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Reveille is a bugle call most often associated with the U.S. military, where it is used to wake up military personnel at sunrise. The name is taken from "réveillé" (or "réveil"), the French word for "wake up", as stated by the Reveille article at The Other Wiki.

In fiction, Reveille is often used to wake up a character, whether they are in the military or at summer camp. If Played for Laughs, the melody may be played on an instrument other than the bugle.

See also Standard Snippet.

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    Films — Animation 
  • In Cars, Sarge wakes up every morning with a bugle call. This is usually followed by Fillmore playing a Jimi Hendrix rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner", leading to this exchange:
    Sarge: Will you turn that disrespectful junk off?
    Fillmore: Respect the classics, man! It's Hendrix!
  • Joy plays Reveille on accordion to wake up her fellow emotions in Inside Out.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Richie Rich film, Richie has an alarm clock that plays this, after it gives off a pleasant ringing sound.
  • This Is The Army. In the early portion of the film, which takes place during World War I, Reveille is blown by an actual bugler magnified through a giant megaphone so the whole camp can here. During the World War II section of the film it's played from a recording through a PA system.
  • Reveille is featured in the boot camp act of the film Full Metal Jacket. Just in case any of the privates haven't woken up at the sound of the bugle, though, Gunnery Seargent Hartman immediately storms into the barracks and starts banging a trash can with his baton.
  • Parodied in Sgt Bilko when Mildly Military Bilko is awakened by Reveille and starts ordering his men to battle stations, then, "What's that music?"
  • Happens in Hot Shots! The bugler gets trampled by the crowd running out of the billets.
  • In Jarhead Swofford is told by a sergeant to come next day and audition for the bugle corps (it's actually a sniper squad). When he shows up, his sergeant is 'shocked' that he doesn't have a bugle, and orders him to play Reveille with his mouth- followed by Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life".
  • The title charater of Angus puts on a vinyl of "Reveille" to jolt his Grandpa awake whenever he nods off. The last time he does it, Grandpa doesn't wake up.
  • In Good Morning, Vietnam, Adrian Cronauer is woken up for the morning broadcast by one of his team loudly playing Reveille with his mouth. Adrian, who is not a morning person at the best of times, irritably throws a pillow at him.

  • Appears as a plot point in one of the McAuslan-stories. The narrator mentions that reveille is usually played by a lone bugler, but on Friday mornings, reveille is played by the regiment's massed pipes and drums. The reveille always, for reasons of carefully calculated cheeky insubordination, always begins just outside the Bachelor Officer's Quarters. Being hit with "Johnnie Cope" at full blast from five feet away at 6 a.m. causes one of the narrator's messmates to assume that the Americans have dropped the Bomb.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On M*A*S*H, whenever Frank Burns is in charge of the camp he insists on a full morning Roll Call including Reveille. Radar is usually saddled with bugle duty; sometimes he's terrible at it and other times he's OK. One of the first times they did it, they played a record over the P.A system. The record got stuck and repeated the first phrase over and over and over again.
  • In Svengoolie, the "Boogie Woogie Bogeyman Of Berwyn" plays Reveille, although he's in a polka band rather than the army.
  • The opening credits of Salute Your Shorts starts with this as they pull down the Camp Anawanna flag and run up pairs of underwear.

  • Used as part of Irving Berlin's "Oh How I Hate To Get Up In the Morning." The song is the lament of a soldier who wants to murder the bugler for waking him up with Reveille every morning.
  • The Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" plays Reveille with a boogie-woogie beat.
  • In "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," a popular song of the The American Civil War, the piano part in the published edition begins with four bars of "Revielle" (sic).

  • In the Adventures in Odyssey episode "Family Vacation, Part 1", this tune is heard in the background as George Barclay tells his family that they're 20 minutes off-schedule as they get ready for their road trip.

    Video Games 
  • In Half-Life: Opposing Force, Reveille is played at the start of the training course, which begins with Shepard waking up in the barracks at boot camp.

    Web Animation 
  • In Red vs. Blue, when Sarge and Caboose go to Battle Creek, both sides (red and blue) completely wipe each other out... until "Reveille" plays and suddenly everyone is back up and ready for another round of pointless fighting. This is a Mythology Gag to what a Halo multiplayer game would look like to an actual player.

    Western Animation 
  • In Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, the Calloway cadets have what is known as a Roving Reveille Robot, which is basically a bugle on tank wheels that rolls around while playing Reveille to wake up the cadets.
  • The Walter Lantz short "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" (from the song of the same name) has a soldier assigned to play the bugle at dawn, a position he fears, as the other soldiers usually beat the bugle boy up for waking them. He remedies the situation by playing jazz on the horn.
  • In the Looney Tunes short Forward March Hare, Bugs Bunny (accidentally) gets drafted into the Army. After a particularly grueling hike, Bugs goes to sleep for the night, only to be quickly awoken by Reveille. Bugs decides he's gonna "moider that bugler", and exacts revenge... on a vinyl record player.
  • In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode, "In The Army" Ren is woken up by a bugle playing Reveille, after having just fallen asleep following a grueling hike. It causes him to go Axe-Crazy and chop his bed into pieces.
  • The Camp Lazlo episode "Beany Weenies" opens with Miss Mucus performing a Reveille to wake up Acorn Flats. Meanwhile at Camp Kidney, Slinkman weakly blows his bugle and Edward tries to to throw his alarm clock at him, which causes a Disaster Dominoes incident that leads to Mucus' watchtower getting destroyed with her inside it, leading her to plot to get the camp shut down.
    Miss Mucus: Time's up, Camp Kidney! (crushes the clock)
    • A Reveille is heard at the start of the theme song.
  • Family Guy: In "Baby Not on Board", Peter plays a Reveille on a bugle to get his kids out of bed and in the car for the family's big road trip, prompting a hilarious reaction from Chris.


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In the DVD version of "Baby Not on Board", Peter plays a Reveille on a bugle to get his kids out of bed and in the car for the family's big road trip, prompting a hilarious reaction from Chris.

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