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* Blake Edwards was legendary for directing comedies or light-hearted films like ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'', ''{{Film/Ten}}'', ''{{Film/SOB}}'', ''Film/VictorVictoria'' and of course ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' series. He had two notable departures. First was ''The Days of Wine & Roses'' - a drama about an alcoholic trying to get his crush addicted to booze. The second was ''Film/DarlingLili'' - a sexy spy musical set during World War I. The latter was notably a victim of ExecutiveMeddling that resulted in a lot of the slapstick he was known for - thus creating jarring tonal shifts. He recut the film in the 90s to make it more serious.

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* Blake Edwards Creator/BlakeEdwards was legendary for directing comedies or light-hearted films like ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'', ''{{Film/Ten}}'', ''{{Film/SOB}}'', ''Film/VictorVictoria'' and of course ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' series. He had two notable departures. First was ''The Days of Wine & Roses'' - a drama about an alcoholic trying to get his crush addicted to booze. The second was ''Film/DarlingLili'' - a sexy spy musical set during World War I. The latter was notably a victim of ExecutiveMeddling that resulted in a lot of the slapstick he was known for - thus creating jarring tonal shifts. He recut the film in the 90s to make it more serious.


* ''The Adventures of Cookie and Cream'' stands out from the rest of Creator/FromSoftware's output, who are best known for their dark and gritty [=RPGs=] like ''VideoGame/KingsField'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', and mech simulation games like ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' and ''VideoGame/SteelBattalion''. While From Soft actually has produced quite a few light-hearted games, few are as overtly cartoony as ''Cookie and Cream''.



* Creator/FromSoftware are known for making gritty, violent, NintendoHard action games such as the ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series, the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series, and the ThematicSeries of ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' trilogy, and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''. However, they also released ''Deracine'', a VR adventure game about fairies with no violence at all.

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* Creator/FromSoftware are known for making gritty, violent, NintendoHard action games such as the ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series, the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series, and the ThematicSeries of ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' trilogy, and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''. However, they also released ''Deracine'', a VR adventure game about fairies with no violence at all. all, and also the light-hearted, cartoony ''The Adventures of Cookie and Cream''.
* Creator/{{Treasure}} is mainly known for hyperkinetic, colorful and difficult 2D action games with original, innovative mechanics and an Animesque style, such as ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'', ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier'' or ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers''. To the surprise of many they also made ''VideoGame/LightCrusader'': a very standard, slow-paced Western-style action RPG with a Westernized art style and an isometric perspective that they never used before or since.

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** They were also trying to avoid a "G" rating, which was usually a death knell for any animated feature that [[AllAnimationIsDisney wasn't Disney]].

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* Creator/StudioGainax is well known for their thought-provoking, [[AnAesop Aesop]]-filled stories mixed in with over-the-top action. ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' throws away any semblance of lesson-telling and is a full-on WidgetSeries turned UpToEleven.

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* Creator/FromSoftware are known for making gritty, violent, NintendoHard action games such as the ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series, the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series, and the ThematicSeries of ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' trilogy, and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''. However, they also released ''Deracine'', a VR adventure game about fairies with no violence at all.

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* Creator/StudioTrigger is well known for working on WidgetSeries that are heavy in comedy and action, particularly in love with giant robots. Their second TV anime, ''Anime/{{Kiznaiver}}'', a story about seven students forced into an experiment where the pain one feels is shared between them, is still a sci-fi with some comedy, but it is an intensely dramatic and romantic series, with a lot more focus on character rather than an over arching plotline.


* Joe Wright got famous for directing British period dramas like ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''{{Literature/Atonement}}'' and ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'' (usually starring Creator/KeiraKnightley). Then he went and made ''{{Film/Hanna}}'' - an action thriller. And then ''{{Film/Pan}}'' - a PG-fantasy film.

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* Joe Wright got famous for directing British period dramas like ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice2005'', ''{{Literature/Atonement}}'' and ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'' (usually starring Creator/KeiraKnightley). Then he went and made ''{{Film/Hanna}}'' - an action thriller. And then ''{{Film/Pan}}'' - a PG-fantasy film.


* Creator/MNightShyamalan started off famous for his original drama films with twist endings. In 2011 he directed an [[Film/TheLastAirbender adaptation]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. This departure from his standard formula was not well received, and considered his weakest effort. He also did ''Film/AfterEarth'' which many critics felt was fairly standard sci-fi yarn that could've been directed by anybody.

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* Creator/MNightShyamalan started off famous for his original drama films with twist endings. In 2011 2010, he directed an [[Film/TheLastAirbender adaptation]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. This departure from his standard formula was not well received, and considered his weakest effort. He also did ''Film/AfterEarth'' which many critics felt was fairly standard sci-fi yarn that could've been directed by anybody.


* Creator/RidleyScott usually does grim action films. Twice in the 2000s he made comedies, ''Film/MatchstickMen'' (which still had some adventure content as it deals with con men) and ''Film/AGoodYear'' (a straight-up romantic comedy, mostly to [[SceneryPorn shoot near his French home]]).
** Scott was also one of the executive producers of ''Film/TheATeam''.

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* Creator/RidleyScott usually does grim action films. Twice in the 2000s he made comedies, ''Film/MatchstickMen'' (which still had some adventure content as it deals with con men) and ''Film/AGoodYear'' (a straight-up romantic comedy, mostly to [[SceneryPorn shoot near his French home]]). \n** Scott He was also one of the executive producers of ''Film/TheATeam''.


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* Joe Wright got famous for directing British period dramas like ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''{{Literature/Atonement}}'' and ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'' (usually starring Creator/KeiraKnightley). Then he went and made ''{{Film/Hanna}}'' - an action thriller. And then ''{{Film/Pan}}'' - a PG-fantasy film.
* Kimberley Peirce was fond of the gritty indie dramas with a strong social message - ''Film/BoysDontCry'' and ''Film/StopLoss''. Then she goes and directs the 2013 remake of Stephen King's ''{{Literature/Carrie}}''.
* Tony Scott carved out a career directing action films like ''Film/TopGun'', ''Film/ManOnFire'', ''Film/TrueRomance'' etc. His first feature film? A gloomy vampire story called ''Film/TheHunger'' - which he made as a consolation prize for not getting to direct ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' (he was a huge Anne Rice fan). In this case, after ''The Hunger'' flopped, he transitioned into directing car commercials - and this lead to his success as an action director.
* Blake Edwards was legendary for directing comedies or light-hearted films like ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'', ''{{Film/Ten}}'', ''{{Film/SOB}}'', ''Film/VictorVictoria'' and of course ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' series. He had two notable departures. First was ''The Days of Wine & Roses'' - a drama about an alcoholic trying to get his crush addicted to booze. The second was ''Film/DarlingLili'' - a sexy spy musical set during World War I. The latter was notably a victim of ExecutiveMeddling that resulted in a lot of the slapstick he was known for - thus creating jarring tonal shifts. He recut the film in the 90s to make it more serious.


* Creator/AngLee, a director best known for dramas and period pieces such as ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'', directed the first ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' film. Unfortunately his style did not lend itself well to the unfamiliar genre, and the sequel "rebooted" it.

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* Creator/AngLee, a director best known for dramas and period pieces such as ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'', directed the first ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' film. Unfortunately his style did not lend itself well to the unfamiliar genre, and [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk the sequel sequel]] "rebooted" it. it.
* Creator/SpikeLee, whose whole career before then had been deliberately controversial films about race relations, was hired to direct ''Film/InsideMan'', which is mostly a standard HeistFilm starring black actor Creator/DenzelWashington, which is also his highest-grossing film. That said, some race commentary was still worked in, whether by Lee himself or the writers, particularly the scenes involving the Sikh hostage. Also, bear in mind this was also the first major film about such a crime in New York post 9/11. A lot of the tensions and attitudes of the police and hostages were due to this. Lee does a good job of demonstrating how much his hometown had changed.


** ''Film/BigFish'', which avoids Johnny Depp, has only two moments which involve the supernatural [[spoiler:both of which turn out to be made up]] and is otherwise a generally bright and cheery film.

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** ''Film/BigFish'', which avoids Johnny Depp, has only two moments which involve takes a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane approach to the supernatural [[spoiler:both of which turn out to be made up]] supernatural, and is otherwise a generally bright and cheery film.


* Teen star Lesley Gore performed catchy pop songs in the GirlGroup vein in TheSixties, such as her SignatureSong "It's My Party", balanced with more sophisticated ballads like "You Don't Own Me". Her sporadic adult recording career, in which she emerged in full as a singer-songwriter, largely consisted of downtempo or mid-tempo, stripped-down, jazzy ballads in the vein of [[CaroleKing Carole King's]] ''Tapestry''. In 1975, however, she reunited with her Sixties-era producer QuincyJones to produce...a very [[https://www.discogs.com/Lesley-Gore-Love-Me-By-Name/release/5668246 disco/funk/soul-styled album]] called ''Love Me By Name''.

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* Teen star Lesley Gore performed catchy pop songs in the GirlGroup vein in TheSixties, such as her SignatureSong "It's My Party", balanced with more sophisticated ballads like "You Don't Own Me". Her sporadic adult recording career, in which she emerged in full as a singer-songwriter, largely consisted of downtempo or mid-tempo, stripped-down, jazzy ballads in the vein of [[CaroleKing [[Music/CaroleKing Carole King's]] ''Tapestry''.''Music/{{Tapestry}}''. In 1975, however, she reunited with her Sixties-era producer QuincyJones to produce...a very [[https://www.discogs.com/Lesley-Gore-Love-Me-By-Name/release/5668246 disco/funk/soul-styled album]] called ''Love Me By Name''.

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** Lesley ''herself'' would appear to be one in Quincy Jones' pop production career; even the AllMusic website's biography of Lesley would mention that "retrospectives of Jones' career usually downplay or omit his work with Gore, although it was among his most commercially successful; he's known now for recordings that are, well, funkier. But his success with Gore did a lot to build his already impressive résumé within the industry."


* Music/HoneyWorks has a lot of songs talking about heterosexual romance, and even their LoveTriangle songs are based on this. "Nonfantasy" and "Gimme Gimme Call", however, end with decidedly non-het couples; the former ends in a threesome marriage while the grooms kiss each other, while the latter ends with the two boys in the LoveTriangle dating each other instead while the girl ends the PV dejected but comforted by her friends.

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* Music/HoneyWorks has a lot of songs talking about heterosexual romance, and even their LoveTriangle songs are based on this. "Nonfantasy" and "Gimme Gimme Call", however, end with decidedly non-het couples; the former ends in a mmf threesome marriage while the grooms kiss each other, while the latter ends with the two boys in the LoveTriangle dating each other instead while the girl ends the PV dejected but comforted by her friends.


* Creator/FujioAkatsuka is known for pioneering in surreal gag manga such as ''Manga/TensaiBakabon'' and ''Manga/OsomatsuKun''. He also created ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan'', a semi-serious MagicalGirl series considered to be the first of its kind. Most of his early work may very well qualify as this, as he used to be an author of [[ShojoDemographic shoujo manga]] before he branched out to shonen and general audiences.

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* Creator/FujioAkatsuka is known for pioneering in surreal gag manga such as ''Manga/TensaiBakabon'' and ''Manga/OsomatsuKun''. He also created ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan'', a semi-serious MagicalGirl series considered to be the first of its kind. Most of his early work may very well qualify as this, as he used to be an author of [[ShojoDemographic [[ShoujoDemographic shoujo manga]] before he branched out to shonen and general audiences.

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