History ExecutiveMeddling / WesternAnimation

31st Jan '16 8:48:57 AM nombretomado
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** Speaking of which, apparently, there was problems getting Black Lightning into various DC animated series (which explains Black Vulcan in ''{{Superfriends}}''). However, when they delved into it when they were doing ''Brave and the Bold'', they couldn't ''find'' the exact reasons why[[note]]The most popular theory being that DC didn't want to have to pay royalties to creator Tony Isabella[[/note]], thus giving them a chance to bring Black Lightning into a DC animated production for the first time.
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** Speaking of which, apparently, there was problems getting Black Lightning into various DC animated series (which explains Black Vulcan in ''{{Superfriends}}'').''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}''). However, when they delved into it when they were doing ''Brave and the Bold'', they couldn't ''find'' the exact reasons why[[note]]The most popular theory being that DC didn't want to have to pay royalties to creator Tony Isabella[[/note]], thus giving them a chance to bring Black Lightning into a DC animated production for the first time.
30th Jan '16 8:11:57 AM nombretomado
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* This is the EXACT reason ''SymBionicTitan'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled]], apparently because the higher ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork wanted toy companies to make toys for the series, but failed to get licensers for it.
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* This is the EXACT reason ''SymBionicTitan'' ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled]], apparently because the higher ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork wanted toy companies to make toys for the series, but failed to get licensers for it.
24th Jan '16 6:09:42 PM nombretomado
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* In an example of this trope not necessarily being a bad thing, Adult Swim had shot down the idea of ''{{Superjail}}'' being a silent cartoon and insisted that Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick give the characters dialogue and voices. The executives did concede to letting Jacknife remain as TheUnintelligible.
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* In an example of this trope not necessarily being a bad thing, Adult Swim had shot down the idea of ''{{Superjail}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' being a silent cartoon and insisted that Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick give the characters dialogue and voices. The executives did concede to letting Jacknife remain as TheUnintelligible.
24th Jan '16 11:49:13 AM Nakayama90
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** "200," the first episode of a season 14 two-parter, featured the Super Best Friends, a superhero team consisting of religious figures -- including Muhammad (who was previously uncensored with no problems in the group's first appearance in Season 5, though that was made and aired before September 11th, 2001 and TheWarOnTerror). This time around, Muhammad was portrayed as a giant censor bar, except for the scenes where he was in a bear suit. A New York-based Muslim group practically shat bricks over the portrayal of Muhammad in a bear suit, and warned Trey and Matt that they might very well end up like Theo van Gogh (a filmmaker who was shot and stabbed multiple times by an Islamic extremist for making a documentary about violence against women in Islamic cultures) because of it. Comedy Central, fearing the worst, waited until Trey and Matt delivered the next episode ("201"), then heavily censored it prior to air; they bleeped out all instances of the word "Muhammad" in dialogue and bleeped out the "moral of the story" speech at the end, which had nothing to do with Mohammad and was actually about intimidation and fear (an irony that was not lost on many people). The scenes depicting Buddha snorting cocaine and Jesus looking at pornography went completely uncensored. *** Some people saw the censoring of Muhammad and the uncensored portrayals of other religious figures engaging in sacrilegious behavior as an ironic TakeThat against the double standard enforced by the executives.
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** "200," the first episode of a season 14 two-parter, featured the Super Best Friends, a superhero team consisting of religious figures -- including Muhammad (who was previously uncensored with no problems in the group's first appearance in Season 5, though that was made and aired before September 11th, 2001 and TheWarOnTerror). This time around, Muhammad was portrayed as a giant censor bar, except for the scenes where he was in a bear suit. A New York-based Muslim group practically shat bricks over the portrayal of Muhammad in a bear suit, and warned Trey and Matt that they might very well end up like Theo van Gogh (a filmmaker who was shot and stabbed multiple times by an Islamic extremist for making a documentary about violence against women in Islamic cultures) because of it. Comedy Central, Creator/ComedyCentral, fearing the worst, waited until Trey and Matt delivered the next episode ("201"), then heavily censored it prior to air; they bleeped out all instances of the word "Muhammad" in dialogue and bleeped out the "moral of the story" speech at the end, which had nothing to do with Mohammad and was actually about intimidation and fear (an irony that was not lost on many people). The scenes depicting Buddha snorting cocaine and Jesus looking at pornography went completely uncensored. *** Some people saw the censoring of Muhammad and the uncensored portrayals of other religious figures engaging in sacrilegious behavior as an ironic TakeThat against the double standard DoubleStandard enforced by the executives.

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** "200," Parker and Stone originally planned to have Butters take Kenny's place as the first episode of a new ButtMonkey in season 14 two-parter, featured the Super Best Friends, a superhero team consisting of religious figures -- including Muhammad (who was previously uncensored with no problems in the group's first appearance in Season 5, though that was made and aired before September 11th, 2001 and TheWarOnTerror). This time around, Muhammad was portrayed as a giant censor bar, except for the scenes where he was in a bear suit. A New York-based Muslim group practically shat bricks over the portrayal of Muhammad in a bear suit, and warned Trey and Matt that they might very well end up like Theo van Gogh (a filmmaker who was shot and stabbed multiple times 6, but were forced to change these plans by an Islamic extremist for making a documentary about violence against women in Islamic cultures) because of it. Comedy Central, fearing Central. Since then, the worst, waited until Trey duo have threatened to quit production, and Matt delivered the next episode ("201"), then heavily censored it prior to air; they bleeped out all instances of the word "Muhammad" in dialogue and bleeped out the "moral of the story" speech at the end, which had nothing to do with Mohammad and was actually about intimidation and fear (an irony that was not lost on many people). The scenes depicting Buddha snorting cocaine and Jesus looking at pornography went completely uncensored. *** Some people saw the censoring of Muhammad and the uncensored portrayals of other religious figures engaging in sacrilegious behavior as an ironic TakeThat against the double standard enforced by the executives. almost bailed halfway through season 8.
22nd Jan '16 1:51:25 PM AHI-3000
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** A real-life example: Two episodes of ''The Boondocks'' Season 2, "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", were {{banned| episode}} from premiering on Creator/AdultSwim. Both episodes were centered around Creator/{{BET}} and portrayed them as being socially irresponsible, and exploiting black stereotypes for profit. Despite denial by Adult Swim, many believe that BET threatened Creator/{{Sony}} and AS to pull the episodes with legal actions. Creator/{{Viacom}} (parent company) was confirmed to threaten legal action against Adult Swim. Thankfully, both episodes were featured on the Season 2 DVD.
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** A real-life example: Two two episodes of ''The Boondocks'' Season 2, "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", were {{banned| episode}} from premiering on Creator/AdultSwim. Both episodes were centered around Creator/{{BET}} and portrayed them as being socially irresponsible, and exploiting black stereotypes for profit. Despite denial by Adult Swim, many believe that BET threatened Creator/{{Sony}} and AS to pull the episodes with legal actions. Creator/{{Viacom}} (parent company) was confirmed to threaten legal action against Adult Swim. Thankfully, both episodes were featured on the Season 2 DVD.
22nd Jan '16 1:50:26 PM AHI-3000
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* In-universe example/spoof of this in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ("A Huey Freeman Christmas"): Huey is asked to direct the school's Christmas play, but important aspects of his script are vetoed by the school principal; Huey eventually walks off the project, but his teacher puts on Huey's version of the play as written (and gets fired for it). ** Two episodes of ''The Boondocks' Season 2, "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", were {{banned| episode}} from premiering on Creator/AdultSwim. Both episodes were centered around Creator/{{BET}} and portrayed them as being socially irresponsible, and exploiting black stereotypes for profit. Despite denial by Adult Swim, many believe that BET threatened Creator/{{Sony}} and AS to pull the episodes with legal actions. Creator/{{Viacom}} (parent company) was confirmed to threaten legal action against Adult Swim. Thankfully, both episodes were featured on the Season 2 DVD.
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* In-universe example/spoof of this ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'': ** An in-universe spoof in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ("A "A Huey Freeman Christmas"): Christmas": Huey is asked to direct the school's Christmas play, but important aspects of his script are vetoed by the school principal; Huey eventually walks off the project, but his teacher puts on Huey's version of the play as written (and gets fired for it). ** A real-life example: Two episodes of ''The Boondocks' Boondocks'' Season 2, "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", were {{banned| episode}} from premiering on Creator/AdultSwim. Both episodes were centered around Creator/{{BET}} and portrayed them as being socially irresponsible, and exploiting black stereotypes for profit. Despite denial by Adult Swim, many believe that BET threatened Creator/{{Sony}} and AS to pull the episodes with legal actions. Creator/{{Viacom}} (parent company) was confirmed to threaten legal action against Adult Swim. Thankfully, both episodes were featured on the Season 2 DVD.
22nd Jan '16 1:41:31 PM AHI-3000
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* In-universe example/spoof of this in ''TheBoondocks'': Huey is asked to direct the school's Christmas play, but important aspects of his script are vetoed by the school principal; Huey eventually walks off the project, but his teacher puts on Huey's version of the play as written (and gets fired for it). ** Two episodes of the Boondocks second season, "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" were banned from premiering on Adult Swim. Both episodes were centered around BET and portrayed them as being socially irresponsible, and exploiting black stereotypes for profit. Despite denial by Adult Swim, many believe that BET threatened Sony and AS to pull the episodes with legal actions. Viacom (parent company) was confirmed to threaten legal action against Adult Swim. Thankfully, both episodes were featured on the Season 2 DVD.
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* In-universe example/spoof of this in ''TheBoondocks'': ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ("A Huey Freeman Christmas"): Huey is asked to direct the school's Christmas play, but important aspects of his script are vetoed by the school principal; Huey eventually walks off the project, but his teacher puts on Huey's version of the play as written (and gets fired for it). ** Two episodes of the Boondocks second season, ''The Boondocks' Season 2, "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" Show", were banned {{banned| episode}} from premiering on Adult Swim. Creator/AdultSwim. Both episodes were centered around BET Creator/{{BET}} and portrayed them as being socially irresponsible, and exploiting black stereotypes for profit. Despite denial by Adult Swim, many believe that BET threatened Sony Creator/{{Sony}} and AS to pull the episodes with legal actions. Viacom Creator/{{Viacom}} (parent company) was confirmed to threaten legal action against Adult Swim. Thankfully, both episodes were featured on the Season 2 DVD.
19th Jan '16 9:26:10 AM Karxrida
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TRS cleanup.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' when executives try to mess with the show itself onscreen, such as trying to change the focus to villain Bushroot. The execs at least figured that killing Darkwing off should be vetoed.
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' when executives ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': {{Parodied|Trope}} InUniverse. Executives try to mess with the show itself onscreen, such as trying to change the focus to villain Bushroot. The execs They at least figured that killing Darkwing off should be vetoed.

** A positive example, when Disney Channel executives heard the song "Gitchie Gitchie Goo," they asked the creators to make a song for each episode. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome This worked out REALLY well.]]
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** A positive example, when When Disney Channel executives heard the song "Gitchie Gitchie Goo," Goo", they asked the creators to make a song for each episode. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome This worked out REALLY well.]]episode.

** Also parodied in the episode "Nerds of a Feather," when Doofenshmirtz tries to start a Buddy Cop show about him and Perry. He gets SethMacFarlane- err, a TV producer to agree, but as soon as the producer suggests giving Perry's character a girlfriend, Doof flips out and storms away. WordOfGod says this is based on some [[AvertedTrope averted]] meddling from the Disney execs; the creators didn't want to go through with it because Perry's "[[MarriedToTheJob married to his work]]."
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** Also parodied Parodied InUniverse in the episode "Nerds of a Feather," when Feather", where Doofenshmirtz tries to start a Buddy Cop show about him and Perry. He gets SethMacFarlane- err, a TV producer to agree, on board, but as soon as the producer suggests giving Perry's character a girlfriend, Doof flips out and storms away. WordOfGod says this is based on some [[AvertedTrope averted]] meddling from the Disney execs; the creators didn't want to go through with it because Perry's "[[MarriedToTheJob married to his work]]."
15th Jan '16 11:59:57 PM Anddrix
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** Especially contentious was the ongoing debate over the Ghostbusters' secretary, Janine Melnitz. A child psychologist hired as a consultant by ABC felt the character was too cynical and abrasive. Her personality should be more supportive and [[GirlsNeedRoleModels "feminine"]], instead. The consultant also expressed concerns that her sharp, angular glasses might [[ViewersAreMorons scare children]] -- and yet, all the [[GrotesqueGallery grotesque ghosts and monsters]] running around were a-ok. JMS acquiesced to one of ABC's demands, making Janine a Ghostbuster for an episode. The execs had felt young girls needed a positive female role model and saw this as an opportunity to do so.
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** Especially contentious was the ongoing debate over the Ghostbusters' secretary, Janine Melnitz. A child psychologist hired as a consultant by ABC felt the character was too cynical and abrasive. Her personality should be more supportive and [[GirlsNeedRoleModels "feminine"]], instead. The consultant also expressed concerns that her sharp, angular glasses might [[ViewersAreMorons scare children]] children -- and yet, all the [[GrotesqueGallery grotesque ghosts and monsters]] running around were a-ok. JMS acquiesced to one of ABC's demands, making Janine a Ghostbuster for an episode. The execs had felt young girls needed a positive female role model and saw this as an opportunity to do so.

** Princess Celestia was originally to be a queen, but was made a princess because apparently, Creator/{{Disney}} [[ViewersAreMorons has supposedly made it so that little girls affiliate queens with evil and princesses with good.]]. After all, this was several years before [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] became Disney's pop-culture icon.
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** Princess Celestia was originally to be a queen, but was made a princess because apparently, Creator/{{Disney}} [[ViewersAreMorons has supposedly made it so that little girls affiliate queens with evil and princesses with good.]]. After all, this was several years before [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] became Disney's pop-culture icon.

** Prince Blueblood was supposed to be a duke, but again, [[ViewersAreMorons kids can't grasp the subtleties of royal hierarchy.]]
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** Prince Blueblood was supposed to be a duke, but again, [[ViewersAreMorons kids can't grasp the subtleties of royal hierarchy.]]
8th Jan '16 12:18:04 PM penguinist
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** Peter became more friendly towards Slimer, due to the consultants wanting their rivalry downplayed and for Slimer to be more of a cute mascot character.
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** Peter became more friendly towards Slimer, due to the consultants wanting their rivalry downplayed and for Slimer to be more of a cute mascot character. In fact, ''everyone'' became nicer to Slimer...meaning they were all more like Ray. The character the executives wanted to get rid of for being "unnecessary" (which was a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy). The irony of this was not lost on JMS. ** The show was no longer allowed to mention the Necronomicon, despite having done so previously. The Q5 consultants insisted it was a real book (it's not, it was made up as a plot device by Lovecraft), and they didn't want to promote occultism. In the show about ghosts. They also no longer wanted the show to [[NeverSayDie mention what ghosts are]]. ** The consultants wanted established roles for the four main characters. Egon was "The Brain", Ray was "The Hands", Peter was "The Mouth" and Winston was "The Driver". JMS rightly called them out for the racist implications of making the black guy a glorified means of transportation, as well as the sexism of making Janine a bland, "nurturing" character.
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