History Film / MarsAttacks

20th Oct '17 3:13:50 AM tropeminer
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* AdvertisedExtra: Danny [=DeVito=] has top billing and gets a grand total of five minutes of screentime.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Danny [=DeVito=] has top billing and gets a grand total of five minutes of screentime. On top of that, his character isn't even given a name; he's listed as just "Rude Gambler".
10th Oct '17 7:55:24 PM tropeminer
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* TheMillstone: The hippie that releases the dove, which sets off the Martians' BerserkButton and leads to the initial massacre in Nevada. Of course, they could've been planning all along to vaporize everyone there, regardless.
* MisterMuffykins: Natalie's chihuahua, Poppy. At no point he stops barking, not even when its head is put on a human body.

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* TheMillstone: The hippie that releases the dove, which sets off the Martians' BerserkButton and leads to the initial massacre in Nevada. Of course, they could've been most likely were planning all along to vaporize everyone there, regardless.
* MisterMuffykins: Natalie's chihuahua, Poppy. At no point he she stops barking, not even when its head is put on a human body.
10th Oct '17 6:42:38 PM DocStone
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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer gives one of the Martian Emperor's gibberish lines the subtitle "Nice planet. We'll take it!" (which is also the film's tagline.) In the actual movie, world conquest is never indicated as the goal of the Martians, who seem to be content with simply raising hell and blowing stuff up.
27th Sep '17 12:48:14 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ShoutOut: Multiple examples, particularly to old alien invasion movies. Burton also adds a self-reference by including the fat clown killed by the Penguin in ''BatmanReturns'' inside a UFO.

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* ShoutOut: Multiple examples, particularly to old alien invasion movies. Burton also adds a self-reference by including the fat clown killed by the Penguin in ''BatmanReturns'' ''Film/BatmanReturns'' inside a UFO.
27th Sep '17 5:34:15 AM tropeminer
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** The film is also one to Creator/EdWood. Nathalie evens comments that the flying saucers look like "giant hubcaps" alluding to Ed Wood's use of Cadillac hubcaps for the saucers in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.

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** The film is also one to Creator/EdWood. Creator/EdWood, the subject of Burton's [[Film/EdWood previous film]]. Nathalie evens comments that the flying saucers look like "giant hubcaps" alluding to Ed Wood's use of Cadillac hubcaps for the saucers in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
26th Sep '17 8:34:53 AM tropeminer
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:For Richie, his grandmother, Byron and his family, Tom Jones, Cindy the waitress, Tom Jones and the other characters who survive the invasion]].

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:For Richie, his grandmother, Barbara, Byron and his family, Tom Jones, Cindy the waitress, Tom Jones and the other characters who survive the invasion]].



* HopeSpot: The First Contact scene. The Martians say they've come in peace, everything seems to have worked out... and then they see one bird flying overhead, at which point shit immediately hits the fan. Although, it was most likely a ruse as they were always there to invade and conquer regardless.

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* HopeSpot: The First Contact scene. The Martians say they've come in peace, everything seems to have worked out... and then they see one bird flying overhead, at which point shit immediately hits the fan. Although, it was most likely really a ruse as they were always there to invade and conquer regardless.
26th Sep '17 8:30:18 AM tropeminer
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** Many of the characters are portrayed as stupid or sleazy, particularly Billy-Glen, his parents, Jerry, and Land. This helps make their deaths part of the jokes.

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** Many of the characters are portrayed as stupid or sleazy, particularly Billy-Glen, his parents, Jerry, and Art Land. This helps make their deaths part of the jokes.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Most of the main cast is dead, including the entire American government (sans Taffy Dale), and the destruction has taken a massive toll on the world, but at least Richie and his grandmother were able to stop the Martians and Byron is able to survive and reunite with his family.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Most of the main cast is dead, including the entire American government (sans Taffy Dale), and the destruction has taken a massive toll on the world, but at least Richie and his grandmother were able to stop the Martians and Byron is able to survive and reunite reunites with his family.]]



* BrainInAJar: Played with. The device [[spoiler: Kessler's]] disembodied head is suspended on is somehow keeping it alive.
** Nathalie's disembodied head is kept alive in a fluid container where she's shown her chihuahua's head placed on her body

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* BrainInAJar: Played with. The device [[spoiler: Kessler's]] disembodied head is suspended on is somehow keeping it alive.
** Nathalie's disembodied head is kept alive in a fluid
A container where she's shown her chihuahua's head placed on her bodyaboard one of the Martian's saucers has a huge human-like brain inside it.



* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/IndependenceDay'', which was released six months earlier.

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* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/IndependenceDay'', which was released six months earlier. earlier and maybe even ''Film/TheArrival''.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:For Richie, his grandmother, and the other characters who survive the invasion]].

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:For Richie, his grandmother, Byron and his family, Tom Jones, Cindy the waitress, Tom Jones and the other characters who survive the invasion]].



* HopeSpot: The first contact scene. The Martians say they've come in peace, everything seems to have worked out... and then they see one bird flying overhead, at which point shit immediately hits the fan.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Almost all of the humans except General Decker[[note]]However, he just immediately ''assumed'' the Martians were here to invade without really knowing anything of their real intent. Granted, he turned to be right about them, but that's not the point.[[/note]] when it comes to the Martians. They even fall for the Martian "apologies". [[TooDumbToLive Multiple times!]]

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* HopeSpot: The first contact First Contact scene. The Martians say they've come in peace, everything seems to have worked out... and then they see one bird flying overhead, at which point shit immediately hits the fan.
fan. Although, it was most likely a ruse as they were always there to invade and conquer regardless.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Almost all of the humans except General Decker[[note]]However, he Decker just immediately ''assumed'' assumed the Martians were here to invade without really yet knowing anything of their real intent.intent. The Martians could've been peaceful refugees for all he knew. Granted, he turned to be right about them, but that's not the point.[[/note]] when it comes to the Martians. They even fall for the Martian "apologies". [[TooDumbToLive Multiple times!]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The Martians, in all their hubris, conquering the Earth and decimating humanity just for shits and giggles are easily taken out by ''THE'' most unlikely thing ever: the vocals of Slim Whitman]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The Martians, in all their hubris, conquering the Earth and decimating humanity just for shits and giggles are easily taken out by ''THE'' most unlikely thing ever: the vocals of Slim Whitman]].a 50's country musician]].
23rd Sep '17 5:49:46 PM tropeminer
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* BigBad: The Martians as a whole, but especially the Martian Emperor who leads the invasion.

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* BigBad: The Martians as a whole, but especially the Martian Emperor Leader who leads heads the invasion.


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* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Martians all have red irises.
23rd Sep '17 4:46:56 PM tropeminer
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Most of the main cast is dead, including the entire American government (sans Taffy Dale), and the destruction has taken a huge toll on America but at least Richie and his grandmother were able to stop the Aliens and Byron is able to survive and reunite with his family.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Most of the main cast is dead, including the entire American government (sans Taffy Dale), and the destruction has taken a huge massive toll on America the world, but at least Richie and his grandmother were able to stop the Aliens Martians and Byron is able to survive and reunite with his family.]]



* CelebCrush: The only reason Donald Kessler, a world-renowned ''scientist'', went on ''Today in Fashion'' is because he has the hots for Nathalie.

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* CelebCrush: The only reason Donald Kessler, a world-renowned ''scientist'', scientist, went on ''Today in Fashion'' '''Fashion''''' is because he has the hots for Nathalie.



* DenserAndWackier: While the original card series had moments of dark humor, the movie was entirely comedic with a lot less gore.

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* DenserAndWackier: While the original card series had moments of dark humor, the movie was entirely comedic with a lot less gore. That being said, the movie is not without it's scary moments.



* EventTitle[=/=]ExcitedShowTitle: ''Mars Attacks!'' is the title of this movie.
** JustifiedTitle at that.

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* EventTitle[=/=]ExcitedShowTitle: ''Mars Attacks!'' is the title of this movie.
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movie and a JustifiedTitle at that.



* GranolaGirl: Annette Bening's character, Barbera Land.

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* GranolaGirl: Annette Bening's character, Barbera Land.Barbara Land (Annette Bening).



* HughMann: The Martian girl acts very strangely and Jerry doesn't notice [[spoiler: until it bites his finger off]].

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* HughMann: The Martian girl Girl acts very strangely and Jerry doesn't notice [[spoiler: until it bites his finger off]].



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The Martians, in all their hubris, conquering the Earth and decimating humanity just for shits and giggles are easily taken out by ''THE'' most unlikely thing ever: The vocals of Slim Whitman]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The Martians, in all their hubris, conquering the Earth and decimating humanity just for shits and giggles are easily taken out by ''THE'' most unlikely thing ever: The the vocals of Slim Whitman]].



* LighterAndSofter: Only marginally. the movie was a BlackComedy but a comedy nonetheless. While the trading cards and comics had its moments, they were much darker, bloodier, and all around more serious.

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* LighterAndSofter: Only marginally. the The movie was is a BlackComedy BlackComedy, but a comedy nonetheless. While the trading cards and comics had its moments, they were much darker, bloodier, and all around more serious.
21st Sep '17 11:00:52 PM tropeminer
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In 2012, Creator/IDWPublishing launched a new ongoing ''Mars Attacks'' comic series. This later led into a {{crossthrough}} event where, in one-shots, the Martians attacked such characters as ''TheTransformers'', Music/{{KISS}} and even ''{{Popeye}}''.

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In 2012, Creator/IDWPublishing launched a new ongoing ''Mars Attacks'' Attacks!'' comic series. This later led into a {{crossthrough}} event where, in one-shots, the Martians attacked such characters as ''TheTransformers'', Music/{{KISS}} and even ''{{Popeye}}''.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: For Richie and the other characters who survive the invasion.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: For Richie [[spoiler:For Richie, his grandmother, and the other characters who survive the invasion.invasion]].
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