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More a framing device than an actual camera technique, the "Mouth Cam" is a shot taken from a position that appears to be inside the mouth of one character as he, she or it faces or approaches another character. Most of the time, it is used when someone or something is about to or even is in the process of being eaten. It can be used for real horror if handled well enough. Or, a character could just be at a dentist getting their teeth checked.

Almost a Discredited Trope these days, although it continues to be used in all seriousness.

Compare "Jaws" First-Person Perspective and Compartment Shot. Contrast with Mouthscreen and technical opposite Eat the Camera.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach: This trope is used sometimes, usually inside the Hollows' mouths. It was also used with Nel when she pulls her uvula.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Used at one point within Gluttony's mouth.
  • Gigantor: Shown in one scene in an episode from inside Dr. Katzmeow's mouth.
  • Kujibiki♡Unbalance: Episode 1 has a Mouth Cam shot with a bit of Innocent Innuendo as one characters waits expectantly for another to feed her a mushroom, stem-first.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Done with a Swalot when Corphish used Bubble Beam inside of it in "From Brags to Riches" from the Advanced Generation series.
    • Done from the inside of a Victreebel in the Best Wishes episode "Danger, Sweet as Honey!"
  • Digimon Frontier: Happens in episode 14 when Whamon saves the group by storing them in his mouth due to the cave rushing in with water, causing it to collapse. When Whamon opens his mouth, it reveals the ocean and he carries them to an island as in a way of saying thanks.

    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In the first episode of Happy Formula, we see a shot from inside Paddi's mouth a few seconds before the alien eggs fall near him, as one of them falls directly into his mouth.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: The art of Hunt the Weak is set within a dinosaur's mouth, framed top and bottom by rows of sharp, drool-covered fangs, and showing a view through the gap of a goblin about to become the beast's next meal.

    Comic Books 
  • Action: In Hook Jaw there are many panels shown from inside the eponymous man-eating great white shark's mouth before he sinks his teeth into another human.
  • Kaamelott: There's such a shot in the first album of the comic adaptation, when Karadoc and Perceval are pursued by a big, undead skeleton sabertooth tiger.
  • The Punisher: One early 2000's story has Frank corner a mobster at a dental appointment. The entire book is drawn from the point of view looking out through the mobster's open mouth.... as Frank graphically breaks, drills holes into, and rips out the mobster's teeth. By the time it gets to the last shot of the gun barrel jammed into the open mouth, it's a mercy to both the mobster and the reader.

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    Films — Animation 
  • An American Tail: This does happen in the movies but only because Fievel is actually inside the mouth at the time.
  • Madagascar has a sequence where a clueless lion is trying to be friendly with a tiny primate, with a mouth cam shot used to show just how threatening he is unintentionally being.
  • My Neighbor Totoro: When Totoro roars at Mei, the camera is placed inside his mouth.
  • Pinocchio: The where Monstro swallows the raft with Pinocchio and Geppetto is shot through the whale's mouth.
  • The Simpsons Movie has a mouth cam shot of Homer eating a burger.
  • The Transformers: The Movie: Briefly happens with Grimlock menacing a Sharkticon. Doubly amusing because the Sharkticon is basically a walking metal ball comprised largely of spikes and teeth that had previously been set up with piranha —like aggressiveness in swarms.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: This is used when Ralph interrogates Sour Bill, a minion of the film's main antagonist, by threatening to eat him.
  • Wolves, Witches and Giants: Used whenever the wolf eats someone.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Towards the end of Alien 2: On Earth, as one of the alien monsters attacks the protagonist, the camera is placed inside its mouth.
  • In Anaconda we get a mouth shot of the villain being swallowed by the titular creature.
  • In Annihilation (2018), after the mutant alligator is shot dead, Lena holds its head up so the mouth can hang open and Lena can examine its strange teeth. During this scene, there are two scenes shot from directly inside its mouth looking out showing Lena, Ventress, and Shepherd looking in.
  • Used in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory during Willy Wonka's climactic visit to a dentist/his estranged father.
  • In the Dennis the Menace film there's a shot from inside Mr. Wilson's mouth as Dennis is about to slingshot an aspirin in there while Mr. Wilson is asleep.
  • In Detroit Rock City, the camera appears inside Gene Simmons' mouth as he's doing the tongue-wriggling during the KISS concert.
  • Dr. Giggles has one when he "checks" Elaine's throat...before stabbing her through her nose.
  • The very bad film Ice Grill does a particularly unsavory variation, with a shot meant to appear as if it had been filmed through a character's fly.
  • The Jaws films, as noted above. Averted in the first one, but it was however used in the trailer.
  • The "Dentist!" musical number from Little Shop of Horrors includes a sequence shot from inside a dental patient's mouth.
  • One Crazy Summer parodies the Jaws angle with a view from the mouth of the "rabid killer dolphin" submarine as it attacks the villain.
  • This trope is used in a rather squicky way in the low budget film Scar 3D. The shot is within a teen girl's mouth as the killer holds a knife in her mouth.
  • Used in Shorts, when Toe asks his alien friends to clean his teeth for him.
  • One appears in Stranger Than Fiction from Harold's mouth into the bathroom mirror as he brushes his teeth.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Edina's liposuction nightmare in Absolutely Fabulous.
  • Used in CSI: NY during the episode "Recycling", used when the victim is tasting the liquid in her dog's water-filled baby bottle.
  • Used in the Goosebumps TV episode for "The Blob That Ate Everyone" before the blob eats Adam.
  • Star Wars, The Book of Boba Fett: When Boba returns to the Sarlacc Pit aboard his ship Slave I, we get a shot from the inside of the pit, framed by the jagged "teeth" of the sarlacc.

  • Björk's music video for her song "Mouth Mantra" provides a rather...unique twist on this trope. Not only does a large part of the video consist of the inside of her mouth, but it was shot using a 360-degree camera. The result is a bizarre, distorted motion of the camera constantly panning around her mouth.
  • The music video for Franz Ferdinand's "Darts of Pleasure" is shot largely from the perspective of singer Alex Kapranos' mouth. It features a variety of different shots including Alex brushing his teeth, drinking, and making out with countless women.
  • In Sleater-Kinney's "A New Wave", an Animated Music Video featuring the Bob's Burgers characters, Tina Belcher is at one point framed by Carrie Brownstein's teeth.

    Video Games 
  • If you're playing as an Alien in the Aliens vs. Predator video games, teeth will appear on the top and bottom of the screen if you've lined up a headbite on an unlucky victim.
  • In Battleborn, Kelvin's POV is actually a view from inside his mouth, odd considering he clearly has eyes in the normal human position.
  • Doom (2016)'s multiplayer features the iconic cacodemon as one of the playable demons. The first-person view, instead of showing the cacodemon's cyclopic eye, instead shows the perspective from inside its mouth, as one gets to spit plasma bombs at victims or even tongue-snare them before devouring them.
  • Present in some video games with playable toothy monsters, such as skulks in Natural Selection and the Kabuto in Giants: Citizen Kabuto. Ostensibly being first-person views, it does seem to imply that their eyes actually are within their mouths.
  • Also pops up in Ghouls vs. Humans for most of the Ghoul classes (they're huge floating heads who usually attack by biting/screaming/breathing something out of their mouths).
  • Played for Laughs in Killer is Dead. Brian gets hit by a train and horribly injured and winds up spending the money for repairs on way more than just keeping himself in good condition, getting himself entirely plated in gold. At the end of the cutscene we get a mouth cam of his laugh to show that he's also replaced off of his (formerly normal) teeth with gold as well.
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, during the boss fight against the Mother Tyrrhanoid, there is a sequence where the camera takes up residence inside her head. It's very definitely not her POV, because all her eyes are on eyestalks. It's not a typical Mouth Cam either, as no teeth or lips are visible at the edge of the screen. On the other hand, her mouth is probably big enough that you wouldn't see them... Unusual also in that she's not trying to eat Ratchet, she's trying to shoot him.
  • The Cave Of Bad Dreams level in Rayman 2: The Great Escape uses this when the Guardian of the Cave catches up to Rayman and chases him down a slippery slide, with the camera switched to a POV shot of the Guardian's mouth, sharp teeth dripping with saliva and all. It's very effective.
  • A hilarious part of the gimmick of Table For One, along with a... shall we say, challenging case of Mind over Matter.
  • The Rockgagan in Tales of Graces gets one as it lunges towards the party in a successful attempt to devour them.
  • Two of them (in the mouths of manatees), both in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan: one when Guybrush is approaching the cave guarded by a female manatee, and one near the end of the chapter, as the Giant Manatee approaches to swallow De Cava and his crew in the Howler Monkey.
  • Tonsil Terror is a game that is basically just this trope. Vinny and Joel had a lot of fun with it.
  • In Marvel's Spider-Man 2 has a shot inside the mouth of Sandman in a giant form as he attempts eat Miles Morales.

    Web Animation 
  • Played with in the Battle for BFDI episode "Don't Dig Straight Down"; when Team Ice Cube first reaches the Inverted Planet, a view of its sun and the trees is seen through Donut's hole, which acts as his mouth by rapidly contracting and expanding into different shapes.

    Web Originals 
  • Tucker Budzyn has an accidental example on the video in which Tucker steals Linda's new GoPro camera.
  • Joueur du Grenier: Done in the Mission Impossible review where an ambassador is tricked into swallowing a camera an inch across to record an access code (which turns out to be 0-0-0-0). The crew actually bought giant novelty teeth to make this shot, but as they didn't arrive in time due to the COVID pandemic the teeth were added as CGI instead.
  • The Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers video "Mario Goes to the Dentist" has one with Tari as Mario stares into her mouth posing as a dentist. Since the video is made in Garry's Mod, it's odd to think about how that was done.
  • Jake Roper of Vsauce does this in his video How Much Can You Eat? as Jake is about to take a bite out of a talking taco, the shot going as far as including Jake's tongue piercing.

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs:
    • Happens a couple times in the original series, specifically in the shorts "Nothing But the Tooth", "Hiccup", and "We're No Pigeons".
    • Animaniacs (2020) has a couple:
      • "Close Encounters of the Unwanted Kind" has two: the first is of a customer disgustingly eating a hot dog and the second is of the alien roaring at a crowd of people at a night club.
      • "WhoDonut" has one of Ralph the Guard when Dot accuses him of eating Wakko's sandwich.
  • There are a few in Avatar: The Last Airbender, usually of Appa's mouth. There also some within Sokka's mouth, once where a spider has made its web while he was asleep and another when he insists that there was a wart on his "throat flap."
  • Codename: Kids Next Door, "Op TEETH", has a Mouth Cam shot of Numbuh Three licking a lollipop within a plaque filled mouth.
  • Dad'X: One scene abruptly transitions to another while Foudror is doing an Evil Laugh, in which the camera goes from a close-up of his mug to the inside of his cackling mouth.
  • Dan Vs.: The dentist episode features shots inside Dan's mouth, allowing both his unkempth teeth and the other characters to be seen at the same time.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Happens with Ed in "Floss Yer Ed" as Edd looks in Ed's mouth to see that his last baby tooth is about to fall out.
    • In "An Ed Is Born", when the Eds are filming a video, Ed randomly swallows the camera (shouting "Man the helms! DIVE, DIVE!"), ending up in a shot from inside his stomach as Edd digs it back out.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019): The camera shows the inside of Pam's mouth when she eats Sam's green eggs and ham for the first time.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has a couple instances:
    • "Recipe for Disaster" has one on the scout troop leader's mouth after eating Grim's Aunt Kali's cookies.
    • "Anger Mismanagment" has Billy opening his mouth before he flosses.
      • The Mandy intro to that episode features her staring into the mouth of the viewer holding a dental drill saying that it'll only hurt for 22 minutes.
  • Happens in Justice League Unlimited in "The Once and Future Thing" part two — we get a nice shot of the inside of the hyena-man's toothy maw.
  • Perhaps the earliest example of this trope is in the Looney Tunes short “Page Miss Glory” showing a customer drinking a martini that was just prepared.
  • Done in the Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart episode "Captured Clops", when Orangusnake uses Rammaraffe as a telescope to spy on Badgerclops.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • The Ursa Minor in "Boast Busters" exhibits this shot.
    • Big Macintosh gets one in "Filli Vanilli".
    • The camera positions itself inside Zecora's mouth briefly during her trip to the doctor's office in "A Health of Information".
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • One Bill Plympton short or another sees a date progress, from the viewpoint of the back of the mouth. It ends well.
  • Almost every episode of Rugrats would use this trope. Sometimes a shot would be used when characters are crying, eating or simply talking.
    • A scene from the pilot "Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing" has a shot from inside Phil's mouth. Co-creator Paul Germain credited director/animator Peter Chung as the Trope Maker because of that scene.
    • The episode "Dummi Bear Dinner Disaster" has a scene where Susie first eats the camera and then the camera swerves behind her uvula turning the shot into this trope.
    • It's also prominent in the CGI revival series.
  • In an episode of Street Fighter, Blanka attacks Guile with his biting attack. At this moment, we see a shot from inside Blanka's mouth as he comes closer.
  • Done in "The Demon Within" episode of Sym-Bionic Titan from inside the mouth of an alligator mutraddi Ilana fights.

    Real Life 
  • There's a (discredited) hypothesis that some ambush-hunting labyrinthodonts could rotate their eyeballs to look out through holes in their upper palate, in the manner of this trope, to judge when prey had come close enough to bite.


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