Created By: alnair20aug93 on January 27, 2013 Last Edited By: alnair20aug93 on March 1, 2013
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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 '80s, 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.

Other
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • January 27, 2013
    Chernoskill
    The opening montage in Watchmen depicts the evolution of Superheroes from the 40s up to the 80s, with important historical scenes shown in between.
  • January 27, 2013
    bwayrose7
    The episode "Fragments" of Torchwood has a montage of Capt. Jack through the entire 20th century.
  • January 28, 2013
    Arivne
    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.
  • February 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    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 the Renaissance, and ends up at his sofa.
  • February 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    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.
  • February 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Another Pepsi commercial from 2002 featuring Britney Spears shows Pepsi "commercials" from the 1950s through 2002.
  • February 23, 2013
    MaxWest
    Done in both the 1960 and the 2002 film of The Time Machine. The 1960 film has our time traveling hero watching time passing from his machine, going through the World Wars, nuclear wars, and into the distant future - all done via stop-motion photography courtesy of George Pal. The 2002 film does this too, albeit with CGI.
  • February 23, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Frigidaire's commercial More than 90 Years of Innovation shows the company's innovations through the years.
  • February 24, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • When Fry gets frozen in the cryogenic tube in the first episode of Futurama, time starts slipping by, showing New York being destroyed by aliens, rebuilt, destroyed by aliens again, forests growing and humanity reverting back to the Middle Ages and rebuilding New York again with castles, get destroyed by aliens again, and then finally the New New York of the year 2999 springs up.

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