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->''"Lisa, if you don't like your job, you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way!"''
-->--'''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E21ThePTADisbands "The PTA Disbands"]]

The lighting is so bad you can see the shadow of the boom-mike on the wall. The zippers and seams are visible on the PeopleInRubberSuits. The editing looks like someone playing with the wipe feature on Windows Movie Maker. There are times when you really start to wonder what is going wrong with a movie; in theory, they should be trying to make the best product they can.

But that's not what happens. A strange combination of the lack of money, time, expertise, enthusiasm and/or optimism, and simple ''talent'' sabotages the production. The creators were completely apathetic, and they [[WordOfGod admit it]].

Examples for this trope are all about the production values. It is possible to be apathetic to other aspects of making a story, but we have another set of tropes for that.

Also worth remembering is that while the quality of any work given as an example has likely suffered horribly from its makers' apathy, this apathy itself is not necessarily all bad. As many an artist and writer can testify, any work for which the publisher's editors and executives have a complete lack of concern can be an opportunity for the creator to put whatever he or she wants in it, as their superiors' apathy provides a kind of ''de facto'' ProtectionFromEditors. From a business perspective, [[AudienceAlienatingPremise some works simply have no target audience]], or sometimes the concept underlying them [[SoBadItsHorrible is just so bad]] that no one should ever have approved any budget or other resources for its creation in the first place. When such an abomination makes its way down to the production crew, sympathetic souls in middle management [[ExecutiveMeddling will often warn everyone involved]] not to waste too much talent or money making it. On the critics' end, works for which even the creators showed no concern can have some NarmCharm, be SoBadItsGood, or at least inspire some BileFascination.

Compare StylisticSuck, ArtisticLicense, and WhoWritesThisCrap. Contrast DevelopersForesight and DoingItForTheArt.

'''Due to a revised definition, all examples that are not InUniverse require WordOfGod ''confirming'' that the creators didn't care.'''

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Michael Haigney of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/comparisons/kanto/ep011.html admitted to]] half-assing some of his Pokémon voices on the basis that, with over a hundred-and-fifty to get through, it was likely that some Pokémon would never be seen again. This rapidly backfired when he applied it to Charmander which is 1. a starter mon, i.e. one of the first Pokémon kids receive, 2. featured and spotlighted in a fairly early episode, and 3. captured by the protagonist, all of which should have been clear signs that it would become a recurring character, which it did.
* While not the creators of the show, when ''Anime/SonicX'' was acquired and dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment, many of the key elements that are present in the Sonic franchise were often either misinterpreted or mislabeled in the 1st season. [[WordOfGod Michael Haigney]], who also produced the dub of Pokemon, in addition to ''Sonic X'', stated, "I've never played the game, seen the series or read the comics." being the reason for the lack of research.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In an in-universe example, the LemonyNarrator of ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', who is supposedly writing the whole thing, has a very lax approach to essay writing, getting drunk towards the beginning of Chapter 3, not wanting to write any more praise for Princess Celestia, and instead, [[spoiler: inserting her self-authored haikus in their place]], and literally admitting to lying to her professor and cursing him in-text (while simultaneously submitting it in to him later for marking).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheRoom'': As production dragged on, professionalism just fell apart. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. [[WordOfGod Greg Sestero]], who played Mark, admitted to phoning in his performance. Entire scenes were out of focus because they did not bother to check the lens. Greg's own book about the production of the film, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' chronicles this.
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* InUniverse example in the ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/7040006/the-new-iphone-is-just-worse The New iPhone is Just Worse]]", where the narrator praises the "innovation" of removing features for allowing them to leave work early.
-->''I wanted to make it an impenetrable glass brick, but Tim said no.''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This trope is played up intentionally for humor and parody in the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Stimpy's Cartoon". The plot is that Stimpy wants to make a cartoon for his hero, the godfather of animation, Wilbur Cobb. Ren is bitter about this, so Stimpy crowns him producer. However, it turns out out that Ren just doesn't care about the cartoon and his only role is to work Stimpy to the bone while presenting impossible challenges, taking month-long vacations, ripping up storyboards and tossing them in the trash, price gouging on art supplies, forcing Stimpy to shave logs for animation cels, etc.. In the end, Stimpy's cartoon is a poorly drawn, poorly animated, inept, and non-sensical romp called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tmAE6e6yVc "Explodey the Pup"]] (or "I Like Pink"), which demonstrates the very definition of this trope.
* Donald F. Glut has stated in many interviews over the years that he had little regards for his work as a writer for 80's cartoons (the little-seen syndicated ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' series excepted), saying he often submitted first drafts as final scripts and that he did them [[MoneyDearBoy purely for the $$$]].
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->''"Lisa, if you don't like your job, you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way!"''
-->--'''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E21ThePTADisbands "The PTA Disbands"]]

The lighting is so bad you can see the shadow of the boom-mike on the wall. The zippers and seams are visible on the PeopleInRubberSuits. The editing looks like someone playing with the wipe feature on Windows Movie Maker. There are times when you really start to wonder what is going wrong with a movie; in theory, they should be trying to make the best product they can.

But that's not what happens. A strange combination of the lack of money, time, expertise, enthusiasm and/or optimism, and simple ''talent'' sabotages the production. The creators were completely apathetic, and they [[WordOfGod admit it]].

Examples for this trope are all about the production values. It is possible to be apathetic to other aspects of making a story, but we have another set of tropes for that.

Also worth remembering is that while the quality of any work given as an example has likely suffered horribly from its makers' apathy, this apathy itself is not necessarily all bad. As many an artist and writer can testify, any work for which the publisher's editors and executives have a complete lack of concern can be an opportunity for the creator to put whatever he or she wants in it, as their superiors' apathy provides a kind of ''de facto'' ProtectionFromEditors. From a business perspective, [[AudienceAlienatingPremise some works simply have no target audience]], or sometimes the concept underlying them [[SoBadItsHorrible is just so bad]] that no one should ever have approved any budget or other resources for its creation in the first place. When such an abomination makes its way down to the production crew, sympathetic souls in middle management [[ExecutiveMeddling will often warn everyone involved]] not to waste too much talent or money making it. On the critics' end, works for which even the creators showed no concern can have some NarmCharm, be SoBadItsGood, or at least inspire some BileFascination.

Compare StylisticSuck, ArtisticLicense, and WhoWritesThisCrap. Contrast DevelopersForesight and DoingItForTheArt.

'''Due to a revised definition, all examples that are not InUniverse require WordOfGod ''confirming'' that the creators didn't care.'''

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!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Michael Haigney of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/comparisons/kanto/ep011.html admitted to]] half-assing some of his Pokémon voices on the basis that, with over a hundred-and-fifty to get through, it was likely that some Pokémon would never be seen again. This rapidly backfired when he applied it to Charmander which is 1. a starter mon, i.e. one of the first Pokémon kids receive, 2. featured and spotlighted in a fairly early episode, and 3. captured by the protagonist, all of which should have been clear signs that it would become a recurring character, which it did.
* While not the creators of the show, when ''Anime/SonicX'' was acquired and dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment, many of the key elements that are present in the Sonic franchise were often either misinterpreted or mislabeled in the 1st season. [[WordOfGod Michael Haigney]], who also produced the dub of Pokemon, in addition to ''Sonic X'', stated, "I've never played the game, seen the series or read the comics." being the reason for the lack of research.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In an in-universe example, the LemonyNarrator of ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', who is supposedly writing the whole thing, has a very lax approach to essay writing, getting drunk towards the beginning of Chapter 3, not wanting to write any more praise for Princess Celestia, and instead, [[spoiler: inserting her self-authored haikus in their place]], and literally admitting to lying to her professor and cursing him in-text (while simultaneously submitting it in to him later for marking).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheRoom'': As production dragged on, professionalism just fell apart. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. [[WordOfGod Greg Sestero]], who played Mark, admitted to phoning in his performance. Entire scenes were out of focus because they did not bother to check the lens. Greg's own book about the production of the film, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' chronicles this.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* InUniverse example in the ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/7040006/the-new-iphone-is-just-worse The New iPhone is Just Worse]]", where the narrator praises the "innovation" of removing features for allowing them to leave work early.
-->''I wanted to make it an impenetrable glass brick, but Tim said no.''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This trope is played up intentionally for humor and parody in the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Stimpy's Cartoon". The plot is that Stimpy wants to make a cartoon for his hero, the godfather of animation, Wilbur Cobb. Ren is bitter about this, so Stimpy crowns him producer. However, it turns out out that Ren just doesn't care about the cartoon and his only role is to work Stimpy to the bone while presenting impossible challenges, taking month-long vacations, ripping up storyboards and tossing them in the trash, price gouging on art supplies, forcing Stimpy to shave logs for animation cels, etc.. In the end, Stimpy's cartoon is a poorly drawn, poorly animated, inept, and non-sensical romp called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tmAE6e6yVc "Explodey the Pup"]] (or "I Like Pink"), which demonstrates the very definition of this trope.
* Donald F. Glut has stated in many interviews over the years that he had little regards for his work as a writer for 80's cartoons (the little-seen syndicated ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' series excepted), saying he often submitted first drafts as final scripts and that he did them [[MoneyDearBoy purely for the $$$]].
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* ''Film/TheRoom'': As production dragged on, professionalism just fell apart. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. [[WordOfGod Greg Sestero]], who played Mark, admitted to phone in his performance. Entire scenes were out of focus because they did not bother to check the lens. Greg's own book about the production of the film, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' chronicles this.

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* ''Film/TheRoom'': As production dragged on, professionalism just fell apart. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. [[WordOfGod Greg Sestero]], who played Mark, admitted to phone phoning in his performance. Entire scenes were out of focus because they did not bother to check the lens. Greg's own book about the production of the film, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' chronicles this.


* ''Film/TheRoom'': As production dragged on, professionalism just fell apart. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. [[WordOfGod Greg Sestero]], who played Mark, admitted to phoning in his performance. Entire scenes were out of focus because they did not bother to check the lens. Greg's own book about the production of the film, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' chronicles this.

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* ''Film/TheRoom'': As production dragged on, professionalism just fell apart. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. [[WordOfGod Greg Sestero]], who played Mark, admitted to phoning phone in his performance. Entire scenes were out of focus because they did not bother to check the lens. Greg's own book about the production of the film, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' chronicles this.


* Parodied in the ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/7040006/the-new-iphone-is-just-worse The New iPhone is Just Worse]]", where the narrator praises the "innovation" of removing features for allowing them to leave work early.

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* Parodied InUniverse example in the ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/7040006/the-new-iphone-is-just-worse The New iPhone is Just Worse]]", where the narrator praises the "innovation" of removing features for allowing them to leave work early.

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