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Sudden Musical Ending
If there's one thing to learn, it's you just can't go wrong,
If you follow your heart, and end with a song.
[elaborate song and dance number]
The Narrator, Ella Enchanted

A film, despite not previously having been a musical, ends with a Crowd Song (possibly a traditional musical number, more likely lip-synced to an existing recording) involving a significant portion of the cast without regard for the previous relationships (or even physical locations) of the characters involved. American examples are possibly derived from the straightforward (over)use of this trope in Euro cinema.

Frequently overlaps with Dance Party Ending. Probably related to Big Lipped Alligator Moment and to Gainax Ending. Contrast with Dancing Is Serious Business.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Episode 46 of the first series of Magical Princess Minky Momo ends with all the characters who had appeared in the show so far dancing and singing the show's theme song. It'd make more sense if it had been the actual finale.

    Film — Animation 
  • Shrek ends with all the characters singing "I'm a Believer".
    • And the first sequel ended with "Livin' La Vida Loca".
  • The recent animated movie of Horton Hears a Who! has all the characters break into Can't Fight This Feeling at the end. According to the DVD Commentary, this was because they wanted to avoid a Bittersweet Ending where Horton has to leave Whoville behind and never talk to the mayor again, and that's all they could think of.
  • At the end of Open Season 2, everyone begins to sing "Close To You" after the wild animals and pets settle their differences and become friends.
  • At the end of Recess: School's Out, the main six sing "Green Tambourine". Subverted as the credits already started, but the only part of the film where the cast do a musical number.

    Film — Live Action 
  • My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund), a perfectly serious (and Oscar-nominated) 1985 Swedish film about a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer, ends with an incongruously lighthearted song-and-dance number as the end credits roll.
  • The Nasty Girl (Das schreckliche Mädchen), a perfectly serious (and Oscar-nominated) 1990 German film about a young woman who discovers that many of the "anti-Nazi resisters" in her town had actually been eager Nazi collaborators, ends with an incongruously lighthearted song-and-dance number as the end credits roll.
  • Mr Beans Holiday ends with everyone on the beach, lip-syncing to a French version of "Beyond the Sea."
  • Inland Empire
  • "Age of Aquarius" at the end of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
  • There's Something About Mary had the entire cast singing along to "Build Me Up Buttercup", switching around to different locations used in the movie.
  • Slumdog Millionaire, as a nod to the film's Bollywood influence. Bollywood flicks are generally loaded with song and dance numbers.
  • The movie version of Ella Enchanted ends with all the characters singing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Including the villain, who was supposed to be dead. Eric Idle as narrator provides the page quote.
  • Bring It On ends with the cheerleaders lipsynching to "Hey Mickey." clip
  • Casper, the film, in which at the end the entire cast breaks out into a Little Richard cover of "Casper the Friendly Ghost."
  • The final scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit shows the main cast of the movie and half the population of Toontown parading out of the factory as "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile" plays in the background from out of nowhere. A less out-of-left-field example than most, since the song had been heard earlier and it had already been established that Toontown was a naturally song-filled place.
  • Get Over It has the cast singing Earth Wind And Fire's "September."
  • Evan Almighty has the cast singing and dancing to "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" during the credits.
  • Beetlejuice rather bizarrely ends with a crowd dance scene to Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line". While the film is not really a musical per se, there has been some plot-important singing before that. It's still kind of a non-sequitur.
  • Gulliver's Travels (2010) features Jack Black singing "War".
    Gulliver: Why do war? What is it good for?
    Horatio: Absolutely naught!
  • Bend It Like Beckham ends with a Bollywood version of "Hot Hot Hot."
  • Mirror, Mirror ends with "I Believe (In Love)" being sung by Lily Collins.
  • Damsels In Distress ends with the main characters dancing the Sambola, Violet's attempt at a dance craze.
  • Scrooged ends with the cast singing "Put A Little Love In Your Heart."
  • This Is the End ends with the majority of the cast singing and dancing along to "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by The Backstreet Boys in heaven.

    Live Action TV 
  • Skins series one ends on a performance of "Wild World" sung by Sid, Tony, Chris, Angie, a few guys in the toilet, and a bus driver.
    • The American remake ends with Stanley leading a performance of "Shout" on stage at a club.
  • The hundredth episode of How I Met Your Mother ends with an unexpected musical number about Barney and his suits.
  • An episode of 30 Rock featuring numerous references to Gladys Knight sees Kenneth deciding to go home to Georgia. By rail. Around 12ish. Most of the cast burst into song at the end of the episode... until Gladys Knight finally shows up, just to tell them to cut it out.
  • An early episode of Kingdom Hospital ended with the medical staff breaking into musical number, dancing in the OR, corpses in the morgue singing along. It comes completely out of nowhere, and yet for a series that runs on equal parts Surreal Horror and Black Comedy it somehow works.
  • Every Christmas Episode of 2point4 Children ends with the characters in a parody of a cheesy American Bing Crosby-style Christmas Special, singing 1950s Christmas songs. In the first one, it was justified as an Imagine Spot into Bill's mother's fantasy Christmas. In subsequent years, though, it just happened.

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    Western Animation 
  • Hip, hip horray! The Super Readers saved the day!
  • The U.S. Acres episode "Banana Nose" closed with a song whose moral was "Whatever the name, I'm still the same nice person!"
  • The Series Fauxnale to Reboot ended this way, as the entire second half of the episode was a musical performed by actors summing up the entire season to the tune of "I Am a Very Model of a Modern Individual," while the main characters all enjoyed the performance.
  • The last episode of Freakazoid! had its story end, then everyone appeared for a curtain call and a teary rendition of "We'll Meet Again."

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