History Main / TheMountainsOfIllinois

23rd Oct '17 10:51:26 AM Abodos
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf 2007}}'' opens with a wide shot of the majestic mountains of Denmark - a country so flat its highest point is ''a TV tower'' that is twice as tall as the highest natural point. Being an animated film, this is clearly a case of RuleOfCool rather than CaliforniaDoubling.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf 2007}}'' opens with a wide shot of the majestic mountains of Denmark - a country so flat its highest point is ''a TV tower'' that is twice as tall as the highest natural point. Being an animated film, film taking place in a fantasy setting, this is clearly a case of RuleOfCool rather than CaliforniaDoubling.
28th Sep '17 4:01:29 AM HelloLamppost
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* ''[[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} Gunsmoke]]'' is set in Dodge City, Kansas. There sure are a lot of mountains.
7th Sep '17 6:11:25 PM Nakayama90
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* Since the Hans Christian Andersen version takes place in Denmark, ''Disney/{{TheLittleMermaid}}'' is often speculated to take place on the same coast. Except when you see the surface there are sea cliffs, mountains, palm trees, and other features found on the more southern coast of Europe. Alternatively of course, the location is an AdaptationDeviation.

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* Since the Hans Christian Andersen version takes place in Denmark, ''Disney/{{TheLittleMermaid}}'' ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is often speculated to take place on the same coast. Except when you see the surface there are sea cliffs, mountains, palm trees, and other features found on the more southern coast of Europe. Alternatively of course, the location is an AdaptationDeviation.


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* ''Film/ReturnToOz'' has mountains appearing in the background of several scenes based in Kansas, which is a prairie state.
18th Jul '17 5:54:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{RUSE}}'' features a single player map that's a homage to the Netherlands in WW2. There are many little villages carrying the names of famous Dutch ''cities'' who are dozens (or even hundreds) of kilometres apart, located between large tulip fields and occasional ''hill and mountain ranges''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{RUSE}}'' features a single player map that's a homage to the Netherlands in WW2.[=WW2=]. There are many little villages carrying the names of famous Dutch ''cities'' who are dozens (or even hundreds) of kilometres apart, located between large tulip fields and occasional ''hill and mountain ranges''.
29th Jun '17 12:08:52 AM PaulA
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* Inverted in most outlets with the depiction of Colombian cities; ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/{{Colombiana}}'' and a bunch of other movies depict Bogota as an arid or tropical, generally hot place; in reality, Bogota is notoriously mountainous (8000+ feet above sea level) and it's a rather cold city.

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* Inverted in most outlets with the depiction of Colombian cities; ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', ''Film/{{Colombiana}}'' and a bunch of other movies depict Bogota as an arid or tropical, generally hot place; in reality, Bogota is notoriously mountainous (8000+ feet above sea level) and it's a rather cold city.
24th Jun '17 11:16:40 PM Gray
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* Appears repeatedly in the first two seasons of ''TheLastShip'', with mountains from around San Diego visible in an establishing shot of Norfolk, VA (the nearest mountains are several hundred miles west) and the Coast Range being visible behind an oil platform supposedly off of Louisiana (which has the third-lowest high point of any US state).
23rd Jun '17 12:13:06 PM DirectorCannon
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** Whether this trope is in effect depends on where in the state the fictional Hawkins, Indiana is supposed to be. Southern Indiana can be VERY hilly, whereas the state's repetitional flatness is more true in the center and north.

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** Whether this trope is in effect depends on where in the state the fictional Hawkins, Indiana is supposed to be. Southern Indiana can be VERY hilly, whereas the state's repetitional reputational flatness is more true in the center and north.
23rd Jun '17 12:11:49 PM DirectorCannon
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** Whether this trope is in effect depends on where in the state the fictional Hawkins, Indiana is supposed to be. Southern Indiana can be VERY hilly, whereas the state's repetitional flatness is more true in the center and north.
19th Jun '17 2:22:36 PM Madrugada
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** Similarly, The Asylum film ''Aztec Rex'' is supposed to take place in southern Mexico, but was filmed at Kualoa Ranch. IN HAWAII. (Same location for the "Florida" in ''Pirates of the Caribbean''...)

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\n** Similarly, * The Asylum film ''Aztec Rex'' is supposed to take place in southern Mexico, but was filmed at Kualoa Ranch. IN HAWAII. (Same location for the "Florida" in ''Pirates of the Caribbean''...)



* The fourth season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' had terrorists hiding a nuclear missile in the mountains of Iowa, a state that, like Illinois, has no point higher than 1700 feet.
** This is doubly heinous when you factor in that all of this hiding in hills takes place ''offscreen''. They could've easily just had the theft take place somewhere where there are mountains (or at least steep foothills) to hide in. Either someone actually thought [[ArtisticLicenseGeography there are mountains in Iowa]] or...
** Or, knowing a lot of people's knowledge of FlyoverCountry, they were thinking of Idaho.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
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The fourth season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' had terrorists hiding a nuclear missile in the mountains of Iowa, a state that, like Illinois, has no point higher than 1700 feet.
** This is doubly heinous when you factor in that all of this hiding in hills takes place ''offscreen''. They could've easily just had the theft take place somewhere where there are mountains (or at least
feet. While Iowa does have some impressively steep foothills) to hide in. Either someone actually thought [[ArtisticLicenseGeography there are mountains in Iowa]] or...
** Or, knowing a lot of people's knowledge of FlyoverCountry,
bluffs and valleys, they're all along the Mississippi River waterway, and they were thinking of Idaho.aren't so much higher than the surrounding land as they are beside an area that's substantially ''lower''. Maybe the writers got [[FlyoverCountry Iowa and Idaho confused]].



** In Series/PowerRangersRPM'', set in the desert valleys of... what used to be the greater Boston metropolitan area. The reason? There was a war.
* A third-season episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' features a scene on the shores of one of Kansas' picturesque mountain lakes. For those of you in other countries, the terrain of Kansas is just like a billiards table, except for just enough ripples to mess up your shot. (According to research published in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'', the state is literally flatter than a pancake.) To add insult to injury, Kansas has no natural lakes. That being said, the lake part can be excused, since that particular lake--Crater Lake--was literally created by the meteor shower that rained down on Smallville in the Pilot episode, making it an acceptable break from reality.

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** In Series/PowerRangersRPM'', Series/PowerRangersRPM'' is set in the desert valleys of... what used to be the greater Boston metropolitan area. The reason? There was a war.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
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A third-season episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' features a scene on the shores of one of Kansas' picturesque mountain lakes. For those of you in other countries, the terrain of Kansas is just like a billiards table, except for just enough ripples to mess up your shot. (According to research published in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'', the state is literally flatter than a pancake.pancake, relatively speaking.) To add insult to injury, Kansas has no natural lakes. That being said, the lake part can be excused, since that particular lake--Crater Lake--was literally created by the meteor shower that rained down on Smallville in the Pilot episode, making it an acceptable break from reality.



** ''The X-Files'' ran into this a few times. The first five seasons were shot in Vancouver, which helped mask some of the variances between places. However, it was noticeable a few times. The season 2 episode "Die Hand Die Verletzt" was set in New Hampshire forest, though the woods of Vancouver and the woods of New Hampshire contain noticeably different vegetation. For a straighter version of this trope, the season 6 episode "The Rain King" (filmed in California) featured the agents flying into a particularly mountainous region of Kansas farmland....

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** ''The X-Files'' ran into this a few times. The first five seasons were shot in Vancouver, which helped mask some of the variances between places. However, it was noticeable a few times.
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The season 2 episode "Die Hand Die Verletzt" was set in New Hampshire forest, though the woods of Vancouver and the woods of New Hampshire contain noticeably different vegetation. vegetation.
**
For a straighter version of this trope, the season 6 episode "The Rain King" (filmed in California) featured the agents flying into a particularly mountainous region of Kansas farmland....



* The Minnesota farmland in ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' was peppered with suspiciously Californian mountains and hills. (Not to mention that it rarely ever snowed there, except [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas during Christmas episodes]].) Though the state of Minnesota does incorporate both prairies and mountains (not particularly tall ones), they are nowhere near each other.`

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* The Minnesota farmland in ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' was peppered with suspiciously Californian mountains and hills. (Not to mention that it rarely ever snowed there, except [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas during Christmas episodes]].) Though the state of Minnesota does incorporate have both prairies and mountains (not particularly tall ones), ones, though), they are nowhere near each other.`



* Another inversion in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf and Alexander get stuck in Alexander's Ancient West holodeck program set in Deadwood. The real Deadwood is at the bottom of a deep gulch yet there is not a mountain in sight. Deadwood is ALWAYS depicted on a prairie somewhere!
** Notably, Deadwood is surrounded by the Black Hills. The town did have most of the trappings of a Wild West Town, but the fights were over the area's gold and silver mining.
** maybe the holodeck programmers were thinking of Deadwood, Texas. But that's not nearly as famous as the one in South Dakota.
* The syndicated cop show ''Series/SilkStalkings'' was filmed in San Diego, but supposedly took place in Palm Beach, Florida. Of course, Mount Soledad, the Laguna Nountains and many lesser hills were prominent in the backgrounds of many exterior shots. Several Floridian fans of the show joked that it was obviously Mount Dora we were seeing in the background.
** For the record, Mount Dora, Florida is a small town that sits at an elevation of 144 feet. In Florida, 144 feet puts Mount Dora at one of the highest elevations in the state. While not famous for hills the way, say, San Francisco is, San Diego does have a few streets that climb that far in a few blocks.
** The highest point in all of Palm Beach county (which is twice the size of Rhode Island) is a 20-foot high ridge east of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

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* Another inversion in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf and Alexander get stuck in Alexander's Ancient West holodeck program set in Deadwood. The real Deadwood is at the bottom of a deep gulch in the middle of the Black ''Hills'' of South Dakota, yet there is not a mountain in sight. Deadwood is ALWAYS depicted on a prairie somewhere!
** Notably, Deadwood is surrounded by the Black Hills. The town did have most of the trappings of a Wild West Town, but the fights were over the area's gold and silver mining.
** maybe the holodeck programmers were thinking of Deadwood, Texas. But that's not nearly as famous as the one in South Dakota.
* The syndicated cop show ''Series/SilkStalkings'' was filmed in San Diego, but supposedly took place in Palm Beach, Florida. Of course, Mount Soledad, the Laguna Nountains and many lesser hills were prominent in the backgrounds of many exterior shots. Several Floridian fans of the show joked that it was obviously Mount Dora we were seeing in the background.
** For
background. [[note]]For the record, Mount Dora, Florida is a small town that sits at an elevation of 144 feet. In Florida, 144 feet puts Mount Dora at one of the highest elevations in the state. [[/note]] While not famous for hills the way, say, San Francisco is, San Diego does have a few streets that climb that far in 144 feet over a few blocks.
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blocks. The highest point in all of Palm Beach county (which is twice the size of Rhode Island) is a 20-foot high ridge east of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.



* Inverted in the US version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. It takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains. As a result, the city has a distinctive, hilly terrain. You wouldn't know this from watching the show, however, since it was filmed in the rather flat UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.
** To elaborate, a standard joke told to out-of-towners is that if a marble were placed on top of Mt. Washington in the city, it would not stop rolling until it reached Ohio.

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* Inverted in the US version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. It takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains. As a result, the city has a distinctive, hilly terrain. You wouldn't know this from watching the show, however, since it was filmed in the rather flat UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.
** To elaborate, a
[[note]]A standard joke told to out-of-towners is that if a marble were placed on top of Mt. Washington in the city, it would not stop rolling until it reached Ohio.[[/note]] You wouldn't know this from watching the show, however, since it was filmed in the rather flat UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.
19th Jun '17 2:07:26 PM Madrugada
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*** To be fair, while the Fountain of Youth legend is heavily associated with Florida, ''On Stranger Tides'' is never explicitly stated to take place there, and in fact the main setting is a fictional, unnamed island.

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*** To be fair, while the Fountain of Youth legend is heavily associated with Florida, ''On Stranger Tides'' is never explicitly stated to take place there, and in fact the main setting is a fictional, unnamed island.
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