I am scoring a children's dvd and there is a game of "hide and seek," where we want to spoof the Mission Impossible theme. I'm changing bits: the bass line is in triplets and plays different notes at the turn-arounds. This part, I'm not worried about, it sounds different, but implies the original.
What worries me is how closely I can rip off the descending flute line that comes in at about 15 seconds in this video.
Is there room for parody without needing to ask permission? What do you think?