History Film / TheLoveBug

9th Sep '16 7:19:41 AM Herbieriffer
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* SceneryPorn: The film series as a whole makes no ill attempt at showing the audience the beautiful sights of San Francisco, Paris, Monaco, and Central America.
26th Jul '16 2:15:40 PM Herbieriffer
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* AffectionatePickpocket: Paco in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.

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* AffectionatePickpocket: Paco in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.Bananas'', who's seen not only picking money from Herbie's new owners, but also grabbing a piece of microfilm from the antagonists.



** Also featured in ''The Love Bug (1997)'', as Herbie and other junked up cars are entered into a fix-it contest.



**Jim Douglas, when he firsts buys Herbie, believes purely that the little car's wheelies, self-driving and other random wild acts are merelya fault in a design. Even when he starts racing Herbie, Jim thinks it's him winning races and not Herbie. This is soon averted, as Jim sees Herbie's a special car following the little car's attempt at suicide.



** Hank Cooper, much like Jim beforehand, thought Herbie's actions were merely a mechanical fault in the car. It's not until after the art show that Herbie goes missing and Hank goes out desperately to find him.



* TheAtoner: Carole in the first film, who tires of Thorndyke's dirty tactics and even helps Tennessee to repair Herbie after Thorndyke's earlier sabotage.

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** Averted as well in "Herbie Rides Again", which was shot on location in Panama, Puerto Vallarta, and parts of Central America.
* TheAtoner: Carole in the first film, who tires of Thorndyke's dirty tactics and even helps Tennessee to repair Herbie after Thorndyke's earlier sabotage.



* BadBoss: Most of the villains, Thorndyke and especially Alonzo Hawk in particular.

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* BadassDriver: Not only Jim Douglas, Hank Cooper, Simon Moore III, and Trip Murphy onscreen, but also veteran stunt drivers Max Balchowsky and Carey Loftin.
* BadBoss: Most of the villains, Peter Thorndyke and especially Alonzo Hawk in particular.



** In ''Bananas'', Captain Blythe seems to be exasperated by everything around him that isn't related to his dear Sun Princess cruise liner.
** For Simon Moore III, Herbie himself, as the little car embarrassed the former Formula 1 racer after he was purchased.



* TheBigRace: Often the climax or a pivotal plot point.

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* TheBigRace: Often the climax or a pivotal plot point. Notable aversions are ''Herbie Rides Again'' and ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.



** Same with ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', which is ripe to the brim with Spanish.



* ChekhovsExhibit: The Etoile de Joie diamond in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'' is on display in a museum before it's stolen.

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* ChekhovsExhibit: The Etoile ''Etoile de Joie Joie'' diamond in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'' is on display in a museum before it's stolen.



** Captain Blythe in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.

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** Peter Thorndyke, played by perennial Disney scenery-chewer David Tomlinson
** Alonzo Hawk, played by Disney's other large ham of the day, Keenan Wynne
** Captain Blythe in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''. Then again, [[TheCarolBurnettShow Harvey Korman]] seems to do that a lot.



* ChewToy: Havershaw.

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* ChewToy: Havershaw.Havershaw, Hawk's lawyers, Rupert, basically almost any assistant to the main antagonist.



* {{Flashback}}: Herbie's racing career is seen in a {{Flashback}} {{Montage}} in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* FortuneTeller: In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', Herbie rampages through a Gypsy camp. A Gypsy fortune teller tells a horrified client that "Darkness is about to fall on you." The next instant, Herbie hits the tent, collapsing it.

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* {{Flashback}}: Herbie's racing career is seen in a {{Flashback}} {{Montage}} in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
Again'' and ''Herbie Fully Loaded''.
* FortuneTeller: In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', Herbie rampages through a Gypsy camp. A Gypsy fortune teller tells a horrified client that "Darkness is about to fall on you." The next instant, [[VisualPun Herbie hits the tent, collapsing it.]]



** [[NoIndoorVoice "BLAST you, Havershaw! How dare you patronize me! I am not losing my nerve!"]]

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** -->'''Peter Thorndyke''': [[NoIndoorVoice "BLAST you, Havershaw! How dare you patronize me! I am not losing my nerve!"]]



* MagicBus: Herbie

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* MagicBus: HerbieHerbie, Giselle, and Horace (artificially). The little yellow New Beetle in ''Herbie Fully Loaded'' is a slight case.



* MeanBrit: Peter Thorndyke in ''The Love Bug'' and Simon Moore III in ''The Love Bug (1997)''

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* MeanBrit: Peter Thorndyke in ''The Love Bug'' and Simon Moore III in ''The Love Bug (1997)''(1997)''.



** Repeated in ''The Love Bug (1997), as Simon and Rupert prepare to celebrate after [[spoiler: laser-cutting Herbie in half]], but then notices one half of the little car already crossing the finish line.



* OilSlick: Employed in "The Love Bug" against Herbie to great effect.

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* OilSlick: Employed in "The Love Bug" against Herbie Herbie, to great effect.


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** Maggie Peyton is much the same, wanting to be a racer again like her dad and brother was, but was discouraged by her dad following the death of her mother.
21st Jul '16 5:11:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Alonzo Hawk is this, showing a good understanding of people and their methods both bad and good. The problem is that, understandably, [[SpannerInTheWorks he keeps underestimating the capabilities of one Volkswagen]]. He develops a healthy fear of Herbie after a point.
3rd Jun '16 2:28:33 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* TheAtoner: Carole in the first film, who tires of Thorndyke's dirty tactics and even helps Tennessee to repair Herbie after Thorndyke's earlier sabotage.
** Willoughby in ''Herbie Rides Again'' also counts, having been sent by his Uncle Alonzo to try to convince Grandma Steinmetz to leave her beloved home, until Nicole tells him how many have suffered for his actions and so he deserts his uncle and helps to foil his scheme.


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** Diane Darcy is deeply offended by the sexist treatment she has received from men and even her own family through life, and so is quick to mistake Herbie's antics on the race track as being the work of Jim expressing similar sentiment against her as the only female driver participating. Their misunderstanding becomes so heated that when the thieves attempt to chase down Herbie Jim accuses her of trying to sabotage them, which goes over about as well as you could imagine. Things are finally cleared up when Jim and Wheelie rescue Diane from an accident on the track, and when she sees that Herbie was for real and merely trying to win the affections of her Lancia.
26th Apr '16 8:18:14 AM marcoasalazarm
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* {{Ghostapo}}: The 1997 movie has ''[[ThoseWackyNazis the]]'' Nazis coming up to the inventor of the "living vehicle" procedure that created Herbie (back then only a theory) and making him try to mass-produce sentient vehicles for their regime. Much to the inventor's joy (in more ways than one), the procedure required ThePowerOfLove and he never could replicate the results... until he was forced to produce [[EvilCounterpart Horace]], that was.
3rd Apr '16 2:17:29 AM GrammarNavi
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** ''Herbie the Matchmaker'', the CBS miniseries, also features only a couple races (a drag race and a small dirt track race), but for the most part focuses on a sitcom romance between Jim and Susan McClane while Herbie usually operates in the background, doing rather silly (and amazing for special effects) things.

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** ''Herbie the Matchmaker'', the CBS miniseries, also features only a couple races (a drag race and a small dirt track race), but for the most part focuses on a sitcom romance between Jim and Susan McClane [=McClane=] while Herbie usually operates in the background, doing rather silly (and amazing for special effects) things.
26th Jan '16 4:35:34 PM dmcreif
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: ''Fully Loaded'' takes place in what is clearly NASCAR, where Herbie wouldn't have qualified as a pace car. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a character comments that someone must have found a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]].

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: ''Fully Loaded'' takes place in what is, if not NASCAR itself, then a clearly NASCAR-like organization. Assuming Team Peyton could get permission to race a Volkswagen (not likely, given the time frame), Herbie is clearly NASCAR, where A) Too old, B) (to the naked eye) has no racing modifications, C) possesses NO safety gear (Restraint harness? Roll cage? Nope!). Herbie wouldn't shouldn't have qualified even been allowed to pass a cursory pre-race inspection. Lampshaded, as a pace car. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a character comments one of the race announcers states that someone must have found a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]].performed some kind of Loophole Abuse, but even then Herbie could have only qualified as an honorary pace car.
1st Jan '16 6:44:04 PM Herbieriffer
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** Peter Thorndyke seems to have his locked on, as everything enrages the arrogant Brit so easily, including the incompetency of his workers.



* LargeHam: Almost all the villains in the Herbie films, with particular reference to Peter Thorndyke and Alonzo Hawk from the first two films.

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* LargeHam: Almost all the villains in the Herbie films, with particular reference to Peter Thorndyke and Alonzo Hawk from the first two films.films, as well as Harvey Korman in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.
1st Jan '16 6:38:11 PM Herbieriffer
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** Both Carol Bennett and Buddy Hackett do not appear in later films, as Buddy Hackett turned down the sequels (a move he regretted) and Michele Lee was busy filling in as a guest actress throughout the 70s.
** Tennessee is also missing in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'', replaced by a new mechanic entirely named Wheelie. That said, ''Herbie Rides Again'' does offer something of an explanation - in that film, Tennesse had to go take care of his guru while Jim went off racing in Europe, leaving his grandmother to take care of the firehouse and Herbie.

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** Both Carol Bennett Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett do not appear in later films, as Buddy Hackett turned down the sequels (a move he regretted) and Michele Lee was busy filling in as a guest actress throughout the 70s.
** Tennessee is also missing in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'', replaced by a new mechanic entirely named Wheelie. That said, ''Herbie Rides Again'' does offer something of an explanation - in that film, Tennesse had to go take care of his guru while Jim went off racing in Europe, leaving his grandmother to take care of the firehouse and Herbie.



** Many of the cars throughout the series, especially those of the first and third movies also qualify. Notable examples are Thorndyke's super-rare Apollo and Jaguar XK-E, and Bruno Von Stickle's Porsche 917.

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** Many of the cars throughout the series, especially those of the first and third movies also qualify. Notable examples are Thorndyke's super-rare Apollo and Jaguar XK-E, and Bruno Von Stickle's Porsche 917. 917 (which was actually a VW platform kit car).
** Horace from ''The Love Bug (1997)'', possibly the only real evil-looking Volkswagen in history.
29th Dec '15 9:36:25 AM Herbieriffer
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** Herbie drives on water in ''Herbie Rides Again'', albeit while being partially submerged in it. This is TruthinTelevision as stock classic Beetles are able to float on water for a limited amount of time, as seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qB0lb401ZU this classic commercial]].

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** Herbie drives on water in ''Herbie Rides Again'', albeit while being partially submerged in it. This is TruthinTelevision TruthInTelevision as stock classic Beetles are able to float on water for a limited amount of time, as seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qB0lb401ZU this classic commercial]].
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