History ExecutiveMeddling / WesternAnimation

6th Jun '18 1:14:17 AM CaptainTedium
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** Spider-Man was also never allowed to throw a punch because it would make the show ''too violent.'' The writers managed to slip just three punches in the 65-episode series. Although TropesAreNotBad in this case, as it forced Spider-Man to be much more clever in his crimefighting, which fits his genius-level intellect- though after a while, the fights started looking more like dance scenes. And of course, the massive number of ''kicks'' didn't hurt.
** They also weren't allowed to break windows, which ''also'' got snuck in; one wonders how they missed ''that''.

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** It's worth noting that there's a common misconception that Spider-Man was also never wasn't allowed to throw a punch because anyone, as it would make the show ''too violent.'' The writers managed to slip just three punches in too violent. This is very much not the 65-episode series. Although TropesAreNotBad in this case, as it forced Spider-Man the showrunner, John Semper Jr., often reiterates online; the lack of punching was a deliberate creative decision to be much more clever in his crimefighting, which fits his genius-level intellect- though after a while, make the fights started looking more like dance scenes. And of course, the massive number of ''kicks'' didn't hurt.
** They also weren't allowed to break windows, which ''also'' got snuck in; one wonders how they missed ''that''.
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** The censorship standards led to ComicBook/ThePunisher being castrated. He was purely non-lethal and pretty ineffective as a result. However, the telling of his origin (for those unaware, the brutal shooting of his wife and young children which obviously couldn't be shown) was incredibly effective. The only visual was a kite flying in the sky and at the sound of gunshots fell to the ground, landing in a puddle and forming the classic skull as it became soaked in water.

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** The censorship standards led to ComicBook/ThePunisher being castrated. He had to undergo some censorship, one could say (though whether it was purely non-lethal and pretty ineffective as a result. However, mandated by executives, or decided on in advance by the showrunner is unknown). He isn't shown using lethal force, but it is implied that he's done so in the past. The telling of his origin (for those unaware, the brutal shooting of his wife and young children which obviously couldn't be shown) was also incredibly effective.effective in spite of the censorship. The only visual was a kite flying in the sky and at the sound of gunshots fell to the ground, landing in a puddle and forming the classic skull as it became soaked in water.
5th Jun '18 6:15:18 PM CartoonFan2009
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** Despite the Police Cadets ([=MacArthur=] and Sanders) winning "The Ridonculous Race" in Canada, the original final five of the season had a higher chance of another girl winning the season, with three unisex teams and two all-girl teams. However, at the last minute, the last all-boy team of the season (Geoff and Brody) returned near the end of the season, scrapping the original finale of the season. One of them included the battle between the Best Friends, The Sisters, and the Ice Dancers.
** On February 20, 2018, Megan Fahlenbock was terminated by "the network" meaning either Creator/{{Teletoon}} or Creator/CartoonNetwork. Because of this, not only will she not reprise her role as Gwen for the second spin-off ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaDaycare'', but she was outright fired from the role of Gwen.

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** Despite the Police Cadets ([=MacArthur=] and Sanders) winning "The ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace The Ridonculous Race" Race]]'' in Canada, the original final five of the season had a higher chance of another girl winning the season, with three unisex teams and two all-girl teams. However, at the last minute, the last all-boy team of the season (Geoff and Brody) returned near the end of the season, scrapping the original finale of the season. One of them included the battle between the Best Friends, The Sisters, and the Ice Dancers.
** On February 20, 2018, Megan Fahlenbock was terminated by "the network" meaning either Creator/{{Teletoon}} or Creator/CartoonNetwork. Because of this, not only will she not reprise her role as Gwen for the second spin-off ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaDaycare'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaRama'', but she was outright fired from the role of Gwen.
29th Apr '18 1:49:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' was originally conceived as a TV Series about Batman, but it was instead turned into a ''Justice League'' series to promote [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 the then-next venture]] of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' was originally conceived as a TV Series about Batman, but it was instead turned into a ''Justice League'' series to promote [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 the then-next venture]] of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse.Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse.
24th Apr '18 12:02:04 PM TheMountainKing
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** Book 3 avoided any problems with executives but Book 4 suddenly got hit hard again. The budget was slashed viciously meaning the season didn't have nearly as many episodes as the writers wanted/needed. They were bullied into having a pointless clip-show episode; Nick actually [[BadBoss threatened to fire some of the studio staff if one wasn't made]]. And just to top it off, Book 4, which resolved the show's MythArc, [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised was yanked off television]]. Instead Nick relegated it to their online programming. This actually turned out for the best, as the writers were now free of FCC regulations. Book 4 would feature a graphic on-screen death, family-unfriendly topics such as anarchism, capped off by an onscreen ''same-sex couple''.

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** Book 3 avoided any problems with executives but Book 4 suddenly got hit hard again. The budget was slashed viciously meaning the season didn't have nearly as many episodes as the writers wanted/needed. They were bullied into having a pointless clip-show episode; Nick actually [[BadBoss threatened to fire some of the studio staff if one wasn't made]]. And just to top it off, Book 4, which resolved the show's MythArc, [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised was yanked off television]]. Instead Nick relegated it to their online programming. This actually turned out for the best, as the writers were now free of FCC regulations. Book Books 3 and 4 would feature a graphic on-screen death, family-unfriendly topics such as anarchism, mass violence and political repression, capped off by an onscreen ''same-sex couple''.
24th Apr '18 11:59:38 AM TheMountainKing
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** DVD commentary also mentions that Nickelodeon would have liked Aang to be thirty, use bladed weapons, and ride a motorcycle. These suggestions were the subject of a TakeThat in the episode ''Sokka's Master''.

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** DVD commentary also mentions that Nickelodeon would have liked Aang to be thirty, use bladed weapons, and ride a motorcycle. These suggestions were the subject of a TakeThat in the episode ''Sokka's Master''."Sokka's Master".
20th Apr '18 11:22:59 PM Nakayama90
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** In the two-parter [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover "Cartoon Wars"]], remember the message stating that Comedy Central refused to broadcast an image of Muhammad handing [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] a football helmet? That was real; Trey and Matt tried to get the network to sign off on it, but they refused. (The episode remains censored to this day, even on DVD and the Internet.)
** "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. 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 [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]], likely as an ironic TakeThat against the executives' decision.

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** In the two-parter [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover "Cartoon Wars"]], remember the message stating that Comedy Central refused to broadcast an image of Muhammad handing [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] a football helmet? That was real; Trey and Matt tried to get the network to sign off on it, but they refused. (The episode remains censored to this day, even on DVD and the Internet.)
) The duo retaliated by including a short depicting cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating on each other and onto the US flag, which was viewed as a-okay to show.
** "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. 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 alongside Jesus looking at pornography [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]], likely as an ironic TakeThat against the executives' decision.
27th Mar '18 10:04:11 AM elenaisabel722
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** Season One had that [[EdutainmentShow E/I label]] on the upper-left corner of the screen on TV, in compliance with a broadcast television standard (cable is exempt). In Season Two, ''it's mysteriously removed.'' It's not clear why this is, but bronies sure are satisfied that the show appears to be hindered by the standards much less now.

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** Season One had that [[EdutainmentShow E/I label]] on the upper-left corner of the screen on TV, in compliance with a broadcast television standard (cable is exempt). In Season Two, ''it's mysteriously removed.'' It's not clear why this is, but bronies sure are satisfied that the show appears to be hindered by the standards much less now.now, though it still maintains the preschool show rating of TV-Y.



** In a positive example, Apple Bloom was originally to find her cutie mark on her own without any help. Lauren Faust was asked to add Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo to be her friends, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders were born. Oddly enough, Faust always thought they should have their own [[SpinoffBabies spin-off pre-school show]], but Hasbro suggested that the Crusaders should be used in the main series first.

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** In a positive example, Apple Bloom was originally to find her cutie mark on her own without any help. Lauren Faust was asked to add Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo to be her friends, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders were born. Oddly enough, Faust always thought they should have their own [[SpinoffBabies spin-off pre-school show]], but Hasbro suggested that the Crusaders should be used in the main series first.
16th Mar '18 12:43:08 AM IvanovTroping97
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Timmy TV", Timmy finds out his life is a popular reality show in Fairy World. The fairy executives use this opportunity to convince Timmy to make a few changes in order to increase the show's ratings, such as changing Timmy's hat purple, replacing Timmy's mom with [[Series/TheBradyBunch Florence Henderson]], and replacing Chester and AJ with monkeys. Timmy, however, draws the line at getting rid of Cosmo and Wanda.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=6iZcndtsPvU Per word of Butch Hartman]], characters like Poof, Sparky and Chloe were ordered to be added into the show by Nickelodeon.
** [[http://fairlyoddparents.wikia.com/wiki/The_Fairly_OddParents!_(season_10)#Trivia According to the tenth season's trivia]], originally, only 13 episodes were put into production. Later on however, Nickelodeon ordered an additional set of 7 episodes late in production.
** An in-universe example in the
episode "Timmy TV", TV": Timmy finds out his life is a popular reality show in Fairy World. The fairy executives use this opportunity to convince Timmy to make a few changes in order to increase the show's ratings, such as changing Timmy's hat purple, replacing Timmy's mom with [[Series/TheBradyBunch Florence Henderson]], and replacing Chester and AJ with monkeys. Timmy, however, draws the line at getting rid of Cosmo and Wanda.
11th Mar '18 5:27:50 PM N8han11
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** It is speculated that the reason why the show suddenly went from featuring actual ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' characters to [[{{Expy Expies]] starting in Season 3 (Jonny became "Action Jonny", Race Bannon became "Red") was due to the production of the live action film making Warner nervous as to what the show was doing to the characters (Jonny was a paranoid junkie, Race a former torturer who gets killed and [[NoDeadBodyPoops voids his bowels onscreen]])

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** It is speculated that the reason why the show suddenly went from featuring actual ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' characters to [[{{Expy [[{{Expy}} Expies]] starting in Season 3 (Jonny became "Action Jonny", Race Bannon became "Red") was due to the production of the live action film making Warner nervous as to what the show was doing to the characters (Jonny was a paranoid junkie, Race a former torturer who gets killed and [[NoDeadBodyPoops voids his bowels onscreen]])
11th Mar '18 5:27:26 PM N8han11
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** It is speculated that the reason why the show suddenly went from featuring actual ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' characters to Expys starting in Season 3 (Jonny became "Action Jonny", Race Bannon became "Red") was due to the production of the live action film making Warner nervous as to what the show was doing to the characters (Jonny was a paranoid junkie, Race a former torturer who gets killed and [[NoDeadBodyPoops voids his bowels onscreen]])

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** It is speculated that the reason why the show suddenly went from featuring actual ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' characters to Expys [[{{Expy Expies]] starting in Season 3 (Jonny became "Action Jonny", Race Bannon became "Red") was due to the production of the live action film making Warner nervous as to what the show was doing to the characters (Jonny was a paranoid junkie, Race a former torturer who gets killed and [[NoDeadBodyPoops voids his bowels onscreen]])
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