aka: Walk Through The Camera
A once-common wipe
used for Scene Transitions
, the Body Wipe
is an In Camera Effect
when the camera zooms in on a person to the point of that person obscuring the whole screen before the film cuts to somewhere else. The faster the person goes, the more intimidating this can be to the audience, since it feels like the character is running (or falling, where it may feel like Camera Abuse
) out of the screen.
- A common method is for someone to walk into the camera and then cut to them walking out of it again somewhere else (that is, the same thing in reverse), showing that they have travelled between their body filling the screen and their body moving away from it again. This uses the Match Cut technique if the person is wearing the same colour on both sides of their body, meaning that the transition doesn't involve sudden changes or cuts on the screen.
- The camera can be placed in a chair that someone then sits in. Expect a squelching sound to occur as the screen fills up with their body, emphasising either that yes, this scene is over and done and squished into history, or the fatness of the character.
- Played for Laughs, the character might hit the person and trigger a reaction from them instead of transitioning to another shot.
A Super Trope
to Eat The Camera
, in which the screen fills up with someone's mouth. Not to be confused with any Bathroom Tropes
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- "Bad to the Bone", where Professor Oak tells Ash that he should leave his lab.
- "Berry Berry Interesting", where Munchlax walks into the Pokemon Center and to a berry bush.
- In "A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition", Bianca runs through the camera.
- "A Shipful of Shivers", one of the ghost's tongue fills the screen as he is licking Jessie and Meowth.
- "Spell of the Unown", in Larvitar's mind, the Sloking's mouth fills the screen as Pikachu and Togepi are entering it.
- Digimon (video of examples):
- In "A Very Digi Christmas", Agumon jumps out of a present box. He jumps out with his foot filling up the screen and jumps out of the camera into Tai's arms
- This happens with Takato in "Digimon, Digimon Everywhere" when Kazu yells for him to hurry up because they're late for class.
Film — Animated
- A scene in A Goofy Movie, where Pete is bowling and makes PJ knock down one pin. Pete is cheering, "WOOHOO! STRIKE-OLA!" and he jumps into the camera filling up the screen and then jumping right out.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox: With Bose when he has a temper tantrum and trashes the inside of the trailer.
- The Tangerine Bear: Where the dog Virgil is chasing Tangie for breaking a vase. He is chasing after him and is running towards the camera and his nose fills up the screen.
- In Poohs Grand Adventure,twice, with Eeyore, when he's falling after a bridge he was walking on collapses. And again with Tigger where he and Eeyore run into Rabbit.
- A scene in Happily N Ever After has a group of trolls begin walking toward a light shining at the castle. A pink one walks into the camera and walks back out.
- In Tom And Jerry The Movie where Dr. Applecheeks walks towards that ice cream stand with an evil smile. As he fills up the camera, the screen fades to black.
- Tweetys High Flying Adventure: At the end of of the prologue. Sylvester says "Well, first things first" while he is walking towards the camera and his face fills up the screen making it completely black.
- In The Lion King, during the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King", the giraffes are throwing Simba and Nala, Simba's stomach fills up the screen at one point. It is done again in the scene where Scar drops Mufasa into the stampede of wildebeests.
- The Lion King 1˝ uses the "sitting on the camera" variant.
Timon: "How am I supposed to look beyond what I see beyond that?"
Pumbaa: "Huh? Oh, sorry."
- Fantastic Mr. Fox has Bose do this when he has a temper tantrum and trashes the inside of the trailer.
- Alpha and Omega: With Mooch landing on Humphrey after a sled ride.
- Puss in Boots: with Humpty, when he Puss and Kitty first get into the giant's castle. Humpty, being rolled inside, with his gold disguise fills the screen.
- GForce also involves the "sit on the camera" version in-story.
Darwin: Get your butt out of my face!
Hurley: Get your face out of my butt!
- Robots: Aunt Fanny crushes Rodney with her fanny, so this trope occurs from his perspective.
- The Penguins of Madagascar is another in-universe example: "An Elephant Never Forgets" has Burt the elephant crushing Kid Kazoo with the "Two Cheeker".
- Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island: with Lena as she is showing Fred to his room
- Scooby Doo And The Cyber Chase: with the Phantom Virus as he is slowly walking towards Eric, Bill and the professor.
- Scooby Doo Legend Of The Phantosaur: with Scooby and a ghost elephant during the opening credits when the gang is being chased by ghost animals.
- The Tangerine Bear: where the dog Virgil is chasing Tangie for breaking a vase. He is chasing after him and is running towards the camera and his nose fills up the screen.
- Despicable Me short "Banana": at the end where a swarm of minions is chasing one who was eating an apple.
- The Jungle Book 2: Twice. Once with Baloo as he is walking inside the temple. "Step aside and I'll show you what a real rug cutter can do". Again with Baloo during the song WILD. Does it after he knocks off Timon & Pumbaa look-alikes.
- Lilo & Stitch: With Cobra when Nani is showing him the direction to the back door.
- Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet Wolfman with Theodore as he is walking out from his house carrying his lunch after asking for meat from Dave.
Film — Live Action
- This is done once in Annie Get Your Gun when she's wearing her red dress. She runs into and out of the camera to show that she's crossed the showground.
- Utilized in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope where a body filling up the screen was used a few times to cover a change in film; mostly someone's back. It's presented as one continuous take but the cameras of the time could only handle enough film for 10 minutes of shooting, so that's how much they shot at a time.
- The Blind Side: Near the beginning, Michael is walking and quick flashbacks of his family were shown. The scene then uses this method to cut to him in a conference room with an NCAA investigator.
- The Outer Limits: Trent does this during "Demon with a Glass Hand". View it here.
- In The Twilight Zone episode "Death's Head Revisited", the main character runs toward the camera.
- Chuck — In "Chuck Versus the Angel de la Muerte," this happens as Captain Awesome walks down the hall, followed by a cut to General Goya's well-guarded hospital room.
- Used very artfully to advance the series to the real-world present in "Bringing Up Baby", the fourth-season premiere of Modern Family. In the penultimate scene, Gloria has just told her 65-year-old husband Jay that she's pregnant by him, on the day after the events of the previous season's finale (which had aired four months earlier). Expecting a negative reaction, he instead tells her it's the best birthday present he's gotten and the two embrace. The camera pans around them, coming close enough that their bodies momentarily fill the screen... and when it's past them, they're in a different house and we see and hear things that make us realize at least three months have passed: Gloria is now showing, Phil has grown a beard he had talked about earlier in the episode, and Cam, Lily and Mitchell have been on a vacation to Britain and back as well as having gotten the kitten they tried to adopt earlier in the episode.
- Perry Mason: "The Case of the Glittering Goldfish": After Rollins ends his phone conversation with Mason, he walks into the camera so that all we see is an extreme closeup of his tie.
- Bear in the Big Blue House:
- "Call It A Day" while Bear is singing the song "What's That Smell" every time he sniffs at the camera, the setting changes and he's in a different part of the house.
- Sesame Street
- In the New Years' special, when Telly runs away screaming after Oscar scares him straight with lies on how bad New Years' is.
- In episode 4181 with the Mine-itis, with Cookie Monster as he is taking away a piano screaming "MIINE!".
- Mario Superstar Baseball: In the very last scene before the credits where Mario walks out of a field holding a baseball, he walks slowly into the camera. The camera then zooms out from his hat as he continues walking. View it here.
- Sonic Heroes: The end of the first scene of the Team Rose story; with Big.
- Mario Party 2: The Pirate Land stage ending movie; with Bowser and the winning character.
- Super Mario Sunshine: The scene where the Pianta Police go to take Mario away.
- Sonic Adventure DX: Twice. First in Big's story when chaos comes up to Froggy, Froggy's mouth fills the screen; and then the camera zooms out from Big's shoe. Then in Super Sonic's story where Big arrives on the scene and the camera zooms out from his stomach.
- The Lebrons does this several times in most episodes. For example:
- "Coach" ends this way when Kid and his friends charge at the bullies to fight them.
- Happens twice in "Misunderstood", first when Condor runs towards the camera to talk an irritated Kid out, and second when Kid walks away from him angrily after his Berserk Button was pressed.
- Rugrats may be the Trope Codifier, given how often it uses this.
- "A Step at a Time": During a flashback of Tommy taking his first steps. He is walking toward the camera and his diaper fills up the screen and then he walks back out ending the flashback.
- "Chuckie's Red Hair" has the scene where Betty comes in with Phil and Lil. She walks toward the camera with her neck filling up the screen and then walks out.
- "Stu Gets a Job":
- When Stu is in the Elvis suit saying "Well turnabout is fair play".
- Again with Stu in his pajamas when he goes in the closet, finding his clothes.
- "Time of Their Lives", when Angelica makes Tommy get cookies for her. She says, "That's more like it," and Tommy walks towards the camera and his diaper fills up the screen.
- "Spike Runs Away" the scene where Stu shows Tommy and Chuckie his new spider. He walks toward the screen with his nose filling up the screen.
- "Chuckie's Complaint" where Angelica and Drew are about to leave and Angelica is singing a jingle. Drew is walking into the camera and his nose fills up the screen.
- "Potty Training Spike" where the babies are trying to put a diaper on Spike. Phil and Lil are about to grab Spike and Lil jumps into the camera, with her dress filling up the screen.
- Taz Mania (video compilation of some examples):
- Close to the beginning of "Nursemaid Taz" with Taz's brother Jake. He and her sister are running toward the table and Jake runs into the screen and then runs out.
- "Toothache Taz": when the Platypus brothers are about to blast him with a cannon, he breaks out of their house.
- "Taz and the Pteradactyl": When the pteradactyl charges at Taz, he ducks and somersaults through the screen.
- Codename Kids Next Door (compilation):
- "Operation U.T.O.P.I.A.": Before Katie shows Numbuh 1 her home, she obscures the screen with her pink skirt.
- "The Grim Adventures of the KND", in the scene where Billy's dad comes out of a puff of smoke trying to get his pants. While he walks, he says "I wear the pants around here!". We walks straight into the camera and walks back out saying "ME! me, me, me!"
- This happens in "Operation O.U.T.B.R.E.A.K." when a girl jumps towards Numbuh 4.
- "Operation C.O.L.L.E.G.E.": The very beginning with Numbuh 1 drinking a shake.
- In "Operation M.O.V.I.E.", this is done when an usher takes Numbuh 4 away for sneaking into an R-rated movie.
- "HUGS": When Rainbow Monkey Kong tries to grab Numbuh 4 inside Sector V, his hand obscures the screen when he finally does.
- The Simpsons (another video compilation of these examples:
- "Much Apu About Nothing" uses this near the beginning where Homer tries to get beer from the fridge. "Let's all calm down. Everyone's going to be just fine. As long as I have enough beers."
- "Selma's Choice" Bart and Lisa try to get Selma off a bench and ride a rollercoaster.
- "Lisa's Pony" in a scene where Homer's playing tea party with Lisa and Bart and Milhouse make fun of him. Homer notices them and immediately charges at them. He runs towards the camera and his stomach fills up the screen making it completely white.
- "Girls Just Want to Have Sums", where Nelson is about to beat up the disguised Lisa.
- "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" with Homer putting his foot down about an an argument with Marge about keeping the free cable.
- "The Dad Who Knew Too Little" where Homer is about to charge towards some free sample stands.
- "Brother's Little Helper" The scene where Bart walks into an army base where soldiers are taking showers. He is walking into the camera with a twitchy look on his face.
- Spongebob Squarepants:
- "Whelk Attack", where Mr. Krabs tries to give Krabby Patties to the whelks. He walks out the Krusty Krab with a plate full of Krabby Patties and walks towards the screen
- "Breath of Fresh Squidward": SpongeBob walking with new Squidward attached to him.
- "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost": Patrick: "Oh, coming!"
- Twice in a row in "Plankton's Good Eye" — in a flashback with some fish and with Sandy stomping on him.
- The Garfield Show (video examples:  ):
- "Night of the Bunny Slippers": Where Jon invites Aunt Ivy inside
- "Odie in Love": Where Garfield mocks Odie of his crush. "If you break up with the brush I've got some nice nail clippers for you"
- "Stealing Home": With Bruno raiding through Garfield's fridge
- "Land of Hold": With Garfield running away from a bunch of floating phones
- "The Robot": With the cleaning robot about to grab and suck away Garfield
- "The Big Sleep": With the owner of the All You Can Eat restaurant inviting the disguised Jon inside
- "Lucky Charm": Where a leprechaun realizes someone stole his gold.
- Static Shock (videos):
- "Romeo in the Mix" has it close to the end, where the police take the Leech away.
- "Bad Stretch" with Carmendillo screaming, running towards the camera, and running back out saying, "Gotta hide, gotta hide!"
- "The Usual Suspect", where Marcus attempts to beat up Virgil. "I'm gonna knock you into a whole new ZIP code."
- Arthur (many examples):
- In the beginning of the episode "DW the Copycat".
- Occurs twice in "Brain's Shocking Secret".
- First, Mr. Ratburn takes Brain away before he could get a school picture. Brain sighs and then fills up the screen.
- Next is when Brain is shocked when the clock reads 9 a.m. and he's running out of bed.
- In the Hey Arnold episode "Wheezin Ed", this happens near the end, where Harold is rolling and his butt fills up the screen before he runs over everyone. There are also other cases.
- The Berenstain Bears theme songs:
- Used in 1985, where a bear in purple overalls walks into the screen.
- And the theme song in 2003, where Papa Bear is riding a unicycle, but runs into the screen.
- The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius:
- From "The Eggpire Strikes Back":
- The scene at school where Ooblar tries to break up Jimmy and Cindy's argument.
- Where Jimmy and Goddard run to the park where Poultra's egg is.
- "The League of Villans": Where T grabs Jimmy and Sheen in the courtroom
- "Professor Calamitus I Presume", with Calamitus in the robot suit walking to Jimmy's house.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends did it pretty often:
- "House of Bloo's Part 1": Where Bloo opens the gate and walks into Foster's.
- "Adoptcalypse Now": Where Bloo is running away from a group of kids.
- "Phone Home": An imaginary bone being chased by dogs
- "Bloo's Brothers": With Bloo pushing Mac to the front of the classroom
- "Better Off Ed": Where Eduardo is looking for Scrappy and gets interrupted by Jackie Khones.
- "This Little Peas": Peas is running about to jump into an elevator
- Lilo And Stitch The Series:
- Happens twice in the episode "Frenchfry":
- Occurs where Lilo rolls over her hula class. She's rolling towards the camera and the screen becomes filled with red.
- When she and Stitch roll over Frenchfry near the end. First, Lilo rolls toward the camera, then it fades to blue and Stitch rolls out.
- Happened at least all these times.
- The Powerpuff Girls: "Stray Bullet", where Mojo is walking very slowly with a confident look on his face while the girls are stuck.
- Tom And Jerry Tales (video compilation of examples): "You're Lion", where Tom and Jerry saw many lions in a dark hut. Tom runs away towards the camera, and runs back out.
- In The Magic School Bus episode "Gets Lost in Space", Arnold does this when he gets fed up with his cousin Janet and marches to the back of the bus to confront her.
- Pac-Man: "Presidential Pac-Nappers" has it near the beginning, as Pac-Man runs from the ghosts.
- Near the beginning of the Little Bear intro with Owl, where he flies into the screen.
- The Cleveland Show episode "Buried Pleasure": Kendra body-slams Jane. She falls onto the screen and it cuts to black.
- Justice League Unlimited ends with the League members running toward the camera in its final, trope naming "And the Adventure Continues" scene. It notably ends with Batman's logo, causing Batman to provide the Book Ends to the DCAU.
- The Dragon Tales episode "The Talent Pool": When Max and Emmy first arrive in Dragon Land. Ord runs towards the camera (Max and Emmy) filling up the screen to hug them.
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (compilation): In the episode "Pooh Skies", a body wipe is used where Tigger is jumping on a trampoline and falls on Rabbit.
- Total Drama Island episode "Paintball Deer Hunter", where DJ tosses Owen over the cliff. Owen is falling into the camera which fades to black and then falls out into the ocean.
- Total Drama Action episode "3:10 to Crazytown", with Gwen, Trent, and Owen falling off a diving board onto a horse.
- Total Drama World Tour episode "I See London", where Noah and Owen are about to fall off the plane with one parachute and Owen falls onto the camera cutting it to black. It also happened at least all the times edited together in this video.
- Rocko's Modern Life (video): In the episode "Who Gives a Buck", Rocko, Heffer, and Spunky are on a floor escalator. They move toward the camera and Spunky's eyes fill up the screen and they move out of the camera from Heffer's butt.
- Happens twice in a row in the Garfield and Friends episode "Don't Move", when Odie is riding down the sidewalk in a shopping cart. His eyes fill up the screen both times and it then cuts to the next scene each time.
- At the very end of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Fall Weather Friends", Applejack and Rainbow Dash run towards the camera and then run out.
- Tiny Toon Adventures: The Buster Brady Bunch episode segment "Squish" where Dizzy as a bug comes across himself at normal size and squishes him with his foot.
- Ben 10: "Super Alien Hero Buddy Adventures" where Ben complains to Tim Dean about his show. But he orders Fiery Buddy to take him away
- In The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy episode "Bearded Billy", Mandy takes Billy from under his bed and puts him in a sack.
- Mr Bogus:
- In the second act of the episode "Class Clown Bogus", when Bogus is leaping forward for more food, his eyes fill the screen.
- Happens in the second act of the episode "Et Tu, Brattus?", while Brattus rides on the spider, Brattus's face filling the screen.
- Bogus's face fills the screen in the first act of the episode "Computer Intruder", when he flies towards the screen while holding the tennis racket.
- Happened twice in the third act of the episode "Babysitting Bogus". The first time, when the baby falls off the kitchen shelf with his face filling the screen, and the second time when Bogus is flying after the baby while he was bouncing on the pogo stick on the roof, as Bogus's nose fills the screen.
- Happens three times in the episode "Totally Bogus Video". First, when Bogus as a Badass Biker rides towards the screen, his face fills the screen. The second time with Ratty's nose filling the screen while he slides across the counter after receiving a rough beatdown from Bogunda. The third and final time was when Bogus was being chased by the store owner, with the front of the wind-up getaway car that he rides on filling the screen.
- This happens in the first act of the episode "Waterboy Bogus", when Bogus is being chased by the orca and his eyes fill the screen.