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Being one of the most famous films ever made, Citizen Kane has had its share of parodies and homages, including its famous ending. Expect Maurice LaMarche to pop up a lot.

Comic Books

  • The Batman Chronicles #21 featured "Citizen Wayne", a Whole Plot Reference to Citizen Kane, replacing the film characters with that of the Batman (with the inclusion of Clark Kent in the Jerry Thompson role) and a slight twist on the original ending: "Rosebud" was the name of the gun used to murder Bruce's parents.
  • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck makes a good share of Kane references on the title character. The last chapter in the saga, "The richest duck in the world" has almost a verbatim reference of the entire opening, up to and including the "news on the march" sequence. The opening panel "pans" through the window of Scrooge´s big mansion and shows him sitting there with a globe similar to Kanes, whispering the word "Goldie" (on a close up of his beak). Later in that chapter, Donald even finds the original Rosebud sled in a storage room in Scrooge´s money bin. Don Rosa himself was actually intent on this all the way.
    • The story last sled to Dawson makes a point of having Scrooge getting back his old sled (yes, a sled he had lost decades before - It Was His Sled). Donald´s nephews also recites the end of the movie verbatim, stating that this sled represents "something he lost, or never got, or both".

Films - Animated


Films - Live-Action

  • Muppets Most Wanted: Pepe says that Spanish reviewers gave El Muppet Show five out of five jamón serranos (not knowing they were bribed), while Citizen Kane got only four.

Live-Action TV

  • Sesame Street: A 1999 Loews Theaters policy trailer, which is about the history of motion pictures, features Cookie Monster eating the Rosebud sled.

Western Animation

  • Animaniacs:
    • One of the interchangeable lyrics from the theme song is "Citizen Kane-y!". Yakko is also holding up the Rosebud sled.
    • From the song sequence in "Video Revue"...
    There was a sled named Rosebud
    And a citizen named Kane
    He rode it 'till the snow was melted
    Now he's Singin' in the Rain
    • At the beginning of the movie Wakko's Wish, the Warners are using the Rosebud sled as firewood.
  • Family Guy: In a cutaway from "Screwed the Pooch" about Peter getting banned from the video store for taping over their movies, the scene cuts to a scene from the film being interrupted by the famous quote...
    Peter: It's his sled. It was his sled from when he was a kid. There, I just saved you two long, boobless hours.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Prince Chawmin arrives to wake up So White and makes this statement.
    I'll give her a kiss, and it won't be a dud
    I'll bring her to life with my special rosebud
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • In "Ponyville Confidential", Diamond Tiara becomes the editor of her school's newspaper and makes a speech in front of a giant portrait of herself.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In "The Lake Nose Monster", Captain Webber whispers "Nosebud" and drops a snowglobe when he is rendered immobile by a cramp and sees the boat Nosebud heading straight toward him.
  • Pinky and the Brain:
    • A scene from "Snowball" features where Pinky, living the high life with Snowball but lonely without his friend, mutters "Brain" in his sleep and drops a snowglobe model of Acme Labs a la the film's opening scene.
  • There have been so many references on The Simpsons, the staff joked that they might just recreate the entire film with clips from the series.
    • Several moments from "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish", including Mr. Burns making a speech in front of a giant picture of himself, and a scene of him shouting "I'm Charles Montgomery Burns!" and trashing the Simpsons' living room.
    • In "A Streetcar Named Marge", Homer plays with a piece of paper while attending the play, similar to Joseph Cotten.
    • In "Marge Gets a Job", Smithers puts on a big performance at Mr. Burns' birthday party, which is a parody of the show put on for Kane.
    • Another episode, appropriately titled "Rosebud", has a scene of Mr. Burns dropping a snowglobe in his sleep and a flashback of Mr. Burns leaving his parents for a "twisted, loveless billionaire" with a shot of his teddy bear Bobo lying in the snow. There's even Kane's sled in the background among Burns' stuff.
    • In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", Sideshow Bob makes a speech in front of a giant picture of himself when he is elected mayor of Springfield.
    • The third segment from "Treehouse of Horror VII" is titled Citizen Kang.
    • In "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", the Simpsons are looking at movie props on display at Planet Hype, and Lisa looks at "the cane from Citizen Kane" before realizing there was no cane in Citizen Kane.
    • In "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington", Mayor Quimby hears his mistress's screechy voice for the first time and laments "Now I regret building you that opera house".
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror XVII" segment The Day the Earth Looked Stupid, Chief Wiggum threatens Orson Welles with "...and I'll punch ya in the nose, bud!", leading Welles to ponder "Nosebud".
  • The Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Citizen Max" is a Whole Plot Reference to this film.
  • The Critic: Jay attends a lecture on the later works of Orson Welles. The film starts with a closeup of Welles saying Rosebud, before pulling back to reveal Welles is talking about Rosebud Frozen Peas.


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