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Progressive Era Montage
A Montage where a character or a scene shifts from one era to era. A "Mister Sandman" Sequence may or may not occur on a particular era, may it be a person, a place, or an item. The one thing that this montage is very prevalent of is that the atmosphere of the setting, architecture and art styles, technology, clothing and hairstyle, and occasional background music sequentially changes.

Doesn't necessarily have to do with the actual Progressive Era, which was from about 1900 to 1920.


  • The 2009 Pepsi Commercial "Pass" transcends from The Gay Nineties to the present day focusing the said product consumed by young people as it is passed on through various generations.
  • The 2008 Hovis Bread Commercial, "Go On, Lad!" focuses on a boy who, in 122 seconds, walks down on history lane from the Victorian Era to the present day as he walks down through significant events on British history.
  • The Mercedes-Benz SL commercial "Timeless" focuses about the said car as it drives through the 1950s up to the present day while the style of the car, the music, and the fashion of the woman driving it all change with the times.
  • Frigidaire's "More than 90 Years of Innovation" commercial shows the company's innovations through the years.
  • This Super Bowl Special for the Audi A6 has Jason Statham stealing a succession of cars dating from The Seventies up to the present day, presented in the manner of an action movie of each era.
  • The "Pass It Along" promotional video for American Girl's BeForever revamp shows girls from the present passing things along to characters from the Historical lineup, the latter of them showing their new meet outfits.
  • Sony's "#4ThePlayers" video, in which a group of British teens grow up playing PlayStation consoles from 1995 to the present day. All the while, the artists whose posters adorn their walls and magazines change from blur to Kasabian to Tinie Tempah, the fashion goes from "Fresh Prince" to '00s "chav" fashion and beyond, and the London Eye, the Gherkin, and the Shard emerge on the London skyline outside their window.

  • The opening montage in Watchmen depicts the evolution of Superheroes from the 40s up to the 80s, with important historical scenes shown in between.
  • The opening credit sequence of the film The Jackal showed a montage of images from Russian history set to pounding Industrial music, starting with the Bolshevik Revolution, through Stalin's industrialization and The Great Patriotic War, and on up through the fall of the Soviet Union toward the present day.
  • The Title Sequence of Wing Commander does an audio version of Mankind's history of space exploration up until the declaration of war with the Kilrathi.

  • Edward Rutherfurd's novels, such as Sarum, Russka and others, goes on like this, where every chapter goes to a new era and a new generation.

Live-Action TV
  • The episode "Fragments" of Torchwood has a montage of Capt. Jack through the entire 20th century.


Web Original
  • This 2011 video of the East London Style does much, where the background music and the dancers' clothes changes over 100 years in just 100 seconds.

Western Animation
  • The Cartoon Network Groovies short "Musical Evolution" had Josie and the Pussycats performing in several different time periods (and costumes), including the 1970s disco era, 90s metal, the Wild West (country and western), 80s KISS style rock, and modern disc jockey style. Watch it here.
  • A Simpsons Couch Gag has Homer starting as a unicellular organism, becomes a fish, climbs out of the ocean, evolves into a human, walks through parts of human history, and ends up at his sofa, and Marge asking "Where have you been?".
    • Another couch gag shows the Simpsons as the casts of Sitcoms from different eras.
  • The opening scene of Wreck-It Ralph progresses through 30 years as evidenced by the change of video game platforms.
  • When Fry gets frozen in the cryogenic tube in the first episode of Futurama, time starts slipping by, showing New York being destroyed by aliens, rebuilt, destroyed by aliens again, forests growing and humanity reverting back to the Middle Ages and rebuilding New York again with castles, get destroyed by aliens again, and then finally the New New York of the year 2999 springs up.
  • Phineas and Ferb, featuring Love Handel gives us a little history about rock. Anyone of you can tell where the colours came from...
  • Similar to The Simpsons example above, the opening title sequence of Dilbert starts with the Big Bang, then zooms in to Earth to show the title character as a single-celled organism, a succession of sea creatures, a land reptile, a caveman, and finally a modern office worker.
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