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** The sequel series, which takes place on Earth is shown to be in a similar situation, with added bits and pieces of WorldWarII and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as well as LostTechnology.

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** The sequel series, which takes place on Earth Earth, is shown to be in a similar situation, with added bits and pieces of WorldWarII and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as well as LostTechnology.



** The series apparently takes place in an AlternateUniverse from ours; televisions and the setting in general are very retro, but is technically happening in modern times. The years are given Showa era numbering, even when referring dates after 1989-- for example, 2004 (Heisei 15) is still referred as Showa 89.
** One really odd example with Itoshki goes with Harumi (and his stalker) to a manga convention. Everyone else there is in Western casual clothing- jeans and t-shirts, and think that Itoshki and the stalker are cosplaying based upon their outdated outfits.

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** The series apparently takes place in an AlternateUniverse from ours; televisions and the setting in general are very retro, but the series is technically happening in modern times. The years are given Showa era numbering, even when referring dates after 1989-- for example, 2004 (Heisei 15) is still referred as Showa 89.
** One really odd example with happens when Itoshki goes with Harumi (and his stalker) to a manga convention. Everyone else there is in Western casual clothing- clothing - jeans and t-shirts, t-shirts - and think that Itoshki and the stalker are cosplaying based upon their outdated outfits.



* In the 1990s Fawcett City (home of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]) was said to be permanently in the fifties due to a spell cast by the wizard Shazam. In its appearance in the recent ''Black Adam'' miniseries, it still has a MaltShop. This is actually not that surprising, as many small towns in the US have kept theirs out of nostalgia.

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* In the 1990s Fawcett City (home of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]) was said to be permanently in the fifties due to a spell cast by the wizard Shazam. In its appearance in the recent later ''Black Adam'' miniseries, it still has had a MaltShop. This is actually not that surprising, as many small towns in the US have kept theirs out of nostalgia.



* The IDW ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comics are obviously set in the contemporary time period however it 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 it 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.



* Ask the average person when ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' takes place and they'll state the TheSixties, maybe TheSeventies. The fashion especially seems to pin the series as averting ComicBookTime... Except it doesn't. It's subtle but there are still references that pin strips at certain time periods. ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was referenced in a late 1999 strip, putting the kids at modern day in the final strips. The earliest strips are obviously set in TheFifties (Davy Crockett caps, etc.), though they still manage to be pretty timeless.

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* Ask the average person when ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' takes place and they'll state the TheSixties, maybe TheSeventies. The fashion especially seems to pin the series as averting ComicBookTime... Except it doesn't. It's subtle but there are still references that pin strips at certain time periods. ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was referenced in a late 1999 strip, putting the kids at modern day in the final strips. The earliest strips are obviously set in TheFifties (Davy Crockett caps, etc.), though they still manage to be pretty timeless.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' seems to be set [[TheNewTens in a contemporary period]] however it isn't remotely noticeable. The characters still dress just as they always do and everything seems the same as ever. However, Charlie Brown writing a long essay by hand stands out a little.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' seems to be set [[TheNewTens in a contemporary period]] period]], however it isn't remotely noticeable. The characters still dress just as they always do and everything seems the same as ever. However, Charlie Brown writing a long essay by hand stands out a little.



* In the movie version of ''The Cat in the Hat'', people still use rotary dial phones, but Dakota Fanning owns a Palm Pilot.

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* In the movie version of ''The Cat in the Hat'', ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', people still use rotary dial phones, but Dakota Fanning owns a Palm Pilot.



* In the film version of ''Film/TheSpirit'' takes place in a world where [[TechnologyMarchesOn technology marched on]], but the fashion and sensibility remained '40s noir. Dames dressed to the nines snap pictures of the Spirit's adventures with digital cameras.
* At first glance the Nathan Lane movie ''Film/MouseHunt'' seems to be set in the in the 30s or 40s, but then you notice a coin that says 1973, more or less modern cars, video cameras and to top that, there's a Victorian sweatshop that is kinda justified since it was founded by the protagonists' father.

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* In the The film version of ''Film/TheSpirit'' takes place in a world where [[TechnologyMarchesOn technology marched on]], but the fashion and sensibility remained '40s noir. Dames dressed to the nines snap pictures of the Spirit's adventures with digital cameras.
* At first glance the Nathan Lane movie ''Film/MouseHunt'' seems to be set in the in the 30s or 40s, but then you notice a coin that says 1973, more or less modern cars, video cameras and to top that, there's a Victorian sweatshop that is kinda justified since it was founded by the protagonists' father.



* "Film/BlueVelvet" (1986) is meant to be a satire of Reagan era 1950s nostalgia, so everything from the clothes to the buildings to the cars make the film look as though it was filmed thirty years earlier or more. Only villain Frank Booth is ever shown using modern technology (a Roy Orbison cassette).

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* "Film/BlueVelvet" ''Film/BlueVelvet'' (1986) is meant to be a satire of Reagan era 1950s nostalgia, so everything from the clothes to the buildings to the cars make the film look as though it was filmed thirty years earlier or more. Only villain Frank Booth is ever shown using modern technology (a Roy Orbison cassette).



* Lemony Snicket's ''ALiterature/SeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' intentionally contains anachronisms. As ''The Miserable Mill'' mentions the 1920s as being in the past, we know the earliest possible time the series could take place is in the 1930s. In ''The Slippery Slope'', Violet is suggested to like Yma Sumac, who was popular in the 1950s. In ''The Hostile Hospital'', the Volunteers Fighting Disease have an attitude resembling hippies or beatniks. It should be noted, though, that the text never makes explicit references to the Baudelaire children wearing Victorian clothing -- even though they are typically illustrated as wearing such.

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* Lemony Snicket's ''ALiterature/SeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' intentionally contains anachronisms. As ''The Miserable Mill'' mentions the 1920s as being in the past, we know the earliest possible time the series could take place is in the 1930s. In ''The Slippery Slope'', Violet is suggested to like Yma Sumac, who was popular in the 1950s. In ''The Hostile Hospital'', the Volunteers Fighting Disease have an attitude resembling hippies or beatniks. It should be noted, though, that the text never makes explicit references to the Baudelaire children wearing Victorian clothing -- even though they are typically illustrated as wearing such.



* Creator/DianaWynneJones's Literature/{{Chrestomanci}} series, in which the main world has reached a stage roughly equivalent to the early 1900s. Women wear long dresses, men dress formally and there are servants, but there is electric lighting, telephones and cars, though the cars aren't very widespread. But it is set in our present; in ''Charmed Life'' (published 1977) a girl from our own world remarks how old-fashioned everything is, and remarks that she always wears trousers at home and feels like "an Edwardian child" in a frilly dress and stockings. As the latest book, ''The Pinhoe Egg'' is set only a year or so after ''Charmed Life'', presumably the year is still somewhere in the late seventies. The prequel ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is set about twenty-five years earlier; the feel is Victorian, with governesses, gas light, women in crinolines and men with side-whiskers and top hats. The visitor in ''Charmed Life'' suggests a justification for this in that the prevalence of magic has held back mechanical science. It might also be suggested that magic traditionally looks to ancient sources (though there are magical researchers in DWJ's world), thus encouraging social conservatism.
* In a similar vein, TheBartimaeusTrilogy is set in an AlternateHistory version of London. The year is never stated, but historical clues place it in the early 21st century. It has cars, planes, electric lights and computers, but sailing ships still seem to be the dominant form of sea travel, with "ironclads" being the most advanced naval technology.

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* Creator/DianaWynneJones's Literature/{{Chrestomanci}} series, in which the main world has reached a stage roughly equivalent to the early 1900s. Women wear long dresses, men dress formally and there are servants, but there is electric lighting, telephones and cars, though the cars aren't very widespread. But it is set in our present; in ''Charmed Life'' (published 1977) a girl from our own world remarks how old-fashioned everything is, and remarks that she always wears trousers at home and feels like "an Edwardian child" in a frilly dress and stockings. As the latest book, final book in the series, ''The Pinhoe Egg'' Egg'', is set only a year or so after ''Charmed Life'', presumably the year is still somewhere in the late seventies. The prequel ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is set about twenty-five years earlier; the feel is Victorian, with governesses, gas light, women in crinolines and men with side-whiskers and top hats. The visitor in ''Charmed Life'' suggests a justification for this in that the prevalence of magic has held back mechanical science. It might also be suggested that magic traditionally looks to ancient sources (though there are magical researchers in DWJ's world), thus encouraging social conservatism.
* In a similar vein, TheBartimaeusTrilogy Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy is set in an AlternateHistory version of London. The year is never stated, but historical clues place it in the early 21st century. It has cars, planes, electric lights and computers, but sailing ships still seem to be the dominant form of sea travel, with "ironclads" being the most advanced naval technology.



* In Creator/StephenFry's novel ''Making History'', 1990s America in the Hitler-never-born universe is socially very similar to the 1950s. EverybodySmokes, there's racial segregation and serious [[RedScare McCarthyite paranoia]], and homosexuality is both illegal and highly taboo.

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* In Creator/StephenFry's novel ''Making History'', ''Literature/MakingHistory'', 1990s America in the Hitler-never-born universe is socially very similar to the 1950s. EverybodySmokes, there's racial segregation and serious [[RedScare McCarthyite paranoia]], and homosexuality is both illegal and highly taboo.



* Neal Stephenson's ''The Diamond Age'' has a neo-Victorian society in the near future. They combine nanotechnology with Victorian clothing, Victorian and Georgian architecture, and a pub that deliberately looks like a London pub during the Blitz of World War Two (tape on the windows, "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters). All this reflects and expresses their value system.
* In Pullman's ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', while electric (they call it anbaric) power is available, places in Jordan College (in Lyra's oxford< England) are still lit by oil lamps (what they call naphtha). Cars are only seen in the cities and the only aircraft used are zpeelins.

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* Neal Stephenson's ''The Diamond Age'' Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' has a neo-Victorian society in the near future. They combine nanotechnology with Victorian clothing, Victorian and Georgian architecture, and a pub that deliberately looks like a London pub during the Blitz of World War Two (tape on the windows, "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters). All this reflects and expresses their value system.
* In Pullman's Creator/PhilipPullman's ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', while electric power (they call it anbaric) power is available, places in Jordan College (in Lyra's oxford< England) Oxford) are still lit by oil lamps (what they call naphtha). Cars are only seen in the cities and the only aircraft used are zpeelins.zeppelins.



* Althought the series timeline is taking place in 1989, the whole ''Series/TwinPeaks'' location has a very sixties feel in decor and fashion sense.

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* Althought Although the series timeline is taking place in 1989, the whole ''Series/TwinPeaks'' location has a very sixties feel in decor and fashion sense.



* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' is set set sixty years before ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' and the level of technology is much higher (with total-immersion virtual reality and robot butlers), but the producers remind viewers that this is "the past" by adding certain cultural touches which are reminiscent of TheFifties: smoking is prevalent and allowed everywhere, professional men wear fedoras to work, then-futuristically-styled British and European vehicles from the fifties and sixties are on the roads, and there are shades of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic McCarthyism]].

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* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' is set set sixty years before ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' and the level of technology is much higher (with total-immersion virtual reality and robot butlers), but the producers remind viewers that this is "the past" by adding certain cultural touches which are reminiscent of TheFifties: smoking is prevalent and allowed everywhere, professional men wear fedoras to work, then-futuristically-styled British and European vehicles from the fifties and sixties are on the roads, and there are shades of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic McCarthyism]].



* ''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, well after most other places would stop selling one. 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.
* Camden in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' falls into this category. Although the series is set at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the clothing and technology is that of the late '80s or early '90s. May be somewhat justified, as Camden is implied to be largely [[WrongSideOfTheTracks an impoverished hick-town]]. And there are mentions (mostly in the cities surrounding Camden, like Nathanville) of technology more appropriate to the time period. For example, Earl is in a bookstore, and is amazed that not only are there books on tape, but books available as CDs and MP3s...and he doesn't know what either of those things are. A later episode subverts the trope; most of Camden suddenly has computers and Internet out of nowhere, and they're all on a {{Facebook}} {{Expy}} called [[BlandNameProduct "BuddyBook."]] Darnell stays up all night creating fake "friends" for Joy, so she can feel validated.

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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, well after at a time when most other places would stop have stopped selling one.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.
* Camden in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' falls into this category. Although the series is set at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the clothing and technology is that of the late '80s or early '90s. May be somewhat justified, as Camden is implied to be largely [[WrongSideOfTheTracks an impoverished hick-town]]. And there are mentions (mostly in the cities surrounding Camden, like Nathanville) of technology more appropriate to the time period. For example, Earl is in a bookstore, and is amazed that not only are there books on tape, but books available as CDs [=CDs=] and MP3s...[=MP3s=]...and he doesn't know what either of those things are. A later episode subverts the trope; most of Camden suddenly has computers and Internet out of nowhere, and they're all on a {{Facebook}} Website/{{Facebook}} {{Expy}} called [[BlandNameProduct "BuddyBook."]] Darnell stays up all night creating fake "friends" for Joy, so she can feel validated.



* 2007's Get Up! By Global Deejays and Technotronic is an example of a song froms the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] that draws heavily from [[TheEighties 1980s]] and [[TheNineties 1990s]] electronica, both in it's sound, and in the fashion and imagery in it's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4JNpmLPvcY video]].

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* 2007's Get Up! By Global Deejays and Technotronic is an example of a song froms the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] that draws heavily from [[TheEighties 1980s]] and [[TheNineties 1990s]] electronica, both in it's its sound, and in the fashion and imagery in it's its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4JNpmLPvcY video]].



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' takes place whenever the strip is released - a late strip even mentioned Literature/HarryPotter - however the fashion and general feeling never strays from TheSixties at latest.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}''. The complete slogan for the game goes: “Role-Playing In A More Civilized Time. Everything Jules Verne should have written. Everything H. G. Wells could have written. Everything A. Conan Doyle thought of, but never published because it was too fantastic.” Thus the game is obviously retro science fiction: a game about science fiction the way science fiction was a hundred years ago. The ''Space 1889'' universe, however, is not retro from the perspective of people in that world since it takes place whenever the strip is released - a late strip even mentioned Literature/HarryPotter - however the fashion and general feeling never strays from TheSixties at latest.in an alternative year 1889 with 1889-current technology (plus some extra), fashion, politics, ideology, etc.



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}''. The complete slogan for the game goes: “Role-Playing In A More Civilized Time. Everything Jules Verne should have written. Everything H. G. Wells could have written. Everything A. Conan Doyle thought of, but never published because it was too fantastic.” Thus the game is obviously retro science fiction: a game about science fiction the way science fiction was a hundred years ago. The ''Space 1889'' universe, however, is not retro from the perspective of people in that world since it takes place in an alternative year 1889 with 1889-current technology (plus some extra), fashion, politics, ideology, etc.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Annyseed}}'' Many character wear Victorian clothing, yet some are a little more 1980s in style. Victorian machinery is often used alongside modern day mobile/cell phones. Ninjas go around with katana blades, and our heroine is dropped off at school by the latest Rolls Royce. - It's all good fun.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Annyseed}}'' Many character characters wear Victorian clothing, yet some are a little more 1980s in style. Victorian machinery is often used alongside modern day mobile/cell phones. Ninjas go around with katana blades, and our heroine is dropped off at school by the latest Rolls Royce. - It's all good fun.



* Used in the roleplaying forum ''WebOriginal/PacificLockup'', it technically takes place in modern times but everything has an 80s feel to it and there's still a Reagan in the white house.

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* Used in the roleplaying forum ''WebOriginal/PacificLockup'', it technically takes place in modern times but everything has an 80s feel to it and there's still a Reagan in the white house.White House.



* Several ''Creator/RankinBassProductions'' Christmas specials invoke this. ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' is shown to take place in the 1960s, ''Rudolph's Shiny New Year'' is shown to take place after 1965, but ''Rudolph And Frosty's Christmas In July'' seems to take place at the turn of the century judging by clothing and the dialogue.

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* Several ''Creator/RankinBassProductions'' Christmas specials invoke this. ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' is shown to take place in the 1960s, ''Rudolph's Shiny New Year'' is shown to take place after 1965, but ''Rudolph And Frosty's Christmas In July'' seems to take place at the turn of the century judging by clothing and the dialogue.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is set in the 2010s however 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 however 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 however 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 however 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.
2nd Jun '16 3:32:21 PM Pichu-kun
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* The home of ''Literature/TheBernsteinBears'' doesn't even look like it's from the 20th century, nevermind the 21st, though the cubs are somewhat more modern looking than their parents. The rest of the town looks considerably more modern. This becomes obvious when you compare most cubs to Sister and Brother. Some things are still perpetually retro though, such as [[SteamNeverDies the trains]].

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* The home of ''Literature/TheBernsteinBears'' ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' doesn't even look like it's from the 20th century, nevermind the 21st, though the cubs are somewhat more modern looking than their parents. The rest of the town looks considerably more modern. This becomes obvious when you compare most cubs to Sister and Brother. Some things are still perpetually retro though, such as [[SteamNeverDies the trains]].
2nd Jun '16 3:29:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* The cars and architecture of Gotham City in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' franchise seem to be perpetually stuck in the 1940s. One of the city's mottos is actually "The Dark Deco City". This is very notable in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]] and in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** In 1999, much of Gotham City was damaged in an earthquake during the Cataclysm/No Man's Land event. This was used to justify an extensive architectural revamp that turned the city into a mix of 40s, modern and retro-futuristic architecture.

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* The cars and architecture of Gotham City in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' franchise seem to be perpetually stuck in the 1940s. One of the city's mottos is actually "The Dark Deco City". This is very notable in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]] and in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
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''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. In 1999, much of Gotham City was damaged in an earthquake during the Cataclysm/No Man's Land event. This was used to justify an extensive architectural revamp that turned the city into a mix of 40s, modern and retro-futuristic architecture.



* In the 1990s Fawcett City (home of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]) was said to be permanently in the fifties due to a spell cast by the wizard Shazam. In its appearance in the recent ''Black Adam'' miniseries, it still has a MaltShop.
** Which is actually not that surprising, as many small towns in the US have kept theirs out of nostalgia.

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* In the 1990s Fawcett City (home of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]) was said to be permanently in the fifties due to a spell cast by the wizard Shazam. In its appearance in the recent ''Black Adam'' miniseries, it still has a MaltShop.
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MaltShop. This is actually not that surprising, as many small towns in the US have kept theirs out of nostalgia.



* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' took place in the present day, but the fashion trends were somewhere in the 1970s or '80s, the technology was '80s or '90s, and the music was an eclectic mixture of the '80s and '90s as well. Though this may be unintentional, as that's kind of how Preston, Idaho actually is.

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* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' took place in the present day, but the fashion trends were somewhere in the 1970s or '80s, 1980s, the technology was '80s or '90s, and the music was an eclectic mixture of the '80s and '90s as well. Though this may be unintentional, as that's kind of how Preston, Idaho actually is.



* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (made in 1996) combined '50s/'60s military technology (including Jeeps and [[CoolGuns/BattleRifles M14 rifles]]), a Creator/RatPack-era portrayal of UsefulNotes/LasVegas, cars and clothes from the '70s and '80s, giant "brick" cell phones, and contemporary video games. And that was just the humans. The Martians were given deliberately anachronistic RaygunGothic technology. Justified, given that the movie is a parody of classic AlienInvasion movies from TheFifties through TheEighties.
** Of course, cell phones were just going mainstream when the movie was made, so the brick phones seen could have just been an example of TwoDecadesBehind.

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* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (made in 1996) combined '50s/'60s military technology (including Jeeps and [[CoolGuns/BattleRifles M14 rifles]]), a Creator/RatPack-era portrayal of UsefulNotes/LasVegas, cars and clothes from the '70s and '80s, giant "brick" cell phones, and contemporary video games. And that was just the humans. The Martians were given deliberately anachronistic RaygunGothic technology. Justified, given that the movie is a parody of classic AlienInvasion movies from TheFifties through TheEighties.
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TheEighties. Of course, cell phones were just going mainstream when the movie was made, so the brick phones seen could have just been an example of TwoDecadesBehind.



* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' deliberately incorporates technology from decades from the late '60s through the '80s, especially electronics and automobiles, to give the show a time-out-of-time feel.

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' deliberately incorporates technology from decades from the late '60s 1960s through the '80s, 2000s, especially electronics and automobiles, to give the show a time-out-of-time feel.


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* The home of ''Literature/TheBernsteinBears'' doesn't even look like it's from the 20th century, nevermind the 21st, though the cubs are somewhat more modern looking than their parents. The rest of the town looks considerably more modern. This becomes obvious when you compare most cubs to Sister and Brother. Some things are still perpetually retro though, such as [[SteamNeverDies the trains]].
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' deliberately incorporates technology from decades from the late '60s through the '80s, especially electronics and automobiles, to give the show a time-out-of-time feel.
2nd May '16 3:45:47 PM grapesandmilk
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' seems to be set [[TheNewTens in a contemporary period]] however it isn't remotely noticeable. The characters still dress just as they always do and everything seems the same as ever.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' seems to be set [[TheNewTens in a contemporary period]] however it isn't remotely noticeable. The characters still dress just as they always do and everything seems the same as ever. However, Charlie Brown writing a long essay by hand stands out a little.
30th Apr '16 3:30:56 PM Dramatic
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'' series is mostly set in the present day, but feels very much like a 70's CopShow thanks to the fashion, car designs and cinematography. ''Parallel Lines'' is partially set in 1978, and so averts this with the 2006 portion of the game feeling far more modern compared to the rest of the series. ''San Francisco'' is a lesser example thanks to the inclusion of modern cars, but it still keeps the retro feel through [[ImprobablyCoolCar a large assortment of classic vehicles]] and a pseudo-retro soundtrack.
7th Mar '16 12:26:22 PM TheGreatUnknown
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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 collapse (dialogue only mentions "Russia", but "CCCP" appears in a number of background text).

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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 collapse collapsed (dialogue only mentions "Russia", but "CCCP" appears in a number of background text).texts).
6th Mar '16 10:34:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/LastExile'' takes place in a steampunkish world where many of the airships have a streamlined 1930s-era appearance. Most of the fashions worn by the common people seem to date from the 1920s and '30s as well. Most of the military uniforms, however, seem distinctly 18th and 19th century, and the gowns worn by noble women look as though they date from the late Renaissance. In contrast to this, the costumes worn by members of the scientifically advanced Guild have more of an alien, CrystalSpiresAndTogas look to them.

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* ''Anime/LastExile'' ''Anime/LastExile'':
** The anime
takes place in a steampunkish world where many of the airships have a streamlined 1930s-era appearance. Most of the fashions worn by the common people seem to date from the 1920s and '30s as well. Most of the military uniforms, however, seem distinctly 18th and 19th century, and the gowns worn by noble women look as though they date from the late Renaissance. In contrast to this, the costumes worn by members of the scientifically advanced Guild have more of an alien, CrystalSpiresAndTogas look to them.



* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is apparently an AlternateUniverse from ours; televisions and the setting in general are very retro, but is technically happening in modern times. The years are given Showa era numbering, even when referring dates after 1989-- for example, 2004 (Heisei 15) is still referred as Showa 89.

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* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'':
** The series
apparently takes place in an AlternateUniverse from ours; televisions and the setting in general are very retro, but is technically happening in modern times. The years are given Showa era numbering, even when referring dates after 1989-- for example, 2004 (Heisei 15) is still referred as Showa 89.



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is set in 2070s, but the clothing, hair-styles, music and general mood come straight from the 1970s.
** Also, a lot of the style is pretty 1940s looking.
** In fact, [[{{Retraux}} even the [=DVDs=] are designed to look like vinyl LPs]].

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is set in 2070s, but the clothing, hair-styles, music and general mood come straight from the 1970s.
**
1970s. Also, a lot of the style is pretty 1940s looking.
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looking. In fact, [[{{Retraux}} even the [=DVDs=] are designed to look like vinyl LPs]].



* 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]].
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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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* Ask the average person when ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' takes place and they'll state the TheSixties, maybe TheSeventies. The fashion especially seems to pin the series as averting ComicBookTime... Except it doesn't. It's subtle but there are still references that pin strips at certain time periods. ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was referenced in a late 1999 strip, putting the kids at modern day in the final strips. The earliest strips are obviously set in TheFifties (Davy Crockett caps, etc.), though they still manage to be pretty timeless.
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* The 90s version of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' seems to take place in the same time as the original shorts until the end reveals it takes place in contemporary times.

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* The 90s version of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' seems to take looks like it takes place in the same time as the original shorts until the end ending reveals it that it takes place in contemporary times.



* The wizarding world in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series never seems to advance beyond the 1930s in style. The [[Film/HarryPotter third film adaptation]] goes so far as to feature a good deal of big band music, although the fourth movie portrays the Weird Sisters as a decently contemporary rock band. This is probably in keeping with [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Death Eaters]] and such - the whole series' story is very similar to the muggle world's [[TheThirties 1930s]] ([[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and what happened from 1939 to 1945]], except [[RecycledInSpace with magic]].)

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
**
The wizarding world in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series never seems to advance beyond the 1930s in style. The [[Film/HarryPotter third film adaptation]] goes so far as to feature a good deal of big band music, although the fourth movie portrays the Weird Sisters as a decently contemporary rock band. This is probably in keeping with [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Death Eaters]] and such - the whole series' story is very similar to the muggle world's [[TheThirties 1930s]] ([[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and what happened from 1939 to 1945]], except [[RecycledInSpace with magic]].)



* Creator/DianaWynneJones's Literature/{{Chrestomanci}} series, in which the main world has reached a stage roughly equivalent to the early 1900s. Women wear long dresses, men dress formally and there are servants, but there is electric lighting, telephones and cars, though the cars aren't very widespread. But it is set in our present; in ''Charmed Life'' (published 1977) a girl from our own world remarks how old-fashioned everything is, and remarks that she always wears trousers at home and feels like "an Edwardian child" in a frilly dress and stockings. As the latest book, ''The Pinhoe Egg'' is set only a year or so after ''Charmed Life'', presumably the year is still somewhere in the late seventies. The prequel ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is set about twenty-five years earlier; the feel is Victorian, with governesses, gas light, women in crinolines and men with side-whiskers and top hats.
** The visitor in ''Charmed Life'' suggests a justification for this in that the prevalence of magic has held back mechanical science. It might also be suggested that magic traditionally looks to ancient sources (though there are magical researchers in DWJ's world), thus encouraging social conservatism.

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* Creator/DianaWynneJones's Literature/{{Chrestomanci}} series, in which the main world has reached a stage roughly equivalent to the early 1900s. Women wear long dresses, men dress formally and there are servants, but there is electric lighting, telephones and cars, though the cars aren't very widespread. But it is set in our present; in ''Charmed Life'' (published 1977) a girl from our own world remarks how old-fashioned everything is, and remarks that she always wears trousers at home and feels like "an Edwardian child" in a frilly dress and stockings. As the latest book, ''The Pinhoe Egg'' is set only a year or so after ''Charmed Life'', presumably the year is still somewhere in the late seventies. The prequel ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is set about twenty-five years earlier; the feel is Victorian, with governesses, gas light, women in crinolines and men with side-whiskers and top hats.
**
hats. The visitor in ''Charmed Life'' suggests a justification for this in that the prevalence of magic has held back mechanical science. It might also be suggested that magic traditionally looks to ancient sources (though there are magical researchers in DWJ's world), thus encouraging social conservatism.



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* The Creator/{{ABC}} {{Dramedy}} ''Series/PushingDaisies'' seems to take place in a lavish [[TheFifties 1950s]] universe where people have modern-day sensibilities and things like the Internet exist. The female characters wear fashions that have a '50s look and the show regularly includes street scenes with both '50s and present-day cars, although the '50s cars always seem to have dominance. In one episode, it is stated that the year is 2007 (the same year it aired).
** Exactly the same 1950s aesthetic also dominates the intro sequences, which take place when Ned was a child roughly two decades earlier (the late '80s, but who's counting), suggesting either that design sensibilities have been completely stagnant since the 1950s [[WatsonianVersusDoylist or]] that Creator/BryanFuller was just really committed to maintaining the show's signature look.

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* The Creator/{{ABC}} {{Dramedy}} ''Series/PushingDaisies'' seems to take place in a lavish [[TheFifties 1950s]] universe where people have modern-day sensibilities and things like the Internet exist. The female characters wear fashions that have a '50s look and the show regularly includes street scenes with both '50s and present-day cars, although the '50s cars always seem to have dominance. In one episode, it is stated that the year is 2007 (the same year it aired).
**
aired). Exactly the same 1950s aesthetic also dominates the intro sequences, which take place when Ned was a child roughly two decades earlier (the late '80s, but who's counting), suggesting either that design sensibilities have been completely stagnant since the 1950s [[WatsonianVersusDoylist or]] that Creator/BryanFuller was just really committed to maintaining the show's signature look.



* Camden in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' falls into this category. Although the series is set at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the clothing and technology is that of the late '80s or early '90s. May be somewhat justified, as Camden is implied to be largely [[WrongSideOfTheTracks an impoverished hick-town]]. And there are mentions (mostly in the cities surrounding Camden, like Nathanville) of technology more appropriate to the time period. For example, Earl is in a bookstore, and is amazed that not only are there books on tape, but books available as CDs and MP3s...and he doesn't know what either of those things are.
** A later episode subverts the trope; most of Camden suddenly has computers and Internet out of nowhere, and they're all on a {{Facebook}} {{Expy}} called [[BlandNameProduct "BuddyBook."]] Darnell stays up all night creating fake "friends" for Joy, so she can feel validated.

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* Camden in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' falls into this category. Although the series is set at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the clothing and technology is that of the late '80s or early '90s. May be somewhat justified, as Camden is implied to be largely [[WrongSideOfTheTracks an impoverished hick-town]]. And there are mentions (mostly in the cities surrounding Camden, like Nathanville) of technology more appropriate to the time period. For example, Earl is in a bookstore, and is amazed that not only are there books on tape, but books available as CDs and MP3s...and he doesn't know what either of those things are. \n** A later episode subverts the trope; most of Camden suddenly has computers and Internet out of nowhere, and they're all on a {{Facebook}} {{Expy}} called [[BlandNameProduct "BuddyBook."]] Darnell stays up all night creating fake "friends" for Joy, so she can feel validated.



* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' universe. Although ostensibly set in something resembling the present day, everyone gets around on horse-drawn carriages, the fashion resembles the mid-to-late 2000s at oldest, and other technology is deliberately retro. WordOfGod is thr lack of modern day farming technology was intentional because you feel closer to everything when doing it by hand.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' could pass for taking place in the 1900s - 1920s at first glance, but at times it looks decidedly modern, especially in clothing. It could pass for the 1970s at earliest, but it's set at the same time as ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Friends Of Mineral Town]]'', which is noticeably more modern looking (it just looks like it's set in a small, rural town).

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* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' universe. ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'':
**
Although ostensibly set in something resembling the present day, everyone gets around on horse-drawn carriages, the fashion resembles the mid-to-late 2000s at oldest, and other technology is deliberately retro. WordOfGod is thr the lack of modern day farming technology was intentional because you feel closer to everything when doing it by hand.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' could pass for taking place in the 1900s - 1920s early 20th century at first glance, but however at times it looks decidedly modern, especially in clothing. modern. It could pass for the 1970s at earliest, earliest due to the fashions and technology levels, but it's set at the same time as ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Friends Of Mineral Town]]'', ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown'', which is noticeably more modern looking (it just looks like it's set looking, and a ShowWithinAShow features ''cellphones''. According to Tom the FictionalCountry the game takes place in a small, rural town).is such slow technologically-- they don't even understand what airplanes are.
17th Feb '16 10:31:27 AM MsChibi
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* Camden in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' falls into this category. Although the series is set at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the clothing and technology is that of the late '80s or early '90s.

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* Camden in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' falls into this category. Although the series is set at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the clothing and technology is that of the late '80s or early '90s. May be somewhat justified, as Camden is implied to be largely [[WrongSideOfTheTracks an impoverished hick-town]]. And there are mentions (mostly in the cities surrounding Camden, like Nathanville) of technology more appropriate to the time period. For example, Earl is in a bookstore, and is amazed that not only are there books on tape, but books available as CDs and MP3s...and he doesn't know what either of those things are.
** A later episode subverts the trope; most of Camden suddenly has computers and Internet out of nowhere, and they're all on a {{Facebook}} {{Expy}} called [[BlandNameProduct "BuddyBook."]] Darnell stays up all night creating fake "friends" for Joy, so she can feel validated.
14th Feb '16 12:43:06 PM 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, well after most other places would stop selling one. Also, when their Brazilian 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, well after most other places would stop selling one. Also, when their Brazilian 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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