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21st Apr '16 9:24:30 AM ooh
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* ''Film/HeavensGate'' is the poster child for this Trope. It was completely demolished by vengeful New York Times critic Vincent Canby, and became on of the biggest flops in film history. Along came The Z Channel and singlehandedly restored its reputation, as shown in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405496/combined Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession]]''.

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* ''Film/HeavensGate'' is the poster child for this Trope. It was completely demolished by vengeful New York Times critic Vincent Canby, and became on of the biggest flops in film history. Reports about the film's TroubledProduction didn't help, either. Along came The Z Channel and singlehandedly restored its reputation, a little, as shown in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405496/combined Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession]]''.
18th Apr '16 11:38:02 AM Rowdycmoore
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* While Disney's first five animated movies - ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarves'', ''Pinocchio'', ''Fantasia'', ''Dumbo'' and ''Bambi'' - have all become beloved classics, only ''Snow White'' and ''Dumbo'' were financial successes in theaters, and the latter mainly because it was made at much lower cost than its predecessors. In fact, the other three had so much loss at the box office that Disney didn't fully recoup those losses until the release of ''Cinderella''.
18th Apr '16 11:36:51 AM Rowdycmoore
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* While Disney's first five animated movies - ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarves'', ''Pinocchio'', ''Fantasia'', ''Dumbo'' and ''Bambi'' - have all become beloved classics, only ''Snow White'' and ''Dumbo'' were financial successes in theaters, and the latter mainly because it was made at much lower cost than its predecessors. In fact, the other three had so much loss at the box office that Disney didn't fully recoup those losses until the release of ''Cinderella''.
23rd Mar '16 5:04:32 PM nombretomado
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* ComedyCentral seems to have rescued ''Film/{{Accepted}}''. Previously, ''Film/{{PCU}}'' was equally AdoredByTheNetwork.

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* ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral seems to have rescued ''Film/{{Accepted}}''. Previously, ''Film/{{PCU}}'' was equally AdoredByTheNetwork.



* The 1994 comedy ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' bombed at the box office and was thrashed by critics. But due to the fact that it was played heavily on ComedyCentral during the mid-1990s it has managed to achieve CultClassic status -- especially among fans of hard rock and HeavyMetal music, due to all the rock & roll in-jokes and the cameos by famous rock musicians.

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* The 1994 comedy ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' bombed at the box office and was thrashed by critics. But due to the fact that it was played heavily on ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral during the mid-1990s it has managed to achieve CultClassic status -- especially among fans of hard rock and HeavyMetal music, due to all the rock & roll in-jokes and the cameos by famous rock musicians.
18th Mar '16 10:52:42 PM Hossmeister
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6th Mar '16 11:58:59 AM DonaldthePotholer
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[[NetworkToTheRescue Through frequent airings on premium or basic cable channels]] because they're cheap, handy filler, they gather a devoted audience that sees its [[SoBadItsGood entertainment value]] despite the [[SnarkBait obvious flaws]]. Sometimes, these films bombed when they were first released and were just misunderstood at the time, but a later time period and cable made them popular. Other times, the show in question is aired so often that viewers mistakenly believe it must be some sort of classic...so they keep watching and rewatching it to the point that it ''does'' [[SelfFulfillingProphecy become a classic]]. This can also happen to a film if it gets featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', and, in fact, is the cause of many a MissingEpisode of said series; after a movie was [=MiSTied=], it often gained in popularity, which raised the price for the rights beyond what Best Brains (or Rhino/Shout Factory) was able to pay.

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[[NetworkToTheRescue Through frequent airings on premium or basic cable channels]] because they're cheap, handy filler, they gather a devoted audience that sees its [[SoBadItsGood entertainment value]] despite the [[SnarkBait obvious flaws]]. Sometimes, these films bombed when they were first released and were just misunderstood at the time, but a later time period and cable made them popular. Other times, the show in question is aired so often that viewers mistakenly believe it must be some sort of classic...so they keep watching and rewatching it to the point that it ''does'' [[SelfFulfillingProphecy become a classic]]. This can also happen to a film [[ColbertBump if it gets featured on on]] ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', and, in fact, is the cause of many a MissingEpisode of said series; after a movie was [=MiSTied=], it often gained in popularity, which raised the price for the rights beyond what Best Brains (or Rhino/Shout Factory) was able to pay.



Compare CriticalDissonance, QualityByPopularVote. BetterOnDVD and VindicatedByReruns are this trope's [[SisterTrope television counterparts]].

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Compare CriticalDissonance, QualityByPopularVote. BetterOnDVD and VindicatedByReruns are this trope's is the [[SisterTrope television counterparts]].
counterpart]].
26th Feb '16 5:28:29 PM Lirodon
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->''"Even the theatrical release of ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' had a Creator/{{TNT}} logo in the corner!"''

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->''"Even the theatrical release of ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' Film/TheShawshankRedemption had a Creator/{{TNT}} logo in the corner!"''
22nd Feb '16 9:17:41 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Creator/MikeJudge is one of the kings of this trope. ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is the quintessential example, with tepid box office numbers at best, only becoming a CultClassic after being shown ad nauseum on premium cable (and, later, Creator/ComedyCentral). ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' bombed similarly in theaters, a victim of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork zero to no promotion by the distributor]], 20th Century Fox (all the film's [[TakeThat cheap shots]] at the FOX network and [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel its news division]] probably didn't help Judge). Thanks once again to cable, the film seems to be well on its way to this trope if it's not already there.

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* Creator/MikeJudge is one of the kings of this trope. ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is the quintessential example, with tepid box office numbers at best, only becoming a CultClassic after being shown ad nauseum on premium cable (and, later, Creator/ComedyCentral). ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' bombed similarly in theaters, a victim of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork zero little to no promotion by the distributor]], 20th Century Fox (all the film's [[TakeThat cheap shots]] at the FOX network and [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel its news division]] probably didn't help Judge). Thanks once again to cable, the film seems to be well on its way to this trope if it's not already there.
15th Feb '16 4:03:23 PM themisterfree
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* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' was a box-office flop, buried in an Easter-weekend release by Creator/WarnerBros (as Time Warner had just merged with Turner, which made the movie), with scant advertising and a barely promoted Subway tie-in. At the time, the only people really talking about it were the animation community (who went on to award it the Annie for Best Picture) and the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. Eventually, the film did become a CultClassic after its subsequent video release, and airings on Creator/{{HBO}} and Creator/CartoonNetwork (presumably trying to make up for their corporate cousin's failure).
** And also from WB, ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' failed at the box office thanks to Warner Bros having no faith in the movie. Fortunately, one of those who ''did'' see it was Ted Turner, who loved it so much that he had Cartoon Network run a 24-hour marathon of it on UsefulNotes/{{Thanksgiving|Day}}... a tradition that still runs to this day. It's easy to see why this film in particular would complement Thanksgiving day -- the vague 1950's small-town America setting is plump with nostalgia, and the plot is a wholesome [[ABoyAndHisX Boy and His Robot]] story, which only reveals more layers as the viewers grow up.

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* *Creator/WarnerBros has a bad track record with this:
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''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' was a box-office flop, buried in an Easter-weekend release by Creator/WarnerBros (as Time Warner had just merged with Turner, which made the movie), with scant advertising and a barely promoted Subway tie-in. At the time, the only people really talking about it were the animation community (who went on to award it the Annie for Best Picture) and the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. Eventually, the film did become a CultClassic after its subsequent video release, and airings on Creator/{{HBO}} and Creator/CartoonNetwork (presumably trying to make up for their corporate cousin's failure).
** And also from WB, ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' failed at the box office thanks to Warner Bros having no faith in the movie. Fortunately, one of those who ''did'' see it was Ted Turner, who loved it so much that he had Cartoon Network run a 24-hour marathon of it on UsefulNotes/{{Thanksgiving|Day}}... a tradition that still runs to this day. day (back when he saw it he was still running his own company, he left after the disastrous AOL/Time Warner merger). It's easy to see why this film in particular would complement Thanksgiving day -- the vague 1950's small-town America setting is plump with nostalgia, and the plot is a wholesome [[ABoyAndHisX Boy and His Robot]] story, which only reveals more layers as the viewers grow up.up.
** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' had a decent reception with critics and fans, but with Warner Bros. opting to market the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' instead, it was opened against ''Film/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones''. Despite heavy promotion on Cartoon Network, it bombed at the box office. Home video and showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang helped it gain a strong audience.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' had a decent reception with critics and fans, but with Warner Bros. opting to market the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' instead, it was opened against ''Film/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones''. Despite heavy promotion on Cartoon Network, it bombed at the box office. Home video and showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang helped it gain a strong audience.
15th Feb '16 3:59:24 PM themisterfree
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* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' was a box-office flop, buried in an Easter-weekend release with scant advertising (and a barely promoted Subway tie-in). At the time, the only people really talking about it were the animation community (who went on to award it the Annie for Best Picture) and the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. Eventually, the film did become a CultClassic after its subsequent video release, and airings on the Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' failed at the box office thanks to Creator/WarnerBros having no faith in the movie. Fortunately, one of those who ''did'' see it was Ted Turner, who loved it so much that he had Creator/CartoonNetwork run a 24-hour marathon of it on UsefulNotes/{{Thanksgiving|Day}}... a tradition that still runs to this day. It's easy to see why this film in particular would complement Thanksgiving day -- the vague 1950's small-town America setting is plump with nostalgia, and the plot is a wholesome [[ABoyAndHisX Boy and His Robot]] story, which only reveals more layers as the viewers grow up.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' was a box-office flop, buried in an Easter-weekend release by Creator/WarnerBros (as Time Warner had just merged with Turner, which made the movie), with scant advertising (and and a barely promoted Subway tie-in).tie-in. At the time, the only people really talking about it were the animation community (who went on to award it the Annie for Best Picture) and the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. Eventually, the film did become a CultClassic after its subsequent video release, and airings on the Disney Channel Creator/{{HBO}} and Cartoon Network.
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Creator/CartoonNetwork (presumably trying to make up for their corporate cousin's failure).
** And also from WB,
''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' failed at the box office thanks to Creator/WarnerBros Warner Bros having no faith in the movie. Fortunately, one of those who ''did'' see it was Ted Turner, who loved it so much that he had Creator/CartoonNetwork Cartoon Network run a 24-hour marathon of it on UsefulNotes/{{Thanksgiving|Day}}... a tradition that still runs to this day. It's easy to see why this film in particular would complement Thanksgiving day -- the vague 1950's small-town America setting is plump with nostalgia, and the plot is a wholesome [[ABoyAndHisX Boy and His Robot]] story, which only reveals more layers as the viewers grow up.
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