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All-Star Cast

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Most people will hardly find someone they have never seen before in this movie.

"Would it have been faster to say who isn't in this movie? Jesus, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of Hollywood!"

Any show, movie, etc., where the majority of the lead roles are played by big-name actors. They don't have to be A list. B, C, and even D will do, although in that case, relying on their talents is preferable to relying on their names. If the character list is really big, this can spill over into supporting roles as well.

In the days of the studio system, this was easy to do, but once actors' salaries started rising, this practice gradually declined. Compare the casts at the beginning of the Disaster Movie Era with those at the end of it.

These days, you'd either need a lot of money to pull this off, convince the actors that this is just a fun breather film or be willing to settle for loads of cameos. The exception is animated films, where stars are willing to get paid a lot less just to do voice work and the logistics and scheduling are easier.

A good way of being able to tell if it is an all star cast is by an examination of the theatrical poster, if it has more than five names listed on it it is usually big names.

Roger Ebert referred to films with All-Star Casts as "Box Pictures" due to the tendency (at least in the '70s) to display head shots of the cast in little boxes on the poster.

Compare Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Celebrity Voice Actor, and Dream Team. Contrast Amateur Cast. See also Supergroup (a music band formed from several members who were already famous for their musical ability).

Examples:

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     Anime 

     Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live Action TV 

    Music 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This was Ring of Honor's original business model. While it did have some contracted wrestlers, said contracts were very unprofessional to encourage an open door system. It was modeled after All Pro Wrestling's King Of Indies tournament which similarly brought in wrestlers from all over the independent circuit but to be on a monthly basis rather than an annual one. While a no show without notice from Ric Flair lead to ROH toning down this approach in favor of a larger, more tightly contracted roster of regulars, sister promotion SHIMMER stuck to the model, which Dave Prazak noted during Kimber Lee's entrance on volume 80.
    "I sound like a broken record, everyone's one of the best in the word, but it's true!"

    Puppet Shows 
  • Many Muppet films from The Muppet Movie onwards have a variation: the Muppets themselves are the stars, but most of the human supporting characters and cameos are name performers. And the first three films even work in cameos from Sesame Street characters!

    Theatre 

    Theme Park 
  • Cranium Command, an attraction at EPCOT's Wonders of Life Pavillion, revolved around a "Cranium Commando" trying to pilot the brain of a twelve-year-old boy while balancing the demands of the various body parts. Said parts were played by an assortment of TV and film stars from The '90s, including Bobcat Goldthwait as the adrenal gland, Charles Grodin as the Left Brain, Jon Lovitz as the Right Brain, and George Wendt as the stomach.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

    Western Animation 

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