Quotes / Info Dump

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    Film — Live-action 

(Are we supposed to be following this?)
Peter Venkman, to the audience, during one of Egon's Infodumps, in The Real Ghostbusters.

(aside glance) ...Everybody got that?
Dark Helmet, Spaceballs

My name is Julie! My mother's name was Susan! She was killed in a car accident with my father and they're both dead!!
The Next Karate Kid

If I didn't know any better, I'd think you were reciting an important plot point!
Statler, The Muppets


You would have thought the one concrete advantage to Dumbledore being definitely dead would be avoiding the long Dumbledore Explains The Plot chapter at the end of the book. But, no. Death just isn't the handicap it used to be in the olden days and it happens anyway. Stab me. Stab me now.
Kyra Smith (Spoiler text to avoid revealing the ending of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

You'll note the film avoids the most deadly of devices, the opening montage in which a narrator fills in the background of an imagined world. It kills the momentum before it has a chance to develop, info-dumping on the audience before we have people to care about. Sometimes films that provide all the needed info as they go along still have the montage introductions tacked on at the beginning. When this happens I always envision a note given by an inattentive studio executive falsely convinced it will clarify, rather than deaden, the action.


Seagoon: "Good. Now, about the Yehti. Tell me, are they tall and shaggy, or are they more squat with smooth skin?"
Blooknok: "Yes, they are!"
Seagoon: "Oh, and they walk upright like humans, and have the powers of telepathy, and in actual fact they are the missing link, the step from animals to man in one direction, while in another, far higher in intelligence and having the ability to possess one's mind?"
Bloodnok: (pause) "Is there any more information I can give you?"
The Goon Show, "Yehti"

    Video Games 


Strap yourselves in for some full on talking about stuff.
Tom Siddell, Gunnerkrigg Court

    Web Original 

I criticize many people when they just say a movie is boring because that is not descriptive...There are many long movies that are engrossing all the way through because it is so well written and you need all that time to tell the complex story. So why do I find this movie so boring? Well, it's because this isn't a movie. Okay, technically speaking it is but it's not at the same time. I swear I'm not trying to do some Zen riddle. What I mean is this is more a dry college lecture with some action scenes spliced in. I don't care how many squibs you set off, I'm still gonna fall asleep to Ben Stein talking about voodoo economics.
Miles Antwiler on Gods and Generals

Once the credits end, we get the first of [Lori] Pettyís voiceover narration for the movie, in which she explains that itís 2033, a comet hit the earth and thereís no water left. Itís rather charming for a minute (her 'itís not all bad' about twenty people having to take baths together at a time is chuckle-worthy), but then you kind of realize weíre going to be told everything thatís important this way.
Matt Wilson on on Tank Girl

All of this, which I have not embellished in any way, is established in one chapter in which the Dalek Prime just exposits recklessly. The best entertainment to be had in this book is in fact imagining most of this dialogue delivered by actual Daleks. My favorite line is "Sit down. You will be more comfortable."
Phil Sandier on War of the Daleks

The lack of gravity, or solid ground, or even or a regular daylight cycle all contribute to medical problems that characters sure do love taking their sweet time explaining. It is Kojima, after all, and if there's one example of how drastically his skills at characterization, world-building, and plot development collide with the sheer inefficiency of his writing, it's Policenauts [...] No one in real life talks like this! It just pulls you out of the world and reminds you that it's conservatively-translated Japanese sci-fi from the Nineties! The technological marvels we enjoy in real life are mundane to us; they're ordinary. But the people in Policenauts won't shut up about them! I have no idea how this piece of plastic [a motherboard] can turn into a computer, and I've never really had reason to care. But if I were a Policenauts character I'd be able to tell you in no less than 400 words!

    Web Video 

—sung to the tune of Ode to Joy, The Nostalgia Critic

Drift through the terrifying silence of outer space, where the only sound you hear is Sandra Bullock explaining the plot.

Holy Macaroni, they're still talking? This means they haven't stopped for two days now. Don't they need showers or food or anything? Do they just feed on exposition or something?

Matt [The Protagonist]'s Mother: Well, Greg's 17 and you're 12.
Jontron (as Matt's Mother): ...and your father left when you were seven, and I'm a single mom, and you've had a dark, yet somehow relatable, past...
(The word "Exposition" comes out of the mouth of Matt's Mother)
JonTron, on the Episode of Goose Bumps based off of the story "Don't Go to Sleep"

    Western Animation 

Wow, I'm boring! Do I always explain everything like that?
Dib, Invader Zim