Why a Banjo-Kazooie theme might derive from a 1907 classic and other musical similarities
Did you know a song in Banjo-Kazooie sounds awfully similar to another song written back in 1907? The Gamer from Mars will show you some tunes in video games that sound awfully similar to other songs.
I don't know how much you're into pop culture, but those first two songs have been used in tons of stuff over the years, with the spy one always relating to spy stuff or parodies and the second one being used mostly in cartoons. The Fox fanfare is so well known that it has spawned a tradition of getting parodies and remixes. I guessing the people who made the Actraiser ending had heard it before and really liked the way it seems to herald a victory.
Have you ever heard Cell's theme from Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden 2 on the SNES? It sounds just like "One of These Days" by Pink Floyd.
This does not surprise me to much. Through out the media ideas go through a cycle. Sometimes credit is given to the original source material and other times artist use other forms of art to be inspired. Like the three you suggested, yest all of them sound alike, but at the same time either the composers used ideas from other forms of music to come up with the song, or sometimes often back then. The songs were made up without knowing of another version of it.
Shame on you Grant Kirkhope!!
The banjo kazooie song also sounds a lot like the hefalumps and woozles song in winnie the pooh if it isn't the same one.
I guess that's what I'm thinking of then
On the 1 hour Game Grumps special he said that he may have subconsciously done it. But never intentionally went to that as a source material.
Hasn't Grant Kirkhope said on a regular basis that The Teddy Bear's Picnic is what inspired most of the soundtrack to Banjo Kazooie?
Wasn't Spy Hunter's theme originally supposed to be based off of the James Bond theme? I swear I saw that in a video somewhere.
Listen to Zelda's theme, then Mars The Bringer of War by Holst, hear Zelda's theme in Mars
I hear the Peter Gun theme and think of two things first is the Blues Brothers and second is Spy Hunter
The last two were likely influenced by the source material, but not direct rips like Spy Hunter.