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Playing With: Human-Focused Adaptation
aka: Human Focused Animation
Basic Trope: An adaptation of a work that focuses more on the human characters than on the non-human ones.
  • Straight: The Adventures of Stephen the Talking Dog is adapted into a live-action movie. The movie puts greater focus on newcomer Alan, a live-action human who gets Stephen as a pet.
  • Exaggerated: Alan is a White Male Lead who takes over the spotlight while Stephen only has five minutes of screentime. Therefore the movie is an adaptation In Name Only.
  • Downplayed: Alan was in the original show, he just got a bigger role in the movie.
  • Justified: Alan is an Audience Surrogate.
  • Inverted: In the Animated Adaptation of Adventures of Alan, Alan's pet dog Stephen became a talking dog who takes over the show.
  • Subverted: Alan disappears and Stephen is the main character for the second act of the movie.
  • Double Subverted: Alan returns.
  • Parodied: The movie has NO onscreen appearance of Stephen at all.
  • Zig-Zagged: Sometimes Alan appears onscreen, other times he doesn't.
  • Averted: No human characters are added to the movie, and if there were humans in the original show, they do not have expanded roles.
  • Enforced: "We need a live-action human to bring in new fans."
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: After five minutes following nothing but Alan and showing how much he hates his job and wishes he could ask Belma the Secretary out, the image freezes and an exasperated rant by Stephen can be heard. "Wait. wait. WAIT. What are you doing? These are "The Adventures of STEPHEN THE TALKING DOG"! Not some a dime a dozen human! Pay attention to ME!" From then on, the movie follows Stephen exclusively.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Hey! Alan was never in the original show!"
  • Deconstructed: Stephen is angry that Alan is overtaking the movie, so he quits. The adaptation bombs in the box office.
  • Reconstructed: The producers make an agreement with Stephen in which he and Alan will share equal screentime.

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alternative title(s): Human Focused Animation
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