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13th Jan '17 12:27:46 AM Xtifr
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** In the non-traditional, Maurice Sendak-designed version from TheEighties, after the gigantic Mouse King is killed Clara and her Nutcracker pass through a cave of sorts formed by his now-empty coat. By the time they emerge, Clara (played a preteen thus far) has aged to adulthood and the Nutcracker has taken on the form of a handsome human.

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** In the non-traditional, Maurice Sendak-designed Creator/MauriceSendak-designed version from TheEighties, after the gigantic Mouse King is killed Clara and her Nutcracker pass through a cave of sorts formed by his now-empty coat. By the time they emerge, Clara (played a preteen thus far) has aged to adulthood and the Nutcracker has taken on the form of a handsome human.
5th Jan '17 11:22:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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Crawling through tunnels, descending underground, and getting stuck in confined spaces are all unusually common (though not required) in these works. This theme first appears as a physical passage between the mundane and the fantastic, a gateway which can not be crossed from elsewhere on the real world side. The symbolism involved is typically suggestive of the birth canal (i.e. the "womb of the earth" metaphor). Several of the genre's defining works then continue to put their protagonists back underground on the fantasy side. The presence of so many long, narrow tunnels in what are usually {{coming of age stor|y}}ies may therefore leave you wondering if FreudWasRight.

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Crawling through tunnels, descending underground, and getting stuck in confined spaces are all unusually common (though not required) in these works. This theme first appears as a physical passage between the mundane and the fantastic, a gateway which can not be crossed from elsewhere on the real world side. The symbolism involved is typically suggestive of the birth canal (i.e. the "womb of the earth" metaphor). Several of the genre's defining works then continue to put their protagonists back underground on the fantasy side. The presence of so many long, narrow tunnels in what are usually {{coming of age stor|y}}ies may therefore leave you wondering if FreudWasRight.
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5th Jan '17 6:42:29 AM TrueBlue170
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--> Eggsy: How deep does this go?

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--> Eggsy: -->'''Eggsy:''' How deep does this fucking thing go?
27th Nov '16 2:04:15 PM nombretomado
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* Music/{{Oomph}}!'s music video for "Labyrinth" mostly references the usual Literature/AliceInWonderland tropes but throws in a [[{{Narnia}} wardrobe]], a labyrinth, and extra underground descent for good measure.

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* Music/{{Oomph}}!'s music video for "Labyrinth" mostly references the usual Literature/AliceInWonderland tropes but throws in a [[{{Narnia}} [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia wardrobe]], a labyrinth, and extra underground descent for good measure.
14th Oct '16 12:24:18 PM Gbubu
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So you've got yourself a little story about a more than ordinary [[KidHero young girl]] who's [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor not fully satisfied]] with the [[RealLife status quo]]. Perhaps she yearns for a place where the GrassIsGreener, her parents dote on her every whim, or [[ChangelingFantasy she's a princess]]. She either visits or [[TrappedInAnotherWorld finds herself trapped]] in some sort of AlternateUniverse (potentially a DarkWorld) where [[{{Muppet}} bizarre]] [[PeopleInRubberSuits creatures]] and TheFairFolk are common inhabitants. The heroine will often encounter [[AndYouWereThere various parallels]] between this strange place and her former reality. She may face any number of ThresholdGuardians and undergo trials through which she [[AnAesop learns a lesson]] about [[ComingOfAgeStory herself or her place in the world]]. There will be enough strange goings on to make you wonder if [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs the creators were on something]], so expect NightmareFuel from even the more lighthearted variants. By the time she makes it home, many viewers will [[SchrodingersButterfly wonder]] if it was AllJustADream.

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So you've got yourself a little story about a more than ordinary [[KidHero young girl]] girl]](though male examples do exist) who's [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor not fully satisfied]] with the [[RealLife status quo]]. Perhaps she yearns for a place where the GrassIsGreener, her parents dote on her every whim, or [[ChangelingFantasy she's a princess]]. She either visits or [[TrappedInAnotherWorld finds herself trapped]] in some sort of AlternateUniverse (potentially a DarkWorld) where [[{{Muppet}} bizarre]] [[PeopleInRubberSuits creatures]] and TheFairFolk are common inhabitants. The heroine will often encounter [[AndYouWereThere various parallels]] between this strange place and her former reality. She may face any number of ThresholdGuardians and undergo trials through which she [[AnAesop learns a lesson]] about [[ComingOfAgeStory herself or her place in the world]]. There will be enough strange goings on to make you wonder if [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs the creators were on something]], so expect NightmareFuel from even the more lighthearted variants. By the time she makes it home, many viewers will [[SchrodingersButterfly wonder]] if it was AllJustADream.
4th Aug '16 2:04:17 AM PaulA
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* ''Magic Kingdom for Sale -- SOLD!'', of the Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover novels by Terry Brooks, takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to this trope. The protagonist learns about a magic kingdom via a real estate ad. Rather than a rabbit hole, the protagonist has to wander headlong into a train tunnel to get there.

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* ''Magic Kingdom for Sale -- SOLD!'', of the Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover novels ''Literature/MagicKingdomForSaleSold'', by Terry Brooks, takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to this trope. The protagonist learns about a magic kingdom via a real estate ad. Rather than a rabbit hole, the protagonist has to wander headlong into a train tunnel to get there.
1st Aug '16 2:50:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Creator/{{Sid and Marty Krofft|Productions}} series ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'' involves the main character Mark (played by Butch Patrick of TheMunsters fame) falling down a giant magician's top hat (which is only seen during the ExpositoryThemeTune).
* There were heavy allusions to this in the ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' episode titled 'Down The Rabbit Hole'. In that case, it was a variation involving going into the world of ''SecondLife''. There's even a white rabbit showing up as a guide when Mac enters the game to search for the killer-slash-avatar stealer.

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* The Creator/{{Sid and Marty Krofft|Productions}} series ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'' involves the main character Mark (played by Butch Patrick of TheMunsters Series/TheMunsters fame) falling down a giant magician's top hat (which is only seen during the ExpositoryThemeTune).
* There were heavy allusions to this in the ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' episode titled 'Down The Rabbit Hole'. In that case, it was a variation involving going into the world of ''SecondLife''.''VideoGame/SecondLife''. There's even a white rabbit showing up as a guide when Mac enters the game to search for the killer-slash-avatar stealer.



* {{Oomph}}!'s music video for "Labyrinth" mostly references the usual Literature/AliceInWonderland tropes but throws in a [[{{Narnia}} wardrobe]], a labyrinth, and extra underground descent for good measure.

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* {{Oomph}}!'s Music/{{Oomph}}!'s music video for "Labyrinth" mostly references the usual Literature/AliceInWonderland tropes but throws in a [[{{Narnia}} wardrobe]], a labyrinth, and extra underground descent for good measure.
20th Jul '16 8:49:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/UnLunDun'' by ChinaMieville. Notable in that there seem to be many different ways to get to and from there (turning a handle, climbing a bookcase, crossing a bridge), and that due to it being fairly easy as long as you know roughly what to do, problems from one world can cross to the other if the wrong people are involved. Needless to say, in the story, they are.

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* ''Literature/UnLunDun'' by ChinaMieville.Creator/ChinaMieville. Notable in that there seem to be many different ways to get to and from there (turning a handle, climbing a bookcase, crossing a bridge), and that due to it being fairly easy as long as you know roughly what to do, problems from one world can cross to the other if the wrong people are involved. Needless to say, in the story, they are.
22nd Jun '16 2:01:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''KiddVideo'' involves a (live action) rock band who is forcibly transported to the "Flip Side" (a 2D animated world) through a mirror in a warehouse where the band was rehearsing, thanks to the BigBad Master Blaster. Each episode focused mainly on the group trying to get back to their world, with their FairyCompanion Glitter helping along the way, but like many shows made at the time (early-mid 1980s), there was no proper resolution to the story.

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* ''KiddVideo'' ''WesternAnimation/KiddVideo'' involves a (live action) rock band who is forcibly transported to the "Flip Side" (a 2D animated world) through a mirror in a warehouse where the band was rehearsing, thanks to the BigBad Master Blaster. Each episode focused mainly on the group trying to get back to their world, with their FairyCompanion Glitter helping along the way, but like many shows made at the time (early-mid 1980s), there was no proper resolution to the story.
4th May '16 8:48:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': Sarah gets trapped in an oubliette which is but a part of the long confined path that is the Labyrinth itself, and then you have DavidBowie crooning about the "Underground"...

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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': Sarah gets trapped in an oubliette which is but a part of the long confined path that is the Labyrinth itself, and then you have DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie crooning about the "Underground"...
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