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
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".
Anime and Manga
Films - Animated
- Dr. Stone falls into this setting due to its premise of an Omnidisciplinary Scientist waking up in a world with Stone Age technology. The existing society already has the Stone; said scientist creates the Punk by helping to raise their living standards, bit by bit, until it's reached the 21st century life he's used to.
Films - Live-Action
- 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
- 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.