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Identical in every way, just shrunken down so this bouncy castle fits where the larger one doesn't. Referenced by name in the Big and Rich song "Freak Parade". Of course, the song consisted almost entirely of the phrase "Somebody's got to be unafraid to lead the freak parade" repeated over and over again, faster and faster until the end of the song. The music video for Metronomy's "A Thing for Me" carries this into the real world...with hilarious results.

The Nostalgia Critic's review of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier had a bouncing William Shatner head during a sing-along of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". On episode "New Kids on the Blecch", the chorus of "Drop Da Bomb" has the phrase, " Yvan eht nioj" appear on the bottom of the screen, with a bouncing Ralph Wiggum head. Homestar Runner: "Homestar vs. Other Little Girl" includes a sing-along for the song Other Little Girl improvises to help Homestar remember that people can't stay in two places at the same time. Unlike most examples, the ball bounces underneath the lyrics, instead of on top of them. According to Wikipedia, the bouncing ball was named and invented by Max Fleischer, the founder of Fleischer Studios, in 1924. Usually the "ball" is a big red dot, but sometimes it'll be a different color, or some manner of icon appropriate to the setting. The ball may also highlight whatever word or syllable it touches, or leave a dotted line as it travels across the words.Parodied by Steam Powered Giraffe in "Brass Goggles" , where Rabbit told viewers to follow the bouncing pug head, but not to follow the red star or the chihuahua head because they'll "give you the wrong lyrics". Sure enough, There are a chihuahua head and red star in the video, with the latter saying, "This is the red star/ Don't sing these lyrics." The intro for Les Kassos has a bouncing ball over the lyrics of the theme song. Although on the last syllable, the ball falls from the words and hits Dark Papy in the helmet. Sort of the karaoke of its time, but intended for a mass audience. Musical literacy was a much bigger deal in the early 20th Century. The DVD of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) includes a sing-along version of the "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" song with a bouncing dolphin, naturally.

Galavant uses a bouncing bird for the lyrics of “Love Makes the World Brand New” in the second season. No other songs in the show have lyrics on the screen. Averted during the sing-along segments of The Beatles. The segments simply ran the text of the song lyrics, usually with a mini-adventure starring the Beatles, or a proto-music video. A sing-along version of Frozen was released in January 2014, where the audience can follow a bouncing snowflake. A November 2014 DVD/Digital HD re-release includes both the original and sing-along versions. Frozen II also received a sing-along re-release in January 2020, included as an extra on the Blu-ray, UHD, and Digital HD copy.

There's also a dangerous bouncing ball which you probably shouldn't follow. Do not confuse with Happy Fun Ball. To this day, kids' singalong tapes and DVDs still use this technique from time to time; modern karaoke videos use a variant without the ball, merely by highlighting the appropriate text with the appropriate rhythm. In the reprise of the refrain of Barnes & Barnes' Fish Heads, a bouncing fish head is used over the lyrics. HBO also used it once, as part of an April Fools' Day variant on their "Starship HBO" intro, which replaced the typical footage with a cheap, public-access style copy; the ball in this case followed the original music (another variant of the April Fool's intro had a cheap kazoo version of the music instead and no "bouncing ball" lyrics)

Most versions of the Ghostbusters Licensed Game by Activision do this on the title screen with the movie's Theme Tune. There was a marathon of Spongebob Squarepants and The Fairly Oddparents episodes that featured at least one song, and they displayed the songs' lyrics, encouraging viewers to sing along. Though not really a straight example (it merely highlighted the words as they were sung), it fits this trope.


A much straighter example would be Discovery Family's "Sing-Along Sundays", in which a bouncing ball engages audiences to sing along with songs from Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Pet Shop (2012), and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The video for "Walk the Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was) puts the chorus lyrics on screen with a bouncing ball, but over a completely different (and instrumental) section of the song.

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