Yesterday (Monday, November 26) marked the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the film classic Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and a host of superb supporting actors.
Today in Casablanca, there is a real Rick's Cafe, which opened in 2004. "I was amazed in my four years here that no one ever thought of establishing a Rick's Cafe," recalled its owner, Kathy Kriger. The piano player is named Issam, not Sam, but repeatedly plays the movie's theme song, "As Time Goes By."
The movie has been referenced many times in cartoons:
Garbage Pail Kids: "Kinky Kong"/"Chris Messin' August" The film's last line is quoted.
Hare Force (1944) The song "As Time Goes By" is heard.
The Unruly Hare (1945) Bugs sings "As Time Goes By."
The Grey Hounded Hare (1949) Bugs says, "This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
American Pop (1981) Benny plays "As Time Goes By" on the piano. This is a direct reference to Casablanca, which also makes use of the song in a similar fashion.
She-Ra: Princess of Power: "The Sea Hawk" (1985) Adora says, "Something tells me this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Pound Puppies: "Wagga-Wagga" (1986) The Wagga Wagga scene and the ending are inspired by Casablanca.
DuckTales: "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" (1987) Launchpad says, "If that blimp leaves the ground and I'm not at the wheel, you'll regret it; maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life."
Garfield's Babes and Bullets (1989) In this TV-movie, Garfield quotes (and misquotes) several of Casablanca's more popular lines.
Garfield's Feline Fantasies (1990) The villain is similar to Signor Ferrari, and the ending to the TV special spoofs when Rick and Ilsa meet for the first time in a long time.
Tiny Toon Adventures: "The Wacko World of Sports" (1990) Buster (imitating Humphrey Bogart) says, "Here's looking at you, kid."
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) Miss Kitty utters lines that parody "We'll always have Paris" and "Here's lookin' at you, kid."
Batman: "The Last Laugh" (1992) Joker: "Captain, I have a feeling this is a start of a beautiful friendship."
Batman: "Harley and Ivy" (1993) Ivy: "I have a feeling this is a start of a beautiful friendship."
Animaniacs: "Casablanca Opening" (1993) Spoofed.
Casablanca Parody (Animaniacs; Warner Bros. Television Animation, 1993) Dot loses control when acting out a famous scene with an animated Humphrey Bogart.
The Simpsons: "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" (1994) Commenting on the end of his and Bart's friendship, Principal Skinner says, "We'll always have the laundromat."
Captain Planet and the Planeteers: "Who's Running the Show?" (1995) "Here's lookin' at you, kids."
Carrotblanca (Looney Tunes; Warner Bros., 1995) A Looney send-up of Casablanca, with Bugs as Bogart. This cartoon marked the first speaking role for Penelope (the lady cat).
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: "Noir Gang" (1996) One of the scenes is set into Rick's Cafe with "As Tears Go By" as soundtrack. A Rex lookalike was accused by Duckman as the third most suspicious character.
The Simpsons: "Two Bad Neighbors" (1996) The final moment of the episode with Homer and Gerry walking away mirrors the ending of the film.
The Simpsons: "Bart the Fink" (1996) Krusty's offshore banker is modelled on actor Sydney Greenstreet, particularly his role in this film, owing to the line "Oh, it's too hot today!"
From Hare to Eternity (1997) Bugs says, "Now that looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Casablanca Outtakes (Fun With Real Audio; TV Funhouse, 1997) Bogie can't withhold his gas during filming.
The Simpsons: "Natural Born Kissers" (1998) Bart and Lisa find an "alternate ending" to Casablanca. After Ilsa's plane takes off, Captain Renault and Rick Blaine walk off into the fog, and Rick delivers his "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" line. Renault stops and pulls out a gun. Sam appears and pushes his piano into Renault, knocking him out. Adolf Hitler then pops out of the piano, and threatens Sam and Rick with a grenade. Ilsa, having jumped out of the place with a parachute, lands on the piano top, trapping Hitler inside as the grenade explodes. Ilsa and Rick marry, and "The End?" flashes on the screen.
Family Guy: "Death Has a Shadow" (1999) The guys watch a pornographic movie at a party, titled Assablanca.
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) Scene spoofed in the rooftop scene.
The Simpsons: "Barting Over" (2003) The tune of "As Time Goes By" plays, and Homer acts like the character Rick.
Pokémon: "Here's Lookin' at You Elekid!" (2003) Title is a reference to a famous line in this movie.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Poster shown.
The Fairly OddParents: "Where's Wanda"/"Imaginary Gary" (2003) Timmy wishes to be like the lead character from Casablanca -from that point on, the episode is a parody of this film, in black and white, with voiceover, etc.
Tripping the Rift: "Extreme Chode" (2004) Referenced by Chode.
The Lion King 3 (2004) "I think this is be beginning of a beautiful..."
Tripping the Rift: "Android Love" (2004) Quoted by Six and Ten.
Behind the Tunes: Looney Tunes Go Hollywood (2004) A clip is shown.
The Fairly OddParents: "School's Out! The Musical" (2005) The Head Pixie says, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful new 37-year plan."
The Simpsons: "The Italian Bob" (2005) Bart says a variation on the line "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."
Family Guy: "Play It Again, Brian" (2008) "As Time Goes By" plays while a montage of Brian and Lois dating is shown.
Garfield's Fun Fest (2008) Garfield says, "Here's looking at you, kid" in his 30-second movie montage.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) Delgado says (of Chloe): "Of all the dogs in this country, I had to end up with a spoiled chihuahua."
The Simpsons: "Apocalypse Cow" (2008) (TV Episode) Bart's farewell to Lou at the airport spoofs the final scene between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Spaceballs: The Animated Series: "Outbreak" (2008) While playing at a cinema, Bogey barfs all over the audience.
Merry Madagascar (2009) Private says to Cupid, "If that sleigh leaves and you're not with Santa, you'll regret it."
The Simpsons: "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" (2010) Princess Penelope says, "We'll always have Sideshow Mel's dressing room."
Chico & Rita (2010) Turns up in dream sequence.
Conan: "Death Takes a Time-Share" (2011) In the animated opening, Rick's Cafe Americain is seen at left, with the plane circling around to fly toward the viewer.
The Super Hero Squad Show: "When Strikes the Surfer!" (2011) Volcana says, "I guess the problems of this crazy universe don't amount to a hill of beans to these two people."
Robot Chicken: "Casablankman 2" (2011) Title reference.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Right after he tells Dave that he wasn't gambling, a pit boss brings Simon a big basket of chips, telling him, "Your winnings, sir."
The Simpsons: "How I Wet Your Mother" (2012) Mentioned in dialogue.
Bob's Burgers: "Food Truckin'" (2012) "Here's lookin' at you, Squid."
[Denying an official of the German National Bank entrance to the casino] Rick: "Your cash is good at the bar." Banker: "What? Do you know who I am?" Rick: "I do. You're lucky the bar's open to you." -- Casablanca, 1942
"Oh boy." -- Allan Sherman
(This post was edited by eminovitz on Nov 28, 2012, 4:54 PM)
Muppet Babies "The Air Conditioner at the end of the Galaxy" while this episode actually parodies "The African Queen" for the most part--there is a bit where the gang travel to Casabarka--where Rolf owns a bar. At one point Gonzo says, "You can say that again, Sam." (Even though "Play it again,Sam." is never said in that movie) Also, when they run out of lemonade, Rolf says that it's time to close this place.
"Swooner Crooner" The Frank Sinatra chicken sings "As Time Goes By"
"The Cats Bah" has Pepe Le Pew singing "As Time Goes By" (mangling it a bit by singing "A Kiss is just a sigh, a sigh is just a kiss.")
There's this clip of some of the voice actors from Spongebob reenacting famous scenes from movies such as "The Godfather", "Singing in the Rain" and "Casablanca" in which the actual films are shown--but the voice actors themselves are heard.
For "Casablanca" Spongebob is Rick, Squidward is Captain Renault, Patrick is Victor Laszlo, Sandy is Ilsa, and if you listen carefully, Garry the snail is the waiter! Tom and Jerry Kids "Double 'O Droopy" At one point the group randomly winds up in Casablanca by mistake.
"Homer,we just brought Flanders back from the dead. Did you use the notebook to make a flock of penguins peck him to death?" Marge-"Murder He Wrote"-a Simpsons Comic story.