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25th Apr '16 10:50:00 AM MisterApple
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Some plots lend themselves to the nature of a BottleEpisode, such as SinkingShipScenario, GroundhogDayLoop, LockedInARoom, or EpisodeOnAPlane. Sometimes an episode which is a PeriodPiece may ''look'' fancy and expensive, but these are often using the studio's already-existing (thus free) costumes and sets. DieHardOnAnX, though limiting the episode to one location, rarely fits this trope, since the other elements of that trope often negate the budget-saving aspects of a Bottle Episode. Also, a bottle episode may or may not involve a MinimalistCast.

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Some plots lend themselves to the nature of a BottleEpisode, Bottle Episode, such as SinkingShipScenario, GroundhogDayLoop, LockedInARoom, or EpisodeOnAPlane. Sometimes an episode which is a PeriodPiece may ''look'' fancy and expensive, but these are often using the studio's already-existing (thus free) costumes and sets. DieHardOnAnX, though limiting the episode to one location, rarely fits this trope, since the other elements of that trope often negate the budget-saving aspects of a Bottle Episode. Also, a bottle episode may or may not involve a MinimalistCast.
25th Apr '16 10:48:23 AM MisterApple
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25th Apr '16 10:48:20 AM MisterApple
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* ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'' pretty much IS this trope

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* ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'' pretty much IS this tropetrope.
%%Can someone who knows about the programme correct this, please. I would do it myself, but I know nothing about the show.
21st Apr '16 4:19:29 PM TonyG
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* Parodied and deconstructed on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' in the aptly named "Bottle Episode", in which the Titans spend the entire episode trapped inside a giant bottle and flashing back to clips of past adventures.
20th Apr '16 1:32:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheBreakfastClub'' is basically a play.

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* ''TheBreakfastClub'' ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' is basically a play.
18th Apr '16 12:44:08 PM Sapphirea2
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*** "Listen" - a tiny cast (some extras, two guest stars, Samuel Anderson doublecast as an IdenticalGrandson of his usual character), no CGI, a bit of ScreenShake, space suits [[PropRecycling recycled]] from "The Impossible Planet", a focus on 'the Doctor having a tiny mental breakdown', a "monster" [[BedsheetGhost represented by a small figure moving under a blanket]] and [[NothingIsScarier never actually shown to us]]

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*** "Listen" - a tiny cast (some extras, two guest stars, Samuel Anderson doublecast as an IdenticalGrandson of his usual character), no CGI, a bit of ScreenShake, space suits [[PropRecycling recycled]] from "The Impossible Planet", a focus on 'the the Doctor having a tiny mental breakdown', breakdown, a "monster" [[BedsheetGhost represented by a small figure moving under a blanket]] and [[NothingIsScarier never actually shown to us]]us]] (and which might not actually be a monster).
*** Subverted with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]", which was ''intended'' as this: The action is mostly limited to a mysterious clockwork castle. There are only four characters, two major (the Doctor and a mute monster) and two minor ([[spoiler: the Doctor's mental image of Clara and a Gallifreyan boy]]), and only two of them have any dialogue (mostly the Doctor). And the plot is simply the Doctor struggling to escape the castle while his anguish and rage over [[spoiler: his capture and Clara's death]] in the previous episode fester within him. But the castle was such an elaborate, lavish, and special-effects heavy setting that the episode wound up being more expensive than anticipated; moreover, the episode runs 10 minutes longer than a standard [=NewWho=] episode.
11th Apr '16 5:06:15 PM Josef5678
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Look Before You Sleep" fits this trope, and may have been intended to conserve the budget, since it has only three speaking parts and is set mostly inside Twilight's treehouse. It's rumored they originally were well into another episode which had to be scrapped, and what we got was what they made in about a third of the time they'd normally have to make an episode.
** A later episode "The Gift of the Maud Pie" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Look ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look
Before You Sleep" Sleep]]" fits this trope, and may have been intended to conserve the budget, since it has only three speaking parts and is set mostly inside Twilight's treehouse. It's rumored they originally were well into another episode which had to be scrapped, and what we got was what they made in about a third of the time they'd normally have to make an episode.
** A later episode "The episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E3TheGiftOfTheMaudPie The Gift of the Maud Pie" Pie]]" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.
9th Apr '16 8:16:29 PM MisterBeeg
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** A later "The Gift of the Maud Pie" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.

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** A later episode "The Gift of the Maud Pie" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.
9th Apr '16 8:16:19 PM MisterBeeg
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** A later "The Gift of the Maud Pie" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.
10th Mar '16 7:58:07 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Franchse/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' was made with fewer resources and in a shorter period of time compared to most other Zelda games (which typically suffer ScheduleSlip). The development team accomplished this by recycling the engine and many assets from ''Ocarina of Time''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'': The Water Temple, as compared to the other dungeons in the game, as theorized [[http://gameological.com/2012/06/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-timewater-temple/ here.]]

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* ''Franchse/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''
''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' was made with fewer resources and in a shorter period of time compared to most other Zelda games (which typically suffer ScheduleSlip). The development team accomplished this by recycling the engine and many assets from ''Ocarina of Time''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina
Time''. This tactic was repeated with ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Time]]'': The Water Temple, as compared to Ages and Seasons]]'' (by reusing the other dungeons in ''Link's Awakening'' set) and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' (by reusing the game, as theorized [[http://gameological.com/2012/06/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-timewater-temple/ here.]]''Phantom Hourglass'' set); and in both cases it was done to aim the greater resources at bigger installments (''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Skyward Sword'', respectively).



* ''VideoGame/ThisIsTheOnlyLevel'' could possibly fit this trope, as the game revolves around escaping the same room over and over, with different variations each time.

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* ''VideoGame/ThisIsTheOnlyLevel'' could possibly fit this trope, as the game revolves around escaping the same room over and over, with different variations each time.
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