History Main / FramingDevice

4th Aug '17 1:29:54 PM GrammarNavi
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** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero'' is presented as a Osean television documentary centered around the hero's journey, with the cutscenes presented as footage and interviews of your enemies.

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero'' ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' is presented as a Osean television documentary centered around the hero's journey, with the cutscenes presented as footage and interviews of your enemies.
26th Jul '17 5:25:17 PM hubakon1368
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* The events of ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11613921 Black Widow]]'' are told through flashbacks with narration from Natasha Romanov\Black Widow as she is on trial now that the entire world knows her past crimes after she leaked both SHIELD and HYDRA on the Internet during ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheTownSantaForgot'' opens and ends with an old man (who it turns out [[spoiler:is the now-elderly main character]]) telling the story to his grandkids.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTownSantaForgot'' opens and ends with an old man (who it turns out [[spoiler:is the now-elderly main character]]) telling the story to his grandkids.grandchildren.
14th Jul '17 2:18:39 PM mimitchi33
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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' was framed by segments of Ernie and Bert talking to the audience about what they are about to see and to encourage them to interact with the film. They would also interrupt the movie at certain points.



%%* Similar to the Spongebob example, [[BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]] began with the main characters getting ready watch the film in a theater.

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%%* Similar to the Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] example, [[BarneyAndFriends ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]] Adventure]]'' began with the main characters getting ready watch the film in a theater.
14th Jul '17 2:14:02 PM mimitchi33
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* When ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' was released in America, it was framed as being stories being told by Mr. Conductor in ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''. Furthermore, the early episodes featuring the narrow gauge engines were framed as Thomas telling the other engines a story about them.

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* When ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' was released in North America, it was framed as being stories being told by Mr. Conductor in ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''. Furthermore, the early episodes featuring the narrow gauge engines were framed as Thomas telling the other engines a story about them.



* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' is notable for not just creating a framing device with TOM and the Absolution, but for giving them a pretty extensive backstory and universe to boot. It even ties into the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost universe, occasionally.[[note]]Moreover, the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast version of Moltar was the original host, when (in-universe) Toonami originated from Ghost Planet.[[/note]]

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* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' is notable for not just creating a framing device with TOM and the Absolution, but for giving them a pretty extensive backstory and universe to boot. It even ties into the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost universe, occasionally.[[note]]Moreover, the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast version of Moltar was the original host, when (in-universe) Toonami originated from Ghost Planet.Planet.
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' showed new and old Disney cartoons with a framing device of the characters working at a nightclub where all the Disney characters would gather together.
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13th Jul '17 12:49:08 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'' is narrated as a historical document in [[AlternateHistory alternate timeline]] where [[StupidJetpackHitler the Nazis developed super-soldiers]] at the brink of the Reich's defeat in World War II.
13th Jul '17 11:26:36 AM VVK
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* In the novel version of ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', the actual author explains that he's condensing the original book, by "S. Morgenstern".

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* In the novel version of ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', the actual author explains that he's condensing the original book, by "S. Morgenstern". He also goes on and on about things that [[FictionalAutobiography supposedly happened to him throughout a long period of his life]] in the process that led to his "editing" the book.
10th Jul '17 4:13:51 PM mimitchi33
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* A show named ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' framed episodes of the BBC's stop motion ''WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures'' series as being stories the child characters told to each other.

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* A show named ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' framed episodes of the BBC's stop motion ''WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures'' series as being stories Kate, one of the child characters characters, told to each other.her brother Truman and her friend DJ while they were in the Book Nook of the titular shop.
7th Jun '17 9:14:29 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/TheLastCommand'' begins and ends with filming a ShowWithinAShow - movie about the Russian Revolution. Main character is an extra in this movie and a former general of Russian Empire. Main part of the film is his flashback to the Revolution, remembering HowWeGotHere.
* Most of the action in Creator/BusterKeaton's film ''Film/SherlockJr'' is presented as the protagonist's dream, and at the end he wakes up.
* The film ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'' features an elderly man telling his grandson horror stories. This became especially surreal when the film got the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' treatment, since ''[=MST3K=]'' also uses a framing device (in this case, people held captive in a sadistic space-cinema), resulting in story within a framing device within a framing device!

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* ''Film/TheLastCommand'' begins and ends ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' uses this coupled with filming UnreliableNarrator and possibly a ShowWithinAShow - movie kind of unreliable ''listener'', as the events depicted in the {{Flashback}}s are ''very'' over the top. The story is told by the sole surviving member of Leonidas' 300 Spartans, who was sent back to Sparta to tell the tale before the FinalBattle. At the beginning we see him telling the story at a campfire before a group of Spartans, missing an eye ([[{{foreshadowing}} which he still has in the flashbacks]]). [[spoiler:At the end we find he was telling it to inspire his men before the Battle of Plataea]].
* The story of the Bell family in ''Film/AnAmericanHaunting'' is told through a letter written in the 1800s that is found more than a century later.
* ''Film/TheAutobiographyOfMissJanePittman'' is another interview-framed film. The interview takes place in 1962, when Miss Pittman is 110 years old. Her memories extend back to before the American Civil War.
* The script in ''Film/BadEducation''. The inner story is
about Ignacio's past and history with Father Manolo and his time as a transvestite. The outer story is about Ángel in the Russian Revolution. Main character is an extra in this movie and a former general of Russian Empire. Main part of present trying to get Enrique to adapt his script to film.
%%* Similar to the Spongebob example, [[BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]] began with the main characters getting ready watch
the film is his flashback to the Revolution, remembering HowWeGotHere.
* Most of the action
in Creator/BusterKeaton's film ''Film/SherlockJr'' is presented as the protagonist's dream, and at the end he wakes up.
a theater.
* The film ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'' features an elderly man ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' begins with old Egg Shen telling his grandson horror stories. This became especially surreal when the film got entire story to a lawyer, but it's a pretty pointless sequence that has no consequences on the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' treatment, since ''[=MST3K=]'' also uses a framing device (in rest of the plot.
* ''Film/BroadwayDannyRose'' is told
this case, way. A group of people held captive in has gathered around a sadistic space-cinema), resulting in story within a framing device within a framing device!table, recalling the events that make up the movie.



* ''Film/StormyWeather'' has Bill Williamson finding an old magazine article about himself, and then telling the story of his life to his neighbour's kids.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is framed as a book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson. The grandfather's elisions and commentary mirror the editorializing done by "editor" William Goldman in the original book.
* The Framing Device in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' is elderly Rose telling her story.
* ''Film/StandByMe'' is framed by the Writer (aka the adult Gordy) reacting to the news of his friend Chris being stabbed to death.
* The movie adaptation of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' with Gary Sinise starts and ends with George on a train, recalling the events that led to Lenny's death.
* ''Film/TheFall'': The story told by Roy as it's imagined by Alexandria.
* The story of the Bell family in ''Film/AnAmericanHaunting'' is told through a letter written in the 1800s that is found more than a century later.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' is told as a testimony given by one of the story's main characters to the police who are interrogating him.
* ''Film/LittleBigMan'' is framed by the very elderly main character, Jack Crabb, being interviewed (in a nursing home) by a collector of oral histories, about his younger life.
* ''Film/LetterFromAnUnknownWoman'' is framed by a letter that is sent to Stefan, a musician.
* ''TheAutobiographyOfMissJanePittman'' is another interview-framed film. The interview takes place in 1962, when Miss Pittman is 110 years old. Her memories extend back to before the American Civil War.



* The very strange and fortunately all but forgotten Martin Short film ''{{Film/Clifford}}'' is framed by Short made up as a very old man being describing his childhood. The main story thus framed involves the bratty prepubescent child, played by Martin Short.
* ''Film/EverAfter'': The movie is about one of Cinderella's descendants telling Creator/TheBrothersGrimm about her real life.
* ''Film/{{Evidence}}'' is essentially a found-footage horror movie framed by police investigators viewing the footage to try and determine who the killer was.
%%* ''Film/TheFall'': The story told by Roy as it's imagined by Alexandria.
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' was [[NeverTrustATrailer implied by its trailer]] and promotional material to be a kung fu film set in ancient China, starring Creator/JackieChan and Creator/JetLi. It was, in part. It was also a ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' inspired story, starring a modern day [[{{Southies}} South Bostoner]] [[TeachMeHowToFight learning to defend himself]] and getting {{character development}} through [[AllJustADream a dream]]. OrWasItADream
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' is mostly framed by Forrest telling his life story to random strangers while waiting for the bus, which also servers as a very long HowWeGotHere.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' film trilogy seems to use this technique by using Bilbo's writing down of his adventure to the Lonely Mountain into the Red Book on his 110th birthday. It cleverly uses it to help establish the relationship between Frodo and Bilbo and the fact that they live together, which was never really done in the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* In ''Film/TheImitationGame'', the main story is framed by the protagonist in a holding cell, telling the police officer his entire story, and leaving it to him (and by extension, the audience) to pass judgment on what exactly he is.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' is framed as Tony recounting the events of the film from WhenItAllBegan to how it ended. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was telling the story to [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], attempting to play the role of psychiatrist, even though Bruce isn't that kind of doctor.]]
* 1915 silent film ''Film/TheItalian'' includes a seemingly pointless framing device in which lead actor George Beban, playing himself, is reading a novel called ''The Italian''. Then the story proper, with Beban playing the lead character, begins. The film ends with Beban-as-Beban finishing the book.



* ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' uses this coupled with UnreliableNarrator and possibly a kind of unreliable ''listener'', as the events depicted in the {{Flashback}}s are ''very'' over the top. The story is told by the sole surviving member of Leonidas' 300 Spartans, who was sent back to Sparta to tell the tale before the FinalBattle. At the beginning we see him telling the story at a campfire before a group of Spartans, missing an eye ([[{{foreshadowing}} which he still has in the flashbacks]]). [[spoiler:At the end we find he was telling it to inspire his men before the Battle of Plataea]].
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' features a framing device ''within'' a framing device, as Borden reads in Angier's diary about Angier reading ''his'' diary.

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* ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' uses ''Film/TheLastCommand'' begins and ends with filming a ShowWithinAShow - movie about the Russian Revolution. Main character is an extra in this coupled with UnreliableNarrator movie and possibly a kind former general of unreliable ''listener'', as Russian Empire. Main part of the events depicted in film is his flashback to the {{Flashback}}s are ''very'' over the top. The story Revolution, remembering HowWeGotHere.
* ''Film/LetterFromAnUnknownWoman''
is told framed by a letter that is sent to Stefan, a musician.
* ''Film/LittleBigMan'' is framed
by the sole surviving member very elderly main character, Jack Crabb, being interviewed (in a nursing home) by a collector of Leonidas' 300 Spartans, who was sent back oral histories, about his younger life.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': A young boy listens
to Sparta to tell the tale before the FinalBattle. At the beginning we see him telling the story at a campfire before a group of Spartans, missing an eye ([[{{foreshadowing}} which he still has in the flashbacks]]). [[spoiler:At Lone Ranger being told by an aged Tonto.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'' opens with
the end we find he was telling it title character (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) writing to inspire his men before fiancée about where he's been, and why he missed their wedding. It closes with him finishing the Battle of Plataea]].
letter.
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' The film ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'' features an elderly man telling his grandson horror stories. This became especially surreal when the film got the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' treatment, since ''[=MST3K=]'' also uses a framing device ''within'' (in this case, people held captive in a sadistic space-cinema), resulting in story within a framing device, as Borden reads in Angier's diary about Angier reading ''his'' diary.device within a framing device!
* ''Film/MishimaALifeInFourChapters'' takes place during Yukio Mishima's last day, mixed with flashbacks and scenes from his works.



* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' begins with old Egg Shen telling the entire story to a lawyer, but it's a pretty pointless sequence that has no consequences on the rest of the plot.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' is mostly framed by Forrest telling his life story to random strangers while waiting for the bus, which also servers as a very long HowWeGotHere.
* The script in ''Film/BadEducation''. The inner story is about Ignacio's past and history with Father Manolo and his time as a transvestite. The outer story is about Ángel in the present trying to get Enrique to adapt his script to film.
* ''Film/BroadwayDannyRose'' is told this way. A group of people has gathered around a table, recalling the events that make up the movie.
* The bulk of ''Film/VanillaSky'' is framed as David telling his story to a psychologist while in prison. Much of the narration even sounds muffled due to David wearing a mask at the time.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'' opens with the title character (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) writing to his fiance about where he's been, and why he missed their wedding. It closes with him finishing the letter.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' is framed as Tony recounting the events of the film from WhenItAllBegan to how it ended. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was telling the story to [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] attempting to play the role of psychiatrist, even though Bruce isn't that kind of doctor.]]
* 1915 silent film ''Film/TheItalian'' includes a seemingly pointless framing device in which lead actor George Beban, playing himself, is reading a novel called ''The Italian''. Then the story proper, with Beban playing the lead character, begins. The film ends with Beban-as-Beban finishing the book.

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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' begins with old Egg Shen telling ''Film/{{Necronomicon}}'': In the entire story wrap-around segment, H.P. Lovecraft visits an ancient library to a lawyer, but it's a pretty pointless sequence that has no consequences on read the rest TomeOfEldritchLore which contains the stories of the plot.
other segments.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' is mostly framed by Forrest telling his life story to random strangers while waiting for ''Film/NocturnalAnimals'': The bulk of the bus, which also servers as film's plot is a very long HowWeGotHere.
fictional tale written by Edward.
* The script in ''Film/BadEducation''. The inner story is about Ignacio's past and history movie adaptation of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' with Father Manolo Gary Sinise starts and his time as ends with George on a transvestite. The outer story is about Ángel in the present trying to get Enrique to adapt his script to film.
* ''Film/BroadwayDannyRose'' is told this way. A group of people has gathered around a table,
train, recalling the events that make up the movie.
led to Lenny's death.
* The bulk of ''Film/VanillaSky'' 2004 ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' movie is framed told as David telling his story to a psychologist while in prison. Much several flashbacks of the narration even sounds muffled due to David wearing a mask at now aged Raoul as he attends the time.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'' opens with
Opera House auction, purchases the title character (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) writing to his fiance about where he's been, music box Christine was so fond of, and why he missed their wedding. It closes with him finishing travels to the letter.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' is framed as Tony recounting the events of the film from WhenItAllBegan
cemetery to how place it ended. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was telling the story to [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] attempting to play the role of psychiatrist, even though Bruce isn't that kind of doctor.]]
on her grave.
* 1915 silent film ''Film/TheItalian'' includes ''Film/ThePrestige'' features a seemingly pointless framing device ''within'' a framing device, as Borden reads in which lead actor George Beban, playing himself, is Angier's diary about Angier reading ''his'' diary.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is framed as
a novel called ''The Italian''. Then book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson. The grandfather's elisions and commentary mirror the story proper, with Beban playing editorializing done by "editor" William Goldman in the lead character, begins. The film ends with Beban-as-Beban finishing the original book.



* ''Film/TheHobbit'' film trilogy seems to use this technique by using Bilbo's writing down of his adventure to the Lonely Mountain into the Red Book on his 110th birthday. It cleverly uses it to help establish the relationship between Frodo and Bilbo and the fact that they live together, which was never really done in the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': A young boy listens to the story of the Lone Ranger being told by an aged Tonto.
* The very strange and fortunately all but forgotten Martin Short film ''{{Film/Clifford}}'' is framed by Short made up as a very old man being describing his childhood. The main story thus framed involves the bratty prepubescent child, played by Martin Short.
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' was [[NeverTrustATrailer implied by its trailer]] and promotional material to be a kung fu film set in ancient China, starring Creator/JackieChan and Creator/JetLi. It was, in part. It was also a ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' inspired story, starring a modern day [[{{Southies}} South Bostoner]] [[TeachMeHowToFight learning to defend himself]] and getting {{character development}} through [[AllJustADream a dream]]. OrWasItADream
* Similar to the Spongebob example, [[BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]] began with the main characters getting ready watch the film in a theater.
* ''Film/EverAfter'': The movie is about one of Cinderella's descendants telling Creator/TheBrothersGrimm about her real life.
* ''Film/MishimaALifeInFourChapters'' takes place during Yukio Mishima's last day, mixed with flashbacks and scenes from his works.
* ''Film/{{Evidence}}'' is essentially a found-footage horror movie framed by police investigators viewing the footage to try and determine who the killer was.
* In ''Film/TheImitationGame'', the main story is framed by the protagonist in a holding cell, telling the police officer his entire story, and leaving it to him (and by extension, the audience) to pass judgment on what exactly he is.
* The 2004 ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' movie is told as several flashbacks of the now aged Raoul as he attends the Opera House auction, purchases the music box Christine was so fond of, and travels to the cemetery to place it on her grave.
* ''Film/{{Necronomicon}}'': In the wrap-around segment, H.P. Lovecraft visits an ancient library to read the TomeOfEldritchLore which contains the stories of the other segments.
* ''Film/NocturnalAnimals'': The bulk of the film's plot is a fictional tale written by Edward.

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* ''Film/TheHobbit'' film trilogy seems to use this technique by using Bilbo's writing down of his adventure to the Lonely Mountain into the Red Book on his 110th birthday. It cleverly uses it to help establish the relationship between Frodo and Bilbo and the fact that they live together, which was never really done in the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': A young boy listens to the story
Most of the Lone Ranger being told by an aged Tonto.
* The very strange and fortunately all but forgotten Martin Short
action in Creator/BusterKeaton's film ''{{Film/Clifford}}'' ''Film/SherlockJr'' is framed by Short made up presented as a very old man being describing his childhood. The main story thus framed involves the bratty prepubescent child, played by Martin Short.
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' was [[NeverTrustATrailer implied by its trailer]]
protagonist's dream, and promotional material to be a kung fu film set in ancient China, starring Creator/JackieChan and Creator/JetLi. It was, in part. It was also a ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' inspired story, starring a modern day [[{{Southies}} South Bostoner]] [[TeachMeHowToFight learning to defend himself]] and getting {{character development}} through [[AllJustADream a dream]]. OrWasItADream
* Similar to
at the Spongebob example, [[BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]] began with the main characters getting ready watch the film in a theater.
end he wakes up.
* ''Film/EverAfter'': The movie is about one of Cinderella's descendants telling Creator/TheBrothersGrimm about her real life.
* ''Film/MishimaALifeInFourChapters'' takes place during Yukio Mishima's last day, mixed with flashbacks and scenes from his works.
* ''Film/{{Evidence}}'' is essentially a found-footage horror movie framed by police investigators viewing the footage to try and determine who the killer was.
* In ''Film/TheImitationGame'', the main story
''Film/StandByMe'' is framed by the protagonist in a holding cell, Writer (aka the adult Gordy) reacting to the news of his friend Chris being stabbed to death.
* ''Film/StormyWeather'' has Bill Williamson finding an old magazine article about himself, and then
telling the police officer story of his entire story, and leaving it life to him (and by extension, the audience) to pass judgment on what exactly he is.
his neighbour's kids.
* The 2004 ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' movie Framing Device in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' is elderly Rose telling her story.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''
is told as several flashbacks a testimony given by one of the now aged Raoul as he attends the Opera House auction, purchases the music box Christine was so fond of, and travels story's main characters to the cemetery to place it on her grave.
police who are interrogating him.
* ''Film/{{Necronomicon}}'': In the wrap-around segment, H.P. Lovecraft visits an ancient library to read the TomeOfEldritchLore which contains the stories of the other segments.
* ''Film/NocturnalAnimals'':
The bulk of ''Film/VanillaSky'' is framed as David telling his story to a psychologist while in prison. Much of the film's plot is narration even sounds muffled due to David wearing a fictional tale written by Edward.mask at the time.


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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** ''Literature/TheWeaponOfAJedi'' is framed as a group of Resistance members, not more than a few years before the events of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', being told about an adventure Luke had shortly after the destruction of the [[Film/ANewHope first Death Star]].
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy "A Town Called Mercy"]] begins and ends with a woman narrating how her great-grandmother, the little girl seen at several points in the episode, witnessed the events.
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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' begins with a peddler selling a magic lamp and proceeding to tell the story of the fortune it brought its previous owner. The third film, ''Aladdin and the King of Thieves'', ends with the same peddler bidding the viewers farewell with a reprise of ''Aladdin'''s opening song, "Arabian Nights."

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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' begins with a peddler selling a magic lamp and proceeding to tell the story of the fortune it brought its previous owner. The third film, ''Aladdin and the King of Thieves'', ends with the same peddler bidding the viewers farewell with a reprise of ''Aladdin'''s opening song, "Arabian Nights."Nights".



* The main story of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' is told to a group of schoolchildren by a museum tour guide reading from the Book of Life. [[spoiler:Tellingly, though, La Muerte and Xibalba look exactly as they did in the main story when they reveal themselves in the end.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' is told by [[spoiler:an elder Nicholas about how the Care Bears helped him]].
* ''Heathcliff: TheMovie'' (released in 1986), in which the "stories" he tells to his nephews are actually select episodes taken from the TV show's first season (premiered in 1984).



* ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' has Timon and Pumbaa watching the original movie as this.
* ''Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol'' has the title character performing in a Broadway production of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Dickens' story]].
* The Creator/ChuckJones version of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' had live action segments in between some of the cartoon ones, even crossing RogerRabbitEffect territory at least one time.
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppiesAndTheLegendOfBigPaw'' took place in the fifties but was told as a story by characters in the eighties.



* ''Heathcliff: TheMovie'' (released in 1986), in which the "stories" he tells to his nephews are actually select episodes taken from the TV show's first season (premiered in 1984).
* Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf has Timon and Pumbaa watching the original movie as this.
* The Creator/ChuckJones version of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' had live action segments in between some of the cartoon ones, even crossing RogerRabbitEffect territory at least one time.
* The main story of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' is told to a group of schoolchildren by a museum tour guide reading from the Book of Life. [[spoiler:Tellingly though, La Muerte and Xibalba look exactly as they did in the main story when they reveal themselves in the end.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppiesAndTheLegendOfBigPaw'' took place in the fifties but was told as a story by characters in the eighties.

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* ''Heathcliff: TheMovie'' (released in 1986), in which ''WesternAnimation/TheTownSantaForgot'' opens and ends with an old man (who it turns out [[spoiler:is the "stories" he tells now-elderly main character]]) telling the story to his nephews are actually select episodes taken from the TV show's first season (premiered in 1984).
* Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf has Timon and Pumbaa watching the original movie as this.
* The Creator/ChuckJones version of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' had live action segments in between some of the cartoon ones, even crossing RogerRabbitEffect territory at least one time.
* The main story of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' is told to a group of schoolchildren by a museum tour guide reading from the Book of Life. [[spoiler:Tellingly though, La Muerte and Xibalba look exactly as they did in the main story when they reveal themselves in the end.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppiesAndTheLegendOfBigPaw'' took place in the fifties but was told as a story by characters in the eighties.
grandkids.



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* Most of ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s flashbacks do ''not'' have a Framing Device. The continuous flashbacks, however, do. "Meet Kevin Johnson" is a story Michael is telling Sayid and Desmond. The other ones launch off due to prompting in the frame story: Charlie and Hurley getting Desmond drunk, Locke remembering his death...

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* Most of ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s flashbacks do ''not'' have a Framing Device. The continuous flashbacks, however, do. "Meet Kevin Johnson" is Nickelodeon series ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' sets up each episode with the Midnight Society, a story Michael is telling Sayid and Desmond. The other ones launch off due to prompting group of teens, gathering around a campfire in the frame story: Charlie and Hurley getting Desmond drunk, Locke remembering his death...woods to tell ghost stories. After the tale was finished, the episode would end with the Midnight Society calling their meeting to a close.
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' TV movie "In the Beginning" has the story of the Earth-Minbari war being told by an elderly Centauri Emperor Mollari, with a neat tie-in to the 3rd season two-parter "War Without End".



* ''Series/DeadtimeStories'' does this to remind the younger viewers that no matter how scary the events may be, it's just a story. The show has a babysitter show up and read two kids a "deadtime story". During the story, it occasionally stops so the babysitter and kids can talk to each other about it. Near the end of every episode, the babysitter tells the kids to "buckle your seatbelts, because you're in for a bumpy ride", as the show switches back to the story being told and the inevitable CruelTwistEnding, which results in the characters in the story, and the kids being read the story back in the real world, both screaming at each other.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has experimented with them on occasion:
** The season-spanning "The Trial of a Time Lord", where three complete four-part stories were presented as evidence in the Doctor's trial.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]]: The frame is [[spoiler:the real Doctor watching the memory-print emailed to him by the simulated Doctor of the last several hours of the most recent simulation run by the Prophets of Truth in preparation for their planned invasion of Earth.]]
* ''Series/GoldenBoy'' was framed with a FlashForward in the OpeningNarration to seven years in the future ([[TwentyMinutesInTheFuture the year 2020]]), when the protagonist is the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York, and is looking back on HowWeGotHere.



* ''Series/GossipGirl'' is told from the perspective of a semi-omniscient gossip blogger. What makes this unique is said blogger is an actual (albeit anonymous) character, and the rest of the cast is fully aware of the fact that she is telling the world all about their lives with much of the story conflict revolving around keeping her from knowing too much.
* The whole of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a framing device. It's older Ted telling his kids [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how he, well, met their mother.]]
* Most of ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s flashbacks do ''not'' have a Framing Device. The continuous flashbacks, however, do. "Meet Kevin Johnson" is a story Michael is telling Sayid and Desmond. The other ones launch off due to prompting in the frame story: Charlie and Hurley getting Desmond drunk, Locke remembering his death...
* The ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' consisted of Tommy and Cat telling a grandchild of theirs about how King Mondo almost ruined Christmas and [[DivideAndConquer set the rangers apart]].
* Not only is most of the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "Santa Claws" a flashback told by Pete, explaining to his classmates how his mouth was shrunk, [[AllJustADream this was a dream]] as well (which we knew from the opening scene).
* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome" was framed with Rembrandt telling the story of the episode to a psychiatrist.
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' featured Chloe Sullivan reading a comic book to her son titled "Smallville" that framed Clark Kent's transformation into Superman.



* The whole of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a framing device. It's older Ted telling his kids [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how he, well, met their mother.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has experimented with them on occasion; Timothy Dalton's NarratorAllAlong in ''The End of Time'' is an example, but the clearest one is the season-spanning ''Trial of a Time Lord'', where three complete four-part stories were presented as evidence in the Doctor's trial.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'' is told from the perspective of a semi-omniscient gossip blogger. What makes this unique is said blogger is an actual (albeit anonymous) character, and the rest of the cast is fully aware of the fact that she is telling the world all about their lives with much of the story conflict revolving around keeping her from knowing too much.
* Not only is most of the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "Santa Claws" a flashback told by Pete, explaining to his classmates how his mouth was shrunk, [[AllJustADream this was a dream]] as well (which we knew from the opening scene).
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' featured Chloe Sullivan reading a comic book to her son titled "Smallville" that framed Clark Kent's transformation into Superman.
* The Nickelodeon series ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' sets up each episode with the Midnight Society, a group of teens, gathering around a campfire in the woods to tell ghost stories. After the tale was finished, the episode would end with the Midnight Society calling their meeting to a close.
* The ChristmasEpisode of Series/PowerRangersZeo consisted of Tommy and Cat telling a grandchild of theirs about how King Mondo almost ruined Christmas and [[DivideAndConquer set the rangers apart]].
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' TV movie 'In The Beginning' has the story of the Earth-Minbari war being told by an elderly Centauri Emperor Mollari, with neat tie-in to the 3rd season two-parter 'War Without End'.
* ''Series/GoldenBoy'' was framed with a FlashForward in the OpeningNarration to seven years in the future ([[TwentyMinutesInTheFuture the year 2020]]), when the protagonist is the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York, and is looking back on HowWeGotHere.
* ''Series/DeadtimeStories'' does this to remind the younger viewers that no matter how scary the events may be, it's just a story. The show has a babysitter show up and read two kids a "deadtime story". During the story, it occasionally stops so the babysitter and kids can talk to each other about it. Near the end of every episode, the babysitter tells the kids to "buckle your seatbelts, because you're in for a bumpy ride", as the show switches back to the story being told and the inevitable CruelTwistEnding, which results in the characters in the story, and the kids being read the story back in the real world, both screaming at each other.
* When ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' was released in America, it was framed as being stories being told by Mr. Conductor in ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''. Furthermore, the early episodes featuring the narrow gauge engines were framed as Thomas telling the other engines a story about them.
* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome" was framed with Rembrandt telling the story of the episode to a psychiatrist.
* Every episode of Series/TheStoryteller is set up with the titular storyteller narrating an old folk tale or Greek myth to the audience, while [[TalkingAnimal his dog]] chimes in every once in a while to comment on the story.

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* The whole of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a framing device. It's older Ted telling his kids [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how he, well, met their mother.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has experimented with them on occasion; Timothy Dalton's NarratorAllAlong in ''The End of Time'' is an example, but the clearest one is the season-spanning ''Trial of a Time Lord'', where three complete four-part stories were presented as evidence in the Doctor's trial.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'' is told from the perspective of a semi-omniscient gossip blogger. What makes this unique is said blogger is an actual (albeit anonymous) character, and the rest of the cast is fully aware of the fact that she is telling the world all about their lives with much of the story conflict revolving around keeping her from knowing too much.
* Not only is most of the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "Santa Claws" a flashback told by Pete, explaining to his classmates how his mouth was shrunk, [[AllJustADream this was a dream]] as well (which we knew from the opening scene).
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' featured Chloe Sullivan reading a comic book to her son titled "Smallville" that framed Clark Kent's transformation into Superman.
* The Nickelodeon series ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' sets up each episode with the Midnight Society, a group of teens, gathering around a campfire in the woods to tell ghost stories. After the tale was finished, the episode would end with the Midnight Society calling their meeting to a close.
* The ChristmasEpisode of Series/PowerRangersZeo consisted of Tommy and Cat telling a grandchild of theirs about how King Mondo almost ruined Christmas and [[DivideAndConquer set the rangers apart]].
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' TV movie 'In The Beginning' has the story of the Earth-Minbari war being told by an elderly Centauri Emperor Mollari, with neat tie-in to the 3rd season two-parter 'War Without End'.
* ''Series/GoldenBoy'' was framed with a FlashForward in the OpeningNarration to seven years in the future ([[TwentyMinutesInTheFuture the year 2020]]), when the protagonist is the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York, and is looking back on HowWeGotHere.
* ''Series/DeadtimeStories'' does this to remind the younger viewers that no matter how scary the events may be, it's just a story. The show has a babysitter show up and read two kids a "deadtime story". During the story, it occasionally stops so the babysitter and kids can talk to each other about it. Near the end of every episode, the babysitter tells the kids to "buckle your seatbelts, because you're in for a bumpy ride", as the show switches back to the story being told and the inevitable CruelTwistEnding, which results in the characters in the story, and the kids being read the story back in the real world, both screaming at each other.
* When ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' was released in America, it was framed as being stories being told by Mr. Conductor in ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''. Furthermore, the early episodes featuring the narrow gauge engines were framed as Thomas telling the other engines a story about them.
* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome" was framed with Rembrandt telling the story of the episode to a psychiatrist.
* Every episode of Series/TheStoryteller ''Series/TheStoryteller'' is set up with the titular storyteller narrating an old folk tale or Greek myth to the audience, while [[TalkingAnimal his dog]] chimes in every once in a while to comment on the story.



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* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' episode 9 had the Karate Duo explain the story of they tried to steal the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Seven Stars]] and failed.



* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' episode 9 had the Karate Duo explain the story of they tried to steal the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Seven Stars]] and failed.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': During the episode "Kuroyuri", Ruby and Jaune are in the long-destroyed town of Kuroyuri attempting to locate medicine to save Qrow's life. Every so often, a MatchCut is used to switch from the devastation to the sight of the exact same town when it was a thriving hub of activity. The flashbacks are used to show how the town was destroyed, leaving Ren and Nora as its only survivors. Ren and Nora themselves don't appear in the present-day storyline until the end of the episode once their flashback story has been told...[[spoiler:having accidentally come across the trail of the creature that destroyed Kuroyuri, just as it's about to destroy a different village]].

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* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' episode 9 had the Karate Duo explain the story of they tried to steal the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Seven Stars]] and failed.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': During the episode "Kuroyuri", Ruby and Jaune are in the long-destroyed town of Kuroyuri attempting to locate medicine to save Qrow's life. Every so often, a MatchCut is used to switch from the devastation to the sight of the exact same town when it was a thriving hub of activity. The flashbacks are used to show how the town was destroyed, leaving Ren and Nora as its only survivors. Ren and Nora themselves don't appear in the present-day storyline until the end of the episode once their flashback story has been told... [[spoiler:having accidentally come across the trail of the creature that destroyed Kuroyuri, just as it's its about to destroy a different village]]. village]].



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* The second part of ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' is apparently a story being read by Don, sometime after [[spoiler:Fiona and Lia leave the Dream World to reincarnate and find each other again on Earth.]]
** And Don, [[spoiler:the current Dream King, was given the position by technically "killing" Fiona through sending her back, since ownership of Nod works via KlingonPromotion and she took the title from [[BigBad Sadako..]]]]
* The bulk of ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' is a personal history that Nogg is sharing with Mr. Zorilla.

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* The second part of ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' is apparently a story being read by Don, sometime after [[spoiler:Fiona and Lia leave the Dream World to reincarnate and find each other again on Earth.]]
** And Don, [[spoiler:the current Dream King, was given the position by technically "killing" Fiona through sending her back, since ownership of Nod works via KlingonPromotion and she took the title from [[BigBad Sadako..]]]]
* The bulk of ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' is a personal history that Nogg is sharing with Mr. Zorilla.
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* Most of the "Catnip" chapter of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', is ostensibly a video shown to Sarah made by Tedd and Grace.



* Most of the "Catnip" chapter of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', is ostensibly a video shown to Sarah made by Tedd and Grace.

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* Most The bulk of ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' is a personal history that Nogg is sharing with Mr. Zorilla.
* The second part of ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' is apparently a story being read by Don, sometime after [[spoiler:Fiona and Lia leave
the "Catnip" chapter of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', is ostensibly a video shown Dream World to Sarah made by Tedd reincarnate and Grace.find each other again on Earth.]]
** And Don, [[spoiler:the current Dream King, was given the position by technically "killing" Fiona through sending her back, since ownership of Nod works via KlingonPromotion and she took the title from [[BigBad Sadako..]]]]



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* Despite being animated cartoons, the Creator/VanBeurenStudios ''Toddle Tales'' and two of the ''Rainbow Parade'' shorts have live action openings and endings, with the cartoon segments inbetween that provide the "morals" of the cartoons.

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* Despite being animated cartoons, The "Graybles" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' are framed by the Creator/VanBeurenStudios ''Toddle Tales'' character Cuber, who [[BreakingTheFourthWall speaks directly to the audience]] and two seems to exist outside the canon of the ''Rainbow Parade'' shorts have live action openings show in some kind of futuristic space setting. These episodes begin and endings, end with him asking the cartoon segments inbetween that provide viewer to try to guess the "morals" theme of five seemingly unrelated short clips of the cartoons.show (called graybles), which he plays on a triangular screen.



* A show named ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' framed episodes of the BBC's stop motion ''WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures'' series as being stories the child characters told to each other.
* For that matter, any of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes antholgy movies fit this trope. For instance, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner movie presented the selected shorts as Bugs Bunny reminiscing about his "hare-raising" exploits.
* The early [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror episodes]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had them:
** The first one had Homer listening in on Bart and Lisa exchanging three scary stories in Bart's treehouse ([[ArtifactTitle hence the name of the series' Halloween episodes]]).
** The second one had Bart, Lisa, and Homer eating too much candy before bed, with the ThreeShorts themselves presented as prolonged {{Nightmare Sequence}}s. The last short appears to have ended with a return to the frame story, only to continue where the short left off by [[spoiler:revealing that Mr. Burns had his head grafted to Homer's body]]. Cue fake OnTheNext.
** The third one featured the family throwing a Halloween party, with Lisa, Grandpa, and Bart telling all the stories.
** The fourth episode is the last one to feature a framing device, with Bart presenting the stories in the manner of ''Series/NightGallery''.
:: Whatever plot the subsequent Halloween episodes had outside of the three stories is mostly confined to the {{Cold Opening}}s nowadays.
** The bulk of an episode containing several StoryWithinAStory cases turned out to be Bart telling Principal Skinner the reason he failed to turn in an assignment.

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* A show named ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' framed episodes of The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[VillainEpisode "Zuko Alone"]] features this: the BBC's stop motion ''WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures'' series as A-story of Zuko wandering around the Earth Kingdom and being stories offered hospitality by a peasant family mirrors the child characters told to each other.
* For that matter, any
story (told in flashbacks) of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes antholgy movies fit this trope. For instance, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner movie presented the selected shorts as Bugs Bunny reminiscing about his "hare-raising" exploits.
Zuko's childhood and how Ozai became Firelord.
* The early [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror episodes]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had them:
** The first one had Homer listening
''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Showdown" is a Jonah Hex story set in on Bart and Lisa exchanging three scary stories in Bart's treehouse ([[ArtifactTitle hence the name of the series' Halloween episodes]]).
** The second one had Bart, Lisa, and Homer eating too much candy before bed, with the ThreeShorts themselves
1883, presented as prolonged {{Nightmare Sequence}}s. The last short appears to have ended with a return to the frame story, only to continue where the short recording left off by [[spoiler:revealing that Mr. Burns had Ra's al Ghul for Batman explaining his head grafted to Homer's body]]. Cue fake OnTheNext.
** The third one featured the family throwing
reasons for abducting Arkady Duvall from a Halloween party, with Lisa, Grandpa, and Bart telling all the stories.
** The fourth episode is the last one to feature a framing device, with Bart presenting the stories in the manner of ''Series/NightGallery''.
:: Whatever plot the subsequent Halloween
rest home.
* Early ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''
episodes had outside start with a grandmother telling her grandchild a story of Caillou's life, which is a setup for the three stories is mostly confined to the {{Cold Opening}}s nowadays.
** The bulk of an
episode containing several StoryWithinAStory cases turned out to be Bart telling Principal Skinner the reason he failed to turn in an assignment.itself. Later episodes ditched this beginning though.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheTownSantaForgot'' opens and ends with an old man (who it turns out [[spoiler:is the now-elderly main character]]) telling the story to his grandkids.
* ''Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol'' has the title character performing in a Broadway production of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Dickens' story]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTownSantaForgot'' opens All of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', Nick's first AnimatedAnthology series, is framed by the show's hosts Henry and ends with an old man (who it turns out [[spoiler:is June, two ten-year-olds who would [[LampshadeHanging lampshade animation tropes]] and [[BreakingTheFourthWall talk to the now-elderly main character]]) audience]] while getting into their own mishaps.
** The ''Life With Loopy'' segments are framed by Loopy's older brother, Larry,
telling the episode's story to his grandkids.
* ''Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol'' has
the title character performing in a Broadway production of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Dickens' story]].audience.



* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[VillainEpisode "Zuko Alone"]] features this: the A-story of Zuko wandering around the Earth Kingdom and being offered hospitality by a peasant family mirrors the story (told in flashbacks) of Zuko's childhood and how Ozai became Firelord.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' used this trope to tie together otherwise unrelated skits.
** WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} also did this sometimes.
* Early ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' episodes start with a grandmother telling her grandchild a story of Caillou's life, which is a setup for the episode itself. Later episodes ditched this beginning though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' is told by [[spoiler:an elder Nicholas about how the Care Bears helped him]].
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' is notable for not just creating a framing device with TOM and the Absolution, but for giving them a pretty extensive backstory and universe to boot. It even ties into the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost universe, occasionally.[[note]]Moreover, the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast version of Moltar was the original host, when (in-universe) Toonami originated from Ghost Planet.[[/note]]
* The "Graybles" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' are framed by the character Cuber, who [[BreakingTheFourthWall speaks directly to the audience]] and seems to exist outside the canon of the show in some kind of futuristic space setting. These episodes begin and end with him asking the viewer to try to guess the theme of five seemingly unrelated short clips of the show (called graybles), which he plays on a triangular screen.
* The framing device of WesternAnimation/RobotChicken is a MadScientist strapping the title character in a chair and forcing him to watch the show's sketches.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Showdown" is a Jonah Hex story set in 1883, presented as a recording left by Ra's al Ghul for Batman explaining his reasons for abducting Arkady Duvall from a rest home.
* All of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', Nick's first AnimatedAnthology series, is framed by the show's hosts Henry and June, two ten-year-olds who would [[LampshadeHanging lampshade animation tropes]] and [[BreakingTheFourthWall talk to the audience]] while getting into their own mishaps.
** The ''Life With Loopy'' segments are framed by Loopy's older brother, Larry, telling the episode's story to the audience.

to:

* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[VillainEpisode "Zuko Alone"]] features this: the A-story of Zuko wandering around the Earth Kingdom and being offered hospitality by a peasant family mirrors the story (told in flashbacks) of Zuko's childhood and how Ozai became Firelord.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' used this trope to tie together otherwise unrelated skits.
** WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} also did this sometimes.
* Early ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' episodes start with a grandmother telling her grandchild a story of Caillou's life, which is a setup for the episode itself. Later episodes ditched this beginning though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' is told by [[spoiler:an elder Nicholas about how the Care Bears helped him]].
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' is notable for not just creating a framing device with TOM and the Absolution, but for giving them a pretty extensive backstory and universe to boot. It even ties into the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost universe, occasionally.[[note]]Moreover, the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast version of Moltar was the original host, when (in-universe) Toonami originated from Ghost Planet.[[/note]]
* The "Graybles" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' are framed by the character Cuber, who [[BreakingTheFourthWall speaks directly to the audience]] and seems to exist outside the canon
For that matter, any of the show in some kind of futuristic space setting. These episodes begin and end with him asking the viewer to try to guess the theme of five seemingly unrelated short clips of the show (called graybles), which he plays on a triangular screen.
*
WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes anthology movies fit this trope. For instance, The framing device of WesternAnimation/RobotChicken is a MadScientist strapping the title character in a chair and forcing him to watch the show's sketches.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Showdown" is a Jonah Hex story set in 1883,
Bugs Bunny/Road Runner movie presented the selected shorts as a recording left by Ra's al Ghul for Batman explaining Bugs Bunny reminiscing about his reasons for abducting Arkady Duvall from a rest home.
* All of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', Nick's first AnimatedAnthology series, is framed by the show's hosts Henry and June, two ten-year-olds who would [[LampshadeHanging lampshade animation tropes]] and [[BreakingTheFourthWall talk to the audience]] while getting into their own mishaps.
** The ''Life With Loopy'' segments are framed by Loopy's older brother, Larry, telling the episode's story to the audience.
"hare-raising" exploits.




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* A show named ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' framed episodes of the BBC's stop motion ''WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures'' series as being stories the child characters told to each other.
* The framing device of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' is a MadScientist strapping the title character in a chair and forcing him to watch the show's sketches.
* The early [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror episodes]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had them:
** The first one had Homer listening in on Bart and Lisa exchanging three scary stories in Bart's treehouse ([[ArtifactTitle hence the name of the series' Halloween episodes]]).
** The second one had Bart, Lisa, and Homer eating too much candy before bed, with the ThreeShorts themselves presented as prolonged {{Nightmare Sequence}}s. The last short appears to have ended with a return to the frame story, only to continue where the short left off by [[spoiler:revealing that Mr. Burns had his head grafted to Homer's body]]. Cue fake OnTheNext.
** The third one featured the family throwing a Halloween party, with Lisa, Grandpa, and Bart telling all the stories.
** The fourth episode is the last one to feature a framing device, with Bart presenting the stories in the manner of ''Series/NightGallery''.
:: Whatever plot the subsequent Halloween episodes had outside of the three stories is mostly confined to the {{Cold Opening}}s nowadays.
** The bulk of an episode containing several StoryWithinAStory cases turned out to be Bart telling Principal Skinner the reason he failed to turn in an assignment.
* When ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' was released in America, it was framed as being stories being told by Mr. Conductor in ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''. Furthermore, the early episodes featuring the narrow gauge engines were framed as Thomas telling the other engines a story about them.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' used this trope to tie together otherwise unrelated skits.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' also did this sometimes.
* Despite being animated cartoons, the Creator/VanBeurenStudios ''Toddle Tales'' and two of the ''Rainbow Parade'' shorts have live action openings and endings, with the cartoon segments inbetween that provide the "morals" of the cartoons.
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' is notable for not just creating a framing device with TOM and the Absolution, but for giving them a pretty extensive backstory and universe to boot. It even ties into the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost universe, occasionally.[[note]]Moreover, the WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast version of Moltar was the original host, when (in-universe) Toonami originated from Ghost Planet.[[/note]]


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