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10th Feb '16 3:54:05 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Bram Stoker's Dracula'' for the SNES and Genesis has the player opening a book titled "Vampyres" and turning to a new page between levels. Unfortunately, there are no cutscenes. * ''Mace: The Dark Age'', Midway's second attempt at a 3D fighter for Arcades and the Nintendo 64.
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* ''Bram Stoker's Dracula'' ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' for the SNES and Genesis has the player opening a book titled "Vampyres" and turning to a new page between levels. Unfortunately, However, there are no cutscenes. * ''Mace: The Dark Age'', Midway's second attempt at a 3D fighter for Arcades and the Nintendo 64.''VIdeoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''
7th Feb '16 11:33:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Shrek}}''
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* ''{{Shrek}}''''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''

* ''{{Hoodwinked}}'' uses it not only to begin the film, but also for [[TheRashomon each of the versions of the story as told by the various characters]]. * ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' begins with a [[PlayingWithATrope variant]] where the contents of an opened storybook spill out and form the world.
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* ''{{Hoodwinked}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' uses it not only to begin the film, but also for [[TheRashomon each of the versions of the story as told by the various characters]]. * ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' begins with a [[PlayingWithATrope variant]] where the contents of an opened storybook spill out and form the world.

* At the very beginning of ''RockADoodle'', just right after we see Chanticleer quitting his job at the farm of waking the Sun up with his crowing and moving to the city after the other farm animals make fun of him after seeing the Sun rise without him one day, the camera pulls back to show that the entire prologue (which is animated) is just a storybook a mother is telling to her young son Edmund (both played by live actors) when the evil owl is introduced for the very first time. * Another Creator/DonBluth film, ''ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', actually did this with a songbook.
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* At the very beginning of ''RockADoodle'', ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', just right after we see Chanticleer quitting his job at the farm of waking the Sun up with his crowing and moving to the city after the other farm animals make fun of him after seeing the Sun rise without him one day, the camera pulls back to show that the entire prologue (which is animated) is just a storybook a mother is telling to her young son Edmund (both played by live actors) when the evil owl is introduced for the very first time. * Another Creator/DonBluth film, ''ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', actually did this with a songbook.
17th Oct '15 4:18:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used in ''{{Enchanted}}'', for both the opening and the closing. Fittingly, the song that ends the movie opens with a line about "storybook endings".
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* Used in ''{{Enchanted}}'', ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', for both the opening and the closing. Fittingly, the song that ends the movie opens with a line about "storybook endings".

* ''SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges'' opens this way, with the Stooges having fun at points.
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* ''SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges'' ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges'' opens this way, with the Stooges having fun at points.
27th Sep '15 4:28:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Chowder}}'': The opening credits, only instead of a storybook, it's a ''cookbook'' * The 30-minute adaptation of ''TheLittleEngineThatCould'' opened and closed this way.
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* ''{{Chowder}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'': The opening credits, only instead of a storybook, it's a ''cookbook'' * The 30-minute adaptation of ''TheLittleEngineThatCould'' ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould'' opened and closed this way.
26th Apr '15 10:14:44 PM Abodos
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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' starts with a scroll being opened to show the map of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest while the opening narration explains the setting.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' starts with a scroll being opened to show the map of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest while the opening narration explains the setting. setting. * ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' is a textbook (storybook?) example. The storybook doesn't have words or even word-shaped scribbles, just the kind of colored {{Tetris}}-like blocks that frequently showed up in low-budget animation before the AllCGICartoon became common.
10th Apr '15 7:07:57 PM nombretomado
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The TropeMaker here is the DisneyAnimatedCanon, which has used it since the very beginning with ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
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The TropeMaker here is the DisneyAnimatedCanon, Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, which has used it since the very beginning with ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.

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17th Mar '15 8:49:34 PM bobwolf
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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' starts with a scroll being opened to show the map of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest while the opening narration explains the setting.
21st Feb '15 1:43:01 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Monk}}'' uses this for the summation in the last episode of season 3, "Mr. Monk and the Kid" * ''{{Hustle}}'' does it with the season 4 episode "A Designer's Paradise", although the book doesn't appear until partway into the episode when Albert starts explaining the con in terms of the fairytale "The Emperor's New Clothes". * An episode of {{Taggart}} '''Gingerbread''' used this. (The story was loosely inspired by Hansel and Gretel).
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* ''{{Monk}}'' ''{{Series/Monk}}'' uses this for the summation in the last episode of season 3, "Mr. Monk and the Kid" * ''{{Hustle}}'' ''{{Series/Hustle}}'' does it with the season 4 episode "A Designer's Paradise", although the book doesn't appear until partway into the episode when Albert starts explaining the con in terms of the fairytale "The Emperor's New Clothes". * An The "Gingerbread" episode of {{Taggart}} '''Gingerbread''' ''{{Series/Taggart}}'' used this. (The story was loosely inspired by Hansel and Gretel).
9th Feb '15 11:14:47 AM Sapphirea2
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* Rather than a conventional overture, the 2013 musical adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has an animated opening sequence that begins this way (the book is a large, purple one with a golden ''W'' on the cover). The narrator begins the show with the lines "This is a story about the most important thing in the world: Chocolate."
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* Rather than a conventional overture, When it first opened, the 2013 musical adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has had an animated opening sequence about the making of chocolate that begins began this way (the book is a large, purple one with a golden ''W'' on the cover). The narrator begins the show began with the lines "This is a story about the most important thing in the world: Chocolate."" This sequence was cut in 2014 with the first cast turnover, possibly for pacing reasons.
24th Jan '15 9:14:03 PM Mullon
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* ''{{Myst}}'' has a variant; Atrus narrates as the Myst book tumbles through a starry void, before landing in front of you on a...surface. Open the book, touch the picture, and the game begins. Since you're supposed to be in a library as the FramingDevice, one can assume that it was actually falling off a shelf, and the player picks it up to begin.
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* ''{{Myst}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' has a variant; Atrus narrates as the Myst book tumbles through a starry void, before landing in front of you on a...surface. Open the book, touch the picture, and the game begins. Since you're supposed to be in a library as the FramingDevice, one can assume that it was actually falling off a shelf, and the player picks it up to begin.
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