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6th Feb '16 2:59:05 PM thatother1dude
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The five main characters cast plus about seven others is way more than what makes a Bottle Episode. "The Friend" being in the same house is mostly just a coincidence, not a deliberate attempt at a minimal production. It doesn't really matter if the other characters were only on video in "The Uploads", we're still seeing them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': For every sprawling, ambitiously-animated episode this show has, there are a few that are low-key and take place in one setting with a small cast: ** "The Procrastinators": Only two locations (inside and in front of the Watterson house), with Gumball and Darwin as the main characters. Nicole appears in the beginning and the end, Richard and Anais are only shown in the end, and a creepy clown messenger is the only non-Watterson family character. ** "The Uploads": Gumball and Darwin are the only characters shown (not counting the other characters shown in the [=ElmoreStream=] videos) and the entire episode takes place in their bedroom. ** "The Friend" takes place entirely at the Watterson house and the only characters beside Nicole, Richard, and the three kids are the shark-headed chimera and the Elmore police (specifically, the Doughnut Sheriff, the French fry cops, the coffee cup police officer[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual known as Coffee Cop according to the show creators]][[/note]], the hamburger cop, the soda can cop, and the hot dog cop).
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': For every sprawling, ambitiously-animated episode this show has, there are a few that are low-key and take place in one setting with a small cast: ** ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', "The Procrastinators": Only two locations (inside and in front of the Watterson house), with Gumball and Darwin as the main characters. Nicole appears in the beginning and the end, Richard and Anais are only shown in the end, and a creepy clown messenger is the only non-Watterson family character. ** "The Uploads": Gumball and Darwin are the only characters shown (not counting the other characters shown in the [=ElmoreStream=] videos) and the entire episode takes place in their bedroom. ** "The Friend" takes place entirely at the Watterson house and the only characters beside Nicole, Richard, and the three kids are the shark-headed chimera and the Elmore police (specifically, the Doughnut Sheriff, the French fry cops, the coffee cup police officer[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual known as Coffee Cop according to the show creators]][[/note]], the hamburger cop, the soda can cop, and the hot dog cop).character.
6th Feb '16 2:54:20 PM thatother1dude
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The whole last act of "The Nobody" takes place all across town with dozens of different characters showing up.
** "The Nobody" also is similarly set up like "The Procrastinators," only Richard, Nicole, and Anais were only shown in the beginning and replace "creepy clown messenger" with "Rob the cyclops, who [[spoiler: escaped from The Void and is now glitchy and has temporary amnesia]]"
6th Feb '16 2:53:10 PM thatother1dude
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** In the other sense, there were quite a few episodes where the Time Squad just didn't go anywhere in history and remained on the satellite where to which HilarityEnsued on an insane level. Those episodes are "Larry Upgrade," "Cabin Fever", and the infamous "Day of the Larrys".
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** In the other sense, there were There are quite a few episodes where the Time Squad just didn't don't go anywhere in history and remained on the satellite where to which HilarityEnsued HilarityEnsues on an insane level. Those episodes are "Larry Upgrade," "Cabin Fever", and the infamous "Day of the Larrys".
30th Jan '16 9:21:40 AM ParkedCarAnne
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** "Hate and Let Hate" is a zigzagged example. While it does mostly take place on the satellite (Larry and Tuddrussell arguing), there are also scenes of Otto being left on the desert island and trying to survive.

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**"The Friend" takes place entirely at the Watterson house and the only characters beside Nicole, Richard, and the three kids are the shark-headed chimera and the Elmore police (specifically, the Doughnut Sheriff, the French fry cops, the coffee cup police officer[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual known as Coffee Cop according to the show creators]][[/note]], the hamburger cop, the soda can cop, and the hot dog cop).
28th Jan '16 6:57:49 PM thatother1dude
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"The Advice" has like a dozen characters and is set all over the building.
*** "The Procrastinators": Only two locations (inside and outside the Watterson house), with Gumball and Darwin as the main characters. Nicole appears in the beginning and the end, Richard and Anais are only shown in the end, and a creepy clown messenger is the only non-Watterson family character. *** "The Nobody" also counts, and is similarly set up like "The Procrastinators," only Richard, Nicole, and Anais were only shown in the beginning and replace "creepy clown messenger" with "Rob the cyclops, who [[spoiler: escaped from The Void and is now glitchy and has temporary amnesia]]" *** "The Uploads": Gumball and Darwin are the only characters shown (not counting the other characters shown in the [=ElmoreStream=] videos) and the entire episode takes place in their bedroom. *** "The Advice": Takes place inside the school with Gumball, Darwin, some of the students (a lot of which are shown injured), and some staff members (Ms. Simian, Principal Brown, the Coach, Mr. Small, Rocky, and a brief appearance by Mr. Corneille[[note]]the smug-looking frog teacher from "The Others"[[/note]]) as the only characters.
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*** ** "The Procrastinators": Only two locations (inside and outside in front of the Watterson house), with Gumball and Darwin as the main characters. Nicole appears in the beginning and the end, Richard and Anais are only shown in the end, and a creepy clown messenger is the only non-Watterson family character. *** ** "The Nobody" also counts, and is similarly set up like "The Procrastinators," only Richard, Nicole, and Anais were only shown in the beginning and replace "creepy clown messenger" with "Rob the cyclops, who [[spoiler: escaped from The Void and is now glitchy and has temporary amnesia]]" *** ** "The Uploads": Gumball and Darwin are the only characters shown (not counting the other characters shown in the [=ElmoreStream=] videos) and the entire episode takes place in their bedroom. *** "The Advice": Takes place inside the school with Gumball, Darwin, some of the students (a lot of which are shown injured), and some staff members (Ms. Simian, Principal Brown, the Coach, Mr. Small, Rocky, and a brief appearance by Mr. Corneille[[note]]the smug-looking frog teacher from "The Others"[[/note]]) as the only characters.bedroom.
28th Jan '16 9:42:19 AM ParkedCarAnne
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** ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': For every sprawling, ambitiously-animated episode this show has, there are a few that are low-key and take place in one setting with a small cast:
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** * ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': For every sprawling, ambitiously-animated episode this show has, there are a few that are low-key and take place in one setting with a small cast:

*** "The Nobody" also counts, and is similarly set up like "The Procrastinators," only replace "creepy clown messenger" with "Rob the cyclops, who [[spoiler: escaped from The Void and is now glitchy and has temporary amnesia]]"
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*** "The Nobody" also counts, and is similarly set up like "The Procrastinators," only Richard, Nicole, and Anais were only shown in the beginning and replace "creepy clown messenger" with "Rob the cyclops, who [[spoiler: escaped from The Void and is now glitchy and has temporary amnesia]]"
28th Jan '16 9:40:27 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* The ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' DVD commentary says that "Rubber Nipple Salesmen" was a BottleEpisode. The only fully-animated scenes were Ren and Stimpy driving the truck and standing outside someone's house whenever they had to sell rubber nipples. The animation budget they had for the episode was really tight, so John K. and the good people at Spumco couldn't animate Ren and Stimpy actually getting out of the truck or driving away.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' DVD commentary says that "Rubber Nipple Salesmen" was a BottleEpisode. The only fully-animated scenes were Ren and Stimpy driving the truck and standing outside someone's house whenever they had to sell rubber nipples.nipples and the GainaxEnding where the duo get thrown out and end up on the backs of two bulls who ride them off into the sunset. The animation budget they had for the episode was really tight, so John K. and the good people at Spumco couldn't animate Ren and Stimpy actually getting out of the truck or driving away.

* The 150th ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian & Stewie", which is about Brian and Stewie coming to terms with each other while locked in a bank vault. The entire episode was free of the show's normal conventions (cutaway gags, recurring characters, burns against celebrities, flashbacks). It's basically just SethMacFarlane TalkingToHimself -- no Alex Borstein playing Lois, no Seth Green as Chris, not even Mila Kunis as the DesignatedMonkey Meg -- for 22 minutes. It's about as minimal as an episode can get.
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* The 150th ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian & Stewie", which is about Brian and Stewie coming to terms with each other while locked in a bank vault. The entire episode was free of the show's normal conventions (cutaway gags, recurring characters, burns against celebrities, flashbacks). It's basically just SethMacFarlane TalkingToHimself -- no Alex Borstein playing Lois, no Seth Green as Chris, not even Mila Kunis as the DesignatedMonkey Meg -- for 22 minutes. It's about as minimal as an episode can get.get, which people either applauded for being different or jeered because of the gross, diaper-eating scene or thinking that the episode is an excuse for SethMacFarlane to hog the spotlight.

** In the other sense, there were quite a few episodes where the Time Squad just didn't go anywhere in history and remained on the satellite where to which HilarityEnsued on an insane level.
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** In the other sense, there were quite a few episodes where the Time Squad just didn't go anywhere in history and remained on the satellite where to which HilarityEnsued on an insane level. Those episodes are "Larry Upgrade," "Cabin Fever", and the infamous "Day of the Larrys". **''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': For every sprawling, ambitiously-animated episode this show has, there are a few that are low-key and take place in one setting with a small cast: ***"The Procrastinators": Only two locations (inside and outside the Watterson house), with Gumball and Darwin as the main characters. Nicole appears in the beginning and the end, Richard and Anais are only shown in the end, and a creepy clown messenger is the only non-Watterson family character. ***"The Nobody" also counts, and is similarly set up like "The Procrastinators," only replace "creepy clown messenger" with "Rob the cyclops, who [[spoiler: escaped from The Void and is now glitchy and has temporary amnesia]]" ***"The Uploads": Gumball and Darwin are the only characters shown (not counting the other characters shown in the [=ElmoreStream=] videos) and the entire episode takes place in their bedroom. ***"The Advice": Takes place inside the school with Gumball, Darwin, some of the students (a lot of which are shown injured), and some staff members (Ms. Simian, Principal Brown, the Coach, Mr. Small, Rocky, and a brief appearance by Mr. Corneille[[note]]the smug-looking frog teacher from "The Others"[[/note]]) as the only characters.
21st Jan '16 6:49:09 PM drbreakfast
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* ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', the first-ever novel in the [[StarWarsLegends classic ''Star Wars'' expanded universe]], was originally developed as a low-budget film sequel written under the assumption that ''Film/ANewHope'' wasn't going to be much of a box office success, and it ''really'' shows in the resulting book. It takes place almost entirely on a fog-shrouded planet, there are very few things which would have required new props or costumes, Han Solo is totally absent because Creator/HarrisonFord hadn't been signed on for a sequel yet, and there's not a single space battle. Of course, ''A New Hope'' went on to become the most successful film of all time at that point and there was no need for the bottle tactics when ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was made.
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* ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', the first-ever novel in the [[StarWarsLegends classic ''Star Wars'' original ''Franchise/StarWars ''[[StarWarsLegends expanded universe]], was originally developed as a low-budget film sequel written under the assumption that ''Film/ANewHope'' wasn't going to be much of a box office success, and it ''really'' shows in the resulting book. It takes place almost entirely on a fog-shrouded planet, there are very few things which would have required new props or costumes, Han Solo is totally absent because Creator/HarrisonFord hadn't been signed on for a sequel yet, and there's not a single space battle. Of course, ''A New Hope'' went on to become the most successful film of all time at that point and there was no need for the bottle tactics when ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was made.
21st Jan '16 6:44:33 PM drbreakfast
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[[folder:Literature]] * ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', the first-ever novel in the [[StarWarsLegends classic ''Star Wars'' expanded universe]], was originally developed as a low-budget film sequel written under the assumption that ''Film/ANewHope'' wasn't going to be much of a box office success, and it ''really'' shows in the resulting book. It takes place almost entirely on a fog-shrouded planet, there are very few things which would have required new props or costumes, Han Solo is totally absent because Creator/HarrisonFord hadn't been signed on for a sequel yet, and there's not a single space battle. Of course, ''A New Hope'' went on to become the most successful film of all time at that point and there was no need for the bottle tactics when ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was made. [[/folder]]
21st Jan '16 6:29:27 PM drbreakfast
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* Creator/GeorgeRomero's first three zombie films each are each primarily set in one location. ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' traps the characters in an isolated farmhouse about ten minutes in, ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' moves through a few different locations in the first act before settling into the shopping mall for the long run, and ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' is set inside an underground bunker aside from the opening in the abandoned city and [[spoiler: the final scene on the beach]].
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* Creator/GeorgeRomero's George Romero's first three zombie films each are each primarily set in one location. ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' traps the characters in an isolated farmhouse about ten minutes in, ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' moves through a few different locations in the first act before settling into the shopping mall for the long run, and ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' is set inside an underground bunker aside from the opening in the abandoned city and [[spoiler: the final scene on the beach]].
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