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* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', in which Jay's friend Jeremy Hawke has a role in a somewhat...different adaption of ''Literature/{{Pinocchio}}''. In this version, a "beige fairy" appears, clearly spoofing Robin Williams' Genie in voice, mannerisms, and pop culture references.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', in which Jay's friend Jeremy Hawke has a role in a somewhat... different adaption of ''Literature/{{Pinocchio}}''. In this version, a "beige fairy" appears, clearly spoofing Robin Williams' Genie in voice, mannerisms, and pop culture references.


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One common method of doing this in ScienceFiction and {{fantasy}} is by having a non-human character or a magical creature of some sort appear to be in tune with the cultural Zeitgeist of the time period when the work was made, but [[OrphanedEtymology not the one the work is]] ''[[OrphanedEtymology actually set in]]'', adding an extra touch of spice to the AnachronismStew. Thus, [[Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish space aliens]] will watch ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', Film/{{gremlins}} will cosplay as [[Film/FirstBlood Rambo]], and, yes, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the Genie]] will impersonate Creator/JackNicholson. Logically, there does come a moment when you must ask, "This alien/gremlin/genie can do all of these insane things, but they can't violate causality?"

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One common method of doing this in ScienceFiction and {{fantasy}} is by having a non-human character or a magical creature of some sort appear to be in tune with the cultural Zeitgeist of the time period when the work was made, but [[OrphanedEtymology not the one the work is]] ''[[OrphanedEtymology actually set in]]'', adding an extra touch of spice to the AnachronismStew. Thus, [[Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish space aliens]] will watch ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', Film/{{gremlins}} will cosplay as [[Film/FirstBlood Rambo]], and, yes, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} the Genie]] will impersonate Creator/JackNicholson. Logically, there does come a moment when you must ask, "This alien/gremlin/genie can do all of these insane things, but they can't violate causality?"



Though this particular gag did not originate in TheNineties, it became very popular for a long time following the smashing success of Creator/{{Disney}}[='s=] ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}.''

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Though this particular gag did not originate in TheNineties, it became very popular for a long time following the smashing success of Creator/{{Disney}}[='s=] ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}.''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}.''



** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' did it first, with Merlin lamenting the fact that he lives before indoor plumbing and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere going to 20th century Bermuda]] when the mood suits him. He even comes back in a Hawaiian tourist shirt. The gag is true to the original ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', in which Merlin makes a number of anachronistic references to 20th century events due to [[MerlinSickness living through history in reverse]].
** The toy shop visited in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' contains a bubble-blowing Disney/{{Dumbo}} toy, despite being set in the 19th century.
** The Genie from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is this to the max, as well as the TropeNamer. His accurate impressions of movie stars (such as, notably, Creator/JackNicholson) provided ample {{Parental Bonus}}es, and like Merlin in ''The Sword in the Stone'', he exhibits ample working knowledge of twentieth-century zeitgeist and technology. In the sequels and [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries television series]] that followed, he frequently alluded to several other Disney franchises and impersonated their characters, including Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.

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** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'' did it first, with Merlin lamenting the fact that he lives before indoor plumbing and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere going to 20th century Bermuda]] when the mood suits him. He even comes back in a Hawaiian tourist shirt. The gag is true to the original ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', in which Merlin makes a number of anachronistic references to 20th century events due to [[MerlinSickness living through history in reverse]].
** The toy shop visited in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatMouseDetective'' contains a bubble-blowing Disney/{{Dumbo}} WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}} toy, despite being set in the 19th century.
** The Genie from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' is this to the max, as well as the TropeNamer. His accurate impressions of movie stars (such as, notably, Creator/JackNicholson) provided ample {{Parental Bonus}}es, and like Merlin in ''The Sword in the Stone'', he exhibits ample working knowledge of twentieth-century zeitgeist and technology. In the sequels and [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries television series]] that followed, he frequently alluded to several other Disney franchises and impersonated their characters, including Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'' and ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}''.



** In the first ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Zazu, while being held prisoner, sings "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen", "[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks It's a Small World After All]]", and "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" in that order, while at one point Timon and Pumbaa sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The POVSequel, meanwhile, had [[ThoseTwoGuys Timon and Pumbaa]] making jokes like, "We moved into the theater district," and "Something tells me this ain't the traveling company of ''Theatre/{{Riverdance}}''" (followed by them making the dance from that play as they exit the scene). Though that said, ''The Lion King'' doesn't necessarily take place in the past. But the African savanna without any human settlements nearby is close enough.
** During their musical number, the gargoyles in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are seen playing a piano centuries before it was invented, as well as throwing in references to Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti's ''David'' (the film is set nearly a quarter-century before the statue's completion) and ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' (an ActorAllusion; Tom Hulce, who plays Quasimodo, also played Mozart). And there's a huge shout-out to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' when Laverne "sics" her birds on the enemy...
** Played with in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', with the side characters making pop culture jokes masked under Ancient Greek references: Phil refers to Thebes as "[[BigApplesauce The Big Olive]]", Meg makes reference to seeing through Hercules' act "in a Peloponnesian minute", Panic yells for someone to "call IXII", etc. Played straight with Hades who makes references to "[[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball halftime]]" and tennis, and with Meg when she compares Pain and Panic to costumed theme park characters.
** Mushu in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' gets to do most of the anachronistic jokes, including using a modern toothbrush after biting Ling, and lamenting about not having an entourage.
* Devon and Cornwall, the two-headed dragon from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' is this film's answer to Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s Genie. During their big musical number, everything from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' gets a ShoutOut, including ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', and they close up with impressions of Music/ElvisPresley and Sonny & Cher. Bladebeak may also qualify; he makes a pun based on Film/DirtyHarry.

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** In the first ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'', Zazu, while being held prisoner, sings "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen", "[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks It's a Small World After All]]", and "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" in that order, while at one point Timon and Pumbaa sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The POVSequel, meanwhile, had [[ThoseTwoGuys Timon and Pumbaa]] making jokes like, "We moved into the theater district," and "Something tells me this ain't the traveling company of ''Theatre/{{Riverdance}}''" (followed by them making the dance from that play as they exit the scene). Though that said, ''The Lion King'' doesn't necessarily take place in the past. But the African savanna without any human settlements nearby is close enough.
** During their musical number, the gargoyles in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are seen playing a piano centuries before it was invented, as well as throwing in references to Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti's ''David'' (the film is set nearly a quarter-century before the statue's completion) and ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' (an ActorAllusion; Tom Hulce, who plays Quasimodo, also played Mozart). And there's a huge shout-out to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' when Laverne "sics" her birds on the enemy...
** Played with in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'', with the side characters making pop culture jokes masked under Ancient Greek references: Phil refers to Thebes as "[[BigApplesauce The Big Olive]]", Meg makes reference to seeing through Hercules' act "in a Peloponnesian minute", Panic yells for someone to "call IXII", etc. Played straight with Hades who makes references to "[[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball halftime]]" and tennis, and with Meg when she compares Pain and Panic to costumed theme park characters.
** Mushu in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'' gets to do most of the anachronistic jokes, including using a modern toothbrush after biting Ling, and lamenting about not having an entourage.
* Devon and Cornwall, the two-headed dragon from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' is this film's answer to Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'s Genie. During their big musical number, everything from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'' to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' gets a ShoutOut, including ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', and they close up with impressions of Music/ElvisPresley and Sonny & Cher. Bladebeak may also qualify; he makes a pun based on Film/DirtyHarry.



* Gizmo, and the eponymous creatures from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', are like this. In the first movie, this quality is restricted to their love of the movie ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', but in [[Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch the sequel]] (a more humorous take on the first movie's premise), the gremlins are total pop culture junkies mere hours after having been spawned, going so far as to stage elaborate recreations of scenes from ''Film/Batman1989'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', and ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', among others, plus their enormous, balls-to-the-wall musical rendition of 'New York, New York'. It's somewhat more reasonable with Gizmo, since Billy taught him to watch television, and thus his infatuation with Franchise/{{Rambo}} makes some sort of sense. Especially since ''he was watching the film just before donning the costume''.

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* Gizmo, and the eponymous creatures from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', are like this. In the first movie, this quality is restricted to their love of the movie ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', but in [[Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch the sequel]] (a more humorous take on the first movie's premise), the gremlins are total pop culture junkies mere hours after having been spawned, going so far as to stage elaborate recreations of scenes from ''Film/Batman1989'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', and ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', among others, plus their enormous, balls-to-the-wall musical rendition of 'New York, New York'. It's somewhat more reasonable with Gizmo, since Billy taught him to watch television, and thus his infatuation with Franchise/{{Rambo}} makes some sort of sense. Especially since ''he was watching the film just before donning the costume''.



* The Creator/FilmCow short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoj2mJWlKUk "It's Aladdin!"]] parodies this trope and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the trope namer]]. The genie can only do impersonations of celebrities who won't be born for another thousand years.

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* The Creator/FilmCow short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoj2mJWlKUk "It's Aladdin!"]] parodies this trope and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} the trope namer]]. The genie can only do impersonations of celebrities who won't be born for another thousand years.


* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Death's home as shown in ''The Sandman Special - The Song of Orpheus'' has several contemporary, late-20th century objects, while the story itself is set in [[ClassicalMythology Ancient Greece]]. Orpheus suffers a mild shock upon seeing it.

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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Death's home as shown in ''The Sandman Special - The Song of Orpheus'' has several contemporary, late-20th century objects, while the story itself is set in [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Ancient Greece]]. Orpheus suffers a mild shock upon seeing it.


* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Death's home as shown in ''The Sandman Special - The Song of Orpheus'' has several contemporary, late-20th century objects, while the story itself is set in Ancient Greece. Orpheus suffers a mild shock upon seeing it.

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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Death's home as shown in ''The Sandman Special - The Song of Orpheus'' has several contemporary, late-20th century objects, while the story itself is set in [[ClassicalMythology Ancient Greece.Greece]]. Orpheus suffers a mild shock upon seeing it.

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* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime occasionally does this, with characters making pop culture references or observations that don't make sense given the world the series takes place in. For example, in ''The Ghost of Maiden's Peak'', a Gastly turns into a mongoose to scare Jessie's Ekans (a snake-like Pokemon), despite real animals being typically absent from the setting.


* ''Theatre/TwistedTheUntoldStoryOfARoyalVizier'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]]: Ja'far does not get the djinn's anachronistic pop culture references, and [[RealityEnsues is annoyed when he refuses to stop]] [[SpeaksInShoutOuts speaking in shout-outs]].

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* ''Theatre/TwistedTheUntoldStoryOfARoyalVizier'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]]: Ja'far does not get the djinn's anachronistic pop culture references, and [[RealityEnsues is annoyed when he refuses to stop]] [[SpeaksInShoutOuts speaking in shout-outs]]. And because he doesn't understand the Genie's quoting and takes him literally, he introduces the djinn as Johnny, then Turboman, but gives up altogether when the djinn says "I'm Batman!".



* The characters of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', ranging from humans to demons, tend to all freely make references to recent Japanese pop culture, despite being sealed off from the modern world.

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* The characters of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', ranging from humans to demons, tend to all freely make references to recent Japanese pop culture, despite being sealed off from the modern world.world (although elements of the modern world keep finding their way into Gensokyo, usually Yukari's fault).

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* The rapping dog from ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' is one of the most infamous examples of this. It's bad enough that the scene [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment comes right the hell out of nowhere and makes little sense]], even by the inane standards of the rest of the movie, but that his style of music won't even be ''invented'' for another 70 years or so.


** Played with in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', with the side characters making pop culture jokes masked under Ancient Greek references: Phil refers to Thebes as "[[BigApplesauce The Big Olive]]", Meg makes reference to seeing through Hercules' act "in a Peleponesian minute", Panic yells for someone to "call IXII", etc. Played straight with Hades who makes references to "[[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball halftime]]" and tennis, and with Meg when she compares Pain and Panic to costumed theme park characters.

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** Played with in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', with the side characters making pop culture jokes masked under Ancient Greek references: Phil refers to Thebes as "[[BigApplesauce The Big Olive]]", Meg makes reference to seeing through Hercules' act "in a Peleponesian Peloponnesian minute", Panic yells for someone to "call IXII", etc. Played straight with Hades who makes references to "[[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball halftime]]" and tennis, and with Meg when she compares Pain and Panic to costumed theme park characters.



* Devon and Cornwall, the two-headed dragon from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' is this film's answer to Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s Genie. During their big musical number, everything from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' gets a ShoutOut, including ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', and they close up with impressions of Music/ElvisPresley and Sonny and Cher. Bladebeak may also qualify; he makes a pun based on Film/DirtyHarry.

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* Devon and Cornwall, the two-headed dragon from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' is this film's answer to Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s Genie. During their big musical number, everything from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' gets a ShoutOut, including ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', and they close up with impressions of Music/ElvisPresley and Sonny and & Cher. Bladebeak may also qualify; he makes a pun based on Film/DirtyHarry.



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** During their musical number, the gargoyles in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are seen playing a piano centuries before it was invented, as well as throw in references to Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti's ''David'' (the film is set nearly a quarter-century before the statue's completion) and ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' (an ActorAllusion; Tom Hulce, who plays Quasimodo, also played Mozart). And there's a huge shout-out to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' when Laverne "sics" her birds on the enemy...

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** During their musical number, the gargoyles in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are seen playing a piano centuries before it was invented, as well as throw throwing in references to Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti's ''David'' (the film is set nearly a quarter-century before the statue's completion) and ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' (an ActorAllusion; Tom Hulce, who plays Quasimodo, also played Mozart). And there's a huge shout-out to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' when Laverne "sics" her birds on the enemy...


* ''Videogame/NamcoXCapcom:'' Xiaomu, Reiji's main partner (also in ''Videogame/EndlessFrontier'' and ''Videogame/ProjectXZone'') is a Chinese fox-human who likes SpeaksInShoutOuts, not just to multiple games but also assorted other media such as anime or film. Her advanced age (765 years old) and dimension-hopping with Reiji might be the explanation.

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* ''Videogame/NamcoXCapcom:'' Xiaomu, Reiji's main partner (also in ''Videogame/EndlessFrontier'' and ''Videogame/ProjectXZone'') is a Chinese fox-human who likes SpeaksInShoutOuts, not just to multiple games but also assorted other media such as anime or film. Her advanced age (765 years old) and dimension-hopping with Reiji might be the explanation.


* Another ScummVM game, ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'' contains a fair share of references also. Somewhat justified what with Simon being transported from a modern world into a magical fantasy realm, but the fantasy realm itself seems pretty heavy on the references and not just to fairy tales and fantasy books, mind you.

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* Another ScummVM Scumm game, ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'' contains a fair share of references also. Somewhat justified what with Simon being transported from a modern world into a magical fantasy realm, but the fantasy realm itself seems pretty heavy on the references and not just to fairy tales and fantasy books, mind you.



* ''Videogame/NamcoXCapcom:'' Xiaomu, Reiji's main partner (also in ''Videogame/EndlessFrontier'' and ''Videogame/ProjectXZone'') is a Chinese fox-human who likes SpeakingInShoutOuts, not just to multiple games but also assorted other media such as anime or film. Her advanced age (765 years old) and dimension-hopping with Reiji might be the explanation.

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* ''Videogame/NamcoXCapcom:'' Xiaomu, Reiji's main partner (also in ''Videogame/EndlessFrontier'' and ''Videogame/ProjectXZone'') is a Chinese fox-human who likes SpeakingInShoutOuts, SpeaksInShoutOuts, not just to multiple games but also assorted other media such as anime or film. Her advanced age (765 years old) and dimension-hopping with Reiji might be the explanation.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47gCW0ZvdDc This]] special celebrating [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World's]] 25th anniversary at one point has the Disney version of Film/MaryPoppins (who lived in TheEdwardianEra but was, of course, magic) make a joking reference to NAFTA in 1982 to time-travelers from 1971. ItMakesSenseInContext... kind of.


* ''Manga/DrStone'' is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth after everyone [[TakenForGranite suddenly turned to stone for thousands of years]] and all of human civilization and progress was completely erased, with only a handful of people recovering from their petrification. The main character eventually stumbles upon a tribe of people he concludes must be descendants of other people who de-petrified generations ago, and when he notices them making reference to the legend of Momotaro, he finds out that the village shaman has been keeping such trivia alive through oral tradition.

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* ''Manga/DrStone'' is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth after everyone [[TakenForGranite suddenly turned to stone for thousands of years]] and all of human civilization and progress was completely erased, with only a handful of people recovering from their petrification. The main character eventually stumbles upon a tribe of people he concludes must be descendants of other people who de-petrified generations ago, and when he notices them making reference to the legend of Momotaro, he finds out that the village shaman has been keeping such trivia alive through oral tradition.tradition (though by this point the Momotaro legend has turned into a ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' parody.)

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* ''Manga/DrStone'' is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth after everyone [[TakenForGranite suddenly turned to stone for thousands of years]] and all of human civilization and progress was completely erased, with only a handful of people recovering from their petrification. The main character eventually stumbles upon a tribe of people he concludes must be descendants of other people who de-petrified generations ago, and when he notices them making reference to the legend of Momotaro, he finds out that the village shaman has been keeping such trivia alive through oral tradition.

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