Nations of the World Montage
No, this isn't when Yakko Warner performs a musical number
A form of montage that uses shots of various cultures from all around the planet, doing the same thing.
It's frequently used to show a global unity, that in the times of the greatest fight, the direst crisis, or the merriest celebration, we, humans, are not so different after all. Despite that, it might still mildly poke fun at National Stereotypes
. Due to the Lowest Common Denominator
, if a culture is meant to be recognized from a single shot, this picture will probably contain the single most famous landmark of that culture
Distantly related to Travel Montage
, which might use similar imagery. Often used with Gondor Calls for Aid
when the called groups are also different cultures, and they are all shown answering the call.
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Anime & Manga
- In The Death of Superman, nations all over the world are shown reacting to Superman's death. A Frenchman pulls the same expression as a famous photo of a Frenchman watching helplessly as Paris fell to the Nazis. In a Middle Eastern country, Supergirl is criticized for not wearing a veil.
- Most major comics sagas have it. An example is Marvel's Fear Itself, where the actions of the Worthy are shown all over the world: Giant-Man fighting Skirn (Titania) and Greithoth (Absorbing Man) in Dubai, Nul (Hulk) ravaging Brazil and then getting launched all the way to Dracula's doorstep in Romania, Mokk (Grey Gargoyle) turning almost all of the Parisian populace into stone, Nerkkod (Attuma) attacking the coast of Canada and so on and on.
Film - Live Action
- Independence Day had the nations of the world cheering at the destroyed spaceships. Earlier, there was a shorter scene of Gondor Calls for Aid with various militaries of the world answering the call.
- Armageddon had everyone listening to the president's Rousing Speech. Apparently it was the same time of day all over the world, too.
- The Return of the Jedi special edition had a Worlds Of The Galaxy Montage celebrating the victory of the rebels.
- The War Of The Worlds 1953 had was a section with Stock Footage of various governments meeting and national armies fighting the Martians.
Governments tried to coordinate their defences with those of other nations. The government of India met in a railroad coach, while millions streamed for the imagined safety of the Himalayas. The Finnish, Turkish, Chinese and Bolivians worked and fought furiously. Every effort against their other-world antagonists ended in the same rout.
- In the 1966 Batman movie, the entire world waits to see whether Batman and Robin can rehydrate the expies of the United Nations Security Council. "Success, success! They've done it! They've done it!"
- BASEketball features a montage with countries all over the world tuning in to the sport as it becomes more popular.
- In The Fellowship of the Ring, the shots of all of the free peoples of Middle-Earth showing up for the Council of Elrond might qualify.
- Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey has people around the world watching the Battle of the Bands on TV.
Film - Animated
- The 2009 V showed all the nations of the world watching the Visitors' greeting message, each in their own language.
- Done a few times in the revived Doctor Who. The Taj Mahal often seems to stand in for "the rest of the world".
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chosen. Near the end of the Episode we see newly chosen Slayers all around the world.
- A subversion appears in the Rammstein music video for Amerika. Various cultures all over the world are seen watching the "moon landing" and showing stereotypically American traits along with their own stereotypes.
- The music video for Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" depicts him hobnobbing around famous city landmarks around the world - in particular, London, Paris, New York City, Tokyo, Stockholm, Moscow, Sydney, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Texas, and St Louis.
- The closest way this trope can be experienced in Real Life is when the news shows on January 1st do a report with a Montage of last night's New Years Eve celebrations and fireworks from all around the world.
- The very first installment of Flash Gordon kicks off with shots of people all over the world panicking because of the impending collision with planet Mongo.
- The final levels of Elite Beat Agents and both Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan games feature the nations of the world cheering against their corresponding worldwide threat, whether it be a giant meteor, an alien invasion, or the heat death of the sun.
- The Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3 has scenes from Earth, Palaven, Tuchanka, and Thessia as the war ends and the Reapers withdraw/are destroyed.
- Sonic Adventure 2, in a somewhat infamous example, features such a montage, complete with National Stereotypes and creepy GCI humans, while Eggman unveils the ARK Space Station and destroys a part of the Moon.
- In the Futurama pilot episode, the nations of the world count down to New Year's Day 2000 with the usual suspects including the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids, and African tribes. It then happens again for New Year's Day 3000, which includes aliens on a distant planet.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has a version of "Kyle's Mom's a Big Fat Bitch" which goes into this.