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Progressive Era Montage
A character or scene shifts from one era to another
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A Montage where a character or a scene shifts from one era to era. A "Mister Sandman" Sequence may or may not occur on a particular era, may it be a person, a place, or an item. The one thing that this montage depicts is that the atmosphere, clothes, and music sequentially changes.

For instance, the progress initially starts from Ancient Rome, progresses to The Renaissance, then goes further up to The Forties, then transcends to The Eighties, then finally to the Present Day.

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  • The 2009 Pepsi Commercial "Pass" transcends from The Gay Nineties to the present day focusing the said product consumed by young people as it is passed on through various generations.
  • The 2008 Hovis Bread Commercial, "Go On, Lad!" focuses on a boy who, in 122 seconds, walks down on history lane from the Victorian Era to the present day as he walks down through significant events on British history.
  • The Mercedes-Benz SL commercial "Timeless" focuses about the said car as it drives through the 1950s up to the present day while the style of the car changes.
  • Frigidaire's commercial More than 90 Years of Innovation shows the company's innovations through the years.

Film
  • The opening montage in Watchmen depicts the evolution of Superheroes from the 40s up to the 80s, with important historical scenes shown in between.
  • The opening credit sequence of the film The Jackal showed a montage of images from Russian history set to pounding Industrial music, starting with the Bolshevik Revolution, through Stalin's industrialization and The Great Patriotic War, and on up through the fall of the Soviet Union toward the present day.

Live-Action TV
  • The episode "Fragments" of Torchwood has a montage of Capt. Jack through the entire 20th century.

Western Animation
  • The Cartoon Network Groovies short "Musical Evolution" had Josie and the Pussycats performing in several different time periods (and costumes), including the 1970's disco era, 90's metal, the Wild West (country and western), 80's KISS style rock, and modern disc jockey style. Watch it here.
  • A Simpsons Couch Gag has Homer starting as a unicellular organism, becomes a fish, climbs out of the ocean, evolves into a human, walks through parts of human history, and ends up at his sofa, and Marge asking "Where have you been?".
  • The opening scene of Wreck-It Ralph progresses through 30 years as evidenced by the change of video game platforms.

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  • This 2011 video of the East London Style does much, where the dancers' clothes and the music changes over 100 years in just 100 seconds.
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