History Main / OnceUponaTime

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:
5th Jul '15 7:02:26 AM kclantern1984
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*** [[AudienceParticipation God said]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow let there be lips]]
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*** [[AudienceParticipation God said]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow let "let there be lips]]lips..."]]
5th Jul '15 7:01:27 AM kclantern1984
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***[[AudienceParticipation God said]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow let there be lips]]
28th May '15 5:40:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''IntoTheWoods'' opens with this line being spoken by the Narrator before the music starts. The second act begins similarly:
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* ''IntoTheWoods'' ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' opens with this line being spoken by the Narrator before the music starts. The second act begins similarly:
1st May '15 7:31:12 AM Morgenthaler
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Fan Myopia. Always show the work's name.
* [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack "Aku's Fairy Tales":]] "Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl, with a red riding cape and '''[[LargeHam GREAT FLAAAAMING EYEBROWS!]]'''"
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* [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': "Aku's Fairy Tales":]] Tales": "Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl, with a red riding cape and '''[[LargeHam GREAT FLAAAAMING EYEBROWS!]]'''"
1st May '15 7:30:52 AM Morgenthaler
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Split animated films and live-action films.
[[folder:Film]] * Often used in film titles: ** Creator/SergioLeone's ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica''. ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheMidlands'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWestlands'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' and its sequels * ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': -->'''Once upon a time,''' in Nazi-occupied France. * ''Film/ANewHope'': --> '''[[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway A long time ago]]''' [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway in a galaxy far, far away...]] * ''Film/OnceUponAForest''
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[[folder:Film]] * Often used in film titles: ** Creator/SergioLeone's ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica''. ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheMidlands'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWestlands'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' and its sequels * ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': -->'''Once upon a time,''' in Nazi-occupied France. * ''Film/ANewHope'': --> '''[[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway A long time ago]]''' [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway in a galaxy far, far away...]] * ''Film/OnceUponAForest''[[folder:Films -- Animated]]

* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': -->'''Narrator:''' '''Once upon a time''', in a magical kingdom known as Andalasia, there lived an evil queen. Selfish and cruel, she lived in fear that one day her stepson would marry and she would lose her throne forever. And so she did all in her power to prevent the prince from ever meeting the one special maiden with whom he would share true love's kiss. * ''Film/TheSixthSense'': -->'''Malcolm Crowe:''' '''Once upon a time''' there was this person named Malcolm. He worked with children. He loved it. He loved it more than anything else. And then one night, he found out that he made a mistake with one of them. He couldn't help that one. And he can't stop thinking about it, he can't forget. Ever since then, things have been different. He's not the same person that he used to be. And his wife doesn't like the person that he's become. They barely speak anymore, they're like strangers. And then one day Malcolm meets this wonderful little boy, a really cool little boy. Reminds him a lot of the other one. And Malcolm decides to try and help this new boy. 'Cause he feels that if he can help this new boy, it would be like helping that other one too. * ''Film/WarGames'': -->'''Stephen Falken:''' Now, children, come on over here. I'm going to tell you a bedtime story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. '''Once upon a time''', there lived a magnificent race of animals that dominated the world through age after age. They ran, they swam, and they fought and they flew, until suddenly, quite recently, they disappeared. Nature just gave up and started again. We weren't even apes then. We were just these smart little rodents hiding in the rocks. And when we go, nature will start again. With the bees, probably. Nature knows when to give up, David.[[note]]"I'm not giving up! If Joshua tricks them into launching an attack, it'll be your fault.", etc.[[/note]]

* In ''Film/EverAfter'' when Danielle's descendant is about to tell the "true" story of Cinderella she Lampshades this. She has recently read the works of the Grimm Brothers, so she has only recently learned the storytelling conventions: -->Now then, what was that phrase you use? Oh, yes. '''Once upon a time...''' * Inverted in Emir Kusturica's ''Underground'' - the final words in the film are: -->''"'''Once upon a time''' there was a country called Yugoslavia..."'' * ''Film/RockADoodle: ''
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* In ''Film/EverAfter'' when Danielle's descendant is about to tell the "true" story of Cinderella she Lampshades this. She has recently read the works of the Grimm Brothers, so she has only recently learned the storytelling conventions: -->Now then, what was that phrase you use? Oh, yes. '''Once upon a time...''' * Inverted in Emir Kusturica's ''Underground'' - the final words in the film are: -->''"'''Once upon a time''' there was a country called Yugoslavia..."'' * ''Film/RockADoodle: ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle: ''

* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': -->'''Once upon a time,''' in the mysterious land of Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim was dating a high schooler... * In-universe: ''{{Kolya}}'' has an example of a girlfriend of Louka's telling little Kolya stories in Russian over the phone (while her husband is away, naturally enough), starting audibly with ''Zhyl-byl...''. * ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing'': -->'''Once upon a time...''' in the Swamp. * {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'':
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* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': -->'''Once upon a time,''' in the mysterious land of Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim was dating a high schooler... * In-universe: ''{{Kolya}}'' has an example of a girlfriend of Louka's telling little Kolya stories in Russian over the phone (while her husband is away, naturally enough), starting audibly with ''Zhyl-byl...''. * ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing'': -->'''Once upon a time...''' in the Swamp. * {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'':

* ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' -->"'''Once upon a time''', there was a magical land where it never rained. The end.'''" * ''Film/{{Sabrina}}'' -->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, some thirty miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate. The estate was very large indeed, and had many servants. There were gardeners to take care of the gardens, and a tree surgeon on a retainer. There was a boatman to take care of the boats: to put them in the water in the spring, and scrape their bottoms in the winter. There were specialists to take care of the grounds: the outdoor tennis court and the indoor tennis court, the outdoor swimming pool and the indoor swimming pool. And there was a man of no particular title who took care of the small pool in the garden for a goldfish named George. Also on the estate there was a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild who had been imported from England years ago together with a new Rolls-Royce. Fairchild was a fine chauffeur of considerable polish, like the eight cars in his care, and he had a daughter by the name of Sabrina. It was the eve of the annual six-meter yacht races, and as had been traditional on Long Island for the past thirty years, the Larrabees were giving a party. It never rained on the night of the Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There were four Larrabees in all - father, mother, and two sons. Maude and Oliver Larrabee were married in nineteen hundred and six, and among their many wedding presents was the town house in New York and this estate for weekends. The town house has since been converted into Saks Fifth Avenue. Linus Larrabee, the elder son, graduated from Yale, where his classmates voted him The Man Most Likely To Leave His Alma Mater Fifty Million Dollars. His brother, David, went through several of the best eastern colleges for short periods of time, and through several marriages for even shorter periods of time. He is now a successful six-goal polo player and is listed on Linus's tax return as a six hundred dollar deduction. Life was pleasant among the Larrabees, for this was as close to heaven as one could get on Long Island." ** The remake uses this phrase in both the opening and closing narrations. --->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion-almost a castle-where there lived a family by the name of Larrabee. There were servants inside the mansion, and servants outside the mansion. Boatmen to tend the boats, and six crews of gardeners-two for the solarium, the rest for the grounds, and a tree surgeon on retainer. There were specialists for the indoor tennis courts, and the outdoor tennis courts, the outdoor swimming pool, and the indoor swimming pool. And over the garage, there lived a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild, imported from England years ago, together with a Rolls-Royce, and a daughter named Sabrina. Among other things, the Larrabees were noted for the parties they gave. Few people anymore give parties the way they did. It never rained on the night of a Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There was Maude Larrabee, who inherited the Larrabee Corporation when her husband died on the 13th hole at Pebble Beach. There was Linus, the older son, who graduated from Yale at 19, and took his mother and the company for a ride on the fiber-optic highway, and turned a hundred-million-dollar family business into some serious money. Linus was on the cover of ''Time''. But most of all, there was David, the younger son, who was in and out of many schools and even more relationships. He was handsome and charming and funny and romantic. David did a Gap ad. Sabrina? She made him laugh." --->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion, almost a castle. And on this very large estate lived a small girl. And life was pleasant there and very, very simple. But, then one day, the girl grew up and went beyond the walls of the grounds and found the world."
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* ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' -->"'''Once upon a time''', there was a magical land where it never rained. The end.'''" * ''Film/{{Sabrina}}'' -->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, some thirty miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate. The estate was very large indeed, and had many servants. There were gardeners to take care of the gardens, and a tree surgeon on a retainer. There was a boatman to take care of the boats: to put them in the water in the spring, and scrape their bottoms in the winter. There were specialists to take care of the grounds: the outdoor tennis court and the indoor tennis court, the outdoor swimming pool and the indoor swimming pool. And there was a man of no particular title who took care of the small pool in the garden for a goldfish named George. Also on the estate there was a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild who had been imported from England years ago together with a new Rolls-Royce. Fairchild was a fine chauffeur of considerable polish, like the eight cars in his care, and he had a daughter by the name of Sabrina. It was the eve of the annual six-meter yacht races, and as had been traditional on Long Island for the past thirty years, the Larrabees were giving a party. It never rained on the night of the Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There were four Larrabees in all - father, mother, and two sons. Maude and Oliver Larrabee were married in nineteen hundred and six, and among their many wedding presents was the town house in New York and this estate for weekends. The town house has since been converted into Saks Fifth Avenue. Linus Larrabee, the elder son, graduated from Yale, where his classmates voted him The Man Most Likely To Leave His Alma Mater Fifty Million Dollars. His brother, David, went through several of the best eastern colleges for short periods of time, and through several marriages for even shorter periods of time. He is now a successful six-goal polo player and is listed on Linus's tax return as a six hundred dollar deduction. Life was pleasant among the Larrabees, for this was as close to heaven as one could get on Long Island." ** The remake animated feature ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'' uses this phrase in both the its opening and closing narrations. --->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion-almost a castle-where there lived a family by the name of Larrabee. There were servants inside the mansion, and servants outside the mansion. Boatmen narration. * ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' appeared to tend the boats, and six crews of gardeners-two for the solarium, the rest for the grounds, and a tree surgeon on retainer. There were specialists for the indoor tennis courts, and the outdoor tennis courts, the outdoor swimming pool, and the indoor swimming pool. And over the garage, there lived a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild, imported from England years ago, together with a Rolls-Royce, and a daughter named Sabrina. Among other things, the Larrabees were noted for the parties they gave. Few people anymore give parties the way they did. It never rained on the night of a Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There was Maude Larrabee, who inherited the Larrabee Corporation when her husband died on the 13th hole at Pebble Beach. There was Linus, the older son, who graduated from Yale at 19, and took his mother and the company for a ride on the fiber-optic highway, and turned a hundred-million-dollar family business into some serious money. Linus was on the cover of ''Time''. But most of all, there was David, the younger son, who was in and out of many schools and even more relationships. He was handsome and charming and funny and romantic. David did a Gap ad. Sabrina? She made him laugh." --->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion, almost a castle. And on use this very large estate lived a small girl. And life was pleasant there trope at first, but lampshaded it and very, very simple. But, then one day, used it as toilet paper. Not surprising, since the girl grew up and went beyond the walls movie is a DeconstructiveParody of the grounds and found the world."fairy tales.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * Often used in film titles: ** Creator/SergioLeone's ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica''. ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheMidlands'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWestlands'' ** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' and its sequels * ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': -->'''Once upon a time,''' in Nazi-occupied France. * ''Film/ANewHope'': --> '''[[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway A long time ago]]''' [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway in a galaxy far, far away...]] * ''Film/OnceUponAForest'' * ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': -->'''Narrator:''' '''Once upon a time''', in a magical kingdom known as Andalasia, there lived an evil queen. Selfish and cruel, she lived in fear that one day her stepson would marry and she would lose her throne forever. And so she did all in her power to prevent the prince from ever meeting the one special maiden with whom he would share true love's kiss. * ''Film/TheSixthSense'': -->'''Malcolm Crowe:''' '''Once upon a time''' there was this person named Malcolm. He worked with children. He loved it. He loved it more than anything else. And then one night, he found out that he made a mistake with one of them. He couldn't help that one. And he can't stop thinking about it, he can't forget. Ever since then, things have been different. He's not the same person that he used to be. And his wife doesn't like the person that he's become. They barely speak anymore, they're like strangers. And then one day Malcolm meets this wonderful little boy, a really cool little boy. Reminds him a lot of the other one. And Malcolm decides to try and help this new boy. 'Cause he feels that if he can help this new boy, it would be like helping that other one too. * ''Film/WarGames'': -->'''Stephen Falken:''' Now, children, come on over here. I'm going to tell you a bedtime story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. '''Once upon a time''', there lived a magnificent race of animals that dominated the world through age after age. They ran, they swam, and they fought and they flew, until suddenly, quite recently, they disappeared. Nature just gave up and started again. We weren't even apes then. We were just these smart little rodents hiding in the rocks. And when we go, nature will start again. With the bees, probably. Nature knows when to give up, David.[[note]]"I'm not giving up! If Joshua tricks them into launching an attack, it'll be your fault.", etc.[[/note]] * In ''Film/EverAfter'' when Danielle's descendant is about to tell the "true" story of Cinderella she Lampshades this. She has recently read the works of the Grimm Brothers, so she has only recently learned the storytelling conventions: -->Now then, what was that phrase you use? Oh, yes. '''Once upon a time...''' * Inverted in Emir Kusturica's ''Underground'' - the final words in the film are: -->''"'''Once upon a time''' there was a country called Yugoslavia..."'' * ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': -->'''Once upon a time,''' in the mysterious land of Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim was dating a high schooler... * In-universe: ''{{Kolya}}'' has an example of a girlfriend of Louka's telling little Kolya stories in Russian over the phone (while her husband is away, naturally enough), starting audibly with ''Zhyl-byl...''. * ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing'': -->'''Once upon a time...''' in the Swamp. * ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' -->"'''Once upon a time''', there was a magical land where it never rained. The end.'''" * ''Film/{{Sabrina}}'' -->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, some thirty miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate. The estate was very large indeed, and had many servants. There were gardeners to take care of the gardens, and a tree surgeon on a retainer. There was a boatman to take care of the boats: to put them in the water in the spring, and scrape their bottoms in the winter. There were specialists to take care of the grounds: the outdoor tennis court and the indoor tennis court, the outdoor swimming pool and the indoor swimming pool. And there was a man of no particular title who took care of the small pool in the garden for a goldfish named George. Also on the estate there was a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild who had been imported from England years ago together with a new Rolls-Royce. Fairchild was a fine chauffeur of considerable polish, like the eight cars in his care, and he had a daughter by the name of Sabrina. It was the eve of the annual six-meter yacht races, and as had been traditional on Long Island for the past thirty years, the Larrabees were giving a party. It never rained on the night of the Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There were four Larrabees in all - father, mother, and two sons. Maude and Oliver Larrabee were married in nineteen hundred and six, and among their many wedding presents was the town house in New York and this estate for weekends. The town house has since been converted into Saks Fifth Avenue. Linus Larrabee, the elder son, graduated from Yale, where his classmates voted him The Man Most Likely To Leave His Alma Mater Fifty Million Dollars. His brother, David, went through several of the best eastern colleges for short periods of time, and through several marriages for even shorter periods of time. He is now a successful six-goal polo player and is listed on Linus's tax return as a six hundred dollar deduction. Life was pleasant among the Larrabees, for this was as close to heaven as one could get on Long Island." ** The remake uses this phrase in both the opening and closing narrations. --->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion-almost a castle-where there lived a family by the name of Larrabee. There were servants inside the mansion, and servants outside the mansion. Boatmen to tend the boats, and six crews of gardeners-two for the solarium, the rest for the grounds, and a tree surgeon on retainer. There were specialists for the indoor tennis courts, and the outdoor tennis courts, the outdoor swimming pool, and the indoor swimming pool. And over the garage, there lived a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild, imported from England years ago, together with a Rolls-Royce, and a daughter named Sabrina. Among other things, the Larrabees were noted for the parties they gave. Few people anymore give parties the way they did. It never rained on the night of a Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There was Maude Larrabee, who inherited the Larrabee Corporation when her husband died on the 13th hole at Pebble Beach. There was Linus, the older son, who graduated from Yale at 19, and took his mother and the company for a ride on the fiber-optic highway, and turned a hundred-million-dollar family business into some serious money. Linus was on the cover of ''Time''. But most of all, there was David, the younger son, who was in and out of many schools and even more relationships. He was handsome and charming and funny and romantic. David did a Gap ad. Sabrina? She made him laugh." --->"'''Once upon a time''', on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion, almost a castle. And on this very large estate lived a small girl. And life was pleasant there and very, very simple. But, then one day, the girl grew up and went beyond the walls of the grounds and found the world."" [[/folder]]

* The intro to ''ThePJs'' starts with "'''Once upon a time''' in the projects," which is also the title of an Ice Cube song. * ''SpongebobSquarepants'', "Something Smells":
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* The intro to ''ThePJs'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs'' starts with "'''Once upon a time''' in the projects," which is also the title of an Ice Cube song. * ''SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', "Something Smells":

* The animated feature ''TwiceUponATime'' uses this phrase in its opening narration. * ''{{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. * One episode of ''TheSimpsons'' is called "Once Upon a Time in Springfield".
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* The animated feature ''TwiceUponATime'' uses this phrase in its opening narration. * ''{{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. * One episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is called "Once Upon a Time in Springfield".
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