Fully Automatic Clip Show
A sequence (sometimes called a supercut
) which consists mainly of very small clips of (usually) a single action, Catch Phrase
or Verbal Tic
from previous episodes of a series played in rapid succession. When it's part of the show itself, it usually appears as part of a Clip Show
or Recap Episode
; even when it isn't, there are often fan-made videos. This is commonly used in commercials and advertisements to really
remind the viewer what the show or character's name is, even though chances are they already know.
A Fully Automatic Clip Show is usually triggered by a character hanging a lampshade
on another character's annoying habit
See also Hive Mind Testimonial
, and this
extensive catalog of fan-made examples.
- One of the easter eggs on The Incredibles DVD is a montage of every button that gets pressed, every door that opens or closes, and every explosion from the entire movie.
- An easter egg of Snatch has it with Cluster F Bombs and violence (you have the option to bleep it, making it even more hilarious).
- The closing credits of Howling II repeats a shot of Sybil Danning (as Stirba the Werewolf Bitch) ripping off her top and baring her breasts seventeen times, interspersed with random reaction shots from the rest of the film.
- An extra on the DVD release of Crackerjack has a montage of every instance of swearing in the film, with a graphic of the swear and a counter up. It goes for about a minute and gets to $16.00.
- The DVD version of In Bruges has this as a bonus feature, compiling all the swearing in the film. Very amusing lampshade at the end.
- That's Entertainment!, a clip show film highlighting MGM's musicals, has two: one of Mickey Rooney's characters saying "Hey Lets Put On A Show" and one of Greta Garbo's characters saying "I want to be [let/left] alone."
- In one episode of Home Improvement, a friend's house blows up and Tim spends the rest of the episode vigorously denying that he was at fault (he triggered it, but completely unwittingly). The credits for that episode replaced the usual Hilarious Outtakes with all the times Tim exclaimed "I didn't blow up his house!", followed by, of course, the clip of the house blowing up.
- One episode of The Office showed a bunch of clips of Stanley being "abrupt" with people.
- This was also utilized for Oscar's "Actually..." sequence in the seventh season episode "China", though it wasn't made of actual past clips.
- The finale of That '70s Show had one for Red with his threats of shoving his foot up people's asses.
- Used several times in the clip show episode of Scrubs: dancing, falling over, being mean to each other, being nice to each other, hugging, etc.
- The Daily Show and The Colbert Report do this on news clips just about every time there's a new buzz word making the rounds, or, even better, if a politician denies ever making a statement when, in fact, they have stated it many, many times in the past.
- They once did one for themselves, playing a clip of every time Jon Stewart joked that some organization's initials were "NAMBLA."
- The pre-finale clip show for Seinfeld featured a montage of various bizarre noises made by all four main characters (surprisingly, Kramer really doesn't get more time here than anyone else).
- The finale of Alice featured a series of these: rapid-fire clips of all the celebrities who had been on the show, for example, or of Alice's son Tommy coming into the diner and saying "Hi, mom!" over and over (and growing up a little each time, which was the point).
- The series finale of Boy Meets World had a few of these in addition to being a regular clip show. One consisted of the various Big "YES!" moments throughout the series and of Eric's "Feeny Call".
- The season finale of Farscape started with a "Previously On" recap consisting entirely of a few frames from every episode of the series.
- The season 5 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer also begins with a "Previously On" segment that starts off with regular clips from the first episode then eventually getting faster until you can't even make out the scenes depicted, showing the entire series up to this point.
- Allison Dubois from Medium communicates with the dead through the medium of the Catapult Nightmare, at least one or two per episode. One episode showed all her catapults in quick succession.
- Castle's clip show uses this to highlight exactly how often Castle and Beckett talk in unison.
- There's a 54-second track tacked on to the end of Warrant's album Cherry Pie, entitled "Ode To Tipper Gore". It's a collection of profanity from live concerts, spliced together as a massive Take That to Tipper, who was the driving force behind the PMRC hearings in The Eighties and ultimately one of those responsible for the "Parental Advisory" sticker on music. The album has a "Parental Advisory" sticker solely because of this track.
- On the 6music Adam and Joe Podcast 'Buckets of Scorn' (28th November 2008), they talked about their habit of saying 'umm' and 'ahh' too often. They mention a piece of audio that a listener sent in which was just all the 'umm's and 'ahh's played back-to-back. Adam and Joe put together a montage of all the 'umm's and 'ahh's from fifteen minutes of a previous podcast. Then the set it to music. It is awesome.
- The DVD of Robin Williams: Live on Broadway has an easter egg hidden in its menu which plays all the vulgarities from the entire routine back-to-back. It's… rather impressive. It's three-and-a-half minutes long.
- Mega Man 9 ends with Dr. Wily pleading to the title character for mercy. Mega Man promptly calls Rush to broadcast a short video of similar incidents in the past.
- BioShock has the "Would you kindly?" recap, doubling as Once More with Clarity.
- This 8-Bit Theater has a montage of the times Black Mage has said that he hates Thief. Except if you compare this comic to those same scenes in the archive, BM didn't actually say it in most of them. Also, the bit lifted from Boondock Saints didn't happen.
Used As Advertising:
- An old Nick at Nite promo for reruns of The Bob Newhart Show consisted entirely of a seemingly-endless barrage of clips with characters saying "Hi, Bob!"
- This BBC America promo for Law & Order: UK has a bunch of miniature ones, mostly for stereotypical British things like addressing judges as "m'lord" and drinking lots of tea.
- One trailer on [adult swim] for InuYasha consists of Inuyasha and Kagome just shouting each other's names for 40 seconds. It was pretty funny, since the sounds keep going even as the commercial ends.
- There was another featuring Miroku's perverted moments to Sango and other pretty girls and them slapping him to porno-esq music.
- There were two clips for The Simpsons 20th anniversary one of Homer screaming and Barney belching both to the tune of the theme song.
- Both advertisements for Castle and one version of the show's intro had this with Castle saying his name.