Restarted With A Mouse: A Pop Culture Timeline

Cool, wait, how did Disney get Dragon's Lair ITTL?

So House of Mouse is on HBO ITTL?

What new anime is on at this point? Did Anime-hem eventually get discontinued?
Don Bluth never left Disney in the 70's and would go on to become the Head of Animation. A movie based on Dragon's Lair has been in talks since the original arcade game proved to be a success, however it wasn't until recently that more focus would be done on the project. House of Mouse airs on Fox as a part of a complete rebrand for their Saturday morning block, now being called Fox Kids. The Anime-hem branding would be absent from Fox for a while, mainly do to a decrease in ratings and Fox starting to focus more on adult animation. But you never truly know when a corporation might bring back something for nostalgia later down the line ;)

It ain't all bad for anime however. HBO and Showtime has had discussions with several studios to start airing some more mature anime on their channels and Touchstone has been dubbing Studio Ghibli's films into English, I haven't really mention them because they are mostly the same as the Disney ones IOTL but they have been successful.
 
Don Bluth never left Disney in the 70's and would go on to become the Head of Animation. A movie based on Dragon's Lair has been in talks since the original arcade game proved to be a success, however it wasn't until recently that more focus would be done on the project. House of Mouse airs on Fox as a part of a complete rebrand for their Saturday morning block, now being called Fox Kids. The Anime-hem branding would be absent from Fox for a while, mainly do to a decrease in ratings and Fox starting to focus more on adult animation. But you never truly know when a corporation might bring back something for nostalgia later down the line ;)
Cool! And could Anime-hem be brought back as a cable block?
It ain't all bad for anime however. HBO and Showtime has had discussions with several studios to start airing some more mature anime on their channels and Touchstone has been dubbing Studio Ghibli's films into English, I haven't really mention them because they are mostly the same as the Disney ones IOTL but they have been successful.
Cool! Does Toonami still exist?
 
A new update should be coming later today!

Also I have an idea for a new timeline that I might do once we hit 2000. (Don't worry, I won't abandon RWAM after this timeline starts)

Hint: Pop Culture timeline with the POD being 1985-86🏈
 
A new update should be coming later today!

Also I have an idea for a new timeline that I might do once we hit 2000. (Don't worry, I won't abandon RWAM after this timeline starts)

Hint: Pop Culture timeline with the POD being 1985-86🏈
Cool.
 
A new update should be coming later today!

Also I have an idea for a new timeline that I might do once we hit 2000. (Don't worry, I won't abandon RWAM after this timeline starts)

Hint: Pop Culture timeline with the POD being 1985-86🏈
Is the football emoji supposed to emply it has to do with football? Cause I don't do football.
 
A new update should be coming later today!

Also I have an idea for a new timeline that I might do once we hit 2000. (Don't worry, I won't abandon RWAM after this timeline starts)

Hint: Pop Culture timeline with the POD being 1985-86🏈

Is the football emoji supposed to emply it has to do with football? Cause I don't do football.
Even though I'm not into sports, I wish you good luck with your new timeline idea, @redben12 !
 
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Who Deleted Roger Rabbit (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on April 16, 1999


Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer, Charles Fleischer, Bill Pullman

Plotline: Hollywood is entering another transitional period with the advent of computer generated characters. A man describing himself as a relative of the Maroon family introduces a new device that can turn the classic characters of Toontown like Roger Rabbit into fully CGI characters. However, rookie detective Lefty Wright uncovers that the machine is a part of the newest evil scheme by Judge Doom and Dr. Frankenollie, as toons start getting deleted from the world. It's now up to Roger, Lefty and several other classic cartoons to stop Doom and his CGI army before it's too late.

"I remembered that around the time Toy Story became a huge success, there was some discussions about the possibility of hand drawn animation being phased out in favor of computers. I came up with the [Roger Rabbit 3] script being about why the 2 mediums should co-exist instead of studios just ignoring one for the other, as it was something that I was worried that it could become a possibility at the time. Zemeckis and Don Bluth really like the idea of it and shared the same sentiment that I had, so soon we began work on the film" - Nick Baxter in a 2019 interview with IGN

Like it's predecessors, Who Deleted Roger Rabbit would be met with much acclaim upon it's release with it earning several major awards.

NEWS REPORTS FOR SPRING 1999

Sony Pictures purchases rights to several Marvel properties for 25 million dollars, sets Spider-Man movie for 2002[1]
- Entertainment Tonight

Microsoft looking to acquire Paramount Communications
- The Wall Street Journal

HBO to bring Robot Wars to the U.S as a part of the new 'Bomb' block
- BBC


1. This Marvel's original offer back IOTL, with the producer Yair Landau being reported as saying "Nobody gives a shit about any of the other Marvel characters. Go back and do a deal for only Spider-Man."
 
Who Deleted Roger Rabbit (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on April 16, 1999


Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer, Charles Fleischer, Bill Pullman

Plotline: Hollywood is entering another transitional period with the advent of computer generated characters. A man describing himself as a relative of the Maroon family introduces a new device that can turn the classic characters of Toontown like Roger Rabbit into fully CGI characters. However, rookie detective Lefty Wright uncovers that the machine is a part of the newest evil scheme by Judge Doom and Dr. Frankenollie, as toons start getting deleted from the world. It's now up to Roger, Lefty and several other classic cartoons to stop Doom and his CGI army before it's too late.

"I remembered that around the time Toy Story became a huge success, there was some discussions about the possibility of hand drawn animation being phased out in favor of computers. I came up with the [Roger Rabbit 3] script being about why the 2 mediums should co-exist instead of studios just ignoring one for the other, as it was something that I was worried that it could become a possibility at the time. Zemeckis and Don Bluth really like the idea of it and shared the same sentiment that I had, so soon we began work on the film" - Nick Baxter in a 2019 interview with IGN

Like it's predecessors, Who Deleted Roger Rabbit would be met with much acclaim upon it's release with it earning several major awards.
Cool! I would have also made a anime-focused one as well.
NEWS REPORTS FOR SPRING 1999

Sony Pictures purchases rights to several Marvel properties for 25 million dollars, sets Spider-Man movie for 2002[1]
- Entertainment Tonight
Cool, so basically, Sony has Marvel now?
Microsoft looking to acquire Paramount Communications
- The Wall Street Journal
Can the USA Networks joint venture stay together?
HBO to bring Robot Wars to the U.S as a part of the new 'Bomb' block
- BBC
What's the Bomb block?
1. This Marvel's original offer back IOTL, with the producer Yair Landau being reported as saying "Nobody gives a shit about any of the other Marvel characters. Go back and do a deal for only Spider-Man."
Right.
 
Who Deleted Roger Rabbit (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on April 16, 1999


Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer, Charles Fleischer, Bill Pullman

Plotline: Hollywood is entering another transitional period with the advent of computer generated characters. A man describing himself as a relative of the Maroon family introduces a new device that can turn the classic characters of Toontown like Roger Rabbit into fully CGI characters. However, rookie detective Lefty Wright uncovers that the machine is a part of the newest evil scheme by Judge Doom and Dr. Frankenollie, as toons start getting deleted from the world. It's now up to Roger, Lefty and several other classic cartoons to stop Doom and his CGI army before it's too late.

"I remembered that around the time Toy Story became a huge success, there was some discussions about the possibility of hand drawn animation being phased out in favor of computers. I came up with the [Roger Rabbit 3] script being about why the 2 mediums should co-exist instead of studios just ignoring one for the other, as it was something that I was worried that it could become a possibility at the time. Zemeckis and Don Bluth really like the idea of it and shared the same sentiment that I had, so soon we began work on the film" - Nick Baxter in a 2019 interview with IGN

Like it's predecessors, Who Deleted Roger Rabbit would be met with much acclaim upon it's release with it earning several major awards.

NEWS REPORTS FOR SPRING 1999

Sony Pictures purchases rights to several Marvel properties for 25 million dollars, sets Spider-Man movie for 2002[1]
- Entertainment Tonight

Microsoft looking to acquire Paramount Communications
- The Wall Street Journal

HBO to bring Robot Wars to the U.S as a part of the new 'Bomb' block
- BBC


1. This Marvel's original offer back IOTL, with the producer Yair Landau being reported as saying "Nobody gives a shit about any of the other Marvel characters. Go back and do a deal for only Spider-Man."
Nice to see that we have third Roger Rabbit movie. The plot sound interesting.

Looks like the Spider-Man film is still going to come out in 2002 like in OTL. Things feel weird now though with Sony having large parts of Marvel instead of just Spider-Man and Paramount owning DC Comics instead of Warner Bros.

Oh, @redben12 . I have something to ask you. Did Disney's Mulan (1998) and Tarzan (1999) still come out like they did in OTL or were they butterflied away? I just want to know.
 
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Did Disney's Mulan (1998) and Tarzan (1999) still come out like they did in OTL or were they butterflied away? I just want to know.
Interesting that you'd ask me that.

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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on June 18, 1999

An interesting fact involving the movie ITTL is that it was supposed to go head to head with Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but Warner Brothers would delay the film due to steep competition and troubles with the script.

NEWS REPORTS FOR SUMMER 1999

Cartoon Network gets another hit with Spongebob
- TV Guide

RKO sets Godzilla for 2001
- The Hollywood Reporter

Interviewer: You have shown some of your acting abilities over the past few years, mostly TV specials and brief cameos in some movies. Do have any interest appearing in more impactful roles in movies for your family's company or potentially other studios?

Trey Disney: Definitely, that's what I want to be. I actually tried to get more involved into acting years ago, but my Dad wisely decided to limit my roles so that I wouldn't get too overwhelmed with fame, or at least as much as a member of my family possibly could until he thought I was ready for it. But someday I hope to show people some more of what I could do on camera.

- People Magazine
 
Interesting that you'd ask me that.

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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on June 18, 1999

An interesting fact involving the movie ITTL is that it was supposed to go head to head with Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but Warner Brothers would delay the film due to steep competition and troubles with the script.

NEWS REPORTS FOR SUMMER 1999

Cartoon Network gets another hit with Spongebob
- TV Guide

RKO sets Godzilla for 2001
- The Hollywood Reporter

Interviewer: You have shown some of your acting abilities over the past few years, mostly TV specials and brief cameos in some movies. Do have any interest appearing in more impactful roles in movies for your family's company or potentially other studios?

Trey Disney: Definitely, that's what I want to be. I actually tried to get more involved into acting years ago, but my Dad wisely decided to limit my roles so that I wouldn't get too overwhelmed with fame, or at least as much as a member of my family possibly could until he thought I was ready for it. But someday I hope to show people some more of what I could do on camera.

- People Magazine
Wait spongebob ends up on cartoon network this time? How'd that happened?
 
Interesting that you'd ask me that.

View attachment 855288
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on June 18, 1999

An interesting fact involving the movie ITTL is that it was supposed to go head to head with Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but Warner Brothers would delay the film due to steep competition and troubles with the script.

NEWS REPORTS FOR SUMMER 1999

Cartoon Network gets another hit with Spongebob
- TV Guide

RKO sets Godzilla for 2001
- The Hollywood Reporter

Interviewer: You have shown some of your acting abilities over the past few years, mostly TV specials and brief cameos in some movies. Do have any interest appearing in more impactful roles in movies for your family's company or potentially other studios?

Trey Disney: Definitely, that's what I want to be. I actually tried to get more involved into acting years ago, but my Dad wisely decided to limit my roles so that I wouldn't get too overwhelmed with fame, or at least as much as a member of my family possibly could until he thought I was ready for it. But someday I hope to show people some more of what I could do on camera.

- People Magazine
Well, I guess that answers my question about Tarzan. So that was a yes to that. Thanks. I guess Mulan got butterflied away, didn't it?

I wonder how SpongeBob ended up on Cartoon Network instead of Nickelodeon.
 
Before we get to Toy Story 2, why don't we talk about some of the other movies for 1999? (these will pretty much replace the mid-decade minor changes list and will also allow me to present some new movies that don't exist IOTL)

The King and I
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Distributed by Paramount Pictures on March 19, 1999 (produced by Famous Studios)

The Matrix
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Distributed by Warner Bros. on March 31, 1999


Cast: Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on May 19, 1999

Muppets from Space
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Distributed by Touchstone Pictures on June 30, 1999

The Blair Witch Project
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Distributed by Carolco on July 18, 1999

Idle Hands
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Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures on October 1, 1999


- ITTL, RKO decided to delay the movie after the Columbine tragedy occurred.

Princess Mononoke
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Distributed by Touchstone Pictures on October 29, 1999


- Fun fact about the film IOTL: When Harvey Weinstein demanded Miyazaki edit the film, his producers sent him a samurai sword that said "No Cuts" on it.

When The Laughter Stopped (dir. Cameron Crowe)
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Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures on November 5, 1999


Cast: Chris Farley, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Chenoweth, William H. Macy

Fantasia 2000
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Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on December 17, 1999


- ITTL, the movie is released in all theaters on this date. IOTL, Disney decided to first show the movie as a concert tour, then release it in some IMAX theaters, then released it in all theaters in the middle of June 2000.
 
Shaking Up the Toy Box
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Distributed by Touchstone Pictures on November 24, 1999

Toy Story 2 went through a lot of production troubles, including the film almost being entirely deleted. Thankfully, the end result would become one of the studios greatest films. As of 2023, it is considered the best animated movie and second greatest movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.

NEWS REPORTS FOR FALL 1999

Viacom to buy CBS over 35 billion dollars
- The New York Times

NFL Divisions starting in the 2000-2001 season
AFC NORTHAFC SOUTHAFC EASTAFC WEST
Toronto Huskies
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Oilers
Indianapolis Colts
Memphis Mutts
Mexico City Diablos
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
San Diego Chargers
NFC NORTHNFC SOUTHNFC EASTNFC WEST
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redwolves
Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
- ESPN
 
The MILLENNIUM Recap
WALT DISNEY PICTURES: Disney is coming off what could be considered their strongest decade ever. Movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. It's going to be pretty hard to follow up what such classic films, but they are hoping for big things in the next millennium. Some notable productions set for the next few years include Dragon's Liar, Lilo and Stitch and the company's first fully-computer animated feature, suspected to be titled A Few Good Ghosts.

20TH CENTURY FOX:
Fox mostly took a backseat in terms of notable movies, but are reportedly confident in a new film being animated at Blue Sky Studios about the Ice Age. Insiders have suggested Fox is interested working more with Blue Sky should the movie become a hit.

COLUMBIA/SONY PICTURES:
Sony is set to go all out in the next millennium with their recent acquirement of several Marvel comics properties, having set Spider-Man for 2002 and reportedly already in talks with Tom Cruise to star in a potential Iron Man movie.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS:
Universal's revamped animation division has shown lots of promise with films like The Prince of Egypt. They are hoping to continue the trend with movies like Shrek and The Road to El Dorado.

WARNER BROS.:
Warner Brothers has two big movies set for 2000, the delayed Looney Tunes: Back in Action and a movie adaptation of the comic book series Bone, recently picked up in turnaround from Sony after their partnership with Marvel.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES:
Paramount has had great success with their DC films this past decade with Tim Burton's Batman trilogy and Superman Lives. Plans are already underway for a sequel to Superman, as well as a rumored movie about Batgirl in the cards for ~2003.

TOUCHSTONE PICTURES:
Touchstone continues to surprise many with their immaculate rise, with major hits coming from in-house, teaming up with Pixar and Hanna-Barbera's dubs of Studio Ghibli movies. Pixar is currently set to release Monster Inc. in 2001, while Studio Ghibli is hard at work on Spirted Away.
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And we have officially reached 2000 in the RWAM universe. As I have mention before this timeline specially will be going on break from major updates for a little while, but this is far from the end. The next ~20 years ITTL are going to get crazy. Without spoiling too much, there's going to be some actual major political changes (Note: I don't like talking about politics so don't expect too many posts fully centered around the government), more big acquisitions, the introductions of more characters ITTL and massive scandals that could effect the entire entertainment industry.


Until then, be on the look out for some minor posts and my next timeline......... BOLIEVE
 
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