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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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20th Nov '14 5:17:22 PM merotoker
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', an imaginary friend tries to drive a toy car only to realise it doesn't work that way.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''; an imaginary friend tries to drive a toy car only to realise it doesn't work that way.
20th Nov '14 5:11:40 PM merotoker
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* Justified in a ''{{Doraemon}}'' NonSerialMovie - a pint-sized alien crash-lands near Nobita's house, and Doraemon uses his pocket full of goodies to create a fully functional living space out of one of Shizuka's dollhouses.
* Somewhat inverted and played with in ''PonyoOnACliffByTheSea'' where, instead of shrinking, a toy boat is expanded until it's big enough to carry two young children, and works perfectly well. This is all part of the magic, of course. Played with when a couple of items are left in the boat when it shrinks back, really ''do'' become perfect miniatures.

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* Justified in a ''{{Doraemon}}'' ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' NonSerialMovie - a pint-sized alien crash-lands near Nobita's house, and Doraemon uses his pocket full of goodies to create a fully functional living space out of one of Shizuka's dollhouses.
* Somewhat inverted and played with in ''PonyoOnACliffByTheSea'' ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' where, instead of shrinking, a toy boat is expanded until it's big enough to carry two young children, and works perfectly well. This is all part of the magic, of course. Played with when a couple of items are left in the boat when it shrinks back, really ''do'' become perfect miniatures.



* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the GoldenAge adventures of DollMan: the protagonist (who can [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink to six inches tall]]) eventually obtains a gas-powered model airplane, and modifies it to have functional controls. (Inevitably, it's dubbed the DollPlane.)


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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} in the GoldenAge UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} adventures of DollMan: the protagonist (who can [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink to six inches tall]]) eventually obtains a gas-powered model airplane, and modifies it to have functional controls. (Inevitably, it's dubbed the DollPlane.)

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* ''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.
* In ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' (2007), Simon's glasses were from some sort of toy Santa. In the unlikely chance that they even had any sort of "lenses" they wouldn't be made to help vision.
** And even on the off chance they were, it's unlikely they would be Simon's prescription.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. After Adam is shrunk down to a couple of inches tall, he drives a toy truck that handles and sounds like a real truck. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUqmAW2cj_M at 5:15]].

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* ''NightAtTheMuseum'' ''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.)
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) Averted, however, with Jebediah's useless plastic guns. "Now you know Jebediah's secret shame."
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" 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.
* In ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' (2007), Simon's glasses were from some sort of toy Santa. In the unlikely chance that they even had any sort of "lenses" they wouldn't be made to help vision. \n** And even on the off chance they were, it's unlikely they would be Simon's prescription.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. After Adam is shrunk down to a couple of inches tall, he drives a toy truck that handles and sounds like a real truck. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUqmAW2cj_M at 5:15]].



* ''StuartLittle'', where Stuart drives an RC car around, as opposed to the book version, where it was custom made.
* ''The Mouse and the Motorcycle'' by BeverlyCleary, where the eponymous mouse is able to make a toy motorcycle go by [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum making engine noises]].

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* ''StuartLittle'', ''Literature/StuartLittle'', where Stuart drives an RC car around, as opposed to the book version, where it was custom made.
* ''The Mouse and the Motorcycle'' by BeverlyCleary, Creator/BeverlyCleary, where the eponymous mouse is able to make a toy motorcycle go by [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum making engine noises]].



* Averted in the ''Literature/TheRescuers'' series of children's novels (the inspiration for [[Disney/TheRescuers the Disney movies]]). In the novels Miss Bianca is the pet of an ambassador's son, so she lives in a dollhouse, but most other objects are not simply mouse-scaled props, but are indeed fabricated from other objects. For example, spools of thread are used as chairs, the salt shakers are really thimbles with bottoms attached, combs leaned against piles of books are staircases, and so forth.
** This happens in the movies as well a bit, but most of the props there are literally shrunken versions of human objects.
* Used with a normal sized protagonist in Creator/StephenKing's ''Eyes of the Dragon''. The main hero is framed for murder and imprisoned at the top of a tower. He convinces his jailers to let him have the doll-house he used to play with as a kid to help pass the time, then proceeds to [[spoiler:use the fully functional, though tiny, spinning wheel it contains to fashion a thin rope out of threads from the napkins he's given with every meal.]] Justified as when the doll house was first mentioned, special note was made that his father had made sure everything in it was constructed as realistically as possible.

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* Averted in the ''Literature/TheRescuers'' series of children's novels (the inspiration for [[Disney/TheRescuers the Disney movies]]). In the novels Miss Bianca is the pet of an ambassador's son, so she lives in a dollhouse, but most other objects are not simply mouse-scaled props, but are indeed fabricated from other objects. For example, spools of thread are used as chairs, the salt shakers are really thimbles with bottoms attached, combs leaned against piles of books are staircases, and so forth.
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forth. This happens in the movies as well a bit, but most of the props there are literally shrunken versions of human objects.
* Used with a normal sized protagonist in Creator/StephenKing's ''Eyes of the Dragon''.''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon''. The main hero is framed for murder and imprisoned at the top of a tower. He convinces his jailers to let him have the doll-house he used to play with as a kid to help pass the time, then proceeds to [[spoiler:use the fully functional, though tiny, spinning wheel it contains to fashion a thin rope out of threads from the napkins he's given with every meal.]] Justified as when the doll house was first mentioned, special note was made that his father had made sure everything in it was constructed as realistically as possible.



* Semi-averted in ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors Night Terrors]]; the dollhouse itself is way too realistic, but contains fake food and wooden frying pans.
* Inverted in an episode of ''LostInSpace''; the Robot somehow becomes huge and inexplicable contains rooms you can walk around in and human-sized equipment like tape drives.

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* Semi-averted in ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors Night Terrors]]; Terrors]]"; the dollhouse itself is way too realistic, but contains fake food and wooden frying pans.
* Inverted in an episode of ''LostInSpace''; ''Series/LostInSpace''; the Robot somehow becomes huge and inexplicable contains rooms you can walk around in and human-sized equipment like tape drives.



* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', Schroeder's Piano is a toy, but plays like a grand.
** The black keys are actually non-functional. When asked how he manages to play as well as he does, he replies with "lots of practice."
*** That must also be how he makes it sound like three different kinds of keyboards in ''ACharlieBrownChristmas''.

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* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Schroeder's Piano is a toy, but plays like a grand.
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grand. The black keys are actually non-functional. When asked how he manages to play as well as he does, he replies with "lots of practice."
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" That must also be how he makes it sound like three different kinds of keyboards in ''ACharlieBrownChristmas''.
''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''.



* 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}}''.
* Averted in ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', an imaginary friend tries to drive a toy car only to realise it doesn't work that way.
* In the rare times that PinkyAndTheBrain interact with other civilised mice ('The Third Mouse' comes to mind), toy cars end up acting this way. When they try it in 'A Pinky and the Brain Christmas', it's subverted--it's an RC car, and they don't have the remote themselves.
* ''ReBoot'' has a game where the characters are the size of dolls. The User character (also doll sized) used cars and a plane that were fully functional. Since the context here is a video game, it's excusable.
* ''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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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Feed the Kitty", the kitten Pussyfoot manages to "hotwire" a toy wind-up car and drives it around erratically.
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erratically. As a [[ShoutOut tribute]], director Joe Dante has Gizmo do the same with an RC car in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.
* Averted in ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', an imaginary friend tries to drive a toy car only to realise it doesn't work that way.
* In the rare times that PinkyAndTheBrain WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain interact with other civilised mice ('The ("The Third Mouse' Mouse" comes to mind), toy cars end up acting this way. When they try it in 'A "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas', Christmas", it's subverted--it's an RC car, and they don't have the remote themselves.
* ''ReBoot'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has a game where the characters are the size of dolls. The User character (also doll sized) used cars and a plane that were fully functional. Since the context here is a video game, it's excusable.
* ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' ''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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13th Jul '14 10:23:00 PM Elan
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* In ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', Gizmo finds an toy car in the department store that he can drive like a real car, using the steering wheel instead of any sort of remote control.

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* In ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', Gizmo finds an a toy car in the department store that he can drive like a real car, using the steering wheel instead of any sort of remote control.
13th Jul '14 10:22:43 PM Elan
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* In ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', Gizmo finds an toy car in the department store that he can drive like a real car, using the steering wheel instead of any sort of remote control.
28th Jun '14 10:10:26 AM Sark0TAG
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* Played straight in the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a spinet, 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'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a spinet, piano, two other people show up, and at the end, the main character Charlie Parks shrinks and joins the woman, sharing a stereoscope.
28th Jun '14 10:08:54 AM Sark0TAG
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* Played straight in the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Miniature". The single doll woman comes alive and starts playing a spinet, two other people show up, and at the end, the main character Charlie Parks shrinks and joins the woman, sharing a stereoscope.
12th Feb '14 7:03:20 PM Sark0TAG
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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.
1st Dec '13 3:36:22 PM DamianYerrick
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* Justified in ''{{The Secret World of Arrietty}}'' because the borrower-sized dollhouse was made specifically for borrowers to inhabit.

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* Justified in ''{{The Secret World of Arrietty}}'' ''Anime/{{Arrietty}}'' because the borrower-sized dollhouse was made specifically for borrowers to inhabit.



* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the GoldenAge adventures of DollMan: the protagonist ([[IncredibleShrinkingMan who can shrink to six inches tall]) eventually obtains a gas-powered model airplane, and modifies it to have functional controls. (Inevitably, it's dubbed the DollPlane.)


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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the GoldenAge adventures of DollMan: the protagonist ([[IncredibleShrinkingMan who (who can [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink to six inches tall]) tall]]) eventually obtains a gas-powered model airplane, and modifies it to have functional controls. (Inevitably, it's dubbed the DollPlane.)




* In ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks TheMovie'', Simon's glasses were from some sort of toy Santa. In the unlikely chance that they even had any sort of "lenses" they wouldn't be made to help vision.

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* In ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks TheMovie'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' (2007), Simon's glasses were from some sort of toy Santa. In the unlikely chance that they even had any sort of "lenses" they wouldn't be made to help vision.
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