History ShownTheirWork / WesternAnimation

16th Sep '17 12:47:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has several GameBoyAdvance games. The second and third ones especially put a lot of effort into getting all the little details right; from the ridiculous Drakken plot to Ron dancing like the Oh Boyz, they nailed the look and feel of the episodes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has several GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance games. The second and third ones especially put a lot of effort into getting all the little details right; from the ridiculous Drakken plot to Ron dancing like the Oh Boyz, they nailed the look and feel of the episodes.
17th Aug '17 6:39:22 AM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown'' features a lot of accurate little details during Charlie Brown and friends' trip through Europe, from the designs of trains and buses to road signs. The "Chateau of the Bad Neighbor" Charlie and Linus stay at is actually based on Manoir de Malvoisine, a real landmark in Le Héron, France.
10th Aug '17 1:08:38 PM RacattackForce
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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]].

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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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBH3UvlZo90 can and do swim exactly how they do in the show]].
21st Jul '17 5:49:22 PM Vir
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* Unlike the other animated adaptions, WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 gets a surprising amount of detail right from the games. The power ups work exactly as they're supposed to unlike WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow, right down to referencing rare power ups like the P-Wing and the Kuribo's Shoe (albeit renamed "Karubi's Shoe"). The disguises Mario and Luigi wear in "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" bear a great resemblance to the Hammer Suit as well. They even had the rulers of Desert Land, Giant Land, Sky Land and Ice Land make appearances, though they're given different appearances from the game. Several episodes even refer to King Koopa as Bowser, making it the only Mario cartoon to ever use his American name, once by Bowser himself! Series concept art even revealed plans to incorporate the Tanooki Suit into the show, but it never came to pass.

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* Unlike the other animated adaptions, WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' gets a surprising amount of detail right from the games. The power ups power-ups work exactly as they're supposed to unlike WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow, ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', right down to referencing rare power ups like the P-Wing and the Kuribo's Shoe (albeit renamed "Karubi's Shoe"). The disguises Mario and Luigi wear in "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" bear a great resemblance to the Hammer Suit as well. They even had the rulers of Desert Land, Giant Land, Sky Land and Ice Land make appearances, though they're given different appearances from the game. Several episodes even refer to King Koopa as Bowser, making it the only Mario cartoon to ever use his American name, once by Bowser himself! Series concept art even revealed plans to incorporate the Tanooki Suit into the show, but it never came to pass.
21st Jul '17 5:47:40 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' has one episode where Muriel suddenly de-ages into a 3½-year-old girl from being sucked into a tornado. Courage's snarky computer tells him that the only way to turn her back to her original age was by throwing her into a tornado spinning in reverse. When courage asks whether tornadoes do spin in reverse, the computer replies, "Only in the Southern Hemisphere, you twit." While the de-aging power of tornadoes is total fiction, the fact that tornadoes in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres spin in opposite directions (counterclockwise and clockwise, respectively) is generally true.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' has one episode where Muriel suddenly de-ages into a 3½-year-old girl from being sucked into a tornado. Courage's snarky computer tells him that the only way to turn her back to her original age was by throwing her into a tornado spinning in reverse. When courage Courage asks whether tornadoes do spin in reverse, the computer replies, "Only in the Southern Hemisphere, you twit." While the de-aging power of tornadoes is total fiction, the fact that tornadoes in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres spin in opposite directions (counterclockwise and clockwise, respectively) is generally true.
21st Jul '17 5:45:32 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' Episode "Judgement Day", Harvey Dent develops a third personality called "The Judge" that suffers a vigilante complex separate from his other two halves [[spoiler: and eventually declared the dominant Harvey "guilty"]]. People with Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Disorder very commonly have more than one extra personality living in their mind, and it's also not unusual for one or more of the identities to want to kill one another.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' Episode episode "Judgement Day", Harvey Dent develops a third personality called "The Judge" that suffers a vigilante complex separate from his other two halves [[spoiler: and eventually declared the dominant Harvey "guilty"]]. People with Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Disorder very commonly have more than one extra personality living in their mind, and it's also not unusual for one or more of the identities to want to kill one another.



** Killer Kroc's skin condition is real, though exaggerated for effect.
* A subtle example: In the beginning of OggyAndTheCockroachesTheMovie, Oggy evolves from a microbe into a cat. If one looks closely, after he becomes a jellyfish, he evolves into a worm-like thing (Possibly a ''Pikaia'') and into an eel (Possibly an Agnathan fish).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', being the brainchild of a marine biologist, is chock-full of this:

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** Killer Kroc's Croc's skin condition is real, though exaggerated for effect.
* A subtle example: In the beginning of OggyAndTheCockroachesTheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroachesTheMovie'', Oggy evolves from a microbe into a cat. If one looks closely, after he becomes a jellyfish, he evolves into a worm-like thing (Possibly a ''Pikaia'') and into an eel (Possibly an Agnathan fish).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', being the brainchild of a marine biologist, is chock-full of this:



** 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.

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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'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' DVD.



** In ''Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery'', the mudslide [[spoiler: that killed the lumberjack]] was the result of the deforestation that ensued from [[spoiler: him building [[DeathByIrony the Northwest mansion]] ]]. Deforestation can cause mudslides, because the lack of trees destabilizes the soil, so whenever it rains in a treeless era, the ground becomes saturated and slides.

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** In ''Northwest "Northwest Mansion Noir/Mystery'', Noir/Mystery", the mudslide [[spoiler: that killed the lumberjack]] was the result of the deforestation that ensued from [[spoiler: him building [[DeathByIrony the Northwest mansion]] ]]. Deforestation can cause mudslides, because the lack of trees destabilizes the soil, so whenever it rains in a treeless era, the ground becomes saturated and slides.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has an alien race made of gemstones. While a lot of astrology research gets used (like rose quartz being associated with healing, and the Rose Quartz character having healing powers), it can go down to crazy levels of detail. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Lapis Lazuli]] is a cracked gem we meet early on that befriends the main character Steven by making fart jokes. In real life, a lapis lazuli stone absolutely REEKS of sulfur when broken or ground to powder. No one but someone that works lapis or knows someone who does would know this, but there it is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has an alien race made of gemstones. While a lot of astrology research gets used (like rose quartz being associated with healing, and the Rose Quartz character having healing powers), it can go down to crazy levels of detail. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Lapis Lazuli]] is a cracked gem we meet early on that befriends the main character Steven by making fart jokes. In real life, a lapis lazuli stone absolutely REEKS ''reeks'' of sulfur when broken or ground to powder. No one but someone that works lapis or knows someone who does would know this, but there it is.



* ''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.

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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 transforms 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.into.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'': The main character's Aunt Rose and Uncle Chuck own a pet chinchilla, which is shown giving itself a dust bath like chinchillas in real life.
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."
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