Created By: NateTheGreat on April 1, 2011 Last Edited By: NateTheGreat on December 12, 2014
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Stock Shadow Puppets

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Needs a better name. We have Impossible Shadow Puppets for, well, impossible shadow puppets. But we're missing the original trope, the cliched shadow puppets. The shapes that you can create with two hands. The three basic shadow puppets are:

  • A bunny (two fingers up for ears, curl the rest around to the thumb to make a face with an eyehole in the middle)
  • A dog (thumb as lower jaw, fingers as the head, pointer finger curved to make an eye)
  • A bird (join both hands at the thumbs and wave the fingers for wings)

I saw these being used in the first episode of Totally Spies! and was shocked that we didn't have the trope yet. Up for Grabs.
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • April 2, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Superman II. A searchlight beam illuminates Otis and Luthor while they're escaping from Metropolis Prison. Otis takes advantage of this to make shadow puppets next to Luthor's bald head, much to Luthor's dismay when he notices.
  • April 2, 2011
    GymQuirk
  • April 2, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    I think we do have a trope for when someone does impossible ones
  • April 2, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Uh, yeah. My original post says that.

  • April 9, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • April 9, 2011
    LeeM
    Theatre: A scene from Cirque Du Soleil's Ka might count, although IIRC the basic designs do get followed up by more sophisticated ones.
  • April 21, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • May 4, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • May 5, 2011
    zero24
  • May 5, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    I guess, if someone wants to launch it like that.
  • May 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Wow, this literally just came up like 2 hours and 10 minutes ago.
    • The Mentalist: while waiting for the perp of the week to show up via a Jane con, they kill time by him doing shadow puppets and Lisbon guessing what they're supposed to be.
  • June 17, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • June 17, 2011
    Damr1990
    What about the classic puppet made with a sock?
  • June 17, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    You don't really use those as shadow puppets, do you?

  • July 15, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • August 4, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • August 4, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    If you want to bump your own tropes, you can just click edit to the trope and then submit without changing anything.
  • August 4, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Bachelor Party as the guys are goofing around before the Stag Film is shown they do shadow puppets on the screen. One of them (a pipe smoker) uses his pipe to make a shadow-penis.
  • August 5, 2011
    pinkdalek
    This episode of Pingu written by Frank Sidebottom involves penguins with flipper hands making shadows of sailing ships. (A screenshot from this would make an excellent trope image.)
  • August 5, 2011
    NateTheGreat
  • August 5, 2011
    drdeathray
    A better title? How about simply Hand Shadow Puppets or Plausible Shadow Puppets or Original Shadow Puppets or Normal Shadow Puppets? Or you can keep it like that.
  • August 5, 2011
    NateTheGreat
  • November 3, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • November 3, 2011
    CompletelyDifferent
  • November 4, 2011
    Dcoetzee
  • November 5, 2011
    Arivne
  • January 1, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • January 1, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Parodied in a Simpsons episode where Lisa somehow manages to form the perfect shadow of a Californian Giant Condor.
  • January 2, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Again, we have Impossible Shadow Puppets for stuff like that.
  • January 4, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Spoofed in Looking For Group - a new character introduces himself with a shadow rabbit. Then we get to see him and he turns out to be a giant, talking hand.
  • April 29, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    One last bump. I'm not seeing any legitimate examples of Stock Shadow Puppets, so maybe we should discard this.
  • April 29, 2012
    NightNymph
    It seems that I've recalled seeing some in the past, but unfortunately, I am coming up blank. Too bad, because this seems like a good trope. And I'd love to know where the "Do 'deformed rabbit'" quote came from.
  • May 29, 2012
    Alvin
    In a live-action version of 'The Jungle Book', a (I think) montage of teaching Mowgli has this twice, near the beginning Mowgli does it, near the end a doctor played by John Cleese does it.
  • September 6, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • September 8, 2012
    NightNymph
    I found this amazing video which apparently showed on the Biography Channel. This was the opening for the 2007 Helpmann Awards show. The shadow puppeteer was Raymond Crowe.

    There is also this U.S. cellular television commercial from 2009.

    And this Volkswagon commercial, potentially also from 2009.

    And shadow puppets were also used in some classic episodes of Sesame Street: there was a cow, a camel, a horse, a rabbit, a swan and an elephant. Maybe more. Here is an example

    You can use those as entries (or not) any way you wish.
  • September 8, 2012
    MrRuano
    One of Doctor Doofenschmirtz' flashbacks in Phineas And Ferb explains that he had a talent for this back in his home town and that he used it to pick up the ladies. However, there was one lady who was with him who jumped ship for a guy with huge hands named "Huge-Hands Hans" but was utterly garbage at making Shadow Puppets. As his big evil scheme, the Doctor decides to make a giant robot and plans to cover the entire Tri-State Area in one huge shadow puppet.
  • December 12, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    One last bump to see if anybody thinks this is worthy of a page.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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