History Main / OnceUponATime

15th Nov '16 7:21:44 PM lumpman2
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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...."

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It was a [[OmnipresentTropes very popular trope]]. In [[EveryThingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] it was ''il était une fois'' (Litteraly:"There (Literally:"It 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...."
2nd Oct '16 12:48:36 PM nombretomado
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* EdgarAllanPoe, ''Literature/TheRaven'':

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* EdgarAllanPoe, Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, ''Literature/TheRaven'':
24th Aug '16 9:46:40 AM dsneybuf
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* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'':
-->"'''Once upon a time''' in a faraway land, there was a tiny kingdom; peaceful, prosperous, and rich in romance and tradition. Here in a stately chateau, there lived a widowed gentleman, and his little daughter, Cinderella. Although he was a kind and devoted father, and gave his beloved child every luxury and comfort, still, he felt she needed a mother's care. And so he married again, choosing for his second wife, a woman of good family, with two daughters just Cinderella's age, by name, Anastasia and Drizella. It was upon the untimely death of this good man, however, that the stepmother's true nature was revealed: cold, cruel, and bitterly jealous of Cinderella's charm and beauty, she was grimly determined to forward the interests of her own two awkward daughters. Thus, as time went by, the chateau fell into disrepair, for the family fortunes were squandered upon the vain and selfish stepsisters while Cinderella was abused, humiliated, and finally forced to become a servant in her own house. And yet, through it all, Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn she found new hope that someday her dreams of happiness would come true."
8th Aug '16 12:15:20 PM whunt
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** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAnatolia''
20th Jun '16 11:36:23 AM gewunomox
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* BillyJoel's "Falling of the Rain" begins:

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* BillyJoel's Music/BillyJoel's "Falling of the Rain" begins:



* DonMcLean's "American Pie":

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* DonMcLean's Music/DonMcLean's "American Pie":
9th Jun '16 4:46:39 PM nombretomado
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*** [[AudienceParticipation God said]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "let there be lips..."]]

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*** [[AudienceParticipation God said]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "let there be lips..."]]
7th Jun '16 10:33:23 PM dsneybuf
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* Creator/SamAndMickey's "Career Girl" has Franchise/{{Barbie}} deliver a Career Day speech consisting of over 50 anecdotes with this template:
-->"'''Once upon a time,''' I had a dream. A dream to be a/an (insert job here). So I studied hard, I bought the outfit, and eventually...I became a/an (job)."
5th Jun '16 9:32:33 PM PhoenixReece
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* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''
--> Now it's always '''Once upon a time''' in New York City
4th Jun '16 7:44:49 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Yahtzee:''' '''Once upon a time,''' a fresh-faced youngster saved up all his pennies and bought his first PS2, and with it he bought a game called Red Faction 1, and after rushing home to play he discovered that Red Faction 1 was not a very good game. Actually it was total shite on a crusty roll.

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-->'''Yahtzee:''' '''Once upon a time,''' a fresh-faced youngster saved up all his pennies and bought his first PS2, [=PS2=], and with it he bought a game called Red Faction 1, and after rushing home to play he discovered that Red Faction 1 was not a very good game. Actually it was total shite on a crusty roll.
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...
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