History Film / TheLoveBug

30th Nov '16 5:28:16 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Aunt Louise to Captain Blythe in ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', constantly trying to romance him in their many encounters to no avail. She finally gets over him at the end.


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** In the second film, Herbie chases down Mr. Hawk ''inside his own office'' and eventually chases him out to the ''edge of his skyscraper'', all while [[ItMakesSenseInContext everyone is covered in soap suds]]. His secretary and lawyers only seem mildly perturbed by this, and in fact the former outright ''ignores'' Mr. Hawk's shouts for help inside his office as she refuses to disobey his order that he be left alone.
27th Nov '16 5:48:50 PM Herbieriffer
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** The second film, ''Herbie Rides Again'', uses footage from the Love Bug's racing montages in Herbie's dream, as well as the overhead shot when HHerbie's speeding towards the jousting tournament.

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** The second film, ''Herbie Rides Again'', uses footage from the Love Bug's racing montages in Herbie's dream, as well as the overhead shot when HHerbie's Herbie's speeding towards the jousting tournament.
27th Nov '16 5:48:23 PM Herbieriffer
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* BlandNameProduct: Downplayed. Its obvious to anyone that Herbie is a Volkswagon Beetle. But all VW badges were removed, and he is always referred to as "Herbie" or "The Little Car" - never as a "Volkswagon", "Beetle", or "Bug".

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* BlandNameProduct: Downplayed. Its obvious to anyone that Herbie is a Volkswagon Volkswagen Beetle. But all VW badges were removed, and he is always referred to as "Herbie" or "The Little Car" - never as a "Volkswagon", "Volkswagen", "Beetle", or "Bug".


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* StockFootage: In the first film, the demolition derby sequence is taken from the 1966 film Fireball 500 (starring Mousketeer Annette Funicello)
** The second film, ''Herbie Rides Again'', uses footage from the Love Bug's racing montages in Herbie's dream, as well as the overhead shot when HHerbie's speeding towards the jousting tournament.
** The 1982 television series uses stock footage from the first film in its first title sequence and in one scene in Jim Douglas' driving school.
** The 1997 ''Love Bug'' remake features stock footage of Jim Douglas driving Herbie in the introduction.
** The credits for ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'' are partly this, gleaned from all four theatrical films, plus photo-edited images and video.
22nd Nov '16 7:07:42 AM ScrewySqrl
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* BlandNameProduct: Downplayed. Its obvious to anyone that Herbie is a Volkswagon Beetle. But all VW badges were removed, and he is always referred to as "Herbie" or "The Little Car" - never as a "Volkswagon", "Beetle", or "Bug".
19th Oct '16 9:13:20 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* CarFu: Herbie will often resort to this if he or his friends are antagonized.
** The first film opens on a montage of demolition derbies.


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* SceneryGorn: The ''very first scene'' of the original film is a large series of demolition derbies Jim once partook in, and the number of cars wrecked beyond recognition rack up pretty quickly before the actual story even takes off.
10th Oct '16 10:46:21 PM FranksGirl
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* CaptainErsatz: Herbie spawned two, Hanna Barbera's animated ''Speed Buggy'' in 1973 and Sid & Marty Krofft's live-action ''Wonderbug'' in 1976. ''Wonderbug'' is actually an Ersatz once-removed, as it's basically live-action ''Speed Buggy''. In both instances, the VW Bug became a dune buggy, but personality, the trademark eyes and fender, and goofy human companions were all the same.
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.
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