"Down Here!" Shot

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"Once I acquire the power of the sun, I — [to the cameraman] Down here, you fool."
Wannabe Evil Genius, ad for Sunny Delight

In a show with a comparatively small character, whether they be a gnome, a dwarf, a hobbit, or just very small, a common gag is to have the camera show some nice scenery, and then Tilt down to reveal the character standing there, possibly giving the camera a weary look.

It can also be done through not directly involving the camera (or other spectator viewpoint), but by having a character missing said midget and having to look down, usually when hearing "Down Here!" Or sometimes, by mixing the two.

Expect Forced Perspective when these characters aren't actually played by actors with dwarfism.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Used in a Sunny Delight ad involving a wannabe Evil Overlord trying to gain the power of the sun. Or something.
  • One commercial for Barq's Root Beer has a hot dog vendor challenged, "Whaddaya mean 'Barq's has bite'?" The challenger has to query this three times before the vendor locates him. He's shorter than the vendor's cart, though he's accompanied by a statuesque blonde of normal size.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Done constantly in Seitokai Yakuindomo with Suzu. Often lampshaded with an arrow labeled "Suzu is down here."

    Films — Animation 
  • Zootopia: Officer Clawhauser of the Zootopia Police Department hears someone say "Excuse Me", but sees no one. Rookie Officer Judy Hopps, a small bunny, actually has to say "Down here" for Clawhauser to peer over the reception desk to see her. He squees at the sight.
    Clawhauser: O-M-Goodness! They really did hire a bunny!
  • Briefly in Wreck-It Ralph: when Fix-It Felix Jr. knocks at the door of King Candy's castle and Sour Bill opens it, Felix at first doesn't see him until he looks down, along with the camera's viewpoint.

    Literature 
  • VeggieTales. A chapter book based on Larry-Boy: The Cartoon Adventures features an evil emperor who is a cherry tomato. A Running Gag in this particular book is that nobody can see him when he talks, so he has to tell everyone "I'm down here!"
  • When Poplock (toad) and Tobimar (human) first meet in Phoenix Rising, Poplock had gone through a number of opponents of Tobimar like a whirlwind, but Tobimar never manages to see him.
    "Wh-what are you? Where are you? Show yourself!"
    "No need to shout." The voice from down near his feet was the same, but somehow less frightening, almost comical.
    Nonetheless, he jumped back, startled, and looked down.
    A small brown Toad — ¯with, admittedly, a fair overlayer of red gore — ¯looked up at him and waved. "Hello!"
  • In the Warrior Cats novella Mistystar's Omen, Mistystar is about to receive her ninth leader's life. She looks around and doesn't see anyone, and is confused because she knows she has one more life to get yet. She hears a squeak, looks down, and sees that the ninth cat is her son who died as a young kit.
  • Discworld:
    • The six-inch-tall Wee Mad Arthur introduces himself with "Down here, bigjobs".
    • Dwarfs such as Cheery Littlebottom have also been known to utter the words.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A variant was done in one episode of the Canadian TV show You Can't Do That on Television when they spoofed fashions. At the end, two boys (one around 8 and one teenaged) came on-set pretending to be naked as the ultimate fashion. The younger boy started asking for the camera to tilt down because it was only framing his head. The female host quickly calls out "run the credits" as she realizes that panning down would expose a bit more of the older (taller) boy than would be "safe"...
  • Recurring character Attorney Bethany Horowitz on Boston Legal is a dwarf (played by actress Meredith Eaton, who is 4 feet tall), and there are a few scenes where Denny Crane (who lusts after her) is talking about her, and then the camera tilts down and he discovers she's standing right next to him — and not pleased.
  • In a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus, a sports commentator is talking to a bunch of horse jockeys and all we can see are the tops of their caps. Then another even more famous jockey comes over and we can't see him at all until he climbs on a Scully Box, at which time we can see his hat too.
  • The first episode of Kristin Chenoweth's short-lived sitcom Kristin opens with the camera panning across the feet of a line of chorus girls auditioning for a show. At the last girl on the line, the camera tilts up to her face and pans back, revealing a gap where the much shorter Kristin is standing.
  • Psych: One episode has Shawn and Gus being visited by a guy who used to bully them in school. When they open the door for him, they don't see anyone, until they look down. The guy isn't much bigger than when they were kids, but it makes him perfect for his current job as a horse-racing jockey.

    Web Animation 
  • Very briefly in Silver Quill's review of "Scare Master", during a roll call the camera has to tilt down for Lightning Bliss (a midget alicorn), just as Baron Tall Tales calls her "short".
    Lightning Bliss: Hey!

    Western Animation 
  • On the Goofy short "Double Dribble", the camera holds on a shot of basketball players standing in line. As the line moves there is a gap, and the camera moves down to a ridiculously short player.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Moe is waiting for his computer-date to show up. She knocks and he opens the door to nothing and assumes he's been ding-dong-ditched, but she's a little person and has to get him to look down.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • At the start of "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", the shot moves to the empty doorframe of the CMC's treehouse... before tilting down to reveal Pipsqueak (which, as his name can hint, is the smallest pony around).
    • In "The Hooffields and McColts", "Big Daddy" McColt is introduced this way, the shot at first only showing his very tall hat, before moving down, very deliberately pointing out his Ironic Name in the process.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has the villainous medium Madame Argentina being introduced this way.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: After Star and Janna perform a summoning for "Hungry Larry", we hear repeated knocks with a very ominous music playing, building up the moment the door is finally opened... to reveal the empty night sky. Until the camera tilt down, revealing the eponymous character is a very tiny Bedsheet Ghost.
  • Animaniacs: In the short "H.M.S. Yakko", the villain Cap'n Mel is introduced by having the door to his quarters open to reveal nothing; Mel holds up a sign with an arrow pointing down to get the camera to focus on him.

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