Created By: WillBGood on September 24, 2011 Last Edited By: CaveCat on June 15, 2013

Cookie Press Effect

A character (usually cartoon) goes through an oddly-shaped hole and comes out molded to fit it.

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Needs a Better Title (Proposed alt title: Extrusion Effect, Hole Shaped Man)

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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.

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Film
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • September 24, 2011
    WillBGood
    I've never done a YKTTW before; should I have added examples to the draft? Here are some:

    [examples moved to actual draft. Sorry for my confusion.
  • September 24, 2011
    WillBGood
    [redacted now that proper change is made]

  • September 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    You can click on the little pencil icon to edit the draft or any of your replies, rather than adding new replies to correct previous ones.
  • September 25, 2011
    TonyG
    Related to Squashed Flat. Inversion of Efficient Displacement, where the character shapes the hole.
  • September 25, 2011
    WillBGood
    Would "Extrusion Effect" be a better title maybe?
  • September 25, 2011
    Earnest
  • September 25, 2011
    WillBGood
    @Earnest: Reading the Roofless Renovation trope, I don't see any sort of comparison.
  • September 25, 2011
    Hadashi
    Needs A Better Title, preferably one that international audiences will get.
  • September 25, 2011
    WillBGood
    @Hadashi: I agree, but for some reason I'm just coming up blank on better titles. :P
  • September 26, 2011
    WillBGood
    "Man Shaped Hole" was an alternate title for Efficient Displacement; "Hole Shaped Man" is a fitting inversion (though I'd like it to sound more related to Efficient Displacement).
  • June 10, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    And now Efficient Displacement is an alternate title for Impact Silhouette.

    I like Hole Shaped Man as the name. Wish I could think of more examples to add.
  • June 10, 2013
    CaveCat
    • This has happened quite a number of times to Mr Bogus.
  • June 10, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • One episode of DePatie-Freleng's The Ant And The Aardvark has the blue aardvark go sledding down a snowy hill in pursuit of the ant. The ant passes through a wire mesh fence ... and so does the aardvark. Once the aarvarks's sled slows to a stop, he observes that his body is entirely cut in a criss-cross pattern, and examines a square piece taken from his snout. The aardvark then puts it back hastily, and sits perfectly still, hoping that nothing worse happens.
  • June 10, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    I think "pliable nature" can (And should) be potholed to Made Of Bologna
  • June 10, 2013
    eowynjedi
    For the life of me I can't spell it right, but the horror manga Secret of Anigamara Fault (something like that???) is basically this trope....
  • June 11, 2013
    DracMonster
    ^Thats what I immediately thought of, to make it a proper formatted example:

    • Definitely NOT Played For Laughs in The Enigma Of Amigara Fault, where a mountain has been discovered with human-shaped holes that seem to exert an irresistible influence on people to enter them ("This hole...! It was made for me!".) The holes are constructed in some fashion which forces the person to continue moving forward as the tunnel gets smaller and painfully compresses and distends their limbs.
  • June 12, 2013
    Melkior
    Maybe Extrusion Effect so as to avoid the very American-centric word, "cookie"?
  • June 12, 2013
    jbrecken
    It's a shame that the Play-Doh Fun Factory is not an international enough reference.
  • June 12, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^^Seconding Extrusion Effect.
  • June 12, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Much prefer Cookie Press Effect: it's plainer English, wittier, and even though I'm not American I'm pretty sure I once heard the word cookie somewhere.
  • June 15, 2013
    AgProv
    A TV game show in Britain literally used this trope: contestants had to match the shape in a moving wall and pass through it without toppling the wall.
  • June 15, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ If you're talking about the show "Hole in the Wall", that's originally Japanese, where it goes with the name "Brain Wall".
  • June 15, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Another Tom And Jerry cartoon with this effect is "Designs On Jerry." When Tom's Rube-Goldberg mousetrap drops a floor safe on Tom (not Jerry, who'd sabotaged the blueprints while Tom slept), the safe door opens, and Tom steps out. Tom is shaped exactly like the safe's interior.
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