock.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}''--as explicitly pointed out by the bumps on Creator/AdultSwim--could not get the rights to "Love Shack", so the Warden sings the royalty-free, lawyer-friendly, not-gonna-get-sued-for-it "Party Bar" during the episode where they build a bar in the jail.
** The episode "Combaticus" features parodies of both "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's theme, as well as the song "Shenhua" from the video game Shenmue.
* For ''TheLittleRascals' Christmas Special'', a 1979 animated holiday special featuring Our Gang, the producers didn't get the rights to use Leroy Shields' classic theme music, so the special's music composer wrote a suspiciously similar Version of it.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=almvgKVN0NE Main Theme]] to ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' sounds a suspicious lot like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liyiT_DGREA "December, 1963"]] by ''TheFourSeasons''.
** In "The Job", we several times hear background music that sounds like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave_Satani the theme]] from ''Film/TheOmen'', except with the lyrics replaced with pizza toppings in {{dog Latin}}.
** Gumball's song from "The DVD" is one to "We Are The World".
** "The Tag" features an off-key sound alike of "Baby" by Music/JustinBieber played for all of one second by Gumball and Darwin to threaten Mr. Robinson, who had engaged an EscalatingWar with Richard.
* A dance scene in the ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "Jellyfish Jam" uses a techno song called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCIyguGtFqU Stadium Rave A]]" that sounded a ''lot'' like "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KUmAphvThQ Get Ready For This]]" ([[WeirdAlEffect A.K.A. "NBA Jam"]]) by 2 Unlimited.
** The Krusty Krab Training Video uses a soundalike for Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XovtJrxPjNw Quest for the Best]]".
*** Also a piece of music that imitates the ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' theme on "Bubble Buddy."
** Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's official {{Leitmotif}} is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQDTKPbwxUw The Lineman]], an all-too-obvious (and very fitting) similar song to the Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' theme.
** Joked about it once: A Krusty Krab customer listened to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_0-FwA1f60 a song]] and said (perhaps not exact quote) "I hated the REAL version of this song."
** Best Day Ever takes a cue from Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline".
* Done frequently on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
** For instance, there's one episode where the adults put on some Cher. The song on the stereo sounds a lot like Music/{{Cher}}'s "Believe."
** When Stan's grandfather wanted Stan to understand how awful it is being old, his grandfather puts on a song that sounds a lot like Music/{{Enya}}'s "Orinoco Flow".
** In "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", a soundalike of "My Heart Will Go On" played during Liane's flashbacks whenever someone caught her eye.
** When Randy is incapacitated from being "served" and Stan visits him in the hospital, a tune almost identical to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" starts playing.
** Subverted in the episode "Canada on Strike." The Star Wars Kid is shown, but instead of John Williams' Star Wars theme, it seems to be a knockoff. It's actually John Williams' Superman theme.
** In "Christian Rock Hard", Cartman plays one song that is kinda similar to the Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time).
** DVDA's "Now You're a Man" is basically "You Give Love a Bad Name" with different lyrics.
** The Princess Kenny song from the Black Friday Trilogy sounds like a Japanese version of the Nelly and Kelly Rowland song "Dilemma".
* Pretty much the entire soundtrack to the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Meet the Beat-Alls" is suspiciously similar versions of (you guessed it) songs by Music/TheBeatles, including "A Hard Day's Night", "Eleanor Rigby", "Across the Universe", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "Strawberry Fields Forever", and "The Ballad of John and Yoko".
** Also, the [[SpearCounterpart Rowdyruff Boys]]' {{Leitmotif}} is copied from the PPG's theme song.
* The finish of "Part of That World" in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' ("Out of the sea/Wish I could be/Part of that world") is Ashman and [[AlanMenken Menken]] copying one of ''their own songs'', "Somewhere that's Green" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' ("Far from Skid Row/I dream we'll go/Somewhere that's green").
* The episode "Sentries of the Lost Cosmos" from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is full of simulated Star Wars music.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rio_sLMhRk end theme]] for ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' is a suspiciously similar version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSsPEgZZi5Y "Step By Step"]] by Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock.
* The long-awaited ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' DVD set occasionally opts for suspiciously similar versions in place of the more generic cues that comprise the majority of the music. Technically averted with Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" - MTV had apparently tried to license the original recording due to how important it was to the episode it appeared in, but Lauper no longer allows the song to be licensed and they were forced record a cover version (since Mr. [=DeMartino=] actually sings the official lyrics).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' of all things has a not-quite version of [[Series/TheBennyHillShow "Yakety Sax"]]. There have been many others, both with and without lyrics, ranging from Aaron Copeland's ''Rodeo'' to Sondheim showtunes to... "The Hokey-Pokey."
** The crowning jewel of this is "Art of the Dress", which is a suspiciously similar version of "Putting It Together".
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u7XysaEVBs At the Gala]]" is even more obviously "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUzk2BC2Ssg Ever After]]" from ''IntoTheWoods''.
** The piece of ballet music used in "Sonic Rainboom" and "The Show Stoppers" is a riff on the ''SwanLake'' waltz.
** The show also does a few homages to ''Film/StarWars'' endings of all things. "Elements of Harmony" ends with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC91IRpYQ4A suspiciously similar version]] of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7hj6qP167k "Augie's Great Municipal Band"]] and "Return of Harmony, Part 2" ends with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4wh4FnwiAg homage]] to ''A New Hope's'' ending, the music of which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_ofOHndUnI fits quite well with]].
** The scene where the sun is setting in "Lesson Zero" has a suspiciously similar Version of the "Dream is Collapsing" theme from Film/{{Inception}}.
*** And in the scene immediately following, The Princess' Speech is emphasized by music from... ''TheKingsSpeech''.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo76kHOICJE Find a Pet]]" is a take on "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10AMqdJUcFY Fabulous Places]]" from the 1967 ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' (fittingly, considering who sings it).
** The music playing at Iron Will's seminar in "Putting Your Hoof Down" is actually Eye of the Tiger with one note changed.
*** In the same episode, when Fluttershy realizes she's become a monster, the Lonely Man theme from ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' starts playing.
** During the scene in the episode "It's About Time" where Twilight Sparkle meets a future version of herself, the background music is suspiciously similar to "I am the Doctor" from Series 5 and 6 of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** "One Bad Apple" features an ATeamMontage while the CMC are building the second float, down to the music.
** A parody of the ''LiveActionTV/{{Bonanza}}'' theme is often used in scenes relating to the Apple family.
** The Cloudsdale anthem from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]" sounds an awful lot like The Canada Song from MysteryScienceTheater3000.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar20Gze4Xn4 "Becoming Popular(The Pony Everypony Should Know)"]] resembles {{Madonna}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X7RyGBq2E8 "Holiday"]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyfriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]], since "Hokey Pokey" is still copyrighted, "Pony Pokey" uses a tweaked melody instead.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BrM9v1Euyw Winter Wrap-Up]] song from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp the episode of the same name]] is rather similar to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJz_d_lMvJY Sherbet Land]] music from ''MarioKartDoubleDash'', which may have inspired [=KingSpartaX37=] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAl4vVhjLdw mash up]] the two songs.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpCBxmIId6I I've Got to Find A Way]] sounds like potential material for a mashup with Genki Rockets' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL2od1AF_Cs Heavenly Star]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q95Ns__HXVY Pinkie the Party Planner]] was intentionally based on "Belle" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** "Morning in Ponyville" is an obvious homage to "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" from ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI_b68RcdTo theme song]] from ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipISMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]'' is a [[MusicalPastiche pastiche]] of Music/CuttingCrew's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrJky8YuTr4 "Died In Your Arms"]](bassline, rhythm and guitar solos) and Music/BonnieTyler's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fpjuoKhfJo "Holding Out For a Hero"]](melody). The piano intro is similar to Music/{{Heart}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cw1ng75KP0 "Alone"]] and Music/{{Journey}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBEXSiFzOfU "Don't Stop Believin'"]].
** The music during Fluttershy's TrainingMontage in ''Hurricane Fluttershy'' is a soundalike of Joe Esposito's "You're The Best" from ''TheKarateKid''.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF03LwE87Og Flim Flam Brothers]] song is a near-direct parody of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_Oe-jtgdI "Ya Got Trouble"]] from ''TheMusicMan'', down to the "Cider! Cider! Cider!" chanting in place of "Trouble! Trouble! Trouble!".
** At the beginning of ''Luna Eclipsed'', and in ''Princess Twilight Sparkle, Part 1'' when Fluttershy is trying to calm her panicked animals, a cue similar to "In the Halls of the Mountain King" plays.
* ''SymBionicTitan'' has an interesting version of this trope in the episode "Roar of the White Dragon". When Mike Chan/White Dragon shows up at the school, we hear some music that sounds suspiciously like the song by the Teriyaki Boyz called "Tokyo Drift (Fast and the Furious)". Compare the two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITLd2dtGTzY here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBS7m-a8Myw here]]. Fitting, but still weird.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy And Mandy's]] Big Boogie Adventure'', music that sounds ''almost'' like the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' theme can be heard playing during the race.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did this frequently with their numerous song parodies. For example, "Yakko's Universe" is a similar song to [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife "The Galaxy Song"]].
* The song "If You Can Dream" by the {{Disney Princess}}es is actually a suspiciously similar version of Mya's "Where the Dream Takes You." Guess [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire which animated Disney movie]] that song is from!
** Perhaps a reverse instance of TakeThat, anyone?
* The song "I'm Gonna Make It" from ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' is a simulated version of Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway".
* The Gabble Sisters' theme from ''Disney/TheAristocats'' is a simulated version of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk."
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrRBvUM39A0 The Fat Controller's theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paRq2i5ZYX4 Toby's theme]] both share elements of Gounod's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIk5DWUx_E "Funeral March of a Marionette"]].
** The opening of "Percy Takes the Plunge" and Elmer Bernstein's theme to ''TheMagnificentSeven''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buO5N6zxVts Gordon's Theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_zK0CZ__XQ On the Quarter Deck]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk4d4XiIxcI James' Theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pfCFU3Mqww Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UittIM3SxzI Diesel's Theme]] sounds a bit like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hYV-JSjpyU The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly]], while its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mQQ98U8fY0 2002 upgrade]] becomes more like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whFUUFo1eXQ Habanera]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9GRaAUpcHA Oliver's Theme]] and Elmer Bernstein's theme to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbsuAbTTsV8 ''The Great Escape'']]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVfhKJLtKqw Stepney's Theme]] and Scott Joplin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDGibUnfGK8 The Entertainer]].
** The recurring [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCzkSEH_Rls "Spooky" theme]] from Series 5 has elements of "Night on Bald Mountain".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPWTmJWeU48 Hank's theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRPtsJ1487w "Hail to the Chief"]]
** The opening of ''Misty Island Rescue'' and the ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' theme.
** There was once a recurring ocarina riff during confrontation scenes, modeled closely on ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. And in "One Good Turn", the sting when Bill and Ben meet face to face is basically the ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' theme.
** While on the subject of trains, the theme from {{WesternAnimation/Chuggington}} shares some similarities with "I Want Candy" by The Strangleloves.
* The song "Let Me Be Your Wings" from Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' is actually a simulated version of the song "A Whole New World" from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* The title theme to ''The Mask'' is a suspiciously similar song to one of the songs from the movie
* Some of the music from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' are similar songs to "Sing, Sing, Sing."
* In ''TheBoondocks'', there's a recurring tuba motif for Uncle Ruckus that sounds a lot like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl4SoeEYHrk Jabba the Hutt's theme]].
* A weird sort of cross-media-type example with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBXvVaU7sfo opening to the German dub]] of the [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon,]] which bears some similarities to, of all things, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZlYGN5W2Yg the Cheetahmen theme]] from the deplorable {{Action 52}} collection.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' featured a parody of ''SuperMarioBros'' called ''Super Pluckio Bros.'' which played over a suspiciously similar version of the overworld theme of the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' game. Adding to this was the fact that sound effects from the actual game were actually used in the episode.
* The music that plays during the credits for ''ActionLeagueNOW'' is a pretty obvious take on the ''Film/JamesBond'' theme.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''
** In "To Bowl or Not to Bowl", the song "Let's Bowl" is a parody of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAv500Q6bfA Far From Over]]" by Frank Stallone.
* In ''{{Catscratch}}'', there's a point in the show where a song very similar to "[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda's Lullaby]]" plays...[[http://www.myspace.com/video/ricky-the-dark-underlord/zelda-39-s-lullaby-in-catscratch/106119107 No, really.]]
* '''Just Missed''': ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' ''almost'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P10oIBNPH70 this theme]], which sounds a lot like INXS's "The One Thing."
* The theme to ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' was done in the style of [[GeorgeGershwin Rhapsody in Blue]].
* The theme song of ''InspectorGadget'' is based on Grieg's ''In the Hall of the Mountain King''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' featured a lot of pieces and cues that are suspiciously similar to ones from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (most noticeable in the theme tune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhQFGH527PE TAS]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdjL8WXjlGI TOS]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' - its SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme bears a striking resemblance to a sped-up version the Creator/AaronCopland masterpiece "Fanfare for the Common Man" melded with bits the JohnWilliams theme from ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]''. Given that the series was heavily influenced by the JohnByrne era Superman (Clark is the real person, Superman is his disguise, and Clark sees himself as a perfectly normal person who happens to have extraordinary powers), this probably wasn't unintentional.
* The opening theme for ''[[SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries Sabrina's Secret Life]]'' sounds a lot like the Music/{{Pink}} song "Get the Party Started".
* The main theme of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' sounds a lot like the theme of another [[Film/StarTrek sci-fi epic]].
* From the 1939 animated film of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels''; the song "It's A Hap-Hap-Happy Day" is ''extremely'' similar in melody to the Snow White song "Whistle While You Work." Compare them both; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOVQd9mXm6s Hap Hap Happy Day]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GbXpSi3cV8 Whistle While You Work.]]
* "Laughing Place" from ''SongOfTheSouth'' and [[DisneyThemeParks Splash Mountain]] is similar to the minstrel folk song "Jimmy Crack Corn (Blue Tail Fly)".
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'' episode "Off the Rack" when Julie is sneaking around [=KaneCo=], the music playing in the background is similar to the theme from ''Film/MissionImpossible''. Notably Julie [[MissionImpossibleCableDrop dives and hangs from the ceiling in a similar fassion.]]
* Some folks on YouTube noticed the similarity between ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' theme song and the scatting melody of the J. Geils Band's "Centerfold", both of which came out in 1981.
** The episode "Smurfing For Ghosts" uses a tune that sounds very similar to Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters", while the cartoon special "The Smurfic Games" uses one that's similar to Vangelis' ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme tune.
* The theme song to the 2012 ''[[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 Littlest Pet Shop]]'' sounds similar to Katy Perry's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlyXNRrsk4A Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)]]".
* A tune that played during action scenes in ''She-Ra: Princess of Power'' contains a 7-note segment that sounds like the theme to Popeye.
* The theme to ''The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries'' sounds very suspiciously similar to Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
* The "This is It!" theme from ''The Bugs Bunny Show'' and other television broadcasts of the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts sounds similar to the first theme tune from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
* There's a background song on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' that sounds a lot like Colonel Bogey March.
* The theme to ''MightyMouse: The New Adventures'' is performed a cappella in a manner silimar to the original ''Mighty Mouse Playhouse'' theme, only duplicating the note structure of the line "Here I come to save the day."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Jolt from the Past", when Ben challenges Rook to find him some opportunities for heroics, the resulting OnPatrolMontage is to a tune that sounds a lot like the intro to "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
* Largely averted by ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', where the creators typically manage to secure song clearances. In one such notable exception, a soundalike of "Subdivisions" by Music/{{Rush}} plays while Mordecai, Rigby and Skips are on a car trip.
* The chorus of the theme song to ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', "Aloha E Komo Mai", sounds similar to the one of the Mardi Gras song "Iko Iko", except it is a bit sped up and is at a higher pitch.
* A rare example of this used with a song in a show itself-the beginning of the song "I'm Skating" from ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' sounds like a slowed and pitched down version of "The Beginning of Things"!
* The theme to ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' sounds like Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight".
* The theme to ''WesternAnimation/{{Silverhawks}}'' sounds like "The Edge of a Dream" by Steven [=McClintock=]. Both even have an awesome-sounding guitar solo.
* There's some debate as to whether "Let It Go" from Disney's ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is most similar to "Defying Gravity" or "No Good Deed", both from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' (also starring Creator/IdinaMenzel, who was the original Elphaba).
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