Tropedia

  • Before making a single edit, Tropedia EXPECTS our site policy and manual of style to be followed. Failure to do so may result in deletion of contributions and blocks of users who refuse to learn to do so. Our policies can be reviewed here.
  • All images MUST now have proper attribution, those who neglect to assign at least the "fair use" licensing to an image may have it deleted. All new pages should use the preloadable templates feature on the edit page to add the appropriate basic page markup. Pages that don't do this will be subject to deletion, with or without explanation.
  • All new trope pages will be made with the "Trope Workshop" found on the "Troper Tools" menu and worked on until they have at least three examples. The Trope workshop specific templates can then be removed and it will be regarded as a regular trope page after being moved to the Main namespace. THIS SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, REPORT ANY ISSUES TO Janna2000, SelfCloak or RRabbit42. DON'T MAKE PAGES MANUALLY UNLESS A TEMPLATE IS BROKEN, AND REPORT IT THAT IS THE CASE. PAGES WILL BE DELETED OTHERWISE IF THEY ARE MISSING BASIC MARKUP.

READ MORE

Tropedia
Advertisement
WikEd fancyquotes.pngQuotesBug-silk.pngHeadscratchersIcons-mini-icon extension.gifPlaying WithUseful NotesMagnifier.pngAnalysisPhoto link.pngImage LinksHaiku-wide-icon.pngHaikuLaconic
Cit Rosario To Vampire - Yukari vs lizard man - mouth cam.jpg

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. Almost a Discredited Trope these days, although it has been used (apparently in all seriousness) as recently as the Jaws movies.

Not to be confused with Eat the Camera.

Examples of Mouth Cam include:


Anime & Manga

  • In the Little Big Planet anime TV series, Captain Pud tells Newton that he's OK but he isn't because he felt something in his throat.
Cquote1.svg

 Captain Pud: Newton, are you OK? You sounded like you just eat something.

Newton Pud: No, I'm NOT OK. I just felt an something in my throat... (fake coughing)
Captain Pud: I think you just faking a cold? Then lemme just take a look.
Newton: (shakes his head no) I-I don't wanna do it. It HAS a meanie infection in it.
Captain Pud: That doesn't matter, Newton. Open your mouth.
Newton: 'Kay.
(Newton opens his mouth wide for his dad to look in it.)
Newton: Aaahhhhh...
Captain Pud: Hmmm... doesn't seem like you're sick. Newton, I TOLD you not to fake sick. Just go to school before I behead you, alright?

Newton: Oh crumbs...

Cquote2.svg



Film

  • 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.
  • The 2005 film 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.
  • 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.
  • Used more or less seriously in the 2005 film Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
  • In The Simpsons Movie, we get a Mouth Cam shot of him eating a burger
  • One appears in Stranger Than Fiction to show Harold Crick brushing his teeth.
  • This does happen in the An American Tail movies but only because Fievel is actually inside the mouth at the time.
  • In Anaconda we get a mouth shot of the villain being swallowed by the titular creature.
  • 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 while a knife cuts her cheek open.
  • One Crazy Summer parodies the Jaws angle with a view from the mouth of the "rabid killer dolphin" submarine as it attacks the villain.


Live Action TV

  • Edina's liposuction nightmare in Absolutely Fabulous.
  • In Bear in the Big Blue House, the song "Brush Brush Bree" has the ending scene with Tutter, Pip and Pop, Treelo and Ojo jumping and singing the first line of the beginning of the song and a different line "Brush Brush Bree, Brush Brush Broo", and we see a creepy looking mouth with a pack of teeth and a moving tongue. The mouth itself is in CGI (Don't worry, it was just an animation). Bear looks at it, and his friends look as well, and they laugh and brush their teeth while the mouth continues moving its tongue.

Video Games

  • Happens in the pre-level cutscene from the DLC "The Return of Vex" in Sackboy: A Big Adventure when Vex shoves Sackboy inside his dad.
  • There's the same pre-level cutscene except it's diffent; which is a mouth cam of Vex opening his mouth wide about to swallow Newton.
Cquote1.svg

Newton Pud: PUT ME DOWN! HELP!!
Vex: Oh, don't be scared. Vexy's gotcha~ PSYCHE! HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

Newton Pud: No, don't eat me!

Vex: Ahhhhh~

Newton Pud: N-no, you cannot do this to me; I'm just a lightbulb-headed Sackperson! NOOOO!!!

(the camera zooms into Vex's mouth to Newton's POV until fading to black)

Cquote2.svg
  • 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).
  • The Cave Of Bad Dreams level in Rayman 2 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.
  • In Ratchet and Clank 3, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Western Animation

  • Kids Next Door, "Op TEETH", has a Mouth Cam shot of Numbuh Three licking a lollipop within a plaque filled mouth.
  • One Bill Plympton short or another sees a date progress, from the viewpoint of the back of the mouth. It ends well.
  • Happens in Justice League Unlimited in "The Once and Future Thing" part 2-- we get a nice shot of the inside of the hyena-man's toothy maw.
  • Almost every episode Rugrats would use this trope. Sometimes a shot would be used when characters are crying, eating or even simply talking.
  • 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."
  • A Couch Gag from one of Mandy's intros on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has her as a dentist staring into the mouth of a viewer holding a dental drill saying that it'll only hurt for 22 minutes. Taken from the episode "Nergal's Pizza".
  • In one of the episodes of Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, where they're 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.
  • The Ursa Minor from "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic" in episode 6 exhibits this shot.
  • Happens in Disney's Pinocchio, through Monstro's mouth as he swallows the raft with Pinocchio and Geppetto
  • Used in Wolves, Witches, and Giants when ever the wolf ate someone.
Advertisement