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Basically, these large concrete drains (as mentioned above, actually a riverbed that was lined in concrete to control erosion) get a lot of [[JustForPun mileage]] for chase scenes in movies because they look interesting, they allow for a lot of speed, there's no traffic you need to block or divert for filming, and they're conveniently nearby for any shows or movies produced in the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles area (that is to say, anything produced in UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}, which is quite a bit of stuff).

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Basically, these large concrete drains (as mentioned above, actually a riverbed that was lined in concrete to control erosion) channels get a lot of [[JustForPun mileage]] for chase scenes in movies because they look interesting, they allow for a lot of speed, there's no traffic you need to block or divert for filming, and they're conveniently nearby for any shows or movies produced in the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles area (that is to say, anything produced in UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}, which is quite a bit of stuff).

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** As well as the murderous mutant baby in ''Film/ItsAlive''.


* Something that looks suspiciously like the LA river drain system can be seen in exterior shots of the Torumekian capital city of Tolas in the manga version of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', suggesting Tolas may in fact be a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.[[note]]It is also worth mentioning that [[ArtificialRiverbank artificial riverbanks]] are a common sight in Japan as well.[[/note]]

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* Something that looks suspiciously like the LA river drain system can be seen in exterior shots of the Torumekian capital city of Tolas in the manga version of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', suggesting Tolas may in fact be a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.[[note]]It is also worth mentioning that [[ArtificialRiverbank artificial riverbanks]] similar in appearance to the L.A. river drain system (but with grass instead of concrete) are a common sight in Japan as well.[[/note]]


* Something that looks suspiciously like the LA river drain system can be seen in exterior shots of the Torumekian capital city of Tolas in the manga version of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', suggesting Tolas may in fact be a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

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* Something that looks suspiciously like the LA river drain system can be seen in exterior shots of the Torumekian capital city of Tolas in the manga version of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', suggesting Tolas may in fact be a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.[[note]]It is also worth mentioning that [[ArtificialRiverbank artificial riverbanks]] are a common sight in Japan as well.[[/note]]


* The end credits sequence for ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' were shot at the Sepulveda Dam, which holds back part of the river as a flood control measure.

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* The end credits PowerWalk sequence for ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' were shot at the Sepulveda Dam, which holds back part of the river as a flood control measure.

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* A few tracks in ''VideoGame/SplitSecond'' are set in a storm drain system obviously based on LA's.


* In PharrellWilliams' [[http://24hoursofhappy.com/ "24 Hours of Happy"]] (various people dancing to his hit song "Happy" in and around Los Angeles over the course of 24 hours) several clips take place in the LA River, starting at 7:56 am.

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* In PharrellWilliams' Pharrell Williams' [[http://24hoursofhappy.com/ "24 Hours of Happy"]] (various people dancing to his hit song "Happy" in and around Los Angeles over the course of 24 hours) several clips take place in the LA River, starting at 7:56 am.

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* In PharrellWilliams' [[http://24hoursofhappy.com/ "24 Hours of Happy"]] (various people dancing to his hit song "Happy" in and around Los Angeles over the course of 24 hours) several clips take place in the LA River, starting at 7:56 am.


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* Something that looks suspiciously like the LA river drain system can be seen in exterior shots of the Torumekian capital city of Tolas in the manga version of ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', suggesting Tolas may in fact be a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

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* Something that looks suspiciously like the LA river drain system can be seen in exterior shots of the Torumekian capital city of Tolas in the manga version of ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', suggesting Tolas may in fact be a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.


* A drag race in the river plays a pivotal role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}''. It's where the main character, a snail that wants to be fast, gets SuperSpeed after getting caught inside one of the car's engine and gets an infusion of nitrous oxide.

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* A drag race in the river plays a pivotal role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}''. It's where the main character, a snail that wants to be fast, gets SuperSpeed after getting caught inside one of the car's cars' engine and gets an infusion of nitrous oxide.


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': In "New Gizmo Kids on the Block", the police chase Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys along a Los Angeles River lookalike ditch.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In "New Gizmo Kids on the Block", the police chase Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys along a Los Angeles River lookalike ditch.

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* A drag race in the river plays a pivotal role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}''. It's where the main character, a snail that wants to be fast, gets SuperSpeed after getting caught inside one of the car's engine and gets an infusion of nitrous oxide.

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** During a race from the Valley of Fire down to Palm Springs [[spoiler:(and later onto the US/Mexico border)]] in Season 19, the UK version of Top Gear made a stop at one of these. Though, after a bout of tyre-spinning from Clarkson, Hammond and May, they had to make a swift exit.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' mostly avoided real-world locations until season six, but "The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together, Part 2" does have a scene set in the L.A. River. The Cleaner drops the Ventures off there after freeing them from the L.A.P.D.

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