Needs a Better Title (Proposed alt title: Extrusion Effect, Hole Shaped Man)
People are surprisingly good at squeezing into odd spaces. Toons
are even better at it. They can work their way through odd-shaped holes or holes seemingly too small for them-- and due to their pliable nature, they come out shaped like the hole. Sometimes just parts of them get reshaped by the hole, such as a limb or (more often) part of their face.
Generally a slapstick Western Animation
trope, though there are some examples in other media. It has also become slightly more feasible in live-action works thanks to the magic of CGI.
Related to Squashed Flat
. Inversion of Impact Silhouette
, where the character shapes the hole. Compare Dinner Deformation
(which reshapes a character from the inside), Traveling-Pipe Bulge
Anime & Manga
- An early live-action example occurs in the 1976 version of Freaky Friday: Ellen, in her daughter Annabel's body, leads the police on a wild car chase through a canal (or maybe the Los Angeles River). She manages to drive her car (diagonally!) through a chevron-shaped duct; the police car that follows straight through gets bent into a bizarre shape, as seen here.◊
- Happens to Tom Cat at least a couple times, most notably in the short Jerry and the Goldfish (from which the trope illustration is taken). Tom goes through both a mousehole and a radiator in this one.
- A body-parts-only variation (muzzle in the mousehole) happens twice in Kitty Foiled.
- Tex Avery uses this in the beginning of Bad Luck Blackie.