Dancing Theme

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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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    Anime 

    Fan Works 
  • Ponies The Anthology has Pinkie Pie dancing to the Fast Food song.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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' 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 
  • The Ankh point-n-click adventure game.
  • Bayonetta has an after-credits scene like this.
  • 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.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 had Yuna actuality Leblanc Disguised as Yuna singing and dancing on stage for its opening.
  • The Playstation 2 game God Hand had most of the characters (friend and foe) dancing in the ending credits.
  • Kirby does a short dance at the end of every level, usually splitting into 3 clones.
  • Kwik Snax for the ZX Spectrum had an intro showing Dizzy and his egg-shaped pals playing in their band.
  • 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.
  • Persona 5 has the main characters performing ice skate dance routines through the city streets in the opening animation that plays before the title screen while the j-pop song "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" accompanies them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The entire point of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and Elite Beat Agents.
  • Space Channel 5 does this. A LOT.
  • 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.
    • There is actually a fan-made Flash animation of Kumatora doing the same dance

    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.

    Western Animation 
  • The opening of The Backyardigans uses this. Jusified since singing and dancing is the Backyardigans' entire premise.
  • The Bugs Bunny Road Runner 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 second season of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show has a dancing theme.
  • Family Guy uses this with the characters singing as well.
  • KaBlam!, and even the short, Life with Loopy.
  • 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 Hämsterviel as well.
  • 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.
  • The Simpsons does this with one of its couch gags.
  • The introduction for South Park seasons 14-15 has the characters singing and dancing note .
  • The opening of Unsupervised shows the four main characters dancing to a hip-hop beat.

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