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You're watching a rerun of your favorite movie on TV.

You can remember the lines to the catchy tune in the background. You know exactly when the character starts talking to his green candy apple accounting calculator. Then suddenly there is a little noise you have never heard before and a little message on screen about how this calculator doesn't actually exist and the production company had to spend big money to make a fake one.

You, my friend, have been introduced to the wonderful world of Pop Up Trivia. Wherein the little tricks that the production people put into making your show are showed off, or interesting but irrelevant but interesting pieces of information are given, such as how many calories a person would burn in 500 miles and how long it would take, but not quite as vocal as a DVD Commentary.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • ADV Films had some wonderful "ADVidNotes" tracks on several of their comedy anime DVDs.

    Films — Animation 
  • Included on the 101 Dalmatians DVD. Two sets, actually: One for the "fans" (which are more complex details on how the movie was made), and one for the "family" (side notes, plot points relating to the original book, points being brought up in the live-action films and TV series, etc.)
  • The Blu-Ray Discs of Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio have pop up tracks including trivia for both demographics.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • This trope apparently makes for popular Bonus Material for DVDs:
    • Edgar Wright seems to be a fan. It's an option on Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
    • High School Musical did this.
    • This was an option on Monty Python and the Holy Grail DVD.
    • The Star Trek 2-disc DVD sets have a subtitle option where Michael and Denise Okuda can give text commentary on this kind of stuff.
    • Source Code has one of these, strangely enough.
    • The Extreme Edition DVD of Terminator 2: Judgment Day includes a text commentary track with trivia and other notes at the bottom of the screen to annotate special moments, such as scenes not featured in the theatrical release as well as short behind-the-scenes footage that can be accessed by pressing a button on your DVD player remote.
    • Legend Films' edition of Plan 9 from Outer Space includes a trivia text feature.
    • The Back to the Future trilogy came to DVD with "Animated Anecdotes" for each movie. The later Blu-Ray set contains updated anectodes, as well as an option to point out "setups and payoffs".
    • Each DVD in the Spider-Man Trilogy has a "Spidey-Sense" trivia track.
    • The Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set has a "Weyland-Yutani Datastream" deliver factoids about each movie.
    • The Sound of Music has a "Your Favorite Things" Blu-Ray extra that allows viewers to watch the movie with pop-up windows containing trivia, behind-the-scenes pictures, and an interactive quiz (and sing-along subtitles for the songs).
    • Some TV airings of Braveheart have this, giving historical notes and production notes. Sometimes they swerved into Captain Obvious territory, such as explaining that a character was grieving for their dead father while it was happening on screen.
    • For a while in the mid 2000s, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema movies offered via video-on-demand through cable systems came with "Movies that Pop"- the trivia track would be baked into the movie (given how VOD works, it's understandable that you couldn't turn it off).
    • TheWolverine on Blu-Ray syncs to an application on a phone or tablet, and displays the trivia on that.
    • The Fly (1986) has a trivia track exclusive to Blu-Ray releases. Most of the trivia is basic and seems to be intended for casual viewers who aren't interested in the in-depth DVD Commentary by writer-director David Cronenberg or the feature-length making-of documentary Fear of the Flesh, but there are some interesting tidbits that don't appear in those (i.e., executive producer Mel Brooks originally wanted Pierce Brosnan for the male lead).
  • Played for laughs in Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th, when a Chase Scene between the killer and his intended victims is staged like a clip from Pop Up Video, complete with a catchy cover of "Pretty In Pink" for a soundtrack. One of the pop-ups insult the actor playing the killer, so he stabs the pop-up, causing another to appear that reads "Ouch".

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • NWA On Fire, which shows classic NWA matches, has little infoboxes giving possibly informative bits of trivia about the wrestlers & matches being shown.

    Puppet Shows 
  • When the now-defunct TechTV network aired the original Thunderbirds series, one of these pop-up trivia tracks would appear frequently near the bottom of the screen. A full episode done in this style was released as bonus material on a "best of" DVD of the series in the early 2000s.

    Web Comics 
  • Fur Will Fly did an amusing spoof of the trope in general and VH1's Pup-Up Video in particular with "Pop-Up Webcomic" Sunday special features, eye-watering colour scheme and all.

    Web Original 
  • YouTube allows you to add annotations to your uploaded videos, which can invoke this.

    Western Animation 


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