Created By: neoYTPism on September 10, 2010 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on May 23, 2011
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Cute Approaches Camera

Cute animals putting their faces up close to and/or around the camera.

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Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I'm open to title suggestions. That and a better description; I am not quite sure how to describe this concept.

A good way to enhance the cuteness of a video and/or picture of an animal is to have the animal get close to the camera, and put its face right up to and/or around said camera, or whatever else would be equivalent to the camera perspective in other contexts like animation, often sniffing the camera and/or sniffing around it.

Bonus points if the animal's face is so much closer to the camera than the rest of its body is that it makes the animal's head look "bigger in comparison to the body" than it actually is.

Examples

  • South Park had a Show Within a Show "Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens," and its spinoff "Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens Wearing Hats."
  • You find it on a lot of things like birthday cards and handbags in some shops in the UK.
  • The black cat from Coraline greets the heroine this way after waking her up.
  • Artlist Collection's "The Dog" and "The Cat" collectibles are all about focusing on kitties' and puppies' faces using a fish-eye lens.
  • Happens in a lot of The BBC's Spy wildlife documentaries when the animal subjects start to get curious about the disguised cameras that are filming them.
  • The introduction of Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 features him trying his hardest to appear cute.
  • The Mokonas do this in XXX Holic and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle to wake up Watanuki and Shaoran respectively.
  • In the recent Polar Bears: Spy on the Ice one of the cameras was disguised as a snowball, and the cubs kept approaching it and playing with it.
  • The Nintendog assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl summons a giant puppy to jump in front of the game's camera (and obscure the action on the battlefield).
Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • September 5, 2010
    CodeMan38
    Artlist Collection's "The Dog" and "The Cat" collectibles are all about focusing on kitties' and puppies' faces using a fish-eye lens.
  • September 5, 2010
    RedWren
  • September 6, 2010
    randomsurfer
    ^"Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens," and its Spin Off "Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens Wearing Hats" (the animals, not the lenses).
  • September 6, 2010
    neoYTPism
    What are those from? @ randomsurfer
  • September 6, 2010
    Generality
    There are also toys you can buy that mimic this effect- small stuffed dogs or cats with enormous heads.
  • September 6, 2010
    randomsurfer
    ^^As my ^ indicated, I was clarifying the South Park Show Within A Show that Red Wren mentioned.
  • September 6, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Didn't realize that's what the ^ was supposed to indicate. Got it.
  • September 6, 2010
    Xanisani
    You find it on a lot of things like birthday cards and (oh god) handbags in really trashy shops in the Uk. Or in swindon at least *shudder*
  • September 6, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The black cat from Coraline greets the heroine this way after waking her up.
  • September 6, 2010
    StandingSpace
    Most of the cuteness of things is in the face. Also, the bigger the eyes -> the cuter the thing (obv.s only a rule of thumb)
  • September 6, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Do you have a picture for the example? @ Unknown Troper

    Not that it's necessary, just that it might give me a better idea how well it applies.
  • January 7, 2011
    CinnaThePoet
    The introduction of Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 features him trying his hardest to appear cute.
  • January 8, 2011
    LeeM
    Happens in a lot of The BBC's Spy wildlife documentaries when the animal subjects start to get curious about the disguised cameras that are filming them.
  • January 11, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Any specific examples? @ Lee M
  • January 12, 2011
    peccantis
  • January 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • January 12, 2011
    sainatsukino
    the Mokonas do this in XXX Holic and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle to wake up Watanuki and Shaoran respectively
  • January 21, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Still not sure how to better describe this though. Is it clear enough what I'm referring to? The kind of thing in pet videos were pets' heads are close up to the camera, and moving around the camera? (Especially noticeable in dog and cat videos, when the dog or cat is sniffing around the camera)
  • January 21, 2011
    LeeM
    ^^ In the recent Polar Bears: Spy on the Ice one of the cameras was disguised as a snowball, and the cubs kept approaching it and playing with it. Pretty sure it happened with tiger cubs in a previous show. I think it's because the animals can see their reflections in the lenses even if the spycams are disguised as rocks or whatever.
  • March 15, 2011
    SilentReverence
    Bump for :3

  • April 8, 2011
    Stratadrake
    The new page image isn't anywhere near as cute as the previous one -- this one suffers from motion blur and general nonfocus.
  • April 9, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Yeah, but it comes a little closer to showing the trope.

    EDIT: Or Does It? On second thought maybe the first was more fitting.
  • April 9, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ on a random note, we now use Pun for announcing troper-spun puns that aren't lame in-universe. On a not-so-random note, the current (first) image shows the cute actively approaching and being pretty darn cute. GEFM.
  • April 11, 2011
    neoYTPism
    GIFM? Greeksoft Institute of Financial Market? Guernsey International Fund Managers? Seriously, those were the first two things that came up on Google search.

    Also, it's not QUITE the same image as I had at first. It's a (very slightly) later frame in the video, with the cat's face closer to the camera.
  • April 23, 2011
    troacctid
    • The Nintendog assist trophy in Super Smash Bros Brawl summons a giant puppy to jump in front of the game's camera (and obscure the action on the battlefield).
  • April 24, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Do you have a screenshot and/or video of that one? I was thinking since shimaspawn said examples from media make better page images than ones from real life that might be preferable.

    That, and I want to see said cute puppies. o.o
  • April 27, 2011
    troacctid
  • April 27, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ... on second thought, it isn`t as clearly an example of this, as their faces aren`t necessarily closer than the rest of their bodies.

    Thanks for the image, though, in any case.
  • April 27, 2011
    troacctid
    There's always Image Links.
  • April 29, 2011
    neoYTPism
    That too.
  • May 3, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Anyway, I already have a few examples, but am still hesitant to launch it because I think it could use a better description. Any suggestions?
  • May 4, 2011
    jaytee
    Doesn't this happen in the end creidts of Gundam Wing? The Japanese credits, with Relena running around with a bunch of animals.
  • May 6, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I looked up gundam wing japanese end credits and found this. I didn't watch it, but would you be able to tell if those were the credits you are referring to?
  • May 6, 2011
    jaytee
    those are not the right credits, but i'll do some search when i have a break at work.
  • May 6, 2011
    jaytee
    For the life of me I can't find a copy of those credits. I'll check once I'm home I guess.
  • May 6, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Well, get back to me when you do.
  • May 7, 2011
    jaytee
    I was mistaken, carry on.
  • May 8, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Got it.

    This is why someone saying they are not sure if they recall a work correctly should be asked to double-check.
  • May 12, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Too true. I always try to be clear as to how sure I am that a certain trope happens and that I would appreciate a second opinion when I can't verify it myself, but I do get people that add my comments like...
    • I haven't seen it in 15 years but there may have been a scene like this in Beauty And The Beast The Sequel... or maybe it was Die Hard 3... About 30% sure that I'm not making this up entirely.
  • May 13, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I know what you mean. XD

    The flip side, though, is that someone who was familiar with the example might be able to recognize it from the way someone tried to describe it. I'd hate to see an example go to waste just because the person considering mentioning it wasn't entirely sure if it was one.

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