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22nd Mar '17 11:05:49 AM DustSnitch
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** Clothing is a complicated issue in the PotterVerse. In the books, magical characters are usually described wearing "robes" or "cloaks" with not much more description. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', it's mentioned that the Weasley kids wear "Muggle clothes" during the summer, implying robes are worn most if not all the time at Hogwarts. However, Mrs. Weasley makes the kids "jumpers" ("sweaters" to American readers) for Christmas and these are apparently not considered Muggle clothes and they are presumably being worn with some kind of trousers. In the movies, the kids seem to wear Muggle clothes whenever they are not in their school uniforms (Creator/AlfonsoCuaron is often blamed for starting this, but Creator/ChrisColumbus did it too) while the adults' clothing is a mix between stereotypical wizardry outfits (Dumbledore, [=McGonagall=], etc.) and outdated fashions (Rita Skeeter, for example, seems to think it's still the 1950s).

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** Clothing is a complicated issue in the PotterVerse.''Franchise/HarryPotter''. In the books, magical characters are usually described wearing "robes" or "cloaks" with not much more description. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', it's mentioned that the Weasley kids wear "Muggle clothes" during the summer, implying robes are worn most if not all the time at Hogwarts. However, Mrs. Weasley makes the kids "jumpers" ("sweaters" to American readers) for Christmas and these are apparently not considered Muggle clothes and they are presumably being worn with some kind of trousers. In the movies, the kids seem to wear Muggle clothes whenever they are not in their school uniforms (Creator/AlfonsoCuaron is often blamed for starting this, but Creator/ChrisColumbus did it too) while the adults' clothing is a mix between stereotypical wizardry outfits (Dumbledore, [=McGonagall=], etc.) and outdated fashions (Rita Skeeter, for example, seems to think it's still the 1950s).
5th Feb '17 3:18:24 PM Pichu-kun
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* WordOfGod is that ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is set in one of these. They have most of the technology and culture we have in the 21st century, but there are no guns or cars, electronic communication is extremely difficult/expensive over long distances, and video games are still in the 8-bit era. The DistantFinale shows technology has changed within the last dozen or so years. They had computers when Naruto was a kid but they weren't seen much. Naruto is shown using a laptop when he does [[spoiler:Hokage duties]]. This becomes even more obvious in the ''Boruto'' movie. It takes place at minimum fifteen to twenty years after the manga ended. In that time technology has advanced quite a bit. Computers and other modern technologies is common place however their flying machines aren't exactly real-world.

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* WordOfGod is that ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is set in one of these. They have most of the technology and culture we have in the 21st century, but there are no guns or cars, electronic communication is extremely difficult/expensive over long distances, and video games are still in the 8-bit era. The DistantFinale shows technology has changed within the last dozen or so years. They had computers when Naruto was a kid but they weren't seen much. Naruto is shown using a laptop when he does [[spoiler:Hokage duties]]. This becomes even more obvious in the ''Boruto'' movie. It takes place at minimum fifteen to twenty years after the manga ended. In that time technology has advanced quite a bit. Computers and other modern technologies is are common place however their flying machines aren't exactly real-world.



* The IDW ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comics are obviously set in the contemporary time period; however, the setting still has 80s style stuff like absurdly bright colored clothing and records instead of [=CDs=] or digital music. It could be seen as TruthInTelevision as in the early 2010s dyeing your hair [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unusual colors]] is popular and vinyl is regaining popularity.

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* The IDW ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comics are obviously set in the contemporary time period; however, the setting still has 80s style stuff like absurdly bright colored clothing and records instead of [=CDs=] or digital music. It could be seen as TruthInTelevision TruthInTelevision, as in the early 2010s dyeing your hair [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unusual colors]] is popular and vinyl is regaining popularity.



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** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' could pass for taking place in the early 20th century at first glance, however at times it looks decidedly modern. It could pass for the 1970s at earliest due to the fashions and technology levels, but it's set at the same time as ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown'', which is noticeably more modern looking, and a ShowWithinAShow features ''cellphones''. According to Tom the FictionalCountry the game takes place in is such slow technologically-- they don't even understand what airplanes are.

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** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' could pass for taking place in the early 20th century at first glance, however at times it looks decidedly modern. It could pass for the 1970s at earliest due to the fashions and technology levels, but it's set at the same time as ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown'', which is noticeably more modern looking, and a ShowWithinAShow features ''cellphones''. According to Tom Tom, the FictionalCountry the game takes place in is such slow technologically-- technologically that they don't even understand what airplanes are.



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* Late 80s/early 90s Disney cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', and ''Victorian/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' invoke this to varying extents, usually with episode-specific themes (e.g. 50s style mobs, swashbuckling pirates, and historical-period towns all appearing in early 90s Earth).
** With ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', at least, it was justified, since the Carl Barks comics on which the show was largely based had been produced in the mid-20th century. (And remember, Scrooge [=McDuck=] had been a gold prospector in the Klondike in the 1890s!)
** ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' is explicitly set in TheThirties, the era where the {{Pulp Magazine}}s that inspired it took place. One episode featured a prototype jet engine, with the characters reacting to it as if it were straight out of a science fiction story.

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* Late 80s/early 90s Disney cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', and ''Victorian/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' invoke this to varying extents, usually with episode-specific themes (e.g. 50s style mobs, swashbuckling pirates, and historical-period towns all appearing in early 90s Earth).
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Earth). With ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', at least, it was justified, since the Carl Barks comics on which the show was largely based had been produced in the mid-20th century. (And remember, Scrooge [=McDuck=] had been a gold prospector in the Klondike in the 1890s!)
** ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' is explicitly set in TheThirties, the era where the {{Pulp Magazine}}s that inspired it took place. One episode featured a prototype jet engine, with the characters reacting to it as if it were straight out of a science fiction story.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' continues this trend by making it a bit of an AnachronismStew. Modern innovations like cellphones, video games and the internet are around, but a lot of the buildings, cars, and characters have decidedly retro vibes. There's very little consistency in this regard, as one episode will have modern clothing and tech, while the next will have fedora-clad gangsters shooting at Batman with Tommy-guns.
** Though despite this retro vibe, the show definitely has modern social values. Nobody ever comments on the races of minority heroes like ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}, ComicBook/BlueBeetle and ComicBook/TheAtom, nor the genders of characters like Comicbook/{{Vixen}} and ComicBook/BlackCanary.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' continues this trend by making it a bit of an AnachronismStew. Modern innovations like cellphones, video games and the internet are around, but a lot of the buildings, cars, and characters have decidedly retro vibes. There's very little consistency in this regard, as one episode will have modern clothing and tech, while the next will have fedora-clad gangsters shooting at Batman with Tommy-guns.
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Tommy-guns. Though despite this retro vibe, the show definitely has modern social values. Nobody ever comments on the races of minority heroes like ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}, ComicBook/BlueBeetle and ComicBook/TheAtom, nor the genders of characters like Comicbook/{{Vixen}} and ComicBook/BlackCanary.



* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' explicitly takes place in the modern day (in one episode time travel TO the 80s is involved), but things generally have an 80s-to-early-90s atmosphere. All video games are Atari 2600-level, VHS is the only video format, casette tapes are still in use alongside [=CDs=], and computers are boxy with CRT monitors and multiple peripherals. Even the most modern cellphones are circa 2004. Going by the episode "The Real Thomas", the USSR may not have collapsed (dialogue only mentions "Russia", but "CCCP" appears in a number of background texts).
** In the episode "format wars II" the gang even goes in a battle with VCR, DVD, and other old videos formats, against '''the internet'''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' explicitly takes place in the modern day (in one episode time travel TO the 80s is involved), but things generally have an 80s-to-early-90s atmosphere. All video games are Atari 2600-level, VHS is the only video format, casette tapes are still in use alongside [=CDs=], and computers are boxy with CRT monitors and multiple peripherals. Even the most modern cellphones are circa 2004. Going by the episode "The Real Thomas", the USSR may not have collapsed (dialogue only mentions "Russia", but "CCCP" appears in a number of background texts).
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texts). In the episode "format wars II" the gang even goes in a battle with VCR, DVD, and other old videos formats, against '''the internet'''.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is set in the 2010s, but everything has a retro aesthetic. It's common in modern day ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' series for Mystery Inc to be the only characters dressed in 60s fashion, but everyone here dresses as if TheSixties never ended. This even extends to their technology. Computers and the internet exist but they use older style monitors, and the cellphones are 'brick' looking.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is set in the 2010s, but everything has a retro aesthetic. It's common in modern day ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' series for the Mystery Inc gang to be the only characters dressed in 60s fashion, but everyone here dresses as if TheSixties never ended. This even extends to their technology. Computers and the internet exist exist, but they use older style monitors, monitors and the cellphones are 'brick' looking.



* ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'' originally took place TwentyMinutesIntoThePast however the cartoon adaptation places it here. For example, video games exist despite everything else looking more like they're in the mid-1900s



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31st Jan '17 1:18:58 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Film/ItFollows'' takes place in a time period that is left vague and undefined. Yara has an e-reader, and modern cars are seen, but nobody has a CellPhone (other than the one used in the opening sequence by the girl on the beach to call home), the televisions are all tube screens and not flat screens, the main characters drive cars from the '70s and '80s, and an old-fashioned cinema with an organist is seen playing ''Film/{{Charade}}'', a golden oldie of a film. This also extends to its '80s-inspired {{synthwave}} soundtrack by Disasterpeace.

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* ''Film/ItFollows'' takes place in a time period that is left vague and undefined. Yara has an e-reader, and modern cars are seen, but nobody has a CellPhone (other than the one used in the opening sequence by the girl on the beach to call home), the televisions are all tube screens and not flat screens, the main characters drive cars from the '70s and '80s, and an old-fashioned cinema with an organist is seen playing ''Film/{{Charade}}'', a golden oldie of a film. This also extends to its '80s-inspired {{synthwave}} UsefulNotes/{{synthwave}} soundtrack by Disasterpeace.
31st Jan '17 12:57:04 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Film/{{Found}}'' is similar to ''It Follows'' in this regard, albeit drawing more from TheNineties than the '70s and '80s, with Marty watching old {{slasher movie}}s on VHS with his friends even though the film is set in the present.

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* ''Film/{{Found}}'' is similar to ''It Follows'' in this regard, albeit drawing more from TheNineties than the '70s and '80s, with TheNineties. Marty watching watches old {{slasher movie}}s from the '70s and '80s on VHS with his friends even though friends, and the film comic book that he and Steve draw is an exaggerated NinetiesAntiHero archetype. While it's set in the present.present day, the internet and cell phones never come into play.
31st Jan '17 12:50:36 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Film/ItFollows'' takes place in a time period that is left vague and undefined. Yara has an e-reader, and modern cars are seen, but nobody has a CellPhone (other than the one used in the opening sequence by the girl on the beach to call home), the televisions are all tube screens and not flat screens, the main characters drive cars from the '70s and '80s, and an old-fashioned cinema with an organist is seen playing ''Film/{{Charade}}'', a golden oldie of a film. This also extends to the soundtrack, which is mainly simple 80's style synth sounds.

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* ''Film/ItFollows'' takes place in a time period that is left vague and undefined. Yara has an e-reader, and modern cars are seen, but nobody has a CellPhone (other than the one used in the opening sequence by the girl on the beach to call home), the televisions are all tube screens and not flat screens, the main characters drive cars from the '70s and '80s, and an old-fashioned cinema with an organist is seen playing ''Film/{{Charade}}'', a golden oldie of a film. This also extends to its '80s-inspired {{synthwave}} soundtrack by Disasterpeace.
* ''Film/{{Found}}'' is similar to ''It Follows'' in this regard, albeit drawing more from TheNineties than
the soundtrack, which '70s and '80s, with Marty watching old {{slasher movie}}s on VHS with his friends even though the film is mainly simple 80's style synth sounds.set in the present.



* The 90s version of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' looks like it takes place in the same time as the original shorts until the ending reveals it that it takes place in contemporary times.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' has [[TheNoughties 00]]s phones, tech and pop music, 1950s high school tropes, 1970s fashions to a certain extent (flares, hair, corduroy, neck scarves, the font on TheWildcats' practice uniforms) and 90s high school archetype characters (the geeks, the AlphaBitch, etc).

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* The 90s '90s version of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' looks like it takes place in the same time as the original shorts until the ending reveals it that it takes place in contemporary times.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' has [[TheNoughties 00]]s '00]]s phones, tech tech, and pop music, 1950s '50s high school tropes, 1970s '70s fashions to a certain extent (flares, hair, corduroy, neck scarves, the font on TheWildcats' practice uniforms) uniforms), and 90s '90s high school archetype characters (the geeks, the AlphaBitch, etc).
21st Jan '17 2:08:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/MikeHammer'': The TV version with Stacy Keach is clearly set in the 1990s (the Cold War is over, and Mike makes use of personal computers), but fashions and societal mores are still in the 1940s.
10th Jan '17 11:09:22 AM ZombieAladdin
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* ''Dialed In'' has an art style and architectural/urban planning feel to the city reminiscent of the 1980's or early 1990's but is full of smartphones. However, the technology for these smartphones are derived from the breed of WeirdScience popular in fiction from the 80's, while the company that develops that science is apparently [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic- or nuclear-powered]], a concept popular in the 40's and 50's.

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* ''Dialed In'' has an art style style, fashion, and architectural/urban planning feel to the city reminiscent of the 1980's or early 1990's but is full of smartphones. However, the technology for these smartphones are derived from the breed of WeirdScience popular in fiction from the 80's, while the company that develops that science is apparently [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic- or nuclear-powered]], a concept popular in the 40's and 50's. This is best exemplified with the artwork on the side of the machine, which depicts a young man with a jacket-Tshirt-jeans combo not unlike [[Film/BacktoTheFuture Marty McFly]], with a hand-drawn style using airbrushed shading typical of video game box art in the 80's, holding up a smartphone that's getting struck by [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning giving it strange powers]].
10th Jan '17 11:05:32 AM ZombieAladdin
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* ''Dialed In'' has an art style and architectural/urban planning feel to the city reminiscent of the 1980's or early 1990's but is full of smartphones. However, the technology for these smartphones are derived from the breed of WeirdScience popular in fiction from the 80's, while the company that develops that science is apparently [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic- or nuclear-powered]], a concept popular in the 40's and 50's.
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* The universe that ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' takes place in is reminscient of the 1930-40s, though both weapons and telecommunication technology seems to be at least a decade or two ahead; and it's implied that things like cellphones and video games (albeit in primitive forms) exist, too.

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* The universe that ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' takes place in is reminscient of the 1930-40s, though both weapons and telecommunication technology seems to be at least a decade or two ahead; and it's implied that things like cellphones and video games (albeit in primitive forms) exist, too. Though non-canon, there is official art of two of the characters playing in a circa-2015 fighting game tournament, both of them using arcade fight-sticks.
26th Dec '16 6:52:03 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''Series/FatherTed'' is full of this, presumably due to the island's inhabitants being so isolated from the rest of the world. The layout of the parochial house is extremely 1970s, and they often play board games for entertainment. They are shown listening to records (e.g. the Eurovision track they almost used for the tune of My Lovely Horse), and are actually able to buy new ones (The BBC Sound Effects records) in John And Mary's shop in 1996, at a time when most other places would have stopped selling them. Also, when a Cuban priest visits them, he brings them a VHS player, which they are astonished by as they think it must have been really expensive. The joke here is that he is obviously regifting them his old one.

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* ''Series/FatherTed'' is full of this, presumably due to the island's inhabitants being so isolated from the rest of the world. The layout of the parochial house is extremely 1970s, and they often play board games for entertainment. They are shown listening to records (e.g. the Eurovision track they almost used for the tune of My Lovely Horse), and are actually able to buy new ones (The BBC Sound Effects records) in John And Mary's shop in 1996, at a time when most other places would have stopped selling them. Also, when a Cuban priest visits them, he brings them a VHS player, which they are astonished by as they think it must have been really expensive. The joke here is that he is obviously regifting them his old one. Ted uses a mobile phone on occasion, but also uses a rotary telephone in the parochial house. The one time the Irish Army makes an appearance, they are armed with [[ImproperlyPlacedFirearms Cold War-era British army weaponry]].
29th Nov '16 12:43:21 PM MrLavisherMoot
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': For a futuristic setting (the electric gun, anyone ?), the game seems to feature an awful lot of vehicles with [[{{Zeerust}} retro designs]] rooted in the 1920s through to the 1960s; a few cars are even based on real-life models from that period.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': For a futuristic setting (the electric gun, anyone ?), anyone?), the game seems to feature an awful lot of vehicles with [[{{Zeerust}} retro designs]] rooted in the 1920s through to the 1960s; a few cars are even based on real-life models from that period.
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