History ShownTheirWork / WesternAnimation

14th Jun '17 11:53:17 AM schoi30
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** Patrick's stupidity came about as a result of the fact that starfish don't have brains in real life (though sponges are brainless as well, Spongebob having one was just a case of ArtisticLicenseBiology).

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** Patrick's stupidity came about as a result of the fact that starfish don't have brains in real life (though sponges are brainless as well, Spongebob having one was just a case of ArtisticLicenseBiology).ArtMajorBiology and RuleOfFunny).
14th Jun '17 12:36:30 AM creader
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' was so well praised in China for getting their culture so dead on in a great movie that the Chinese government set up meetings that essentially asked, "Why can't we make an animated film about China that good??"
** In fact, one of their lead animators was a martial arts expert, and eventually all the animators actually took kung fu courses to help them better draw the moves of the various characters and stay true (for the most part) to the different styles. Other research shows in the authentic Chinese landscape, art, and architecture.
** For even more evidence of this, Exhibit A: ''[[AllThereInTheManual The Art of Kung Fu Panda]]''. You'll be blown away by the extreme attention to detail in absolutely everything. There's the landscape (example: the visual team looked to the works of traditional Chinese paintings for inspiration, and when designing the sugarloaf mountains in the Valley of Peace, they made sure to choose the right number of peaks to represent both openness and security, as well as emphasize mist because of the Chinese concept of beauty in emptiness). Then there's the architecture of the Jade Palace, where the roofs are not only properly designed to allow maximum light in any season and for rainwater runoff, but there are even ''dougongs'', or interlocking wooden brackets, tucked up under the eaves that the audience will never even see. And there's the character designs, such as Tigress's stripes being incorporated into her costume, Mantis having a real Chinese robe design put on his carapace, and Viper's coils being tattooed with Chinese poetry. For added fun, listen to [[WordOfGod the directors' commentary]] where they wax eloquent on the color theory and symbolism of different parts of the film. All in all, it does seem to be crossing over into DoingItForTheArt territory.



* For a movie [[CriticalResearchFailure sorely lacking in proper research]] and mired in PoliticallyCorrectHistory otherwise, ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' does manage to get one detail correct. The settlers fly the Union Jack that was the English standard from 1606 to 1800: the modern one, but without the red stripe on the cross of St. Andrew. For those who don't know, the Saltire (St. Andrew's Cross) with the red St. George's Cross superimposed represents the union of Scotland and England. The second red cross added later represents Ireland (now just Northern Ireland).
* Another small Disney moment: Apparently, the animators watched chefs preparing food at a local Benihana to properly animate Long John Silver preparing food in a short animation in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''. Disney staff may not always do perfect research, but when they do, they do it right.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' also deserves a shout out due to two things.
** During the process of designing the characters, the animators brought in lions ranging from small cubs all the way to adults even bringing in a baboon to hold a stick in order to figure out how to animate Rafiki. To add to this, many field trips to the local zoos were involved to better understand animal anatomy. The zoos that are credited include the Los Angeles Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the Miami Metro Zoo
** In order to understand the landscape of Africa, a select group of animators were sent to Kenya to tour the reserves and learn about the culture. It's thanks to this trip that the catchphrase "HakunaMatata" is so commonly used nowadays.
** Come to think of it, many Disney films are extremely rigorous with animal anatomy. Two other examples are ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' and ''Disney/BrotherBear''.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' was the reason that almost all animators (even to this day in age) are not only asked, but required to draw animals in their studies. The story goes that when Disney himself saw the first few rough animations of the deers moving, they looked like what could be generously described as two people in a horse suit doing the peepee dance. So ashamed of this, Disney brought in a live deer the next day and forced his entire staff to spend the next few weeks doing nothing but deer drawings. It paid off, and not only is Bambi known for it's beautiful animal animations, but animal anatomy has become a permanent part of nearly every single animator's training.
* The commentary for ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' claims a lot of this. From the rigging on the ships to the design of the lock and dam system, a lot of details were taken into consideration.



* One scene in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' shows that the producers did their research on [[ExplosiveDecompression vacuum exposure]].



* ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'' lists multiple surfing consultants in the credits. Who would have thought that a CGI film on surfing penguins would go the extra mile?



* A language consultant was brought in to invent the Atlanteans' language in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. It has a full vocabulary, at least one relevant to their culture, a character system, and consistent grammar and syntax. The only time in the movie this ever becomes relevant is the fact that Milo can read ancient Atlantean [[spoiler: whereas the Atlanteans themselves have long forgotten how.]]
** While the shield runes are done using a letter-by-letter English cipher, an equivalent to the I_eland letter string ''is'' in the time-and-culture-appropriate names for Iceland and Ireland.



* The archery contest in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. There's a [[http://archive.wired.com/geekdad/2012/02/new-brave-trailer-gets-it-right/ blog post]] from an archery coach pointing out that not only is Merida's form perfect, not only are the physics of the slow-motion shot dead-on, but the three suitors who mess up their shots make legitimate amateur-archer mistakes.



* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' not only manages to avert PacManFever. It's obvious the writers either did an incredible amount of research on video games or knew and understood them not only with the EasterEggs, but with how video games work; [[KillScreen kill screens]], the KonamiCode and DummiedOut content show up in the movie.
* The producers of ''Disney/{{Ratatouille}}'' got authentic Culinary Badass [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Keller Thomas Keller]], acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for ''two separate restaurants'' '''''simultaneously''''') and is the author of ''several'' high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's [[TruthInTelevision mentoring montage]] to show off that research. That sequences serves not only to establish verisimilitude in that story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.
** They also actually cooked some of the recipes used in the movie themselves, so that they could accurately render how foodstuffs look and react when being prepared via various cooking techniques.
** The ratatouille variant that Rémy prepares for Ego at the end was invented for the film; Chef Keller was asked what he would do if a critic like Ego were to suddenly enter his restaurant and, in a moment of inspiration, created the dish.
** If one looks closely, one can see that the chefs have small burn scars on the undersides of their forearms. Some real-life chefs also have these, from accidentally touching hot pans while cooking.
** One of the animators jumped into a pool wearing a chef's uniform, so they could accurately render what such a uniform would look like soaking wet.



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' includes a montage of historically accurate ice harvesting techniques, which is particularly impressive considering that RealLife ice harvesting died out in the middle of the 20th century.



* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' when Mushu reads a newspaper, he turns the pages left-to-right since it's in Chinese, not right-to-left as thought it were English.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': General Triester is a Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross Expy who thinks he's turning into a Hulk; a fitting reference to the character that Ross is often chasing. It's a ruse at first, but when he actually transformers he's a clear reference to the not nearly as mainstream ''ComicBook/RedHulk'' which is immensely fitting as that's who Ross does eventually transform into.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': When Lilo announces that she wants to call her new "dog" Stitch, the woman at the humane society says, "That's not a name." Nani shoots her a dirty look and she quickly adds, "-in Iceland!" In Iceland, there actually are strict rules about what parents are legally allowed to name their children.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': General Triester is a Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross Expy who thinks he's turning into a Hulk; a fitting reference to the character that Ross is often chasing. It's a ruse at first, but when he actually transformers he's a clear reference to the not nearly as mainstream ''ComicBook/RedHulk'' which is immensely fitting as that's who Ross does eventually transform into.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': When Lilo announces that she wants to call her new "dog" Stitch, the woman at the humane society says, "That's not a name." Nani shoots her a dirty look and she quickly adds, "-in Iceland!" In Iceland, there actually are strict rules about what parents are legally allowed to name their children.
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10th May '17 7:38:51 AM TrollMan
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** In the show, scallops represent the undersea equivalent of birds, which may seem random, but in fact scallops [[http://img.pandawhale.com/post-18987-Sometimes-I-forget-that-scallo-pf6x.gif can and do swim exactly how they do in the show]].
9th May '17 11:31:24 PM Golondrina
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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E4LisaTheBeautyQueen Lisa The Drama Queen]]", Juliet's John Grisham-loving dad puts on the album of Creator/JamesHorner's score for ''Literature/ThePelicanBrief'' - track 3 is indeed called "Researching The Brief."

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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E4LisaTheBeautyQueen Lisa The Drama Queen]]", Juliet's John Grisham-loving dad puts on the album of Creator/JamesHorner's Music/JamesHorner's score for ''Literature/ThePelicanBrief'' - track 3 is indeed called "Researching The Brief."
6th May '17 1:04:52 AM KaiYves
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** Creator Stephen Hillenburg actually made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5EuFGwbLXE a cute short documentary]] with Jean-Michel Cousteau discussing how closely the characters resemble their real-life inspirations (or don't) as a special feature for ''TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' DVD.
5th May '17 5:32:14 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Tinymon episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. The first episode grasped a great many mechanics from {{Pokemon}} such as evolving by happiness. The second episode has references to more obscure ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games (most notably VideoGame/PokemonColosseum), fandom terminology, and even Franchise/{{Digimon}}.

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* The Tinymon episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. The first episode grasped a great many mechanics from {{Pokemon}} Franchise/{{Pokemon}} such as evolving by happiness. The second episode has references to more obscure ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games (most notably VideoGame/PokemonColosseum), ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''), fandom terminology, and even Franchise/{{Digimon}}.
1st May '17 3:41:26 PM schoi30
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* ''ShownTheirWork/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', for all its FunnyAnimal-laced nature, goes well out of its way to depict all animal movements as realistically as possible. Even the ''ponies'' move like real horses, and pick things up with their mouths instead of their hooves as the ones from the show's predecessors did. Although quite often some of the characters will [[FeatherFingers use their hooves]] instead, [[FridgeBrilliance possibly as an extension of all the ponies having some inherent magical abilities (such as the pegasus ponies' weather manipulation and absurd strength of the earth ponies), which they don't feel the need to explain properly due to it being common knowledge for them]].
** That's only scratching the surface. One pony raises its hind leg and glares after being mocked, a very real sign of irritation in horses. The ponies scratch their front hooves on the ground and flare their nostrils when violence is forthcoming, again, a real horse behavior. The resident MagicalNegro is a mountain zebra, complete with behaviors mountain zebras have and ordinary zebras don't. The former BigBad who spent a thousand years on the moon speaks perfectly grammatically correct FloweryElizabethanEnglish. Rarity's dress-making song indicates a quite deep understanding of equine anatomy. Several blackboards in the backdrops show ''accurate'' complex mathematical equations... it goes on and on.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' features the main characters playing instruments in a band. The staff went to great lengths to make sure they were accurately playing their instruments, from the right finger placements for guitar, bass and keyboards to proper technique on the drums. Even the character who plays the tambourine realistically twirls and tams it.
5th Mar '17 12:57:26 AM NightShade96
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In "Day of the Living Gelatin", Ferb describes that gelatin is extracted from cartilaginous fibers of the bovine patellar structure.
** The Tsiolkovsky rocket equation gag from "Out to Launch". With the obvious exception of the bomb/smiley face punchline, that ''is'' what the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation looks like.
** Take this line from the song "X-Ray Eyes".
-->''Sometimes photons behave like a wave,''
-->''But they're particles when you reflect 'em.''
** The Lion-Tiger-Bear Guy from "The Wizard of Odd". No, it's not just a pun on the famous quote, there ''is'' an animal in the original Wizard of Oz book that is a hybrid of all those animals.
** In "Tour de Ferb", it's noted that [[ItMakesSenseInContext holding a wombat close to one's face]] is not a good idea. Considering how strong and aggressive wombats can be in real life, this is TruthInTelevision.
** In "Doofapus", Doofenshmirtz mentions that platypuses are in the genus ''Ornithorhynchus'' and come from eastern Australia.
** In "Where's Perry?", Ferb accurately describes the discovery of the platypus by European scientists, even mentioning that it was George Shaw who wrote the description of the species in 1798.
** The bird that comes to perch on the rhino agent in "What'd I Miss?" is a red-billed oxpecker, a species that is actually known to be symbiotic with rhinos in real life. [[MisplacedWildlife What it was doing in North America]], on the other hand... though, considering there was a ''rhino'' in North America, RuleOfFunny is probably responsible.
** "Primal Perry" mentions platypuses having venomous spurs and shows Perry using his bill to probe the bottom of a pond. They also state platypuses and platypi are both correct plural forms for platypus.
** The show sometimes notes that platypuses sweat milk. As female platypuses do not have teats, they secrete milk directly from the skin on their belly, thus, in a way, sweating milk.
** Many of the facts stated about bee biology in "Bee Day" and "Bee Story" are correct.
** The documentary Candace watches in "Perry Lays an Egg" mentions the scientific name of the green sea turtle, ''Chelonia mydas''.
** "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" has several characters identifying rabbits as lagomorphs and specifically saying that they are not rodents.
** Though the cave salamander in "Save Summer" is colored more similarly to a surface-dwelling salamander, external gills and lack of eyes are common traits among cave salamanders in real life.
** "Belly of the Beast" mentions sharks having cartilaginous skeletons.
** In "Druselsteinoween", the moat around the castle has a hippopotamus which attacks Doofenshmirtz when he fell into the water. Makes sense when you realize how aggressive and territorial hippos are in real life.
** Although the folding sequence for the giant paper airplane in "Summer Belongs to You" is completely nonsensical and runs mainly on RuleOfFunny, the origami unicorn it produces at one point looks very similar to many actual origami unicorns. Not bad for an art that's usually reduced to cranes, swans, hats and the occasional fortune teller[[note]]which are all simple traditional models, whereas the various unicorns the one in the episode resembles are far more recent and complex creations[[/note]] in popular culture.
** The intro of "The OWCA Files" showed a koala agent with two thumbs.
5th Mar '17 12:54:35 AM NightShade96
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* ''ShownTheirWork/AvatarTheLastAirbender''



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' often does this in regards to the Asian culture behind the show, most prominently with the martial arts from which the Bending arts are derived. The staff actively took lessons in the various arts in order to get a better feel.
** Also all the Asian script in the series actually says what the characters read. An expert in ''ancient'' Chinese calligraphy was part of the staff.
** Also, the various bending arts are inspired to actual martial arts: Waterbending is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang-style_t%27ai_chi_ch%27uan Yang Style Tai Chi Ch'uan]], Earthbending is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hung_Gar Hung Gar]] (Toph's style, being self-created, is a different art, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Praying_Mantis_Kung_Fu Southern Praying Mantis]]), Firebending is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Shaolin_(martial_art) Northern Shaolin]] (with the ancient Dancing Dragon form being based on the ''Dragon Dance'' technique of Northern Shaolin), and Airbending is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baguazhang Baguazhang]] with a hint of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsing_Yi Hsing Yi]].
*** In fact, [[http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=1038 the teacher of the martial arts consultant]] was very pleased when he saw it.
** There's a [[http://atla-annotated.tumblr.com/ tumblr]] devoted to pointing out the ludicrous level of loving detail the show's creators and animators put into even background things. The architecture, the furnishings, the art, the meanings of names, clothing, hairstyles, foods... The night sky in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWaterbendingMaster The Waterbending Master]]" [[http://atla-annotated.tumblr.com/post/20827907799/the-night-sky-in-the-episode-the-waterbending matches]] the star map from "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDesert The Desert]]". It's astonishing.
4th Mar '17 8:10:20 PM NightShade96
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