The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 film adaptation of the book series by the same name, directed by Frank Oz. The story follows the first book, documenting Omri's acquiring the cupboard and his initial encounters with the magic it contains.
Provides Examples Of:
- Adapted Out: Bright Stars. In the book Omri brings a female Indian figurine to life to be a companion to Little Bear, but in the film Little Bear talks Omri out of it, explaining that she may already have a husband and child of her own.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Boone is described as having red hair in the book, and is played by dark-haired David Keith in the film.
- All Just a Dream: Every time Omri brings Tommy to life in order to treat wounds, he assures him that he's just dreaming.
- Brick Joke: Omri's brother A.D. begs their dad for a skylight; when Omri goes to his room later in the film to confront him about the stolen cupboard, A.D. is lying on his bed admiring his brand-new skylight.
- Captain Obvious:Patrick: Don't bring them together. You know, cowboys and Indians?
- Chekhov's Gun: Omri's brother's pet rat. Omri already has a clear dislike for it, but it becomes a serious threat later on.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Tommy the war medic. Omri brings his figurine to life in order to treat Little Bear after the latter is injured, and he's later needed in order to save Boone's life.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Omri learns quickly and harshly that he's actually dealing with real people. It hits him hard when he accidentally scares the elderly Indian to death. It takes Patrick much longer to figure it out.
- Cute Giants: Omri and Patrick, in context. Boone addresses them as "friendly giants" in parting.
- Due to the Dead: Omri burying the dead Indian chief.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Boo-hoo" Boone.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Why else would there be a brief scene of Darth Vader fighting a T.rex?
- Hollywood Heart Attack: Happens to an old Indian chief that Omri brings to life solely for the purpose of taking his bow and arrows for Little Bear to use.
- Hollywood Natives: Mostly subverted by Little Bear. However, when Omri brings to life a figurine of a World War I medic named Tommy to tend to a wound of his, he greets Little Bear with, "How!", much to Little Bear's confusion.
- Idiot Ball: Patrick, just like in the books, is incredibly prone to this. Most notably when he starts bragging about the little men when he gets them at school.
- Ignored Confession: Omri's chronicling of Little Bear in his writing class is dismissed as a product of a good imagination.
- Jump Scare: After Little Bear successfully evades the escaped rat and retrieves the key from underneath the floorboards, he's barely got a few moments to catch his breath before the rat leaps out of the hole directly at him. Luckily Patrick catches the rat in time.
- Kick the Dog: In a fit of anger and frustration, Omri kicks the rat's exercise ball down a flight of stairs. You can see the rat spinning around inside of it afterward.
- Lame Comeback: Omri to a punk bully who harasses him in the street."You don't deserve that hair!''"
- Living Toys: The cupboard turns plastic toys into the things they stand in for, real flesh and blood and fabric. However, these are people fetched from a different period in time, and they are shocked to find themselves in a differently-scaled world.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Little Bear, after accidentally shooting Boone during the Western the boys were watching (which showed Native Americans getting shot at).
- Not a Game: In two incidents, one character combines this with What the Hell, Hero? toward another.
"You should not do magic you do not understand!"
- Little Bear yells at Omri, after witnessing his carelessness that caused an old Indian chief to die.
"They're people! You can't use people!"
- Omri, having learned his lesson, later gives Patrick a similar warning.
- Party in My Pocket: Omri brings Boone and Little Bear to school in a fanny pack.
- Product Placement: Aside from the Star Wars/RoboCop example above (it also has a Cardassian and a Ferengi from Star Trek). Aracula from Skeleton Warriors and Limburger from Biker Mice from Mars are prominently shown and used as replacements in the school's diorama.
- Rearing Horse: Darling, Boone's horse, is positioned like this as a plastic figurine.
- Tempting Fate: Patrick says the word "Indian" in front of Boone. This causes Boone to because aware of Little Bear's presence, and they start attacking each other.
- You Dirty Rat!: Gillon's rat, which Omri hates with a passion.