- Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Roger sees Circling Birdies after getting hit by a refrigerator while making a cartoon, but the director gets mad at him for not following the script: "It says 'Rabbit gets clonked, rabbit sees stars'. Not birds, stars!" Roger proceeds to repeatedly bash himself in the head, resulting in a whole series of revolving visions of everything but stars.
- Later in the film, after Eddie goes to Toontown, he bumps his head getting out of his car and sees birdies (hatching from eggs and flying around his head), and shoos them away in disgust, giving one of them its own circle of something in the process.
- Roger would eventually see stars later on, after — literally — getting a ton of bricks dropped on him. He regards their presence with, "Look, stars! Ready when you are, Raoul!"
- In Aladdin, when Iago (a parrot) is knocked out by the Sultan flying on the magic carpet, he sees little flying sultans saying "Have a cracker! Have a cracker!"
- In The Emperor's New Groove, Kuzco sees llamas after being hit with a frying pan.Kuzco: You've lovely wife...They're both very pretty...
- In The Return of Hanuman, Tunnu gets these when he was crashed by a ball hit by Maruti.
- Near the end of the "Noah's Ark" segment of Fantasia 2000, Donald Duck is thrown against a wall after getting his foot stuck inside a rope holding up the door, and when he finally crashes down onto the floor, several animals on the ark can be seen circling his head (including a pair of non-anthro ducks).
- In the The Adventures of Tintin, when the pickpocket is confronted outside his home by the police he tries to run away but we hear a crash off screen. Camera moves over to show him on the ground with little birds circling his head. The birds are in fact real and he had run into a woman who had just bought the birds at the pet store. The store owner can be seen catching the birds in a net.
- In one of the credits gags in Brother Bear, Koda uses one of his fighting moves on one of the moose, and we hear the bird chirping sound when he hits the ground.
- In Peter Pan when Mr. Smee is pounding a sign on Captain Hook's cabin as he tells another pirate to be quiet, at that very moment Captain Hook opens the door to attack Smee but he accidentally hits him on the head with the hammer he was pounding the nails in with, he then sees stars and planets circling his head as he falls unconscious.
- Beyond the Mind's Eye: After a miniature pterosaur breaks the camera lens, the music cuts to a quiet drone while a subtle whistling sound hints that the pterosaur might be seeing something orbiting its head.
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: After George and Harold transform Mr. Krupp back and forth between his regular persona and Captain Underpants repeatedly, he faceplants and gets surrounded by tiny flying Captain Underpantses shouting "Tra-La-Laa!" in squeaky voices.
Circling Birdies / Animated Films