A blooper is a short sequence of a film or video production, usually a deleted scene, containing a mistake made by a member of the cast or crew. It also refers to an error made during a live radio or TV broadcast or news report, usually in terms of misspoken words or technical errors. The term blooper was popularized in the 1950s in a series of record albums entitled Pardon My Blooper, in which the definition of a blooper is thus given by the record series' narrator: "Unintended indiscretions before microphone and camera."
Bloopers are often the subject of television programs or are occasionally revealed during the credit sequence at the end of films ( Jackie Chan and Burt Reynolds are both famous for including such reels with the closing credits of their movies). Humorous mistakes made by athletes are often referred to as bloopers as well, particularly in baseball. Prominent examples of films with bloopers include Cheaper By the Dozen and Rush Hour.
In recent years, many 3D animated films have also incorporated bloopers including a mix of faked bloopers, genuine voice-actor mistakes set to animation, and technical errors. Examples can be found in A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Valiant, and several Barbie films.
blooper may refer to a faux pas made by an actor while filming a television show or movie.
Blooper or Bloopers may also refer to:
- Blooper is the nickname of the M79 Grenade launcher, a weapon used extensively by American infantry forces during the Vietnam War
- Blooper (Mario), enemy from the Mario series
- Blooper (sail), type of headsail which, according to the rules, counts as a jib and not a spinnaker
- (Blooper) Bunny is an eight-minute cartoon released in 1991 by Warner Bros.
- Bloopers (TV series), a 2012 U.S. TV series hosted by Dean Cain
- Blooper, a type of baseball hit, see Glossary of baseball (B)
- Blooper (band), American band
n. 1 (context informal English) An error. 2 (context baseball slang 1800s English) A fly ball that is weakly hit just over the infielders. 3 (context informal English) A film or videotaped outtake that has recorded an amusing mistake and/or accident during the course of regular filming. 4 (context nautical English) A kind of sail, a spanker.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"blunder," 1943, apparently first in theater, from American English baseball slang meaning "a fly ball in a high arc missed by the fielder" (1937) or else from the earlier sense "radio receiver that interferes with nearby sets" when a careless operator throws it into oscillation (1926), in which case it imitates the resulting sound.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Usage examples of "blooper".
The magician-in-public-practice needs only to make one really bad mistake before he is done to some unpleasantly ingenious death by his clientry, and this was going to turn out to be the biggest magico-prophetic blooper in all the long unrecorded history of Kwannon.
Hansen were too impetuous and had it wrong, and going on from there, and simultaneously with my eyes I saw Mays pop a soft blooper into short center field that I could have caught on the tip of my nose.
The Cozzano campaign also issued a blooper reel of its own, showing the incumbent President and Tip McLane tripping over their shoelaces and slurring words, and suggested that these two might want to have neurological exams of their own.
Paige toyed with him, throwing blooper pitches and curveballs in the dirt, and the crowd laughed and that was his second K, jack.
Cozzano campaign also issued a blooper reel of its own, showing the incumbent President and Tip McLane tripping over their shoelaces and slurring words, and suggested that these two might want to have neurological exams of their own.
WHAT I CALL TORMENT series and he even managed to cut together a blooper tape of humorous out-takes.
I kept wondering if I had made the biggest blooper of my career when I told you too much in your apartment.
Yes, the old guys, the elderly parties with their freckles and fruit juices, they all get a big kick out of the President: his frowns, his bloopers, his world-class hair.
Woodard prattling happily about Star Trek blooper reels and fifties starlets.
Hood said, "and we end up at Bloopers, the antithesis of healthy eating.
All the seniors are tucked away in their apartments by then, settled in for the night, watching reruns of Seinfeld and Cop Bloopers.
Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett said that with Tunstall it was a case of 'three strikes and you're out', referring to two previous Tunstall bloopers.
The videotape was a series of outtakes from Cozzano's campaign, a blooper film if you will.