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A form of montage that uses shots of various cultures from all around the planet, doing the same thing.

It's frequently used to show a global unity, that in the times of the greatest fight, the direst crisis, or the merriest celebration, we, humans, are not so different after all. Despite that, it might still mildly poke fun at National Stereotypes. Due to the Lowest Common Denominator, if a culture is suppose to be recognized from a single shot, this picture will probably contain the single most famous landmark of that culture as well.

Distantly related to Travel Montage, that might also use a similar imagery. Often used with Gondor Calls for Aid when the called groups are also different cultures, and they are all shown answering the call.

Examples:

Film:
  • Independence Day had the nations of the world cheering at the destroyed spaceships. Earlier, there was a shorter scene of Gondor Calls for Aid with various militaries of the world answering the call.
  • Armageddon had everyone listening to the president's Rousing Speech.
  • The Return of the Jedi special edition had a Worlds Of The Galaxy Montage celebrating the victory of the rebels.
  • War of the Worlds (1953). There was a section with Stock Footage of various governments meeting and national armies fighting the Martians.
    Governments tried to coordinate their defences with those of other nations. The government of India met in a railroad coach, while millions streamed for the imagined safety of the Himalayas. The Finnish, Turkish, Chinese and Bolivians worked and fought furiously. Every effort against their other-world antagonists ended in the same rout.
  • In the 1966 Batman movie, the entire world waits to see if our heroes can rehydrate the Expys of the United Nations Security Council. "Success, success! They've done it! They've done it!"
  • In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs first we see various nations watching Sam's weather report about the warning of the coming food storm, and toward the end there's a montage of the mayhem it caused.
  • Baseketball features a montage with countries all over the world tuning in to the sport as it becomes more popular.

Live-Action TV
  • The 2009 reboot of V showed all the nations of the world watching the Visitors' greeting message, each in their own language.

Manga and Anime

Music Video
  • A subversion appears in the Rammstein music video for Amerika. Various cultures all over the world are seen watching the "moon landing" and showing stereotypically American traits along with their own stereotypes.

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Western Animation
  • In the Futurama pilot episode the nations of the world count down to New Year's Day 2000 with the usual suspects including the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids, and African tribes.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut has a version of "Kyle's Mom's A Big Fat Bitch" which goes into this.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • March 30, 2010
    Lesath
    This happens in Love Actually, or maybe it was an outtake from the DVD?

    It also happens at some point in Digimon. Why do I know this?
  • March 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    New Year's Eve 2000 on the pilot episode of Futurama.
  • March 30, 2010
    Superior
    ^^Please, elaborate, Lesath. The trope is quite broad, it's about "nations of the world doing something together." In this case, examples are quite useless unless they mention exactly what is that occasion. Unknown's example is the correct one, at least it suggested that it's about the global New Years celebration.
  • March 30, 2010
    Lesath
    I didn't elaborate because I couldn't quite remember. In Digimon it has to do with the children of the world rallying together to open up the Digiverse or some damn thing. In Love Actually, I have no idea. I saw the film six years ago.

    For the record, though, I've Seen It A Million Times, and I like this trope.
  • March 30, 2010
    Dinsdale
    The Return Of The Jedi special edition had a Worlds Of The Galaxy Montage celebrating the victory of the rebels.
  • March 30, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    They will frequently show all the nations of the world doing their thing together during the same time of day.
  • March 31, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    Governments tried to coordinate their defences with those of other nations. The government of India met in a railroad coach, while millions streamed for the imagined safety of the Himalayas. The Finnish, Turkish, Chinese and Bolivians worked and fought furiously. Every effort against their other-world antagonists ended in the same rout.
  • March 31, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    • V (the 2009 reboot) showed all the nations of the world watching the Visitors' greeting message, each in their own language.
  • March 31, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    "Return of the Jedi'' only shows the worlds shown in the other movies celebrating (Tatooine, Naboo etc).
  • March 31, 2010
    CodeMan38
    Doesn't this happen in the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs movie?
  • March 31, 2010
    Evalana
    ^ It does a few times. Twice, we see various nations watching Sam's weather reports (the ice cream snow day, and the warning of the coming food storm), and toward the end there's a montage of mayhem caused by the food storm, though the mayhem is different in each place, so I'm not quite sure it counts.
  • April 1, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Yer standard round the world placeholders are; The Eifel Tower, The Taj Mahal, The Sydney Opera House, The Great Wall of China, those russian golden-topped domes and so on.
  • April 2, 2010
    Superior
    bump
  • April 4, 2010
    Superior
    bump?
  • April 4, 2010
    GeneralGoose
    Not sure if this applies: A variation appears in the Rammstein music video for Amerika. Various cultures all over the world are seen watching the "moon landing" and showing stereotypically American traits.
  • April 5, 2010
    Edgukator
    Baseketball features a montage with countries all over the world tuning in to the sport as it becomes more popular.
  • April 6, 2010
    Superior
    ^^ Yeah, Amerika definitely applies, though maybe it is a partial subversion. There are the local stereotypes in every scene as well, but they are tainted with "Americanization".

    Also, I'm not familiar with most of the examples we collected, but I wonder: would it be a correct observation that the significant majority of them has at least one scene from an underdeveloped, tribal society?
  • April 6, 2010
    TBeholder
    "Robbery, X Style" -- Soviet animation. =] (on yotubby)
  • April 6, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In the Futurama pilot episode the nations of the world count down to New Year's Day 2000 with the usual suspects including the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids, and African tribes.
  • April 7, 2010
    Nate The Great
    Used in the 1966 Batman movie. The entire world waits to see if our heroes can rehydrate the Expys of the United Nations Security Council. "Success, success! They've done it! They've done it!"
  • April 8, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    How about Dragon Ball GT when everybody in the Universe contributed to Goku's Spirit Bomb

    Or arguably Dragon Ball Z, end of Buu Saga, when everybody in the World contributed to Goku's Spirit Bomb
  • April 10, 2010
    GoatBoy
    South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut has a version of "Kyle's Mom's A Big Fat Bitch" which goes into this.
  • April 11, 2010
    Superior
    Where should music videos, and soviet animation go? In their own unique category? Or "Others"?
  • April 11, 2010
    Arivne
    @Superior: Music videos would go under Music Video.

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