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May 29, 2018 11:00 PM   Subscribe

Seeking movie scenes where character comes to a new town/city and is dazzled at the sights/colors

Asking for a friend...they were looking for reference for this kind of scene, and even though I thought I knew a bunch the first couple I could think of were 'Zootopia' and 'Coco'...I'm sure there's a page of it on tv tropes or something but honestly I can never figure out how to navigate that thing (how do you search for something when they give it some quippy nickname?)

Thanks in advance!
posted by sprezzy to Grab Bag (28 answers total)
Welcome to the Big City (I googled "Rube in Big City Trope", that site is so frustrating) touches on this, though the emphasis is more on the disillusionment that follows the dazzling; more examples can be found in the related Country Mouse entry.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:21 PM on May 29

The Wizard of Oz
posted by Ideefixe at 11:25 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]

Another trope commonly intersecting with this is Scenery Porn. You can also leave a description on Trope Finder and hope someone answers.

Just about everywhere Finn goes in The Force Awakens, he spends a few seconds swiveling his head around agog at the scenery.
posted by J.K. Seazer at 11:26 PM on May 29

Maybe not what you were thinking of, but what's this?
posted by spielzebub at 12:39 AM on May 30

Crocodile Dundee.
posted by penguin pie at 1:33 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]

There is a marvellous, spellbinding scene in Paddington 2 - seriously, it's beautiful - where Paddington imagines his Aunt coming to London and how he would show her the city. It unfolds around them like a pop-up book.
posted by humuhumu at 2:31 AM on May 30 [4 favorites]

The song / scene "Buenos Aires" from Evita comes to mind.
posted by cpatterson at 4:24 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]

A Bug's Life!
posted by ChuraChura at 4:38 AM on May 30 [3 favorites]

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Eddie has been to Toon Town before in his old life (before a toon dropped a piano on his brother's head, killing him), so when he returns to Toon Town, it's not as though he has never been there before. All the same, he (and we) are dazzled by the chaotic energy of the place. We recognize most of what we see, but it's *too much,* too frenetic and too disordered to feel comfortable. GODDAMN I love that move.
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:18 AM on May 30 [3 favorites]

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

This one is famous enough that it get parodied. Some of the others might be parodies of it.
posted by FencingGal at 5:26 AM on May 30

Gene Kelly in the Broadway Melody/Gotta Dance number in Singin' in the Rain. (Rube in the City starts at 1:17)
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:36 AM on May 30 [3 favorites]

The fellowship arriving at Lothlórien in the first Lord of the Rings movie.

Harry visiting Diagon Alley for the first time in the first Harry Potter movie.
posted by schroedingersgirl at 5:42 AM on May 30 [3 favorites]

New York New York from On the Town.
Buddy discovering New York in Elf.
Brendan Fraser emerging from his bunker in Blast from the Past.
posted by Naanwhal at 6:31 AM on May 30 [2 favorites]

It makes a king feel like some nutty cuckoo super king.

The Simpsons go to Capital City (s02e05, "Dancin' Homer")
posted by Rock Steady at 6:45 AM on May 30

A silly one is the Disney "Cars" character Tow-Mater in Tokyo in their short "Tokyo Mater" video.disney.com
posted by turkeybrain at 7:47 AM on May 30

A sadder version of this is Steve Rogers's reaction to modern-day Times Square in Avengers.
posted by praemunire at 8:15 AM on May 30

I came to Baltimore on the Fourth of July - Avalon, Barry Levinson, 1990.
posted by mwhybark at 8:42 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]

Lots of great references upthread. Here's a twist on the trope: waking up in vacant London in 28 Days Later.
posted by cleverevans at 9:00 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]

posted by KateViolet at 9:01 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]

Okay, one more: Casey visits Tomorrowland. While many people did not love this film, the long tracking shot here is cinematically impressive.
posted by cleverevans at 9:11 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


edit: what mwhybark said lol
posted by nikaspark at 9:11 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]

Blast from the Past
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 11:12 AM on May 30

Lost in translation?
posted by speakeasy at 12:43 PM on May 30 [1 favorite]

The Get a Life episode The Big City!
posted by quatsch at 12:45 PM on May 30

Diana (Wonder Woman) arriving in London for the first time

("dazzled" maybe isn't the right word, she describes London as "hideous" but also spends a lot of time gawking and discovers ice cream)
posted by castlebravo at 9:05 AM on May 31

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