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Some opening or closing credits sequences show a bit of the show to give you an idea of what it's about. The music is just there, but it serves mainly as background music to the action - the characters aren't playing an active role in the music or the description (for example, The Simpsons or Friends), or it serves as a Theme Tune Roll Call to describe the characters (but again they don't take an active role in the sequence).

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Then there are those opening or closing credit sequences set up more like a music video. The characters sing along, dance to, or in general, take an active role in the music.

See also Theme Tune.


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     Anime  

  • K-On!
    • Both the opening and closing are music videos for the girls' band.
    • Done again in the movie at the end.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya- Hare Hare Yukai is an example of the dance variety of this trope
  • Kodocha
  • Pokémon has had a few ending songs like this, combining this trope with the Image Song.
    • Maemuki Roketto Dan (Team Rocket)
    • Polka o Dolka (Meowth)
  • The eighth Naruto Shippuden ending, Bacchikoi, is sung and danced by Lee, Naruto, Guy, Sakura, Ino and Hinata.
  • The end credits of The Reflection has silhouettes of the real-life members of idol group 9nine dancing to the song "SunSunSunrise".

     Film  

  • For Your Eyes Only: the only James Bond film where the singer of the theme (Sheena Easton) actually sings during the credit sequence.
  • The Pink Panther series combines this with an Animated Credits Opening, in which the animated panther dances to the theme song during the opening credits.
  • My Best Friend's Wedding starts out with an opening credits sequence that might as well be a music video for "Wishin' and Hopin'": a bride and her bridesmaids (not any of the film's stars) dance around a monochrome (pink) backdrop.
    • The sequence is directly referenced in the Brazilian movie Zoando na TV. In that case, the bride in question is the main character.

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     Live Action TV  

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had a "TV size" Will Smith music video for the open.
  • All in the Family: "Boy, the way Glenn Miller played..."
  • Averted (strangely enough) in The Monkees.
  • The "Five O'Clock World" and "Cleveland Rocks" openings for The Drew Carey Show.
  • Sesame Street (even moreso recently; the open from 2000-on was actually made to look very music video-like.)
  • That '70s Show. The main characters are singing along with the theme music playing through a car stereo.
  • Hull High: Less with singing along and more the choreography (one of the creators was Kenny Ortega).
  • The Happy Days spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, in which the titular couple sought to make it as a singing duo, had them singing the opening theme, "You Look at Me", first in a deserted club and then in front of an enthusiastic audience.
  • Common enough in music-heavy '70s variety shows, including Donny and Marie and The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

     Video Games  

  • Disgaea 2 was a fairly straightforward music video animated opening with a few sight gags for humor, but Disgaea 3 took it to levels of precision parody, channeling Lucky Star and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya so well that if you weren't familiar with those series you'd think that it's a straight example.

     Western Animation  


 
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