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The Take

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Combination of sight gags and reaction shots originally from silent film and vaudeville taken to a predictably ridiculous extreme. These include:


Western Animation

  • In one episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield mentions while speaking to the audience he has a particular dislike of cartoon characters who overreact with Wild Takes (which, ironically, describes the hypochondriac Wade Duck on the same show pretty well).
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  • In an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, Plucky Duck gets stuck in a Wild Take.
  • Averted in Daria, whose shtick involves rarely reacting noticeably to any sight gag beyond a subtle change of facial expression.


  • A particular take is someone coming across something harmless that they find scary, like a rat or cockroach, and then screaming while grabbing at another person.

Alternative Title(s): Take


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