Created By: acrobox on October 8, 2012 Last Edited By: acrobox on March 19, 2014

Rabbit Hole Format Shift

After going DownTheRabbitHole the film will be using the most up to date format

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Once Alice lived a normal life. Then she fell Down the Rabbit Hole and entered an Alternate Reality where the rules are different on some sort of Hero's Journey.

And whats the best way to let the audience know just how wonderful this magical new world is? Present it in the most wonderful video format money can buy.

If the real world was black and white, this world will be color. If the real world was in color, this world will be in HD. If the real world was in HD, this world will be in 3D etc.

More generally, even if there haven't been any recent technological shifts to take advantage of, the Wonderland on the other side of the Rabbit Hole will be in a different format. You could see live action vs. animation, or 3d vs 2d animation, or color vs. black and white purely for stylistic reasons, not to show off the advancement in technology.

Examples

Celebrating new technology:
  • Alice in Wonderland: The real world is in high definition, Underland is in 3D.
  • Brother Bear: After Kenai turns into a bear, the film changes to a wider screen format and the color is more saturated.
  • TRON: Legacy: The Real world is in high definition, The Grid is in 3D
  • The Wizard of Oz: The real world is in Black and White, Oz is in Color

Purely stylistic:
  • In Enchanted, the fairytale in in 2D animation, while the real world is live action.
  • James and the Giant Peach shifts from live-action to stop-motion when James crawls inside the Giant peach.
  • The LEGO Movie: The majority of the film, which takes place in the LEGO world, is in photo-realistic CGI mimicking stop-motion. After Emmet falls down a black hole and exits the universe, he lands in the real world, which is filmed in live-action.
  • The Pagemaster is about a boy being plucked out of his live-action world and brought into the animated world of literature
  • The Phantom Tollbooth goes from live-action to high quality animation once Milo goes through the tollbooth.
  • Pleasantville: Inversion, the real world is in color, Pleasantville is in Black and White, though this may be because its also supposed to be in 'the past.'
  • The Secret Garden changes from black and white to color after opening the titular garden.
  • The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VI: Homer find a portal behind a bookcase when he tries to hide from patty and selma. He decides to risk it, jumps in and end up in "The Third Dimension" where everything is 3d animated. At the end he falls into an other hole and end up in a live-action world were he is still 3d animated.

Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • October 8, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    In Corpse Bride, the land of the dead is in color whereas the living world is not.
  • October 8, 2012
    CrankyStorming
    The trailers for Oz The Great And Powerful suggest that the real world will be in the old 1.33 ratio and the land of Oz will be in widescreen.
  • October 8, 2012
    TonyG
    Brother Bear: After Kenai turns into a bear, the film changes to a wider screen format and the color is more saturated.
  • December 4, 2012
    aurora369
    Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession. The part before and after the dream about time travel hijinks is black and white; the main time travel hijinks part is in color.
  • December 4, 2012
    rcmerod52
    One of The Simpsons "Treehouse Of Horror" episodes had Homer enter the 3rd dimension, which was all 3-D computer animation.
  • December 4, 2012
    m8e
    ^In the end he falls into another rabbit hole and end up in a live action world where he still is 3D animated.
  • December 4, 2012
    Random888
    Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. The real world is in 2D and the game word is in 3D.
  • December 4, 2012
    Tuomas
    • The film version of James And The Giant Peach begins as live action, but when James goes inside the titular peach and meets a bunch of giant talking bugs (i.e. when the film transitions to pure fantasy), the format changes to stop-motion animation, which is then used for the bulk of the movie.
  • December 4, 2012
    StarSword
    Minor note on indexes: The Wizard Of Oz makes this Older Than Television, just barely.
  • December 5, 2012
    DracMonster
  • April 19, 2013
    Noah1
  • April 19, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    I think the stylistic shift is a different trope than the format shift...

    Also, do we have to keep this as 'the most up-to-date format'? James And The Giant Peach shifts from live-action to stop-motion, as mentioned, and the film version of The Phantom Tollbooth shifts from live-action to animation.
  • April 19, 2013
    StarSword
    This has been dead long enough to be Up For Grabs if anyone wants it.
  • June 25, 2013
    NESBoy
    • The Pagemaster is about a boy being plucked out of his live-action world and brought into the animated world of literature.
  • June 25, 2013
    Sackett
    The Secret Garden changes from black and white to color after opening the titular garden.
  • June 26, 2013
    Skylite
    • The Phantom Tollboth goes from live-action to high quality animation once Milo goes through the tollbooth.
  • June 26, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    How about New World New Style as a name?
  • June 26, 2013
    m8e
    Sound like someone changing their style when the go to the US.
  • February 14, 2014
    m8e
    Bump with some image suggestions from James And The Giant Peach [1][2][3]

    Changing to a different format on the other side of the rabbit hole(or at a transformation) is a valid trope on it's own. No need for the "most up to date".

    As for the name, I suggest something like Rabbit Hole Format Change, but I'm not sure we should use Rabbit Hole. Seem like it's not a required part, like in Brother Bear.
  • February 14, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    • The LEGO Movie: The majority of the film, which takes place in the LEGO world, is in photo-realistic CGI mimicking stop-motion. After Emmet falls down a black hole and exits the universe, he lands in the real world, which is filmed in live-action.
  • February 14, 2014
    Lakija
  • February 15, 2014
    Sackett
    Meaningful Format Change seems to be the best recommendation so far. Dry and boring, but serviceable.
  • February 15, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    • In Get A Horse, Mickey's cartoon world is in black-and-white and is hand-drawn, but once Mickey goes through the screen, the real world is shown to be color and rendered in CGI. Though once the screen is torn down, the cartoon world is shown to be in color, but the environment is more brighter and artificial.
  • February 15, 2014
    Lakija
    There's another trope around similar to this one: [1] Take a look at it.
  • February 16, 2014
    BlueGuy
    ^ I happen to be the author of the aforementioned YKTTW. Perhaps your trope could be a Super Trope to mine (since it's got a load of examples already)? I could import some of your examples to mine if you choose to do so.

    And I personally believe that Meaningful Format Change is the best name choice.
  • February 16, 2014
    Lakija
    ^^^^ Ha ha. I'm so sorry. :) But it works, and its clearest.
  • February 20, 2014
    Sammettik
    Would this be related to Art Shift?
  • February 28, 2014
    hbi2k
  • March 15, 2014
    leaskie
    • In Enchanted, the fairytale in in 2D animation, while the real world is live action.
  • March 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Get rid of the rabbit hole in the title plz.
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