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27th Apr '17 4:16:15 PM AthenaBlue
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* Most famously employed, more for an instructional effect than a dramatic one, in the classic educational films ''[[http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/cosmic_zoom/cosmic_zoom2.swf Cosmic Zoom]]'' (1968), ''Film/PowersOfTen'' (1977) and the IMAX "Cosmic Voyage" (1996). Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} parodied the film (and indirectly, the trope) [[http://xkcd.com/271/ here]].

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* The "Rite of Spring" sequence in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' opens with an AstronomicZoom from distant space to a primordial Earth. It's easily the most well-animated example on this list.
* Done twice in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', which instead starts out underwater and panning up to the surface revealing a prehistoric landscape. In fact, the film was originally going to have its opening credits be shown in outer space (a concept that later resurfaced in ''Rock A Doodle'', mentioned below), slowly moving toward a newly-formed Earth, and centering on its surface as it gradually changes from a volcanic landscape of the Precambrian era, to an endless ocean of the Paleozoic era, and finally a prehistoric swamp of the Mesozoic era, but this was changed to the final version as mentioned earlier because the writers thought it looked too much like the first part of the ''Rite of Spring'' segment from ''Fantasia'', again mentioned above.
* ''The Mind's Eye'' does this in its first segment, starting with what is implied to the the Big Bang, panning through a set of galaxies until locking onto the Milky Way in the center, then zooming all the way to Earth, rounding past the Moon as the music builds up.
* Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' starts with multiple cuts of outer space before eventually focusing in on a highly polluted Earth, thus establishing not only setting but story.
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* Most famously employed, more for an instructional effect than a dramatic one, in the classic educational films ''[[http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/cosmic_zoom/cosmic_zoom2.swf Cosmic Zoom]]'' (1968), ''Film/PowersOfTen'' (1977) and the IMAX "Cosmic Voyage" ''Cosmic Voyage'' (1996). Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' parodied the film (and indirectly, the trope) [[http://xkcd.com/271/ here]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began the episodes "Rose", "The Christmas Invasion", "The Runaway Bride" and "The Eleventh Hour" this way.
* The ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Three Days of Snow" has a zoom out from Ted and Barney to a view of a huge nor'easter bearing down on the east coast.
* ''Drive'' would often start a scene high enough to show the entire USA (complete with superimposed map labels), then close in on our current location. It would also sometimes back up into the sky a bit and refocus on another team's location hundreds of kilometers away, to establish the distance.



* Veteran [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] show ''Match of the Day'' does this to introduce a game, zooming in from "geostationary orbit over Britain" to "Goodyear Blimp cruising over the stadium in question" in a second or so.

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* Veteran [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] show ''Match The last episode of ''Series/{{Cosmos}}'', "Unafraid of the Day'' does Dark", zooms out from Earth during Sagan's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot Pale Blue Dot]] speech until it reaches the place where the photograph was taken from, the edge of the solar system.
* One episode of the physics-documentary series ''Curiosity'' took
this to introduce a game, the absolute limit, zooming in from "geostationary orbit over Britain" on a cup of coffee right down to "Goodyear Blimp cruising over the stadium in question" in a second or so.subatomic level, and then zooming out again until the entire universe was revealed.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began the episodes [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]] this way.
** And in the first three cases, it was the ''same'' zoom, reused.
* ''Drive'' would often start a scene high enough to show the entire USA (complete with superimposed map labels), then close in on our current location. It would also sometimes back up into the sky a bit and refocus on another team's location hundreds of kilometers away, to establish the distance.
* The ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Three Days of Snow" has a zoom out from Ted and Barney to a view of a huge nor'easter bearing down on the east coast.
* Veteran [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] show ''Match of the Day'' does this to introduce a game, zooming in from "geostationary orbit over Britain" to "Goodyear Blimp cruising over the stadium in question" in a second or so.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' uses this in the opening episode of season 5. The Atlantis team have infiltrated the Michael facility where the kidnapped Teyla will soon be taken to deliver her baby, but a booby trap triggers and it collapses on top of them. We zoom out from the wreckage all the way into space past planets, stars, and nebulas, until we arrive at Michael's cruiser hovering in orbit over a planet several systems away.



* One episode of the physics-documentary series ''Curiosity'' took this to the absolute limit, zooming in on a cup of coffee right down to the subatomic level, and then zooming out again until the entire universe was revealed.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' uses this in the opening episode of season 5. The Atlantis team have infiltrated the Michael facility where the kidnapped Teyla will soon be taken to deliver her baby, but a boobytrap triggers and it collapses on top of them. We zoom out from the wreckage all the way into space past planets, stars, and nebulas, until we arrive at Michael's cruiser hovering in orbit over a planet several systems away.
* The last episode of ''Series/{{Cosmos}}'', "Unafraid of the Dark", zooms out from Earth during Sagan's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot Pale Blue Dot]] speech until it reaches the place where the photograph was taken from, the edge of the solar system.



* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Real You". When Finn puts on a pair of mind-enhancing glasses, the camera zooms in on his cells, then to molecules, and atoms, and it transitions from there to galaxies, then the solar system, zooming past the sun to Ooo, and zooming back in on Finn, as a way to establish just how much the glasses let him understand ''everything''. When the glasses are removed later in the episode, the zoom is reversed. Oh, and the shot of the planet from space is ''[[FreezeFrameBonus interesting]]''.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where it's revealed that all of existence (or at least the ''Family Guy'' universe, anyway) is just a speck on a lamp in Creator/AdamWest's bedroom.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' liked to use this, sometimes to indicate the distance between Earth and some other planet/nebula/{{God}}/whatever, and once to show the universe being sucked into a featureless void.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has a zoom-in on Earth in the first episode, as well as a few in later episodes (such as "Zim Eats Waffles").
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''The Mouse-merized Cat'' starts with a view of Planet Earth and slowly zooms in on a mousehole in a cheese shop, where a mouse greets the audience with "I thought you'd never get here."



* The "Rite of Spring" sequence in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' opens with an AstronomicZoom from distant space to a primordial Earth. It's easily the most well-animated example on this list.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has a zoom-in on Earth in the first episode, as well as a few in later episodes (such as "Zim Eats Waffles").
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''The Mouse-merized Cat'' starts with a view of Planet Earth and slowly zooms in on a mousehole in a cheese shop, where a mouse greets the audience with "I thought you'd never get here."

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* The "Rite of Spring" sequence in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' opens with an AstronomicZoom from distant space to a primordial Earth. It's easily ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' has possibly the most well-animated example on this list.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has a zoom-in on Earth in
ludicrous example, going from orbit to the first episode, as well as a few main character's uvula in later episodes (such as "Zim Eats Waffles").
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
a rather short ''The Mouse-merized Cat'' starts with a view period of Planet Earth and slowly zooms in on a mousehole in a cheese shop, where a mouse greets the audience with "I thought you'd never get here."time.



* Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' starts with multiple cuts of outer space before eventually focusing in on a highly polluted Earth, thus establishing not only setting but story.
* Done twice in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' liked to use this, sometimes to indicate the distance between Earth and some other planet/nebula/{{God}}/whatever, and once to show the universe being sucked into a featureless void.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where it's revealed that all of existence (or at least the ''Family Guy'' universe, anyway) is just a speck on a lamp in Creator/AdamWest's bedroom.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' has possibly the most ludicrous example, going from orbit to the main character's uvula in a rather short period of time.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', which instead starts out underwater and panning up to the surface revealing a prehistoric landscape. In fact, the film was originally going to have its opening credits be shown in outer space (a concept that later resurfaced in ''Rock A Doodle'', as mentioned above), slowly moving toward a newly-formed Earth, and centering on its surface as it gradually changes from a volcanic landscape of the Precambrian era, to an endless ocean of the Paleozoic era, and finally a prehistoric swamp of the Mesozoic era, but this was changed to the final version as mentioned earlier because the writers thought it looked too much like the first part of the ''Rite of Spring'' segment from ''Fantasia'', again mentioned above.
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Real You". When Finn puts on a pair of mind-enhancing glasses, the camera zooms in on his cells, then to molecules, and atoms, and it transitions from there to galaxies, then the solar system, zooming past the sun to Ooo, and zooming back in on Finn, as a way to establish just how much the glasses let him understand ''everything''. When the glasses are removed later in the episode, the zoom is reversed. Oh, and the shot of the planet from space is ''[[FreezeFrameBonus interesting]]''.
* ''The Mind's Eye'' does this in its first segment, starting with what is implied to the the Big Bang, panning through a set of galaxies until locking onto the Milky Way in the center, then zooming all the way to Earth, rounding past the Moon as the music builds up.
16th Apr '17 1:45:58 PM yisfidri
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* Most famously employed, more for an instructional effect than a dramatic one, in the classic educational films ''[[http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/cosmic_zoom/cosmic_zoom2.swf Cosmic Zoom]]'' (1968), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22powers+of+ten%22 Powers of Ten]] (1977)'' and the IMAX "Cosmic Voyage" (1996). Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} parodied the film (and indirectly, the trope) [[http://xkcd.com/271/ here]].

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* Most famously employed, more for an instructional effect than a dramatic one, in the classic educational films ''[[http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/cosmic_zoom/cosmic_zoom2.swf Cosmic Zoom]]'' (1968), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22powers+of+ten%22 Powers of Ten]] (1977)'' ''Film/PowersOfTen'' (1977) and the IMAX "Cosmic Voyage" (1996). Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} parodied the film (and indirectly, the trope) [[http://xkcd.com/271/ here]].
12th Apr '17 2:22:33 PM Rubber_Lotus
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Subtrope of EpicTrackingShot.

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Subtrope of EpicTrackingShot.
EpicTrackingShot. Contrast FlyawayShot and PanUpToTheSkyEnding.
22nd Feb '17 1:06:39 PM Leporidae
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* The opening shot of ''Film/TheGreatWall'' is a zoom in on the Great Wall of China... from outer space.
21st Feb '17 10:38:42 AM kyojikasshu
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2zps0pzrxk This]] ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' commercial starts with crowds of kids in solid-color outfits, then zooms out from them to reveal Mario's face covering much of North America.
16th Jan '17 11:27:16 AM MiddleEighth
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*Using his mindsight, Ringo mentally zooms out from himself at the end of the first chapter of ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', farther and farther, until he's looking at the entire planet—which is when he realizes the four have been brought back to C'hou, since he recognizes the shape of the continents.
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19th Nov '16 9:31:37 PM AtticusOmundson
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[[quoteright:261:[[Film/PowersOfTen http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/powers_of_ten_astronomic_zoom.png]]]]

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2nd Nov '16 6:48:32 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Literature/ApeAndEssence'', the fictional movie script describes a shot that zooms in on AfterTheEnd UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, beginning "from fifty miles up in the stratosphere."
14th Oct '16 10:18:35 AM Morgenthaler
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16th Aug '16 12:35:26 PM Sark0TAG
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'', once you enter the titular structure, a transition begins with a scene of thousands of robots constructing tiles, then your POV slowly pulls outward to show just how small they actually are, while also revealing that what they're building is a simulation of a dream. Appropriately, the point you zoom out from is a globe of Earth supported by a statue of Atlas.



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