Created By: SignOfTheDead on October 12, 2009
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Adult Swim Length

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  • October 12, 2009
    animeg3282
    Hmm...maybe make this a subtrope of some super trope... as there are many 15 minute anime series.. like 15 minute animated show
  • October 12, 2009
    Kaybor
    It's nothing new. Looney Tunes were only about ten minutes long. Shows like Animaniacs were often made of several shorts, ranging from a few minutes to the whole episode.
  • October 12, 2009
    DarkSasami
    Looney Tunes were theatrical shorts. When they were stuffed together into half hour shows, that created the Three Shorts format that Animaniacs used (except when it didn't). 15-minute episodes is something different.

    Japanese TV seems to have only one commercial break in a half-hour show. That makes for the possibility of a half-hour block of two different 15-minute shows. I don't know where the US got it--although I can completely understand not being able to take a full half hour of Robot Chicken or The Brak Show (and I like them).
  • October 12, 2009
    Warlock
    Actually, they're 11 minutes, with commercial time excised. (An hour show is 44 minutes, a half-hour program is 22, and a shorter one like this is 11. They just have 16, 8, or 4 minutes of commercials/etc before, during breaks, and after.)

    I'm doing my 2d animation thesis project, an adult-audiences action-adventure cartoon, in the 11 minute length, although I'm aiming at web audiences.
  • October 12, 2009
    Sir Psycho Sexy
    One Short Format to cover examples that aren't on Adult Swim?

    Cromartie High School.
  • October 12, 2009
    random surfer
    15 minute shows are Older Than Television (or at least As Old As Television), they just fell out of popularity.
  • October 15, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Tropable?
  • October 15, 2009
    Madrugada
    I don't think "shows that are only 15 minutes long" is tropable by itself. "30 minute-long show" and "60 minute-long show" aren't tropeable.
  • October 15, 2009
    Warlock
    Why are't they? They may be very common tropes, but that doesn't mean formatting lengths aren't a tropeable topic, especially in a rarer form like this.
  • October 15, 2009
    Madrugada
    What do they have in common besides the length? anything? Tropes are not simply "this exists". If that was the case, then "sitting in chairs" would be tropable, as would "houses" and "ladders" and "goldfish". There has to be something consistent about the way they're used or presented to be a trope. "Sitting in chairs" isn't a trope, but the "Slouch Of Villainy" and "Chair Reveal" and "Conveniently Seated" are. See the difference?

    And 15-minute long shows are not new. They've been around as long as television. They're uncommon now, but they were, for quite a few years, incredibly common.
  • October 15, 2009
    DarkSasami
    A 15-minute show as a format provides boundaries within which an artist works. It has an influence on how the subject matter is handled; you can't go into as much depth as in an hour show, for example. Ever hear someone complain about how "everything's always wrapped up in half an hour"? That's the 22-minute format affecting the plot of a show. Time constraints are important, and the half hour and 60 minute formats ought to be troped as well.

    There is precedent in, at very least, Three Shorts.
  • October 16, 2009
    Madrugada
    Then the trope is specific things that the 15-minute format causes. Not the format itself.
  • October 16, 2009
    DarkSasami
  • October 16, 2009
    Warlock
    There we go. This becomes no different from Half Hour Comedy or Dramatic Hour Long, at least to the extent of the original trope entry. Fifteen Minute Comedy, Quarter Hour Short, or something to that effect.
  • October 17, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
  • October 17, 2009
    Sir Psycho Sexy
  • October 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Perfect Hair Forever was also a 15-minute short on Adult Swim. Sadly, it lasted on 6 episodes.
  • October 17, 2009
    Kriegsmesser
  • October 22, 2009
    Warlock
  • October 22, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    although I can completely understand not being able to take a full half hour of Robot Chicken or The Brak Show (and I like them).

    This was why one reviewer criticized the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, saying that the show itself is only palatable for eleven minutes at a time.
  • October 22, 2009
    SignOfTheDead
    Luanched as Quarter Hour Short

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