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23rd Jul '16 2:07:13 PM Morgenthaler
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** There's also the one with Plucky and Hampton breaking into Warner Bros. Studio through the sewers (Or was it busting out of jail? Either way...) with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reference. [[{{Klax}} This being the nineties]], everyone in the "audience" is vocal about having seen that one coming.

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** There's also the one with Plucky and Hampton breaking into Warner Bros. Studio through the sewers (Or was it busting out of jail? Either way...) with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reference. [[{{Klax}} [[VideoGame/{{Klax}} This being the nineties]], everyone in the "audience" is vocal about having seen that one coming.
21st Jul '16 11:44:56 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In the cartoon ''How Green is My Spinach'', a DangerouslyGenreSavvy Bluto creates a formula that wipes out all the spinach in the world, including Popeye's. As Bluto sweeps the floor with Popeye (literally), the narrator[[note]]Voiced by Jackson Beck, who also voices Bluto in all the Famous Studios-era color shorts[[/note]] asks, "Can this be the end of our hero? Can't anybody save him? Is there a can of spinach in the house?!" The short abruptly goes from a color cartoon to black & white live-action, showing people watching the cartoon (still in color) in a movie theater. A worried boy pulls out a can of spinach from a grocery bag, yells, "Here, Popeye, catch!", and tosses it to the screen. [[OnceAnEpisode You can probably guess the rest.]]

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** In the cartoon ''How Green is My Spinach'', a DangerouslyGenreSavvy Bluto creates a formula that wipes out all the spinach in the world, including Popeye's. As Bluto sweeps the floor with Popeye (literally), the narrator[[note]]Voiced by Jackson Beck, who also voices Bluto in all the Famous Studios-era color shorts[[/note]] asks, "Can this be the end of our hero? Can't anybody save him? Is there a can of spinach in the house?!" The short abruptly goes from a color cartoon to black & white live-action, showing people watching the cartoon (still in color) in a movie theater. A worried boy pulls out a can of spinach from a grocery bag, yells, "Here, Popeye, catch!", and tosses it to the screen. [[OnceAnEpisode You can probably guess the rest.]]
13th Jul '16 6:52:53 PM thatother1dude
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* At the end of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', [[Creator/RobinWilliams the Genie]] actually lifts up the film and says, "Made you look!" This one is based on early reactions by test screenings; after test audiences starting leaving the film early during a cut Arabian Nights reprise, the animators replaced with the Genie-as-the-moon laughing, causing anyone who's leaving early to turn back wondering if there's more of the film left.

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* At the end of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', [[Creator/RobinWilliams the Genie]] actually lifts up the film and says, "Made you look!" This one is based on early reactions by test screenings; after test audiences starting leaving the film early during a cut Arabian Nights reprise, the animators replaced it with the Genie-as-the-moon laughing, causing anyone who's leaving early to turn back wondering if there's more of the film left.
19th May '16 1:43:33 PM Willbyr
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* Tenchi Masaki's near-death out-of-body experience in the 19th ''TenchiMuyo'' OVA episode was represented as the classic clattering of a malfunctioning projector and film sliding out of position. Never mind that it was made in the 21st century on computers for a DVD release.

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* Tenchi Masaki's near-death out-of-body experience in the 19th ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA episode was represented as the classic clattering of a malfunctioning projector and film sliding out of position. Never mind that it was made in the 21st century on computers for a DVD release.
27th Mar '16 5:00:38 AM MacronNotes
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* The melting film gag is used on ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' to transition from the [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black-and-white]] (and, on the [[ThreeDMovie 3-D version]], flat) version of the Creator/DreamWorksAnimation logo and into the film proper.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' some of the minions try to reach into the audience. One flies right into the camera, the film breaks and suddenly he's silhouetted against a blank screen, the implication being that he's flown right into the projection room. Given that the film was released in [[ThreeDMovie 3-D]], such a gag was pretty much [[ShootTheMoney mandatory.]]

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* The melting film gag is used on ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' to transition from the [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black-and-white]] (and, on the [[ThreeDMovie 3-D version]], version, flat) version of the Creator/DreamWorksAnimation logo and into the film proper.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' some of the minions try to reach into the audience. One flies right into the camera, the film breaks and suddenly he's silhouetted against a blank screen, the implication being that he's flown right into the projection room. Given that the film was released in [[ThreeDMovie 3-D]], 3-D, such a gag was pretty much [[ShootTheMoney mandatory.]]
8th Oct '15 4:45:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' leaving Nowhere Land involved crossing a film sprocket line. (Unless that got remastered out...) During the Beatles' live action cameo John reports the sighting of Blue Meanies within the vicinity of this very theatre.



* The old Creator/TexAvery short WesternAnimation/LuckyDucky had a pair of hunters chasing a duckling. In mid chase, the film suddenly turns from color to black and white. The characters stop and notice they have run past a tiny sign that says "Technicolor ends here". Technicolor is the name of the company that developed colored movie camera film and perfected it for use in the early 1930s.
* In another Tex short, "Billy Boy", a farmer is trying to rid himself of a goat who's [[ExtremeOmnigoat eating everything he owns]]. One attempt to dispose of him fails when the goat eats the half of the screen the farmer was standing on.
* Yet another Avery short, ''WesternAnimation/MagicalMaestro'', included an animated 'hair' caught in the projector gate that was so realistic it drove projectionists crazy...until the action suddenly stops and one of the characters plucks it and throws it away.
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker has pulled this once or twice. For example, in ''Who's Cookin Who?'', when Woody is starving, he asks "Could somebody go to the lobby and get me a candy bar?"
** Also pulled in the short ''The Screwdriver'', in which Woody is quizzing a cop, and reminds us "No coaching from the audience, please!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' leaving Nowhere Land involved crossing a film sprocket line. (Unless that got remastered out...)
** During the Beatles' live action cameo John reports the sighting of Blue Meanies within the vicinity of this very theatre.
* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Hare Tonic'' has Bugs convincing Elmer that he has "the dreaded disease rabbititis." When Elmer catches on and chases Bugs out of the house, Bugs tells him that the audience is coming down with rabbititis. As Elmer runs back inside, Bugs reassures the audience that they're just fine, because if they were sick, they would see red and yellow spots before their eyes, and they would start swirling around until everything went dark. Sure enough, red and yellow spots appear on the screen and swirl around until the screen fades to black... after which we hear Bugs snickering. This is actually extremely common in the Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes short. See also:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons'':
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The old Creator/TexAvery short WesternAnimation/LuckyDucky "Lucky Ducky" had a pair of hunters chasing a duckling. In mid chase, the film suddenly turns from color to black and white. The characters stop and notice they have run past a tiny sign that says "Technicolor ends here". Technicolor is the name of the company that developed colored movie camera film and perfected it for use in the early 1930s.
* In another Tex short, ** "Billy Boy", a farmer is trying to rid himself of a goat who's [[ExtremeOmnigoat eating everything he owns]]. One attempt to dispose of him fails when the goat eats the half of the screen the farmer was standing on.
* Yet another Avery short, ''WesternAnimation/MagicalMaestro'', ** ''WesternAnimation/MagicalMaestro'' included an animated 'hair' caught in the projector gate that was so realistic it drove projectionists crazy...until the action suddenly stops and one of the characters plucks it and throws it away.
** "The Early Bird Dood It" has a scene of the bird chasing the worm suddenly stopping in front of a movie billboard and examining the lobby card of the very cartoon they're in.
-->'''Bird:''' Hey! I hear that's a pretty funny cartoon.
-->'''Worm:''' Well, I sure hope it's funnier than ''this'' one!
** In "WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary" a mouse warns a cat not to eat him because he'll save his life later on. He knows because ''he's already seen the cartoon before!''
** "WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho" includes one of these gags just as the cop enters the house. After he warns "Nobody move!", a silhouetted audience member gets up and shuffles across the bottom of the screen. The cop sees him and bashes the poor guy with his nightstick, before shouting "That goes for you too, bub!".
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker has pulled this once or twice. For example, in ''Who's Cookin Who?'', when Woody is starving, he asks "Could somebody go to the lobby and get me a candy bar?"
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bar?" Also pulled in the short ''The Screwdriver'', in which Woody is quizzing a cop, and reminds us "No coaching from the audience, please!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' leaving Nowhere Land involved crossing a film sprocket line. (Unless that got remastered out...)
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** During the Beatles' live action cameo John reports the sighting of Blue Meanies within the vicinity of this very theatre.
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The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Hare Tonic'' has Bugs convincing Elmer that he has "the dreaded disease rabbititis." When Elmer catches on and chases Bugs out of the house, Bugs tells him that the audience is coming down with rabbititis. As Elmer runs back inside, Bugs reassures the audience that they're just fine, because if they were sick, they would see red and yellow spots before their eyes, and they would start swirling around until everything went dark. Sure enough, red and yellow spots appear on the screen and swirl around until the screen fades to black... after which we hear Bugs snickering. This is actually extremely common in the Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes short. See also:



** In the Porky Pig cartoon "The Case of the Stuttering Pig", the villain gloats about his evil plan and tells the audience that there's nothing they can do about it, and singles out "the guy in the third row" as a "softie". At the climax, he suddenly got clocked with a flying theater seat courtesy of "the guy in the third row".

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** In the Porky Pig WesternAnimation/PorkyPig cartoon "The Case of the Stuttering Pig", the villain gloats about his evil plan and tells the audience that there's nothing they can do about it, and singles out "the guy in the third row" as a "softie". At the climax, he suddenly got clocked with a flying theater seat courtesy of "the guy in the third row".



** Similar ending to the Daffy Duck cartoon ''My Favorite Duck'', where the film breaks while Porky Pig is chasing Daffy Duck with a gun. Daffy then appears and offers to finish the cartoon as a narrative and gives a brief and inflated description of him beating Porky with his bare hands leaving him "groveling at my feet!" Only to have Porky sneak up behind him and club him over the head to end the cartoon.

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** Similar ending to the Daffy Duck WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon ''My Favorite Duck'', where the film breaks while Porky Pig is chasing Daffy Duck with a gun. Daffy then appears and offers to finish the cartoon as a narrative and gives a brief and inflated description of him beating Porky with his bare hands leaving him "groveling at my feet!" Only to have Porky sneak up behind him and club him over the head to end the cartoon.



** In ''Thugs With Dirty Mugs,'' an audience member steps up in silhouette and tries to leave, telling the Killer "this is where I came in." Killer makes him sit back down, thinking the guy is going to squeal to the police that the Killer and his gang is going to rob the safe of [[PunnyName Lotta Jewels]]. Cross-dissolve to the police chief. The audience member steps up again and tells the chief of the Killer's plan.

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** In ''Thugs "Thugs With Dirty Mugs,'' Mugs", an audience member steps up in silhouette and tries to leave, telling the Killer "this is where I came in." Killer makes him sit back down, thinking the guy is going to squeal to the police that the Killer and his gang is going to rob the safe of [[PunnyName Lotta Jewels]]. Cross-dissolve to the police chief. The audience member steps up again and tells the chief of the Killer's plan.



* While not actually produced for theaters (it's a TV show, after all), at least three gags in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' [[PaintingTheMedium invoked it]]. One of these occurrences had Hamton J. Pig joyriding in the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmobile]], and upon making a big swerve to dodge a building, he briefly flies out of the film strip. Another episode had Hamton threatening an [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic fire]], and the camera pans out to reveal that the scene is being played out on a film strip. The fire proceeds to burn the strip, comically reducing Hamton into a roasted pig. The WholePlotReference Christmas special had Buster at the edge of a film reel, contemplating suicide ala [[ItsAWonderfulLife George Bailey]]. He later does jump out... in joy, and lands right back in the "film" (this is after he is granted a second chance at life).

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** ''WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales'' runs past a cat, and the cat then explodes. Speedy then turns to the audience, apologizes for running too fast for the audience to follow and shows the previous scene again in slow motion. The slow motion shot involves Speedy pulling another mouse out of the cat's mouth, and replacing the mouse with a lit stick of TNT.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
**
While not actually produced for theaters (it's a TV show, after all), at least three gags in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' gags [[PaintingTheMedium invoked it]]. One of these occurrences had Hamton J. Pig joyriding in the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmobile]], and upon making a big swerve to dodge a building, he briefly flies out of the film strip. Another episode had Hamton threatening an [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic fire]], and the camera pans out to reveal that the scene is being played out on a film strip. The fire proceeds to burn the strip, comically reducing Hamton into a roasted pig. The WholePlotReference Christmas special had Buster at the edge of a film reel, contemplating suicide ala [[ItsAWonderfulLife George Bailey]]. He later does jump out... in joy, and lands right back in the "film" (this is after he is granted a second chance at life).



* In the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ''How Green is My Spinach'', a DangerouslyGenreSavvy Bluto creates a formula that wipes out all the spinach in the world, including Popeye's. As Bluto sweeps the floor with Popeye (literally), the narrator[[note]]Voiced by Jackson Beck, who also voices Bluto in all the Famous Studios-era color shorts[[/note]] asks, "Can this be the end of our hero? Can't anybody save him? Is there a can of spinach in the house?!" The short abruptly goes from a color cartoon to black & white live-action, showing people watching the cartoon (still in color) in a movie theater. A worried boy pulls out a can of spinach from a grocery bag, yells, "Here, Popeye, catch!", and tosses it to the screen. [[OnceAnEpisode You can probably guess the rest.]]
* The ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ''{{Goonland}}'' climaxes with Popeye and his Pappy fighting dozens of Goons - the violent action ends up snapping the film itself, and the Goons plummet off the screen. As the audience stomps and whistles, a realistic pair of hands mend the film and it resumes with our heroes saved.
* A third Popeye example: In the cartoon ''The Hungry Goat'', Popeye's commanding officer leaves for a day at the movie theater, and warns him not to harm the goat. Later, as Popeye is about to throttle the goat for eating the boat, the goat warns that the admiral could be watching them right now -- and sure enough, he is seen silhouetted against the screen, taking his seat. At the end of the cartoon, the admiral sees the damaged being done to his ship and runs back. He asks Popeye where the goat went, and we see the goat sitting with the audience, laughing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'':
**
In the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ''How Green is My Spinach'', a DangerouslyGenreSavvy Bluto creates a formula that wipes out all the spinach in the world, including Popeye's. As Bluto sweeps the floor with Popeye (literally), the narrator[[note]]Voiced by Jackson Beck, who also voices Bluto in all the Famous Studios-era color shorts[[/note]] asks, "Can this be the end of our hero? Can't anybody save him? Is there a can of spinach in the house?!" The short abruptly goes from a color cartoon to black & white live-action, showing people watching the cartoon (still in color) in a movie theater. A worried boy pulls out a can of spinach from a grocery bag, yells, "Here, Popeye, catch!", and tosses it to the screen. [[OnceAnEpisode You can probably guess the rest.]]
* ** The ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ''{{Goonland}}'' "Goonland" climaxes with Popeye and his Pappy fighting dozens of Goons - the violent action ends up snapping the film itself, and the Goons plummet off the screen. As the audience stomps and whistles, a realistic pair of hands mend the film and it resumes with our heroes saved.
* A third Popeye example: ** In the cartoon ''The "The Hungry Goat'', Goat", Popeye's commanding officer leaves for a day at the movie theater, and warns him not to harm the goat. Later, as Popeye is about to throttle the goat for eating the boat, the goat warns that the admiral could be watching them right now -- and sure enough, he is seen silhouetted against the screen, taking his seat. At the end of the cartoon, the admiral sees the damaged being done to his ship and runs back. He asks Popeye where the goat went, and we see the goat sitting with the audience, laughing.



** And more {{Popeye}}. In ''A Date to Skate'', Olive Oyl is careening out of control on a pair of roller skates and Popeye reaches into his shirt for his Spinach can...only to find it missing. After patting himself down for a few seconds and declaring, "Now don't tell me I left it at home!", he finally shouts, "Is there any spinach in the audience?" A shadow of an audience member emerges from the bottom of the screen, lobbing a spinach can toward Popeye who catches it, eats, and goes to rescue Olive.
** In ''Me Musical Nephews,'' Popeye can't sleep because his nephews' musical rehearsals are keeping him awake. He pulls the iris out within the screen, pulls his bed in then shuts the iris. Does no good as his music-playing nephews have followed him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do it at least twice (could be more):
** in one of the opening sequences the whole family runs off the film;
* At least twice, Foghorn Leghorn stretched out the closing iris that ended the cartoon because he wasn't finished talking. This gradually stopped as his gimmick became playing practical jokes instead of being a MotorMouth.
** This joke has since been inherited, and used at least twice, by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]].
* WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales runs past a cat, and the cat then explodes. Speedy then turns to the audience, apologizes for running too fast for the audience to follow and shows the previous scene again in slow motion. The slow motion shot involves Speedy pulling another mouse out of the cat's mouth, and replacing the mouse with a lit stick of TNT.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' includes one of these gags just as the cop enters the house. After he warns "Nobody move!", a silhouetted audience member gets up and shuffles across the bottom of the screen. The cop sees him and bashes the poor guy with his nightstick, before shouting "That goes for you too, bub!".
* In "WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary" a mouse warns a cat not to eat him because he'll save his life later on. He knows because ''he's already seen the cartoon before!''
* The side effects of the Virus from the Strong Bad Email "virus" from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', particularly the scene where Strong Bad accidentally leaps off the screen and cannot jump back in, and at the same time, Homestar Runner (whom, as a result of him being affected by the Virus, has The Homestar Runner's torso) detaching his own head and using it to pick up certain icons on the navbar on the bottom of the screen.
** Then several windows resembling pop-up windows show up on the screen, one of them being an actual pop-up browser window, which Firefox will often block.

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** And more {{Popeye}}. In ''A "A Date to Skate'', Skate", Olive Oyl is careening out of control on a pair of roller skates and Popeye reaches into his shirt for his Spinach can...only to find it missing. After patting himself down for a few seconds and declaring, "Now don't tell me I left it at home!", he finally shouts, "Is there any spinach in the audience?" A shadow of an audience member emerges from the bottom of the screen, lobbing a spinach can toward Popeye who catches it, eats, and goes to rescue Olive.
** In ''Me "Me Musical Nephews,'' Nephews", Popeye can't sleep because his nephews' musical rehearsals are keeping him awake. He pulls the iris out within the screen, pulls his bed in then shuts the iris. Does no good as his music-playing nephews have followed him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do it at least twice (could be more):
**
more): in one of the opening sequences the whole family runs off the film;
film.
* At least twice, Foghorn Leghorn ''WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn'' stretched out the closing iris that ended the cartoon because he wasn't finished talking. This gradually stopped as his gimmick became playing practical jokes instead of being a MotorMouth.
** * ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': This joke has since been inherited, and used at least twice, by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]].
* WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales runs past a cat, and the cat then explodes. Speedy then turns to the audience, apologizes for running too fast for the audience to follow and shows the previous scene again in slow motion. The slow motion shot involves Speedy pulling another mouse out of the cat's mouth, and replacing the mouse with a lit stick of TNT.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' includes one of these gags just as the cop enters the house. After he warns "Nobody move!", a silhouetted audience member gets up and shuffles across the bottom of the screen. The cop sees him and bashes the poor guy with his nightstick, before shouting "That goes for you too, bub!".
* In "WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary" a mouse warns a cat not to eat him because he'll save his life later on. He knows because ''he's already seen the cartoon before!''
Pie.
* The side effects of the Virus from the Strong Bad Email "virus" from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', particularly the scene where Strong Bad accidentally leaps off the screen and cannot jump back in, and at the same time, Homestar Runner (whom, as a result of him being affected by the Virus, has The Homestar Runner's torso) detaching his own head and using it to pick up certain icons on the navbar on the bottom of the screen.
**
screen. Then several windows resembling pop-up windows show up on the screen, one of them being an actual pop-up browser window, which Firefox will often block.



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Tex Avery MGM Cartoon|s}}'' "The Early Bird Dood It" has a scene of the bird chasing the worm suddenly stopping in front of a movie billboard and examining the lobby card of the very cartoon they're in.
-->'''Bird:''' Hey! I hear that's a pretty funny cartoon.
-->'''Worm:''' Well, I sure hope it's funnier than ''this'' one!
* The 2013 MickeyMouse short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' has Mickey and the rest of the characters go through the movie screen from their 2D black-and-white world and coming out in 3D color (see the page image).

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Tex Avery MGM Cartoon|s}}'' "The Early Bird Dood It" has a scene of the bird chasing the worm suddenly stopping in front of a movie billboard and examining the lobby card of the very cartoon they're in.
-->'''Bird:''' Hey! I hear that's a pretty funny cartoon.
-->'''Worm:''' Well, I sure hope it's funnier than ''this'' one!
* The 2013 MickeyMouse Mickey Mouse short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' has Mickey and the rest of the characters go through the movie screen from their 2D black-and-white world and coming out in 3D color (see the page image).
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* In the movie ''Film/FightClub'', the pointing out of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue_mark Cue mark]] (called, inaccurately, a Cigarette burn). The movie also used a fake subliminal movie frame at the end.
** Not just the end. Tyler Durden appears at least five times in flickers of frames before he's introduced.
** During his "You Are Not Your Things" monologue, whether through fear or sheer force of personality, Tyler makes the film reel itself become unstable, shaking about and showing the pinholes on the reel.
* ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'' ends with a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] that [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope, when Frank Cross breaks the [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall]] to address the theatrical audience directly, even asking them to sing along to the closing credits -- first the people on the right, then the people on the left...
* Groucho Marx talked to the audience a lot (most likely carried over from the brothers' vaudeville days) - in ''Film/HorseFeathers'', as Chico starts a piano routine, Groucho looks at us and says "I've gotta stay here but there's no reason you folks shouldn't go to the lobby 'til this blows over!"
** A similar joke appears in one of the Hope/Crosby ''Film/RoadTo'' movies. As Crosby gets ready to sing a song, Hope turns to the camera and says, "OK, Folks, nows the time to go get some more popcorn from the lobby."
* In the theatrical and DVD versions of ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', there comes a point where there seems to be a problem with the projector and the film breaks, leaving a blank white screen. It turns out to be gremlins in the projection booth, who wickedly decide to replace the film with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturism naturism]] film, and an usher calls upon HulkHogan to restore order.
** The VHS release and novelization replace this with a gag appropriate to their mediums: the former has the gremlins messing around with your VCR, changing movies until they switch to a Western film where they are gunned down by (a {{Fake Shemp}}ed) Creator/JohnWayne, while the latter has a gag sequence where the "Brain" Gremlin (the one who can talk, voiced by Tony Randall in the film) locks the author of the novelization in another room while he types up his own contribution until the author breaks out with an axe.
** If you go to Website/YouTube there's a whole slew of homemade ones that fans cooked up including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REGCV6z3VkM one]] where the title creatures make the mistake of of screwing around with [[MemeticMutation The Goddamn Batman]].
* A trailer for ''Film/PinkPanther 2'' running in theaters in the Summer of 2008 showed Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau sneaking into a movie theater; after the screen switches to a generic "please turn off cell phones and pagers" display, there is a ripping sound and Clouseau appears to cut a hole in the movie screen and step through. Upon discovering the audience watching him, though, he sheepishly steps back through the hole and ineptly tries to repair it with duct tape. The screen then becomes "rear illuminated" to show the movie logo and to highlight the silhouette of Clouseau tiptoeing behind it... followed by the silhouette of the Pink Panther himself.



* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'''s LemonyNarrator will regularly pause, rewind, or write on the film itself -- in addition to making commentary on it -- to make certain points.



* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': Hedley Lamarr is talking to himself while facing the camera in thinking up a plan. He then says to us "Why am I talking to you?"
* In ''Film/TheGreatRace'', the {{Retraux}} opening credit slides have one slide get stuck and melt in the projector. A fly lands on another slide, and is swatted at with a stick, and the bulb goes out temporary, requiring a lit candle to be substituted until it's replaced.
* ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'': The ''Dental Hygiene Dilemma'' FilmWithinAFilm starts with reels that move up and down, as if a new film has been put in the projector.
* The famous PaddleballShot used to show off the 3-D effects in the 1953 film ''[[Film/HouseOfWax1953 House of Wax]]'' ends with one of these. The paddleball guy, who's been swatting his paddleball at various people entering the exhibit, turns to [[BreakingTheFourthWall look straight at the camera]], says "There's someone with a bag of popcorn!", and swats his paddleball right at the viewer.

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* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': Hedley Lamarr is talking to himself while facing During ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', the camera in thinking up a plan. He then says film stops and Kuzco appears to us "Why am I talking to you?"
* In ''Film/TheGreatRace'',
point out that the {{Retraux}} opening credit slides have one slide get stuck and melt in story is about him, not Pacha, even drawing on the projector. A fly lands on another slide, and is swatted at film frame with a stick, and the bulb goes marker to make his point. Interestingly, this gag is reused on TheSeries.
* In ''Disney/KronksNewGroove,'' Kuzco again interrupts to point
out temporary, requiring a lit candle to be substituted until it's replaced.
* ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'': The ''Dental Hygiene Dilemma'' FilmWithinAFilm starts with reels
that move up ''this'' one is about Kronk and down, as if a new film has been put in not ''him,'' actually bringing out the projector.
films' posters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Homer addresses (and insults) the audience.
* The famous PaddleballShot used to show off framing device from ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''. "Pumbaa! You sat on the 3-D effects in the 1953 film ''[[Film/HouseOfWax1953 House of Wax]]'' ends with one of these. remote!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' gleefully employs this.
The paddleball guy, who's been swatting his paddleball at various people entering the exhibit, turns to [[BreakingTheFourthWall look straight narrator at the camera]], says "There's someone start of the film asks the audience if anyone is unfamiliar with a bag the cast of popcorn!", characters, and swats his paddleball right at a forest of raised hands in silhouette obscures the viewer.
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* In the movie ''Film/FightClub'', the pointing out of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue_mark Cue mark]] (called, inaccurately, a Cigarette burn). The movie also used a fake subliminal movie frame at the end.
** Not just the end. Tyler Durden appears at least five times in flickers of frames before he's introduced.
** During his "You Are Not Your Things" monologue, whether through fear or sheer force of personality, Tyler makes the film reel itself become unstable, shaking about and showing the pinholes on the reel.
* ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'' ends with a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] that [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope, when Frank Cross breaks the [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall]] to address the theatrical audience directly, even asking them to sing along to the closing credits -- first the people on the right, then the people on the left...
* Groucho Marx talked to the audience a lot (most likely carried over from the brothers' vaudeville days) - in ''Film/HorseFeathers'', as Chico starts a piano routine, Groucho looks at us and says "I've gotta stay here but there's no reason you folks shouldn't go to the lobby 'til this blows over!"
** A similar joke appears in one of the Hope/Crosby ''Film/RoadTo'' movies. As Crosby gets ready to sing a song, Hope turns to the camera and says, "OK, Folks, nows the time to go get some more popcorn from the lobby."
* In the theatrical and DVD versions of ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', there comes a point where there seems to be a problem with the projector and the film breaks, leaving a blank white screen. It turns out to be gremlins in the projection booth, who wickedly decide to replace the film with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturism naturism]] film, and an usher calls upon HulkHogan to restore order.
** The VHS release and novelization replace this with a gag appropriate to their mediums: the former has the gremlins messing around with your VCR, changing movies until they switch to a Western film where they are gunned down by (a {{Fake Shemp}}ed) Creator/JohnWayne, while the latter has a gag sequence where the "Brain" Gremlin (the one who can talk, voiced by Tony Randall in the film) locks the author of the novelization in another room while he types up his own contribution until the author breaks out with an axe.
** If you go to Website/YouTube there's a whole slew of homemade ones that fans cooked up including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REGCV6z3VkM one]] where the title creatures make the mistake of of screwing around with [[MemeticMutation The Goddamn Batman]].
* A trailer for ''Film/PinkPanther 2'' running in theaters in the Summer of 2008 showed Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau sneaking into a movie theater; after the screen switches to a generic "please turn off cell phones and pagers" display, there is a ripping sound and Clouseau appears to cut a hole in the movie screen and step through. Upon discovering the audience watching him, though, he sheepishly steps back through the hole and ineptly tries to repair it with duct tape. The screen then becomes "rear illuminated" to show the movie logo and to highlight the silhouette of Clouseau tiptoeing behind it... followed by the silhouette of the Pink Panther himself.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'''s LemonyNarrator will regularly pause, rewind, or write on the film itself -- in addition to making commentary on it -- to make certain points.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': Hedley Lamarr is talking to himself while facing the camera in thinking up a plan. He then says to us "Why am I talking to you?"
* In ''Film/TheGreatRace'', the {{Retraux}} opening credit slides have one slide get stuck and melt in the projector. A fly lands on another slide, and is swatted at with a stick, and the bulb goes out temporary, requiring a lit candle to be substituted until it's replaced.
* ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'': The ''Dental Hygiene Dilemma'' FilmWithinAFilm starts with reels that move up and down, as if a new film has been put in the projector.
* The famous PaddleballShot used to show off the 3-D effects in the 1953 film ''[[Film/HouseOfWax1953 House of Wax]]'' ends with one of these. The paddleball guy, who's been swatting his paddleball at various people entering the exhibit, turns to [[BreakingTheFourthWall look straight at the camera]], says "There's someone with a bag of popcorn!", and swats his paddleball right at the viewer.

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* During ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', the film stops and Kuzco appears to point out that the story is about him, not Pacha, even drawing on the film frame with a marker to make his point. Interestingly, this gag is reused on TheSeries.
** In ''Kronk's New Groove,'' Kuzco again interrupts to point out that ''this'' one is about Kronk and not ''him,'' actually bringing out the films' posters.



** in WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie, Homer addresses (and insults) the audience.



* The framing device from ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''. "Pumbaa! You sat on the remote!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' gleefully employs this. The narrator at the start of the film asks the audience if anyone is unfamiliar with the cast of characters, and a forest of raised hands in silhouette obscures the film, to glares of annoyance from the cast.
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* The framing device from ''Disney/TheLionKing 1 1/2''. "Pumbaa! You sat on the remote!"
* ''The Twelve Tasks of ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' gleefully employs this. The narrator at the start of the film asks the audience if anyone is unfamiliar with the cast of characters, and a forest of raised hands in silhouette obscures the film, to glares of annoyance from the cast.

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* The framing device from ''Disney/TheLionKing 1 1/2''.''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''. "Pumbaa! You sat on the remote!"
* ''The Twelve Tasks of ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' gleefully employs this. The narrator at the start of the film asks the audience if anyone is unfamiliar with the cast of characters, and a forest of raised hands in silhouette obscures the film, to glares of annoyance from the cast.



* Tex Avery's second MGM cartoon ''The Early Bird Dood It'' has a scene of the bird chasing the worm suddenly stopping in front of a movie billboard and examining the lobby card of the very cartoon they're in.

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* Tex Avery's second The ''WesternAnimation/{{Tex Avery MGM cartoon ''The Cartoon|s}}'' "The Early Bird Dood It'' It" has a scene of the bird chasing the worm suddenly stopping in front of a movie billboard and examining the lobby card of the very cartoon they're in.
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* Disney's Disney/{{Fantasia}} includes several short 'bumpers' in between the main sequences. In one of them, the sound track is invited to come into the picture and show off how it produces sounds. (In the technology of the time, the sound track was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound-on-film recorded on the same film as the picture]], as a stripe of varying width, just out of sight past the edge of the frame.)

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* Disney's Disney/{{Fantasia}} ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' includes several short 'bumpers' in between the main sequences. In one of them, the sound track is invited to come into the picture and show off how it produces sounds. (In the technology of the time, the sound track was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound-on-film recorded on the same film as the picture]], as a stripe of varying width, just out of sight past the edge of the frame.))
* At the end of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', [[Creator/RobinWilliams the Genie]] actually lifts up the film and says, "Made you look!" This one is based on early reactions by test screenings; after test audiences starting leaving the film early during a cut Arabian Nights reprise, the animators replaced with the Genie-as-the-moon laughing, causing anyone who's leaving early to turn back wondering if there's more of the film left.



* SpeedyGonzales runs past a cat, and the cat then explodes. Speedy then turns to the audience, apologizes for running too fast for the audience to follow and shows the previous scene again in slow motion. The slow motion shot involves Speedy pulling another mouse out of the cat's mouth, and replacing the mouse with a lit stick of TNT.

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* SpeedyGonzales WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales runs past a cat, and the cat then explodes. Speedy then turns to the audience, apologizes for running too fast for the audience to follow and shows the previous scene again in slow motion. The slow motion shot involves Speedy pulling another mouse out of the cat's mouth, and replacing the mouse with a lit stick of TNT.



* At the end of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', [[Creator/RobinWilliams the Genie]] actually lifts up the film and says, "Made you look!"
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