Time-Compression Montage depicting a long journey, usually consisting of various shots of places along the route, the main character(s) on the journey, and frequent shots of a map, often with a line appearing on it to mark the route (or more lazily, just a camera pan across the map). Alternately it can show the travelling character looking about in wonder as Stock Footage of various famous sites fades in and out around him, or as flags of various nations flow by. There may also be a Landing Gear Shot or two. Watch for Fridge Logic where, after traveling together for hours to days, the characters resume talking about their plans as if they didn't speak a word during the trip. If the show is a comedy, or even a serious drama with humorous moments, and especially if the travel is a road trip, there may be hijinks, the taking of gag photos, glimpses of trouble, like running from an offended local or sleeping in a jail cell, and other character-driven scenes. Bonus points if it's the red-line-on-map scene. Even more points if the red line zig-zags and spiral chaotically.
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- An Isuzu commercial parodied this with a line moving on a map representing the traveler in the SUV being advertised, which stops when it reaches the edge and continues on outside of the map. Not even the coffee table the map is resting on can stop it from its journey.
- Excel Saga episode 19, where Menchi travel with an heiress who has to circle the globe in eighty hours(sic) to inherit her family's company.
- In the first Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Compilation Movie the content of episodes 4, 5, and 6 were compressed into a Travel Montage.
- Played painfully straight in The Dagger of Kamui to show the protagonist's trek across various parts of the globe.
- In the second story-arc of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) to show how far Spike was thrown from the evil tower, he is shown singing to himself while walking across the landscape, but his song and pacing get more weary with each panel.
Films — Animated
- Parodied in The Emperors New Groove, in a complicated but hilarious way that's better seen than explained.
- Parodied in the Arby 'n' the Chief movie, when Chief is escaping from LA it zooms out to the lines, except that since Chief has no idea where he is going, the lines are a tangled mess.
- Bolt, with the map being a Waffle World placemat.
- The "Life is a Highway" sequence from Cars.
- The closing credits of Cars 2 show Lightning McQueen and Mater travelling across the world and visiting car versions of various world landmarks other than the ones in Japan, France, Italy, and England (ie The Sagrada Familia cathedral in Spain shaped like sparkplugs, windmills in the Netherlands shaped like cooling fans, the Atomium in Belgium shaped like car pistons, the Parthenon in Greece shaped like a car's radiator, St. Basil's cathedral in Russia shaped like a car's diffrential casing, the Pyramids of Egypt shaped like the Mitsubishi logo, a rock structure in Africa shaped like a mix between a pickup truck and Pride Rock, the Dubai hotel in the United Arab Emirates shaped like a car's tailfin, the Taj Mahal in India shaped like a car engine, Angkor Wat in Thailand shaped like more sparkplugs, the Petronas towers in Malaysia shaped like a truck's smokestacks, the Great Wall of China shaped like a highway, the Sydney Opera House in Australia shaped like more car tailfins, the Jesus Christ statue in Brazil shaped like a Mercedes Gullwing, etc) before returning to Radiator Springs.
- Happens twice in Dinosaur. The first travel montage involves Aladar's egg being taken away from his mother's nest by an Oviraptor, then rolling off a ledge into a river where it is then carried downstream, and finally being flown to Lemur Island via Pterodactyl; while the second involves Aladar, the lemurs, Eema, Baylene, Url, and the rest of the Herd being forced to march across a desert while searching for the Nesting Grounds, only to stop at a lake that is completely devoid of water let alone Baylene's footprint.
- Happens toward the end of The Pebble and the Penguin, just right before both Hubie and Rocko are attacked by orcas.
- Atlantis The Lost Empire: The scene where the explorers travel on a subterranean highway through several Underwater Ruins via a large convoy of trucks.
- The opening credits for both The Rescuers films: the first with a Message in a Bottle, and the second with a telegraph line.
- Near the beginning of Dumbo, when we see the Delivery Stork carrying the titular elephant for the very first time, when said stork starts to figure out where Dumbo's eventual mother will be, for a few seconds, we see a brief overhead view of the Southeastern United States, which apparantly traced the path of the circus train Mrs. Jumbo is riding in as said train is leaving the winter headquarters in Florida.
- Liloand Stitch has Stitch's journey to Earth and Hawaii, as shown on the Grand Councilwoman's computer monitor.
- In The LEGO Movie, 80s astronaut minifig Benny finally gets to build a spaceship. The scene then gets an rapid-fire montage of the heroes flying through all the sets, with Benny screaming "SPACESHIP!" with each passover.
- A Goofy Movie on the open road with Goofy's map as a guide.
- BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows, as Norik and the five Toa travel across the island to find the legendary beast Keetongu.
Films — Live-Action
- Appears in all four Indiana Jones films, mainly as a homage to its use in the 1930s serials which inspired the movies.
- The beginning of Robin Hood: Men in Tights, as Robin swims his way from Jerusalem to England.
- Subverted cleverly in 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: In a Flashback, young Willy runs away from home to become a chocolatier, and the next moment we see him striding forward as flags of many nations flutter past him. It all comes to an end, though, when a guard tells him the Hall of Flags is closing for the night.
- Tooki Tooki Bird in the George of the Jungle movie.
- In the spoof film Top Secret, they show this as a set of dots working along a streetmap: then have them eaten by Pac-Man.
- The live How the Grinch Stole Christmas! movie shows the red line on a map version of this; showing the Grinch traveling through the "dump-it to Krumpit" garbage chute out of Whoville to the top of Mount Krumpit.
- The Warriors opens with the leaders of titular gang traveling to The Bronx. The rest of the movie is them leaving it.
- Used in Tooth to show the kids travelling across the country.
- The movie Im Juli depicts a journey through half of Europe, where Romania is portrayed entirely through still shots - not by choice, but because the Romanian government denied their shooting permit.
- Happens in the Van Helsing movie.
- Used briefly in the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie.
- Road to Zanzibar, of course, uses the comedy version where the line starts meandering chaotically.
- The James Bond movie From Russia with Love pans over a map to show a ride with the Oriental Express through Yugoslavia. A cheap method but understandable. With a budget of only 2 million USD Bond was still low budget at that time back in 1963.
- The Guns of Navarone. In true Indiana Jones style! The travel around the Aegean as they start their mission is represented by reduced-opacity shots of planes in flight and a map background.
- Used in The Rules of Attraction when Victor travels around in Europe.
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey subverts this. When the pets initially set off to find their owners, the screen dissolves into a physical map of California as if this trope was being invoked. Then suddenly a teacher's pointer whaps onto the map - we soon see it's actually a pull-down classroom map of California with the teacher talking about the Sierra Nevadas, while the kids are staring out the window wondering about them.
- Played straight in The Rebound as a way of showing one of the main characters gaining maturity and life experience.
- Parodied in The Muppets with the car's "Travel by Map" button. Its even a plot point- unlike conventional travel, no time elapses when you travel this way.
- Done in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, with map grid lines and place names overlayed on the scenery they fly over. As with Indiana Jones, this is an aspect of the film's nature as an homage to 1930s pulp fiction.
- A possible parody in Hook: As Peter Pan takes flight for the first time, he flies over Neverland and you see map grid lines and a large map compass beneath the Neverland sea.
- A comedy one in Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death, possibly because of the guide (played by Bill Maher).
- Played straight in the opening scene of Casablanca, where it is used to show the refugee trail from Paris to Casablanca. Bonus points because it starts with a shot a of the globe and zooms in to Europe/Northern Africa.
- In the form of animations in Youth in Revolt.
- One shows up in Kill Bill when The Bride flies to Japan.
Live Action TV
- The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., almost every single episode, along with dramatic music.
- The Amazing Race, given that traveling is the main premise of the game after all.
- Parodied in The Colbert Report, where we get an Indiana Jones-style montage for a trip to a museum less than a dozen blocks from the studio then another for a walk to the basement of the same museum.
- Chuck once parodied the Indiana Jones style montage with an Overly Long Gag version.
- Hilariously parodied in the Lines episode of Important Things with Demetri Martin.
- Dawsons Creek has this in Episode 13 of Season 6: Joey, Eddie, Audrey, and Bob (played by Seth Rogen) set out on a road trip from Boston to California, in order to accompany Audrey to rehab, as well as bring Eddie to his new state of residence. Montage of the group goofing off in the car as well as shots of various roadways plays intermittently throughout the episode.
- In "Cup of Brown Joy", Professor Elemental's head on a teacup travels to places famous for tea across the globe.
- Gypsy has the Seattle to L.A. sequence during which Rose spots and abducts the future Newsboys.
- Parodied in the Monkey Island games. In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, when sailing between islands, the map is shown, but the red line that indicates the route zigzags chaotically before reaching the destination, presumably on account of the lack of navigational skill on the part of Captain Dread. Escape from Monkey Island also features a Travel Montage represented by Guybrush's ship sailing a chaotic line through the Caribbean, and includes voice-overs as Guybrush and his crew react to the string of near-disasters they sail through... mainly by screaming and panicking.
- Fallout uses Indiana Jones inspired map travel, with random encounters as cutaways.
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2 uses this when they use the aerodome from Moorabella to Fluorgis and back.
- Appears any time you switch field maps in Final Fantasy X.
- Appears when you go to another country in Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, Indy style.
- The intro to an obscure shareware Platform Game Drake Snake and the Secret Crypt shows the main hero's travel to Africe with a red line on the map, which somehow goes below the map at times and returns on top through holes.
- Used in World of Warcraft when travelling between continents on Azeroth, though not between Azeroth and Outland.
- A player-controlled version of this trope appears in Jazzpunk when the player is told to take a vacation.
- Webcomic example: 8-Bit Theater uses a travel montage to travel — and while the other characters take the sudden transitions in stride, Black Mage is confused.
- Regularly spoofed in Irregular Webcomic!.
- Lampshaded in But I'm a Cat Person. "I wish we were in an anime or something, so that this whole trip could go by in a montage."
- Parodied in Tiny Toon Adventures. The red Indiana Jones travel montage line moves across the map. Cut to Buster Bunny sitting on top of the red line, muttering, "Someday I'm gonna have to buy an actual plane."
- Happens in The Simpsons when Santa's Little Helper runs away.
- Also when Homer commands a nuclear submarine and ends leading it to Dirty Communist waters by error.
- After crashing the submarine into the compass on the map!
- Also when Homer commands a nuclear submarine and ends leading it to Dirty Communist waters by error.
- Parodied by Family Guy - Brian and Stewie are on a hot air balloon (long story), the travel montage shown as a map of the world, and Stewie is surprised that countries really do look like that from high altitude. "Such lovely printing, too."
- Done briefly in South Park when the class are heading to Costa Rica by bus.
- The Futurama episode "Bendin' In The Wind" has a brief line-on-map shot, which is mostly notable for revealing how state names have changed in the future (Pennsyvania is split into Sylvania and the Penn Republicnote , Virginia is now Eastern West Virginia, and so on).
- Appears in the House of Mouse version of Around the World in 80 Days.
- This shows up in nearly every single episode of Code Lyoko, namely whenever anyone is traveling to the factory. It shows at least five scenes of travel in the sewers, with the skateboards, ladders, the bridge, the ropes, the elevator ,and the overly long anyway door opening. This could also be considered Leave the Camera Running, or perhaps a non-funny Overly Long Gag, or maybe even Padding.
- Done in the Danger Mouse episode set on the Orient Express. At one point the map is not labeled, so the narrator has to explain that the train is entering "from the brown bit to the pink bit", with DM then commenting on the lovely shade of pink as he looks out the window.
- Spoofed on the Animaniacs episode "Hearts of Warners". As the Warners drive around the lot, Yakko in voice over explains that Wakko is driving, as the line moves erratically on the map. Then Yakko says that he's driving now, and the line stabilizes.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic spoofs this in the episode "Daring Don't". One scene features a red line on a map a la Indiana Jones as the Mane Six track down A.K. Yearling. It's then revealed Pinkie Pie was painting an actual red line on the ground.
- The Legend of Korra features one of these in the Book 3 episode "Rebirth." As the main characters are flying around the Earth Kingdom attempting to recruit new airbenders, their travels are shown on a map. After they are turned away at each location, their chibi faces on the map indicate their disappointment.
- A very similar principle is often used to show the grown of a rail, road or other networks on homepages, television programs, exhibitions etc. As time go on more and more parts will be added on the map and sometimes disappear again.
- An even more straight Real Life example can often be seen on monitors in actual passenger airplanes, we the current position of the flying plane is indicated by a plane symbol superimposed over a map.
- Lufthansa has an improved version using a 3D model instead.