There are many references to G&S music dotted around popular culture. Here is our little list that you may have heard of in Television Stage Music and Film. Various G&S songs are also widely used as a basis for other amusing comedy (on ID cards, computers).
Gunn is given the entire knowledge of the law and the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan through telepathy.
HMS Yakko (#3) (see http://www2.cruzio.com~keeper/00.html#7 for more details). Uses parodies of songs including:
Marcus sings the major general's song in a cargo hold
Abner Brown sings "Take a pair of sparkling eyes", from Gondoliers
The Talons of Weng Chiang A couple of bars of the opening of The Mikado can be heard in this one, despite its accompanying a Chinese themed magic show rather than Japanese.
Ghost Light The line "I'm a man of property" is spoken, taken from Patience
Cape Feare (9.22)
And It's Surely To Their Credit (2.05)
Cast spends time arguing whether 'He's an Englishman' is from Pirates or Pinafore, culminating in their decorating a new employee's office in G&S posters and singing 'He is an Englishman'
Sam Seaborn, Deputy Communications Director for the White House, used to be Recording Secretary for the Princeton University Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Mandatory Minimums (1.20)
Sam: "He's trying to practice on my...my..."
Toby: "Credulous simplicity?"
Which is taken from a line from Pirates,
King: "Am I to understand that, to save his contemptible life, he dared to practice on our credulous simplicity?"
Lord John Marbury (1.11)
CJ: "The Earl of Sherbourne, he is the great great grandson of a former Viceroy and for thirteen years served as the Queen's minster to either India or Pakistan. Lord Marbury is here to counsel the President, and if you think this is all starting to sound like a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, I don't blame you a bit"
Inauguration Part One (4.14)
President Bartlet describes Will Bailey's father, the NATO Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, as "the very model of a modern Major General, referring to the song from Pirates.
Features a G&S-like patter song, 'Speed Test', which borrows from the Ruddigore song 'It Doesn't Matter'
Uses I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General 'The Pirates of Penzance'
Harold Abrahams is a big G&S fan in the film. He sings "With Catlike Tread" (Pirates) as a party piece, and "For He Is An Englishman" (Pinafore) playing while he receives his medal. "Three Little Maids" (Mikado) is also heard.
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The absolutely fabulous, completely surreal Dick Deadeye the movie, written and produced by Ronald Searle. Almost the most wacky G&S related thing we've ever seen. A complete review of the plot can be found here.
Various G&S characters float on and off, but the plot bears little resemblence to anything but an acid trip...
If you want to know who we are (The Mikado)
Selections from The Pirates of Penzance
Selections from HMS Pinafore
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General from (The Pirates of Penzance)
This very poor early Keanu Reeves vehicle, where a group of high school students are putting on a production of HMS Pinafore when one of them ruins the party by committing suicide. Towards the end, there's a scene where the character playing Josephine (in the play within the film) is about to sing the gorgeous "Sorry her lot who loves too well", when she breaks off and sings some absolutely dismal pop tune instead as a tribute to him.
When I Was a Lad (HMS Pinafore)
Extract from The Pirates of Penzance
Three little maids from school are we (The Mikado)
When Marion bids Sallah goodbye, she kisses him several times, then he sings "A British Tar Is a Soaring Soul, As Free as a Mountain Bird" (HMS Pinafore)
A British Tar (HMS Pinafore)
We're Called Gondolieri (The Gondoliers)
1999 film about the theatre preparation and production for the Mikado. Includes:
Ah, leave me not to pine (The Pirates of Penzance)
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General (The Pirates of Penzance)