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The Amazing World of Gumball Elmer Bernstein Knockoff Music

 By Paul Rudoff on Apr. 1, 2021 at 10:41 AM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, References
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Recently, Ghostbusters News featured an article which showed that a piece of Ryo Yamazaki's score from the recently-released video game Balan Wonderworld sounded a lot like a piece of Elmer Bernstein's Ghostbusters score. This isn't the first time that another composer was inspired by Bernstein's work. Read on to find out more...

Elmer Bernstein composed many pieces for Ghostbusters that didn't end up in the film; having been replaced with pop music, much to his chagrin. One piece was a rousing "call to arms" theme for the Ghostbusters entitled "We Got One!", which would have played when they got the Sedgewick call. Of course, it was replaced with the Bus Boys' "Cleanin' Up The Town". If you've not listened to any of the score albums (buy the latest one here), give "We Got One!" a listen below.


Elmer Bernstein - "We Got One!" (skip to 0:25)

The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Menu", which premiered on March 6, 2017 (Season 5, Episode 27), is about Gumball and Darwin helping their father Richard find a secret item on the Joyful Burger menu. When all else fails, Richard suggests that Gumball and Darwin get jobs at Joyful Burger in hopes of infiltrating the business and finding out the secret burger's name. What follows is a montage showing Gumball and Darwin climbing the corporate ladder and coming to dominate the Joyful Burger franchise, eventually selling shares of the company and buying a mansion with the profits. After a news reporter asks them why they got into the industry in the first place, they are reminded of what they initially set out to do.

The music that plays during this montage sounds awfully familiar. Take a listen...


The Amazing World of Gumball: "The Menu" - Elmer Bernstein Knockoff
Official The Amazing World of Gumball YouTube Channel (3:38 to 4:50)

What do you think? Does it sound like Bernstein's piece from Ghostbusters, or am I just hearing things? Post a comment below to let me know what you think!

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This is not the only Ghostbusters reference in The Amazing World of Gumball. There are a few more, which I will write about in due time.

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