Created By: SuperTroper on April 28, 2013 Last Edited By: SuperTroper on May 6, 2013

Technicolor Ensues

A film goes from being completely monochrome to fully coloured.

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Related to Splash of Color. A film goes from being fully black and white into glorious technicolor. Can signify the end of a Monochrome Past or a change in setting or tone but its use isn't limited to these.

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  • April 28, 2013
    I think your examples need more context, but this is a good idea.

    • The beginning of Garfield In The Rough starts out as being completely black and white (due to Garfield stating that all of the color has gone out of his life because of boredom) before becoming full-color when Jon says that they should take a vacation.
  • April 28, 2013
    I cannot find it for the life of me but there is an SCP that changed "real life" from black-and-white to full-color. Putting this out there in case anyone knows what SCP I'm talking about.
  • April 28, 2013
    Subtrope of Art Shift.

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  • April 29, 2013
    Didn't we have a YKTTW for this before? Let me go search... hmm, there's this, but it's not written the same.

    In the meantime, what about Technicolor Ensues?
  • April 29, 2013
  • April 29, 2013
    I like Technicolor Ensues. Let's go with that.
  • April 29, 2013
    So far I think only the Oz, Pleasantville, and Garfield Specials examples should actually be listed. The rest are Monochrome Past (or flashbacks). Interestingly, all three examples are to indicate the colorlessness of the film indicates a colorlessness in their life.
  • April 29, 2013
    But in Dead Again, the colour transition at the very end symbolises the characters' souls finding peace after 40-odd years of torment. The colour actually washes in as the scene plays out. The rest of the scenes that take place in The Forties, however, definitely count as Monochrome Past since the film cuts back and forth between that and the coloured present with no transitional kind of Art Shift between the two.
  • April 29, 2013
    Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession has the real life scenes in monochrome and All Just A Dream scenes in color.
  • April 29, 2013
    There's a Calvin And Hobbes strip where Calvin's dad is messing with his head and tells him that old photos are in black and white because there used to not be color in the world.
    "The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too."
  • April 29, 2013
    Clerks II starts out with the Dante walking to the Quick Stop in the black and white of the original. He opens the shutters to find that the building is on fire which is in color. The film soon transitions to living color.
  • April 30, 2013
    The film version of Johnny Got His Gun has Joe Bonham's memories in color, while the scenes with him in the hospital, missing all his limbs and most of his face, are in black and white.
  • April 30, 2013
    The Girl Cant Help It begins with this Played For Laughs. Tom Ewell appears on a small, black-and-white screen, saying, "This motion picture was photographed in the grandeur of CinemaScope..." He then pushes out his arms, and the screen expands to the proper width. He continues: "...and gorgeous life-like color by DeLuxe." The color then fades in.