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2nd Apr '16 2:13:33 AM JackG
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* Back when Live Action TV really was live, this could be a problem as you couldn't just stop and fix things. On ''Series/CaptainVideo'' a struggle between the spunky sidekick and VillainOfTheWeek tipped over one of the 'rocks', leaving its hollow construction facing the camera while the two actors 'subtly' tried to put it back while carrying on their fight.
31st Dec '15 10:40:18 PM MrNickelodeon
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* The pre-shows for the two former [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] attractions, ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' and ''Disaster!'', had Styrofoam rocks being used as a way of demonstrating the many different special effects used in movies.

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* The pre-shows for the two former [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] attractions, ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' and ''Disaster!'', ''Ride/{{Disaster}}'', had Styrofoam rocks being used as a way of demonstrating the many different special effects used in movies.
31st Dec '15 12:21:12 PM MrNickelodeon
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* The pre-shows for the two former [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] attractions, ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' and ''Disaster!'', had Styrofoam rocks being used as a way of demonstrating the many different special effects used in movies.
21st Nov '15 6:19:52 PM Oberoniss
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When shooting in a studio, you can't just bring in a truckload of rocks and drop them on the actors. Wood won't work either - what if somebody is injured! The rocks could of course be done with CGI, but that would cost quite a deal, and be hard for the actors to properly portray.

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When shooting in a studio, you can't just bring in a truckload of rocks and drop them on the actors. Wood won't work either - what if somebody is injured! injured? The rocks could of course be done with CGI, but that would cost quite a deal, be costly, and be hard very difficult for the actors to properly portray.
to, well, act with.
11th Sep '15 4:35:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** There's another example in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] episode "The Return of the Archons": A melon-sized "rock" bounces off a stuntman's head and he keeps running. Apparently it wasn't supposed to hit him at all, and was left in under time pressure.

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** There's another example * ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] episode "The Return of the Archons": A Archons," a melon-sized "rock" bounces off a stuntman's head and he keeps running. Apparently it wasn't supposed to hit him at all, and was left in under time pressure.



** It was also parodied rather hilariously in the ''Wormhole X-Treme'' episode when they kept pelting the Jackson-analog with the "bricks" in multiple 'takes'.
* In ''ElChapulinColorado'', it's not only rocks but literally '''everything'''. El Chapulín hits an enemy with a chair, and you can actually see the styrofoam right there.
* {{Nickelodeon}}'s ''LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' and ''[[NickelodeonGuts Guts]]'' were made of this trope. They were {{game show}}s for children, so it would have been disturbing if the effect were more convincing.
* This occurred in the series finale of ''SmallWonder'', when Ted gave a literal meaning to the term CardboardPrison. He offered to pay for the damage, but the movie director said there was no money in the budget for it.

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** It was also parodied rather hilariously in the ''Wormhole X-Treme'' episode when they kept pelting the Jackson-analog with the "bricks" in multiple 'takes'.
* In ''ElChapulinColorado'', ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'', it's not only rocks but literally '''everything'''. El Chapulín hits an enemy with a chair, and you can actually see the styrofoam right there.
* {{Nickelodeon}}'s ''LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' and ''[[NickelodeonGuts Guts]]'' were made of this trope. They were {{game show}}s for children, so it would have been disturbing if the effect were more convincing.
* This occurred in the series finale of ''SmallWonder'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', when Ted gave a literal meaning to the term CardboardPrison. He offered to pay for the damage, but the movie director said there was no money in the budget for it.
28th Jun '15 4:14:21 AM SpiritOfSahara
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AliceAndBob are on an epic adventure to find a treasure buried deep underground. They are making their way through a maze of tunnels, with only a flashlight and an ancient treasure map keeping them from getting lost. But oh no! The villain hot on their heels accidently sets off a bomb and the ground starts shaking under the heroes' feet! The ancient tunnels aren't built sturdily enough to take the tremors and the walls crumble around them!

Except the rocks that fall sort of...''bounce'' when they hit the ground...

When shooting in a studio, you can't just bring in a truckload of rocks and drop them on the actors. Even wood won't work - what if somebody is injured! The rocks could of course be done with CGI, but that would cost quite a deal, and be hard for the actors to properly portray.

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AliceAndBob are on an epic adventure to find a treasure buried deep underground. They are making their way through a maze of tunnels, with only a flashlight and an ancient treasure map keeping them from getting lost. But oh no! The villain hot on their heels accidently sets off a bomb and the ground starts shaking under the heroes' feet! The ancient tunnels aren't built sturdily enough to take the tremors and the walls crumble around them!

Except the rocks that fall sort of...of... ''bounce'' when they hit the ground...

When shooting in a studio, you can't just bring in a truckload of rocks and drop them on the actors. Even wood Wood won't work either - what if somebody is injured! The rocks could of course be done with CGI, but that would cost quite a deal, and be hard for the actors to properly portray.



This trope is a kind of SpecialEffectsFailure and is applicable in situations where light objects, such as Styrofoam, are meant to portray rocks, bricks or some other heavy material in a dramatic fashion, but fails to [[{{Pun}} lend any weight]] to the seriousness of the situation.

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This trope is a kind of SpecialEffectsFailure and is applicable in situations where light objects, such as Styrofoam, are meant to portray rocks, bricks or some any other heavy material in a dramatic fashion, but fails to [[{{Pun}} lend any weight]] to the seriousness of the situation.




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* Played for laughs, as everything else, in the intro sequence of ''Film/PineappleExpress''.
29th Apr '15 5:11:57 PM pinkdalek
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** In "The Green Death", the Doctor has to lean against a rock wall to retrieve an egg. The rock looks fine, but there's a really loud and clear styrofoam squeak audible when he does it.
19th Mar '15 6:55:33 AM pinkdalek
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** The Ogri in "The Stones of Blood" are a whole alien race of this.

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** The Ogri in "The Stones of Blood" are a whole alien race of this. There are some [[http://i.imgur.com/jRYP5Op.jpg amusing on-set photos]] of Tom Baker messing about with them.
25th Nov '14 3:26:40 PM pinkdalek
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** "The Dominators" features a scene where the Quarks enslave the Dulcians to do manual labour lifting rocks. There are extended scenes featuring some of the most melodramatically-acted styrofoam lifting ever committed to video. It's especially funny when the Dulcians buckle under the weight and collapse and the rocks bounce around all over the place like tennis balls.
25th Oct '14 6:56:36 AM pinkdalek
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** The Ogri in "The Stones of Blood" are a whole alien race of this.
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