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->"Slink, take the pedals! Rex, you navigate! Hamm and Potato, operate the levers and knobs!"
-->-- '''Buzz Lightyear''', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''

A situation that regularly appears in works with [[{{Lilliputians}} miniature protagonists]] is to have them operate a car, airplane, spaceship, or other vehicle. Since the vehicle was built for larger, "regular"-sized people and is not a {{Surprisingly Functional Toy|s}}, this will require a team of the diminutive characters working together to operate the numerous controls. [[MacGyvering Jury-rigged assistive devices]] made with BambooTechnology or NoodleImplements might be used.

More often than not, HilarityEnsues as the DysfunctionalFamily or RagTagBunchOfMisfits fail to coordinate their operations -- they end up bickering with each other while their vehicle [[DrivesLikeCrazy careens all over the place]]. If the characters wouldn't normally know how to operate the vehicle, TaughtByTelevision or IKnowMortalKombat may be invoked to explain how they suddenly acquired some driving skills.

Naturally, this typically involves {{Lilliputians}}, LivingToys or ''very'' LittlePeople, though [[IncredibleShrinkingMan other]] [[{{Sizeshifter}} character]] [[AdorableEvilMinions types]] may be used as the work demands.

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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Buzz Lightyear's team of toys commandeer a Pizza Planet truck in pursuit of Al and Woody.
* Dreamworks' CGI ''Film/OverTheHedge'' movie has the woodland creatures drive Dwayne's van after he gets knocked unconscious; three porcupine kids steer using [[IKnowMortalKombat skills acquired from video games]].
-->"It's just like ''[[BlandNameProduct Auto Homicide 3]]!''"
* Alvin, Simon and Theodore do this in the first ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' CGI movie. Supposedly, Alvin can do this because he played a driving video game earlier in the movie.
* The Dalmatian Puppies do this to a London double-decker bus at the end of [[Disney/OneHundredandOneDalmatians ''101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure'']].
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', two of Gru's minions drive Lucy's car to rescue them when their break-in goes awry.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In the Disney live-action movie ''The Gnome-Mobile'', two kids drive a car. Neither is big enough to reach pedals and see over the dashboard, so one steers while the other moves the pedals.
* The 2006 film ''LittleMan'' features Calvin, a 30" tall dwarf criminal who's pretending to be a toddler as part of a diamond heist. He gets in a car and drives it by using a toy bat to move the pedals.
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', John's teddy bear drives John's car, using built-up pedals so he can reach them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Occurs in each book of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/NomesTrilogy'':
** In ''Truckers'', the nomes steal a department store delivery truck to escape the store before it gets demolished. They learn how to drive after Angalo sneaks aboard a truck and watches the driver for nearly a week. Even so, they ''still'' make a mess of things [[spoiler:and blow up the store in the process]].
** In ''Diggers'', Dorcas and Grimma lead the nomes to operate a JCB backhoe in an attempt to scare away the humans intruding on their stone quarry.
** Subverted in ''Wings''; Angalo tries to temporarily pilot a Concorde jet for fun, but is stopped when The Thing [[spoiler:(a navigation computer from their spaceship)]] takes control instead. The nomes also briefly consider "borrowing" the Space Shuttle...
* In the first ''Literature/LevenThumps'' book, Clover (officially 12 inches in height) decides to, er, commandeer a motor vehicle in order to catch up to protagonists Leven and Winter. He eventually sets up a system to keep the pedals pushed while he hurtles along the street at breakneck pace. He's the only one on the road who finds it fun, [[DrivesLikeCrazy for some reason...]]
* Occurs in the Literature/{{Dragonlance}} ''Legends'' trilogy of all things. Tasslehoff finds himself unable to operate the full size captain's chair that psychically controls the flying citadel, and has to enlist a nearby gully dwarf in order to do it. [[HilarityEnsues Gully dwarves being what they are...]]
-->'''Tasslehoff:''' Northwest! It's ''one'' direc- oh, never mind. Look, Rounce, you think north and I'll think west. That might work.
* The children's novel ''The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper'' involves a crack team of ''raccoons'' stealing the local garbage truck. They actually had a decent reason for the whole caper. [[spoiler:The garbage truck was removing all the scraps they were living off, so they did the job themselves to get first dibs on the trash.]] It was adapted for an episode of CBS Storybreak.
* In Cory Doctorow's novel ''Makers'', a group of hardware hackers modify several robotic Elmo dolls to drive a car as an homage to this trope.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', [[TalkingAnimal Bun-Bun]] occasionally steals Torg's car, with [[TalkingAnimal Kiki]] working the pedals. In [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20060404 this]] instance, Torg (human) accompanies them -- and instead of driving normally, ''he'' has to work the pedals, with Kiki on the gear stick.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Appears in ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' whenever the penguins commandeer a vehicle for their missions.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Towelie" has the kids steal a truck during their quest to recover their video game system.
-->'''Stan:''' "All right, that does it! BrakeAngrily, Kenny!"
* In the ''PinkyAndTheBrain'' short "Opportunity Knox", Brain controls the steering wheel of a van with pulleys while Pinky operates the pedals.
** Another has an extension system for when the Brain rides a motorcycle.
* One time on ''TheSimpsons'', Bart was steering while Lisa and Milhouse were operating the gas and brake pedals, and they were doing it kinda randomly. Lisa would push the gas and then Milhouse would push the brake, Lather, rinse, repeat, all without any input from Bart. Milhouse took the opportunity to ask Lisa out.
** Maggie once drove the family's van.
--->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Awww, isn't that cute, a baby driving a car... and hey, look, there's a dog driving a bus!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has the Rangers (rodent-sized rodents) trying to land a LawyerFriendlyCameo of the space shuttle.
* Averted by the Ant Hill Mob on both ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''. They have no problem operating vehicles scaled for humans of normal stature.
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* In July 2009, a 7-year-old boy in Utah [[http://www.chinoblanco.com/2009/07/seven-year-old-utah-boy-makes-his.html stole his family's car]] in an attempt to get out of going to church.
* Pedal extenders and booster seats exist for drivers with smaller statures.
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