When inanimate objects dances about, often to the beat or rhythm of the music. How much stuff dances can vary. Sometimes only small objects, such as furniture, bushes, trees, or street lights, dance. But then there are other times when larger objects such as buildings dance. And then there are rare examples of everything, including the very ground itself, moves and dances, often up and down. Subtrope of Animate Inanimate Object. Compare Music Soothes the Savage Beast.
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- Aired in the UK, this advert for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Preston 2007 has a miniture model of a park where the concerts are taking place. Then the whole thing literally starts bouncing up and down to the music, making the miniture figures of the people bounce. Now imagine that happening in real life...
- This old Fiat Grande Punto advert from 2007, also aired in the UK, had a colourful city where every building bounces up and down to the music like bars on a equaliser. We even get to see what happens to the people inside two of them.
Films — Animation
- The ending to Tokyo Godfathers, with the dancing buildings.
- "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast features dancing plates and candles. Justified as they where part of the castle staff who was turned into household objects as part of the Beast's curse.
- At the end of the "Baia" sequence in The Three Caballeros, the entire city, even the moon as well, is bouncing to the music.
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, When Eddie Valiant enters Toontown, all the trees are singing and dancing to "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile", as well as the sun itself.
- In Knick Knack, the various knickknacks alongside the "Sunny Miami" girl are dancing.
- In Shrek 2, the Fairy Godmother brings Fiona's furniture to life and makes them dance in her musical number.
- The dancing trees and bushes in the nightmare "Under the Rainbow" posted on the Nightmare Project.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 has dancing hills on the World 1 map.
- In the New Super Mario Bros. games, all enemies do some sort of action whenever the "bah!" noise plays. While some are harmless like Dry Bones' heads spinning around, some can be beneficial (Pokeys temporarily turn into oranges, which Yoshis can then eat all at once) and some can really mess up your timing (Goombas hop, Koopas pause their walk).
- In Audiosurf, the road the player is traveling down sometimes bumps and bounces to the beat. This varies depending on the song the player is playing, though; plenty of songs produce a relatively smooth track. Background elements such as towers pulse, spin, and change color.
- Pointed out in one of the loading screen tips: "Your ship is having fun too. Have you noticed that your ship changes color and pulses according to the music?"
- Samba de Amigo has dancing backgrounds depending on how well the player is doing.
- Def Jam: Icon also varies depending on the stage and how intense the fighting is.
- In Mega Man 8 Bit Deathmatch, there's a Game Mod called "Chaos Generator" that provides three crazy effects randomly chosen during a match. One effect, appropriately called "Jelly World", causes every floor in the level to sway up and down.
- Rock Band Blitz features buildings in the background that bump to the music.
- Pajama Sam in: No need to hide when it's dark outside. There's the kitchen where all the utensils do a song and dance when clicked. There's also a room where all the furniture dances, unless they notice Sam has entered, at which point they pretend to be normal furniture. One of the possible locations of Sam's mask is under the couch when it stops dancing, so Sam has to find a way to enter without being noticed.
- Frequently happens in Phineas and Ferb.
Linda: So where is this animation studio...?Candace: It got up and it danced away.Linda: ... it ...what?Candace: [resigned] It got up. And it danced. Away.
- "Perry Lays an Egg" has the Platy-posterior dancing during "Mother Nature".
- "The Secret of Success" does it with the All Terrain vehicle in "We're Talkin' All Terrain".
- "Moon Farm" has ice cream cones dancing during "Lunar Taste Sensation".
- One of Doofenschmirtz's -inators does this in the episode "Out of Toon". The boys built an animation studio which got hit with the ray from same.
- Parodied in the "Colorama" segment of the Futurama Three Shorts episode "Reincarnation". As the segment in question is based on the works of Max and Dave Fleischer, everyone and everything dances except for Farnsworth and a telescope he is looking through. When Leela looks through the telescope, he adjusts it "to [her] eye level" so it dances as well.
- The flowers in the Houseof Mouse short "Li'l Bad Wolf."
- This closing credits sequence from Sesame Street.
- "I'm ready! I'm ready to go to work!"
- Pretty much everything dances to the beat in Mystery Skulls Animated.