Pop-Up Trivia

You're watching a rerun of your favorite movie on TV.

You can remember the lines to the catchy tune in the background. You know exactly when the character starts talking to his green candy apple accounting calculator. Then suddenly there is a little noise you have never heard before and a little message on screen about how this calculator doesn't actually exist and the production company had to spend big money to make a fake one.

You, my friend, have been introduced to the wonderful world of Pop Up Trivia. Wherein the little tricks that the production people put into making your show are showed off, or interesting but irrelevant but interesting pieces of information are given, such as how many calories a person would burn in 500 miles and how long it would take, but not quite as vocal as a DVD Commentary.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • ADV Films had some wonderful "ADVidNotes" tracks on several of their comedy anime DVDs.

Film
  • Apparently a popular Bonus Material for DVDs.
  • Edgar Wright seems to be a fan. It's an option on Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
  • High School Musical did this.
  • This was an option on Monty Python and the Holy Grail DVD.
  • The Star Trek 2-disc DVD sets have a subtitle option where Michael and Denise Okuda can give text commentary on this kind of stuff.
  • Source Code has one of these, strangely enough.
  • Included on the 101 Dalmatians DVD. Two sets, actually: One for the "fans" (which are more complex details on how the movie was made), and one for the "family" (side notes, plot points relating to the original book, points being brought up in the live-action films and TV series, etc.)
  • Legend Films' edition of Plan 9 from Outer Space includes a trivia text feature.
  • The Back to the Future trilogy came to DVD with "Animated Anecdotes" for each movie. The later Blu-Ray set contains these anecdotes, sans animation, as well as an option to point out "setups and payoffs".
  • Each DVD in the Spider-Man Trilogy has a "Spidey-Sense" trivia track.
  • The Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set has a "Weyland-Yutani Datastream" deliver factoids about each movie.
  • The Sound of Music has a "Your Favorite Things" Blu-Ray extra that allows viewers to watch the movie with pop-up windows containing trivia, behind-the-scenes pictures, and an interactive quiz (and sing-along subtitles for the songs).
  • Some TV airings of Braveheart have this, giving historical notes and production notes. Sometimes they swerved into Captain Obvious territory, such as explaining that a character was grieving for their dead father while it was happening on screen.

Live-Action TV

Music

Professional Wrestling
  • NWA On Fire, which shows classic NWA matches, has little infoboxes giving possibly informative bits of trivia about the wrestlers & matches being shown.

Web Comics
  • Fur Will Fly did an amusing spoof of the trope in general and VH-1's Pup-Up Video in particular with "Pop-Up Webcomic" Sunday special features, eye-watering colour scheme and all.

Web Original
  • YouTube allows you to add annotations to your uploaded videos, which can invoke this.

Western Animation