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Dancing Theme

Worried about bait and switch writers who'll drop a drama bomb in your funny show? Look for dancing, because putting a dancing sequence during the show theme is a good way to indicate your show's overall goal of having fun. It's also a very quick way to show off the entire cast at once and make the Theme Tune more infectious by associating it in your head with dancing.

Because most shows use a more sedate song and static visual for endings, dancing there is usually done with simple — very simple — animation. If dancing is in the opening theme, this is often the most sophisticated bit of animation the show ever does.

An added source of humor is when, for the purposes of inclusion, a completely inappropriate character is included.

Some of these dancing sequences become popular enough that characters from other media are depicted copying the dances in fanwork.

Compare Five Man Band Concert. For the Dancing Theme where they're in kimonos, see Ondo.

Examples

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Fan Works

Film
  • All three Austin Powers movies have a dance sequence in the opening credits.
  • Psycho Beach Party opens with this and a similar dance to another song is done with the ending credits.

Live-Action TV

Toys
  • The Monster High line of dolls's theme song qualifies. Points for it being a live action dance with the dolls themselves as animated characters inserted into the dancing sequences.

Video Games
  • Plants vs. Zombies ending featured every single character in the game dancing. Despite the fact that most of them are plants and don't have legs. But they try.
  • The Ankh point-n-click adventure game.
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge had Guybrush trying to scare away some monkeys that were determined to dance all the way through his serious, dramatic intro.
  • Kwik Snax for the ZX Spectrum had an intro showing Dizzy and his egg-shaped pals playing in their band.
  • The Playstation 2 game God Hand had most of the characters (friend and foe) dancing in the ending credits.
  • Although not full dancing themes, the opening sequences for both Touch Detective games feature scenes of Funghi dancing as a clue that their presentation as serious detective dramas shouldn't be believed.
  • Kirby does a short dance at the end of every level, usually splitting into 3 clones.
  • Not quite a theme song, but the door-opening dance from Mother 3 has to be seen to be believed. Trust me, you will never laugh harder at an old man shaking his butt.
    • There is actually a fan-made Flash animation of Kumatora doing the same dance
  • The second and third Disgaea games. The second doesn't have a full dancing theme, but the third makes up for that in spades with an opening that probably owes something to Thriller.
  • The entire point of Elite Beat Agents.
  • Space Channel 5 does this. A LOT.
  • Bayonetta has an after-credits scene like this.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 had Yuna actuality Leblanc Disguised as Yuna singing and dancing on stage for its opening.
  • The Updated Re-release for Persona 4 (entitled Persona 4: The Golden) was given a new opening sequence with the main characters dancing to upbeat j-pop. Pretty cheerful for a game centered around a bizarre, supernatural murder mystery.

Web Animation
  • Bonus Stage only ever had two ending themes: The first was a fast-paced chiptune track, the second was a slower, jazzier track, the sequence to which featured several of the characters dancing.

Web Original
  • Vaguely Recalling JoJo Parodied the King Gainer monkey dance in the second episode of the Wheel of Fortune mini-arc. Nena, Grey Fly, Hol Horse, Ebony Devil, Rubber Soul and ZZ were the dancers. Unfortunately, DIO ruined their fun and dragged Ebony Devil and Hol Horse off.

Western Animation
  • Family Guy uses this with the characters singing as well.
  • As does the introduction for South Park seasons 14-15 (during Stan and Kyle's lines in the theme song, due to it being a Title Montage, they use a clip of "Do What You Wanna Do" from "Elementary School Musical", with the lip syncing reanimated because of the theme song being sung).
  • The Simpsons does this with one of its couch gags.
  • The opening of The Backyardigans uses this, too.
    • However, singing and dancing is the Backyardigans' entire premise.
  • The second season of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show has a dancing theme.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series does this, showing both main and recurring characters hulaing in the opening credits. Including Cobra Bubbles, wearing a grass skirt on top of his suit.
    • Not to mention series bad guys Gantu and Hamsterviel as well.
  • KaBlam!!, and even the short, Life with Loopy.
  • The Bugs Bunny Show had him and Daffy doing an on-stage song-and-dance intro (in the style of the cartoon "Show Biz Bugs") - the sequences between cartoons were all set 'on stage'.
  • The opening of Unsupervised shows the four main characters dancing to a hip-hop beat.
  • The Real Ghostbusters used this for the ending theme, with a Tickertape Parade for a backdrop. The move in question was taken from the original Ghostbusters theme's offical music video, where musician Ray Parker Jr. and the actors of the movie did the same half-walk, half-dance.

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