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13th May '16 3:03:05 AM Hylarn
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* In WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's reviews of the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Prequels]]'', a strong critique of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''' is that everything is [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture beautiful, smooth and synthetic]] due to blue-screening and major leaps in CGI, making for poorer world-building when compared to the original trilogy. Compairing it to the previously physical-yet-inperfect metal and rust environments found ''forwards'' in the continuity only further highlights why fans had problems enjoying prequels.
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8th May '16 4:21:27 PM notacooldude
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* In ''{{The Flintstone|s}} Kids'', technology is shown to be more advanced than in the original show. "Kids" tended to have Stone Age tech equivalent to when it was made, TheEighties (versus the original series being made in TheSixties). Thus little "Freddy" Flintstone enjoying arcade video games (a Stone Age version of ''SpaceInvaders''), the family TV coming with a remote control, etc.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is clearly set at the same time it was made, TheSeventies, but in ''MuppetBabies'', Baby Scooter has a personal computer (although MuppetBabies is entirely a fantasy in Miss Piggy's head as seen in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', so it's justified).
** [=DisContinuity=] is pretty common with the Muppets. A proposed animated series would have shown them attending high school in the early 1960s at the latest, which doesn't square with their graduation from college in the early 1980s in ''The Muppets Take Manhattan''.
* ''Baby WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' seems to take place in the present, while the original shorts obviously took place in the 1930s to the 1960s.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' and its prequel, ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', have technology, clothing, architectural design, urban structure, slang, popular music genres, culturally acceptable concepts, and, on occasion, celebrity appearances of the 1960s and the early 1990s, respectively. Apparently, in that universe, teenagers went from skateboards and shopping malls to microbuses and soda fountains.
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8th May '16 4:19:33 PM notacooldude
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* Averted with ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'', which is a mere three years before the original, but technology is a lot less advanced.
28th Apr '16 8:08:06 AM rjd1922
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** It also features a color video with sound in case 4, which is set before anything else in the series (which uses black and white during the original trilogy). The bizarre part is that it is on a ''tape'' while the same case features a wide screen flat panel TV.
** It seems that technology of the AA universe is quite different. There doesn't seem to be [=DVDs=] or any similar substitute, and most of the videos seen in the original trilogy could be explained as being cheap security cameras and the like, color cameras being more of a rarity. It's also possible the phone design is more primitive, and camera phones are very expensive, the characters with ones are an Interpol agent and an international prosecutor. Other characters are probably just using more affordable versions. It seems that living in such a murder-filled universe has its advantages though, as a fingerprint set that includes a machine that can analyze prints in under a minute is PORTABLE.
*** [[{{Catchphrase}} OBJECTION!]] In ''Apollo Justice'', Phoenix is shown to have a stack of [=DVDs=] of the tokusatsu series ''Steel Samurai'', sent to him by his former sidekick Maya. So they do have [=DVDs=].

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** It also features a color video with sound in case 4, which is set before anything else in the series (which uses black and white during the original trilogy). The bizarre part is that it is on a ''tape'' while the same case features a wide screen flat panel TV.
** It seems that technology of the AA universe is quite different. There doesn't seem
TV. Though this makes some sense considering it was meant to be [=DVDs=] or any similar substitute, and most of the videos seen in the original trilogy could be explained as being cheap analyze security cameras and the like, color cameras being more of a rarity. camera footage, which is often recorded on tape to reduce costs.
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It's also possible the phone design is more primitive, and camera phones are very expensive, the characters with ones are an Interpol agent and an international prosecutor. Other characters are probably just using more affordable versions. It seems that living in such a murder-filled universe has its advantages though, as a fingerprint set that includes a machine that can analyze prints in under a minute is PORTABLE.
*** [[{{Catchphrase}} OBJECTION!]] In ''Apollo Justice'', Phoenix is shown to have a stack of [=DVDs=] of the tokusatsu series ''Steel Samurai'', sent to him by his former sidekick Maya. So they do have [=DVDs=].
PORTABLE.
25th Apr '16 11:05:00 AM MasoTey
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* The Batman prequel series ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' is an interesting case. Though it is set a good 10-15 years before Bruce Wayne will become Batman, Batman stories (and by extension, backstories) typically exist on a [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] rather than being tied to a specific era. Nonetheless, the makers have taken efforts to avoid this trope by giving Gotham a [[AmbiguousTimePeriod 'timeless]], [[AnachronismStew anachronistic']], with a mix of 70's taxi cabs, flip-phones, typewriters, 40's clothing, and modern-day demographics.

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* The Batman prequel series ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' is an interesting case. Though it is set a good 10-15 years before Bruce Wayne will become Batman, Batman stories (and by extension, backstories) typically exist on a [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] rather than being tied to a specific era. Nonetheless, the makers have taken efforts to avoid this trope by giving Gotham a [[AmbiguousTimePeriod 'timeless]], [[AnachronismStew anachronistic']], with [[RetroUniverse a mix of 70's taxi cabs, flip-phones, typewriters, 40's clothing, and modern-day demographics.demographics]].
25th Apr '16 11:03:02 AM MasoTey
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* Might apply to ''Series/DoctorWho'', depending on how you use the word "prequel" in conjunction with a show about [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel]]. Apparently human technology is going to go back and forth on the "looking really cool" vs "looking like something a few BBC techs made with chicken wire and aluminum foil" scale multiple times throughout our future history. {{Lampshaded}} when K9 reappears in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] and Rose points out how "[[DeaderThanDisco Disco]]" he looks. The Doctor claims that in the year 5000 such technology is cutting edge.

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* Might apply to ''Series/DoctorWho'', depending on how you use the word "prequel" in conjunction with a show about [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel]]. Apparently human technology is going to go back and forth on the "looking really cool" vs "looking like something a few BBC techs made with chicken wire and aluminum foil" scale multiple times throughout our future history. {{Lampshaded}} when K9 reappears in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] and Rose points out how "[[DeaderThanDisco Disco]]" he looks. The Doctor claims that in the year 5000 such technology an aesthetic is cutting edge.
3rd Jan '16 2:58:20 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'' takes place at the same time as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]'', which means it takes place before almost every other game. The technology is noticeably more advanced in Hoenn compared to, say, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]] despite the latter being at minimum four years later. There's even a reference to the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS being older than the roughly ten to fourteen year old protagonist (though it could have been a VideoGame/GameAndWatch as well), when it and the UsefulNotes/NintendoWii were apparently new during [=DPPT=]. The protagonist in [=ORAS=] also has a Wii U, much like the XY protagonist despite the fact the latter takes place over ten years later. There is some implications that there is an AlternateTimeline in place so it's possible that the DS games take place in a different universe from the 3DS ones, explaining the technological difference.

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'' ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' takes place at the same time as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]'', which means it takes place before almost every other game. The technology is noticeably more advanced in Hoenn compared to, say, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]] despite the latter being at minimum four years later. There's even a reference to the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS being older than the roughly ten to fourteen year old protagonist (though it could have been a VideoGame/GameAndWatch as well), when it and the UsefulNotes/NintendoWii were apparently new during [=DPPT=]. The protagonist in [=ORAS=] also has a Wii U, much like the XY protagonist despite the fact the latter takes place over ten years later. There is some implications that there is an AlternateTimeline in place so it's possible that the DS games take place in a different universe from the 3DS ones, explaining the technological difference.
7th Nov '15 7:49:47 PM nombretomado
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* In {{Red Letter Media}}'s reviews of the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Prequels]]'', a strong critique of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''' is that everything is [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture beautiful, smooth and synthetic]] due to blue-screening and major leaps in CGI, making for poorer world-building when compared to the original trilogy. Compairing it to the previously physical-yet-inperfect metal and rust environments found ''forwards'' in the continuity only further highlights why fans had problems enjoying prequels.

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* In {{Red Letter Media}}'s WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's reviews of the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Prequels]]'', a strong critique of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''' is that everything is [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture beautiful, smooth and synthetic]] due to blue-screening and major leaps in CGI, making for poorer world-building when compared to the original trilogy. Compairing it to the previously physical-yet-inperfect metal and rust environments found ''forwards'' in the continuity only further highlights why fans had problems enjoying prequels.
7th Nov '15 7:49:25 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''Nadine''', ''[[RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett's]] Film/AttackOfTheClones review.''

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-->-- '''Nadine''', ''[[RedLetterMedia ''[[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett's]] Film/AttackOfTheClones review.''
5th Nov '15 12:54:34 AM SomeMeddlingKid
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* A variaton appears in ''Film/FinalDestination5'', [[spoiler:the twist being that the 2011 sequel is actually a [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] to the original film. Computer screens and cell phones used in the movie are noticeably sleeker-looking than those used in the original- while these would have technically been available in 2000, they would have been expensive and barely on the market. Clothing is also more fitted and tailored than the baggy ensembles of ''Final Destination''. This trope was likely intentionally invoked by the filmmakers as a means of misleading audiences about the time period, which is only revealed in the film's final moments.]]

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* A variaton appears in ''Film/FinalDestination5'', [[spoiler:the twist being that the 2011 sequel is actually a [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] to the original film. Computer screens and cell phones used in the movie are noticeably sleeker-looking than those used in the original- while these would have technically been available in 2000, they would have been expensive and barely on the market. Clothing is also more fitted and tailored than the baggy ensembles of ''Final Destination''. This However, this trope was likely intentionally invoked by the filmmakers as a means of misleading audiences about the time period, which is only revealed in the film's final moments.]]
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