Stone Punk

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Stonepunk is a sub-genre of the Punk Punk science fiction genre. Stonepunk focuses on pre-technological developments in pre-historic times, its juxtapositions of the modern world with the primitive, and the effects of an early form of 'advanced' technology on society, like The Flintstones, based on primitive materials such as rock, fire, clay, rope, wood and water. Unlike most classic Cyber Punk or Steam Punk influenced fiction like Clock Punk, the Stone Age supplies the inspiration behind a modified form of technology based on the materials provided by the natural elements and surrounding environment. Bamboo Technology is common. Depending on the setting, there may be Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology as well.

The defining feature of Stone Punk is the representation of modern inventions and technology but made with primitive materials. The idea here is that road signs and furnishings would not have existed, but as a Rule of Funny and in order to further highlight the primary societal differences they have been included. Having the familiar aspects can make the foreign aspects seem even more foreign to the audience, which is used as a method of storytelling as a sort of constant reminder that "this work is set in a completely different world".


Examples:

Films - Animated
  • The Croods sees the protagonist begin developing advanced Stone Punk, only for her father to admonish her for trying to violate tradition. This conflict continues until the end of the film.
  • Ice Age (since Ice Age 2: The Meltdown)
  • The Missing Link

Films - Live-Action

Literature Newspaper Comics

Comic Books

Toys
  • The Imaginext franchise from Fisher-Price had several prehistoric-themed sets complete with Bamboo Technology, bone architecture, battle-ready cavemen, and various dinosaurs and ice-age mammals that were often mounted as cavalry by said cavemen.

Video Games

Web Original

Western Animation


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