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23rd May '16 9:21:01 AM dsneybuf
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' appeared to use this trope at first, but lampshaded it and used it as toilet paper. Not surprising, since the movie is a DeconstructiveParody of fairy tales.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'':
** The first movie
appeared to use this trope at first, but lampshaded it and used it a page of the book as toilet paper. Not surprising, since the movie is a DeconstructiveParody of fairy tales.
--->'''Once upon a time''', there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort, which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep, in the highest room of the tallest tower, for her true love, and true love's first kiss.
** ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'' played it a little straighter, until [[spoiler:the sight of the Big Bad Wolf]] cut the narration short.
--->'''Once upon a time''', in a kingdom far, far away, the king and queen were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, and throughout the land everyone was happy, until the sun went down, and they saw that their daughter was cursed with a frightful enchantment that took hold each and every night. Desperate, they sought the help of a fairy godmother, who had them lock the young princess away in a tower, there to await the kiss of the handsome Prince Charming. It was he who would chance the perilous journey through blistering cold and scorching desert, traveling for many days and nights, risking life and limb to reach the dragon's keep, for he was the bravest, and most handsome in all the land, and it was destiny that his kiss would break the dreaded curse. He alone would climb to the highest room of the tallest tower to enter the princess's chambers, cross the room to her sleeping silhouette, pull back the gossamer curtains to find her...
14th May '16 4:34:11 PM dsneybuf
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-->"'''Once upon a time,''' there was this brilliant, brilliant composer, not the best looking guy. And one day, this beautiful, young, chestnut-haired, singing and dancing ingenue floats into his life, and he falls in love with her. And he decides, 'I'm gonna take you under my wing, and tutor you, and compose this incredible masterwork for you to star in.' And she was enthralled at first, but then, in the end, it didn't work out too well. I'm talking, of course, about the tragic, torid tale of...Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Music/SarahBrightman. During the creation of what would eventually become [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the longest-running Broadway show in musical theater history]]!"

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-->"'''Once upon a time,''' there was this brilliant, brilliant composer, not the best looking guy. And one day, this beautiful, young, chestnut-haired, singing and dancing ingenue floats into his life, and he falls in love with her. And he decides, 'I'm gonna take you under my wing, and tutor you, and compose this incredible masterwork for you to star in.' And she was enthralled at first, but then, in the end, it didn't work out too well. I'm talking, of course, about the tragic, torid tale of...tale...of Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Music/SarahBrightman. During Music/SarahBrightman, during the creation of what would eventually become [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the longest-running Broadway show in musical theater history]]!"
13th May '16 6:22:46 PM dsneybuf
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->''"We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. '[[AnAesop Thou shalt not]]' is soon forgotten, but 'OnceUponATime' lasts forever."''

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->''"We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. '[[AnAesop Thou shalt not]]' is soon forgotten, but 'OnceUponATime' 'Once upon a time' lasts forever."''



-->"'''Once upon a time,''' there was this brilliant, brilliant composer, not the best looking guy. And one day, this beautiful, young, chestnut-haired, singing and dancing ingenue floats into his life, and he falls in love with her. And he decides, "I'm gonna take you under my wing, and tutor you, and compose this incredible masterwork for you to star in. And she was enthralled at first, but then, in the end, it didn't work out too well. I'm talking, of course, about the tragic, torid tale of...Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Music/SarahBrightman. During the creation of what would eventually become [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the longest-running Broadway show in musical theater history]]!"

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-->"'''Once upon a time,''' there was this brilliant, brilliant composer, not the best looking guy. And one day, this beautiful, young, chestnut-haired, singing and dancing ingenue floats into his life, and he falls in love with her. And he decides, "I'm 'I'm gonna take you under my wing, and tutor you, and compose this incredible masterwork for you to star in. in.' And she was enthralled at first, but then, in the end, it didn't work out too well. I'm talking, of course, about the tragic, torid tale of...Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Music/SarahBrightman. During the creation of what would eventually become [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the longest-running Broadway show in musical theater history]]!"
13th May '16 6:21:57 PM dsneybuf
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-->'''Rachel''':"'''OnceUponATime''', there was a Black Beast."

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-->'''Rachel''':"'''OnceUponATime''', -->'''Rachel''':"'''Once upon a time''', there was a Black Beast."


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* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Lindsay Ellis]] begins part two of the ''Loose Canon'' episode about ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' like so:
-->"'''Once upon a time,''' there was this brilliant, brilliant composer, not the best looking guy. And one day, this beautiful, young, chestnut-haired, singing and dancing ingenue floats into his life, and he falls in love with her. And he decides, "I'm gonna take you under my wing, and tutor you, and compose this incredible masterwork for you to star in. And she was enthralled at first, but then, in the end, it didn't work out too well. I'm talking, of course, about the tragic, torid tale of...Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Music/SarahBrightman. During the creation of what would eventually become [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the longest-running Broadway show in musical theater history]]!"
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12th Apr '16 12:27:23 PM dsneybuf
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* A Juicy Juice commercial provided a TakeThat at fruit drinks consisting only 10% of real juice by showing a father read his daughter a bedtime story with a "10% Satisfaction Guaranteed" seal on its cover.
-->'''Once upon a time''', there was a princess. The end.
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22nd Dec '15 2:06:59 AM Benja1789
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It was a [[OmnipresentTropes very popular trope]]. In [[EveryThingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] it was ''il était une fois'' and in [[GratuitousGerman German]] it was ''es war einmal'', which literally meant "It was once." Sometimes it was translated as "Once there was" or "A long time ago," but most often, this trope was simply translated as "[[TitleDrop Once upon a time]]." Other languages have translated it directly. Russian fairy tales often start ''"Zhyl-byl..."'', that is, "Once there lived...". In Ireland it was " There was this man...."

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It was a [[OmnipresentTropes very popular trope]]. In [[EveryThingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] it was ''il était une fois'' (Litteraly:"There was a time") and in [[GratuitousGerman German]] it was ''es war einmal'', which literally meant "It was once." Sometimes it was translated as "Once there was" or "A long time ago," but most often, this trope was simply translated as "[[TitleDrop Once upon a time]]." Other languages have translated it directly. Russian fairy tales often start ''"Zhyl-byl..."'', that is, "Once there lived...". In Ireland it was " There was this man...."
4th Dec '15 6:40:20 PM Andyroid
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* Played with in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': "Centuries ago, there lived... 'A king!' my little readers will say immediately. [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope No, children, you are mistaken.]] Once upon a time, there was a piece of wood."
26th Sep '15 4:50:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/OnceUponAForest''

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* ''Film/OnceUponAForest''''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest''
15th Aug '15 12:03:37 PM Prfnoff
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* In "The Voice on the Radio, the third in Caroline B. Cooney's "Literature/TheFaceOnTheMilkCarton" series.

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* In "The Voice on the Radio, the third in Caroline B. Cooney's "Literature/TheFaceOnTheMilkCarton" ''Literature/{{Janie}}'' series.
5th Jul '15 1:40:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Blackadder}}'': In the third season, Baldrick reads the story he wrote:

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* ''{{Blackadder}}'': ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': In the third season, Baldrick reads the story he wrote:



* ''DeadLikeMe'':

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* ''DeadLikeMe'':''Series/DeadLikeMe'':



* ''MarriedWithChildren'' "Buck Saves the Day":

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' "Buck Saves the Day":



* ''MyNameIsEarl'', "Creative Writing":

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* ''MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', "Creative Writing":



* ''TheDrewCareyShow'':

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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'':''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'':



* ''{{Titus}}'', "The Smell of Success":

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* ''{{Titus}}'', ''Series/{{Titus}}'', "The Smell of Success":



* ''MisterRogersNeighborhood'': The opera "Spoon Mountain" begins:

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* ''MisterRogersNeighborhood'': ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'': The opera "Spoon Mountain" begins:
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