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8th Aug '17 11:19:21 PM TheCuza
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When a character is [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrunk]] or is naturally under three inches tall and said character encounters a recognizable object scaled to the character's new size, said object will retain the function and properties scale of its original size. In short, dollhouse sized props work for dollhouse sized people, SquareCubeLaw and LawOfConservationOfDetail be damned. This is much easier to HandWave away in stories that involve shrinking characters, since some type of [[AWizardDidIt magic]] or AppliedPhlebotinum is obviously already in play.

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When a character is [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrunk]] or is naturally under three inches tall and said character encounters a recognizable object scaled to the character's new size, said object will retain the function and properties scale of its original size. In short, dollhouse sized props work for dollhouse sized people, size, SquareCubeLaw and LawOfConservationOfDetail be damned.damned. For example, characters small enough to fit in a Hot Wheels car will be able to actually drive it as if it were a real car, characters the right size for a dollhouse will be able to actually cook with the plastic kitchen appliances, and so on. This is much easier to HandWave away in stories that involve shrinking characters, since some type of [[AWizardDidIt magic]] or AppliedPhlebotinum is obviously already in play.
16th Jan '17 3:13:14 PM DragonRanger
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* Justified in ''Film/AntMan''. Hank Pym blows a tank keychain up to normal size and uses it to bust out of a building, but his line to the effect of "this isn't a keychain" indicates that it's an actual tank that he shrank to keychain-size in the first place. Also averted with the TraintopBattle involving the Thomas the Tank Engine toy, as it stays well within a toy trains' capabilities and merely runs around a circular track.
21st Jul '16 5:09:19 AM matruz
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* The miniature boat used by WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale in the short "Chips Ahoy!", one can only guess why a former Ship in a Bottle is equipped with miniature captain and sailor outfits for the chipmunks to use, a miniature mop and a bucket, a fully functional miniature water pump, a fully equipped cabin, a rather heavy miniature anchor (as WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck found the hard way) and a rudder that's actually connected to the ship's wheel.

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* The miniature boat used by WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale in the short "Chips Ahoy!", one can only guess why a former Ship in a Bottle is equipped with miniature captain and sailor outfits for the chipmunks to use, a miniature mop and a bucket, a fully functional miniature water pump, a fully equipped cabin, cabin quarters, a rather heavy miniature anchor (as WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck [[AgonyOfTheFeet found the hard way) way]]) and a rudder that's actually connected to the ship's wheel.
20th Jul '16 1:07:45 PM matruz
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* The miniature boat used by WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale in the short "Chips Ahoy!", one can only guess why a former Ship in a Bottle is equipped with miniature captain and sailor outfits for the chipmunks to use, a miniature mop and a bucket, a fully functional miniature water pump, a fully equipped cabin, a rather heavy miniature anchor (as WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck found the hard way) and a rudder that's actually connected to the ship's wheel.
25th Jun '16 1:54:05 PM MarkLungo
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* Played with in ''The Sixty-Eight Rooms'' using a magical key that only shrinks a girl who holds it - along with anyone else in physical contact. Not only do the miniatures in the Thorne rooms work, including a violin that plays and an awesomely comfy bed, the painted backgrounds are transformed into portals to the time period whichever room is dedicated to. However, a certain miniature object must be present for the portal to function.

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* Played with in ''The Sixty-Eight Rooms'' ''Literature/SixtyEightRooms'' using a magical key that only shrinks a girl who holds it - along with anyone else in physical contact. Not only do the miniatures in the Thorne rooms work, including a violin that plays and an awesomely comfy bed, the painted backgrounds are transformed into portals to the time period whichever room is dedicated to. However, a certain miniature object must be present for the portal to function.



* Played straight in the ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a piano, two other people show up, and at the end, the main character Charlie Parks shrinks and joins the woman, sharing a stereoscope.

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* Played straight in the ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a piano, two other people show up, and at the end, the main character Charlie Parks Parkes shrinks and joins the woman, sharing a stereoscope.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Feed the Kitty", the kitten Pussyfoot manages to "hotwire" a toy wind-up car and drives it around erratically. As a [[ShoutOut tribute]], director Joe Dante has Gizmo do the same with an RC car in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Feed the Kitty", the kitten Pussyfoot manages to "hotwire" a toy wind-up car and drives it around erratically. As a [[ShoutOut tribute]], director Joe Dante Creator/JoeDante has Gizmo do the same with an RC car in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.



* The Misterjaw cartoon "Shark and the Beanstalk" involves the titular shark and his catfish sidekick [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk encountering a giant in a castle]]. After a lengthy chase, the two find a room filled with toys and make their escape from the castle using a toy plane to fly off.

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* The Misterjaw ''Misterjaw'' cartoon "Shark and the Beanstalk" involves the titular shark and his catfish sidekick [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk encountering a giant in a castle]]. After a lengthy chase, the two find a room filled with toys and make their escape from the castle using a toy plane to fly off.
22nd Jun '16 5:20:57 PM MarkLungo
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* Played straight in the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a piano, two other people show up, and at the end, the main character Charlie Parks shrinks and joins the woman, sharing a stereoscope.

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* Played straight in the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a piano, two other people show up, and at the end, the main character Charlie Parks shrinks and joins the woman, sharing a stereoscope.
22nd Jun '16 5:09:31 PM DrY9K
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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' runs into a lot of this with the Roman and Western displays, presumably {{HandWave}}d due to the tablet magic. (Though that doesn't explain the RC car.) Averted, however, with Jebediah's useless plastic guns. "Now you know Jebediah's secret shame." The sequel has a ''fully functional'' model plane, and judging by the urgency involved in trying to stop it, a ''space rocket.'' Bear in mind they're at the Smithsonian.

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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' runs into a lot of this with the Roman and Western displays, presumably {{HandWave}}d {{Handwave}}d due to the tablet magic. (Though that doesn't explain the RC car.) Averted, however, with Jebediah's useless plastic guns. "Now you know Jebediah's secret shame." The sequel has a ''fully functional'' model plane, and judging by the urgency involved in trying to stop it, a ''space rocket.'' Bear in mind they're at the Smithsonian.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has the turtles use many strange toys in Kowalski's inventions, but they have a pink toy car that at first doesn't seem to have been altered at all, but still functions like a real car.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has the turtles penguins use many strange toys in Kowalski's inventions, but they have a pink toy car that at first doesn't seem to have been altered at all, but still functions like a real car.
28th May '16 2:19:02 AM Morgenthaler
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10th Mar '16 1:02:07 PM PrimeEvil
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* In ''Literature/StuartLittle'', Stuart gets a custom-made car, just like a real one, but miniature. Hilariously, it can also [[DieAnotherDay become invisible]], which poses a problem when Stuart absentmindedly presses the button from outside the car.

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* In ''Literature/StuartLittle'', Stuart gets a custom-made car, just like a real one, but miniature. Hilariously, it can also [[DieAnotherDay [[Film/DieAnotherDay become invisible]], which poses a problem when Stuart absentmindedly presses the button from outside the car.
10th Mar '16 1:01:03 PM PrimeEvil
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* ''Literature/StuartLittle'', where Stuart drives an RC car around, as opposed to the book version, where it was custom made.

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* In ''Literature/StuartLittle'', where Stuart drives an RC car around, as opposed to gets a custom-made car, just like a real one, but miniature. Hilariously, it can also [[DieAnotherDay become invisible]], which poses a problem when Stuart absentmindedly presses the book version, where it was custom made.button from outside the car.



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