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[[caption-width-right:300:He lives only to destroy their lives.]]

A heartless developer plans to buy out and then knock over the local OrphanageOfLove because they haven't paid their bills in ages. Despite the horrible fate awaiting the adorable ragamuffin orphans and their caretakers, it seems all hope is lost. Enter the hero, who will embark upon a quest to gather the necessary funds...or at least stop the developer from being able to knock the place down.

This trope serves a a popular stock plot for a number of reasons. It's a simple enough goal for the audience to grasp and support, plus it's a pretty easy way to establish a black and white good vs. evil theme. After all, who but a truly good person would devote their time and welfare to saving an orphanage that can't offer much in the way of reward but its gratitude? And who but a truly evil person would dump a bunch of orphans onto the street so they can build a parking lot over it?

Plus, since there's a number of ways to reach this goal, you can pretty much insert any kind of film into it. Want a funny Road Movie? Just have the Hero hop into his van with his quirky sidekick and drive cross-country to pay the rent. Need to sell a soundtrack or musical? Have the centerpiece of the film be a [[HeyLetsPutOnAShow fundraiser concert]]. Want a DownerEnding drama which explores the good and evil of mankind? Just have the heroes fail and watch the orphans cry their eyes out as their only chance at a loving home gets demolished before their eyes.

This plot doesn't ''have'' to center around an orphanage. Another popular variant is saving a family farm, followed closely by a youth or community center. Really though, as long as the building has someone's welfare tied up into it, there's probably an evil developer lurking in the shadows and planning its demise.

Furthermore, those wily developers don't always need cash. Sometimes, saving the orphanage may require a fight to claim the deed to the building or land, or a battle over a will.

Compare the ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam where the structure being knocked down isn't necessarily going to result in catastrophic circumstances for anyone.

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[[folder:Save The Orphanage]]

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* This turned out to be the reason behind [[spoiler:Phantom Thief G, a.k.a. Timothy's crime spree]] in ''DGrayMan''. [[NightmareFuel/DGrayMan This being DGM]], of course, the obviously-supernatural methods attracted enough attention that it went FromBadToWorse. In the end, the Black Order wound up paying to save the place anyway.
* Gleefully abused in an episode of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', in which the saintly nurse Clara claims that she took on the role of master thief Psiren in order to obtain the funds to save the hospital where she works from being closed down and demolished. And then the hospital gets demolished anyhow... as do the church and the orphanage and probably a couple of other struggling establishments that follow it. This example may be considered a DoubleSubversion, since at the end of the episode it's revealed that the city in which it takes place is dying a slow death and Psiren's exploits are drawing in much-needed tourism. AlternativeCharacterInterpretation suggests that Psiren was just coming up with another lie. And it worked.
* The reason Naoto Date aka Manga/TigerMask betrays the Tiger's Cave and starts to get hunted by them is to save the orphanage where he was raised and to make the life of the orphans (who he sees as his family) better.
* This was the driving motivation for [[spoiler:Kabuto]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' becoming a spy. Danzo warned Konoha's payments might go missing if at least one orphan didn't agree to act as a spy.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The Belgium comic book series ''ComicBook/{{Orphanimo}}!'' has this as the main plot for the first half of the series, and as a subplot for the second half.
* The 1990 ''Comicbook/{{Superman}} Comicbook/{{Batman}}:World's Finest'' miniseries is about Midway Orphanage halfway between Gothan and Metropolis, which Lex Luthor wants to demolish so he'll have a new headquarters from which he can control ''both'' cities.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''TheBluesBrothers'', of course! When Jake and Elwood Blues attend church service at a black church, Jake sees the light and gets his MissionFromGod: [[HeyLetsPutOnAShow get the band together]], and save the orphanage from getting closed. In this example, the orphanage supposedly has to pay "back taxes", which actually fails the logic test since orphanages, as non-profits, don't pay taxes. However, at the time the film was in production, the state of Illinois was debating legislation that would have required some religious buildings to pay property taxes - though by the time the film was released, this had been struck down.
* In ''TheDevilsBackbone'', an orphanage full of children is threatened by the Spanish Civil War. [[spoiler: They end up killing the bad guy with spears.]]
* The four-minute short film ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPlYc3z7eFM 80s Ending]]'' included this trope as one of ''many'' 80s tropes it lampooned.
* In the appropriately-named film ''TheOrphanage'', Laura moves into her childhood home in the hope of turning it into an orphanage for handicapped children.
* The plot of ''SantaWithMuscles'', starring Hulk Hogan.
* The 2012 film of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' involves them engaging in a series of wacky schemes to raise enough money to save the orphanage they grew up in (and still live in since nobody would adopt them.) [[spoiler: They technically fail as the orphanage gets condemned...except they later find out their actions on ''JerseyShore'' led to the nuns getting an advance on a reality show, thus giving them the money to build a luxury orphanage next door.]]
* ''Film/ManOfTaiChi'' is centered around a martial artist trying to raise the money to save his temple from demolition.


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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': The pilot episode sees Bo and Luke hijack a truckload of illegal slot machines and use the proceeds to help save the orphanage ... in their nemesis Rosco's name! (Rosco, it seemed, was running against a candidate who really did want to put the Duke boys in prison forever ... and Rosco -- for all his and Boss Hogg's bluster -- didn't.)
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The Miracle Job", the team of former crooks tries to save a church from being bought by a real estate developer by [[MomentOfAwesome faking a miracle]].
* There was a plot or three of this in ''Series/MacGyver''.
* ''NightCourt'' pulls this off, with a rich stereotypically-Texan mogul offering to put up the money to save the orphanage, if his case is processed by midnight. (It's one of the show's episodes where they have to process a large number of cases that night.) They fail, but the mogul changes his mind and agrees to put up the money if Harry could beat him in an arm-wrestling match. Harry wins after Christine [[DistractedByTheSexy secretly flashes the Texan.]]

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The children's series about the [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]] called [[ADogNamedDog Himself]] by Kenneth and Adrian Bird. Half the stories involved the need to raise money for an orphanage run by a priest friend of the protagonist and his owner.

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Creator/BobMonkhouse once joked that in his few serious drama roles, he had ended up being typecast as the sort of villain "who would keep his cocoa warm by burning down an orphanage".

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* A more direct attempt at destroying The Orphanage occurred in the video game version of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness.'' It worked.
* King the First in ''{{Tekken}}'' is a masked wrestler who fights to raise money to save his orphanage.
* ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges The Three Stooges]]'' videogame on the NES (yes, this actually existed) was all about trying to raise money to save an orphanage. Predated the movie based around the same trope by decades.

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* Parodied on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. In the game "Kid Speedy", if you beat all the tracks, Kid Speedy wins a two-dollar consolation prize for coming in "not dead last", and when he tells his mother the good news, she remarks "Now we have enough to get the orphanage [[LittlestCancerPatient its operation]]!"

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[[folder: Web Comic ]]

* The owner of an orphanage faces not a shortage of money but rather a shortage of orphans in [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/orphanage/ this]] ''Webcomic/BiterComics'' strip and must find a way to make more.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A standard plot for {{Dudley Do-Right}}, though subverted several times when it's revealed that Snidely Whiplash is entirely within his legal rights to foreclose on nearly every property in town for non-payment (including the Mountie Fort), and indeed has been ordered by the Canadian government to do so (fortunately, Horse is able to win enough money at a casino to save the town... with the side effect that now ''Horse'' starts threatening to shut down the orphanage).
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' made fun of this.
* After the HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'', Eden helps out an orphanage.
* ''TheRealAdventuresOfJohnnyQuest'' episode "The Ballad of Belle Bonnet" was about a female outlaw (Belle) stealing gold to save an orphanage. Centuries later, the gold has been found and returned to the bank. The orphanage was saved by the reward offered by the bank.
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[[folder:Save The Farm]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* {{Subverted}} by the lighthearted Jesse James film ''AmericanOutlaws'', which opens with James ''failing'' to save the family farm and thus taking out revenge against the railroad barons.
* ''Film/ArthurAndTheInvisibles'' (a.k.a. ''Arthur and the Minimoys'') involves a quest to save the family farm.
* ''{{Babe}}: Pig In The City'' had the title character leaving on a plane to save his farm, though this didn't go over well.
* The ''HannahMontana'' [[TheMovie movie]] has Hannah saving a farm in Tennessee from greedy land developers.
* ''Film/TallTale'' used the plot of a boy in the 1800s trying to protect his family farm from an evil developer, leading him on a long quest across the country to protect the deed to the farm and meeting legendary heroes of American tall tales who join him.
* The [[TimeChasers David Giancola]] "classic" ''Woodhead Saves The Farm''.
* ''FieldOfDreams''
* ''GumbyTheMovie'' is about our favorite boy made of green clay holding a benefit to save local farms from his nemesises, The Blockheads.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/StoneFox'', Little Willy's owes the state $500 in taxes, and they're threatening to take away his farm. So Little Willy and his dog Searchlight decide to sign up for a sled dog race with $500 dollars as the prize money, placing all their hopes of saving Grandpa's farm on the race.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* An episode of ''HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'', literally entitled "Save The Farm", had the duo raising money to save a farm from evil developers.
* The entire plot of ''HomeOnTheRange'' was to save the farm the animals lived on lest they be shipped off to a meat-packing plant.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''{{Archer}}'':
--> '''Malory''': We can't fight them all off!
--> '''Pam''': That's what Dad said when the bank man came to take the farm. *''[[DramaticGunCock ch-chk]]''* And look how that turned out.
--> '''Malory''': You murdered a banker?!
--> '''Pam''': No, we got a loan modification. You think a bank wants to own a failing dairy farm?
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[[folder:Save The Home]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''BestPlayer'': Tired of keeping their BasementDweller son, the male protagonist's parents decided to sell their home, move to Florida and let him fend for himself. The son then entered a video game tournament hoping to win enough money to buy the house.
* ''TheBradyBunchMovie'' featured the family home being the target of a ruthless developer that wants to build a shopping mall. He learns they owe $20,000 in back taxes and goes out of his way to prevent them from getting the money. The movie also parodies ways that other movies usually solve this problem.
* The plot of ''Film/TheGoonies'' was set into motion by the children trying to find a lost treasure in order to save their neighborhood from evil developers.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* A short story by Creator/GarthNix used this, centering on the conflict between a father and son over whether to sell the land or not.
* In ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' book ''Dolphins of Laurentum'', bankers threaten to seize Flavia's house in because of her father's debts. This inspires the characters to try to recover treasure from a sunken ship.
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[[folder:Save the Community Center]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''AliGIndahouse'' involves Ali G trying to save a leisure center.
* The plot of ''{{Breakin}}' 2: ElectricBoogaloo''.
* In the RomanticComedy ''TwoWeeksNotice'', Sandra Bullock's GranolaGirl works for Hugh Grant's CorruptCorporateExecutive in order to stop his company from tearing down a community center.
* ''Sunday School Musical'', TheAsylum rip-off of ''HighSchoolMusical'', involves saving a church that's about to run out of operating funds unless they win a state choir competition.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* In ''AdventuresInOdyssey'', Whit's wife was trying to save an old rec center that children played at, which was going to be torn down for a strip mall. She fell ill during a town hall meeting while campaigning for it and later died, but Whit took up her cause and had the building declared a historical landmark. He then turned the building into a soda shop and hang-out place for children--and that's how Whit's End was created.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A church had to be saved in ''VeggieTales'' Easter-themed version of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* ''{{Hurricanes}}'': Stavros Garkos once tried to destroy a Sports Center for underprivileged children to build a parking lot for a theme park. The Hurricanes organized a charity match to save it and Garkos sent [[OpposingSportsTeam his team]] to replace the Hurricanes' adversaries and hurt them so the game would be cancelled. When two of the Hurricanes found out, they blackmailed Garkos into buying and donating the place.
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[[folder:Save Various Other Things]]

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* An episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' featured a town park that was about to be bulldozed by a greedy developer, with an old caretaker as the only man willing to stand up for it. Ironically, the heroes have ''nothing'' to do with saving the park. The old man gets possessed by a youma, gains power over nature, and sics butterflies, birds, and ''squirrels'' on the developers, thus saving the park himself. The heroes have to save him when the youma steals his life-force, but by this point the developers have already abandoned the park and don't return.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': Save the school. Which was built on an aircraft carrier.
* ''Franchise/LoveLive'': Save the school.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The plot of ''TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', as well as its remake ''{{Flubber}}'', was the Professor's attempts to create something of value in order to raise enough money to save Medfield College.
* The main plot of the film ''Film/BatteriesNotIncluded''. The apartment block of the main characters is under threat of property development, but it's saved with the help of some living alien machines that take residence there.
* ''BrotherOrchid'' (1940) is about a gangster who reforms and joins a monastery trying to support itself and its various charities on the earnings of its flower sales. Their ability to do so is threatened by the protection racket he used to lead.
* The 1989 film ''Catch Me If You Can'' (not to be confused with the [[Film/CatchMeIfYouCan Hanks-Decaprio film]]) revolved around efforts of a high school class president to keep the school from closing through fund raising. The protagonist tries to raise the money himself by street racing.
* ''TheCountryBears'' ripped off ''TheBluesBrothers'' wholesale - except instead of needing to save an orphanage, they had to reunite the band to save Country Bear Hall in an {{Anvilicious}} bit of product placement. The only distinct part is that the developer (played by Christopher Walken) isn't bulldozing for any reason except that he hates the bears and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vEFFpOwEIo spends all of his free time destroying models of the building]].
* ''ErnestGoesToCamp'' deals with the summer camp variety.
* ''Film/TheFairlyOddParents'': Hugh J. Magnate tried to destroy Dimmsdale Park.
* ''Film/FlyAwayHome'' featured housing developers who want to tear down a bird sanctuary to build a housing complex.
* ''TheForbiddenDance'' involved a Brazilian jungle princess coming to America to save the rainforest by dancing the lambada on national television in the most bizarre version of this trope ever recorded to film.
* {{Subverted}} in ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'': the movie starts off with a wealthy property developer offering a large reward to the {{Obi Wan}} for selling his antique store, since he is the only holdout for a big new construction project. However, he has an offscreen death, and the big new construction subplot is never heard of again.
* ''ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie'' focused on saving the Muppet Theater from a greedy developer that wants to bulldoze it and put up a club. [[spoiler: The Muppets at first successfully raise the money, but Fozzie accidentally loses the money bag. The money problem becomes moot when Pepe gets the building saved by turning it into a historical landmark, preventing it from being bulldozed. Oh, and the money bag wound up in a Salvation Army bin, thus doing more good in the hands of a charity.]]
** The 2011 revival, ''TheMuppets'', pretends as though the above never happened, and shows the theater having money troubles. In this movie, a greedy oil magnate wants to buy it, bulldoze it, and drill for precious oil underneath. [[spoiler:In this case, the Muppets actually fail to raise the money despite a charity telethon. However, they decide as a family that it's more important that they gave it their all and they can start from scratch again. Just as the credits start, Gonzo smacks the villain in the head with a bowling ball, causing him to finally gain the ability to laugh, so he [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot gives the property back for free anyway]]]].
* The 1994 remake of ''MiracleOn34thStreet'' added a subplot that the "good" department store staffed by the main characters was in danger of being bought out and shut down by an evil rival shopping chain, Shopper's Express. This went so far that the film's villain, the owner of the chain, had his minions conduct an elaborate scheme to discredit Kris Kringle in order to stop their new-found success, thus leading to the trial that takes up the last third of the film.
* Both ''SisterAct'' films involved a plot like this. The first film didn't use this as a main plot (the real plot was Dolores hiding out from the mafia). Instead, it used this trope as a subplot where the abbey was in bad shape, but Dolores' work with the choir and getting them into the community reversed its fortunes. The second film more explicitly used this plot in which the nuns were now teachers at a Catholic high school that was about to be shut down and turned into a parking lot by a greedy executive. Once again, Dolores disguises herself as a nun and reforms her music class into an award-winning choir to save the school. So, to recap - in both ''Sister Act'' films, forming a kick-ass choir can solve all your problems.
* The third act of ''Film/{{UHF}}'' sees R.J. Fletcher buy U62 and threaten to close it down. So, the station holds a telethon to sell shares to the public. [[spoiler: They succeed, but just barely, when the bum buys the remaining shares.]]

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/CastawaysOfTheFlyingDutchman'' involves Ben and Ned having to find the deeds to save a whole village before it's converted into a limestone quarry.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''TheBradyBunch'': In the second-season episode "Double Parked," the Bradys campaign to save a neighborhood park.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' have saved farms, small businesses, and everything in between.
* Massacred in a two-part episode of ''TheGoldenGirls''. Rose is attempting to get an old lighthouse into the National Registry of Historic Places and ensure its preservation. She organizes a telethon to raise money, but none of her planned guest stars show up due to a hurricane [[spoiler: which completely destroys the lighthouse]].
* The ''MorkAndMindy'' episode "Dueling Skates" involved saving a daycare from being turned into a roller rink.
* On ''ParksAndRecreation'', Leslie tried to stop a snobby GoldDigger from having a historically-significant gazebo demolished so that she could have her husband's birthday celebration at the nearby mansion without having to look at "that ugly thing". [[spoiler:In the end, the gazebo was destroyed]].
** Leslie's long running attempt to build a new park is threatened when a burger chain wants to buy the land from the town and build a new restaurant on it. The city council prefers to build the park but the project is underfunded so Leslie organizes a fund raiser to raise the remaining money. However, the owner of the burger franchise arranges for a Disaster Preparedness Drill to take place at the same time as the fundraiser. Leslie is called away and the fund raiser might have to be canceled without her to organize things. [[spoiler: Her friends manage to turn the fund raiser into a success without her and the park project is safe.]]
** Leslie tries to save a local video rental store but the store is simply no longer economically viable and Leslie cannot justify diverting government funds to support a single unprofitable business. However, in the end the store is saved when it stocks a large selection of porn and thus greatly expands its clientele. Leslie is not amused.
* ''Series/VRTroopers'' featured an evil dimensional warlord disguised as an CorruptCorporateExecutive that was usually trying to take over and destroy things like forests and schools and such, thus making almost every episode of the show an action-show version of this trope.
* In a ''{{Wishbone}}'' episode, the kids save the town park from developers.
* In the two-part ''HappyDays'' episode, "Westward, Ho!" Marian's uncle's Dude Ranch is in danger unless they win the rodeo. Naturally the Cunninghams compete in the rodeo and do better than the locals. You know, those people who actually work on ranches for a living. Plus Richie is the announcer and Uncle Ben is the judge - conflict of interest much?

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''AmateurNinja'', MegaCorp buys out all the local hangouts, turning the skatepark into a panda bear hunting range and the orphanage into a child labor camp, but don't reap any consequences until they take the community center/ninja dojo. Naturally, the ninja students seek vengeance, but all of them are killed when they get to Megacorp HQ... except for new recruit Willow Stiletto, who was getting pizza at the time. Now it's up to her and her extremely basic ninja skills to succeed where true masters have failed and get the community center back in the hands of her master.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'' had a quest where the main character has to save a brothel that's been taken over by a particularly abusive owner by recovering a missing deed. Of course, this being ''Fable'', the hero can either give the deed to the Madam (who will convert the brothel into a women's shelter), or the hero can keep the deed and run the brothel himself.
** Played relatively straight in ''VideoGame/FableIII''. After you rise to power as king/queen of Albion, one of the royal decisions you have to make is to either re-open the Bowerstone Orphanage... [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential or let Reaver open a brothel instead]].
* Chapter 2 of ''SakuraWars'': ''So Long, My Love'' has a plot where an evil developer is trying to knock down Harlem and rebuild it - without the poor people in it, of course. Shinjiro goes through an ''AceAttorney'' style mock trial to try and save Harlem, as well as talking fellow party member Sagiita (Cheiron in the dub) out of helping them.
** The game's creators may have been running low on ideas, since a similar plot was previously used in the second ''SakuraWars'' OAV (wherein the Teikoku Kagekidan stopped an evil developer from knocking down a poor neighborhood of Tokyo).

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Penny's motivation in ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' is to save a disused building so she can turn it into a homeless shelter.
* If it's a summer camp, it will inevitably involve a [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28032 contest with someone rich]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimatiin/BarbiePresentsThumbelina'', a skateboard factory is going to be built on an empty field that is actually the home of the [[{{Lilliputians}} Twillerbees]]. The Twillerbees use their [[GreenThumb nature magic]] to keep the construction crew at bay, while the main character befriends a girl whose parents just happen to be the owners of the company that's building the skateboard factory. In the end, the girl convinces her parents not to build the factory, and they build a nature preserve instead, keeping the Twillerbees (and more importantly, the Twiller''babies'') safe.
* ''TweetysHighFlyingAdventure'' featured Granny waging against Col. Rimfire so she'd have enough money to save a park. Granny's victory depended on Tweety going AroundTheWorldInEightyDays and collecting paw prints of eighty cats during the meantime. Sylvester provided the last print.
* ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'' has saving Grandma's general store from a CorruptCorporateExecutive as a critical plot point in the film. [[spoiler: Eventually the executive is so touched by how much the store means to so many people that he instead offers Grandma a franchising deal to allow the store to not only remain open, but spread across the country.]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* At one point of ''Speed Zone'', this is discussed. Charlie and Tiffany play a guessing game where one thinks up a celebrity and the other has to guess. It's Tiffany's turn.
-->'''Tiffany:''' She was the actress in that film where the woman was trying to save her farm.
-->'''Charlie:''' Ooh. That sure narrows it down.
-->'''Tiffany:''' What's that supposed to mean?
-->'''Charlie:''' Oh, there's only like nine hundred films where a woman is trying to save her farm or her house or her tree or her town.
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