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- In the European Disney Comics story "Paperino e lo spot a basso costo", an elevator in an advertisement agency has its wires crossed just as a very important customer rides it, so instead of the prestigious top floor, he is taken to Donald's zero-budget ad agency in the basement (and never catches on). His assistant even remarks how surprisingly fast this modern elevator took them to the 100th floor.
Films — Animation
- The accelerating elevator is inflicted upon Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, with Droopy Dog as the operator. It also has a unique variant: the elevator doesn't come all the way up to the floor when the doors open, and Droopy is standing on a box to reach the controls. "Mind the step, sir."
Films — Live-Action
- One of their shorts ended with The Three Stooges in an elevator with a gorilla, who is throwing the controls to make the car speed up and down, finally crashing through the roof and hurtling through space. Just a typical day for them.
- The Laurel and Hardy silent short Double Whoopee has The Boys employed at an expensive hotel. On three separate occasions they cause a European prince (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Erich von Stroheim) to fall down an empty elevator shaft - fortunately only from the ground floor into the maintenance pit.
- The Great Glass Elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and even more so in the sequel, titled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. It can go sideways, and also can crash through the roof without being shattered if it gets up enough speed. In the sequel, Willy Wonka tries to get them as high up as possible in order to break through the roof of the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Wonka doesn't want to use the hole they'd left through because "two holes are better than one"), but they don't reverse direction in time and end up shooting into outer space. In an elevator made of glass!
- Played dead serious in the Percy Jackson series: Mount Olympus is on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building.
- The elevator in Police Squad!'s station house opened on such diverse scenes as a mountainside meadow, the stage of an opera house during a production, and a swimming pool.
- This is a standard gag used by Bugs Bunny when he is operating in a skyscraper setting.
- One of the best-known examples is the 1945 cartoon Hare Conditioned, in which Bugs announces, "Fifth floor! Rubber tires, sugar, bourbon, butter, and other picture postcards!" In the same cartoon, the villain attempts to pursue Bugs Bunny in an elevator, only to watch Bugs appear on each floor he passes, using a different edge of the elevator opening as a floor.
- Bugs' own burrow often has an elevator. In Acrobatty Bunny it even winds along with the tunnel.
- It makes one of its earliest appearances in 1939's Hare-um Scare-um, where a very early version of Bugs Bunny — not yet named at that point — uses it to confound the dog who is pursuing him.
- Bugs Bunny does the acceleration variant to a construction worker repeatedly in Homeless Hare, but he overdoes it and inadvertently sends the elevator crashing through the roof of the building.
- In "Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk", there is an elevator built into the beanstalk.
- Wile E. Coyote builds his own elevator booth to get into Bugs' burrow.
- In Buccaneer Bunny the platform on the crow's nest is an elevator.
- The Donald Duck short Bellboy Donald involves much hijinks between Donald and a mischievous kid on an elevator.
- Porky in Wackyland offers an excellent example of the "elevator out of nowhere" variation.
Operator: Goooooing uuuuuup...''(WHOOSH!)Operator: Thirrrrtiettthh flooooor.Porky: Gosh, jet-propelled.
- Porky also got the 'absurd speed' variation in Daffy Duck Slept Here, where he asks to go to the 30th floor of a hotel.
- Filmation's Ghostbusters:
- The "Skelevator" would often accelerate so quickly that it punched holes through their Haunted Headquarters, and entering a secret code would cause said elevator to enter the strange dimension where the Transformation Sequence would occur.
- When the Ghostbusters were out on assignment, they often relied upon a portable version to change into uniform.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle became ensnared in one of these while hunting for forged box tops (don't ask). The elevator went up and down very effectively (read: quickly), but failed to stop at the top floor..
- In two episodes of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, the Hooded Claw tampered with an elevator occupied by Penelope so it would rise at an abnormally high speed.
- On one of the Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner shorts in The Looney Tunes Show, Wile E. is climbing a cliff to get at the Roadrunner. He feels around for a hold and stumbles onto an elevator on the cliff wall, which he then takes to the top.
- The Fox And The Crow - Crawford Crow has an elevator in his tree home.
- Danger Mouse: Penfold not only discovers an elevator in a tree in "Lost, Found And Spellbound," but he cracks wise about it:
Penfold: I've heard of a trunk going up in a lift but never a lift up in a trunk!