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Dec 6th 2020 at 12:47:42 PM

This huge section (and I mean huge, open the folder at your own peril) just got added to YMMV.The Nostalgia Critic. It's trope-slashed which is already a problem, but we need to go through each example to see if it's valid for either item. I figured I'd bring it here first to determine which entries are valid Critical Research Failure.

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  • Critical Research Failure / Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer: The Critic and his real life counterpart Doug Walker have been known for getting important movie facts incorrect. In general, Doug doesn't seem to be that concerned in doing much research about the stuff he reviews, certainly when comparing him to The Nostalgia Chick or Brows Held High, since he believes a film should be enjoyed and completely understood on its own without All There in the Manual. Unfortunately he has officially announced that he will no longer do fuck up vids because Douchey annoys even him.
    • The Michael Bay rant in Pearl Harbor. A lot of people in the comment sections told him that soldiers really didn't have to learn to swim before WW 2 because they would have been screwed anyway (some even deliberately avoided it so they would die less painfully). ZCE
      • Though honestly it was one of the few things that could have been accurate, as Pearl Harbor has plenty of inaccurate stuff in it. Natter
    • In a sketch ironically complaining about Disney film animation errors of history, he calls The Little Mermaid British. Two things, Hans Christian Andersen doesn't even sound like a British name, and Doug knew all about the fairy-tale in his Disneycember review.
    • He does this a number of times in his Disneycember and Dreamworks-uary videos. None of these are even Nostalgia Critic videos; this is Doug's other series.
      • In the Dinosaur review, he claims that the film didn't do well at the box office. Dinosaur actually was a great financial success, the problem being that its generic plot (which Critic also criticizes) caused the film to be forgotten in pop culture. Not common knowledge. This might even be Common Knowledge.
      • In the Atlantis: The Lost Empire review, he claims that critics ripped it to shreds. It's more accurate to say that 'some'' critics ripped it to shreds as the movie had a mixed reception. Not common knowledge.
      • In his Treasure Planet review, the reason he's so critical of it is because he's so unfamiliar with the concept of Steampunk (a huge design influence on the movie). He also erroneously refers to the film's setting as The Future when it's actually an Alternate Universe. Not everybody is super familiar with steampunk.
      • During his review of The Road to El Dorado, he claims that the point of the movie is to have animated characters act like live-action characters. The real point of the movie is that according to the producers, after seeing so many animated features whose heroes were upstaged by more memorable sidekicks, they decided to just cut out the typical "hero" characters and center the film on Those Two Guys in the first place.
      • In his Dream Works-uary review of Madagascar, he refers to the lemurs as rodents. Lemurs are primates. This could be valid CRF.
      • In his Disneycember review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, he claims that it was animated by TMS Entertainment and goes into detail about how their style doesn't fit Disney movies, when it was actually animated by Walt Disney Animation Japan. However, many of the founding members of Disney Animation Japan were former TMS animators, as Doug pointed out on Facebook.
      • In his review of Mulan II, he claims that the plot is driven by Huns about to attack, when it is actually the Mongols; the Huns are the villains of the first movie. Humorously, Disney Channel made a similar but opposite mistake in a TV spot for the first film (referring to the Huns as the Mongols).
      • Among many criticisms of The Phantom Menace he explicitly states Queen Amidala makes no sense as "you don't elect queens". Yes, such a thing exists: it's called an Elective Monarchy. There aren't any out there that are near as functional as the one in the film seems to be, mind, but the film is also a work of fiction that gets to make it's own rules in the first place.
    • He also criticizes that the Clone Army would become the Stormtroopers, implying this makes no sense as all the Stormtroopers had "different voices" (Why would clones have different voices?). The Stormtroopers weren't clones (except for Darth Vader's 501st Legion) but recruited troops.
    • Ironically does this about one of his own videos in "Top 11 F*ckups Part 3". During one of the entries, he states he made a mistake in his Gordy review by calling a pan a pot. However, in said Gordy review, he actually referred to a pot as a pan, making it a rare occasion of not doing research on his own content.
    • He has complained that some elements in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies are not consistent with the TV animated cartoon series, despite the fact that the films were actually meant to be closer to the original comic series.
      • In his crossover with AVGN to review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), they question the 90's film's depiction of the foot clan. Most of their arguments hold (Shredder wants to send teenagers with a few weeks ninja training to fight armed police, they all instantly believe his stories about giant rats and turtles, he claims to want to take over the city but never orders them to do more than petty theft), but their main question is why any rational teenager would risk their life in the Foot Clan in the first place when Shredder can't offer them much more than video games, junk food, and sex, even though that was the whole point of the film's subplot involving Foot-Clan new recruits that served as commentary on real life street gangs. These kids would, irrationally, rather enjoy whatever hollow cammraderie and vice a dangerous gang would give them than submit themselves to the authority of their parents or the foster system, who they view as corrupt and evil. Strangely, Doug commented on this believable irrationality of teenagers in his original review.
    • An egregious case, since he says he is a big fan, is in the editorial about Tom and Jerry, where he outright states that Tom always starts the fight, which is wrong. While Tom does start the fight often, sometimes it's Jerry who starts it. Jerry almost always receives comeuppance in these episodes to soften the blow, however.
    • Not that it helps make the movie better, but the budget of Foodfight! was actually 45 million, not 65 like he keeps pointing out. To his and everyone else's credit: It was more to blame on imdb due to that site listing the false budget number.
      • Another moment in the review is when he expresses surprise that Lieutenant X is voiced by Tim Curry. He's actually voiced by Jeff Bennett doing a Tim Curry impersonation.
    • In his editorial about The Looney Tunes Show, he stated that in the episode To Bowl Or Not To Bowl, Daffy was the only player on the team who couldn't bowl. However, while Daffy was a mediocre player, the only member on the team who was shown to be better than him was Bugs, while the rest of the members (with the possible exception of Porky, whose skills as a bowler were never shown in the episode) were even worse at bowling than Daffy was.
    • His Jurassic Park III review has a curious complaint from him about the film's early classification of Isla Sorna as being 'restricted'. While he does more criticize the presentation, he also treats it as obvious fact; this is not information viewers of the previous films would be privy to, however. When The Lost World: Jurassic Park ends, we have no idea what the political and legal status of the island is. By presenting us with a caption telling us the island is 'restricted', it shows us that the action about to occur, with the Dino-Soar company performing their para-sailing tours, is in fact pretty illegal.
      • He also then goes on to query exactly why the Velociraptors insist in just intimidating their prey rather than just outright killing them and then taking their eggs, which ignores the point that the Raptors are generally depicted as being intelligent enough that they could be concerned about damaging their eggs during a confrontation, and also ignores the point that in the modern, contemporary animal kingdom, there are a number of animals that use similar tactics.
    • In his review of The Purge, he repeatedly refers to the gang leader as 'Henry'. But, Henry was the name of the daughter's boyfriend, not the gang leader; he was unnamed and instead given the title 'Polite Leader' by the credits. And Henry is repeatedly named in the clips used in the review. He did point this out in his commentary of the review, though.
    • In his review of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, he was justified in complaining about Mc Nasty being a Devil in Plain Sight, but he seems to be unaware that Cooler didn't believe Whopper because the latter is Crying Wolf personified.
    • In his look at Sonic Sat AM, he painted Sally Acorn as a case of Princesses Rule while ignoring that she could not become a Queen because her kingdom was gone and was already taking great responsibility as the Freedom Fighter's field commander and strategist.
    • Matrix Month:
      • In his The Matrix review, he states that Trinity is played by Kate Moss, even though she's actually played by Carrie-Anne Moss.
      • In the next review about The Matrix Reloaded, he treats Neo in What the Hell, Hero? fashion for the rest of the review series for choosing saving Trinity over Zion after the Architect scene. Problem is, it was more a case of Take a Third Option. Zion was going to be destroyed anyway. What the Architect was offering Neo was to choose people to be unplugged from the Matrix to rebuild it and start the whole process again, with humanity still enslaved by the machines. To be fair, Critic implies that he was having a tough time understanding what the Architect was saying, not without good reason.
      • In the review of The Matrix Revolutions, he thinks it's ridiculous for Neo to have such issues with a single Smith when before he walked over a whole army of them. He seems to have overseen the fact that Smith has gotten a hell of a lot more powerful after taking over the Matrix, especially after absorbing the Oracle.
    • In his review of Dunston Checks In, he opens up with "MONKEYS AREN'T FUNNY!", despite the fact that this movie and every other example he brings up use apes, not monkeys. He later brings this up in "Top 11 F*ckups part 3".
    • In his Labyrinth review, he refers to Jareth the Goblin King as "Jared".
    • In the Titanic: The Legend Goes On review, he repeats the common myth that the third class passengers on the Titanic were trapped below deck by the crew, and not allowed to come up on the deck. note
    • Critic makes a rather notable mistake in his Warriors of Virtue review, where he assumes that the movie erroneously uses the term Tao (from Taoism) and mocks how they get it wrong. However, the director of the movie is the established Hong Kong filmmaker Ronnie Yu who knew both languages and clearly simply named the magic land in the film Tao.
    • In his review of The Haunting remake, he repeatedly refers to the doctor as "Dr. Moreau," even though this isn't his name in either version (it's Markway in the original, Marrow in the remake). The second mistake is forgivable, since "Marrow" and "Moreau" sound fairly similar, but you'd expect him to know the character's name in the original, given that he holds it in such high esteem.
    • In the Cool World review Critic asks "When will people learn that the vision of the artist is all you need to make something brilliant?" which immediately leads into Ralph Bakshi and similarly kooky directors talking about their more insane visions that didn't exactly work. The joke however falls flat when the first example used is the Saruman/Aruman fiasco from Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings...which happened because of executives, not Bakshi.
    • In the A Kid in King Arthur's Court review he stated that Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes was ten years old; that is incorrect, as Calvin is six.
    • He opens up his editorial on dubbing bad singing performances from actors by claiming Emma Watson's voice was auto tuned for her singing numbers in Beauty and the Beast... except that her voice was not auto tuned and she actually took singing lessons to prepare for the role.note While his opinion on her voice is valid, saying she's auto-tuned is just incorrect.
    • Uh, that's not Kal Penn in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, that's John Cho. What's even worse is that the immediate following joke is one about a future movie called "Harold and Sulu" in which the mock-up poster has two John Chos on it. However, at least he seems to have caught on to the mistake rather quickly, as the You Tube version at least actually refers to him as John Cho.
    • In his Pokémon: The First Movie review, he chides the movie's producers for their arrogance in subtitling it "The First Movie", as if it was inevitable that it would be successful enough to warrant at least one sequel. The movie actually got that title because it had already gotten a sequel by the time it was released in the United States, though the sequel had only been released in Japan at that point. And its original Japanese title (which was chosen before said sequel was released) wasn't "Pokémon: The First Movie", it was "Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back". He corrected this mistake in his review of Doug's 1st Movie later, though. Based on the beginning, he also doesn't realize that "Pokémon: The First Movie" and "Mewtwo Strikes Back" are two different names for the same movie. In his defense, at least, he does admit he's unfamiliar with the franchise and that he had a very difficult time figuring out which movie is the one he's supposed to be looking at.
    • In his review of Freddy vs. Jason, he goes on a long diatribe about movie studios pandering to their audiences by making television series adaptations of popular horror movie franchises. As an example, he cites Freddy's Nightmares and Friday the 13th: The Series. Except... those series are most definitely not straight adaptations of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Freddy's Nightmares is a horror anthology series that just has Freddy Krueger as the host (and occasionally making cameos), and Friday the 13th: The Series is a show about an antique shop full of magical artifacts that's related to the movie series In-Name-Only. note To be fair, that kind of reenforces his point, as slapping the name of a popular franchise on something just for the brand recognition could be seen as the highest form of pandering imaginable.
    • In his Super Mario Bros. (and later on Thomas and the Magic Railroad), he claims the movie versions of Mario and Luigi are father and son. However, Luigi says Mario is like a father to him because of Mario's Promotion to Parent after their parents died. It's been more than ten years since the review and the Critic appears to still believe they are father and son.
    • He also gets a lot of details about the infamous age consent laws in Japan wrong in his (out of nowhere) diatribe in his Sailor Moon review. In fairness, while he does point that that the age of consent being infamously thirteen is only between minors (contrary to what some people both inside and outside the anime community might believe), it only applies on the federal level and most prefectures raise it to sixteen and the age of consent between adults is twenty (the age of adulthood in Japan overall). He doesn't even bring up Tuxedo Mask being a college student in the anime to justify it! On top of that, along with coming right the hell out of nowhere, he seems to imply that the series was male-geared hence the Fanservice when in reality, it's the quintessential Shoujo for a reason and how it's not exactly helping the Unfortunate Implications of the review already having for calling the girls slutty.
    • In his Top 11 Dumbasses In Distress, he claims that Princess Peach's ability to fly was only shown in Super Mario Bros. 2 which was All Just a Dream and in her own game, Super Princess Peach, she only had weak abilities like crying. Super Princess Peach did show her flying. Said game also showed that she could control fire. He makes this error again in his editorial on Mario comics.
    • In his X-Men review, he claims that Morph is a Canon Foreigner. In reality, Morph is actually based on the obscure X-Men character Changeling (the name was changed to avoid confusion with Changeling from the Teen Titans). He also said that Morph is only in the first two episodes before being Killed Off for Real, but it was revealed in season 2 that Morph survived, and appears in multiple episodes afterwards.
    • Alien vs. Predator. Critic wonders why the Predators — who want to use Humans as living incubators for more Aliens to hunt — don't just unleash Facehuggers all over the planet instead of bothering with the trouble of posing as gods to attract Human Sacrifice volunteers. Said suggestion requires that you ignore the Predators' long-established Never Hurt an Innocent and Noble Demon beliefs.
    • In his editorial "Was The Killing Joke That Bad?", he praises the Joker's Villain Song as one of the few additions to the comic outside of the reviled prologue, when it was in fact in the comic.
    • In his list of favorite characters, he rather inexplicably refers to Ed Wood as "Edwood D. Wood."
    • Both the tagline for the review of The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the episode itself mock the idea of Nicolas Cage playing Mickey Mouse. Cage's character is more the closest equivalent to the wizard Yensid, with Jay Baruchel playing the Mickey equivalent.
    • In the Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory he notes Slugworth being German as a change (which he calls redundant considering Augustus Gloop) for this particular version even though he was in the original, even being played by German actor Günter Meisner.
    • In Spawn, he mistakes Malebolgia for Satan. In reality, Malebolgia is a high ranked demon working for Satan.
    • The episode for Superman: The Animated Series has the Critic point out that they never explained why Krypton was destroyed. Meanwhile, at the three minute and four second mark of the video, Jor-El is explaining why the planet is blowing up.
    • His review of Halloween (2007) has him stating that Rob Zombie decided to remake the original because he thought the story was in need of a re-telling. In fact, almost the complete opposite is true. Zombie initially rejected the film because he didn't think he could do the original justice, and it was only after being encouraged by John Carpenter himself that he hesitantly agreed to do it.
    • Dragonball Evolution:
      • He claims Piccolo looks like a piccolo...and then shows an image of a clarinet instead note .
      • A mistake made not by Critic but by guest starring Masako X. At one point he claims that Goku hates fighting and only fights when he has to. Goku hates killing, but is otherwise a Spirited Competitor who loves fighting strong opponents. Made egregious by the fact that Masako X was in the review specifically for his knowledge about Dragon Ball. Though he later clarified that he tried to be sarcastic, but the inflection was off.
    • An interesting one is his ripping on Jupiter Ascending for using a Maxi Pad as a bandage. Not only is this actually a good idea, but the Maxi Pad originally was intended to treat battlefield injuries before a better use was found for it. In his defense, he was probably dumbfounded by all the other ludicrous things in the movie (including Jupiter using the pad backward for some reason).
    • In his editorial "Are Video Games Art?", he claims that Metroid fans were outraged at Metroid: Other M for reasons entirely related to the story and that the gameplay wasn't disliked or commented on much at all. While there are some fans who claim that Other M's gameplay is good to great, this is far from a universal or even majority opinion; just look at the section on Scrappy Mechanics on the game's YMMV page.
    • While it is true that he says it's his own opinion, his review of It (2017) does have some glaring flaws in their critiques:
      • The first is It itself, the Critic portrays the new It as if it is a gritty remake that has no interest in anything funny, mainly due to It's new design, however throughout the movie it is made very clear that It is doing this partially because it needs to eat, and partially because it finds the misery and fear of the children hilarious, ultimately the difference between the Curry version from the Skarsgard version is that the Skarsgard version of Pennywise is seeking to entertain, just not other people, it seeks to enterteain itself through a morbid and depraved "show" and it chooses that apperance to make children uncomfortable.
      • Another point is the fact that the Critic complains that the apathy of the adults towards the alarming situation is not made very clear, this is false, not only are the adults in the town shown to be awful people, there is an entire scene dedicated to show just how apathetic the adults of Derry are, the scene in which the Losers Club discover just how many missing children posters actually are and how they are hidden.
    • In his Editorial, "Can Hype Kill a Good Film?", he seems to think that that Hype Backlash (though not stated directly, it is what he was talking about) is where people liked something already, but they turned away from it because it got so insanely popular in the marketing and people talking about it. That's actually the definition of It's Popular, Now It Sucks. Hype Backlash is actually defined as when people hear all the praises of something so much, that when they finally sit down to watch, read, or try whatever it is, they don't see what the big deal is about.
    • In his review of Water World he's confused as to why the villains are called The Smokers and assumes it's because they smoke a lot of cigarettes. It's very clearly established in the film that The Smokers have access to fuel, as their headquarters is the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, and thus have gas-powered smoke-spewing vehicles (including aircraft) as opposed to the man and wind-powered skiffs and rafts used by everyone else. It's even a plot point as part of The Smoker's motivation for finding Dryland is that their finite oil supply is almost depleted.
    • He calls Tom Cruise's character in The Mummy (2017) Rick Morton instead of Nick Morton. Though, the fact that both Critic and the Nerd refers to Cruise by his real name make it clear that neither of them care either way.
    • In his "Top 11 Worst Sequels" video, his entry on X-Men Origins: Wolverine claims that Fred J. Dukes ("The Blob") isn't a Mutant in the movie, but just a morbidly obese human. Except he is a Mutant, just like in the comics; the movie clearly shows that he had invulnerability and super-strength during his time with Team X, even before he gained all that weight. And though it's never spelled out, it's pretty strongly implied that his obesity is a side-effect of his powers. note
    • In his review of Cool World, his version of Ralph Bakshi, despite getting almost everything else correct about the movie's original pitch (a half-cartoon, half-human child wanting to kill their dad), uses masculine pronouns to talk about the child despite how the character was intended to be a girl.
    • In the Dark Age of Films video, he says Toy Story was one of the reasons that help improve movies after the 1996-2001 bad summer flicks era, that movie however came out in 1995.

EDIT: Decided to chop it all, if there's anything worth re-adding let me know.

Edited by mightymewtron on Dec 10th 2020 at 9:26:08 AM

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GoldenCityBird from the UK
Dec 10th 2020 at 5:29:05 AM

From the main page:

The database seems to catalogue all appearances of a character (One of them, as an example, seems to be listed under five whole games). Do they have avoidable deaths in those?

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Dec 18th 2020 at 12:49:44 PM

Would you say it's pretty commonly known that Moai statues (aka Easter Island Heads) come from Easter Island? In the Elf Bowling movie, there are Moai statues in Fiji that have a significant role in the plot. I feel like this is a noticable enough mistake because it's more common (at least from what I've seen) to call them Easter Island Heads than Moai. I was wondering if this was an example, or if I'm being too nitpicky.

Edited by raspberryred99 on Dec 18th 2020 at 3:49:59 PM

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Big Bucks No Whammies
Dec 18th 2020 at 2:38:06 PM

[up]I'd say so, if that's what the movie suggests. I don't even think it's a common mistake to assume Fiji and Easter Island are the same.

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Jan 2nd 2021 at 6:45:43 AM

From YMMV.Cinema Sins:

LaundryPizza03 Maintenance? from Texas
Jan 2nd 2021 at 10:28:00 AM

[up] This is okay, being a research mistake on Jeremy's part on the implausibility of any pistol firing this many rounds. According to Wikipedia, the Glock 17 models have exactly 17 rounds.

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Jan 2nd 2021 at 10:41:44 AM

My concern is more that the mistake might not be obvious enough. I didn't know how many rounds a glock can hold.

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Jan 2nd 2021 at 12:45:58 PM

That's the sort of thing that only gun enthusiasts would be aware of. I would say it's not an example.

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Jan 5th 2021 at 1:48:19 AM

YMMV.Game Grumps: I think all of this is just complainy misuse. It's not even Dan Browned because the Grumps don't position themselves as an authority on games, or even as critics. There's also a lot of Walkthrough Mode.

  • Critical Research Failure: Easily the most common and infamous criticism of the Grumps is that this happens way more often than it should.
    • In Episode 32 of the Sonic Adventure: DX playthrough, Dan and Arin constantly insult and lambaste the writer of a walkthrough that they're using for the Knuckles part of the game for being completely unhelpful with the Master Emerald locations. These locations are actually randomized every time the player enters the level or dies, which the walkthrough can't really help with bar general advice and pointing out some obscure possible spots (though to be fair, the walkthrough also failed to mention that the locations were randomized). Fandom misconception.
    • During the Castlevania: Dracula X playthrough, Arin gets the Castlevania lore wrong. First, he mistakenly thinks Simon Belmont was the protagonist of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, assuming it to be a direct sequel to the first two games, when in fact the protagonist is Trevor Belmont, and the game is a prequel. Second, he states that "Alucard is Dracula," when actually Alucard is Dracula's son. Both Arin and Danny also seem to mistakenly think Super Castlevania IV is a sequel to the NES titles, when it's actually a remake of the original Castlevania. Fandom misconception.
    • It becomes increasingly obvious during the Ocarina of Time playthrough that the majority of Arin's problems with the game are due to his own playstyle. Most of the enemies that he claims force you to wait can in fact be very easily dispatched by either hitting them in the back, blocking and counter-attacking, or just using a Deku Nut to force them to be vulnerable. However, Arin refuses to block except against enemies that explicitly require it and refuses to acknowledge that Deku Nuts are an option. His argument is that blocking wastes time but he only ends up wasting more time by taking unnecessary damage and spamming sword swipes, which in 2D Zeldas is a valid form of combat but in 3D Zeldas only resets enemy attack patterns and takes longer for them to let their guard down. Fandom misconception.
    • At the beginning of Sonic and the Black Knight Arin calls it one of the few games in the franchise that everyone agrees is bad, which caused the Sonic Storybook Series to become a Stillborn Franchise. In fact, it's the second game in the series and largely considered a Surprisingly Improved Sequel to Sonic and the Secret Rings, getting praise for the cutscenes, art style, voice acting, and spawning the fan-favorite Merlina as the game's antagonist, with some even calling it the last good Sonic game. It's possible Arin was confused by the fact that the planned third game in the series was never released. Subjective fandom misconception.
    • While playing Road Runner's Death Valley Rally, Arin claims Speedy Gonzales is "super racist". While he's undeniably stereotypical, he's not depicted negatively or in a racist manner, nor is he any more of a stereotype than Foghorn Leghorn or Pepe Le Pew. In fact, Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales (basically, Speedy is always the hero, always wins, and always makes his gringo opponents look like idiots). Subjective, and the entry even admits that he's "undeniably stereotypical" which does indicate it's not wrong to call his character racist in some capacity.

Edited by mightymewtron on Jan 5th 2021 at 4:48:47 AM

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Jan 9th 2021 at 8:16:34 AM

Bringing up the following examples from BrainScratch Commentaries:

  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Although it in itself WAS a Funny Moment... Johnny states in Kirby's Return to Dream Land that HAL is making the 4th installment of the Super Smash Bros. series when in fact Namco Bandai are making it.
    • Ryan is the one that most often makes factual mistakes about the topic at hand, such as repeatedly stating Pokemon Gold and Silver came out in 2001, when it was actually 2000, and saying Captain Planet isn't in Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, when he is actually the last character you unlock. He also said that Mega Man 9 and 10 were for the Virtual Console, when they were actually for WiiWare. This one could be written off as a slip of the tongue. The team also seemed all convinced that the period between The First Movie and Gold and Silver was extremely brief, when in reality it was almost a full year after the movie came out that the games hit America.
    • Every. Damn. Time. Fritz was on screen during the Frankenstein commentary, the team repeatedly called him Igor, even when his real name is said in the movie.
    • The crew show shades of this during the various Star Wars commentaries, particular in the crew's commentary of Attack of the Clones. For example, on multiple occasions, Ryan and Johnny say that Master Sifo-Dyas is an alter-ego of Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus. Sifo-Dyas was actually a friend of Dooku's and was murdered before the events of the film. Otherwise, apart from the occasional Critical Research Failure, it should be noted the guys are extremely knowledgeable about Star Wars.
      • Minor example given it's a much newer entry, but in discussing The Last Jedi, they refer to Praetorian Guards as "The Knights of Ren," with the former being Snoke's guard meant to look like the Emperor's, while the latter are a group of presumably Dark Side users who have not yet appeared.
    • In the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon commentary, Ryan says that the Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios would be closing and Disney planned to "put in something else." While this was the case, the Tower of Terror that closed was actually at Disney's California Adventure, where instead of it being replaced, was rethemed into a Guardians of the Galaxy drop ride.

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Jan 19th 2021 at 5:06:35 AM

I just added an entry in the Anime/Manga subpage for Magic Kaito, but I guess I'll double check if the misinformation is actually common enough of a knowledge to qualify. Basically, there's a storyline that centres around a ruby called "red tear", even though the gemstone in question is coloured blue. There's no such thing as a blue ruby, since rubies are specifically defined as red-coloured varieties of corundum, and any other coloured varieties would be called sapphire.

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Jan 19th 2021 at 6:05:43 AM

Doesn't Artistic License require the "error" to be deliberate, though? I don't think wouldn't have changed if all the references to ruby had been changed to sapphire, meaning this is likely unintentional.

And while the fact that rubies and sapphires are basically the same stone is probably not a ubiquitously known fact, it's not something that requires extensive research either. In fact, virtually any official description of rubies, no matter how brief/basic, would explicitly state that fact.

Edited by Adept on Jan 19th 2021 at 9:11:56 PM

Feb 5th 2021 at 9:02:39 PM

The topic of Sia's Music was brought up in the Unfortunate Implications thread. Would this error be too obscure to count as CRF? It is quite critical, considering how Sia claimed to have done lots of research and to have autistic consultants.

  • Sia's movie Music was harshly criticized by the autistic community for a variety of reasons. One such reason is the movie suggesting in a few scenes that when an autistic person is having a meltdown, the proper course of action is to forcibly restrain their movement. Actually, being immobilized can be extremely traumatic to an autistic person (and to non-autistic people too, for that matter), not only mentally but physically as well: the "prone restraint" (climbing on top of someone and pinning them in a face-down position) used in the film can potentially suffocate and kill the person being restrained. Forcibly restraining someone should obviously only be done when the person is posing an immediate risk to their own safety or that of others. In response, Sia stated that the scenes showing the use of restraints would be removed from future screenings, and a disclaimer would be added before the start of the movie warning against their use.

Feb 19th 2021 at 4:54:17 PM

From YMMV.The Simpsons S 32 E 4 Treehouse Of Horror XXXI

  • Critical Research Failure: Lisa breaking into the voting booth to tell Homer who to vote for in the Cold Open is actually a federal offense. This, however, can be excused since this is Homer's dream.

The example admits it takes place in a dream sequence, plus the Simpsons runs on Rule of Funny.

LaundryPizza03 Maintenance? from Texas
Feb 20th 2021 at 6:48:04 AM

[up] Also may be too obscure. Move to Artistic License – Politics and cut the last sentence as natter.

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BlueFeather from Third (major) rock from the Sun Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Feb 20th 2021 at 9:43:12 AM

Came across these on Jenny Nicholson.

  • In "The Last Bronycon: A Fandom Autopsy", she admits it's an Old Shame that in Friendship is Witchcraft, she had a character based off the Gypsy Horse - not realizing 'gypsy' was considered a slur for Romani people. She refuses to even say the word even in reference to the horse, and then enthusiastically says there's talk of renaming it the 'Tinker Horse'. Quite a few people in the comments pointed out that 'tinker' is also considered a slur towards Irish Travellers.
  • In the same video, she attributed the Furry Fandom to people who were sexually attracted to anthropomorphic animals. Again, people in the comments pointed out that it was a common misconception about the fandom (which is mostly just fans of anthropomorphic animals in general; porn of it is a facet of it like everything popular on the internet).

I'm not quite sure if they fit Critical Research Failure.

I don't know how well known the term "tinker" is a slur let alone if you're just looking at the horse breed.

As for the furry fandom example, it's a pretty basic fact that the fandom is more than just people finding anthropomorphic animals sexy, but given how common the misconception surrounding this is, I'm not quite sure how well-known the truth is.

mightymewtron Big Bucks No Whammies from sout park Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
Big Bucks No Whammies
Feb 20th 2021 at 10:06:09 AM

The first seems too obscure, and I don't even remember her generalizing all furries as sexual. She might have mentioned the sexual part of the furry fandom but I don't think she ever said it was all furries?

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BlueFeather from Third (major) rock from the Sun Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Feb 21st 2021 at 1:27:04 PM

Thanks. Gonna go ahead and cut these.

Edited by BlueFeather on Feb 21st 2021 at 7:09:10 AM

Feb 25th 2021 at 7:54:11 AM

Bringing up the following example from Ultimate X-Men:

  • Critical Research Failure: The US federal legislature passes a law which makes it illegal to be a mutant, the penalty being summary execution. This is called a bill of attainder, twice forbidden by the US federal constitution and further forbidden by every single state constitution. And that's not even touching the other problems such a bill would face just to get to the point of being voted on.

SeptimusHeap from Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 25th 2021 at 9:13:38 AM

Not nearly obvious enough, I'd say. I know what a bill of attainder is but the man on the street?

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman
Mar 2nd 2021 at 7:58:13 PM

I previously transferred these Critical Research Failure entries on YMMV.The Mysterious Mr Enter to Cowboy BeBop at His Computer, but in hindsight, was copying and pasting them the right move?

  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: He points out a lot of these in his "Top 11 Screw-Ups video".
    • For an In-Universe example, one of the many things he criticized about the 1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die book was Garry's Mod being labeled a roleplaying game.
    • In his Bubsy review, he called it a ripoff of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic did not air until the following year.
    • In his Q&A video, he used Planes as an example of Pixar Jumping the Shark. The film, while Pixar creator John Lasseter's idea, was actually made by Disneytoon Studios with no involvement from Pixar.
    • He complains in his "One Coarse Meal" review that whales don't eat plankton and that the only thing they eat is krill. Some whales do in fact eat plankton - not all whales, mind you, but krill is not the only thing that every whale ever eats. Additionally, Pearl is a sperm whale, which doesn't eat plankton or krill. He actually brought up this point in his "Top 11 Worst Episodes Reviewed" video, admitting he did some research and found out that some whales do eat plankton. He then points out that some whales also eat crabs, fish, and squid.
    • Also in his review of "One Coarse Meal", he claims that SpongeBob ruined Squidward's TV show in the episode "Tentacle-Vision". In the latter episode, SpongeBob wasn't at fault for Squidward's TV show being ruined; he was perfectly happy being the soundman. Squidward's problems were because the other characters (Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Pearl, Plankton, and eventually everyone else in Bikini Bottom) saw the show and decided to barge in and take it over.
    • In his review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, he mentions that Disney released over 30 Direct to Video sequels in the 2000s. While they were definitely being churned out in that time period, the number's actually closer to twenty.
    • In his Admirable Animations review of "A Kind Mamodo, Kolulu" he mentioned it takes place before Sherry and Brago appear. The episode actually aired a couple of episodes after the two's debut appearance.
    • In his Cars 2 review, he claims that the oil rigs at the beginning of the film are not supposed to have gas flares. In reality, oil rigs are supposed to have gas flares in order to burn off natural gas - though they're not supposed to be sticking up in the air. He later acknowledged this in his "Twilight's Kingdom" review when he realized that he shouldn't be ranting about errors when he made one himself, playing a clip of the film's beginning.
    • In his "Top 11 Worst Episodes Reviewed" video, he mentions that Mr. Krabs has fired Squidward and SpongeBob before in "Can You Spare a Dime" and "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," respectively. However, while SpongeBob and Squidward left their jobs, they weren't fired: Squidward quit after being accused of stealing by Krabs (though Krabs would've probably fired him anyway), and SpongeBob was forced to work at the Chum Bucket after Krabs bet (and lost) SB's contract to Plankton.
    • In his "Fart Baby" review, he constantly mixes up the titular duo's names throughout the review. This didn't go without lampshading in later videos.
    • In his "Ren Seeks Help" review, he is dumbfounded when Ren's father is shown to be a Christian priest, claiming that priests (Catholic ones, at least) can't marry. While both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches do forbid their priests to marry, they occasionally allow already married priests from other Catholic ritesnote  or sects of Christianity to be ordained, so it's entirely possible for Ren's father to have converted after marrying Ren's mother. Also, clerical garb is also worn by Lutherans, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and other denominations with explicit priesthoods, and nothing in the scene identifies him as Catholic.
    • In his "Arnold Betrays Iggy" review, he states that the city the show takes place in is Aron City and that it's based on New York City. The city Hey Arnold! is set in is named Hillwood, and it's a mix of many different cities in the Pacific Northwest, such as Seattle and Portland. He later corrects this in his Nick-O-Rama review of the show, where he explains that, while he had a realistic reason for citing New York City as the basis for Hillwood (Gerald referred to the city having "millions of people" in it, and the aesthetic is closer to New York), he doesn't know why he called it Aron City.
    • In his "Top 25 Most Disturbing Episodes" list the captions referred to "Life with Feathers" as a Silly Symphony. It's actually from Looney Tunes, which he correctly refers to it as.
    • In his "Pixel Pinkie" review, he criticizes the show for using a fake color, aubergine. Aubergine is a real color, and it's a British term for eggplant. This is something that he later addressed in an update video.
      • This may have been the result of a mondegreen, as it's possible he actually said "vague" instead of "fake".
    • At the end of his "Top 10 Worst Cartoons of the 2000's" list, the transition song is falsely credited to They Might Be Giants, when it was actually written by Stuart Hill and performed by Garrett Freireich. Somewhat justified, as the song is frequently credited to They Might Be Giants.
    • In his "Staring at the Future" review, he finds the whole thing of Future Robin being in a relationship with Batgirl to just be a stupid joke. It's actually a reference to the fact that Dick Grayson (the Robin featured in the show) and Barbara Gordon (the current Batgirl) have dated each other in the comics.
    • In his review of the My Life Me episode "The Pom Pom Girl", he claims that when people get angry in anime, the Cross-Popping Veins go on the side of the head, never the fist. It's actually somewhat common in anime to have the veins on the fist, where it represents someone having the urge to punch something or just plain getting angry.
    • In "Top 20 Worst Cartoon Theme Songs", he claims that dubbed opening of Rurouni Kenshin is unfitting for an action series. Not only is the song almost identical in Japanese, but much of the series is about Kenshin trying to make a life for himself, which the song is supposed to be about. It doesn't help that Mr. Enter admitted that he knew next to nothing about the series itself. That being said, this doesn't make his actual criticisms about the singer's voice or the music not matching the actual visuals in any way legitimate.
    • In his "Grounded" review, he says that the Chief is voiced by the same guy who voices Cotton Hill. They're actually voiced by two completely different actors (the former is voiced by Brian Doyle-Murray and the latter is voiced by Toby Huss).
    • At the end of his review of "The Big Switch-A-Roo", he refers to the Donkey Kong Country cartoon as Donkey Kong Country: Legend of the Crystal Coconut. This was actually the name of one episode, along with a Direct to Video "movie" that was just a collection of random episodes ("Legend of the Crystal Coconut" being the first one).
    • In his review of "The Choices", he states that the episode was from the sixth season of the show. It was actually from the fifth, and season six hadn't aired at that time.
    • In the first half of his "Top 11 Worst Animation Cliches" list, he lists Back to the Future among films Steven Spielberg has directed. Robert Zemeckis was the actual director for the film, and Spielberg was just the executive producer.
      • Additionally, he lists Clayton from Tarzan and Smiler from The Emoji Movie as examples of twist villains. Both of them are clearly presented as the villain early on in the film, they just have a hidden agenda. He also erroneously refers to John Silver from Treasure Planet in the same section as "Jack Silver", even though Silver is one of the most well-known fictional pirates of all time.
    • In his review of The Emoji Movie, he calls Just Dance a "DDR Clone". Outside of them both being dancing games, they have nothing in common.
    • In his review of Re-Animated, he mentions that Tom and Jerry is a Disney creation. They were actually created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and are currently owned by Warner Bros.. However, considering that he also states that Transformers was created by Disney in the same review (it was created by Hasbro), it's possible Mr. Enter was just being sarcastic.
    • In his review of Robotboy, he attributes the show's animation software to Adobe Flash. The show was actually animated in ToonBoom (this is actually a common mistake he tends to make when referring to animation done digitally).
    • In his reviews of "Fairly Odd Pet" and "The Fairly OddParents Certifiable Super Sitter]]", he says that Foop/Anti-Poof was introduced in season 8, despite the fact that Foop first appeared in season 7. In the former, he also claimed that Poof was introduced in season 7, despite being introduced in season 6 when the show was revived.
    • In his review of Cans Without Labels, he points out how one of George Liquor's lines is clearly spliced from two different takes, and argues that, given how long the cartoon took to produce, there should have been plenty of time to do another take. Enter was apparently unaware that George Liquor's voice actor, Michael Pataki, died very early on in production.
    • In his review of Drawn Together: The Movie, he says that Toot giving birth to Bamm-Bamm Rubble after her affair with Barney doesn't make sense because "he's Betty's child". In the actual series, Bamm-Bamm was adopted by the Rubbles.
      • In the same review, while talking about censorship, he shows a clip from the censored version of the Rick and Morty episode "The Wedding Squanchers" and claims that the censored word in the clip is "ballsacks". The censored word is actually "boners". He also misspells "testicle" as "testical".
    • In his review for Ren Seeks Help, Mr. Enter points out how Mr. Horse already knows Ren's name despite no introductions being made. While Ren & Stimpy doesn't exactly have much continuity in the first place, there were several episodes in the original series that showed that Ren and Mr. Horse knew each other personally (for instance, "Insomniac Ren" showed that they're golf buddies).
    • In his Worst Cartoons of the 2000's video, he says that Drawn Together cannot subvert the source material if the material is already subversive, with the source material he's referring to being the Shrek and Fiona transformation/kiss scene from Shrek 2. Shrek 2, along with the Shrek franchise as a whole, is not a straight parody.
    • In the review of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon, he mentioned that the robot version of Donkey Kong appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros.. This isn't true, and the footage he showed in the video was of a modded version of the game. Nintendo has never acknowledged anything from the cartoon that hadn't made its way into the games, such as the Crystal Coconut and Cranky's Mad Scientist tendencies among others.
    • During his The Legend of Korra review, he mentioned that Fire Lord Ozai cannot lightning bend. He can lightning bend, he just can't redirect lightning.
    • In his review of Cans without Labels, he cites Cuphead as an example of Retraux done right. While this doesn't detract from his point, the footage he showed was from DA Games' Filk Song "Brothers in Arms", not the actual game.
    • A frequent criticism of his Nick-O-Rama reviews is that he has a tendency to state facts that are inaccurate at best or flat-out wrong at worst. For example, in his review of Welcome to the Wayne, he states that the overuse of slang is one of his problems with the show. In all of the clips he showed afterwards, none of them use slang, with the closest thing to We're Still Relevant, Dammit! being Ollie accidentally photographing his face and yelling "Accidental Selfie!". He also says the show ended on a cliffhanger, even though it had a second season (to be fair, not even fans of the show knew it had a second season).
    • In his Captain N: The Game Master rant in The Top 10 Worst Cartoons of the 80, he goes on a states that Mega Man should always be a Heroic Mime because all of his voiced appearances have been bad, before showing a clip of Mega Man 11. Mega Man was established as a talking protagonist as early as Mega Man 3.
    • In his vlog about Where the Dead Go to Die, he claims the movie, which features extremely adult content, is a comedy attempting to make light of these elements. As the creator of the film has happily attested, this is only true of the first segment. The latter two segments (which contain the bulk of the dark content) are meant to be taken seriously (granted, starting with the comedic segment really didn't help with Enter's misinterpretation of the tone).

Apologies for the length.

Edited by costanton11 on Mar 2nd 2021 at 10:28:21 AM

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