"Approved by FASA! Or at least they promised not to sue!"A sister trope to the Deconstruction Crossover, this is what happens where a parody or deconstruction uses an official character from an earlier work with permission from the original creator. Often, but not always, this will be The Film of the Series. May be an example of The Man Is Sticking It to the Man. Compare with Parody Assistance (the original creators help with the parody) and Self-Parody (the original creators are entirely responsible for the parody).
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Films — Live-Action
- The Casino Royale film of the 1960s, although it isn't canon in the sense that it was not made by Eon Films. And in a slightly more serious note, Never Say Never Again.
- The Dragnet movie.
- The Starsky & Hutch movie
- A Very Brady Movie in respect to The Brady Bunch
- OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a James Bond/Tuxedo and Martini parody movie based upon a series of French spy novels. It definitely gets into Deconstruction territory, as the protagonist is a jingoistic jerk and the movie shows him and his superiors as completely clueless of the public opinion in Europe's colonies.
- According to Word of God, the film version of Kiss Me Deadly is this for the original Mike Hammer novels by Mickey Spillane.
- Starship Troopers is a Deconstruction version, although it's more like Heinlein's novel was chosen as an outlet to satirize Patriotic Fervor and militarism, than that it was an attack on the novel itself.
- The 1930s series of Bulldog Drummond movies had one where Drummond is injured in a car crash and Jack Pennington (played by comedian Jack Hulbert) is forced to stand in for him. It is considered part of the official series.
- To an extent Wild Wild West, the Will Smith vehicle.
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and the subsequent A&C monster movies, are considered to be in-continuity with the classic Universal Horror films.
- The Long Goodbye, being a deconstructive adaptation of the Philip Marlowe novels.
- Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, while the very title notes that it is an unofficial ("Hikonin") Super Sentai, it is produced by Toei, the same company behind the Super Sentai franchise. It includes cameos from previous Super Sentai characters... though they're only in AkibaRed's mind. It's also Hotter and Sexier, and comes with a disclaimer telling the "good kids" who normally watch Super Sentai to stay away.
- Doctor Who has The Curse of Fatal Death, produced by The BBC and written by Steven Moffat who is the current showrunner for the revival.
- The Community episode "G.I. Jeff", which parodies G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, was officially approved by Hasbro and thus features the logos, music, and characters from the cartoon, as well as Michael Bell and Bill Ranter reprising their respective roles as Duke and Flint.
- Although he doesn't legally have to, "Weird Al" Yankovic gets permission from the original artists before parodying their songs. This even extends to the polka medleys, as the songwriters involved have to agree to reduce their royalties to a percentage of the track instead of a percentage of the entire album it appears on.
- Critter-Tek, the funny animal parody of Battletech from Crunchy Frog Enterprises, was licenced by FASA and included an actual Battletech record sheet. A sticker on the cover said "Approved by FASA! Or at least they promised not to sue!"
- Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball and Robot Chicken Star Wars, both endorsed by George Lucas. (This was before Disney buying the franchise; for whatever reason, Family Guy hasn't done any Star Wars jokes since the Disney buyout.)
- Phineas and Ferb Star Wars due to Disney holding the rights to both.
- Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.
- Appearances of DC characters on the MAD television series can be seen as authorized, as the show is run by DC Comics. Mad even got a slot on DC Nation. (This could theoretically apply to the magazine as well.)
- Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, in which Phineas and Ferb team up with characters from Avengers, Assemble! to take on the Red Skull ... and Doofenshmirtz.
- Teen Titans Go! is this to the 2003 series.
- Sonic Boom is this to the whole Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
- The Duck Dodgers episode "Samurai Quack", which featured the voices of both Genndy Tartakovsky and Mako.