8 times the ''Rawhide'' theme was used in other media
Where did you first hear the tune?
Move 'em on, head 'em up
Head 'em up, move 'em on
Move 'em on, head 'em up
Chances are, whether you've seen the show or not, you're already familiar with Rawhide's iconic theme song. It's the only part of the show that rivals Clint Eastwood's fame. The song replicates the sounds of a cattle drive as a whip-cracking cowboy calls out instructions for his team to herd some doggies. Hee-yaw!
Because we all love the theme song so much, here are eight times it was used in something outside of Rawhide's eight seasons.
1. The Blues Brothers
In the 1980 action-comedy film, brothers Jake and Elwood, along with their band, sing the song at a country Western bar to appease a rowdy crowd that just isn't into the blues.
2. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
In An American Tail, "Rawhide" soundtracks a scene in which Fievel rolls through the Wild West in a tumbleweed. Trivia: This version is actually the same version performed and produced for The Blues Brothers!
3. My Favorite Martian
In Disney's 1999 feature film adaptation of the earlier CBS series, actor Wayne Knight plays a sentient suit named Zoot. And, as the suit, he sings "Rawhide" while he and his alien brethren flee Earth in a spaceship.
Scoopin', scoopin', scoopin'
The cattle keep on poopin'
Our backs all hurt from stoopin'
So goes the parody song in Histeria!, a 1990s WB animated sketch show created to meet FCC requirements for educational/informational content for children. How... edifying!
5. A Little Curious
The now-defunct HBO Family ran a children's animated show called A Little Curious for two seasons from 1999-2000. In season one, episode 17, the show featured a segment-long parody of "Rawhide!"
6. The Simpsons
I mean, come on! The Simpsons have done everything by now! Specifically, though, the show features yet another parody of "Rawhide," sung by Homer, Lenny and Carl as they roll on toxic waste barrels in "Millhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore."
7. Shrek 2
In what can only be described as the Godfather Pt. 2 of the Shrek franchise, Donkey sings a little rendition of "Rawhide." Although it's one of many popular songs that made its way into the Shrek movies, this one isn't on the Shrek 2 soundtrack!
8. Happy Feet Two
In what can only be described as the Shrek 2 of the Happy Feet franchise, "Rawhide" is sung by a group of elephant seals marching on an iceberg. The song, and the elephant seals' Australian accents, can be heard on the Happy Feet Two soundtrack!