Mrs Doubtfire is a 1993 film directed by Chris Columbus. The film is of the comedy and family genres, we can see this by the fact that there are kids and a father figure in the film, but also the comedic impersonations which the main character comes up with. The film starts in a studio, set in an american town, which we later find out is San Francisco. The time scale in the opening of the film is a very short amount of time, he is in the studio working and loses his job, he then arrives at school to pick up his kids when he should be working, which shows the short period of time.
The film starts with the main character, played by Robin Williams, at work being the voiceover for an animated programme. At one point he starts to dislike some of the things he has to say and argues with one of the producers, which in turn leads him to quitting his job. This is a significant event which is followed by him going to pick up his kids from school. The eldest girl says "That means you got fired." the tone of her voice and dialogue connotes that she is maybe used to this happening, so maybe he is fairly unreliable when it comes to work. The events follow on in chronological order in the opening, this serves to give a sense of narrative and lets the audience know what is going on without them getting confused.
The main character is introduced right from the start, Robin Williams, who plays Mrs Doubtfire. They introduce him as an average man doing his unusual voiceover job, who comes from a regular family with three kids. He seems to be a character who stands up for what they believe in, shown by his quote "Then I've got to do, what I've got to do" and walks out. He also seems to always want to do best by his kids, as he tries to please them.
We are not told much of the story in this opening, as all we see is him quitting his job and going to see his kids. His role is revealed when he arrives at the school as we find out he is a father figure. However, it is withheld how he becomes Mrs Doubtfire and why, because we can see from the film poster he is dressed up as a woman. The opening leaves the audience wondering what will happen next, as everything seems rather happy and normal in the beginning.