History AnachronismStew / WesternAnimation

9th Apr '16 12:40:40 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is supposed to be set after DNA paternity tests' discovery (after the 1990s). But all the technology shown are so old-fashioned (Ego uses a typewriter, for instance), that some French reviewers believed the movie was supposed to be set in the 1950s.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is supposed to be set after DNA paternity tests' discovery (after the 1990s). But all the technology shown are so old-fashioned (Ego uses a typewriter, for instance), instance, and nobody carries a cellphone), that some French reviewers believed the movie was supposed to be set in the 1950s.
16th Dec '15 12:37:09 PM StFan
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* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine and the X-Men}}'' portray Japan in a very bizarre light. They acknowledge that the country has modern technology and clothing, but feudalistic ninja are apparently everywhere, and everyone we see is obsessed with the Samurai code of honor.

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* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine and the X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' portray Japan in a very bizarre light. They acknowledge that the country has modern technology and clothing, but feudalistic ninja are apparently everywhere, and everyone we see is obsessed with the Samurai code of honor.
24th Sep '15 12:34:46 AM Vir
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* "WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill" in the episode "Yankee Hankie" it is implied that cotton hill has videotapes of hank from when he was a young child along with ones of Little Hank. One slight problem, hank was born in the mid 1960's, years before any form of home recording came onto the scene. In 1970 sony realesed the umatic system, but it was expensive and it is unlikely cotton would have bought one, moreover the tapes looked way different than the ones stacked on cotton's shelves (they were bigger and more like a cartridge). Cartrivision was realesed around 1972, but it was built in a TV set, was also too expensive and the black and white camcorder attachment wasn't common and was also very expensive. Practical home video recording came in 1977 with betamax and then vhs, but by then hank was a teenager and camcorders for those formats weren't around until the early 80's.
* IvanhoeTheKingsKnight features Alexander II of Scotland, as a prince and young man, during the time of Richard I of England's imprisonment in Austria. Alexander wasn't born until 1198, a year before the death of Richard.

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* "WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill" ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' in the episode "Yankee Hankie" it is implied that cotton hill has videotapes of hank from when he was a young child along with ones of Little Hank. One slight problem, hank was born in the mid 1960's, years before any form of home recording came onto the scene. In 1970 sony realesed the umatic system, but it was expensive and it is unlikely cotton would have bought one, moreover the tapes looked way different than the ones stacked on cotton's shelves (they were bigger and more like a cartridge). Cartrivision was realesed around 1972, but it was built in a TV set, was also too expensive and the black and white camcorder attachment wasn't common and was also very expensive. Practical home video recording came in 1977 with betamax and then vhs, but by then hank was a teenager and camcorders for those formats weren't around until the early 80's.
* IvanhoeTheKingsKnight ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' features Alexander II of Scotland, as a prince and young man, during the time of Richard I of England's imprisonment in Austria. Alexander wasn't born until 1198, a year before the death of Richard.
11th Aug '15 8:55:16 AM Thorion
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* IvanhoeTheKingsKnight features Alexander II of Scotland, as a prince and young man, during the time of Richard I of England's imprisonment in Austria. Alexander wasn't born until 1198, a year before the death of Richard.
26th Jul '15 5:28:45 PM SeaOtters
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* "WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill" in the episode "Yankee Hankie" it is implied that cotton hill has videotapes of hank from when he was a young child along with ones of Little Hank. One slight problem, hank was born in the mid 1960's, years before any form of home recording came onto the scene. In 1970 sony realesed the umatic system, but it was expensive and it is unlikely cotton would have bought one, moreover the tapes looked way different than the ones stacked on cotton's shelves (they were bigger and more like a cartridge). Cartrivision was realesed around 1972, but it was built in a TV set, was also too expensive and the black and white camcorder attachment wasn't common and was also very expensive. Practical home video recording came in 1977 with betamax and then vhs, but by then hank was a teenager and camcorders for those formats weren't around until the early 80's.
12th May '15 4:01:36 PM nombretomado
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** Nobody ever calls attention to the race of characters like ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}, ComicBook/{{Vixen}}, or ComicBook/TheAtom, which probably would've gone quite differently in the ''[[ValuesDissonance actual]]'' [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]. Similarly, nobody is surprised by the presence of female superheroes like ComicBook/BlackCanary.

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** Nobody ever calls attention to the race of characters like ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}, ComicBook/{{Vixen}}, or ComicBook/TheAtom, which probably would've gone quite differently in the ''[[ValuesDissonance actual]]'' [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]. Similarly, nobody is surprised by the presence of female superheroes like ComicBook/BlackCanary.
29th Apr '15 7:58:00 AM Clare
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* Though ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'' is set in 1872, the Statue of Liberty (completed in 1886) can be seen in the opening titles. Also, at one point, Bully comments that Dix "thinks he's Sherlock Holmes", even though the first Sherlock Holmes story was not published until the 1890s.

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* Though (like its [[Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays source novel]]) ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'' is set in 1872, the Statue of Liberty (completed in 1886) can be seen in the opening titles. Also, at one point, Bully comments that Dix "thinks he's Sherlock Holmes", even though the first Sherlock Holmes story was not published until the 1890s.
29th Apr '15 7:53:05 AM Clare
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* Though ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'' is set in 1872, the Statue of Liberty (completed in 1886) can be seen in the opening titles. Also, at one point, Bully comments that Dix "thinks he's Sherlock Holmes", even though the first Sherlock Holmes story was not published until the 1890s.
9th Apr '15 2:37:08 AM ArifXero
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**The rise of feminism maybe?
7th Mar '15 12:07:28 PM CorahsUncle
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-->'''Bart:''' It's like a history lesson come to life!
-->'''Lisa:''' No it's not, it's entirely inacc--
-->'''Bart:''' Quiet, here come the ninjas!

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-->'''Bart:''' --->'''Bart:''' It's like a history lesson come to life!
-->'''Lisa:''' --->'''Lisa:''' No it's not, it's entirely inacc--
-->'''Bart:''' --->'''Bart:''' Quiet, here come the ninjas!



** Played straight in the flashback episode "That 90s Show". It's supposed to take place in the early 1990s when grunge music came onto the scene, but it references pop culture from all over the decade. Homer is seen drinking Zima, which became popular around 1993, watches ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episodes from 1995/96, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's design from the 2000s is shown, people are shown browsing the Internet in the early 1990s, and songs from the late 90s are played. Homer also inspired Music/KurtCobain, which means the episode should've taken place in the late 80s for that to happen.

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** Played straight in the flashback episode "That 90s Show". It's supposed to take place in the early 1990s when grunge music came onto the scene, but it references pop culture from all over the decade. Homer is seen drinking Zima, which became popular around 1993, watches ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episodes from 1995/96, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's design from the 2000s is shown, people are shown browsing the Internet in the early 1990s, and songs from the late 90s 1990s are played. Homer also inspired Music/KurtCobain, which means the episode should've taken place in the late 80s 1980s for that to happen.



** Well, old Cecil himself enjoyed serving up a good bowl of AnachronismStew, especially in the name of FanService or Spectacle. Like the Art Deco sets in ''Cleopatra'' (although [[OlderThanTheyThink Art Deco itself was partly inspired by Ancient Egyptian finds]]).
*** Also, consider the fact that the movie is set in 1939, a time when Biblical epics were not in vogue. [=DeMille=] stopped making them shortly after UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode went in effect, and would not revive them until the aforementioned ''Samson and Delilah'' about eight years later.

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** Well, old Cecil himself enjoyed serving up a good bowl of AnachronismStew, Anachronism Stew, especially in the name of FanService or Spectacle. Like the Art Deco sets in ''Cleopatra'' (although [[OlderThanTheyThink Art Deco itself was partly inspired by Ancient Egyptian finds]]).
*** Also, consider the fact that the movie is set in 1939, a time when Biblical biblical epics were not in vogue. [=DeMille=] stopped making them shortly after UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode went in into effect, and would not revive them until the aforementioned ''Samson and Delilah'' about eight years later.



* Extremely evident in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' where the robot modes of ''all'' the Transformers (especially those of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream, and Soundwave) resemble their eventual Earth modes even in the distant past and on planet Cybertron. The vehicles modes were alien, but in robot mode, Bumblebee has a Volkswagen roof for a chest and front for feet ''four million years'' before there would be such a thing as a Volkswagen.f

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* Extremely evident in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' where the robot modes of ''all'' the Transformers (especially those of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream, and Soundwave) resemble their eventual Earth modes even in the distant past and on planet Cybertron. The vehicles vehicles' modes were alien, but in robot mode, Bumblebee has a Volkswagen roof for a chest and front for feet ''four million years'' before there would be such a thing as a Volkswagen.f



* ''Almost'' avoided with the original ''Land Before Time''. The characters include such species as, among others, Triceratops, Saurolophus, Pteranodon, and Tyrannosaurus. So far so good, all are from late Cretaceous North America. Granted the protagonist, Littlefoot, is a Jurassic Apatosaurus, but audiences can just pretend he's an Alamosaurus. But then there's the introduction of Spike the also Jurassic Stegosaurus, and at one point in the film there is the brief appearance of a-''Permian'' Dimetrodon?? And that's not even taking into account the sequels, which bring up a whole different mess!

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* ''Almost'' avoided with the original ''Land Before Time''. The characters include such species as, among others, Triceratops, Saurolophus, Pteranodon, and Tyrannosaurus. So far so good, all are from late Cretaceous North America. Granted Granted, the protagonist, Littlefoot, is a Jurassic Apatosaurus, but audiences can just pretend he's an Alamosaurus. But then there's the introduction of Spike the also Jurassic Stegosaurus, and at one point in the film there is the brief appearance of a-''Permian'' Dimetrodon?? And that's not even taking into account the sequels, which bring up a whole different mess!



* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' presumably takes place during World War I. In the ''Magnificent Muttley'' episode "The Masked Muttley," Dick Dastardly is seen watching television. Some three decades before it became commercially viable. Then in "Aquanuts," Muttley is left to wash the dishes while Dastardly, Klunk and Zilly go to see a surfing movie which wouldn't be in vogue for another six decades.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' presumably takes place during World War I. In the ''Magnificent Muttley'' episode "The Masked Muttley," Dick Dastardly is seen watching television. Some three decades before it became commercially viable. Then in "Aquanuts," Muttley is left to wash the dishes while Dastardly, Klunk and Zilly go to see a surfing movie movie, which wouldn't be in vogue for another six decades.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is stylistically set in what looks to be the 60s or 70s, so vinyl records and the like have their place, but such futuristic marvels like cassette players, compact discs and cellphones make appearances. Despite the presence of Laptops, desktops by in large are bulky and resemble computers from the early 80's.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is stylistically set in what looks to be the 60s 1960s or 70s, 1970s, so vinyl records and the like have their place, but such futuristic marvels like cassette players, compact discs and cellphones make appearances. Despite the presence of Laptops, desktops by in large are bulky and resemble computers from the early 80's.1980s.



* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' uses this trope to its advantage. Almost every historical figure they come across are involved in activities that will not be invented in hundreds of years after their respective time periods. For example, Kubla Khan is a nerd who obsessively reads comic books. And Eli Whitney creates a horde of robots who all have the ability to decipher what is human flesh and what is not. The show's creator, Dave Wasson, didn't call his show "The C student's guide to history" for nothing.
* Fans of ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' have noticed that the exact tech level in Equestria is rather undefined, even with the presence of magic. The early writers wanted to keep it low-tech, but later writers sneak things in. A good example is the train in "Over A Barrel", which has a proper locomotive but is pulled by a team of ponies; in later episodes, trains run by themselves.
* The short film ''WesternAnimation/PrehistoricBeast'' has a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' fighting a ''Monoclonius''. The two species did not live during the same time in the Cretaceous period.
* ''TheDaltons'' mentioned LaurelAndHardy, the TourDeFrance, showed modern-looking bras, robots, and a boy dressed in the style of someone from the 20th/21st century and other things for the sake of being more relatable to the target audience. The show is set at the end of the 19th century.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' uses this trope to its advantage. Almost every historical figure they the trio come across are involved in activities that will not be invented in for hundreds of years after their respective time periods. For example, Kubla Khan is a nerd who obsessively reads comic books. And Eli Whitney creates a horde of robots who all have the ability to decipher what is human flesh and what is not. The show's creator, Dave Wasson, didn't call his show "The C student's guide to history" for nothing.
* Fans of ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' have noticed that the exact tech level in Equestria is rather undefined, even with the presence of magic. The early writers wanted to keep it low-tech, but later writers sneak things in. A good example is the train in "Over A a Barrel", which has a proper locomotive but is pulled by a team of ponies; in later episodes, trains run by themselves.
* The short film ''WesternAnimation/PrehistoricBeast'' has a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' ''UsefulNotes/TyrannosaurusRex'' fighting a ''Monoclonius''. The two species did not live during the same time in the Cretaceous period.
* ''TheDaltons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheDaltons'' mentioned LaurelAndHardy, Creator/LaurelAndHardy and the TourDeFrance, showed UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance, as well as showing modern-looking bras, robots, and a boy dressed in the style of someone from the 20th/21st late 20th/early 21st century and other things for the sake of being more relatable to the target audience. The show is set at the end of the 19th century.
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