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Is it Word of God that Chicken Run is set in the Fifties? I sort of assumed it was set in a Retro Universe, where technology is clanking Rube Goldberg Devices because that's what Nick Park likes making, same as Wallace And Gromit.
Regarding Gremlins. Just wondered if the Gremlins knowing various pop culture references so soon could be because they're spawned from Gizmo and he may have seen all these already and his memories of them may exist in his 'offspring'?
Somewhat off-topic, but has jack nicholson's hair ever looked like that? It's bizarre to me how much it resembles the (at the time nonexistent) 90s animated Joker's hair.. moreso than any Jack Nicholson appearance (or any other version of the joker, while we're at it). I mean, the swept-back points!
This trope is apparently unclear, as many examples would suggest that people believe this is a trope about magical creatures that are into pop culture, while I'm pretty sure it's about anachronistic references to pop-culture within works.
The former is correct.
The laconic states, "magic as an excuse for anachronistic humor".
I suppose it could be broadened, though.
I actually thought that we already had a trope for "Character who makes anachronistic pop culture references" but I can't find it. As a trope, that is certainly valid. As this page is written, it forgets Tropes Are Tools and focuses too much on the fact that this has to come under Rule of Funny. The examples, on the other hand, get to the proper point quickly. So work on the main entry to be less amazed by the fact that works use a willing suspension of disbelief and more on the unique individual trope we have here and it is fine.
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How well does it match the trope?