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This is when a person's mouth and lips are pretty much all showing on the screen. Potentially it can be a sign of mystery, used to hide the identity of the person speaking. Otherwise it can just be to emphasize the mouth such as showing a pretty girl putting on lipstick.

This is a sister tropes of Eyedscreen, which features a screen shot of a pair of eyes. Compare Eat the Camera and Mouth Cam.


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  • Diet Pepsi: This commercial from 1984 is an example: [1]
  • Any commercial hawking teeth whitening or toothpaste is prone to this.
  • This Coors Light commercial from 1997. [2]
  • The numerous Pepsodent commercials such as this one: [3]
  • Twizzlers had a bunch of commercials with a claymation mouth advertising the product.
  • An 1980s child abuse PSA, one of the first against verbal abuse, features a series of mouths shouting harmful insults at children.

  • In nearly every Detective Conan episode, there is a point where we get a closeup of a characters mouth talking ominous like. Sometimes making their debut or when they're saying something important.


    Live Action TV 
  • In an extremely minimalist production by the BBC of Samuel Beckett's play Not I, this is all that can be seen of actress Billie Whitelaw as she performs the extended monologue, of a woman on the brink of insanity describing her life. The camera never moves from a full-screen shot of her lips and moving mouth.
  • In an episode of Red Dwarf, Lister and the Cat desperately try to con a human-hating genocidal killer into thinking they are an uninteresting alien species. They rig a telecommunications camera so all it can see is an upside-down shot of their lower faces, with false eyes glued to their chins. They conduct their side of the dialogue as disembodied alien mouths. The killer Simulant is not deceived and teleports over anyway.
    • The First Series finale also features a sendup of Citizen Kane.
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  • In an early episode of M*A*S*H, they do this with Margaret complaining to Col. Blake about something, and Blake completely hung over while she's ranting.
  • A 1990's documentary on Australian gun culture called Guns had an excess of shots like this, causing a writer to viewer reaction program BackChat to quip that it should have been titled Gums instead.

    Music Videos 
  • Rick Springfield: "Bop 'Til You Drop"
  • LL Cool J: "Going Back To Cali"
  • and this parody from Colin Quinn: [4]
  • Frank Zappa: "You Are What You Is" [5]
  • One of the many, many shots in "Dare to Be Stupid" is "Weird Al" Yankovic's head, upside down and with googly-eyes stuck on his chin, with the camera pulled up close to the mouth.
  • A pair of lips sings the opening phrase in the video for Poison's "I Want Action".
  • The introduction to Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'" shows a few screenshots like this.
  • Played with in the videos from the Pink Floyd album, "The Final Cut". The videos show singer Roger Waters sitting in the dark except for a light on his mouth.
  • Chicano Batman: "Black Lipstick" [6]


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    Western Animation 
  • The Adventuresof Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius episode "The Mighty Wheezers; there is a closeup of Carl's dad's mouth when he's singing a long note before the whole family sings that singing and sitting song.
  • Rugrats episode "Stu Gets a Job"; the episode starts with a closeup of Stu's mouth eating chips and drinking soda while watching TV with Tommy.
    • An earlier episode "Runaway Angelica" has a closeup of Drew's mouth shouting out Angelica's name after finding his home-office wrecked, at the beginning of the episode.
  • Timon & Pumbaa episode "Beast of Eden"; the episode ends with Pumbaa showing he has one of the leader's teeth in his mouth.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "The Fry Cook Games" After Plankton and Mr. Krabs' give their speeches, SpongeBob and Patrick give off a war cry.
    • "One Krabs Trash" with Mr. Krabs as he announces his plan to scare SpongeBob's #1 hat off of him.
    • "Truth or Square" again with Mr. Krabs as he begins to tell SpongeBob the Krabby Patty formula.
    • Combined with Art Shift in "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture", where we get a close-up of SpongeBob's live action mouth saying "Actors.".
  • The Simpsons episode "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish"; with Homer while he's eating a piece of toast which he compliments to Marge about.
    • Also happens in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Bart of the Jungle" when he screams "BAAART!!!" after finding him playing jungle in the backyard with his neckties.
    • From "The Old Man and the Key": "You are never driving again! EVER!"
  • Clarence episode "Belson's Sleepover" when Belson announces his second phase in his plan for pranking everyone "The Reaping."
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • "Mac Daddy" One time with Mac and Bloo when Bloo and Madame Foster acknowledge the pun on Mac and Cheese's names combined. And one more time when Cheese declares him and Bloo's names combined.
    • "Destination Imagination" with Mac and Coco when they try to convince Frankie to come home from the magic toybox world.
  • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "The Last Resort", the camera becomes strangely fascinated with Robotnik's mouth when he comments that he loves sharing a "cozy, hot cup of lapsang souchong tea".
  • The Boss Baby closeup of Ted's Mouth Tim's Mouth and Baby's mouth.


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