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Media produced in an intentionally old-fashioned style, designed with the intentional appearance of being decades older than is actually the case.

Whereas steampunk involves a setting that is faux-retro, this trope is entirely one of how the medium is painted— entirely stylistic, in other words. Sound is intentionally scratchy, marks of damaged reel, and faded appearance are common in Film or television. Some films go out of their ways to open with studio vanity plates pulled directly from the era that they depict (See Logo Joke for that).

Retraux may involve Deliberately Monochrome, Antiquated Linguistics, or Silence Is Golden. If it's a supposedly past speculation about The Future or Twenty Minutes into the Future (i.e., the present), it will inevitably invoke Zeerust or Raygun Gothic. The outdated nature of the presentation often overlaps with Stylistic Suck.

In video games, retraux is common in freeware and indie projects for practical reasons — pixelated sprites and chiptunes are a lot simpler to make than quality 3D assets and orchestral studio recordings. Another emerging artform is the Video Game Demake, in which a game is adapted for an earlier-generation platform.

Compare Genre Throwback, where a production is made evoking old-style works but with modern production values (in contrast, something that's Retraux can be mistaken for an actual old-style production). Can overlap with Newer Than They Think when done especially well. See also Retraux Flashback when this is combined with an Art Shift in an otherwise more modern looking work.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • A commercial for Stella Artois purports to be footage of the 1964 World Trade Fair. It's got a film grain aesthetic, jazzy Sixties music, period costumes, and as an added bonus, they invoke TONS of early-Sixties Zeerust.
  • Mountain Dew (a citrus-flavored soda) once did a faux-Fifties commercial, which included the corny pun-based catchphrase "It's Dew-riffic!" and a authentic-sounding jingle that could have been written about Dew at the time (the drink did exist in the '50s, and it had a "hillbilly moonshine" theme). Plus, the Totally Radical teenagers from the "modern" commercials appear in black and white, dressed in bow ties, suspenders, and pocket protectors and shouting "Neato!"
  • Commercials for Dr. Pepper 10 include a mountain man character shot with blurry film stock and outdated music meant to evoke the old Grizzly Adams television show and similar nature-themed shows of the era.
  • This Brazilian Volkswagen New Beetle commercial features reactions of people in The '70s to the 2013 model.
  • Progressive Insurance's "After School Special" commercial has footage and distorted sound as if it's made in the 1970s, plus a retro effect to the company's logo.
  • American Pickers did a commercial entirely in 8-bit NES style. Considering the premise of the show, it's quite fitting. Interestingly, the music seems to use the extra channels of the Konami VRC 6 chip with Sunsoft's trademark DPCM bass.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Gekiganger 3. (More so in the actual show than in the OVA.)
    • Interestingly enough, according to Word of God, despite its 1970s-esque appearance, it was actually made in the 2090s, which means it's an example of this even in-story.
  • GaoGaiGar has an art style rather reminiscent of giant robot anime from the 1970s.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, especially the opening. Lampshaded in the episode about Detuning (doing less than your best): Among the examples for detuning is "Deliberately adding imperfections to give the impression of an old film." followed by a cue card saying "This show does it too".
  • The ADV Films trailer for Chrono Crusade has narration mimicking the style of voice-over used on old-fashioned newsreels. (However, the anime itself doesn't use many Retraux effects outside of a few scenes in the opening and the grainy episode title cards and eyecatches.)
  • Air Master - The anime version ran from 2003-2004 but wouldn't look out of place in early 90s. It's probably an Affectionate Parody.
  • Cowboy Bebop intentionally uses a drawing style and character design reminiscent of anime from the 1970s, despite being made in 1998. One DVD release for the show also has the DVDs looking like LPs; the DVD covers emulated packaging for jazz albums of the 1950s with a single dominant color on the front and a text-heavy back cover.
  • Mostly averted in Baccano!, but in a scene where a character explains his world view that the world exists for his amusement, the show briefly looks like a scratchy film with low-quality sound to mimic movies from the era. And like the Chrono Crusade example above, the American trailer intentionally invokes film from this era by being Deliberately Monochrome, using a "news reel" style narration and backed up by a tinny piano score similar to what a silent film would have.
  • Kaiba looks like a sixties children's anime.
  • In Lucky Star, Meito Anisawa and the other Animate store employees are drawn in a style reminiscent of anime (especially Super Robot anime) that's some decades older than Lucky Star. There's even a visual effect that makes their shaded areas be of non-uniform color tone and change their color tone slightly over time, simulating the look of cel animation.
    • That's because the Animate employees were around long before the Lucky Star manga was even created, plus they were designed by G Gundam character designer, Kazuhiko Shimamoto
  • Many of the Gundam works set in the Universal Century deliberately try to maintain an consistent art style reminiscent of the 1980s, right down to the '80s Hair. If you look closely, you'd notice that the characters of Gundam Unicorn wouldn't look out of place in Zeta Gundam.
  • The 2004 version of Tetsujin 28 deliberately captures the aesthetics and atmosphere of 1950s Japan, right down to the soundtrack.
  • In 2012, Bandai recreated and updated their Emotion division's first logo (an '80s logo, mind you) for modern audiences, complete with a recreation of the logo's jingle.
  • Kill la Kill's art style is evocative of older anime despite airing from late 2013 to early 2014.
    • Same with the Ninja Slayer ONA, using Limited Animation techinqiues that ran rampant during 80's and 90's anime as well as being in Square Standard Defination. rather than in HD Widescreen.

    Comic Books 
  • It's not unknown for a flashback or 'never before told' story to be drawn in the style of a certain time period. An excellent example is The Age of the Sentry miniseries, whose titular hero was supposedly Marvel's Superman Expy in the 1960s, but was forgotten by all of humanity until his "return" in 2000. The flashback scenes are drawn to resemble 1960s Jack Kirby and 1980s Frank Miller. The front cover even has a fake "Approved by the Cosmic Code Authority" logo.
  • The Avengers #1 1/2 resembles an issue from the 60's, and parodies some of the ads.
  • Iron Man and Doctor Doom once travelled back in time to a New York City circa the Silver Age (thirty years earlier in real time, perhaps ten or twelve in terms of Earth-616 chronology). The art was drawn and colored to resemble the comic book art of that period.
  • Marvel's Flashback event has covers somewhat resembling older covers in terms of style and layout, but still has plenty of 90's influence.
  • Alan Moore's 1963 looks and reads like a classic Marvel comic (complete with Moore spouting fake Stan Lee style hyperbole and including fake '60s-style ads).
  • DC Comics Retroactive event features covers and stories set in different comic eras.
  • The 25th anniversary (1983) Legion of Super-Heroes story had multiple segments that took place in pastiches of different parts of the Legion's history, using the original logos, original artists, and plot elements based on stories of the time. A weaker version of this was done for the 30th anniversary in 1988.
  • The humorous one-shot Superman/Batman: World's Funnest featured the two magical imps Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite accidentally destroying countless alternate universes, most of them drawn in the style of a certain artist—Curt Swan, Sheldon Mayer, C. C. Beck, Jack Kirby, Alex Ross, Bruce Timm and so on.
  • The Orson Randall one shot issues of Immortal Iron Fist are often drawn in the style of pulp era artists.
  • The Transformers April Fool's comic Shattered Expectations was done in the style of the Generation 2 comics - drawn similar to Derek Yaniger and full of Furmanisms.
  • A mild example in Ultimate Spider-Man: Requiem where in a flashback, the art goes back to Bagley's style, rather than the current penciller for the series, Immonen.
  • A Stormwatch issue concentrating on the history of century-old Jenny Sparks depicts her in each decade as she would have appeared in the comics of the time, with the 80s flashback in particular being a clear homage to Watchmen.
  • Another one from Alan Moore, Supreme has flashbacks with an art style that corresponds with the time those flashbacks happened. This is justified in-story; from Supreme's perspective, his recollections of (for example) Golden Age events have such a simple, rough style to them because it was such a long time ago and everything seemed so simple back then.
  • Another flashback example, 2000 AD Prog 2010 features a Judge Dredd story that starts on Christmas Eve 2098 (the first published Judge Dredd story takes place in 2099), which is presented in the style of an early 2000AD strip complete with black and white art and yellowing pages. The second half of the story takes place in the "present day" of Christmas Eve 2131, and switches over to a modern style colour strip.
  • Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? by Brian Files is about a boy who is a fan of the Comic Within A Comic Space Age Adventures featuring Captain Crater And The Cosmic Kid. Four different issues of the comic (spanning the 1930s to 1970s) are presented in the book, each printed on newsprint (as opposed to the thick glossy paper of the rest of the book) and drawn to resemble comics from the appropriate era including imitation poor colour registration and printing blemishes.
  • Alias by Brian Michael Bendis features a flashback to Jessica Jones attending the same school as Spider-Man, drawn in a style reminiscent of Steve Ditko era Spider-Man.
  • Also by Brian M. Bendis, the Golden Age Daredevil features 3 periods of time : the 40s, the 60s and modern day, each drawn in styles reminiscent of what was found in comic books of respective eras. The Retraux is especially noticeable in the colours.
  • As Deadpool features a lot of both meta-commentary and time travel, this tends to come up in his book. The best example is when he gets set into the past to Amazing Spiderman #47, and infiltrates himself into the story, Forrest Gump style.note  All the panels and dialogue are drawn in John Romita's style, and all the characters (except Deadpool and friends) talk like Stan Lee wrote them. (Indeed, enough panels are lifted from the original work that Romita and Lee are credited as co-authors.) Seeing the modern Meta Guy Deadpool interact with the comics-code Spiderman story is a Crowning Moment of Funny.
    • In case you're wondering why specifically Spider-Man, it's because Deadpool's costume bears no small resemblance to that of the ol' Webhead, meaning it was a snap to redraw Spidey as 'Pool.
    • Deadpool vol 5 #7 (from the Duggan and Posehn run) is supposedly an inventory story from 1979, crossing Deadpool (who, of course, didn't exist at the time to write inventory stories about) into the Iron Man "Demon in a Bottle" storyline, with 70s Spidey and the Power Pack also making appearances. The art and writing style both reflect this, and it even has oversaturated Bronze Age colouring.
      • Later issues in that run follow on from this, having Deadpool show up in what are claimed to be inventory stories from other eras, with the writing and art in the style of those periods.
  • John Byrne's untitled story from Batman Black And White: Volume Two is drawn in the style of a Golden Age Batman comic and is written accordingly as well. Batman and Robin smile throughout the story, deliver wisecracks and best the villains via a clever scheme.
    • Batman Black & White: Volume Three has the story "Urban Renewal"; it features some nostalgic flashbacks by characters to the "old days", and the flashbacks are drawn in the Golden Age style as opposed to the more realistic present-day scenes.
    • Batman #600 has three "lost inventory stories" that aren't: a Golden Age time-travel tale in the style of Finger and Sprang; a late Silver Age Batgirl and Robin story in the style of Carmine Infantino; and a groovy seventies parody that could have appeared in Plop! or MAD, which is actually by Sergio Aragonés.
  • One sequence in The Incredible Hercules features Herc hallucinating that he's reliving previous adventures due to being poisoned. When action is presented from his view, the comic suddenly appears to shift to a seventies artstyle and coloring. They even pan from Black Widow's modern look to her look from when she was on the Defenders with Hercules to emphasize it.
  • Viz does this a lot, notably with the strip Jack Black, which is a parody of wartime comics and books such as The Famous Five series. The occasional one off strip drawn by the same artist will often involve surreal stories. Some 'news' articles are done in the same manner.
  • The The Transformers: Robots in Disguise 2012 Annual issue has flashback segments of Nova Prime and his inner circle done up in the style of the old 80s Marvel Transformers comics, including pages that have been made to look yellow with age, and glorious, page-long infodumps where each character takes the time to explain who they are in great detail just as characters being introduced in the old comics had a tendency to do (to encourage their readers to go buy their toys.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 2 #200 has two back up stories in the style of Golden Age and Silver Age comics. The Golden Age one in particular is a very close parody, with the Holiday Girls, the Kangas, a robot duplicate and spanking ... except that the villain is a version of the Greg Rucka-created Veronica Cale.
  • The convention variant cover for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) #32, right down to the logo.

    Fan Works 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    • In episode 35, a Clip Show, Yami asks Kaiba if he remembers the time the two of them first met, which is shown as 'a time when the video quality wasn't very good, and the audio was all muffled and scratchy'. Clips from the first episode are used in black and white, with a fake moustache and monicle painted onto Kaiba, and a 'silent movie' motif with old-style dialogue printed on the screen and an upbeat piano theme.
      Kaiba: Your brash nature offends me, Mr. Moto! I shall soon put an end to your impertinence!
      Yami: You have assembled several creatures! Surely this is a violation?
      Kaiba: My affluence makes a nonsense of the regulations!
    • Not to mention this is Lamp Shaded by Kaiba moments later when he says he doesn't remember growing a moustache.
    • In Episode 56, Noah Kaiba traps the cast in their memories of the first episode. Once the characters realize what's happening and start speaking original dialog, LittleKuriboh keeps mimicking the awkward line delivery, lack of lip-sync and muffled audio from the early episodes (all of which is lampshaded).

    Films — Animation 
  • Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs: A black and white title sequence resembles older cartoons. There is a black and white Steamboat Willie scene.
  • The Incredibles:
    • The newsreel at the beginning.
    • One of the DVD bonus features is an "authorized adaptation" of a Mr. Incredible adventure, in the form of a cheaply-animated and simple-minded old kiddie cartoon with considerable "aged recording" noise. (The cartoon can also be viewed with Mr. Incredible and Frozone chiming in their comments, MST3K-style.)
  • The clips of Woody's Roundup in Toy Story 2.
  • To promote Toy Story 3, two commercials made to look like they were from The '80s were commissioned, featuring the defictionalized Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear doll — one English, one Japanese.
  • The 1930s style song "The Spirit of Adventure" over Up's closing credits is in lo-fi monophonic sound.
  • The ending credits of The Tigger Movie run against sepia still images of scenes from the film redrawn in the style of E.H. Shepherd's line drawings from the books. Tigger in particular looks completely different from the Disney version.
  • Wreck-It Ralph pays homage to vintage video-game styles with its protagonist being the villain in an 8-bit style game modeled after Donkey Kong. The closing credits play with this further, notably when Ralph and Vanellope help demolish the car in the Street Fighter II bonus level. The end also invokes this trope, after the "Wreck-it Ralph" game becomes more popular than ever with the inclusion of a "Q-Bert" bonus round.
    Ralph: They say we're retro. I think that means 'old but cool'.
  • The Peanuts Movie is computer animated, but its design is reminiscent of the classic Peanuts TV specials.

    Films — Live- Action 
  • Deliberately Monochrome cult musical Forbidden Zone looks and feels like an old film processed through a New Wave psychedelic filter.
  • 2011 French romantic comedy The Artist is shot in the old 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio,Deliberately Monochrome, and is a silent film.
  • Hobo with a Shotgun is made to look like it was made in the early '80s, complete with Technicolor, music, and film grain.
  • Most films by Quentin Tarantino are full of this, being Genre Throwbacks. This includes Grindhouse, which he did with Robert Rodriguez. It is a '70s B-Movie pastiche which was presented in its theatrical cut as a double feature with scratched-up film, missing reels, trailers for fictional films and an ad for a Tex-Mex restaurant adjoining the theatre.
  • The 2005 The Call of Cthulhu movie looks like a silent movie, produced when H.P. Lovecraft first wrote his classic tale. (Even the trailer!). Likewise The Whisperer in Darkness was made is the style of a 1930's Universal Horror movie.
  • The director and cinematographers of the film Ed Wood went out of their way to exaggerate the dark, grainy, ill-lit look of low-budget 1940s-1950s films.
  • Nearly all of Guy Maddin's films, including The Saddest Music in the World and Brand Upon the Brain!, are made to replicate the look of films from the 30s and the silent era, with considerable success.
  • Woody Allen's Zelig is a Mockumentary about a "chameleon man" of the 1920s and '30s. The supposedly archived footage of the era was actually filmed using cameras and such of the period. This, in addition to Forrest Gump style editing (though this movie predated that one by over ten years), created a nearly impenetrable illusion.
  • Far From Heaven, set in The Fifties, imitates the look of movies produced back then, specifically Douglas Sirk's movies - the plot is almost lifted from All That Heaven Allows. The score is by Elmer Bernstein, who composed music for several famous films in the '50s.
  • The French musical 8 Women. The look of the film evokes the look of films made in the 1950s, and the songs are all performed in a 1950s style, despite some of them being from as late as the '80s.
  • Orson Welles used this trope in Citizen Kane with the newsreel in the beginning, going so far as to use sandpaper on the original print to make it look old and worn.
  • Mirage is a 1965 movie filmed in black and white and in the style of classic noir.
  • Good Night, and Good Luck.: Filmed in black and white, with only Archive Footage of Joe McCarthy used to portray the senator.
  • This trope is a specialty of Larry Blamire:
  • The Westlake Film Company has one silent movie comedy in their arsenal. To: Steve, From: The Devil was even shot with that kind of camera used long ago, along with the same good old improvised piano music, which makes Painting the Medium successful in this case.
  • The Turkish movie GORA has a brief flashback scene to the early 1900s, shot in the scratchy, silent, black-and-white footage of the first 'moving pictures'.
  • The Mexican (2001) had the flashbacks filmed in a hand-cranked camera to evoke this trope.
  • Down with Love is an Affectionate Parody of a certain subgenre of early-1960s romantic comedies, filmed with more than a few Retraux touches. It's particularly noticeable in the set design and background music.
  • The Mel Brooks film Silent Movie is filmed in color and includes a music track that's part of the film (rather than separate — but this was common in the last years of the silent era). Nonetheless, it was done in the style of...a silent movie, with actors "speaking" their lines, followed by a dialogue card: something that's partially parodied throughout the movie.
  • The Mel Brooks remake of To Be or Not to Be features a montage of World War II footage of Poland being attacked, in the style of the newsreels of the time. The montage ends with main characters appearing in the same gritty black and white style.
  • For Back to the Future: The Ride, the short "Doc on the March" was done in the style of an old newsreel, with Doc inserted into various footage Forrest Gump style. See him get an autograph from Thomas Edison! Watch him get a photo of The Beatles! Witness him resisting the urge to bump off Richard Nixon!
  • The Bayeux Tapestry-esque opening of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, complete with the film's Nazi invasion depicted in Medieval tapestry style
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist used old footage from an actual Hong Kong martial arts flick that was worn, so most of the new parts edited into the movie were artificially worn to match the rest of the film.
  • Anything directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, his American Express commercial) is full of it. Actually, Wes Anderson himself is pretty Retraux. (Have you seen how he dresses?)
  • The "Maroon Cartoon" opening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is made to look like an animated theatrical short from the 1940s, when the movie is set.
  • Serenity was deliberately filmed using old camera lenses to give it a more old-time Western feel.
  • Several parts in CSA: The Confederate States of America are made to look like older films, including an old, silent movie.
  • The Mel Gibson crime movie Payback is very stylized film-noir; colors are washed out, characters wear vintage clothing, even the cellular car phones are rotary dial.
    • The film uses Schizo Tech to enhance it's atmosphere; the 1930s Art Deco Outfit building along with the aforementioned telephones clash with cars which are mostly from the 70s. The blue-grey color filter was removed in the Director's Cut.
  • The House of the Devil is an homage to 1970s horror films, from the setting to the credits to the music. It's even being released on VHS.
  • Iron Man 2 features the song "Make Way For Tomorrow Today" over the end credits, performed by the Stark Expo Singers. The theme song for Stark Expo '74, it sounds a lot like various songs from Disney movies and theme parks, most notably "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," the theme to the Carousel of Progress attraction. This is no accident. The Stark Expo theme was written by Richard Sherman, who wrote that and many other memorable songs as a Disney employee. An expanded version of the song also appears in Captain America: The First Avenger (composed by Alan Silvestri instead of John Debney).
  • Catch Me If You Can a movie set mostly in the 1960s has a Saul Bass style animated opening credit sequence.
  • The Moulin Rouge! commentary track mentions how much trouble they went through to put imperfections in the film in order to evoke this.
  • The 1977 war film The Ascent is made up to look like a film from the 1940s, with its World War II setting, uses of Academy ratio (an aspect ratio long disused by then) and black and white cinematography.
  • 2014 Polish film Ida is shot Deliberately Monochrome and in the 4:3 Aspect Ratio. The director has said that this was a deliberate effort to evoke the Polish films of his youth in The '60s.
  • Apollo 18, in keeping with its Blair Witch-esque premise, is entirely portrayed as found footage from a 1970s space mission, with all the accompanying film grain and video artifacts.
  • Black Dynamite is a movie from the late 2000s that's made to look like the cheaply made blaxplotation films of the 70s, with grainy quality, obviously bad effects, and choppy editing.
  • The Bloody Hilarious short film Forklift Driver Klaus was shot in 2000 but not only did it use costumes and props from the 1980s, it was also shot on VHS and looks like it had been copied several times before being digitized.
  • In The Great Race, the credits are rendered in the period-appropriate style of a Magic Lantern show.
    "Ladies, kindly remove your hats."
  • In Godzilla (2014), scenes taking place in The Fifties are edited to look as if they were shot on film stock of the era. The cinematographer even used a camera lens not used since The '60s.
  • In keeping with Peter Jackson's striving for an accurate portrayal of early 1950s Christchurch, New Zealand in Heavenly Creatures, the title cards are done in an early '50s style, with the actors' first names in Italics and last names in CAPITALS. The font is period as well.
  • X-Men:
    • Everything in X-Men: First Class, has very '60s/'70s sensibilities, from Emma Frost's Bond Girl costumes to the BBC science documentary-like credits sequence.
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the 1973 Sentinels are clearly based on their Silver Age comic inspirations. In sharp contrast, however, the 2023 Sentinels look more alien than robot.
  • The WNUF Halloween Special is a Found Footage horror film painstakingly made to resemble an actual 1987 small town TV station news broadcast, including cheesy fake low budget commercials. To make it look authentic, the director even went as far as shooting the film digitally, transferring it into VHS and copying it to other tapes five times, in order to achieve the proper degradation that a 1987 recording would suffer.
  • Karel Zeman uses 19th-century artistic mediums and styles to eye-popping effect in his films.
    • In particular, one reviewer noted that Zeman's The Deadly Invention isn't just set in a charmingly Steam Punk 19th-century world; it looks and sounds as if it had actually been made within that world. Along the same lines, another reviewer said something to the effect that, while it's normally easy to guess what decade a film was made in, it's well nigh impossible to say even which century this one is from.
  • House of the Wolf Man emulates the style of Universal Horror Monster Mash films from the fourties.
  • The 2003 remake of The Music Man uses acting and dialogue styles from the mid-20th century, as well as a slight sepia tint, soft focus on certain shots, and somewhat degraded audio. One scene in a bar even has people drinking just water and milk. The only signs that it was made in the 21st-century are the higher visual quality, the extensive racial integration of the town (and of some romances in the background), and one scene in which the mayor writes with his left hand, which would've been incredibly unlikely when the movie is set.
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is partly this. They're using practical effects when they can, and CGI effects when they must. It's a departure from the Prequel Trilogy, where many consider CGI effects to be overused to the trilogy's detriment.
  • Turbo Kid is a very deliberate (and splat-stick laden) 1980s-style homage to Mad Max and BMX Bandits, as well as early Direct-to-Video imitations of them. There's even a scene where VHS tapes are used as firewood.

    Literature 
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a fantasy tale written as a Jane Austen pastiche, right down to using obsolete spellings of common words.
  • Thomas Pynchon's novels Mason & Dixon and Against the Day are both written in prose styles similar to literature from the eras in which they're set.
  • Stephen Baxter's The Time Ships is a sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, and written in a similar late-19th century style.
  • The Baroque Cycle consistently uses antiquated spellings of words, most often by hyphenating compound words that had yet to become fused together by common usage.
  • The Scarlet Letter was written in the 19th century, but it's often taught in high schools as an example of 17th-century writing.
  • It's not in the actual text, but some printings of The Bible contain supplementary material that looks like a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century pamphlet. For instance, "deluxe" versions of the New American translation contain, in the preface, a "Synchronous History of the Nations, Showing Their Origin, Chief Events, Changes or Extinction, from the Earliest Period Through New Testament Period." This version was printed in 1970.
  • The Onion Presents: Our Dumb Century "reprinted" the front pages of dozens of issues of The Onion, going back to the early 1900s. (In reality, The Onion was founded in 1988.)
  • S. was deliberately planned to look and feel like a book written and printed in the 1950's. The cover has woodblock print letters and graphic, there's a library sticker on the spine as well as a library "borrowed/returned" stamp in the back (with numerous dates of having been "borrowed"), and all the pages have yellowing and foxing to them. The story itself is written in a faux-translated from German mystery, with decidedly dated word usage and structure.
  • The Collector series of Urban Fantasy novels by Chris F. Holm, have covers remeniscent of 1960s Fontana paperback trade-dress, including fake scratches, stains and spine creasing for the "found in a charity shop" effect.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cold Case flashbacks are filmed to evoke the period they are from (e.g. black and white for times that predate colour film).
    • In addition, the flashback sequences often feature popular music that likely would have been featured in a TV show episode from whatever year the flashback would have taken place in.
    • Occasionally, Cold Case will feature original music with the style of the episode's time period. For instance, the song "Scarlet Rose" from Season 4's "Static" sounds exactly like a ballad from the late 1950's.
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace genuinely looks like some low-budget sci-fi/horror show from the 1980s, despite having actually been made in 2004. One episode includes the original song "One Track Lover," which is the style of a cheesy pop song from The '80s.
  • Same for Look Around You, which mimics 1980s educational TV despite being made in 2002 (for the first series) and 2005 (for the second).
  • And in turn, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, from the creator of Look Around You, has featured faux 1970s public information films (complete of course with authentic faded colour, grain and scratches).
  • One episode of Ashes to Ashes does this for the Show Within a Show, being shot on 1980s style video with very limited lighting and makeup, scratchy sound and cheesy backing music. (link - could arguably be a minor spoiler).
  • Speaking of which, its parent show Life on Mars revelled in this trope for advertising, even going as far as having a recreation of the BBC 1 Colour ident of the 70s precede broadcasting of the second series. The American version did the same with the ABC logo.
  • The TV version of In the Heat of the Night used a brilliant pastiche of a 1960s title sequence.
  • Harry Enfield did this a lot in his sketch shows, especially with the Cholmondley-Warner & Grayson sketches on Harry Enfield and Chums. His later series Harry and Paul featured Retraux versions of modern films, such as a 1930s melodramatic version of The Bourne Identity and a silent version of Brokeback Mountain starring Laurel and Hardy.
  • Smallville has a Film Noir episode framed as Jimmy Olsen's dream sequence.
  • Star Trek loves to use the holodeck for this kind of thing. Jean-Luc Picard's noir adventures as detective Dixon Hill were a fan favourite (and won the show an Emmy for costume design), as were Tom Paris's Buck Rogers-style Captain Proton stories, which were actually filmed in black and white; and Deep Space Nine's forays into fictional nightclub crooner Vic Fontaine's club.
    • Special mention must be given to the Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", which features time travel back to the era of TOS. In addition to inserting Deep Space Nine actors into existing footage, new scenes aboard the old Enterprise and the space station were filmed using 1960s-style lighting - they even used 1960s film stock because the colour saturation properties were different.
  • Jimmy McDonald's Canada was a parody of current events shows from The '60s, filmed in black and white, and occasionally stopping to advertise cigarettes. Richard Waugh, who played Jimmy, somehow managed to convey "The '60s" in his very speaking voice.
  • Mad Men on AMC is supposed to be set in the early 60s, and is filmed with a dark, slightly fuzzy/grainy look to it. This is in keeping with the show's obsessive focus on setting — the furniture is all vintage, along with the clothing. Even to the point of making the actors wear authentic undergarments that are never seen.
  • Firefly was deliberately filmed with old camera lenses to give it that authentic 70s Western feel.
  • The DVD menus of The IT Crowd. The first series is a pastiche of vintage computers, complete with tape loader and extremely elaborate (for a DVD menu) parodies of Head Over Heels and Jet Set Willy. And the second series does to 16-bit games what the first did to 8-bit.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba has an 8-bit sounding opening, prominently features chiptunes during scene changes, and occasionally features episode filler scenes that pays homage to 80s video games, complete with blocky graphics.
  • Fringe, for an episode set entirely in The '80s, used an 80s-style opening Special Edition Title. Hilariously, they replace the normal flashes of futuristic fringe sciences (teleportation, dark matter, etc) with things that were futuristic at the time (cold fusion, in vitro fertilization, personal computing) but have either become commonplace or totally debunked. Compare to the usual opening
  • Chuck: "Chuck vs. the Role Models" has a Cold Open of a '70s/'80s style Special Edition Title (mostly a parody of Hart to Hart's credit sequence.)
  • The Larry Sanders Show does this a little:
    • We occasionally see clips of Larry's shows from the five years prior to the start of the series. Not a terribly long time compared to most examples of this trope, but the producers take care to make these clips look different from Larry's "current" shows.
    • Larry's talk show is, itself, rather Retraux. Like Johnny Carson, Larry does a lot of big, broad sketches where Larry and Hank wear elaborate and silly costumes. This style of comedy sketch became more or less extinct in late night after Carson's retirement, however. Characters occasionally remark In-Universe that none of the other talk shows do this sort of thing anymore.
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's annual Video Game Week features opening credits with visuals and music straight out of 8-bit Nintendo games of The '80s, including direct visual references to Mega Man 2 and Ninja Gaiden.
  • Top Gear did a 1970s style intro for a fake detective series, The Interceptors, complete with era-appropriate Porn Staches.
    • They also applied a very convincing early-1980s videotape look to parts of the "Which Eastern Bloc car was worst" sequence.
  • Danger 5 deliberately looks like a low-budget 60s action flick. An action comedy about a team, Danger 5, fighting Stupid Jetpack Hitler in a 60s Alternate History, it also includes Retraux Toku action, in which Hitler gains command of mechanically enhanced Japanese supersoldiers. Season 2 upgrades to The '80s, with associated look.
  • Glee's Show Within a Show during the third season's Christmas Episode was deliberately filmed in black and white, and invoked the feel of holiday variety shows from the 50s to the 70s, albeit with a little tongue-in-cheek humor about the whole thing.
  • A Spitting Image sketch claimed to be celebrating the show's 100th anniversary, and showed a clip from the supposed first show in the 1880s. This was a black and white scene of two Punch and Judy style puppets, and silent movie captions reading "I say, Mr Gladstone! You're not very good!"
  • Hustle. An exposition scene explaining how an old-style con worked was done in the form of a black & white silent movie.
  • A flashback montage in the Doctor Who episode "The Crimson Horror" was styled to look like a Victorian-era kinetoscope.
    • In both ''The Two Doctors'' and the show's 50th anniversary special, ''The Day of the Doctor'', the first few seconds were in black and white, with the latter also featuring the original title sequence from the mid '60s.
    • In "Time Crash" starring the Fifth and Tenth Doctors, the background music used in the Fifth Doctor's era is heavily featured throughout.
    • The "Day of the Daleks: Special Edition" DVD release has a brand-new version of the "only three Daleks" onslaught, new voices by Dalek aficionado Nicholas Briggs, and new CGI sequences. An unbelievable amount of care was taken to ensure that nothing would look out of place within the 1973 milieu: the Dalek voices were re-created with older, analog equipment (also, Briggs uses a slightly less-deranged voice set than he does on the New Series); the new film sequences were done with a period BBC film camera; and the CGI was made to look a little more like a model set.
  • An episode of The Twilight Zone, "Once Upon a Time", guest-starred Buster Keaton as a man who travels forward in time from 1890 to 1960. The parts set in 1890 are filmed in the style of an old Silent Movie.
  • The opening of Silicon Valley looks like a 16-bit SimCity-esque map of Silicon Valley.
  • Heil Honey, I'm Home! is presented in 1950s sitcom style, despite being filmed in 1990.

    Pinballs 
  • WhizBang Pinball's Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons was made by cannibalizing parts from a 1957 electro-mechanical pinball, then using the components in an all-new playfield design with original art and modern imaging techniques. The result is a boutique pinball table that plays like it stepped out of The Fifties but with a modern look.
  • Capcom's Breakshot is a Shout-Out to '70s electro-mechanical pinball machines, with a single-level playfield and simpler rules. The score is even shown as a digital copy of old-fashioned scoring reels, and the game includes digitized musical chimes.
  • The Edutainment Game The Brain was made by modifying The Simpsons Pinball Party; it uses digitized electro-mechanical pinball chimes to replace the original game's sound effects.
  • The "Snooker Champ" table of Silverball simulates an electro-mechanical pinball table.
  • Loony Labyrinth switches its modern sound effects and music for simpler sounds and chimes when the player activates the Time Travel Wizard Mode.
  • The upcoming The Big Lebowski pinball has an LCD screen, but simulates a DMD like most pinball machines since The '90s have used.

    Print Media 
  • Time magazine published a special Bicentennial "July 8, 1776" edition in 1976. The entire issue is written as if Time had actually existed in 1776, with all its usual sections (with a few obvious exceptions like Film and Television.) It apparently sold well, and was followed by a "1789" edition covering the first inauguration of George Washington.
  • More recently, Time has tried to revive its pre-1990s letterhead (the word "TIME" in bright red letters in a smaller font and dead in the center of the top third of the magazine). Really, the only difference now is that the letters aren't outlined in white or yellow.
  • Doctor Who Magazine's 50th aniversary issue included an insert which imagined what DWM would have looked like in 1964, celebrating a whole year of Doctor Who (DWM actually started in 1979). Highlights included "Galactic Guardian" (because it couldn't have been called Gallifrey Guardian before 1973) and a review of the first Novelization, Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, which was incandescent about the fact They Changed It, Now It Sucks — while being somewhat vague as to what had actually happened in the TV story, because it was a year ago and there wasn't any way of seeing it again.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The short-lived Wrestling Society X was home to Matt Classic, a wrestler who had been in a coma since the '50s, and wrestled in the same style that won him the World Heavyweight Championship in 1952 — including such devastating moves as the head vice, the abdominal stretch, and the airplane spin. Matt Classic was portrayed by Colt Cabana, who was in his mid-20s at the time.
  • WWE decided to do an "old school" night on Raw in November of 2010. They threw up a classic looking WWF set and ramp, swapped out the barriers with old-fashioned rails, and even used a retro-styled WWE logo (though this has actually appeared on a few John Cena promotional items in the past). They even had Michael Cole dress up as an old-school Vince McMahon, since Vince was on commentary duty during the era the show was representing.
  • They did this again in 2013, with Michael Cole having to wear that horrible mustard-coloured jacket, although the WWF logo was notably absent, in favour of the block W.
  • The 2008 Royal Rumble was, to a lesser extent, also done in a retro style. Not only did it take place in Madison Square Garden (where professional wrestling in the U.S. actually began), but it was introduced by classic announcer Michael Buffer, was shot on slightly fast-stock photography, and used close-ups and multiple cameras sparingly - all to capture a pre-Hogan '80s look.

    Sports 
  • An alternate term for Retreaux in sports uniforms is "fauxback", in reference to throwback uniforms; if a design is meant to emulate a specific historical uniform, it's a "throwback", but if it's a new design meant to look old (particularly if the team itself isn't that old to begin with), it's a "fauxback".
  • The granddaddy of the fauxback is the set of uniforms worn by the Chicago White Sox from 1976 through 1981. Eccentric owner Bill Veeck wanted a retro look for his team, so he clad them in collared pullovers inspired by their earliest days (except the collars stopped at the shoulder seams). The cap, bearing the team's then-brand-new "SOX" wordmark, didn't quite fit the retro look, though.
  • Also in 1976, several MLB teams adopted the old-style "pillbox" caps to celebrate the centennial of the National League. Most teams reverted to the modern style after a single season, but the Pittsburgh Pirates kept the pillbox caps for ten years.
  • The National Hockey League created Retraux alternate jerseys, especially among teams too new to have large amounts of history to tap into. As of the 2011-2012 season, a third of the league have jerseys in this style. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the worst offender as they have worn actual vintage jerseys from the 70s in previous years but chose to switch to a made up Retraux design for the 2011-12 season, albeit based off their original 1967 design.
    • A trend in the NHL (and throughout North American hockey) is to include a color called either "vintage white" or "antique white", to approximate the natural discoloring of an eighty-year-old wool sweater. The first instance in the NHL was with the Minnesota Wild's introduction of their third jersey, and the All-Star Game jerseys from that year (which they hosted), all in a fauxback style, though the off-white was part of Minnesota's official color scheme (called "Minnesota wheat" by the team). The NHL has since only used "antique white" on designs not of genuine NHL vintage, instead using them for mash-ups, original designs, and uniforms throwing back to, or inspired by, non-NHL teams (such as the Calgary Flames' Heritage Classic homage to the Calgary Tigers, or the Vancouver Canucks' Millionaires uniforms).
    • Almost always a part of a new Winter Classic jersey, especially the away side. Most egregiously the 2013-2014 classic between Toronto and Detroit. Toronto had the usual Blue and White, whilst Detroit got red and vintage white without much reason behind it.
  • The Australian Football League's "heritage round" has teams wear old-style versions of their guernseys. Hawthorn fans seemed to particularly like their heritage strip, and there is a push for the team to change back to it permanently. Turned well and truly Up to Eleven in 1996 where the AFL turned the clock back a hundred years to when it began, bringing out vintage cars, styles of dress and radio to celebrate.
  • The throwback jerseys worn by the NBA's Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers were such a hit with fans that the two teams changed their logos permanently.
    • The Washington Wizards eventually changed to the classic red, white and blue striped uniforms and colors of the Washington Bullets... albeit while keeping the Wizards name and logo (in red, white and blue as well).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays, who entered MLB as the Devil Rays in 1998, introduced uniforms in 2012 that are meant to show how the team might have looked if they existed in 1978. They cribbed heavily from the San Diego Padres of that era with contrasting raglan sleeves, front cap panel, and even the way the team name is styled on the front of the jersey.
  • NFL teams are allowed to wear throwbacks twice a year. Of note were the Green Bay Packers 1929 throwbacks with brown helmets to stand in for leather.
  • Many American historical reenactors organize vintage base ball teams and play matches against each other. All of the equipment and uniforms are reproductions, and actual 19th century rules are used.
  • Indycar and NASCAR cars are sometimes painted in retro paint schemes for one-off races. Sometimes for nostalgia's sake, or to celebrate a milestone, but usually to sell more diecast models. Usually this involves putting an older corporate logo on the car too. Seems to be particularly prevalent among drink manufacturers; Budweiser, Coke, Pepsi, Miller, Coors etc have all done it.
  • Each team in the Australian Football League has its own team song, usually drawing the music from a range of old sources (ranging from music hall, marches, a couple of otherwise unknown works, and even La Marseilles) and writing new lyrics about the team, but the newest teams have had songs written for them, some of which have aged terribly (the West Coast Eagles' song just sounds like an Eighties power ballad). The exception is the Greater Western Sydney Giants, who have got a club song written by Harry Angus, which is decidedly oompah to hit the century-old feel of every other team song.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mazes And Minotaurs is a What If? on Dungeons & Dragons if Gygax and Arneson used Greek mythology instead of medieval fantasy and it's also a playable game.
  • "Labyrinth Lord" is a Retraux as well — this time much closer to the original version of Dungeons & Dragons
    • As well as "Swords and Wizardry," which draws on Sword and Sorcery as opposed to Labyrinth Lord's High Fantasy and which also takes out the Thief, leaving us with the Fighting Man, the Magic User and the Cleric of original D&D.
    • There are a fair number of other retroclones out there, including OSRIC and Basic Fantasy for 1e. In addition, the makers of "Labyrinth Lord" also made "Mutant Future," which is a close-as-you-can-get-it remake of Gamma World using the Labyrinth Lord rules.
  • Also, Encounter Critical, deliberately designed to look like a mid-70s D&D-knockoff made by a pair of sci-fi fans.
  • Magic: The Gathering's Coldsnap set was designed in the style of the Ice Age and Alliances sets from a decade earlier, most blatantly the use of "slowtrips," the clunky, slow version of cantrips that hadn't been used since less than a year after Alliances.
    • And cumulative upkeep. Don't forget that.
    • The joke set Unhinged, the nostalgia set Time Spiral, and the online-only reprint sets all bring back retired frame designs to evoke this trope.
  • Cartoon Action Hour kisses up to the action cartoons of the 1980s.
  • Goodman Games used the slogan "Third Edition Rules, First Edition Feel" for their Dungeons & Dragons 3E products. They intentionally copied the style of D&D 1E to appeal to fans of that game who never converted to 2E or 3E.
  • There's Forgotten Futures, shareware "Scientific Romance Role Playing Game" by Marcus L. Rowland — as the name says, it's designed for this sort of adventures.

    Theater 
  • Christopher Fry's 1948 play The Lady's Not for Burning is written in the style of a Shakespearean comedy.
  • The Broadway version of Little Shop of Horrors was composed in 1982 with a deliberately 1960s feel, in a nod to the original Roger Corman film. Same goes for the 1986 film remake.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Narbonic did one of these, The Astonishing Excursions of Helen Narbon & Co., interspersed with the main comic.
    • Narbonic also had the Dave in Slumberland strips once a year, which were drawn in the style of Little Nemo, and provided immense foreshadowing.
  • Issue 1 of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja appears as if it had been printed during The Golden Age of Comic Books.
    • Flashbacks in Dr. McNinja use the shading style of the time when they take place (e.g. when the story was told about how Gordito got his guns, the comic dropped shading.)
  • Wondermark is made to look like it was made in the early 1900s, and was: the author takes old-style printings and adds dialog.
  • The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats is a webcomic based on LOLCats made to look like it's from the early 1900s.
  • The back cover of the first The Order of the Stick prequel book describes the deliberate choice of greyscale as "Past-O-Vision". The use of crayons to illustrate the "dawn of time" backstories also invokes this trope.
  • In commemoration to Geocities shutting down... Behold! xkcd redesigned as a classic 90s Geocities site! Complete with broken html, pointless marquees, and flashing background graphics.
  • The Jet Dream comics (and sister titles It's Cookie! and My Jet Dream Romance) are presented as if they were actual comic books published in the late '60s and early '70s by an obscure publisher obsessed with male-to-female sex changes.
    • Evidence in Jet Dream letter columns and other material suggests that the publisher believed in mass-scale wholesome crossdressing by boys to prepare for humanity's future as a One-Gender Race. The wholesome, hoped-to-be Code approved Jet Dream comics were only one of his business ventures aimed at cashing in on a "Fem Is In!" movement that... never quite developed.
  • Unicorn Jelly looks like something drawn in a 16-bit MS-DOS paint program, and with good reason: it was drawn in a 16-bit MS-DOS paint program.
  • I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space has been run through Photoshop filters because the auther/artist wants it to feel like "your parents’ old collection that they forget they left up there, all faded and stained."
  • According to Word of God, minus is done in the style of a Newspaper Comic from the early 20th century. It shows.
  • The Blonde Marvel 11-page story "The Thing That Came" was presented as if it had been published in 1955.
    • The artist did it again in early 2012, with a "Municipal City" series, centered on Commander Marvel, that is supposedly fragments of a long-lost 1950s newspaper comic.
  • The Deadly Tower Of Monsters takes the form of a B-Movie from the 1970's, with all the tropes that entails.
  • The Platypus Comix story "Vess MacMeal Starring in: The More You Know!" has drawings resembling 1950s kitschy artwork.
  • MS Paint Adventures is done in the style of a text-based adventure.
  • Zombie & Mummy is designed as a homage to late-nineties Geocities-style web design, with animated gifs and MIDI music abounding. The author, Olia Lialina, has a soft spot for old Internet culture in general, and has written articles about it, in addition to a blog about Geocities.
  • Rip Haywire is a parody of old school adventure newspaper comics, so it was drawn in a style typical of the 1940s-1960s.
  • Corgi Quest uses a simplistic pixelated art style reminiscent of retro video games.
  • In Bloody Urban, Murray's prescription drug-fueled hallucination features inanimate objects with 30's-style cartoon faces.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Venture Bros.. The creators admit a genuine love of fake-aging footage and such, and went through great lengths to get the Season 2 DVD to appear to be (but not actually be) worn and decades old, as if it had been in the trunk of somebody's car for 30 years. And the menu screens are done in the style of an old, old slide-show presentation of what people in The '60s thought the future would be like. The third season was all shot in high definition in order to make the footage quirkier and grainier, not sharper or more vector-ey.
    • And the third-season DVD is presented in the style of an Atari 2600 game, down to the packaging and Pitfall-style menu screens.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" shows a vintage Steamboat Itchy cartoon from 1928.
    • "Bart of Darkness" shows a black and white 1961 episode of The Krusty the Clown Show. Krusty interviews George Meany on America's labor crisis.
    • "The Day the Violence Died" shows the first appearance of Itchy, in the black and white 1919 short Itchy the Lucky Mouse.
    • Bart Simpson's dream in the "How I Wet Your Mother" episode is animated in the same style as the Simpsons shorts from the Tracey Ullman Show of the late 80s.
    • "All About Lisa": The Krustketeers sing the Krusty Klub Theme, shown in black and white.
    • The "La-Z Rider Couch Gag" from "Teenage Mutant Milk-caused Hurdles" is a throwback to more serious 80's animation, with an overlay effect representing visible tracking lines from the worn and dirty video heads of a VHS player.
  • In fitting with the Animaniacs' backstory as characters locked away since the early days of animation, occasionally a "lost Warner Bros. short" was aired that was done deliberately in the style of WB's original Bosko and Honey cartoons.
    • Additionally, one episode featured clips of the Warners guest-starring on such old cartoons as Calhoon Capybara, Oohooroo, Where Are You, and Obese Orson. For the clips, the producers carefully made sure the animators replicated the low-budget feel of the cartoons parodized.
  • The short-lived Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? was deliberately drawn to resemble a late 1970s/early 1980s vintage cartoon.
  • How to Hook Up Your Home Theater takes 1940s Goofy (including that famous Lemony Narrator) and puts him in a contemporary setting. You can read about this here.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • There were a couple of Scooby-Doo made-for-video movies in 2002-2003, Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico, that were deliberately done in a retro 1970s-esque style to resemble the old Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series (something that What's New, Scooby-Doo? and the other made-for-video movies generally avoided), even going as far as bringing back the original voice actresses for Daphne and Velma (as Frank Welker was already Fred and Scooby-Doo's main voice actor, and Casey Kasem was still available to voice Shaggy any time he was needed), using synth/keyboard remakes of the classic Scooby-Doo background music, featuring many of the old Hanna-Barbera sound effects and even putting the gang in their classic 1970s outfits and designing them in the same manner.
    • In Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, the gang is sucked into a video game about their adventures. In the final level they meet themselves (or rather, their video game doubles), who are drawn in the older style.
    • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has clothing and animation styles similar to the first series.
      • In the episode "The Mystery Solvers Club State Finals", the Dream Sequence uses the original Hanna-Barbera designs, a sharp contrast to the new series' modern drawing style.
    • A flashback to Velma's childhood in What's New, Scooby-Doo? used recolored versions of the cartoonier A Pup Named Scooby-Doo designs.
    • The recent direct-to-dvd films have been using a style heavily inspired by the original series. For example Daphne has Skintone Sclerae.
  • A short on one of the VeggieTales videos is silent and done in black and white... even though it still uses computer animation.
  • The Tinpo shorts on CBS' Kewlopolis block (which can also be seen online) use 8-bit style music (although one can also hear actual modern electric guitars on the soundtracks as well).
    • The music, incidentally, is by a band named Anamanaguchi, whose members actually write music using an NES music tracker and play the resulting code on an actual NES, with electric guitars to accompany it. It's awesome stuff.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: "The 'Good Old Days!'" had Timmy and his Grandpappy having a misadventure in an Inkblot Cartoon Style world.
  • In an episode of Futurama, the crew watches a Harold Zoid silent hologram in black-and-white.
    • Futurama packaging and merchandise also often evokes Zeerust aesthetics (like some things in the show - Bender himself is an example).
    • The episode "Reincarnation" has three different segments each done in a different retro style: an early 1930s black and white cartoon, a 1980s 8-bit video game, and a 1970s anime.
  • In The Legend of Korra, the Previously On segments are done in the style of old movies, complete with a grainy sepia effect and and an overly-excited announcer.
  • The Peanuts movie Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is hand-drawn, has the same style as the classic series, and has voices to a similar effect of the originals.
  • Regular Show has a very washed-out color scheme, the soundtrack is sourced from a lot of '80s bands, and the characters always play retro-styled video games on a Sega Master System.
  • The 2011 Winnie-the-Pooh film follows the style of the original shorts fairly closely, right down to details like photocopy lines and the backgrounds.
  • The short-lived Code Monkeys was an animated series done completely in the style of an 8-bit video game, with the cast resembling characters from mid-80s Taito games such as Renegade and Mat Mania.
  • The 2013 Mickey Mouse shorts will be done in the style of the 1930's shorts as seen in the short Croissant de Triomphe.
  • This inane little romp into the imagination of Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk was made for the 1999 Vancouver Animation Festival. It was done 100% using nothing but what was available for animation in the early 30's, right down to the painted backgrounds and the grooving.
  • The 2013 Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse! (playing before Frozen in theatres) was painstakingly created to look and sound like a late 1920s/early 1930s cartoon, including film scratches, cel mistakes, and poor quality soundtrack - even going as far to include archived clips of Walt Disney as Mickey's voice. That is, before the cinema screen is ripped open, hand-drawn and CG animation come together and the fourth wall is not so much broken as it is shattered into a billion pieces.
  • The 1999 Fractured Fairy Tale short "The Fox, the Box and the Lox" (released in theaters with the Live-Action Adaptation of Dudley Do-Right) was animated in the same style as the original 1960s episodes.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Xyler and Craz are semi-recurring characters from a Show Within a Show called Dream Boy High, which are sometimes seen in Mabel's imagination. Both it and their character designs have the blocky lines and garish color palette of an 80s cartoon like Jem.
    • "Fight Fighters" features Rumble McSkirmish, a video game character from the eponymous fighting game, appearing in the real world. Rumble is styled after Ken, Ryu, and Sagat from Street Fighter II and rendered completely in 16-bit style graphics (by Paul Robertson, of course), complete with badly translated dialogue ("WINNERS DON'T LOSE!" "YOU CAN HIDE BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE!") and even physical limitations such as not being able to look up or stand still. The game is quite old even in-universe: the arcade cabinet is covered in dust and was made before the fall of the Soviet Union.
    • "Soos and the Real Girl" features another old game, Romance Academy 7, a PC Dating Sim similar to Tokimeki Memorial, apparently from the 1990s. Like Fight Fighters, it has sprite-animation by Paul Robertson and was poorly translated. However, its main character, Giffany, is smart enough to have learned proper English.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie's rap song in "Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3" is clearly styled after a rap music video from the late-80s or early-90s, complete with looking like it was ripped from a VHS recording (fake scan lines, semi-blurry image quality, and the scene is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the show's usual 16:9 widescreen). Crosses into Stylistic Suck as the song itself feels more like a parody of cartoons from that era that liked to include rap music in an attempt to be Totally Radical.
  • The Mater's Tall Tales short "Time Travel Mater", has various old-time to represent the different periods where Mater and Lightning travel to. The film is sepia-toned when Mater meets Stanley, black-and-white when they go to when Stanley met Lizzie and then to two-strip Technicolor when they see Stanley and Lizzie get married.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot is visually designed to look like an old Disney or Fleischer cartoon complete with the Pie-Eyed pupil designs. It also makes heavy usage of Art Deco in its title cards and a Zeerust style future.
  • Relentlessly mocked multiple times in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Examples include Wiggy Jiggy Jed from "Dream Mutt", a walking pastiche parody of snarky, fourth-wall breaking Hanna-Barbera characters complete with his own theme tune when he walks and cuing laughter from a live audience and the episode "Hill Billy" where the entire world becomes a Golden Age Of Animation cartoon.
  • Wave Twisters: Cover art and video game-like graphics convey Atari-era sensibilities.

    Real Life 
  • Many attractions at various Disney Theme Parks are painstakingly worked on to appear genuinely ancient or old. Like the Tower of Terror.
    • The entire point of theme park Silver Dollar City (near Branson, MO) is that it's supposed to be a mining town in the 1880-1900 time frame. One which happens to be paved almost entirely in asphalt, mind you, but the buildings are designed to appear rustic, weathered, and slapped together from available materials. In the shops and restaurants, they've even gone to the extent of building enclosures to hide the modern electronic cash registers, with only the electronic readout showing from the customer-facing side.
  • Consumer-level video editing programs such as iMovie and Windows Movie Maker have their share of effects that make things look brown ("Sepia"), old (old reel marks), or even very old (choppy action and faded borders). Of course, these are abused by amateur video makers.
    • Effects like those are even built into some camcorders; Sony's Digital-8 decks are a good example, as are some flash and DVD-based cameras. Needless to say, people who do serious video work tend to recommend not using them under any circumstances and doing all that sort of thing in postproduction.
    • Ditto for digital cameras, that very often include options to take pictures in sepia and/or in black-and-white.
    • Digital filtering programs such as Instagram achieve similar effects with still photography.
  • "Vintage" T-shirts for sale at retail stores. Brand new shirts deliberately faded and cracked to look like they're 30 years old. Pre-ripped jeans also count.
  • Certain slot machines (mainly those manufactured by IGT) are still being made with mechanical reels and levers to pull, even though they're all run by computers now and these are no longer required. Many people prefer these for a more authentic experience. Even in Minnesota, where mechanical reels are not allowed, the video versions of these same games are still built with levers. Sadly, machines that dispense payout in coins/tokens (instead of tickets) are much rarer, if not extinct.
  • Computers and laptops built with false-wooden frames, buttons and similar accessories are fairly popular among various groups, particularly steampunk.
    • Along those lines is a remake of the Commodore 64. It has the same shell but with modern hardware and operating system. But it also includes a Commodore 64 emulator for the full experience.
  • Various architectural styles like Neoclassicism or Gothic Revival. Amusingly, the latter was a reaction to the former: Neoclassicism was seen as "Enlightenment" and "liberal" (in the old sense), so Romantics and (old-sense) conservatives invented their own revival to counter it, drawing Romanticism Versus Enlightenment into the field of architecture in the ugliest (except for the buildings, all of which were beautiful) possible way. The debate didn't end until the Bauhaus-educated German Modernists, driven from Nazi Germany for being "degenerate" (or worse, Jewish) came out of nowhere to destroy them both. (The Soviet Vkhutemas was doing much the same thing, but since they were Dirty Communists they were ignored in the West).
  • Many alleys of Budapest's Inner City were redesigned to look 19th century, complete with lamp posts that look like gas lanterns.
    • The goal of the Margaret Bridge's reconstruction was explicitly to restore the bridge to its 1936 design.
  • Reliced musical instruments. Fender is particularly guilty of releasing guitars and basses that are purposely beaten and aged in the factory that look like they have 50 years worth of abuse on them. This is also the entire business model of Nash guitars, which are really beat up Fender copies for about twice the price of new Fenders. Needless to say there is quite a bit of contention amongst guitarists as to whether this is an affordable alternative to vintage instruments that can run up to $70,000 a piece or if they are bought by posers who want their guitars to look worn without actually putting the work into having a guitar get that beat up through touring and playing constantly.
    • There's also another aspect to this. From the 50s to the 70s all instruments used nitrocellulose lacquer, but as it was rather hazardous, polyurethane is the standard finish today. Nitro is very "fragile" and easily comes off and ages very nicely (fading, yellowing and so on). This is why real vintage guitars have a special sort of relic to them. Polyester on the other hand is very hard and thick, has no real aging and hardly ever comes off, which makes getting a played in feeling with many modern guitars is close to impossible. It's thick and goopy and dampens the sound, but protects the instrument and offers a wider selection of colors. Polyurethane is somewhere between nitro and polyester — only a little bit thicker than nitro so it doesn't kill your harmonics, but with durability and color choices comparable to polyester. It still doesn't age quite the same, and opinions vary as to whether that's good or bad. Still, it's generally considered an acceptable compromise.
    • On the subject of musical instruments, there's also been a movement in classical music called "historical performance practice" which is exactly what it sounds like - to use certain styles of instruments and vocal techniques to perform early music works as they would have sounded at the time of their premieres. When instrumentalists aren't playing on actual older instruments (like those of the various Cremona violin makers in the 17th century), they build new ones with the style and sound of older ones.
  • Doritos re-released three chip flavors (Taco, Sour Cream & Onion, and Salsa Rio) that they discontinued in the 1970s or 80s in 2012, and put them in bags made to look like the bag design from that era as well. In Canada, they reissued the discontinued Ketchup flavor for a while in early 2015.
  • The car industry has many examples of faux-retro models.
    • Chevrolet Camaro
    • Dodge Challenger
    • Fiat New 500
    • Ford Mustang
    • New Mini
    • Nissan 350Z/370Z
    • Nissan Figaro
    • Plymouth Prowler
    • VW New Beetle
    • Citroen C3 (although this one is not an upmarket design model).
    • Daihatsu Sirion.
    • Chrysler PT Cruiser
  • Part of Harley-Davidson's appeal is in motorcycles that resemble those from the old days, particularly those from the Fourties and Fifties, but with modern conveniences added such as the softail rear suspension made to look like the rigid frames of yore. Add to the fact that the engines used on Big Twins aren't really that far removed from the original Knucklehead of 1936; the Twin Cam is an all-new design, but it's still conceptually similar.
  • Though more subtle than most, there has traditionally been a lot of demand for "film look" coming from digital video cameras, to the point of making things like 24p frame rates standard even on relatively low-end camcorders. The adoption of DSLR cameras like the Canon 5DmkII specifically aimed to duplicate the depth-of-field effects film cameras traditionally give by using standard interchangeable lenses and large image sensors; the jury is still out as to whether "film look" has been truly achieved for The Rest of Us, or if its proponents have created a new, unique DSLR look.
  • Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback use cane sugar instead of the high-fructose corn syrup found in modern soft drinks (in countries where the latter has replaced sugar). They also feature vintage brand logos on the packaging.
  • The Seattle Space Needle celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. As part of the celebration, the whole thing was painted the "only in the 60's" shade of "Galaxy Gold" paint that it was during the 1962 World's Fair.
  • In the 1990s, McDonald's built several locations in the style of their earliest restaurants. Many of these had only walk-up service, just like the earliest ones.
  • Verbatim produces blank "Vinyl" CD's, that look like CD-sized vinyl records. The packaging encourages customers to put their old music on the CD's for a classic feel.
  • A few years ago a bunch of breakfast cereals, such as Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms, went retro by selling them in their much older box designs.
  • The art of Randy Regier consists of authentically crafted vintage/Atomic Age toys, complete with the occasional aging, packaging, printed media and shopfront setups, that range from high quality (i.e. "The ToyGantic" and "Go Fast Daddy-0"), to intentionally shoddy (i.e. the John Manshaft line and "Electric Man Waiting for a Train Set") and absurd (i.e. the "Blazing Sun Model" and "Tardy the Manpony").
  • It's fairly common in Indonesian to intentionally write using the spelling pre-EYD to give an old, Dutch-occupation era feel (even though the EYD was released in 1972, more than 20 years after the Dutch surrendered). For example, the Dutch restaurant specializing in Indonesian cuisine called "Tempo Doeloe" (roughly translated to "past" or "the good old days") — the proper spelling is actually "Tempo Dulu".
  • There seem to be literally dozens of applications for adding a rotary phone dial to a smartphone.
  • 8mm is a app that simulates Super 8 8mm analog home movie effects for use on iPhone camera videos. Celebrities such as Hilary Duff and Selena Gomez have (according to Word of God) used it for effect on Instagram videos.
  • Many airlines have at least one plane in their fleet painted in a retro livery. Either one from the airline, or from an airline that has been amalgamated into the current brand that the airline owns the rights to. American Airlines for example has several planes in their 1960s livery, US Air has liveries from Pacific Southwest Air (PSA), Allegheny and Piedmont (all defunct), and British Airways has painted one plane in 1970s livery with plain "British" logo on the fuselage.
  • This review of The Wizard of Oz on the CED format, written in 2013 from the point of view of a 1981 reviewer who took on the then-new CED release from MGM/CBS Home Video.
  • A number of toy and model kit manufacturers over the years have released older items in current packaging, designed to remind one of the old packaging. Hot Wheels Redliners are still available in some places, Matchbox once released a series of diecasts in modern blister packaging but with a little box similar to their oldest form of packaging included, and Round 2 Models, who own a few of the older brand names of model kits known to older Americans, often use the original box art for kits first released in the 1960s, unless there are legal issues to work around (such as losing the licence for The Munsters while still being allowed to sell the kits of the cars). One problem with that is that the kits haven't been re-tooled since they first came out, such that the tooling is as old as the hills. Another example is the reproduction lithographed tinplate toys currently being released solely for the collector's market.
  • You can still have a house built in older styles from the 19th century onwards; Queenslanders, for example, are still being built, albeit with current materials and techniques, and are available in many styles echoing the older styles, including Victorian, Federation, Edwardian, and Ashgrovian (a 20th-century style adapted from American California bungalows.)
  • Gentrification or renovation of large urban areas can lead to large-scale renewal of some of the oldest parts of a city, as the place is done up to attract people with fresh paint, unbroken windows, and verandahs and awnings overhanging the footpath that no longer look like they're going to collapse on top of you when you walk under them, and to celebrate the history of the area. Some of these can go a bit far in their presentation, as they are given extra atmosphere by means some might consider an excessive amount of faux-historical packaging, such as Flinders Street East (second picture sepiatoned in GiMP) in Townsville, Queensland; the road is designed to make horse-like clopping sounds when cars are driven along the street.
  • The British electronics store Maplin is selling a reproduction ZXSpectrum, with in-built bluetooth 3.0 and HDMI television compatibility. It looks exactly the same as the original 48K version.
  • Many old towns in Europe where either entirely leveled or significantly damaged by bombings in World War II. While some were redesigned in the then modern "car friendly" style (now widely decried as an abomination against urbanism), some where than or have been since rebuilt in the original style, more or less faithfully. One of the best known is probably the Frauenkirche in Dresden that was rebuilt faithfully except for the weird placement of the original stones (distinguished by their blackened appearance which is neither due to fire nor due to pollution but owed to age) - in 2005. However, infill development in those neighborhoods is also often also built "in the original style" which may or may not work, but is often vastly preferred to some "hyper modern" glass palace in the midst of buildings centuries old.

Alternative Title(s): Faux Retro, Retreaux

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