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Film: The Indian in the Cupboard
The Indian In The Cupboard is a 1995 film adaptation of the book series by the same name. The story follows the first book, documenting Omri's acquiring the cupboard and his initial encounters with the magic it contains.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Adapted Out: We don't get to see Bright Stars in the film. Omri buys her figurine with the intention of bringing her to life so that Little Bear won't be alone, but Little Bear talks him out of it, explaining that she has her own life, perhaps even her own husband and child.
  • All Just a Dream: Every time Omri brings Tommy to life in order to treat wounds, he reassures him that he's just dreaming.
  • Brick Joke: Omri's brother A.D. begs their dad for a skylight; when Omri goes to his room later in the film to confront him about the stolen cupboard, A.D. is lying on his bed admiring his brand-new skylight.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tommy the war medic. Omri brings his figurine to life in order to treat Little Bear after the latter is injured, and he's later needed in order to save Boone's life.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Omri learns quickly and harshly that he's actually dealing with real people. It hits him hard when he accidentally scares the elderly Indian to death. It takes Patrick much longer to figure it out.
  • Cute Giants: Omri and Patrick, in context. Boone addresses them as "friendly giants" in parting.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Boo-hoo Boone.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Why else would there be a brief scene of Darth Vader fighting a T.rex?
  • Happy Birthday to You: Omri receives the cupboard for his birthday from his older brother. It's heavily implied that he dumpster dove it.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Litefoot, who played Little Bear, would later go on to be Nightwolf.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Happens to an old Indian chief that Omri brings to life solely for the purpose of taking his bow and arrows for Little Bear to use.
  • Hollywood Natives: Mostly subverted by Little Bear. However, when Omri brings to life a figurine of a World War I medic named Tommy to tend to a wound of his, he greets Little Bear with, "How!", much to Little Bear's confusion.
  • Idiot Ball: Patrick, just like in the books, is incredibly prone to this. Most notably when he starts bragging about the little men when he gets them at school.
  • Ignored Confession: Omri's chronicling of Little Bear in his writing class is dismissed as a good imagination.
  • Jump Scare: After Little Bear successfully evades the escaped rat and retrieves the key from underneath the floorboards, he's barely got a few moments to catch his breath before the rat leaps out of the hole directly at him. Cue Patrick doing probably the most intelligent thing he's done in the entire film as he quickly takes the rat away.
  • Kick the Dog: Omri kicks the rat ball with the rat still inside. Which he probably deserves.
  • Lame Comeback: Omri to a punk bully harassing him at school.
    "You...you don't deserve that hair!"
  • Living Toys: The cupboard turns plastic toys into the things they stand in for, real flesh and blood and fabric. However, these are people fetched from a different period in time, and they are shocked to find themselves in a differently-scaled world.
    • This briefly includes Darth Vader and RoboCop, which would seem to break the basic rules.
      • No, it just brought Vader forward in time, from before his...what? Are you saying Star Wars isn't real?
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Little Bear, after accidentally shooting Boone during the Western the boys were watching.
  • Not a Game
    Omri:(to Patrick) They're people! You can't use people!
    • What the Hell, Hero?: Little Bear yells at Omri, after witnessing his carelessness that caused an old Indian chief to die.
    "You should not do magic you do not understand!"
  • Party in My Pocket: Omri brings Boone and Little Bear to school in a Fanny Pack.
  • Product Placement: Aside from the Star Wars/RoboCop example above (it also has Star Trek). Aracula from Skeleton Warriors and Limburger from Biker Mice from Mars are prominently shown and used as replacements in the school's diorama.
    • Also, a Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus toy is brought to life and briefly fights Darth Vader.
  • Shown Their Work: Omri starts out with a normal child's knowledge of Indians. When he offers Little Bear a tee pee to sleep in, he is understandably confused, as Iroquois lived in long houses.
  • Rearing Horse: Darling, Boone's horse, is positioned like this as a plastic figurine.
  • Tempting Fate: Patrick says the word "Indian" in front of Boone. This causes Boone and Little Bear to start attacking each other.
  • You Dirty Rat: Omri's brothers' rat, which he hates with a passion.
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