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23rd Sep '17 5:35:28 PM IuraCivium
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* ''Theatre/EinsteinOnTheBeach'' manages to ''[[SubvertedTrope/subvert]]'' this. Sure, there's a couple of scenes that the opera bounces betweenóthe beach, the courthouse and prison, the train, the field and spaceshipóbut there isn't any actual ''plot''. It's more a series of freeze-frames into the life and work of Einstein than a coherent narrative.

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* ''Theatre/EinsteinOnTheBeach'' manages to ''[[SubvertedTrope/subvert]]'' ''[[SubvertedTrope subvert]]'' this. Sure, there's a couple of scenes that the opera bounces betweenóthe beach, the courthouse and prison, the train, the field and spaceshipóbut there isn't any actual ''plot''. It's more a series of freeze-frames into the life and work of Einstein than a coherent narrative.
23rd Sep '17 5:35:07 PM IuraCivium
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* ''Theatre/EinsteinOnTheBeach'' manages to ''[[SubvertedTrope/subvert]]'' this. Sure, there's a couple of scenes that the opera bounces betweenóthe beach, the courthouse and prison, the train, the field and spaceshipóbut there isn't any actual ''plot''. It's more a series of freeze-frames into the life and work of Einstein than a coherent narrative.
14th Sep '17 11:43:17 AM tropower
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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' deliberately eschews traditional narrative in favor of episodic mood pieces with an overarching theme of friendship, love and growing up tying it all together. Considering the film is meant to be a naturalistic portrayal of nature, [[TropesAreTools this works perfectly in the film's favor.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' deliberately eschews traditional narrative in favor of episodic mood pieces with an overarching theme of friendship, love and growing up tying it all together. Considering the film is meant to be a naturalistic portrayal of nature, [[TropesAreTools this works perfectly in the film's favor.]] ]][[note]]Except when it [[TearJerker doesn't]].[[/note]]
20th Jul '17 2:14:23 PM Vir
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20th Jul '17 2:14:08 PM Vir
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* Early ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' books are this. Hergé tossed his protagonist from one solved situation into the next unsolved one or rather tossed situations at him. Only the location remained constant. It goes to show that Hergé had no experience in writing comics at all when he started at the age of 19. This wasn't recepted poorly, though; ''Tintin'' was originally released in a weekly kids' magazine page by page instead of in books all at once, and the Belgians in the late 1920s didn't have that many comics to compare ''Tintin'' with anyway.

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* Early ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' books are this. Hergé tossed his protagonist from one solved situation into the next unsolved one or rather tossed situations at him. Only the location remained constant. It goes to show that Hergé had no experience in writing comics at all when he started at the age of 19. This wasn't recepted received poorly, though; ''Tintin'' was originally released in a weekly kids' magazine page by page instead of in books all at once, and the Belgians in the late 1920s didn't have that many comics to compare ''Tintin'' with anyway.



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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' deliberately eschews traditional narrative in favor of episodic mood pieces with an overarching theme of friendship, love and growing up tying it all together. Considering the film is meant to be a naturalistic portrayal of nature, [[TropesAreTools this works perfectly in the film's favor.]]
* Creator/DonBluth intentionally structured and paced ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' like a novel more than a standard animated movie, believing it allowed more subtext to be incorporated into the film. The plot starts off fairly straightforward (Mrs. Brisby is coping with the loss of her husband and has to save her sick kid from harm) with some backstory foreshadowed a couple times and having a very minor subplot of Jeremy the Crow trying to find a love interest. Half an hour into the film, when Mrs. Brisby enters the rose bush and finds the Rats of NIMH, the film veers way off the main plot and into a grand total of four other plots, largely consisting of subplots and backstory; the Rats coming to terms with their newfound intelligence and responsibilities, Nicodemus helping Mrs. Brisby out of obligation and coping with the rats situation, Jenner trying to stage a coup to usurp power, and NIMH trying to seek out and destroy the rats. This half is practically its own self contained story, and has little relevance to the main conflict other than the additional problems they unwittingly bring inóthe only thing that directly ties them into it is that Mrs. Brisby was related to one of their own kind, Jonathan, and gets their help solely because of that). Throw in some unexplained loose ends (just where did Nicodemus get that amulet or those magic powers?) and the plot can ultimately feel rather disjointed. Much of this was a result of changes from the book, namely playing up Mrs. Brisby's role in the story (the Rats were the central characters of the novel, with Mrs. Brisby being a vehicle for the audience), adding magical fantasy elements (Nicodemus had none of his supernatural powers in the book), and upgrading a minor character (Jenner) into the villain (the book had no real antagonist).
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', seems to be a series of random events slapped together to sort of create a story based on ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' strongly suggests the guy who pitched it wasn't even aware that the Titanic disaster was an actual thing that happened. Plot elements and random-ass shit come out of nowhere, including an occasion where a character responds to an expression of gratitude by breaking out into a completely irrelevant rap song. It suggests nothing so much as that the creators played an old adventure game to figure out how to make the movie; "To make a BLOCKBUSTER HIT, you'll need A STAR-CROSSED ROMANCE, TALKING ANIMALS, WACKY HIJINX, and A RAP SONG to show we're hip with the kids."
* Once ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' [[RogerRabbitEffect becomes animated]], it's a bunch of encounters between the protagonist, his book companions, and various literary characters.
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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is like this, to the point where many first time readers are just advised to read it without attempting to make too much sense of it. Luckily, this is also played for many, many laughs early on. By the last fifteen chapters however, things start to make sense.

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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is like this, to the point where many first time readers are just advised to read it without attempting to make too much sense of it. Luckily, this is also played for many, many laughs early on. By the last fifteen chapters chapters, however, things start to make sense.



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* ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander''. Haven City gets attacked by Metal Heads and KG robots, Jak is blamed for it and is banished to the Wasteland where he is rescued by Wastelanders of Spargus City. He begins undergoing a series of trials and tasks to be accepted as a Wastelander. Then Jak, Daxter and Pecker use some old Precursor-techno-railway-catacombs to return to Haven city. Then they find that Count Veger has some KnightTemplar plan to rid the world of all shadows. They then start helping Torn battle Metal Heads and KG robots. Then it turns out Vin is still alive as a holographic AI in the Haven City control room. Then it turns out that Erol (formerly Jak's racing rival, now a cybernatic OmnicidalManiac) is still alive and is commanding the KG robots. Then it turns out there's a bunch of Dark Precursor entities called "Dark Makers" preparing to invade the planet and [[strike:Erol]] Errol is working for them. Then it turns out [[LukeIAmYourFather Damas, King of Spargus is Jak's father]]. Then it turns out the Precursors are really Ottsels like Daxter. Then it turns out Jak may actually be Mar, the founder of Haven City.

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* ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander''. Haven City gets attacked by Metal Heads and KG robots, Jak is blamed for it and is banished to the Wasteland where he is rescued by Wastelanders of Spargus City. He begins undergoing a series of trials and tasks to be accepted as a Wastelander. Then Jak, Daxter and Pecker use some old Precursor-techno-railway-catacombs to return to Haven city.City. Then they find that Count Veger has some KnightTemplar plan to rid the world of all shadows. They then start helping Torn battle Metal Heads and KG robots. Then it turns out Vin is still alive as a holographic AI in the Haven City control room. Then it turns out that Erol (formerly Jak's racing rival, now a cybernatic OmnicidalManiac) is still alive and is commanding the KG robots. Then it turns out there's a bunch of Dark Precursor entities called "Dark Makers" preparing to invade the planet and [[strike:Erol]] Errol is working for them. Then it turns out [[LukeIAmYourFather Damas, King of Spargus is Jak's father]]. Then it turns out the Precursors are really Ottsels like Daxter. Then it turns out Jak may actually be Mar, the founder of Haven City.



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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' deliberately eschews traditional narrative in favor of episodic mood pieces with an overarching theme of friendship, love and growing up tying it all together. Considering the film is meant to be a naturalistic portrayal of nature, [[TropesAreNotBad this works perfectly in the films favor.]]
* Creator/DonBluth intentionally structured and paced ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' like a novel more than a standard animated movie, believing it allowed more subtext to be incorporated into the film. The plot starts off fairly straightforward (Mrs. Brisby is coping with the loss of her husband and has to save her sick kid from harm) with some backstory foreshadowed a couple times and having a very minor subplot of Jeremy the Crow trying to find a love interest. Half an hour into the film, when Mrs. Brisby enters the rose bush and finds the Rats of NIMH, the film veers way off the main plot and into a grand total of four other plots, largely consisting of subplots and backstory; the Rats coming to terms with their newfound intelligence and responsibilities, Nicodemus helping Mrs. Brisby out of obligation and coping with the rats situation, Jenner trying to stage a coup to upsurp power, and NIMH trying to seek out and destroy the rats. This half is practically its own self contained story, and has little relevance to the main conflict other than the additional problems they unwittingly bring inóthe only thing that directly ties them into it is that Mrs. Brisby was related to one of their own kind, Jonathan, and gets their help solely because of that). Throw in some unexplained loose ends (just where did Nicodemus get that amulet or those magic powers?) and the plot can ultimately feel rather disjointed. Much of this was a result of changes from the book, namely playing up Mrs. Brisby's role in the story (the Rats were the central characters of the novel, with Mrs. Brisby being a vehicle for the audience), adding magical fantasy elements (Nicodemus had none of his supernatural powers in the book), and upgrading a minor character (Jenner) into the villain (the book had no real antagonist).
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', seems to be a series of random events slapped together to sort of create a story based on ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' strongly suggests the guy who pitched it wasn't even aware that the Titanic disaster was an actual thing that happened. Plot elements and random-ass shit come out of nowhere, including an occasion where a character responds to an expression of gratitude by breaking out into a completely irrelevant rap song. It suggests nothing so much as that the creators played an old adventure game to figure out how to make the movie; "To make a BLOCKBUSTER HIT, you'll need A STAR-CROSSED ROMANCE, TALKING ANIMALS, WACKY HIJINX, and A RAP SONG to show we're hip with the kids."
* Once ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' [[RogerRabbitEffect becomes animated]], it's a bunch of encounters between the protagonist, his book companions, and various literary characters.
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* ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'' starts off as a mediocre HighSchoolAU. At the end of the first chapter Gamzee announces that Karkat killed himself, and from then on it turns into a horrifying mishmash of identity-swapping and demon battling.

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* ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'' starts off as a mediocre HighSchoolAU. At the end of the first chapter chapter, Gamzee announces that Karkat killed himself, and from then on it turns into a horrifying mishmash of identity-swapping and demon battling.



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* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': Like with the original book, there is no real story going on; the whole film is about Alice going through a stream of conscious series of RandomEncounters with the bizarre residents of Wonderland.
* Invoked in Creator/RalphBakshi's first films (''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeyGoodLookin''); they deliberately eschewed traditional story structure and narrative in favor of a collage-like, improvisational approach, juggling together seemingly unrelated character vignettes or seemingly non sequitur scenes with an overarching theme or subtext tying them all together, allowing the films to juggle multiple point of views on a subject, as well as aiding his films' biographical and satirical undertones.
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* The music ''Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny'' by LemonDemon. First we have Godzilla in Tokyo, suddenly Batman threw a grenade at him. Then Shaquille O'Neal intervened in the fight. Then Aaron Carter "[[LampshadeHanging came out of the blue]]" before started beating up Shaq. Then Abraham Lincoln popped out of his grave and took an AK-47 from [[MagicHat his hat]]. And that's just the first one-third of the song.

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* The music ''Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny'' by LemonDemon. First First, we have Godzilla in Tokyo, suddenly Batman threw a grenade at him. Then Shaquille O'Neal intervened in the fight. Then Aaron Carter "[[LampshadeHanging came out of the blue]]" before started beating up Shaq. Then Abraham Lincoln popped out of his grave and took an AK-47 from [[MagicHat his hat]]. And that's just the first one-third of the song.



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** ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' started out as this, but it gathered a plot revolving around defeating Mobster Kingpin fairly early on. Since suggested commands were used throughout, however, it still remained very random, and prone to going off on tangents.

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** ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' started out as this, but it gathered a plot revolving around defeating Mobster Kingpin fairly early on. Since suggested commands were used throughout, however, it still remained very random, random and prone to going off on tangents.



* Many [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age cartoons]], not unlike the live action comedies they paralled, didn't even bother to have real stories, focusing more on collections of vignettes that set up gags relating to the shorts general theme. Since the bulk of them were comedies or animated music videos, [[TropesAreNotBad this usually worked out fine.]]
* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': Like with the original book, there is no real story going on; the whole film is about Alice going through a stream of conscious series of RandomEncounters with the bizarre residents of Wonderland.
* Invoked in Creator/RalphBakshi's first films (''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeyGoodLookin''); they deliberately eschewed traditional story structure and narrative in favor of a collage-like, improvisational approach, juggling together seemingly unrelated character vignettes or seemingly non sequitur scenes with an overarching theme or subtext tying them all together, allowing the films to juggle multiple point of views on a subject, as well as aiding his films' biographical and satirical undertones.

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* Many [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age cartoons]], not unlike the live action live-action comedies they paralled, paralleled, didn't even bother to have real stories, focusing more on collections of vignettes that set up gags relating to the shorts general theme. Since the bulk of them were comedies or animated music videos, [[TropesAreNotBad this usually worked out fine.]]
* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': Like with the original book, there is no real story going on; the whole film is about Alice going through a stream of conscious series of RandomEncounters with the bizarre residents of Wonderland.
* Invoked in Creator/RalphBakshi's first films (''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeyGoodLookin''); they deliberately eschewed traditional story structure and narrative in favor of a collage-like, improvisational approach, juggling together seemingly unrelated character vignettes or seemingly non sequitur scenes with an overarching theme or subtext tying them all together, allowing the films to juggle multiple point of views on a subject, as well as aiding his films' biographical and satirical undertones.
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* ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' is one of those old cartoons that time forgot, not least of all because of this trope (compared to other shorts like ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' and ''{{Popeye}}''). Case in point: Room Runners. Flip doesn't have the money to pay for a hotel room he rented. A bunch of random stuff ensues as he tries to flee the angry owner, which also involves someone repeatedly asking him to help pull a loose tooth out, until he finally scores a jackpot on a slot machine to make his payment.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' is one of those old cartoons that time forgot, not least of all because of this trope (compared to other shorts like ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' and ''{{Popeye}}'').''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}''). Case in point: Room Runners. Flip doesn't have the money to pay for a hotel room he rented. A bunch of random stuff ensues as he tries to flee the angry owner, which also involves someone repeatedly asking him to help pull a loose tooth out, until he finally scores a jackpot on a slot machine to make his payment.
19th Jul '17 10:04:10 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/{{Help}}'': The Beatles just run from one country to another and encounter surreal events.
24th Jun '17 3:11:23 PM Grudgeal
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-->''[[WordOfGod "It's an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. It's people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode."]]''

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-->''[[WordOfGod "It's an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. It's people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode."]]''
24th Jun '17 3:11:00 PM Grudgeal
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-->''[[WordOfGod "It's an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. It's people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode."]]''
24th Jun '17 3:10:10 PM Grudgeal
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* ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}: Agents of H.A.T.E.'': Four old C-list Marvel superheroes ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and The Captain]]) beat up random supervillains in FlyoverCountry for FREEDOM while chased by a madman in a flying submarine. ItMakesAboutAsMuchSenseInContext.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}: Agents of H.A.T.E.'': Four old C-list Marvel superheroes ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and The Captain]]) beat up random supervillains in FlyoverCountry for FREEDOM while chased by a madman in a flying submarine. ItMakesAboutAsMuchSenseInContext.
24th Jun '17 3:09:48 PM Grudgeal
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* ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}: Agents of H.A.T.E.'': Four old C-list Marvel superheroes ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and The Captain]]) beat up random supervillains in FlyoverCountry for FREEDOM while chased by a madman in a flying submarine. ItMakesAboutAsMuchSenseInContext

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* ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}: Agents of H.A.T.E.'': Four old C-list Marvel superheroes ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and The Captain]]) beat up random supervillains in FlyoverCountry for FREEDOM while chased by a madman in a flying submarine. ItMakesAboutAsMuchSenseInContextItMakesAboutAsMuchSenseInContext.
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