Johnsonverse World History
Here is a list of events that have happened in the world, and how they're different in the Johnsonverse to OTL. Some listed changes were incurred by Johnson, while others weren't.
Treaty of San Francisco
The treaty stipulated that the US annex Japan, making all eight regions states, and the prefectures counties. This was a result of Executive Order 9066 never being signed, and a massive campaign by the Japanese people to join the United States out of fear that, should Japan regain its independence, another nationalist leader could rise to power and start a new war in the Pacific.
Much of the country is now English-speaking (though there are still large parts speaking traditional Japanese; as these make up 15% of the islands' population, they are known as the "Fifteen-Percenters"). Japanese rail services are run by Continental Rail by way of subsidiary Eastern Pacific Railroad, which is responsible for passenger and freight services. The Shinkansen was introduced in 1964 as in OTL, though with much more difficulty due to obstruction by the automobile lobby, interference that CR swept aside when the Blitzkrieg Crew plowed through a crowd of protesters opposing construction, leaving 64 dead; this action was not sanctioned by Johnson Industries (Johnsonverse) (unlike the Alabama branchline incident), and the foreman and many workers were arrested and either given the death penalty or life in prison; since then, Johnson has stipulated that construction crews may only attack protesters if the latter attacks first. NHK, Nippon Television Network System (NNS), Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), Fuji Network System (FNS), TV Asahi Network (TAN), and TV Tokyo Network (TXN) all air in the US mainland, the latter five being part of the "Big Ten" television networks with NBC, CBS, ABC, WBC, and Fox, and vice-versa; because of this, the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) is known as Turner SuperStation (TSS). CERO does not exist either, with all games being rated by the ESRB.
The Korean War began at the same time as OTL, but ended on December 9, 1950. The key factor was North Korea driving through South Korea all the way to Busan but being unable to take the western half of the peninsula, which MacArthur (who was never fired ITTL) exploited by finding a weakness in this salient, cutting these forces off from Pyongyang and removing a large chunk of North Korea's military. From there, the outnumbered North Korean forces were quickly pushed back, and Communist Chinese forces were of no help, as the PLA couldn't commit an adequate force, even though the war with the Nationalists was over (more on that below). Compounding this was the Soviet Union breaking its promise and staying out of Korea, ostensibly to avoid confronting the United States.
And so, on December 9, 1950, the Treaty of Rajin-Sonbong was signed, formally bringing an end to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and unifying Korea under the South Korean government and flag. In a controversial move, Kim Il-sung was granted amnesty on the grounds that he never get involved in politics again. He went on to become Korea's most-prolific restauranteur and filmmaker, a legacy carried on by his son Kim Jong-il and his grandson Kim Jong-un. This also means that the 2014 Sony hacking incident never happened.
In 1949, the United States successfully negotiated an armistice between the People's Republic of China and Republic of China, and established a border at the Yangtze River. This effectively became the Johnsonverse equivalent of the Korea situation, with the PRC coming to be known as North China, and the ROC as South China. Despite this, no major border incidents have occurred between the two nations. As a result of this division, China never became an economic powerhouse, and Germany became the world's second-largest economy instead. North China uses the same government, flag, and currency as the real-life China, while South China has those from Taiwan, which is incorporated into South China. This also means that China never took Tibet, which is still its own independent country; its flag was kept until 1970, when it was redesigned in a nationwide contest.
The Apollo 1 fire isn't fatal because concerned North American Aviation engineers managed to sneak a blow-hatch function in, allowing Gus Grissom to blow the hatch and for the crew to quickly bail out before the fire really spread. Apollo 1 ends up having a successful 14-day flight (the original plan called for a 6-day flight, but Grissom had vowed to keep it in orbit for 14, and did so; NASA initially derided this, before realizing that such a long test flight would allow them to retool Apollo 2 into an unmanned LM test, as development of the LM was further along than in OTL) in May 1967, using a repaired and modified Command Module with the Block II hatch.
Apollo 2 was identical to OTL Apollo 5, Apollo 3 saw an unmanned Block I CSM with a docking port rendevouzing with an LM launched on another Saturn IB, Apollo 4 was like OTL, Apollo 5 was a manned version of Apollo 3 with the OTL Apollo 9 crew and the first Block II, Apollo 6 ends up stranded in orbit until it is rescued by Apollo 46 in 1976, Skylab is launched in 1968, Apollo 7 is the first flight to Skylab, Apollo 8 happens as in OTL, Apollo 9 is mostly the same (the crew consists of Gordon Cooper, Al Worden, and Bruce McCandless II), but after the final check-out of the LM, the CSM docks to Skylab, Apollos 10-17 are the same as OTL (meaning Apollo 13 still had its mishap), and Apollos 18-20 are flown as they were planned OTL.
Apollo is indefinitely extended after the Soviets manage to land on the moon (they nixed the troubled N-1 and instead opted for an Earth Orbit Rendevouz mode, which also allowed for an enlarged LK lander); as a result, Apollo grew out into a world-class space program.
The first big improvement was the introduction of the Apollo Supply Craft (ASC; based on the AARDV from "Eyes Turned Skyward"), an unmanned version of Apollo meant for space station resupply that first flew to Skylab in 1973. That same year, Skylab was moved into a graveyard orbit and replaced by a newer modular station called Spacelab, which was expanded with new modules over the years.
Apollo received a blow in April 1975 when Apollo 33 suffered a major malfunction. At T+1 minute 20 seconds, the first stage of the Saturn V suddenly exploded. Fortunately, the onboard Emergency Detection System (EDS) detected the abrupt loss of telemetry data coming from the S-IC, and activated Mode 1B (One Bravo), which saw the first in-flight abort of the Apollo program. The crew (Robert Crippin, Ken Mattingly, and William Pogue) survived, as a result, but the Saturn V was grounded, and all lunar flights put in a stand-down state. Apollo wouldn't fly again until July of that year, for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
In August 1975, a new rocket was introduced: the Saturn INT-20. In a nutshell, the Saturn INT-20 (later renamed the Saturn II in 1980) is a Saturn V without the S-II stage and only three engines on the S-IC. Fears that this S-IC would explode were vanquished when it performed flawlessly on its first launch, Apollo 38, which launched the Docking Module to Skylab to enable five craft (including Soyuz and Progress in an emergency) to dock to the station.
The next April, the Block III CSM was introduced. The key differences lie in the service module, which was more suited for Earth orbital operations than the cumbersome Block II; the Block III SM is smaller, lighter, and has a smaller antenna and deployable solar panels. It was modified to hold a five-man crew in 1987 as part of a joint program with the European Space Agency.
Lunar flights were reintroduced in 1977 with Apollo 50, commanded by Neil Armstrong. Apollo 50 also marked the first use of the Block IV CSM, which is similar to the Block II, only that it has a pair of LM Ascent Stage engines instead of the SPS, and uses batteries instead of fuel cells; the Block IV was designed for lunar orbit operations. Later that year, the Manned Venus Flyby took place, with the crew of Apollo 11 making their final flights.
The final Apollo CSM variant, the Block V, was tested in 1978. This variant replaces one of the fuel cells with two SNAP-27 RTGs, and is intended for interplanetary missions.
1979 marked the beginning of construction of the Phase 1 Lunar Base, later renamed Armstrong Base. New variants of the LM were developed, these being the LM Truck (a cargo hauler), and the LM Shelter (a Frankenstein's spacecraft combining the Apollo CM with the LM Descent Stage, intended for use as the crew quarters).
Apollo 64 marked the final flight of the Block II CSM. NASA had ceased production of the Block II in 1976 after the Block III was introduced, and used the remaining stock aggressively to be rid of them so they could ramp up production of the Block III full-time. The previous flight, Apollo 63, also saw the first flight of the Saturn III, a Saturn V without the S-IC stage, which launched larger solar panels on a truss segment after the Apollo Telescope Mount was removed and deorbited in anticipation of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Despite Apollo continuing, the Space Shuttle continued development regardless, in hopes that it would slowly replace Apollo. Ultimately, though, the entire system never played nothing more than a supporting role, always second-to-run to Apollo. Plagued by cost overruns, multiple delays, a fatal accident in 1986, and a spectacular rescue operation in 2003, the Space Shuttle is technically still in operation, but was replaced by the unmanned Shuttle-C in 2011 after STS-135 (Johnson Aerospace's own spaceplanes, Eridanus and Esperia, were considered the final nail in the coffin when they were first launched in 2001). The shuttle system's primary role, when it wasn't launching satellites and probes or carrying out SpaceLab missions, was delivering new modules to Skylab. The last module was delivered in 1986, at which point NASA began winding down Skylab operations in anticipation of Space Station Freedom. Ultimately, though, Skylab remained in orbit until 2004, when it was deorbited over the Pacific by an ASC (amusingly, Johnson Foods ran a contest promising free Big Macs for everyone at McDonald's if a floating target was hit by the Spacelab core; Taco Bell had done a similar promotion with Mir, and unlike that, it was a bullseye, meaning everyone got free Big Macs; what made this feat even more amazing was that Johnson Aerospace and Continental Shipping Lines managed to calculate the exact location Spacelab would impact).
Apollo was used increasingly for military applications in the 1980s, as the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 never existed. As a result, the United States and USSR launched a bunch of different space-based weapons with different purposes. ITTL, the SDI system was launched, as was a classified manned Air Force space station called the Manned Weapons Platform (which carried 60 MIRV nuclear warheads). Apollo 83 carried a pair of Air Force personnel to the MWP in 1984, but this flight attracted too much attention from the media and conspiracy theorists, leading NASA and the USAF to develop the Crew Transfer Vehicle (CTV), comprised of Big Gemini, an Apollo Block II SM with an Agena engine, a Mercury LES, and the Saturn I. The CTV remained in service until it was replaced by the Personnel Ferry (PF) in 2004. Other activities allegedly carried out by Apollo in the 80s included photo recon using a Block IV with cameras mounted in the SIM Bay, ASC craft used as tugs to move SDI satellites around, a servicing mission of a KH-11 satellite, and installing an anti-satellite autocannon on Skylab. In addition, Skylab B was launched into lunar orbit as LunarLab, with its own crew rotation cycle; LunarLab was launched in response to an announcemet by the Soviet Union that it would be launching Salyut 7 into lunar orbit, and as a result, was a primarily military station, but also did scout out potential landing sites for future lunar flights. After the Cold War ended in 1991, an ASC sent LunarLab into a heliocentric orbit.
But these military operations were overshadowed by an even bigger accomplishment. In 1982, a Titan III rocket launched Apollo 72. The payload: the Martian Excursion Module. Throughout the early 80s, a whole new system for Martian flights was developed, including the Saturn VI (even bigger than the Saturn V, and including solid rocket boosters), the Ares Propulsion Stack (launched by the Saturn V and fueled by the Space Shuttle), and the aforementioned MEM, with the Block V CSM incorporated in. On March 27, 1986, a little over a year after launch, Apollo 90 landed on Mars, with John Young and Robert Crippin being the first humans to set foot on Mars. Two more Martian flights were flown in 1989 and 1993, before the Mars flights were put on the backburner to focus on a new project.
Other changes were to come to the Apollo program. For one, the Saturn IB was retired from manned service in 1988, and LC-34 was decommissioned and turned into a museum. The rocket wasn't retired wholesale, though, and was made available for commercial and military use; despite this, if the need arises, it can and will be used for manned flights, now being launched from LC-39B on a special launch platform using the tower from LC-37 (on two occassions, this platform was unavailable, so an apparatus nicknamed the "Milkstool" was attached to one of the Saturn V MLPs). Otherwise, the Saturn II became the primary rocket for LEO flights. For another, the venerable A7L spacesuit was retired in 1983 and replaced by the Launch Entry Suit (the "pumpkin suit") and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (originally developed for the Space Shuttle); the LES was replaced by the ACES suit (Advanced Crew Escape Suit, a bit of a misnomer as the suit would only be used for escape on Space Shuttle; the Apollo ACES suits lack the parachute pack) in 1994, and was fully phased out in 1998.
In 1993, the Clinton administration announced that Space Station Freedom would be combined with the Mir-2 and ESA Columbus space station concepts to create the International Space Station. The station would be constructed using the Space Shuttle and Proton-K rocket, with crew rotation provided by multiple nations; initially, the Apollo Block III and Soyuz were to be the only crew transfer craft, before the ESA developed the Hermes shuttle, Russia resumed development of the Buran program, and private aerospace firm Johnson Aerospace developed the Antares spacecraft. Resupply was initially provided by the ASC and Progress, later joined by the Shuttle-C and ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), and commercial spacecraft such as the Johnson Aerospace Verrezzano and SpacePlanes Eridanus and Esperia, SpaceX Dragon, and Orbital ATK Antares; in future, additional commercial manned spacecraft will service the station, these being the SpaceX Dragon 2 and Boeing CST-100 Starliner. Originally, it was planned to incorporate Skylab into the new station, before NASA sent a crew to ascertain Skylab's condition, coming to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to just build a new station, resulting in Skylab's deorbiting in 2004.
Today, Apollo is still going strong, with no sign of stopping. Not even the uncertainty of the Trump administration has affected it, as President Donald J. Trump granted the program a $12 billion boost in the FY2018 budget to return to Mars. Armstrong Base has since been expanded as part of the Phase II Lunar Base, and is now a permanently-manned presence on the Moon.
Apollo is due to undergo a few major changes in the coming years. For one, the aging Lunar Module will be replaced by a new lander called Artemis in 2020, the Saturn IB will be fully phased out by 2024, and NASA is due to launch a new lunar space station known as Lunar Orbital Platform, a spiritual successor to LunarLab, but for civilian purposes such as a staging ground for manned and unmanned lunar expeditions, and a checkpoint for spacecraft bound for Armstrong Base.
A gallery showing the spacecraft in Kerbal Space Program is coming soon.
Under Johnson, HBO kept the 1982 "HBO in Space" bumper (which was kept in standard-definition with a blurry version on the sides since the switch to widescreen in 1994) for primetime in all the HBO channels, the 1986 bumper (cropped to widescreen since 1994, though the SD feed, which lasted until 2000, kept the original SD version) for daytime and HBO Latino, the 1998 bumper for specials, and the 2017 version for HBO-produced Netflix originals.
Due to the Disney buyout by Johnson and The Muppet Show being revived in 2015 (the real-life 2015-2016 Muppets series doesn't exist in the Johnsonverse, and was a pitch rejected by Tim on the grounds that he felt Jim Henson wouldn't want an adult-oriented Muppet series), Steve Whitmire never got fired from the Muppets and still performs Kermit, Statler, Beaker, the Newsman, Lips (who is still made more talkative in the new Muppet Show along with Zoot due to Tim seeing what he considered "untapped potential built up over 40 years" in both characters), Link Hogthrob, and Bean Bunny, and Matt Vogel still performs Robin the Frog.
In addition, Kermit became a regular on Sesame Street again starting in Season 45 due to Johnson licensing the character to Sesame Workshop; because the new Muppet Show tapes at the Johnson Studios lot in San Jose, California using the former Stage 28 from Universal Studios (which, in the Johnsonverse, had been saved from demolition by Tim himself and moved section-by-section to, and being reassembled at, Johnson Studios in a six-month process from September 20, 2014 to March 25, 2015, utilizing the old set pieces from 1925's The Phantom of the Opera; it had previously been used in the 2011 Muppets film for the Muppet Telethon scene), Artie Esposito instead puppeteers Kermit with Whitmire dubbing over his voice in post-production, only coming to New York whenever his schedule allows to perform Kermit on-set, though he performed Kermit on-set in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration. This also means that Whitmire also remained as Ernie, with the same arrangement, though with Billy Barkhurst from 2014-2017 and Peter Linz from 2017 onward.
The rejected pitch was mocked in the cold open of the first episode of the new Muppet Show (guest-starring Tom Bergeron) in which Statler and Waldorf suggest an adult-oriented series with an extremely similar concept before Walter (who has a key role in the series as Kermit's assistant backstage) rejects it due to it being "the last thing I'd ever picture for a Muppets series", with Kermit and every other Muppet in the room agreeing, with Zoot, in particular, calling this idea "That's Statler and Waldorf for ya".
Seasons 4 and 5 of the original Muppet Show were released on DVD in 2016 in celebration of the show's 40th anniversary after Tim managed to get clearance from every celebrity that appeared, as well as the rights to use several songs (Gonzo is on the Season 4 cover, while Animal is in the Season 5 cover). All seasons are also on Netflix, with all cut segments in previous home media releases restored, the presence of all UK spots, and the old ITC logo intact at the end (including all alternate closings), and a "Complete Series" box set was released in 2018 using the Netflix versions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Muppet Show was put on hiatus in 2020, with a new show, Muppets Now, premiering on Netflix on July 31, 2020 as IOTL.
Due to never being fired from Family Feud, Combs did not commit suicide in 1996, and still hosts the show today. He also guest-starred in the 2019 Cartoon Feud special (IOTL, it's an episode of Teen Titans Go!; the series crossing over is instead Welcome to the Wayne, which Cartoon Network acquired in 2019 and renewed for a third season in 2020; said special is also an hour long and starts immediately at the Feud intro, with Burton Richardson's narration). Michael Burger hosted both seasons of Family Challenge on The Family Channel (now Freeform). Steve Harvey has hosted the GSN show Quest for $100,000 since 2010, which uses the Shuffle soundtrack used on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? IOTL from 2010-2019.
As the series aired on WBC instead of CBS, there are many changes from OTL:
- The Bullseye round was still implemented, but it acted like the Dawson return-era Bankroll round IOTL, with higher payouts ($2,000, $3,000, and $5,000).
- Ray Combs was never let go, as said above.
- The show still uses the 1988 theme, while the syndicated version uses the 1994 theme.
- The Fast Money amount expanded to $10 a point in 1995.
- Gene Wood remained as the announcer until his 1996 retirement. He was replaced by Burton Richardson, who still announces today.
- The Ferranti-Packard board continued seeing use until 1999, when it was replaced with a three-screen trilon (the logo screen, the survey screen, and Fast Money), though the survey board still got reduced to eight answers instead of twelve in 1994.
- The current daytime jackpot for Fast Money is $30,000, while its syndicated counterpart is $50,000 (the starting amounts are $20,000 and $40,000, respectively).
- For road shows, the set used during the show's trip to the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 is used here.
During his participation in the Legend of Zelda anime made by Johnson Television starting in 2013, Tim Johnson was able to convince Robin Williams (who voices Navi in the series) to get help for his depression. As a result, he did not commit suicide, and reprised his role as the Genie in the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin to universal acclaim.
In addition, he never a falling out with Disney after Aladdin came out (as Disney never reneged on their promise not to use Williams' name, voice, or likeness in any merchandise such as toys or fast food), and voiced Genie in all subsequent appearances, as well as The Return of Jafar. The television series, as a result, experienced multiple delays getting to air because the staff had trouble figuring out which of Williams' ad-libs to use.
Tim Curry never had his stroke in 2012, and as a result, is still very active (and hammy).
Calloway was reminded to get a psychologist to help him by Sheldon Johnson, Jr. in 1987. As a result, he’s still alive, and still plays David on Sesame Street. (Mr. Handford and Alan still exist, the former being David's mentor and the latter working for David at Hooper's Store alongside Chris). In addition, Maria married David instead of Luis, who remained single.
With the show's move to HBO for Season 46, Tim took personal control of the show, and many changes happened:
- The show remains at 60 minutes on HBO airings (though PBS airings condense it to 30 minutes). The season also aired from 2015 to 2016 and consists of 65 episodes (each season since then consists of 65 episodes as well) rather than 35.
- The classic 1969-1992 opening and closing themes were reinstated, as were the Funky Chimes for the also-reinstated "Coming Soon" bumpers. The credits are a shot-for-shot remake of the credits sequence used between Seasons 11 and 23.
- The set design (aside from Hooper's Store, the garage's conversion into a community center, the addition of the newsstand, and the garden area) has remained the same since Season 40.
- Classic skits were also reinstated for the first time since Season 39, with Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, and Jerry Nelson's names added to the credits. Animated skits were recreated in widescreen.
- Elmo is paired up with Abby much less frequently in favor of Zoe.
- The revived Elmo's World was made into a separate series on Sprout. The episodes also capture the feel of the classic 1998-2009 skits, though with a slightly modern twist.
- The street scenes are still mature, and still feature parodies and more characters. As a result, Joey Mazzarino never left the show.
- Bob, Luis, Gina, Gordon, and Susan were never retired from the show.
- As said above, Kermit became a regular on the show again in Season 45.
- Julia is NOT an autism stereotype, and the show is still partnered with the Autism Self-Advocacy Network rather than switching to Autism Speaks.
- Caroll Spinney's final performance in the Season 50 episode "The Disappoint-O-Meter" was not dubbed over, as Tim felt that "it would be tasteless".
The sexual allegations against John K. turned out to be false, and the crowdfunded short Cans Without Labels was released on time in February 2013 and to critical acclaim (and does not have any of the same problems as the actual short; there’s no CGI, no camera shake, less overly over-the-top animation, no Donald Bastard, no padding, and the sound design is much better, just to name a few; the short is also much longer with more cans involved in the plot), which led to Johnson acquiring the rights to The Ren & Stimpy Show from Nickelodeon and greenlighting three new seasons for Cartoon Network. This also means that the Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story documentary is officially licensed by Cartoon Network.
As with John K., Lasseter's allegations also turned out to be false. He is still the CCO of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, being an executive producer on every movie released by both studios, as well as Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, and directed Cars 3 and A Bug's Life 2, the latter of which was released in 2019, at Tim's behest. He is also involved in the Toy Story television series (see below) as an executive producer, and is also involved in Cars 2: Special Edition.
This also means that the Stinky Pete/Barbies blooper from the end credits of Toy Story 2 was not removed in post-2018 versions.
Phil Hartman walked out on Brynn instead of threatening to do so, which started a very messy, very public divorce. He is still alive, and still voicing his characters (Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz) on The Simpsons, in addition to voicing Zapp Brannigan on Futurama, as well as the blue M&M in the M&Ms commercials. Philip J. Fry is instead known as Curtis J. Fry, as the name "Philip" was chosen in Phil's honor in OTL and the name "Curtis" was used in concepts made before Phil's death.
Martin never had contract disputes with HiT Entertainment (now Henson International Television), and continued voicing Thomas, Percy, and Diesel on Thomas & Friends up to Season 21 (after that, the US voice cast was replaced with the UK voices for American airings, as Tim felt that the idea of having "blatantly British trains with American voices is just too absurd, even for a family show"). He still does background voices on Thomas & Friends, however.
Burson never got arrested, and is still alive; he still voices many of Daws Butler's characters, as well as several of Mel Blanc's Looney Tunes characters in multiple forms of media. He also voices Solomon and Billy Bear in the Ludicrous Limericks series, having voiced the characters since 1978 after their original voice actor, Billy Bletcher, retired due to health issues.
Alaskey never had his cancer in the Johnsonverse, and still voices Droopy in the Tom & Jerry franchise, many of Mel Blanc's Looney Tunes characters in several forms of media. He voiced most of the male Looney Tunes characters in Looney Tunes: Laff Riot (due to Johnson owning 50% of Cartoon Network, the series was not retooled into The Looney Tunes Show, with the series ending in 2020; the sitcom angle was used for a series on the same network known as Ron & Andy, while New Looney Tunes doesn't exist due to Laff Riot, though its characters still exist); Alaskey reprised those roles in Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem and Looney Tunes Cartoons, and is set to reprise his roles in Space Jam: A New Legacy. He also voices Droopy in the Tom & Jerry franchise as well.
Song of the South
When Johnson acquired Disney in 2013, one of the first things Tim did was commission a full restoration of the movie for its 70th anniversary release in 2016, as he considered the ban on it "outright censorship"; the film is also on Netflix as well, and there is a disclaimer in the beginning of the home video releases, stating "This film is a product of its time. It contains content that is not suitable for modern audiences. We at Disney have kept in this content to show it", as well as the Netflix description. The Splash Mountain attraction in the Disney parks was never altered outside of maintenance.
Pilatus never died of a drug overdose, as he and Fab Morvan were signed by Johnson Records in 1992 to perform new songs with the actual Milli Vanilli singers as backup singers for an album, though they had vocal training for six months before recording, much to some controversy; Sheldon Johnson, Jr. responded in a 1994 interview, "They were victims of the industry, not villains".
Carrie never had a heart attack on Christmas Eve 2016, and is still alive. This also meant The Rise of Skywalker didn't require major rewrites (being known as its original title Duel of the Fates), and Fisher reprised her role as Leia in Star Wars: The New Republic (which was made instead of Star Wars: Resistance). Fisher also still voices Angela on Family Guy, with Bert and Sheila as her assistants. Her mother Debbie Reynolds is also still alive as well.
Hawkins never developed a brain tumor in 1992, and thus did not retire from voice acting, voicing the Daleks in the EarthBound movie and every character in the 1997 Captain Pugwash series. He is also still alive.
Stephenson never got Alzheimer's disease in 2015, and is still alive. He still voices Mr. Slate from The Flintstones, and is also on Transformers: The Great War as the voice of Huffer, Windcharger, Kup, Alpha Trion, and Thundercracker.
Stewart never declined as a driver, mainly due to the confidence Johnson’s acquisition of NASCAR brought him. His 2013 sprint car injury, 2014 controversy, and 2016 dune buggy injury never happened, and Stewart still competes full-time in the NASCAR Panasonic Cup Series today.
Because Johnson Industries acquired the Bonwit Teller flagship location in 1977 for use as an administrative building (which was renamed the Bonwit Teller Building), pledging to preserve all its architectural details, Trump Tower is located at the intersection of West and Oak Streets in Brooklyn instead.
Christopher Collins (a.k.a. Chris Latta) successfully got help for his alcoholism once The Transformers moved to Johnson, and didn't die of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1994. As a result, he voiced Starscream in the Beast Wars episode "Possession", and also voiced him in Transformers Animated, Transformers: War for Cybertron, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Transformers Prime, Transformers Robots in Disguise (2015 version), and Transformers: The Great War; he also voices Wheeljack, Defensor, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Reflector, Skullcruncher, Slammer, and Krunk in the latter. He also continues voicing Cobra Commander in all GI Joe cartoons (as well as on Family Guy in the episode "PTV"), and never left The Simpsons, meaning he still voices Mr. Burns instead of Harry Shearer (Hank Azaria still voices Moe).
The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad!
After Johnson's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Tim announced in a press conference on July 1, 2019 that, after a few months of negotiations with the Fox network, all three shows would cease production after their 35th, 23rd, and 20th seasons (which will air in the 2023-2024 television season and in 2023) respectively, as he felt that they "long overstayed their welcome, and they definitely need to die with dignity", admitting that he had to "pull some strings with the Fox execs just so they can finally go out with a bang, not a whimper".
Tim has famously called the modern seasons of Family Guy on an episode of Fireside Chat with Tim Johnson that aired on January 27, 2019, ending with a prerecorded clip of him destroying replicas of the Volume Seven to Volume Sixteen DVD box sets with a flamethrower out on the Johnson Studios lot; during that press conference, the full clip was played. In said clip, the anger Tim expressed increasingly as he went along was genuine, as he holds the first six seasons in high regard:
"For the past eight years, I've been making rants on this show on a recurring basis. I've watched genuinely good things like the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks", as well as the first three seasons, period. And some things I considered "bad, but not horrible", such as the final two seasons of The Powerpuff Girls, when Craig McCracken left to do Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and trusted Chris Savino, the man who already ruined Dexter's Laboratory, to his creation, and this was the result. Though it did bounce back in 2008, however, thank God. Then some shows I've ripped into viciously, like Teen Titans Go!, just mere months before we all discovered it was just a simple criminal front. Even The Cool Adventures of Chocodile is, for some reason, considered "so bad it's good" even though it was the lowest point television could go for over 20 years. However, this is a special case where not only is this so bad, it's an ungodly abomination of television, but it's been this way for over ten years now. This series is modern Family Guy. These modern seasons are the result of a once-clever show having been reduced to a steaming piece of shit that would've gone on the Western Animation section of the 'So Bad, It's Horrible' page on TV Tropes had it not been for the first four seasons and the fact that it somehow still has a fanbase; renewing the series in the first place wound up being a mistake as it stayed clever for a moment before it became a series that made the likes of Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" and Bucky and Pepito look like, I don't know, the first three seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants in comparison. Now, while there are some decent concepts, ideas and episodes such as the "Road To..." episodes, "Yug Ylimaf", "Back to the Pilot", "And Then There Were Fewer", "Christmas is Coming", the Star Wars parodies, even though the Empire and Jedi parodies sort of ruin the joke, and certain subplots, approximately 97% of this era consists of extreme flanderizations, Brian being the biggest offender to the point of making SpongeBob from the dark era look like his normal self in comparison, extremely unlikable characters, with Stewie being the only one I can tolerate, terrible cutaways, ignorance of character development come the next episode, obscene amounts of padding, viewer-insulting moments, attempts at shock humor ranging from a baby's pregnancy to a father marrying his own son, severely lazy 'animation', racist and/or xenophobic jokes and stereotypes, overusage of 80s songs, a refusal to take serious issues such as domestic violence seriously, gross-out humor that seems like a John K. wannabe came up with it, refusal to do anything with Cleveland's family from the already mediocre-at-best The Cleveland Show, lying to the viewers; seriously, Seth MacFarlane claimed "Quagmire's Dad" would be sympathetic towards the LGBTQ community, when in reality, all it does is mock them instead and makes the bogus claim that being transgender and being gay are the same thing when it couldn't be any farther from the truth, so many gluts of bad episodes to the point where each season has a 80%-20% ratio of bad to good episodes, probably the worst writing team I've ever seen for any series with fourteen writers, and this is all they could come up with, nearly every single one of them proving time and time again that they're extremely racist through their writings, and what's worse is that they can kill off a character who's ridiculously hated, then when they see the backlash, they have the power to kill them off again. Fun fact, people: this is a tactic known as 'leverage'. Anyway, let's move on. This leads to one of the biggest crimes these seasons could set forth: the decision to kill off Brian only to bring him back after two episodes, which is the single dirtiest ratings trap I've ever seen in any series, period, with the episode itself, "Life of Brian", best exemplifying everything wrong with the show these days by using some bizarre combination of emotional manipulation, ethnic stereotypes, simpering attempts at gags, and glaring plot holes, and a whole ton of other things I can't explain. It's the textbook example of a series that started off better than what it eventually became, it has literally become the Freddy Got Fingered of all of animation, and I can't even watch the episodes to ridicule them because they're just ungodly abominations, and by God, I've ridiculed the New Series episodes of Thomas & Friends with Chloe when we were kids for being such an absolute butchery of one of our personal favorites. Allen Gregory is better at being a show than this shit, and I can't believe I'd ever say this in my lifetime, but Teen Titans Go! was twice the series these seasons will ever be, because that series, I'll admit, tried in the early episodes before the cracks in its facade formed. These seasons are obviously not part of a criminal scheme, but if they were, it would have been the least of their problems. I am not exaggerating. Such a classic negative-180 story. Family Guy has gone from one of my personal favorites to what is undoubtedly the worst animated series of the 2010s. Bar. None. It's quite obvious that Seth stopped caring about the series ever since the Writers' Guild strike of 2007 and 2008 and Fox airing three episodes under his nose, leading to his severe apathy towards the series. These modern seasons are literally the worst series I've ever watched, and I can’t believe the large budget, and yes, a $2 million budget per episode, translating to around $40 million a season, give or take, that could have been used to build homes for every homeless person in at least ten major cities is being sunk into this crap. Not to mention, how much of a negative influence it has had on almost the entire adult animation scene in general. In other words, March 29, 2009 was the definitive date in which the show went from bad Family Guy to bad television. Had the show started like this, I assure you, not only would it have been canceled after only a few episodes, but Fox would've been ashamed of it to the point of clamping down on bootleg videos of it like what they would eventually do with Allen Gregory. Yes, I know I'm being far too nice here, believe me. And yes, I mean every word I say, people. There is no bias being applied for comic effect; those are all my own genuine words. And guess what? I cheated and added more stuff that wasn't in my script. It's literally that bad. And now that I got that out of the way, it's time to release the anger I've just expressed."
In another episode that aired on August 22 of that year, Tim made a somewhat more subdued rant against the modern seasons of The Simpsons. In fact, this rant was cited as one of the reasons he and Chloe decided to take control of the series:
"Now I'll have to go on a rant here because, after all, this is the 30th anniversary, so let's lay our cards on the table. The Simpsons is a show that, of the show's seemingly impressive thirty seasons, only the first third and a scattering of episodes after that are actually worth watching; the rest are only for completionists, and here's why: all the good writers and artists made the exodus to Futurama or other projects, including Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Ken Keeler, David X. Cohen, and even Matt Groening himself, who's no longer nearly as involved in the show as he was in another time, severe flanderizations, to the point of even being the trope namer, lazier animation and character movements, entire seasons without hits, humor that ranges from halfway decent to god-awful, terrible choices for guest stars, who are no longer to be mocked, apparently, but promoted shamelessly, and poor attempts at handling social issues, with "Bart vs. Itchy and Scratchy" being the worst offender in that category; not only does this best exemplify the phrase 'get woke, go broke' what with its attempts at catering to feminists and SJWs, but fails at even appealing to the most hardcore of liberals like myself, and the only episode I know of that's even worse is "Lisa Goes Gaga". Speaking of "Lisa Goes Gaga", that episode is literally the flagbearer for two thirds of the entire series, featuring nonsense on top of nonsense, so many plot holes, terrible singing, probably the result of poor direction, and the fact that it's literally a Lady Gaga advertisement stretched to 22 minutes. Even the couch gag, usually the best part of most of those two thirds, is really confusing. And I thought "The Principal and the Pauper", which arguably started the series' decline depending on who you ask, was the worst Simpsons episode before I saw this; it makes that look like "Mr. Plow" in comparison. The only consolation in all of this is that at least it didn’t go chaotically bad like Family Guy did, because at least it never stooped to lows only that show can feasibly go. And even then, that's not saying much. It's like the episode "Homie the Clown" in which Homer, as Krusty, beats up the actor playing the Krusty Burglar, and one of the shocked kids cries, 'Stop! STOP! He's already dead!'. Replace Homer with the Fox network, his punches with renewals, the Krusty Burglar actor with the series, the crying kid with the fans, and the man saying 'Krusty the Clown, everybody!' with Al Jean, and it's exactly the same scenario that's happening right now. This is exactly the kind of show that should have ended around '96-'99, and if it ended around that time, it would have had a place as one of the greatest American sitcoms ever made, if not the greatest, period. I wonder how long the modern show would have gone without the legacy of the good seasons, anyway? Probably a single season, and boom, nothing else afterwards. In short, the entire show's like a washed-up old comedian whose prime was all the way back in the 90s, and who's trying to be relevant. Check out the decline chart British producer and Simpsons fan Sol Harris made. All of it I agree with. In the end, you either die a Futurama, or you live long enough to see yourself become The Simpsons. Anyway, we'll be right back after these messages."
On the January 14, 2018 episode, Tim made this rant on the modern seasons of American Dad!:
"This is a show that, while not as bad as the modern seasons of a certain show, is now just an insipid clone of that with Stan reduced to a witless, braindead idiot; the moment I saw that clip in which Stan does facial reconstruction on his own daughter during San Diego Comic-Con six months ago, I knew that the show's decline, which had taken effect ever since the move to TSS, was complete, and it's gone from Seth MacFarlane's last good animated sitcom to a meh kind of series, at best. With extreme flanderizations, such as Stan and Francine being reduced to lousy Peter and Lois clones, Klaus being another Meg, attempts at being edgy, like, say, saying the word 'shit' even when the situation doesn't call for it due to them being able to say it on TSS when they can't on a major network, obscene gore, 'animation' just as lazy as that of Family Guy's modern seasons, and so many other things wrong with it."
He and Chloe took personal control of all three shows during their final few seasons 32nd, 19th, and 17th seasons, and in addition to rehiring Alf Clausen (the show’s composer from 1990-2017) on The Simpsons, as Tim felt that "while Bleeding Fingers’ score is alright, it doesn't really have the quality, depth, and range Alf provided; plus, Fox's treatment of Alf really disgusted me. Why discriminate him for his age?" (Clausen also retroactively rescored Seasons 29-31 in their entirety), almost the entire writing staff for these series was replaced, with only writers that Tim and Chloe saw as "having some potential" remaining, as he feels that "the current writers are clean out of ideas, and recently have started resorting to attempts at being hip and cool with the kids" and that he didn't want either show to "go out on a whimper" (several classic writers also returned for those shows), as well as his desire to "restore their old characterizations" (both The Simpsons and Family Guy will finish their runs on Fox rather than WBC, though several WBC-owned networks such as Freeform and Adult Swim will air reruns of those shows, and American Dad! will finish its run on TSS as well). The animation style was reverted back to a more fluid style, as Tim wanted to "restore the fluidity to the animation", with newly-reanimated opening sequences for Family Guy and The Simpsons (Tim was dissatisfied with the current opening sequence in the former, comparing the characters' movements to "poorly-manufactured robots", and called the latter "an intro trying too hard to one-up the classic 1989 and 1990 intros, cramming in too many gags and having wildly inconsistent, almost Flash-like animation at a lot of points. I like the idea of showing more environments, easter eggs, and Sideshow Bob, but this intro best suits the modern seasons: restricted character movements and way too many attempts at gags"; he cited the part in which Marge sees Maggie in the bag as one reason why he criticized the current intro, as "it went from Marge about to call for help before giving a sigh of relief upon seeing Maggie to just a simple turn of the head, and a lack of emotion compared to the original, which had her actually concerned for her daughter's safety"), as well as giving The Simpsons a cel-animated look and feel like that seen in pre-2002 episodes. On Family Guy, Brian was killed off again, this time, for good, as Tim felt that the character was "way, way, way beyond repair, even for me". Vinny returned to replace him for this final season (Tony Sirico will reprise his role as Vinny), with other characters getting larger roles such as Cleveland's family, the reintroduction of certain one-off characters Tim liked such as Quagmire's daughter Courtney, as well as recurring gag characters such as Johnny and Vern, Greased-Up Deaf Guy, Buzz Killington, and Holden Caulfield (the character who calls things "phony"), and the reintroduction of certain character developments that Tim felt were "wasted as they immediately go back into their old selves in the next episode even though the episodes are supposedly canon to each other" such as Glenn learning to be a better father in the episode "No Giggity, No Doubt"; the first episode of the final season, "Meet the Johnsons", sees Tim and Chloe coming to and taking Quahog to task for their abysmal treatment of Meg, while the next episode will feature, as Tim put it, "quite possibly the biggest character development the show ever had". On The Simpsons, Maude Flanders and Rabbi Krustofski were both brought back to the show (due to Tim seeing their respective death episodes, "Alone Again, Matura-Diddily" and "Clown in the Dumps" as "attempts to toy with the audience's feelings, though not nearly as bad as what Family Guy did in 2013") in the Season 32 premiere, aptly titled "The Decline Stops Here".
Their replacements are to be determined, and American Dad! will continue airing reruns on TSS in its normal timeslot. All three shows will continue through reruns in syndication, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's Adult Alone Time block, FXX, TSS, and Freeform. The upcoming Simpsons and Family Guy movies, to be released in 2024, will be the series finales for those shows, with American Dad! ending with a one-hour-long special airing on Fox, its network from 2005 to 2014 (as an aside, there will also be a Futurama theatrical film for release in 2022).
In addition, Tim vetoed the Simpsons producers' decision to ban the episode "Stark Raving Dad" (which has Michael Jackson guest-starring as Leon Kompowsky) due to his sharp criticisms of the Leaving Neverland documentary (which, in the Johnsonverse, aired on Showtime instead of HBO due to Johnson owning the latter and Tim rejecting the idea on sight due to his support of Jackson, even calling Wade Robson and James Safechuck "a couple of crooked cheats who will gladly stoop to dirty tricks such as slander to make money at the expense of a man’s legacy; not just any old legacy, but the legacy of the same man Robson once defended, the King of Pop, using a combination of slander from the 1990s and anachronisms to further their lies. There’s a reason my dad always defended him, and I don’t even recall Mr. Jackson molesting me or Chloe when we met him back in 2004"; the Fireside Chat episode airing on its US release date of March 3, 2019 has Tim viciously tear into the documentary, with the quote coming from that episode, and even call its defenders "Sagi-shi ga otoko no isan o dainashi ni suru no o tasukete iru mōmoku de muchina moron" ("詐欺師が男の遺産を台無しにするのを助ける盲目で無知なモロン"), which is Japanese for "blind, ignorant morons helping scammers ruin a man's legacy"). The episode still airs in syndication, FXX (in the Johnsonverse, the episodes reverted to the fullscreen versions in reruns and Netflix due to Tim's criticisms of the cropped episodes), and Netflix (all Disney+ content, including originals, is on Netflix due to Johnson already owning that service.
Also, the Spanish dub of The Simpsons is still provided by Audiomaster 3000 (which Johnson acquired in 2003), meaning Humberto Vélez is still Homer, Nancy McKenzie is still Marge, Patricia Acevado is still Lisa, and many other actors remain in their respective roles (the only ones who don't have either retired or died). Marina Huerta still returned as Bart for Season 16 onwards after having left the role in 1999 due to salary disputes, though Claudia Motta is still in the cast.
He has also promised that their movies, and the hour-long special, which he will personally write and direct, "will not only be dedicated to all the people who made those shows great and the viewers who've wanted them canceled for so long, but there will be tons of surprises in those films".
In December 2021, a remastered version of The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio will be released as The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio Remastered, with even better animations and more characters, locales, and voice acting.
Hank Azaria also remains as Apu due to Tim's belief that "whoever labels Apu as an Indian stereotype for being voiced by a white guy is blind, especially since Cleveland Brown is voiced by a white guy". Likewise, Mike Henry remains as Cleveland Brown, and characters such as Dr. Hibbert and both Bumblebee Man and Carl are still voiced by Harry Shearer and Azaria, respectively, as Tim was strongly against recasting them with actual persons of color and even compared the idea to segregation, calling it "tasteless".
Finally, in December of 2024, "Complete Series" box sets of all three series will be released. The sets will be divided into five eras: "The Beginning" (Seasons 1-2 of The Simpsons, Season 1 of Family Guy, and Seasons 1-2 of American Dad!), "Golden Age" (2-8, 2-3, and 3-6), "Silver Age" (9-10, 4-6, and 7-10), "Bronze Age" (11-12, 7-11, and 11-13), "Dark Age" (13-31, 12-18, and 14-18), and "Renaissance Age" (32-35, 19-20, and 17-20).
Sonic the Hedgehog voice cast
After Johnson acquired 4Kids Entertainment in 2008, their contract with Sega was renewed, and as a result, most of the 4Kids voice actors are still voicing their characters in the Sonic series (though Vic Mignogna still voiced E-123 Omega after the death of Maddie Blaustein in 2008, having joined 4K's newly-formed Los Angeles branch and was allowed to stay despite being fired from Funimation in 2019 due to sexual assault allegations against him, as Tim saw the #KickVic movement as "cancel culture on steroids" and "the biggest example of feminists being so idiotic these days, doing things that Susan B. Anthony would shake her head at"). Starting in 2010 with Sonic Colors and Sonic Free Riders, Ryan Drummond returned to the role of Sonic due to joining 4Kids' newly acquired Studiopolis branch (now 4K Studiopolis) in 2009 after the company gave him a union contract, though Jason Griffith is still the voice of Shadow. This also means that Sonic Generations featured the planned "Dreamcast Sonic" (spanning 1998-2004). In addition, the cast reprised their roles in Sonic Boom (Sticks was still voiced by Nika Futterman, however). Amy Palant was replaced as Tails by Colleen O'Shaughnessey starting in Sonic Free Riders. Kathleen Delaney was also still replaced as Rouge by Karen Strassman in 2010 as IOTL, as Tim felt that Delaney "got the 'seductive' part right, but sounded at least three times Rouge's age". Likewise, Rebecca Honig's portrayal of Cream is also changed in that game, sounding much closer to Michelle Ruff's portrayal IOTL. Orbot and Cubot are still voiced by Kirk Thornton and Wally Wingert (an officially-sanctioned Sonic guide released on June 1, 2020, entitled Sonic's Way Past Cool Encyclopedia, explained that Orbot's incarnation in Sonic Unleashed, voiced by Chris Collet, was actually a prototype called SA-55, though he was given the fan nickname "Ergo" by the other robots).
The Day After
The infamous 1983 telefilm was made by WBC instead of ABC. It still premeired on November 20, 1983, and still had the live debate, albeit moderated by Don George instead of Ted Koppel. Phil Stacker was involved in production of the film, taking the threat of nuclear war very, very seriously. As such, he gave Nicholas Meyer full creative control of the film, and allocated a theatrical budget. Johnson Studios created a large miniature set of Kansas City for the nuclear attack scene, which is completely destroyed; stock footage from past Johnson films such as Hot Cuba was also used during the sequence. The sound effect of the nuclear explosion was actually created by Johnson for Hot Cuba, and has come to be known as the "Johnson Nuke" sound, used in many films before and since.
The original three-hour cut was the one that ended up being broadcast.
Jetsons: The Movie
The film was released by Johnson Studios instead of Universal. Janet Waldo was not replaced by Tiffany as Judy Jetson. The movie also has much better writing, animation, and characterizations. As a result, it is a much better film in the Johnsonverse.
Tom and Jerry: The Movie
The film is also distributed by Johnson Studios. Many changes are made, notably Tom and Jerry remaining silent. The film is also significantly better.
Riverside International Raceway, Ontario Motor Speedway, Ascot Park, and Chicago Motor Speedway
All four tracks are still in use today; the former two tracks were still taken off the Cup Series schedule, but are still used in other leagues and for testing purposes. It was announced on December 1, 2020 that all four tracks will return to the NASCAR Panasonic Cup Series in 2022. Ascot Park still hosts dirt racing events, while Chicago Motor Speedway still hosts IndyCar events.
Cops and Live PD
Because it airs on WBC instead of Fox and Spike/Paramount Network, Cops was never canceled due to the George Floyd riots, as Tim felt that doing so would be "caving in to the PC crowd" and even stated on his social media accounts that "People were fine with it for just over 30 years and only now is it magically racist? Pathetic. God help us if a uniformed man or woman is seen in the same place as someone who's even the teeniest-tiniest bit black. Even if the uniformed person happens to be black". It has been renewed to Season 40 (the 2027-2028 season). Live PD (which airs on sister channel A&E) was not canceled either. The one-minute version of the "Bad Boys" theme song (which was used in the show's intro until 2003) is still in use today. Both series were instead merely placed on hiatus due to the pandemic, though these series eventually resumed production after stay-at-home orders were slowly lifted.
Spaceballs: The Animated Series
With the series airing on Freeform (formerly WBC Family), as Johnson wanted G4 to focus solely on gaming (as an aside, Code Monkeys still runs today, and is on its 14th season), Sheldon Johnson, Jr. encouraged creators Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan to make many changes after rejecting the pilot’s script on sight. As a result, the show still airs today, though Dot Matrix is voiced by Melissa Rivers after her mother Joan Rivers' death on September 4, 2014 (the change was explained by Dot having to get a new voice chip after the old one was fried by a lightning strike; said episode, titled "Dot's Shiny New Voice", also used Joan's unused archive audio), and Barf is voiced by Mad TV alum Will Sasso after Tino Insana’s death on May 31, 2017 (the change was explained as the result of Barf getting a vocal cord surgery after he gargled battery acid on a dare with Lone Starr in the episode "Doubling Down on Helmet"). There are many, many differences:
- A completely different writing team.
- The theme song is "We're the Spaceballs" by the Spinners, taken from the movie. The intro also shows the stunt doubles for each character. The theme song from OTL is used for the credits instead.
- Much better character designs. For example, Dark Helmet is not a dwarf, though he's still shorter than most characters.
- Rick Moranis reprises his role as Dark Helmet. Likewise, Bill Pullman reprises his role as Lone Starr, and George Wyner reprises his role as Sandurz.
- Vespa sounds exactly like how she did in the movie.
- Darlene does not exist.
- The entire show parodies Star Wars, and doesn't parody any other movies. It also expands upon the movie's premise through world-building.
- No deus-ex-machinas.
- Much more mature humor (no toilet humor or boob jokes, for example).
- Lone Starr and Vespa are married.
- The animation is far better, and uses CGI instead of Flash (this was done in reference to the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series).
- No rehashed jokes from the movie.
- Planet Moron and starbucks are correctly referred to as Planet Spaceball and spacebucks, respectively (it is stated that the Spaceballs have permanently resided in the planet of the apes, making it the new Planet Spaceball).
- The pilot is not a remake of the movie. Instead, it takes place immediately after the events of the original film.
At the Movies (1986)
The series is also produced by WBC instead of ABC. Ebert never had cancer in the thyroid and salivary glands, and therefore never had to have his lower jaw removed, and Gene Siskel never had his fatal tumor. Both are still alive, and review movies on Siskel & Ebert. The Siskel & Ebert archives were not taken down. Because the show wasn't canceled, Ebert Presents At the Movies doesn't exist, and its critics (Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky) are part of sister show The Critic Roundtable, which has aired in syndication since 2009 and also features TCM's Ben Mankiewicz, A.O. Scott from The New York Times, and Elvis Mitchell, who had filled in for Gene Siskel on Roger Ebert & the Movies in real life. Richard Roeper and Michael Phillips host Roeper & Phillips, which has aired since 1999. The intro for both incarnations recalls the Siskel & Ebert intro, and the series used the set introduced on Ebert & Roeper IOTL from 2001-10; since then, the Ebert Presents At the Movies set from OTL has been used. The real-life Roger Ebert & the Movies theme is used on Siskel & Ebert, and the Ebert & Roeper theme IOTL is used during the cold open, when Siskel and Ebert announce three of the five movies.
The Transformers Franchise
After Johnson took over production of The Transformers from Sunbow in 1987 and eventually acquired Hasbro in 1992, the Transformers franchise was changed forever:
- The original G1 cartoon ran until 1999, becoming the longest-running American children's cartoon until Arthur surpassed it in 2011.
- The first major change came in Season 4, when The Rebirth was completely rewritten to remake the Headmaster concept from scratch. The original concept involved human or Nebulan partners turning into the heads of the Transformer, with both having independent control. The lack of explanation as to what exactly a Headmaster partner would do aside from sit there and spectate while the Transformer itself did all the work spurred the series' new head writer, Bob Budiansky, to instead have the Headmasters be smaller Transformers or humans who turn into the heads of non-sentient Transformers, essentially the Transtector concept of the Japanese G1 Cartoon continuity of OTL. Upon combining, the partner would have full control of the Transtector, which had its own distinct name and personality. Essentially, the Headmaster partner is piloting a mecha suit with a personality of its own, but the partner is in full control while the Transformer responds to their inputs and does the heavy lifting. By comparison, the Targetmaster concept was completely unchanged from the original draft. In addition, Toei Animation received a massive boost in funding for the series from Johnson itself, thus allowing them to use the same animation quality as the 1986 movie. Season 4 also fleshed out the Clones, Punch/Counterpunch, and Technobots and Terrorcons, and also introduced the Duocons, Trainbots, Monsterbots, and the Targetmasters Ricochet and Artfire, and also saw Blaster and Soundwave killed and rebuilt as Twincast and Soundblaster, respectively. Another major change was bringing back all of the Autobots who died in the movie using Quintesson technology. Finally, Season 4 saw the return of Starscream, who, after much soul-searching and self-training, finally managed to usurp Galvatron and keep command. No longer a bumbling idiot who would declare himself leader even if Megatron had simply lost his voice, Starscream was now a terrifying villain who, rather than blindly firing at Autobots, now used his speed and ability to fly to his advantage, which was how he defeated Galvatron. Not only that, he also had Galvatron, Scourge, and Cyclonus rebuilt back to their original forms of Megatron, Thundercracker, and Skywarp, while breaking into Vector Sigma's chamber to create Scourge and Cyclonus anew. Initially furious, after a crippling attack on Athenia, Megatron is forced to admit that Starscream has truly come into his own, and privately admits to himself that all the times he was hard on Starscream was just his way of grooming him for the rigors of leadership. The return of Starscream coincided with the massive uptick in the violence, as while humans still couldn't be harmed, the battles between Autobots and Decepticons were now much more graphic and visceral, with generic Transformers being killed in various gruesome ways; many of the animators who worked on these scenes would later work on the Toei-animated episodes of Detective Jenny, even recycling some pieces of animation. Starscream remains leader until the end of the series. On a minor note, Bumblebee and Goldbug were retconned as separate characters, with a throwaway line stating Wheeljack managed to copy Goldbug's memory into a newly-built body identical to Bumblebee's old body, and Bumblebee's long-lost twin siser Hornet (voiced by Wendee Lee) was introduced; Hornet was, in truth, the red Bumblebee available during the first two years of the line's existence. On the toy front, all of the 1984-85 toys were re-released as "Classic Transformers", and the toyline also saw massive expansion. For one, the initially-cancelled Arcee toy was finally released at Phil Stacker's behest. Toys for Elita One, Chromia, Firestar, and Moonracer from "The Search for Alpha Trion" were also released, as were the revolutionary "Nickel Toys". The Nickel Toys are toys meant to represent generic soldiers, sensibly priced at five cents apiece (these toys are exempted from sales tax) so kids can quickly amass large armies. For 1987, the initial Nickel Toy lineup consisted of the Autotrooper for the Autobots, and the Jet and Tank for the Decepticons (the Autotrooper was a redeco of Red Alert, the Jet uses the 1984 Jet mold, and the Tank is a redeco of Brawl; the Autotrooper and Tank came in one color, while the Jet came in a whopping 60 colors). The Nickel Toys were a massive success, and stores had trouble keeping up with demand.
- Season 5 took many elements from the Super-God Masterforce anime of OTL, but with numerous changes. For one, the Pretender concept was much better explained as hard-light constructs. The season also saw a major focus on the 1988 Autobot Headmasters, these being Siren (appropriately voiced by BRIAN BLESSED) and his partner, Samuel "Sam" Forrester (known IOTL as Shuta Go), Hosehead and his partner, Cab, and Nightbeat and his partner, Marilyn "Mary" Locklain. Characters that never appeared in Super-God Masterforce also get limelight, including the Double Targetmasters, Triggerbots, Triggercons, Pretender Animals, Pretender Vehicles, Sparkabots, and Firecons, while characters such as Metalhawk, Overlord, Grand Maximus, and MegaZarak were ported over from SGM. Conceptually, the Powermasters are the same as IOTL, and Powermaster Optimus Prime gets a lot of screentime after he was rebuilt as a Headmaster. Finally, the Seacons were depicted as a standard combiner team instead of a group of redshirts for the Autobots to destroy. For the toys, a new addition to the Nickel Toy lineup was released, this being the Autojet, a redeco of the Powerglide mold.
- Season 6 carried the subtitle "Decepticons vs. Decepticons" for its first half, referencing the Decepticon Civil War, in which Deathsaurus, disillusioned with the idea of the Decepticons being led by somebody other than Megatron, rebels, and takes multiple troops with him, including the Dinoforce, Animalmasters (known IOTL as the "Breastforce", but this name would never pass muster with the censors), Crossformers, and numerous generic jets and tanks (by this point, the jets were now officially called "Seekers"). To counter this dangerous faction, Optimus Prime assembles a special forces team led by the Brainmaster Star Saber, and consisting of the other Brainmasters, Multiforce, Greatshot, Victory Leo, and Galaxy Shuttle. The second half of the long season carried the subtitle "Micromasters", referencing the coming of the Micromasters, which sees the construction of a "suburb" to Autobot City called Micromaster City. The various new types of Pretenders also played a role. The toyline for 1989 was a combination of the Victory line and 1989 American line of OTL, but with the addition of the toys from all previous years still being available, as these characters still played a role. One notable omission ITTL are the Classic Pretenders (consisting of Pretender versions of Bumblebee, Jazz, Grimlock, and Starscream). No new Nickel Toys were introduced, but ten new Seeker colors with a tattered appearance and a torn Decepticon logo were released.
- After the long production time of Season 6, which had 55 episodes (even more than the 49-episode second season produced by Sunbow), it was decided to put the series on hiatus, but still put out hour-long primetime specials. The first special was released in 1990, and called Transformers: Zone. The special sees the arrival of new types of Micromasters, as well as the rise of the Action Masters, Transformers unable to transform but much faster and stronger than normal (ITTL, only the new Action Masters existed; no pre-existing characters became Action Masters). Zone also saw the introduction of the Power Squad, consisting of Dai Atlas, Sonic Bomber, and Roadfire, who combine to form Powerbomb. Also introduced was Metrotitan, the Decepticons' answer to Metroplex. These new characters all made it to the toyline, which still also had the product from the past six years.
- 1991 saw the special The Decepticons Strike Back released. In this special, following their defeat in Zone, the Decepticons begin a massive attack on Earth, destroying many cities and killing hundreds of millions of humans. No new Decepticons were introduced, but Optimus Prime was so badly damaged, he nearly dies again, only to be saved by the Battlestars Grandus and Sky Garry, who not only repair him, but give him a superpowered form known as Omega Prime (known as Star Convoy IOTL). In this form, the Decepticon attack is beaten back, and Starscream is rendered comatose, forcing Megatron, who by now has become content not having the burden of leadership weighing him down, to step up once again. The additions to the toyline were rather sparse, with no new Decepticons, three Battlestars, and a Micromaster Combiner team of trains who form Sixliner.
- The third and final hour-long special, Operation: Combination, aired in 1992. The special saw the introduction of two new combiner teams, these being Guard City (Autobot, redecoes of the Protectobots) and Battle Gaia (Decepticon, redecoes of the Combaticons), as well as numerous Micromaster Combiner teams (Sixbuilder, Sixwing, Sixturbo, and Sixtrain). The first half of the special was dedicated to these new characters, while the second half was dedicated to a different group, these being characters that, IOTL, were exclusive to European markets. They were the Autobot Turbomasters, and Decepticon Predators, led by Thunderclash and Skyquake, respectively; one difference is the Predator Skydive being renamed "Hyena" due to the existence of the Aerialbot Skydive.
- 1993 saw the release of Transformers: Generation 2. While IOTL, this line consisted of gaudily-redecoed G1 toys and experimental toys that laid the groundwork for later lines such as Beast Wars, ITTL, the line consisted entirely of modernized toys. Every character that had ever received a toy received a newly-engineered version with better articulation and more accessories. The seventh season of the cartoon also debuted at this time, with a return to the more episodic format of earlier seasons. The season saw Starscream awaken from the coma he was put in in The Decepticons Strike Back, as well as the introduction of new groups such as the Axelerators, Skyscorchers, Aquaspeeders, Stormtroopers, Lightformers, Trakkons, and Obliterators. The refreshed line was a smash hit, and gave Johnson the confidence boost it needed after coming out of the Stacker Era.
- Season 8 in 1994 was much of the same as Season 7, but the series soundtrack received a refresh in the form of new music by Cal Johnson and the Johnson Philharmonic Orchestra, though the familiar theme tune was still retained, and some of the older Johnny Douglas tracks were still used occasionally, though by this time, the Douglas tracks were now being used as stock music by the company as a whole, mainly in Detective Jenny. The new characters introduced in 1994 included the Rotor Force and Laser Rods, but on the whole, the season was focused more on the older characters and their pasts. It was also the first season in the new widescreen format.
- Season 9 in 1995 saw a return to a more serialized format, now focusing on the Decepticons' experiments with antimatter and efforts to weaponize it. Among the new characters introduced in this season were the Go-Bots (no relation to the GoBots), of which only the first wave exists ITTL, as the second and third waves were merely redecoes of the first-wave toys with familiar names so Hasbro could keep the trademarks. Also introduced were the Laser Cycles, Cyberjets, and Auto Rollers (again, only the first wave of the Cyberjets were made, as the second wave had redecoes with recycled names, again to maintain the trademarks). After this, the series would take a year-long hiatus.
- 1996 saw the second theatrical film released, title Transformers vs. GoBots. This film saw the GoBots introduced into the Transformers mythos, with a completely different storyline more reminiscent of the Daleks. This movie depicts the GoBots as having once been a humanoid alien race who, after years of nuclear war, were on the brink of extinction, before a scientist named Korem Raa offered to put their brains in robot bodies that could transform into the vehicles of their society (which, ironically, resembled Earth vehicles). But it was all a lie, as Korem Raa enslaved the entire Gobotronian race and put his own brain into a robot called Raizor, and declared the Gobotronians dead, replaced by the GoBots. The movie deals with the GoBots invading Earth and Cybertron at the same time, and the Autobots and Decepticons teaming up to stop them.
- The main series resumed in 1997, now carrying the subtitle Machine Wars. The tenth season dealt with the Autobots fighting the Decepticons, Quintessons, and GoBots across the galaxy, once again returning to a more episodic format. The toyline for the last three seasons introduced no new characters aside from the Quintessons and GoBots, but it did see some of the more popular characters receive new accessories. This format continued until the series finale in 1999, in which Optimus Prime and Elita One, in one last battle, finally destroyed Megatron and Starscream, though the episode ended with Shockwave plotting revenge with the surviving Decepticons.
- The original G1 cartoon came to a final end in 2000 with the third and final theatrical film, The Revenge of Korem Raa. With the Decepticons defeated, the Autobots believe their troubles are over, until Optimus Prime is killed again by Raizor. In retaliation, Rodimus Prime kills Raizor, but Korem Raa's brain survives and occupies Optimus' body, renaming himself Raizor Prime. Using his mental powers, he brainwashes most of the Autobots to destroy Earth and terraform it into a new home for the GoBots, at which point they can shed their robot bodies and evolve using the Decepticons' old antimatter experiments. Forced deep into space, Elita One and the remaining Autobots (including the three Headmasters from Season 5 who, because they were binary-bonded, stopped aging) encounter Shockwave and the surviving Decepticons, who have been trying to rebuild Megatron (as Shockwave never liked Starscream's leadership, even though it was ultimately much more effective than Megatron's). Upon hearing of the GoBots' return, Shockwave beseeches the Autobots to help bring Megatron back, to which Elita One hesitantly agrees. After collecting enough antimatter from a blackhole, they manage to resurrect Megatron, who agrees that the time for war with the Autobots is over, now that he knows there are forces even more evil than him. Returning to Earth, they find mankind on the brink of extinction and taking refuge on the Moon. In the final battle, most of the 1990s Autobots and Decepticons are violently killed off, while Megatron has one final battle with the Korem Raa-controlled Optimus Prime. After a long, brutal battle, Megatron rips Korem Raa's brain from Optimus, and Optimus comes to. Together, Optimus Prime and Megatron blast Korem Raa's brain, at which point every Autobot is freed from mind control, and the entire GoBot army regains their free will. After everything, Optimus Prime and Megatron declare the war between the Autobots and Decepticons over for good, and the GoBots integrate into Transformers society. United as one, the Transformers rebuild Earth, and for the rest of their lives, they never fight again. A later comic made by Dreamwave in 2003 depicts the aftermath of the film, including Starscream's resurrection and the war with the Quintessons.
- The Beast Era, which ran concurrently with the G1 cartoon, had several key differences from OTL:
- Beast Wars was traditionally-animated by Toei, instead of computer-animated by Mainframe. The series still had a Canadian cast, but was much larger in scope, with more characters thanks to the series not being hampered by the increased costs of computer animation. As a result, every character in the toyline appeared in the cartoon.
- In the episode "Possession", because he is still alive, Chris Latta managed to reprise his role as Starscream (and it's made clear that this is a different Starscream, not the one who became Decepticon leader). And in "The Agenda Part II", Frank Welker reprised his role as G1 Megatron.
- Beast Machines never existed. Period. In its place was a fourth and fifth season of Beast Wars, which IOTL were the Japanese-exclusive Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo, albeit retaining the darker tone of the first three seasons.
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001) had many differences from OTL; the two things that didn't change were the series being set in a different continuity, and Sky-Byte as a whole. For one, it was animated by Toei instead of Studio Gallop, and was much darker than the original version. The series also saw several actors from the original cartoon reprise their roles (as the series was produced completely by Johnson, as opposed Takara making the series and then Saban making the English dub), such as Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Ironhide, Michael Bell as Prowl, Corey Burton as X-Brawn (named Brawn ITTL), Frank Welker as Megatron, and Stephen Keener as Fortress Maximus; every other character had the same actor as IOTL. Episodes were not pulled from rotation following 9/11, and the entire series is available on home video.
- The Unicron Trilogy is vastly different from OTL. For one, Toei again animated all three series, meaning no CGI Transformers in Energon and Cybertron. Speaking of which, the trilogy as a whole was MUCH better-written, due to being made entirely by Johnson with writers from Detectice Jenny and Monster World. This means Energon wasn't a total mess and is actually considered the strongest of the trilogy. Instead of being dubbed in Canada, voice-acting was done at Johnson Studios using a mix of veterans (such as Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Michael Bell, Corey Burton, Dan Gilvezan, Gregg Berger, Arthur Burghardt, Susan Blu, and Jack Angel), and new talent to the franchise (such as Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kenny, Grey DeLisle, Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, and Kath Soucie).
- Transformers Animated is the same as IOTL (and thus the first Transformers series to not have any involvement from Toei), with most of the same cast, except for Chris Latta voicing Starscream instead of Tom Kenny (Kenny still voices Ramjet, the Liar Starscream clone). In addition, because it was made by Johnson, it wasn't at the mercy of Stuart Snyder's apathy, and therefore got its fourth season, which saw Starscream successfully take control of the Decepticons with Slipstream's help, as she had become disillusioned with Megatron (who had by now become Galvatron) constantly bungling operations with his insanity; it also saw Blackarachnia's redemption and transformation back into Elita-1, Ultra Magnus' death, and Sentinel Magnus being forcibly removed after turning Cybertron into a dictatorship where he expects everyone to view him as the Second Coming of Primus.
- Transformers Prime is also the same as OTL (making it the first computer-animated series in the franchise), except, again, Chris Latta voices Starscream instead of Steve Blum (who instead voices Shockwave instead of David Sobolov).
- Transformers: The Great War is an entirely-new series created by Johnson that premiered in 2013, and is still airing today. Using the ending of Fall of Cybertron as a starting point, it diverges from what was established in the Aligned novels and instead sets up an alternate version of G1, eventually welding it together with the Beast Era, Robots in Disguise 2001, Unicron Trilogy, and the newer G1-inspired lines such as Classics, Universe, and Generations to create an entirely new continuity. Every surviving cast member from previous shows (sans Animated) reprise their roles, with those who are deceased either replaced by impersonators or Tim Johnson himself (for example, Tim voices all of the Don Messick characters such as Ratchet, Gears, and Scavenger, due to his dead-on impersonation of Messick); as the VoxMutatio technology matured, the impersonators were done away with. The series is animated by Toei.
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) is mostly the same, except it's traditionally-animated by Toei.
- Transformers: Rescue Bots is exactly the same as IOTL, with no changes aside from Tim Curry continuing to voice Dr. Morocco since he never had the stroke.
- Transformers Cyberverse has the same artstyle and computer animation, but instead of a completely-new New York-based cast, the cast is mainly made up of veterans of the franchise (such as Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Frank Welker as Megatron and Soundwave, Chris Latta as Starscream, Dan Gilvezan as Bumblebee, Gregg Berger as Grimlock, and Judd Nelson as Hot Rod).
- The Michael Bay movies don't exist (though Hasbro still decided to update their franchises to more modern demographics), and Bumblebee has more G1 aesthetics and Dan Gilvezan as Bumblebee, plus Frank Welker as Soundwave, Corey Burton as Shockwave, Susan Blu as Arcee, Tim Johnson as Ratchet, and the main villain is Starscream (voiced by Chris Latta) along with Thundercracker (John Stephenson) and Skywarp (Welker) instead of Shatter and Dropkick; Cliffjumper (who is made to sound like Casey Kasem via VoxMutatio) also survives, and the movie ends with Megatron (Welker) awakening after Starscream finds and repairs him, matching his depiction as a loyal soldier in The Great War.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Franchise
Again, once Johnson took over production from DiC in 1991, the franchise was changed forever:
- The show continued airing until 1995, after which various movies and specials were produced. It got revived in 2015, meaning the French CGI series from OTL doesn't exist. It also uses the Chipettes' outfits from Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman.
- The two DTV films Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein and Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman were produced by Johnson and aired as television specials on WBC.
- None of the live-action movies exist.
The Bugs Bunny Show
The series has aired on WBC since 1968; its animated segments began to be outsourced to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises at WBC's request, and the current segments are done at Johnson Television Animation. Since 1981, it has aired as two separate ninety-minute-long programs; the first segment using the classic 1960 opening and overall style, airing on WBC Kids, and the second segment airing on primetime and using the 1981 opening until 1992, when it was replaced by the version from that year in OTL (though between 1984 and 1987, the song "It's Cartoon Gold" was used). That version was used for 27 years until 2019, when the current version was created to commemorate the 60th season of the show and the 70th anniversary of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, as well as the upcoming 80th anniversary of Bugs Bunny and the 90th anniversary of the Looney Tunes franchise; it depicts Bugs and Daffy in their tuxedos and stage from "Show Biz Bugs", which provided the inspiration for the show's bridging sequences. The principal voices are done by Alaskey, Bob Bergen, and Billy West.
The film was made by Johnson instead of Universal, and directed by Tim Johnson instead of Tom Hooper. As a result, there are innumerable differences from the original:
- Rather than CG fursuits, all actors wear actual suits and makeup. Also, their appearances are identical to their stage counterparts.
- None of the cast is the same between OTL and TTL. Some major changes include:
- Elaine Paige as Grizabella
- Tim Curry as Old Deuteronomy
- Brian Blessed as Bustopher Jones
- Susan Jane Tanner as Jellylorum
- Tim Johnson as Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat
- John Legend as Rum Tum Tugger
- John Cleese as Gus the Theater Cat
- All songs are in their original keys and as originally staged.
- Rather than being one of Macavity's minions, Growltiger remains a fictional character played by Gus in "Growltiger's Last Stand".
- The entire movie takes place in a junkyard instead of around pre-war London, and the Jellicle Cats' scale is much larger, around the size of an average housecat instead of the Lilliputian scale seen in the film IOTL.
- The song "Beautiful Ghosts" does not exist. "The Dreadful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles", and by extention, the original version of the Great Rumpus Cat, is used instead.
- "The Ad-dressing of Cats" doesn't take four minutes to complete, as Tim Curry doesn't have macular degeneration like Judi Dench did at the time.
- As a result of being so divorced from the Tom Hooper version, the film did much better at the box office and was much better-received, often being cited as one of the best adaptations of a musical ever made, and won an Academy Award in 2020.
Professional Baseball in Japan
All OTL Nippon Professional Baseball teams are Major League Baseball teams. All Central League teams are National League, and likewise all Pacific League teams are American League.
Many teams have different names:
- Hanshin Tigers are Nishinomiya Farmers
- Yokohama DeNA BayStars are still the Taiyo Whales
- Yomiuri Giants and Bunkyo Scholars
Teams frequently play road games on the Mainland United States, and vice-versa. No Japanese States team has ever won the World Series, though quite a few have made World Series appearances.
Professional Basketball in Japan
Likewise, all B.League are NBA teams. Teams are split into the North and South Conferences, each with three leagues: East, Central, and West (the OTL Third Division teams are NBA G League teams). Like in the MLB, no Japanese States basketball team has ever won the NBA Championship.
The game was never taken down ITTL, as Tim managed to convince Aaron Fechter to aid in its development, making it an officially-licensed game. It will be released on January 4, 2023 as a downloadable game; a physical version will be released that same day.
Because Japan is part of the United States, the Power Rangers franchise does not exist. Super Sentai still exists, with all series broadcast on both sides of the Pacific the exact same way, in English, uncut (though the Japanese audio is used for Japanese-speaking regions in the Japanese isles). This means that the Japanese cultural differences from the American mainland are still present in mainland airings, as is the violence, the sillier aspects, and the dark storylines compared to the more "hip and radical" Power Rangers of OTL.
Wheel of Fortune
In 1989, the daytime version of Wheel, having been canceled by NBC, moved over to WBC (then JTV) instead of CBS, and it also began taping at the Johnson Studios lot rather than Television City. Because of this, there are many major changes:
- Rolf Benirschke, who hosted the final six months of the NBC run in real life, continues to host to this day, as Stacker saw potential in him after seeing significant improvement during his six months on NBC. Vanna White also remains on the show like in real life. Announcer Charlie O'Donnell remained as well until his 2010 death, and Jim Thornton took over in March 2011 (in the meantime, Supermarket Sweep announcer Rich Fields was hired to be the interim announcer in the daytime series). Pat Sajak still hosts the syndicated version.
- Nancy Jones was never dismissed from the daytime show. She was promoted to one of the executive producers (along with Sheldon Johnson, Jr. and Harry Friedman, who still retired in 2020 like in real life) after Merv Griffin's death in 2007 (in the Johnsonverse, his contract stipulated that he would executive produce all his shows until his death or their end), and still is today. The current executive producers are Jones, Chloe Johnson, and Mike Richards. Benirschke also became the Consulting Producer of the daytime version starting in 2020, while Sajak still became the consulting producer of the syndicated version.
- The Merv Griffin Enterprises logo is still in use today, even after the reorganization into Goodson-Griffin Enterprises and Griffin's 2007 death. This is also true with Jeopardy!, Headline Chasers, and Monopoly. The company also produces Let's Play Crosswords due to Merv Griffin Entertainment not existing IITL. As said before, it has also taped in the Johnson Studios lot since 1989, alongside other Griffin-produced shows. The Griffin logo from 1992 is in front of a black background instead of the Columbia Pictures backdrop with its shadow behind it, with a brown spotlight on it, and the font is in Optima instead of Bank Gothic. It was used until 1997, when the Merv Griffin Productions logo from OTL was used, though with "ENTERPRISES" instead of "PRODUCTIONS" and a Johnson byline. The 1998 and 2006 versions were still used, with these same changes (the 2006 logo is currently used). The logo arrangement goes like this: the Merv Griffin Enterprises logo is shown first, followed by the logos for King World and Johnson Domestic Television.
- Returning champions were never retired, and the limit was abolished in the show's 30th season (2003-2004), unless the contestant's total winnings exceeded the $1,000,000 mark; the contestant introductions use a graphic showing the total of winnings when the champion's total is announced. If a tie happens, the two or three contestants who tied return the following episode to continue their existing score. The returning champions format has led to some memetic contestants, not unlike Jeopardy!.
- The Surprise Wedge was never retired.
- The Wheel never adopted the single template in 1996. The current possible values are as follows: $100, $125, $150, $175, $200, $225, $250, $275, $300, $325, $350, $375, $400, $425, $450, $475, $500, $525, $550, $575, $600, $625, $650, $675, $700, $725, $750, $775, $800, $825, $850, $875, $900, $925, $950, $975, $1,000 (as a normal wedge, the Mystery Wedge, and the Express Wedge), $1,250, $1,500, $1,750, and $2,000. The special wedges are still $2,500 (for Round 1), $3,500 (for Round 2), and $5,000 (for Round 3). WBC also never cheapened the daytime show's budget, allowing for the higher-value wedges to exist, though the lower values are more common in the daytime series.
- Starting in 1996, the show instituted a rule in which contestants from the daytime (whether they played in the Chuck Woolery, Pat Sajak, or Rolf Benirschke eras) or syndicated versions can return to play in the daytime show after ten years.
- The wheel still spins in the opening and closing. To this day, the Wheel has run entirely without accident.
- The Tournament of Champions has been played every season since 1992: 15 contestants who won the most money the previous season play in the tournament for a chance to win a $250,000 prize. These tournaments also have a special "Super Bankrupt" wedge, which takes away not only the cash won on the round, but throughout the game up to that point as well, though the wedge doesn't take away any awarded winnings from previous days. It plays a harsher, echoing version of the usual Bankrupt sound effect when landed on. There is also a wedge with a $250,000 value sandwiched between two smaller Bankrupts, and has the same rules as the $1,000,000 wedge from OTL (land on it, solve the puzzle correctly, take it to the Bonus Round, and the prize is won if it lands on the $250,000 prize card that replaces a $100,000 card).
- Double Play was never retired.
- The various gameplay elements (like the Mystery Round and Jackpot Round, for example) rotate every day in the week since 2000, a la The Price is Right.
- The series does Kids Weeks, Teen Weeks, College Championships, Teacher's Tournaments, International Tournaments (always on the set of a foreign version), LGBT Weeks (introduced in 2011), and celebrity episodes every season, almost always in Sweeps months (November, February, May, and July). This is also done with Headline Chasers, Let's Play Crosswords, Jeopardy!, and Monopoly. Wheel also does special NASCAR Weeks every two seasons as well.
- There are 230 episodes per season instead of 195.
- The intro still incorporates the Johnson Studios animation (Charlie/Jim says the "From the Johnson Studios in San Jose, California..." line said on many game shows filmed there) before the intro (the 1999 animation was used until Season 41, and the footage of Benirschke/Sajak and White changed every season), though the music plays through the audience chant.
- The music is much different:
- The 1997 version of "Changing Keys" was used until 2000, when a new version (also by Steve Kaplan) was introduced.
- Starting in Season 35/26 (which aired in the 2008-09 season), it was replaced with the 1989-94 (ITTL, this theme was used in the daytime version until 1994, with the 1992 theme being used in the syndicated version; here is an idea of what it sounded like) theme for the daytime version, and the 1992-94 theme (though edited to accomodate the Johnson Studios animation; here is an idea of what it sounds like) for the syndicated version. All of the other Merv Griffin-composed cues remained as well. This was done at the request of Sheldon Johnson, Jr. (the executive producer of the daytime show at the time), who felt that, if Griffin's music were to be kept on Jeopardy!, then it should be kept on Wheel as well.
- The 2000, 2002, 2006-2007, and 2017 music packages in real life were instead used on WBC's syndicated game shows; the former three were used on Winning Riches (though without the "Changing Keys" samples), which has run on GSN since 2000 with host Alan Thicke; upon his death in 2016, his friend Bob Saget was chosen to replace him, and the announcer is Gary Kroeger, while the 2007-16 intro is used on GSN's 30 Questions, which has run since 2007 with host Elizabeth Banks, and is a revival of the disastrous JTV flop Groovy Gold, and the 2017 package is used in Guess the Picture, which has aired on The Hub since 2016 with host Alec Baldwin and announcer Roger Rose.
- The 1994-1997 theme was brought back in 2008 as well, though for episodes taped in Las Vegas.
- The vowel cost was increased to $500 in 2000, and to $1,000 in 2018.
- The Bonus Round prizes are not limited to cash and cars. They also include dream vacations, extreme shopping sprees, and other smaller prizes. The values are $25,000, $30,000, $35,000, $40,000, $45,000, $50,000, $55,000, $60,000, and $100,000.
- Normal prize wedges are not limited to trips, shopping sprees, or sponsored cash prizes. They also include normal prizes and cars.
- The Prize Puzzle is a random puzzle that only appears on Fridays, doesn't affect gameplay as much, and has a greater range beyond trips (such as cars and cash bonuses). It also doesn't ensure a victory for whoever solves it, as it's not counted toward the contestant's winnings.
- Much like the other Griffin shows, the graphics for the intro aren't the only changes every season. The credits graphics, the category strap, Toss-Up graphic, Final Spin graphic, and credits style all change every season.
- No Toss-Up puzzles, except at the beginning of the game to determine who goes first.
- In 2007, a Vault wedge was added. Description by avazinn: "THE VAULT begins at $10,000 in cash and grows by the amount lost every time a Bankrupt is hit. To win everything in the vault and reset it to $10,000, a player must land on the center space (in between a Lose A Turn and Bankrupt), call a letter in the puzzle, and solve that puzzle without hitting Bankrupt. Anything subsequently lost to a Bankrupt still gets added to the Vault. Available every round, and can be won more than once."
- In 2009, the Power wedge from the Filipino version was imported to the US as the "Greed" wedge. When landed on and a right letter is called, the contestant landing on it can take the winnings of a leading contestant, including prizes, Wild cards, and others.
- There is no $1,000,000 prize. Instead, the highest available is $100,000. This also meant that the $10,000 wedge remaine.
- There are three Mystery wedges instead of just two: a $10,000 wedge, a Bankrupt, and a prize in the $10,000 range.
- The minimum bonus round prize does not reference the number of the current season, and is $30,000 on the syndicated version (the daytime prize being $25,000).
- The set still changes color depending on the week, and its generic background is still blue in the daytime show (the star backdrop is still used in the nighttime version). Also, the color-coded contestant backdrop was never retired, with the 1992 design remaining until 2000, and the current neon wedges being introduced in 2010 (with screens showing the player's total scores directly above). It also has a gold motif and a white floor for the daytime show, while the nighttime series still uses blue and purple colors and a shiny black floor. It was also completely redesigned in the 43rd/34th season in 2016.
- Free Spin was never retired. This also means Free Play doesn't exist, though in 1991, a Free Vowel token inspired by the wedge of the same name from the 1973 Shopper's Bazaar pilot was introduced, and the contestant who lands on it can use it at any time to call out a vowel without buying one (this is rendered null and void if no vowels remain).
- The 28th season of the syndicated version and the 37th season of the daytime series (2010-2011) use the unused title card from Season 28, using the same animation as the Season 29 intro IOTL. This also means the unused Season 29 logo is used in Season 29/38 (2011-2012), showing the wedges forming the wheel, and the show's logo being formed by a flash.
- Charlie's 40 remaining episodes were never dubbed over in either the daytime or syndicated versions, as Chloe Johnson (one of the current executive producers of the series) went into the Sony Pictures Studios lot and chastised Friedman as a "coward" for wanting to replace Charlie's vocals with the tryout announcers, citing another WBC show, the current run of Press Your Luck, which retained announcer Rod Roddy's work in his 35 remaining episodes that aired posthumously early in the fifth season of that show.
- The show never stopped giving out the $50,000 cash award to Sony Rewards cardholders in Season 29.
- The puzzle-writing never suffered, as the budget is still high.
- The Jackpot wedge was never retired.
- The Disney Weeks are no harder than other weeks, and still have most of their puzzles be Disney-themed.
- Remote tapings are still done in the show. This includes weeks at Las Vegas and Walt Disney World.
- The intro for the 2015-2016 (Season 42/33, using an homage to the old overhead shot from the 1970s and 1980s, showing the Johnson Studios animation panning out to a CGI version of the spinning wheel), 2016-2017 (Season 43/34, using an intro based on the set design), and 2018-2019 (Season 45/36, using an intro that begins like the syndicated version's 36th season IOTL, though it still uses the Los Angeles animation, the Johnson Studios animation is about a second faster, and uses Benirschke's portrait instead of Sajak's in the daytime show, before it pans out to a mosaic of the show's logo formed from clips throughout the show's history at the four-second mark) seasons did not reuse the intro for the 2013-2014 season (Season 41). The Season 44 intro used clips from Season 43 due to not being an anniversary season. The Season 47/38 title card is also different, with the intro showing a faster version of the Johnson Studios animation, then the camera zooming to the sign in a super-sonic speed (the Season 41/31 logo is completely covered up with a white flash), and then the logo is formed from wedges containing clips form throughout the series' history (they are either from the daytime or nighttime series, depending on the version) while the logo's words appear as each word is being said by the audience.
- In 2015, a 1:1 replica of the 1974-1997 puzzleboard (using its 1981-92 appearance, with black backing and a Plexiglas/LED border so it can change between its gold look, its blue/purple look, and other color schemes) was built to replace the 2003 version, meaning it reverted back to trilons for the first time since 1997, though the trilons were changed to use screens instead of panels (they still show the Wheel logo on the unused panels, turn blue when a letter is on the board, and use the same font as the 1997-2015 boards).
- Also in 2015, the daytime show did an hour-long primetime special commemorating its 40th anniversary. The game was played by the three biggest winners of the daytime series, and throughout the show, clips from all three eras were played.
- $5K Everyday was never retired.
- The banding on the category strap was altered in 2017. It still replaced the show's logo with the letter being called out, however.
- Big Money Weeks use the following values for the wedges: $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, $2,500, $3,000, $3,500, $4,000, $4,500, $5,000, $5,500, $6,000, $6,500, $7,000, $7,500, $8,000, $8,500, $9,000, $9,500, $10,000, $12,500, and $15,000. The special wedges are $20,000, $30,000, and $50,000. Those weeks also use a money-themed set, with large busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington painted in an engraved style, and giant coins. The Bonus Round prizes are $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000, with more challenging puzzles.
- Starting in the 2019-2020 season (Season 46), the entire Wheel was made digital thanks to new technology created by Johnson, with each wedge being replaced with a wedge-shaped screen (removable wedges are represented by a new monitor below the player’s scoreboard along with their winnings, with the Mystery Wedge and other special wedges being revealed on the space instead of the player picking it up). The wedges are now on display at the Johnson Studios museum, alongside the 1974-1997 puzzleboard (and its 1988-1997 road show counterpart), the 2003-2015 puzzleboard, the 1990-2009 and 2009-2013 contestant podiums, and a variety of old set pieces. The green circle on the Wheel was replaced with a new set piece (though still green), which looks exactly as it does in the 2010 video game by THQ. Lights were also added at the edge of the Wheel.
- The bonus round categories have a much wider selection, with ten in all.
- 1/2 Car wasn't retired, as Chloe felt that "robbing contestants of the chance to win two cars in one show is just plain unnecessary".
- The Final Spin graphic for the 2019-2020 season (Season 46) looks much better. Here is an idea of what it looks like. It also changed in other seasons, as said above, to fit with the intro.
- Johnson Games released their own video game adaptation of Wheel in March 2018. It was acclaimed for its wide variety of customization options, its realism, randomized wheel layouts, a huge variety of puzzles (with over 10,000 puzzles), and adherence to the rules, and was better received than the Ubisoft game, released earlier in Season 44. Johnson's game also featured Rolf Benirschke, Pat Sajak, and Vanna White, fully voiced, who also did their own motion-capture, and the voice of Jim Thornton, with the choice to play the daytime or nighttime versions; the set colors change depending on the mode. It also has a feature in which, every time a game starts, Benirschke and White's outfits are generated from thousands of possible styles, and players can customize their fully-voiced avatars (except in the Xbox One version, which uses the player's existing avatar, though, if they don't have one, it will be instantly generated in the game without affecting the profile). There are also many unlockable sets, like the 70s set (representing the show's 1975 debut), the 80s set (for the 1983-1989 set), the 90s set (from early Season 23, 1996-1997), and the 2000s set (representing the set from Season 29, 2002-2003), with different rules, wheel layouts, sounds, and music for each one (the 70s set uses "Big Wheels" by Alan Thicke, used from 1975-1983, the 80s set uses the 1983-1989 theme, the 90s set uses the 1994-1997 theme, and the 2000s set uses the 1997-2008 theme), including the shopping format from the 70s and 80s.
- In January 2020, Wheel aired a primetime tournament on WBC. It used a special version of the "Changing Keys" theme, along with a redesigned set with more "golden" neon and stone, with the star background from the syndicated version.
- For episodes produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the contestants wear gloves to spin the Wheel, each color-coded to the contestant wearing it, with Rolf/Pat wearing a white one for the Final Spin (the contestants don't wear them in contestant interviews or the Bonus Round). Also, the podium was still made wider as IOTL (though the base is altered so that the host wouldn't have to shove the red contestant out of the way to do the Final Spin), and Rolf or Pat enters from the right side of the set to their podium, while Vanna enters from the left and walks straight to the puzzleboard, staying there for their closing chat (the credits are between their shots).
WBC also provided approximately $20 million worth of tape stock to NBC in the 70s and 80s. This means that all of the Chuck Woolery and Pat Sajak-era episodes survive (as well as other NBC series that had been wiped IOTL), and are rerun on Johnson-owned GSN.
Merv Griffin's Crosswords
The show was distributed by Johnson Television, which is renowned for its lower production costs allowing creators to reap more of the upside coin, instead of Program Partners. As a result, there are many key differences:
- The series airs with Headline Chasers and Monopoly in a 90-minute block, mainly in WBC-owned stations.
- The show was only called Merv Griffin's Crosswords in its first season; every season afterward is called Let's Play Crosswords.
- The show tapes at Johnson Studios instead of Sunset Bronson Studios. There is also a live audience instead of canned applause.
- The host is Mike Richards (who was the executive producer of The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal from 2009 to 2019 IOTL) instead of Ty Treadway, though the announcer is still Edd Hall.
- The music that plays when a contestant wins the Bonus Round is a reworking of "Frisco Disco", the Jeopardy! closing theme from 1978-79.
- The format goes like this: three contestants compete to win the most money by solving crosswords, with the day's winner playing the Bonus Round, which has the contestant try to guess ten crossword-like clues in a minute (the rest of the puzzle is revealed at the end of Round 3). There are also returning champions, without a day limit. Instead of Extras, contestants can double their winnings by guessing the common thread of the longest words in the puzzle.
- The values for each word in Round 1 are still $50 for 3-letter words, $100 for 4-6 letter words, and $150 for 7-or-more letter words, while Round 2's values are still $100, $200, and $300, and Round 3's values are $200, $400, and $600.
- The Bonus Round prize is $1,500 per word solved.
- The title card and graphics change every season.
- The guaranteed house minimum is $1,000, ensuring that winners do not end the game with negative winnings. The second-place contestant goes home with $2,000.
- In 2015, the set was redesigned, with all three contestant podiums being merged into one podium with three sections, and incorporating a giant, lit-up Crosswords logo sign.
In contrast, Jeopardy! has only seen a few changes:
- Clue values still pop in during Double Jeopardy!, and the set background and score displays are still red.
- The Clue Crew was never introduced, though its members still did audience warm-ups or announced in weeks announcer Johnny Gilbert couldn't do.
- The Super Jeopardy! and Greatest of All Time tournaments aired on WBC instead of ABC.
- Kids Weeks are still done.
- The swoosh sound is still used at the top of the show.
- The show still uses the "Reverse Shatter" clue transition.
- The classic clue pop-in sound is still used.
- Players still walk onstage during their introductions, except in episodes with handicapped contestants.
- The co-champion rule is still reserved for tournament play.
Johnson Television distributed this version instead of ITC Entertainment. Many changes were made:
- Wink Martindale returned as the host, with Charlie O'Donnell as the announcer. Martindale's company, Wink Martindale Productions, became a co-producer in tandem with Ron Greenberg Productions.
- The pot does not to zero after each tie.
- The set is completely different; it's as a replica of the 1978-85 set, though with updated technology. The logo from the 1978-86 run was also reinstated, but in CGI.
- The 1978-86 theme song was reinstated.
- Neither the Dragon nor Dragonslayer rap.
- There was no Divorced Couples week.
- After O'Donnell's death in 2010, the series held a series of tryouts, before David H. Lawrence XVII was chosen in March 2011.
Command & Conquer franchise
As Johnson owns Westwood Studios, the series has seen massive changes:
- The first three games, Generals, and the Red Alert games are the same.
- The fourth game, Tiberian Storm, was released in 2010.
- The fifth game, Tiberian Conquest, was released in 2015, and added a fourth faction,
- The sixth and last game in the Tiberium series, Tiberian Twilight, was released in 2019.
Rather than being produced by Bumper Films or HiT Entertainment/Mattel Creations (Johnson bought HiT in 1996 before making it a Johnson subsidiary in 2010, and it was renamed back to Henson International Television in 2018 after Johnson acquired The Jim Henson Company), the series was, and still is, a creation of Johnson Television UK. There are many key differences:
- The first four seasons are the same as OTL.
- In the fifth season, John Sparkes only voiced Mike, Norman, Tom, and Dusty. John Alderton stayed on voicing Sam, Elvis, Station Officer Steele, Trevor, Dilys, and Bella. Sarah Hadland still voiced Penny and Mandy, and Joanna Ruiz still voiced Helen, Sarah, and James.
- The series went partially CGI in the sixth season onward, with CG characters on model sets driving remote-controlled vehicles; the fires are also real and pyrotechnics frequently used, as is tradition for Johnson productions. John Alderton continued voicing Sam, Elvis, Steele, Trevor, and Bella (who never went AWOL until the tenth season), while Su Douglas took over Dilys. Stephen Kynman still voices Norman (and Kynman still goes out of his way to make Norman sound as obnoxious as possible), while Sarah, James, and Mandy are voiced by actual children; every other voice change is the same as OTL. Storylines also have the same quality and writing style as the early seasons (including entire scenes without music). The use of CGI also allowed for the creation of nameless background characters to make Pontypandy more populated. Finally, Pontypandy suddenly being a seaside town is explained as a massive dredging project to create a new harbor; said project drew the ire of Sarah and James' mother Bronwyn (whose rather extreme efforts to stop the project intentionally mirror actions committed by Johnson against protesters, such as the bulldozer incident in 1963 during the construction of the Shinkansen in the Japanese Isles).
- Subsequent seasons are much of the same, with the same characters being introduced and the same specials being released. However, character traits are not changed around (for example, Sarah and James' bickering is basically non-existent, and they and Hannah are very often the only sane ones compared to Norman, Mandy, or the more comedic adult characters such as Trevor, Mike, Joe, and Bella; in addition, Norman is not lethally-stupid).
- Finally, the original 1987 recording of the theme song is still used, albeit shortened in the CGI seasons. Trevor's Bus theme also never disappeared, and still uses the same recording from 1987.
Thomas the Tank Engine franchise
- Season 22
Bob the Builder franchise
- Most notably, the 2015 reboot was never conceived. Instead, a revival of the 1998 series was greenlit with the original voice cast.
After Johnson beat Classic Media in a bidding war to buy Big Idea Entertainment in 2003, there were several changes to the VeggieTales franchise.
- The Netflix series is
Happy Tree Friends
Due to Johnson owning Mondo Media since 2004, the series was not put on constant hiatus due to budget issues, still producing episodes to this day (about twelve episodes, one per month, are produced each year). The television series also aired on Freeform (then WBC Family)'s adult block (whose name was adopted for the channel from 2016 onwards, while the adult block was renamed Freeform At Dark) instead of G4 due to Johnson focusing almost exclusively on games for the latter channel, and continues today. The series also received a movie adaptation, released in 2019, and the Ka-Pow! spinoff is still ongoing. YouTube Copyright School does not exist. Cro-Marmot was permanently unfrozen in a 2010 episode.
Giggles, Flaky, Mime, and Cro-Marmot's pop-ups from 2009 onwards are:
- G is for Giggles - Great giggly gophers are filled with glee!
- Giggles giggles and sits on a log next to a flower field, refrencing "Better Off Bread".
- F is for Flaky - Fleeing far away from friends is no fun.
- Flaky runs away from an eagle in a forest, referencing "Take a Hike".
- M is for Mime - Being mute may make one a marvelous mime.
- Mime rides in his unicycle, juggling some balls.
- C is for Cro-Marmot - Cool, compassionate cavemen cause complete chaos.
- Cro-Marmot skis down a hill in the snow.
As Johnson acquired Harvey Comics in 1962, there have been massive changes:
- The Richie Rich, Little Audrey, Little Dot, Little Lotta, Casper, and Hot Stuff lines, among other comics, have continued to this day.
- A live-action Richie Rich movie was released in 1977, being the directorial debut of Timothy Hill. It received two sequels: Richie Rich II in 1980, and Richie Rich III in 1994. The 1994 live-action film does not exist.
- A second television series still aired, though it premiered in 1993 instead of 1996, and was produced by Hanna-Barbera like the 1980 series. It still airs to this day, and the 2015 live-action Netflix series does not exist. It also received a traditionally-animated feature film, Richie Rich in New York, released in 2013 to commemorate the character's 60th anniversary.
- Harvey Street Kids is still in production, and is produced by Harvey itself rather than DreamWorks. It also received a comic series in 2019 with the Harvey Girls Forever! name (the TV series is still called Harvey Street Kids), and a movie, titled Harvey Street Movie, is to be released in 2022.
Disney Live-Action Remakes
The live-action remakes are much different from OTL:
- Cinderella, Maleficent, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Christopher Robin and Lady and the Tramp are the same as IOTL; the failure of Alice Through the Looking Glass saw Tim Johnson take over almost the entire creative process of the remakes.
- Beauty and the Beast has Belle Armstrong as Belle (said to be her dream role) instead of Emma Watson, Tim Johnson as the Beast/Prince Adam (wearing full makeup instead of motion-capture) instead of Dan Stevens (Tim also directed the film), Belle's iconic ballgown is identical to its animated counterpart, the final battle and Gaston's death are also identical to the animated film, the opening song is much more lively and busy, and instead of singing "Evermore" after Belle leaves to find her father, the Beast instead sings "If I Can't Love Her" from the Broadway adaptation; Tim explained in an interview that "Evermore" had been written by Alan Menken, but he felt "If I Can't Love Her" was flat-out superior; Tim's performance of the song was critically-acclaimed, as was the entire film in general, cementing his status as a top-class director with an eye for detail and talent. In addition, none of the songs use auto-tune, LeFou behaves like his original counterpart, the song "Gaston" is in the original key, and the film has less similarities to the original, with a darker tone (this is consistent with live-action remakes Tim directs).
- Dumbo is mostly the same, except the film takes place in the Spring of 1941, and there are extended scenes with the circus train. These scenes were created by a separate unit headed up by Tim Johnson, and involve Continental Rail's screen locomotive, Baldwin 2-8-0 #1472 (also used in Tales from the Rails and numerous other Johnson productions), and their crew trying to prove that Consolidations are still relevant in the age of duplex and articulated locomotives, which they successfully do when they lug the entire circus train over Pacheco Pass without a helper. The destruction of Dreamland is also done using models.
- Aladdin is somewhat the same, except Robin Williams reprises his role as the Genie (as he is still alive in the Johnsonverse), with many jokes cut from the original being reused, and Gilbert Gottfried reprises Iago, with Adam Jacobs reprising his role as Aladdin from the original Broadway cast, plus Jonathan Freeman reprising Jafar from the original film and the original Broadway cast. Dalia and Prince Anders don't exist, and Iago is still a snarky talking loudmouth. All the songs are from the original, the songs "Proud of Your Boy" and "Why Me?" were reinstated, as were "Somebody's Got Your Back" and "High Adventure" (and by extension the characters of Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, meaning Abu was removed), and there are key differences in the story to distance it from the original.
- The idea of a remake of The Lion King was shot down by Tim, as he felt it wouldn't count as a live-action remake if 99% of it were computer-animated. Instead, The Lion King III was released, and is centered on Kiara and Kovu years after The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is directed by Tim Johnson, and the film is made part of the Nirn Anthology (a multimedia franchise created by Johnson in 2013 consisting of The Elder Scrolls, The Legend of Zelda, Moesia, Wakfu, Mount & Blade, Frozen, and Tangled). As a result, the militaries of Hyrule and Moesia show up during the final battle.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be directed by Tim, who has already lined up Michael Arden to reprise his Broadway and World Masterpiece Theatre role as Quasimodo.
- Mulan is almost entirely different: characters like Mushu and Li Shang are not cut due to the #MeToo movement (with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Mushu), it has several elements from the original movie that were missing IOTL, the missing characters from the OTL film are included here, the characters are more fleshed-out, the musical cues are here, the pacing is more consistent, the words "Loyal Brave True" are not on Mulan's sword (it instead uses her name on the sword), Xian Lang doesn't exist, Tulou isn't depicted, the phoenix is European instead of Western, the choreography is better, CGI is not overused, the morals aren't forced, Chi is absent, there are no unrealistic bits, and the dialogue is much better. It was directed by Chloe Johnson, and also didn't film in any concentration camps or prisons. It also isn't Communist propaganda.
Return of the Jedi
As Sheldon Johnson, Jr. wrote and directed Return of the Jedi (in his writing and directing debut, the youngest writer and director for a major motion picture at the age of 19), there are some key differences:
- Different crawl, going "The Rebellion is doomed. In a defiant last stand, its leader MON MOTHMA is planning an attack on the Imperial capital of CORUSCANT. Sensing ultimate victory, Darth Vader and his cruel EMPEROR have begun construction on two new armored battle stations even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star. Luke Skywalker has returned to his homeworld to rescue his friend Han Solo from the vile gangster JABBA THE HUTT, unaware of the sinister plots laid out against him...."
- The crawl title font is News Gothic Condensed Bold, matching A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. The prequels use this font as well.
- Different opening shot showing the shuttle coming from the Executor.
- Two Death Stars (the first, less complete version is used as a trap for the rebels, and is rammed into intentionally by Piett, who gets increasingly disillusioned with the Empire as the film progresses, and the second one is destroyed by Lando as in the original film)
- The introduction of Force communication, which involves two people communicating through the Force. Luke and Vader do this a few times.
- The centered/clumped shots have different framing.
- Better Moff Jerjerrod characterization. He is Palpatine's personal representative, and schemes with him to turn Luke and betray Vader. When Vader finds out, he breaks Jerjerrod's neck.
- The introduction of super troopers--an elite class of Imperial troops. This was a concept for The Empire Strikes Back, and uses a different design than the original concept (which used the design that would later be used for Boba Fett). Shock troopers were also introduced, being stormtroopers armed with Plex missile launchers.
- Yoda reveals that Obi-Wan would have told Luke the truth that Vader was indeed his father if he'd let him, but that Luke wasn't ready for "the burden" yet.
- Yoda's death is right before the scene where Luke goes to Tatooine, where he talks to Obi-Wan's Force Ghost in his old hut. Obi-Wan mentions that Anakin was the Chosen One, who would bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith, but that was not to be. Palpatine also mentions that Anakin would've destroyed the Dark Side if he had the chance. This is expanded upon in the prequels.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's account of Luke's parental history is larger; Obi-Wan states that Owen Lars was his brother, and that Luke and Leia's mother, Padmé Amidala, was one of those killed when the Death Star destroyed Alderaan, where she was in hiding (thus, Padmé's death in ROTS is caused by poor communication between Johnson and Lucas). Instead of saying his story in A New Hope (where he claimed that Vader betrayed and murdered Anakin) was true from a certain point of view, he instead says that he lied to Luke for his safety.
- C-3PO's "captain obvious" lines don't exist.
- In Jabba's palace, Luke meets Mara Jade (played by Demi Moore). Mara immediately attempts to seduce Luke, who rebuffs.
- Jabba brags about having killed some Jedi in the past in the subtitles.
- One of Jabba's henchmen is Heater (played by Declan Mulholland), his personal decoy, who uses the design of the original Jabba in A New Hope, and is killed in the attack on Jabba's barge when Han punches him square in the face and sends him falling into the sarlaac, which has a bit of trouble swallowing him due to his girth.
- Grander Jabba's palace "belching creature" shot. There's also no belching creature.
- No gonk droid torture scene.
- The puppetry for Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band is better.
- When Han is unfrozen, his restraints from The Empire Strikes Back are seen falling off.
- Dune Sea shots look more like the Dune Sea.
- No force kick. The shot of Mark Hamill missing his kick was altered through compositing to make it look like he didn't.
- Boba Fett is tossed into the Sarlaac by Chewie, though Boba eventually gets out as revealed in later Expanded Universe material.
- The sandstorm scene is placed in lieu of ship-to-ship conversation.
- Expanded rebel briefing set with Dodonna and Rieekan, Wookiees and female pilots.
- There is a second battle at the Imperial capital of Coruscant, led by the Green Squadron. This is where the shield generator for the Death Star III is located.
- The B-Wing helmet design is completely different.
- Female pilots at the battle, with the existing pilot having a female voice and a larger role, and the two other female pilots cut in the OTL film are in this version.
- The Emperor's throne room is on Coruscant.
- The matte for the core shaft is better.
- The rebel docking bay uses a scale model in lieu of a matte.
- Evidence of life on the forest moon (idols, carvings, etc.) can be seen throughout Endor.
- The Tarzan yell doesn't exist.
- The Ewoks themselves have a much more fierce-looking design (Johnson had disagreements with Lucas over this decision, with Lucas wanting to make them cute, believing that it would lead to higher toy sales; Johnson had to convince Lucas to make them fierce), with longer legs (this was accomplished by puppetry, go-motion, and live actors).
- Much more epic space battle, including Rebel pilots kamikazing Y-wings into Imperial ships. More A-wings and B-wings are also in the battle.
- Gore in the Ewoks attacking the Imperial troops.
- Different shuttle class for Tydyrium (namely, the cargo shuttle that later appeared in Rogue One).
- A waterfall behind the area behind the Imperial landing platform for scenery and “that the Empire would use them for power generation and it would provide Vader with an uncomfortable reminder of Naboo when he meets Luke at the platform."
- More scary 3PO flying chair scene.
- Leia is shocked at the revelation of being Luke's sister, and doesn't say that somehow she always knew.
- Evidence in the background of Ewoks worshipping a 3PO-like god.
- Darth Vader says, "Your mother....once thought as you do" to Luke.
- Better Force lightning.
- Vader's unmasking goes just like the 1996 radio drama, with Anakin telling Luke, "I'm proud that you've grown into the man I wanted to be..." as his last words before dying.
- The planetary celebrations come before the Ewok celebration, using a combination of matte paintings, go-motion, models, and live extras (with Coruscant, Bespin, and Tatooine). They're updated with CGI in 1997, and the change is reverted in 2017 with the release of the Ultimate Edition.
- Only a small portion of the Ewok celebration is in the film which then leads to the funeral pyre scene. This is where the Force Ghosts appeared and the film ended with Luke giving Leia a lightsaber that he built.
- Sebastian Shaw's Anakin wears darker robes and younger makeup (he still gets controversially replaced by Hayden Christensen in the 2004 Special Edition, the move also being undone in the 2017 Ultimate Edition).
The Force Awakens
Tim Johnson followed in his father's footsteps, and wrote and directed the entire Sequel Trilogy, also serving as a co-executive producer and a co-writer with George Lucas and Jon Favreau, with The Force Awakens being his directorial debut. All three movies, and the Stories films, are distributed by 20th Century Fox (the Fox logo used is the 2009 revision introduced in Avatar). There are many, many differences:
- The Lucasfilm logo is longer, so as to keep the timing with the Fox fanfare.
- A few of George Lucas' ideas for the sequels were used, notably the main heroes being in their late teens (Rey is 17, Finn is 16, and Poe is also 17, though a few months younger than Rey; because of Poe being younger, he is instead played by Nick Robinson, while Oscar Issac plays his father Clint).
- The soundtrack for all three movies was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, instead of a Los Angeles-based freelance orchestra.
- All three films are done so the viewer wouldn't have to know everything from the Expanded Universe.
- All three films also have longer runtimes: this film is two hours and 45 minutes long, The Last Jedi runs for two hours and 57 minutes, and Duel of the Fates is the longest in the saga, clocking in at five hours and 39 minutes.
- The movies were shot in 2010, 2013, and 2016, respectively, and were released in 2012, 2015, and 2018.
- The opening crawls in all three films appear at the same music cue as that of A New Hope did before the film was reissued in 1981, though the title and episode number appear slightly earlier so the body itself appears at that cue. Each paragraph of the crawl is timed to appear to a section of the music.
- The events that happened in the Original Trilogy are not treated as a myth, due to the time skip only being 30 years.
- The opening crawl is different for all three films. The crawl for The Force Awakens reads: "Many years have passed since the fall of the Galactic Empire. After a violent power struggle on Coruscant, the tyrannical FIRST ORDER has risen in the Empire's ashes. To counter this, Luke Skywalker is training a new generation of Jedi knights, seeking to restore justice to a galaxy that can no longer remember what peace is. Meanwhile, a spy working for the NEW REPUBLIC is assigned to pose as a Stormtrooper, as part of a mission to discover secrets about the First Order...."
- The Force mind probe does not have any inconsistencies or plot holes.
- The film opens with a battle between the First Order and the Pentastar Alignment, in which Kylo Ren boards the Reaper, confronts and kills Grand Moff Ardus Kaine (Paul McGann), and has a brief lightsaber duel with the Dark Jedi Jerec (Christopher Neame, reprising his role from Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II) resulting in the latter's death. The Reaper is then destroyed by the Eclipse's superlaser. Because of this different opening, Lor San Tekka doesn't exist, and Max von Sydow plays a different character in Duel of the Fates.
- Starkiller Base does not exist; the Eclipse-class Star Dreadnought is there in its place.
- Rey is depicted as having trust issues and social awkwardness, as well as being slightly short-tempered, with none of the "perfect" traits that plagued her characterization in OTL (getting training from Luke in a subplot, letting Finn fly the Otana, not being fluent in Binary or Shryiiwook, getting training from Finn on how to use a blaster, etc.), and Daisy Ridley fakes an American accent (as both her parents were played by American actors) and notably does a better job playing Rey. In addition, she builds her own yellow lightsaber rather than use Anakin's. It's exactly the same as the one shown in the end of The Rise of Skywalker from OTL. Rey also has a goal to move up in the galaxy and fight the First Order, which she eventually accomplishes the moment she and Finn escape Jakku. Her surname throughout much of the film is Solana, after the surname used for Rey in the Duel of the Fates script from OTL.
- Finn also uses his own lightsaber, modeled after that Anakin (and later Luke) had.
- Kylo Ren is not Han and Leia's son. Instead, Jacen (Alden Ehrenreich), Jaina (Emma Roberts), and Anakin Solo (Jordan Fry) are brought over to the new canon, but don't play much of a role until Duel of the Fates. Instead, Kylo Ren is explicitly stated to be Jaden Korr after the dark side ending of Jedi Academy (thus creating a split timeline from the original Expanded Universe), the Knights of Ren being what was left of the Disciples of Ragnos and New Reborn. Kylo Ren is also played by a different actor due to being older (Christian Bale), and Adam Driver instead plays Ben Skywalker, Luke's son.
- Snoke has a different, more grotesque appearance.
- The lightsaber Ben uses is green like his father's second lightsaber.
- Rey also has an older sister named Nellith (Dianna Agron), who's a member of the Jedi Aces.
- The plot has much fewer similarities to A New Hope.
- The Resistance doesn't exist. Instead, the New Republic takes an active role in fighting the First Order. The Imperial Remnant also appears, fighting the First Order alongside the Republic.
- It is made clear that the supposed Yuuzhan Vong War was an audio play that incited mass panic due to the first part sounding like a genuine news broadcast and there being no indication that it was fiction; Leia had to make a public address insisting the Yuuzhan Vong didn't exist, and that extragalactic travel had been attempted once with the Outbound Flight Project and failed. Tim stated in an interview that the throwaway line was meant to fix his least favorite part of the Expanded Universe, as well as to homage Orson Welles' infamous 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast. The entire audio play was produced and released as a bonus feature on home video, narrated by Maurice LaMarche impersonating Welles.
- Leia is Supreme Chancellor of the New Republic, instead of leader of the Resistance.
- Han and Chewie never go back to smuggling, they still own the Falcon, and Han never immediately takes a shine to Rey. In addition, Han is still with Leia, and is a founding member of the New Republic.
- Luke's New Jedi Order wasn't destroyed by the Knights of Ren. Instead, Jaden slaughtered many Jedi and Reborn on Korriban, then killed Tavion Axmis for the Scepter of Ragnos and defeated Kyle Katarn, but did not destroy the Jedi due to Snoke realizing that if there were more Jedi than Sith, the Force would create another Chosen One.
- Since there is no need for a team to take down the shields on the Eclipse, Han Solo lives, and participates in the final battle piloting the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca.
- Since Luke never went into exile, BB-8 isn't carrying part of the map to him, but rather, is carrying information on First Order supply lines. And rather than it taking until the third act to get him to the Resistance, the opening scene is followed by Poe delivering him to Airen Cracken (Michael Stevens, reprising his role from Return of the Jedi) on Coruscant.
- Finn is not a stormtrooper who defected, but a spy working for the New Republic Intelligence Service. After being found out, he steals a TIE Fighter and crashes on the surface of Jakku, where he meets Rey, and never lies to her. He also has the surname Whitsun, referencing the character Clieg Whitsun in the rough draft of the original film.
- Captain Phasma has a larger role, and survives due to not being thrown into a trash compactor. She also appears in the other two films as well.
- The ship Finn and Rey steal to escape Jakku is the Otana from X-Wing Alliance.
- Luke makes his first appearance during the first act, leading New Republic forces against the First Order on Eriadu.
- Rey and Finn arrive at Maz's Castle without Han and Chewie, since they didn't steal the Millennium Falcon.
- The lightsaber Rey finds is Mace Windu's, in pieces after being damaged by its fall on Coruscant. Anakin's lightsaber wouldn't be found until Duel of the Fates. Rey is shown reconstructing it.
- C-3PO doesn't have a red arm.
- Poe is leader of Rogue Squadron, after Wedge Antilles (who is only heard due to Denis Lawson's scheduling conflicts) was promoted to admiral and made captain of the Lusankya.
- The final battle takes place over Coruscant, with the Eclipse aiming its superlaser at the Senate District, while Kylo Ren leads a legion of stormtroopers in an attack on the Jedi Temple. The massive space battle sees Finn fly an X-Wing into battle, ultimately unlocking his Force potential and destroying the Eclipse with a well-placed shot.
- The battle on Coruscant sees Leia finally take up her lightsaber and carve a swathe of destruction through stormtroopers and AT-STs, coming to a head when she uses the Force to crush an AT-AT.
- During the space battle, Poe unlocks his Force potential and saves the Home One from a kamikaze attack on its bridge by an out-of-control TIE Fighter.
- Rey unlocks her Force potential during the battle in the Jedi Temple. When Luke is at Kylo Ren's mercy, Kylo tries to force-pull Luke's lightsaber, only for it to go to Rey's hand, like in the original movie.
- After Kylo Ren is ordered back to the First Order's homeworld of Exegol by Snoke, Luke reveals to Rey that she is his long-lost daughter. In a nod to the original script for Return of the Jedi, Rey states she somehow always knew. She is then told her mother, Mara Jade, was one of those killed by Kylo Ren when he attacked the now-abandoned Jedi Praxeum on Yavin IV, thus giving her a reason to want another go at him.
- The movie ends with Rey, Finn, and Poe becoming Jedi Apprentices, with Rey assigned to Kyle Katarn (Tom Hardy), Finn assigned to Crispin Hoedaack (Burt Reynolds; named after the character that would become Tarkin in the rough draft for the original film), and Poe assigned to Vantos Coll (Al Pacino; named after another character from the original film's rough draft).
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was hardly any different from OTL. Gareth Edwards was still director, Michael Giacchino was still composer, and the entire cast was unchanged. The film is distributed by 20th Century Fox.
- All ships are models instead of CGI.
- The CGI used for Tarkin and Leia is better and more realistic-looking.
- The soundtrack was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
- Screen wipes exist in this film.
- The film also has an opening crawl to fit with the other movies; it reads, "The Jedi are all but extinct, the REPUBLIC has fallen, and the awesome GALACTIC EMPIRE has risen in its place. A new superweapon is being constructed, and a small band of underground freedom fighters is struggling to hang on to its last visage of hope. To crush this faith, the Empire has sent DIRECTOR KRENNIC to a remote planet to track down his former friend Galen Erso, who holds the key to the completion of this terrifying weapon...."
- The Wilhelm scream is played during the Battle of Scarif, as it isn't retired in the Johnsonverse, though the "George" scream is still used in the films as well.
The Last Jedi
- Because the rewrites never happened in the Johnsonverse, the film was released on May 26, 2017 (exactly forty years and one day after the release of A New Hope).
- The title "The Last Jedi" refers to the last surviving member of the old Jedi Council, Mace Windu.
- The film uses bright colors (much like all the previous films) instead of a gritty, washed-out color palette.
- The opening crawl reads: "After the destruction of the Eclipse dealt a severe blow to the FIRST ORDER, the Knights of Ren are growing distrustful of Supreme Leader Snoke. REY SKYWALKER and her father Luke have been dispatched by the New Republic to search for the last surviving member of the old Jedi Council, MACE WINDU. Only Windu's return can assist in the valiant effort to bring down this legion of bitter evil, as Snoke lays out a plot to crush the Republic...."
- The "hyperfuel" and "important golden dice" plot points, as well as the infamous "Leia Poppins" scene, are nonexistent.
- Plot points from The Force Awakens are not left unresolved.
- It does not steal nearly as many plot points or tropes from The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi.
- Star Destroyers and AT-ATs are normal-sized rather than massive.
- Characters going unconscious before the next scene doesn't happen as often.
- Much of the plot of the original movie is different. Han is notably involved in the New Republic plot due to him not dying in the previous film.
- The Wilhelm scream is played in the Battle of Crait.
- The Evacuation of D'Qar is not the Resistance abandoning their base, but the New Republic pulling back from a position that can't defend.
- The unwieldy MG-110 StarFortresses don't exist; in their place are the K-Wings from the old EU. They are also much more successful in destroying the dreadnaught, and as a result, Poe isn't demoted from commander.
- The characters of BB-9E, Rose Tico and DJ do not exist. The porgs do, though, and Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio Del Toro have roles in Duel of the Fates as different characters (though Tran plays a different version of Rose Tico). Kyle Katarn also appears in the Jedi Order subplot. Amilyn Holdo exists, but as a New Republic Vice-Admiral who is much less patronizing and doesn't have pink hair or a ballgown, instead having blonde-dyed hair and a standard New Republic uniform, respectively. Holdo also doesn't clash with Poe, and simply tells everyone about the existence of a plan. Temiri Blagg (a.k.a. Broom Boy) also exists, but as a youngling under the care of the New Jedi Order.
- Admiral Ackbar survives, and appears in Duel of the Fates.
- Captain Phasma also survives.
- Rey's plot sees her going to Ahch-To with Luke to find Mace Windu to give him his lightsaber, but Mace has become a somewhat-senile hermit (Luke is written with his proper characterization, though the scene where he talks to R2 aboard the Falcon is kept). He has adapted to using only his left hand since he never got a mechanical hand. Luke and Rey are trying to convince him to come back and help in the fight with the First Order, but Windu lashes out at them for being descendants of Anakin. He remains belligerent until he gets a visit from Yoda's Force Ghost, in a scene that plays similar to his appearance in the original, only it’s about forgiveness instead of the failures of the old order, and Yoda does not use lightning due to Obi-Wan establishing in The Empire Strikes Back that Force Ghosts can't interfere. In addition, Yoda doesn't put on a goofy facade due to Mace having already learned patience.
- The Canto Bight scenes are absent, as there is no need for a master slicer. In its place is a shorter subplot showing C-3PO and R2-D2 being sent on a mission to steal sensitive First Order data from one of its bases in Coruscant, and of course, bumbling their way through it.
- The other plot, besides Ahch-To, involves Finn and Poe trying to find their place in the Jedi Order. Finn eventually chooses to become a Jedi Guardian, while Poe joins the Jedi Aces.
- The First Order plot focuses on friction between Kylo Ren and Snoke regarding how to rebuild the Sith Order. Snoke advocates continuing Darth Bane's Rule of Two, while Kylo wants something different from both the First Order and the New Republic.
- Kylo never destroys his mask, due to it giving him an identity.
- The Republic is never referred to as the Rebels.
- Rey is not shown swimming due to having lived on Jakku her entire life and thus never having seen water.
- The climax takes place aboard the Supremacy above the planet of Crait, in which Han, Luke, Rey, and Mace Windu confront Kylo Ren and Snoke. Here, Snoke reveals he is actually Darth Plagueis, and Rey loses her right hand in the ensuing lightsaber duel. Just when it seems Snoke is about to strike Luke down, a red lightsaber blade pierces his chest. Snoke's body then drops to reveal Darth Traya (Sara Kestelman, reprising her role from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords), who has returned from the dead in a clone body constructed from her remains by the Sith Triumvirate immediately after her death to finish what she sought to do thousands of years ago: destroy the Force itself. She and Windu have a duel that ultimately ends with Mace sacrificing his life to allow Han, Luke and Rey to escape on the Millennium Falcon; onboard, Luke tries comforting Rey by joking that one can't be a true Skywalker until they have lost a limb, but Rey doesn't find it funny. Kylo Ren becomes Traya's new apprentice, after killing the other Knights of Ren to prove his loyalty, and Traya gives him the name Darth Acris.
- While the confrontation is going on, the Supremacy and its accompanying fleet is engaged in a battle with a New Republic fleet commanded by Wedge Antilles that ends with the Supremacy destroyed in several lightspeed kamikaze attacks by the Lusankya (Wedge leaves the ship in his X-wing just in time and leads his old squadron mates Hobbie, Janson, and Tycho in mopping up the remaining ships). The ground battle sees the New Republic almost being decimated by the First Order, though the First Order also suffers heavy casualties due to the old Rebel base having T-47 Airspeeders, allowing them to bring several AT-ATs down with the same harpoon-and-tow cable tactic used at Hoth.
- The Battle of Crait is not turn-based.
- After the Battle of Crait and right before the ending, Captain Phasma returns to the First Order's base in Exegol, and removes her helmet; her face is revealed to have been horribly scarred from many battles. She communicates with Kylo through the Force, revealing that she's Force-sensitive. Phasma is also played by a different actress in scenes where she doesn't wear her helmet (Tatiana Maslany), with supplemental material explaining that Gwendoline Christie's voice is the product of a voice changer in her helmet. Kylo's mask is also revealed to have been destroyed during the battle, and it is fixed by the events of Duel of the Fates.
- The movie ends with Rey receiving a mechanical hand like her father's on Coruscant, and Luke conferring with the Force Ghosts of Anakin (Hayden Christensen, with Sebastian Shaw's face CG'd on), Windu, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor, with Alec Guinness' face CG'd on), and Yoda. Anakin suddenly disappears, and reappears behind Luke in the flesh, discovering he has been resurrected by the will of the Force to destroy the Sith once and for all.
Solo was never made in the Johnsonverse, as Tim felt it would be unnecessary due to the character's story being self-explanatory. Instead, a film about Boba Fett's escape from the Sarlaac and subsequent entanglements with the New Republic and Imperial Remnant, titled Fett: A Star Wars Story, was made, directed by Steven Spielberg. Temuera Morrison portrays Boba Fett, and Simon Pegg portrays Dengar. Because of its success in the box office, the Stories series is not put on hold, and Fett was followed up by Wretched Hive, a James Cameron-directed Stories entry centered around the Mos Eisley spaceport and takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, with a music score by Alan Silvestri, released on Netflix on December 18, 2020 (it was originally scheduled for May 15 of that year with a theatrical release, but was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic), and Tony Gilroy's Maul: A Star Wars Story (which is centered on, of course, Maul, and takes place a few years before A New Hope) in 2022, along with upcoming Stories entries about Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jabba the Hutt, Mace Windu, and Ackmena the bartender, with Colin Trevorrow and Stephen Daldry directing the Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi films, respectively. They will be released in 2024, 2026, 2028, 2030, and 2032.
The Rise of Skywalker
- The film is called Duel of the Fates, as that was the title of the film before the rewrites happened in OTL.
- Because Burt Reynolds died in 2018, this film was dedicated to his memory, stating in the credits, "In Loving Memory of Our Jedi Master" above his name. Peter Mayhew also got a dedication in the credits, stating "In Loving Memory of Our Fuzzball" above his name as well.
- As stated above, Max Von Sydow, Kelly Marie Tran, and Benicio Del Toro all have roles in the movie. Von Sydow plays a Republic general named Joff Secter, Tran plays a different version of Rose Tico who is a Jedi Sentinel partnered with Finn on a mission to Taris, and Del Toro plays a Final Order enforcer named Burt Kae. Holdo also returns, with her personality from the Johnson TLJ.
- D-O is voiced by Tim Johnson instead of J. J. Abrams. He is also more useful to the plot.
- The time skip between The Last Jedi and this film is ten years instead of one, so that the First Order would have enough time to reclaim its grip on the galaxy. Rey is described as a warm, mature and responsible woman, though still slightly short-tempered, Han has grown a beard, and Hux has streaks of gray in his hair. The New Republic has been reduced to a shell of its old self due to a combination of losing many men and women in battles and the First Order regaining its strength, and the Republic is provoked when a Republic spy, Dal Kovask (Michael Caine), is executed by the Final Order on Coruscant via a red, lightsaber-bladed guillotine.
- The blue color filter is NOT overused.
- The opening crawl reads: "The galaxy is suffering. With the decimation of the New Republic, the FIRST ORDER is spreading fear and terror across the galaxy under Supreme Chancellor Kylo Ren. As part of her plot to destroy the Force itself, the DARK LADY TRAYA has formed the Sith Eternal, using it to manipulate the Force to her own benefit. Ten years after the brutal Battle of Crait, Rey Skywalker, aided by her late grandfather ANAKIN, hopes to bring balance to the Force and save the galaxy once and for all....".
- Rey has a different, more Jedi-like outfit. She switches to a different outfit before the Naboo battle, inspired by that her father wore in Return of the Jedi starting with the scenes with Luke and Darth Vader.
- Two new trooper classes (mechtroopers and brutetroopers) are introduced.
- Zorii and Jannah have larger roles.
- The film never had major rewrites as Carrie Fisher is still alive in the Johnsonverse. This also means the film has the most differences out of the Sequel Trilogy. In addition, the film has a much darker tone than The Rise of Skywalker.
- The film opens on Korriban, where, during the ten years that took place, Darth Traya has created a new Sith Order free of the restrictions of the Rule of Two, referred to as the Sith Eternal, which joined forces with the First Order to create the Final Order. It is ruled by a body of resurrected Sith Lords and Sith Ladies of the past known as the Council of Darths, consisting of Traya herself, Darth Malak (Rafael Ferrer reprising his role from Knights of the Old Republic), the entire Dark Council from The Old Republic (with most of their respective actors reprising their roles, dubbing over uncredited Johnson employees who physically portrayed them), Darth Maul (Ray Park; dubbed by Sam Witwer), and Darth Tyrannus/Count Dooku (an uncredited actor with Christopher Lee's face CG'd on; dubbed by Corey Burton), all of whom are clones constructed from their remains. She also resurrected and reconstructed General Grievous (voiced by Matthew Wood and portrayed using a combination of go-motion and a large, sophisticated puppet) to use as a Jedi hunter, and Jorak Uln (an uncredited Johnson employee who just so happened to resemble him; dubbed by Frank Welker) to serve as a Sith Master. Traya also brings in a group of mystical creatures known as the Whills, led by Tor Valum (voiced by John de Lancie; Tim stated in an interview he cast de Lancie to "bring Star Wars and Star Trek together", and portrayed using a combination of puppetry, animatronics, and go-motion), who was also Darth Plagueis' master before Plagueis fell to the dark side, to manipulate the Force to her own benefits, as well as her newest apprentice and second-in-command Darth Talon (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen). Talon searches for Rey throughout the story, and is attempting to seduce her, Ben, Nellith, Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo to the Dark Side as her apprentices, even telling Rey that if she turns to the dark side, then she could have power and security, causing Rey's internal conflict. Traya has a third apprentice, Darth Sicarius (Alex Winter), who uses a so-called "knife lightsaber" (which is a short lightsaber) in addition to his regular lightsaber (the knife lightsaber is used on characters who don't use lightsabers; the knife lightsaber is inspired by the lightsaber cheese knife shown in the Family Guy episode "Blue Harvest").
- Aside from his voice appearing as a spirit in the climax, Palpatine only has a posthumous cameo in a scene where Kylo Ren finds a hologram recording of him in Vader's Mustafar castle, instructing him to take Luke to the Remnicore system and find Traya's clone body to learn the power to control life. It is also during this scene that Kylo Ren experiences a vision of Anakin and Obi-Wan's famous lightsaber duel, ending with Obi-Wan successfully using his high ground gambit against Anakin and the latter burning alive. When he gets back to the Exegol base, Kylo destroys Darth Vader's burned helmet with his lightsaber due to him realizing that he could be stronger than any Skywalker combined. He then prays to a statue of Palpatine constructed with pieces salvaged from its destruction during the Coruscant Uprising in 4 ABY. This scene reveals that Kylo's ultimate goal is to form the Second Galactic Empire, claim his position as the next Emperor, strip the New Republic of power, and exterminate every species in the galaxy that isn't human, hewing close to the Empire's Nazi inspiration in the original trilogy, as well as exterminate every Jedi in the galaxy.
- During their mission to Taris, Finn and Rose rally underground citizens, former clone troopers, and defective stormtroopers (all collectively known as the Resistance Squadron) to steal Final Order walkers and use them. Finn, Rose and the new members barely escape aboard the Otana when mechtroopers nearly blow it up, but miss.
- Rey's subplot sees her training under Luke, Leia, and the resurrected Anakin in the Jedi Temple. Anakin finds the remains of Padmé on the ground while looking for new lightsaber crystals, and brings them back to the Jedi Temple so she could be brought back for the battle against the Final Order (Anakin sensed that the skeleton belonged to Padmé, as she hid on Alderaan and was killed in its destruction). In addition, Rey also builds a second lightsaber, which is double-bladed and blue, and is constructed from pieces of her old staff. It's used during the second duel with Kylo Ren.
- The bulk of the action takes place on Coruscant, where a massive Final Order ship serves as a citadel of sorts called the Capitol. A massive revolt takes place on the planet, with Finn at its helm, and late in the story, thousands of riot-suppressing Mandalorian brutetroopers come to the planet in an attempt to stop this operation. Meanwhile, Leia and the New Republic aim to destroy a galaxy-wide communications jammer over the planet's orbit.
- While training under Traya, Kylo duels what appears to be Darth Vader in a cave. Immediately after he’s struck down, Vader disappears, revealing that this was a Force-induced hallucination. In this same scene, he also sees a vision of himself on Vjun as Jaden Korr, igniting his lightsaber through Rosh Penin. For this scene, Christian Bale wore prosthetics and makeup to resemble the default Male Human appearance, and Jason Marsden was brought in to reprise his role as Rosh, again wearing makeup and prosthetics.
- Temiri Blagg (now played by Gaten Mazarazzo) is now serving as a Jedi Padawan under Rey. He is best described as kind and sensitive, but somewhat sarcastic and rude.
- Chancellor Hux is portrayed as a Force wannabe, collecting lightsabers and attempting to conjure Force powers without success, much to everyone else's annoyance.
- A new character, Felcin Tersi (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), is an orphan taken in the care of the New Republic. She develops a crush on Temiri, which eventually materializes in adulthood as revealed in Expanded Universe material taking place after the events of the film. In the climax, Felcin pilots a Y-wing fighter, and takes down several TIE fighters.
- At one point, Rey has a nightmare where she kills Kylo Ren with his own lightsaber and all of his most loyal men in a lightsaber duel on the wreckage of the Death Star II, takes control of the Final Order, and slaughters an entire group of Republic ambassadors on the jungle moon of Ajan Kloss (after she does so, Rey has Sith eyes for a brief moment). Rey is given the name Darth Cadeus by Traya, who gives her a red lightsaber, and Rey immediately uses it to strike her down and seize control of the Sith Eternal, falling to the dark side in the process. Ben comforts Rey the next morning and assures her that he won't let her fall to the dark side.
- The Final Order doesn't use jetpacks, and there's a throwaway line where a stormtrooper states jetpacks are only for people who want to get thrown into a Sarlaac pit, referencing Boba Fett.
- Phasma appears in the film; after being disillusioned with the Final Order upon seeing her old friend Zorii and her son Jakil (Grant Palmer) being tortured, she decides to secretly join the New Republic and help Zorii and Jakil escape. Once Hux finds out, he sends out a team of bounty hunters (these being Bossk, Dengar, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, IG-88, and Cad Bane) to look for her in every star system in the galaxy, and when she's caught, she engages in a fight with them that ends with Bossk killed by his own plasma grenade, Dengar thrown off a cliff, Zuckuss gibbed offscreen by a rocket, 4-LOM and IG-88 reduced to scrap, and Cad Bane shot in the head. She explains to Leia that she was taken away from her parents when she was ten and tortured into joining the First Order; before becoming Phasma, her name was Elana Aith. She also reveals that she's Force-sensitive. Leia immediately emphasizes with Phasma, and assigns her to San Loffern (Christopher Lloyd). Jakil is taken in by the New Republic as Leia's apprentice.
- Like in the original film, the New Republic tries to find a wayfinder (though it leads to Traya's stronghold on Korriban). Rey's first duel with Kylo takes place aboard the ruins of the Death Star II on Endor. It is during this duel that Kylo's first lightsaber is destroyed, and all his fingers on his left hand are sliced off. Kylo also doesn't turn to the light side due to not seeing a vision of Han. When Kylo escapes, he gets a new, more powerful lightsaber and mechanical fingers.
- A subplot involves Traya manipulating a large faction of the Jedi to split from the New Jedi Order, called the "One Jedi Order".
- When Kylo gets to Korriban, Traya teaches him how to control life.
- The Xyston-class Star Destroyer doesn't exist; instead, the Nebula-class Star Destroyer is brought over from the Legends continuity.
- The final battle takes place on Naboo, with an aged Jar Jar Binks (voiced by Danny DeVito, and portrayed by a costumed performer with an advanced animatronic head), leading a combination of the Grand Gungan Army and reprogrammed B1 battle droids left over from the Trade Federation invasion in 32 BBY against the Final Order and the One Jedi Order. The New Republic also reveals it has amassed a brand-new clone army from Kamino, leading to the sight of clones and battle droids fighting side-by-side to show how desperate the situation is, and Luke calls upon the Force Ghosts of his deceased wife Mara Jade (Demi Moore), Mace, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson), Luminara Unduli (Mary Oyaya), Aayla Secura (Amy Allen), Adi Gallia (Angelique Perrin), and Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) for advice, as well as his old friends Deak (Jay Benedict), Fixer (Anthony Forrest) and his wife Camie (Koo Stark), as well as the legendary Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin for combat. The Final Order also finds Grand Admiral Thrawn (Hugo Weaving) to assist them in combat from Exegol (Thrawn reveals that he killed Ezra Bridger years ago). The final lightsaber duel takes place between Anakin and Traya in the same Plasma Refinery Complex Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon dueled Darth Maul all those years ago (said Plasma Refinery Complex also received upgrades since the duel); Traya calls upon Palpatine's spirit through a large shrine for assistance (Palpatine’s first name, Dantius, is also spoken for the first time in the saga when Traya prays to him), and the New Republic calls former Rebel Major Bren Derlin for combat. Meanwhile, Ben takes Rey to a jungle elsewhere in Naboo (near Otoh Gunga) to confront Kylo Ren, who tells her that he killed her adoptive parents, Kel and Zuma Solana. During this battle, Rey gets blinded by a cloud of dust from an explosion, and nearly falls to the dark side avenging Mara Jade, before her brother Ben calms her; Kylo declares that Jaden Korr is dead, and uses his right hand to extract Rey's life force from her until she's severely weakened, before Kyle Katarn appears and has one last duel with his fallen student, ending with Kyle shooting Kylo in the head with his Bryar pistol. Kyle declares that Rosh Penin and every other Jedi who died at Jaden's hands can now rest in peace, and reveals that Jaden also killed his partner and lover, Jan Ors. Ben then uses his hand to restore Rey's life force and give her Kylo's remaining life force. The other members of the Council of Darths and the Sith Eternal meet various fates, such as Darth Maul being killed by Zorii, Darth Baras being killed by Leia, three members of the Dark Council being killed by Temiri, Darth Malak being killed by Jannah, Count Dooku being killed by a group of New Republic soldiers led by Padmé, Darth Talon being killed by Jacen, Jaina and Anakin Solo, Darth Malgus being overwhelmed by clone troopers and shot to death, and General Grievous being killed by Luke in a manner identical to the pre-Johnson version of Revenge of the Sith. Traya meets her end in the biggest Force duel in galactic history, a duel that levels much of Theed from the sheer power and ends with Anakin using his and Traya's lightsabers (which she had dropped) to deflect Traya's Force lightning, reducing her to a writhing skeleton, then to dust in the wind, her soul sent to oblivion. Anakin fulfills his destiny as the Chosen One once and for all while also regaining his youth through Traya's life force; the rest of the Sith Eternal fleet are also destroyed by the resulting power as well, and the Whills go back to their world, having realized they've been brainwashed by Traya. The space battle takes place throughout the entire galaxy (ground battles also take place in various planets, which are all either under Final Order control or have Final Order bases), where pilots such as Poe (in his X-Wing), Lando (in the Lady Luck), Han and Chewie (in the Falcon), Nellith (in her Jedi starfighter), and Wedge (also in his X-wing), among others, lead massive New Republic fleets (all of which were gathered throughout the events of the film, some of which being the largest fleets ever seen in the saga) to victory against the Sith Eternal and the Final Order, while Ackbar, General Pryde, Aftab, and Joff communicate with them through the scanners on their helmets. During this battle, as the Final Order is about to win, Holdo sacrifices herself by entering her fighter into a Final Order Starkiller-class Dreadnought with several other New Republic Admirals and Vice-Admirals and hijacking it (they kill several Stormtroopers and Supertroopers in the process to steal their uniforms and disguise themselves), kamikazing it into the First Order's base in Exegol and destroying both it and the Dreadnought, crippling the entire remaining Final Order fleet, and killing Thrawn for the final time in the process. The entire sequence shows how big the battle is and the scope of its fury, to the point of being dubbed the "Battle of the Galaxy" in the medal ceremony at the end.
- In the Coruscant battle, Finn, Rose and the Resistance Squadron overrun Coruscant on behalf of the New Republic and the Capitol begins to lift off, before it's destroyed in the space battle by a large-scale assault. Notified of this, Hux commits seppuku in his chamber with Palpatine's old lightsaber from his collector's case, with the script's narration noting how he realized the "tragic truth": he "lost the star wars".
- George Lucas makes a cameo appearance during the battle, playing Jorg Sacul. Sacul is in an X-wing fighter, being seen destroying a TIE fighter, and is part of the Red Squadron. In the credits, his designation is given as Red Leader. Steven Spielberg, Gareth Edwards, James Cameron, Colin Trevorrow, Stephen Daldry, Jon Stewart, and Chloe Johnson also have cameos as X-wing pilots. Tim Johnson cameos as a doomsday "prophet" in Theed shouting "THE END IS NEAR!", only for Jar Jar to tell him to shut up, and the man to walk away muttering "I don't have to take this guff from a Gungan..."; Tim's cameo was reportedly unscripted.
- The Wilhelm scream plays during the Naboo battle.
- During the battle, R2 is severely damaged by a blast from super troopers. Leia repairs him immediately before the ending, and R2 projects many, many events from throughout the saga as seen from his perspective, such as the day he was built, the first time he met 3PO, him repairing 3PO in the arena on Geonosis, the wedding of Anakin and Padmé, his fight with R3-S6 during the Second Clone Wars, the crash of the Invisible Hand, Padmé fainting on Polis Massa, Leia's message to Obi-Wan, Luke buying C-3PO from the Jawas, Obi-Wan giving Luke his father’s lightsaber, R2 flying through the Death Star trench, Han getting his medal on Yavin, Luke and Leia meeting Halla on Circapous IV, Chewbacca and his family celebrating Life Day, Yoda lifting the X-Wing from the swamp, Luke saluting from the plank on Jabba's barge, Leia and Han outside the bunker on Endor, Luke and Mara Jade getting married, Rey, Finn, and Poe becoming Jedi Apprentices, Anakin's resurrection, Luke training Rey in the Jedi Temple, among many other events, all with narration so the viewer wouldn't have to go outside of the series to understand some of them. Leia then prepares a backup file so that C-3PO regains all of his memories that had been wiped in 19 ABY.
- After the battle, Finn confesses to Rey that he loves her. They both proceed to kiss.
- C-3PO has the last line in the saga, saying, "You know, Artoo, I have a feeling this is the end. The end...of the Star Wars", serving as a bookend to his first line in A New Hope, and dropping the title for the entire franchise.
- The film ends with the surviving members of the One Jedi rejoining the New Jedi Order, and the New Republic celebrating their victory, with Han, Chewie, Lando, Luke, Rey, Ben, Nellith, Finn, Poe, Zorii, Anakin, Padmé, Jacen, Jaina, Anakin, Jannah, Rose, Deak, Fixer, Camie, Bren, Ahsoka, Phasma, Felcin, and Wedge all given medals for their bravery by Leia and several other Republic higher-ups as the Force Ghosts all look on tearfully (as the crowd applauds, Anakin and Padmé are kissing), and planetary celebrations across the galaxy, consisting of Korriban, Scarif, Coruscant, Bespin, Endor, Jakku, Kashyyyk, Naboo (compete with shots showing the second reconstruction of Theed), and then Tatooine, going from night to day to represent the end of darkness. Rey, her eyesight restored, finds herself as a Jedi Master training several Force-sensitive children as a new generation of Jedi. It cuts to the Otana landing five years later, and Anakin, Padmé, Luke, Ben, Nellith, Rey, Finn, and their new twins Kadar and Kira (Paul and Nessie Helbert, respectively) all coming out of it and walking to the ruins of the Lars homestead. They see the Force Ghost of Anakin's father Kane (Steven Seagal), who immediately embraces his son, as the Force theme plays. The camera then pans up to the twin suns, then back to Naboo, where Han, Leia, Lando, Chewie, C-3PO, and R2-D2 depart aboard the Millennium Falcon along with a Republic fleet to hunt down the last of the Final Order, serving as a bookend to the establishing shot in The Phantom Menace, then the credits play.
- A post-credits scene shows Tor Valum recording the events that just transpired in a book known as the "Journal of the Whills" (the title is in Aurebesh, but Tim confirmed that this was the actual title), which also has everything that ever happened in the galaxy recorded with accompanying pictures from throughout the saga and a myriad of other works such as the Stories films (including the upcoming Wretched Hive film), the three TV specials, video games, comics, novels, and TV series, all recreated in live-action, a nod to the original idea for A New Hope (which had the Journal as a framing device). This scene is done without dialogue. Originally, this scene would have had Tor Valum transform into Q from Star Trek, revealing that it and Star Wars take place in the same universe, but this was nixed after both George Lucas and the Gene Roddenberry estate objected.
In 1977, Sheldon Johnson happened to meet Wood, and successfully asked him to get help for his alcoholism. Wood is still alive as a result, attending live screenings of his films (for example, Plan 9 from Outer Space). His most recent movie was Grave Robbers, released in 2013.
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
The movie has several differences, with Chloe directing and executive-producing, and Tim being one of the writers and an executive producer:
- Discord, Starlight, Trixie, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders all have speaking parts and contribute to the story (for example, Starlight goes on the adventure with the Mane 6 and Spike).
- The film is traditionally-animated by Walt Disney Animation Studios instead of animated using ToonBoom Harmony.
- A less predictable plot.
- Canterlot is portrayed as a city that has well descriptive socioeconomics, with a lot of upper-class cultures, like in the TV show rather than some stereotypical happy pony paradise.
- The Mane Six have their character development that they accrued throughout the series up to this point.
- The original opening is used, though Starlight is in the stained glass portrait.
- After the main title, the film opens in Ponyville, where the Mane Six, Spike, and Starlight are ready for the Friendship Festival while Discord is taking care of the Castle of Friendship.
- Fluttershy and Applejack have more screentime, and have their own songs ("Songbird Serenade" for Fluttershy and "Braeburn" for Applejack).
- The new characters have different personalities:
- The Storm King is portrayed as dark and serious instead of goofy and over-the-top. He also has more screen time.
- Grubber's personality is still the same, but he's very smart and his poorly-timed humor has been completely toned down.
- The storm clouds are hand-drawn, and Captain Celaeno's ship is a live-action model.
"The Last Roundup"
The Rainbow Dash/Derpy scene in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 2 episode "The Last Roundup" was not censored after its initial airing, due to Tim feeling that the complaints were only a small fraction of the viewing audience, and his disdain for what he considered "needless censorship". This also means that the name "Derpy Hooves" was used in future episodes, Equestria Girls, The Ponies of Equestria, Pony Life, and in merchandise.
Tim was one of the writers of the movie, so certain changes were made. These include having Spike being a human (his human counterpart is a freshman in Canterlot High; Tim felt that having Spike be a dog would reduce his practicality as a character; Twilight's human counterpart does have a dog, though his name is Rex, with golden and beige colors, and he's voiced by Keith David after he gains the ability to speak; this is the human world's counterpart to a dog doll Princess Twilight had as a foal), who is not the Spike from Equestria, as it would create a plot hole where he could go without a problem but the rest of the Mane Six can't go; this Spike is also revealed to be the human Twilight's adopted little brother in the stinger to Rainbow Rocks, the mirror portal only requires Equestrian magic to be activated rather than the Elements of Harmony, Sunset and Flash both have more personality (Sunset’s "alpha bitch" personality is actually a facade, and she’s secretly broken and depressed due to feeling unappreciated by Celestia, and stealing all six Elements in an attempt to get back at her and Twilight, and Flash is a self-admitted nerd who is also goofy and a nice guy rather than being a pretty-boy high school crush stereotype), Sunset's backstory is explained in full detail, all pop-culture references are nonexistent, and only three romance scenes between Twilight and Flash were left in, all rewritten. The characters also wear different outfits and their skin tones are more natural (their colorful skin tones would only be used when they pony up), with only Applejack’s remaining the same, though it's more orange in her ponied-up form. The proportions are also not overly anorexic. The unit of time, moons, referenced in the film are explained as fifteen days, with one month translating to two moons, and the 30 moons mentioned translating to 450 days. There's also no Fall Formal or school dance, with Twilight having to take her crown back in a contest between herself and Sunset. As an aside, Vinyl Scratch has a speaking role in Rainbow Rocks, voiced by Jesse Nowack. This also means that Vinyl has a speaking role in "Slice of Life", as well as the Ponies of Equestria spin-off series. Also, Juniper Montage from Mirror Magic is a better-written character.
Rollercoaster of Friendship
The Rainbooms don’t use their pony powers to destroy Vignette’s phone (Rainbow Dash destroys it by throwing it far enough that it gets smashed by the traffic on the road), the final battle is much more climatic with higher stakes, and she’s not forgiven; instead, she is handed over to the Magical Criminal branch of the Canterlot Police Department. She also has a reason as to why she behaves the way she does: as a child, her father gave her older sister better treatment than her, and would often push her to the sidelines, resulting in Vignette being desperate for attention.
The show received a TV series airing on The Hub (in the Johnsonverse, it never became Discovery Family, and Johnson, through its Hasbro subsidiary, bought out Discovery's stake in 2014, earning full control of The Hub in the process) beginning in October 2013 (with the movie serving as its pilot), with each episode running for 22 minutes (for web series plots from the Better Together series IOTL that can be adapted into 22 minutes), and since 2017, 2-to-5-minute shorts airing on YouTube (for web series plots that can't) under the Better Together subtitle. It also debuted the human counterparts of characters normally absent in EG, such as Discord (who is depicted as the uncle figure to Fluttershy) and Thorax (depicted as a former member of the Changelings, who are depicted as a Mafia-esque crime family, though they are never depicted as committing injury or murder in order to keep the series family-friendly), as well as the Young Six, with G3 characters absent in OTL appearing both in here and in Friendship is Magic such as Starsong (voiced by Andrea Libman) and Kimono (voiced by Kathleen Barr, who reprises her role from G3), along with Minty (voiced by Maggie Blue O'Hara). Starlight's human counterpart also appears as one of the main characters (she has a slightly taller build to show her old, "matronly" ways). The seventh and final season, to begin airing on October 11, 2020, will take place in their senior year. In addition, because Cathy Weseluck still voiced Spike in this series, she also voiced him in Pony Life. The intro used from 2013 to 2017 is the same as the Tales of Canterlot High intro IOTL (though extended), except for the designs and the use of Sunset's original outfit in the first two seasons, as well as Sci-Twi not appearing until the third season, and the 2017-2021 intro is the same as the Better Together and Choose Your Own Ending shorts, again, except for the designs.
Tim announced that the series would end with a theatrical film in early 2021 (under the title My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - One Last Adventure), which would take place around the time of the future scenes in the Friendship is Magic finale “The Last Problem”, and would feature the main cast as adults (Sunset is now the principal of Canterlot High School after Celestia and Luna retired, also taking a part-time job as a therapist, Twilight is the vice principal and is married to Timber Spruce, Spike is the counselor, Rainbow Dash is a professional soccer player and part-time coach of the Wondercolts, Applejack, along with Apple Bloom and Big Mac, inherited Sweet Apple Acres after Granny Smith's death, and is married to Rarity, who is a fashion icon who owns the Carasouel Boutique and the Canterlot Carasouel in Canterlot, Rarity For You in Manehattan, and Rarity-Go-Round in Yakyakistan, Pinkie Pie married Cheese Sandwich and has a son named Lil' Cheese (voiced by Andrea Libman) like her pony counterpart; Pinkie also acquired the Sugarcube Corner from the now-retired Mr. and Mrs. Cake, and Fluttershy now runs an animal sanctuary), and the final struggle to save their dimension once and for all from a variety of evil forces such as the human counterparts of the Changelings, King Sombra (depicted as a mentally-unstable criminal), Lord Tirek (also depicted as the leader of the Tartarus Gang; like the Changelings, Tirek's family are also never depicted as committing injury or murder in order to keep the film family-friendly, and are instead depicted committing juvenile pranks like ding-dong ditching, laying down whoopie cushions, making prank calls, posting spoilers on social media, and shining flashlights into cars at Make-Out Point), Grogar (depicted as the corrupt principal of a rival school), and an adult Cozy Glow (depicted as an orphaned street criminal); reportedly, the overall main antagonist, an unflattering caricature of Donald Trump, was cut once it became clear Sheldon Johnson Jr. would win the 2020 election. Other characters helping the Rainbooms are Princess Twilight, Thorax, Discord, the Shadowbolts, and the Sirens. The film will be animated by Toei Animation and will feature the pony world. It will also be the last project in the fourth generation of the franchise (The Ponies of Equestria notwithstanding), as it will be followed up with a movie in September 2021, which will be the first project in the fifth generation.
"The Last Problem"
As the show was renewed for one last season, which aired from 2019-2020, as Tim felt that "some questions still needed to be answered", this episode aired in Season 10 instead of Season 9, and the future scenes are the two-part series finale, known as "The Future Awaits", while the present-day scenes were instead called "The Last Problem" and aired at the end of Season 9; Twilight has a different, less Celestia-like design. Spike has a different design as well. The other mane cast also don't have eye bags, as Tim felt that it would only be suited for ponies with really stressful jobs. Flurry Heart also appears, ruling the Crystal Empire. On a side note, in the "The Ending of the End" two-parter, it's revealed that Discord disguised himself as King Sombra instead of Grogar, as an explanation for Sombra's different voice and mannerisms, which Cozy Glow lampshades throughout the season (Sombra is still deceased); as a result, Grogar, and not Sombra, is trapped in the statue at the end with Queen Chrysalis and Cozy Glow, while the "FIENDship is Magic" and "Siege of the Crystal Empire" comics are canon.
Generation 5 of My Little Pony
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Because the rewrites never happened in the Johnsonverse (Tim himself was one of the writers), there are several differences:
- The film is called "Wreck-It Ralph 2", as Tim felt that naming it after a meme would make it dated. He also considered calling it "Ralph Wrecks the Internet", as he felt it was a fitting pun; said name was used as the film's tagline.
- The film has significantly less product placement outside of video games. Notably, the only sites with product placement are eBay, YouTube, and a handful of other sites.
- The Felix and Calhoun subplot wasn't removed.
- Ralph, Vanellope, and the Sugar Rush racers all retain their original personalities. Gloyd (voiced by Tom Kenny), Swizzle (voiced by Phil LaMarr), Minty (voiced by Dakota Fanning), Adorabeezle (voiced by Amanda Seyfried), Crumbelina (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain), Jublianna (voiced by Josie Trinidad), and Snowanna (voiced by Gabrielle Union) all have speaking roles as well, as do their recolors (in-universe, the recolors use the same voice clips as the original racers in-game).
- In addition to Ralph and Vanellope, Rancis also joins them, a major conflict being Vanellope being torn between Slaughter Race and her budding romance with Rancis.
- For the Japanese-language dub, Minty Zaki is replaced with Minty Sakura like in the first film; Sakura's voice actress is Aika Kobayashi.
- No attempts at being relevant. For example, Ralph never flosses at any point in the film, and Yesss has the name Kira, not referencing the meme in any way. Meme culture, in fact, is mercilessly mocked.
- Far less mean-spirited moments.
- All plot holes are tied up.
- A vastly different plot. Notably, Vanellope never goes Turbo to hang out at Slaughter Race in the end, instead choosing to stay in Sugar Rush and pursue a relationship with Rancis.
- It does not use the misunderstanding trope.
- The third act is much stronger and doesn't reference King Kong.
- More scenes at the arcade; it’s also shown how it connects to the internet and how the arcade is struggling to stay relevant in the age of home video games. Also, it shows how Sugar Rush is likely to become an online console game while Ralph is stuck in Fix-It Felix, Jr.
- The scene in which Ralph gets insulted by a bunch of commenters doesn't exist.
- Ralph's actions towards Vanellope aren't mean-spirited.
- Characters from Johnson properties such as Ludicrous Limericks, Detective Jenny, Monster World, Star Pirates, WBC’s Sgt. Frog, and Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Space War appear, with Dana Snyder, Tara Strong, Alanna Ubach, Spike Spencer, Tiffany Grant, Michelle Ruff, Caitlin Glass, Richard Steven Horvitz, Melissa Fahn, Erin Fitzgerald, and Morgan Berry reprising their respective roles as Chocodile, Jenny, Makayla, Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Hikari, Keroro, Neptune, Noire, and Linda. Likewise, IPs from other Johnson-owned companies such as Fraggle Rock, Barney & Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo, Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, The Muppets, Richie Rich, Harvey Street Kids, Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, The Transformers, Ed Edd n Eddy and The Powerpuff Girls appear, with John Tartaglia, Duncan Brannan, Tom Kenny, Frank Welker, Bryce Papenbrook, Yuri Lowenthal, Steve Whitmire, Katie Leigh, Stephanie Lemelin, John Hasler, Ashleigh Ball, Peter Cullen, Matt Hill, Cathy Cavadini, Strong, and E.G. Daily reprising their respective roles as Gobo, Barney, SpongeBob, Scooby, Rock, Beck, Kermit, Richie Rich, Audrey, Thomas, Rainbow Dash, Optimus Prime, Ed, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup.
- Mario appears in the film as originally planned, voiced by Jason Alexander; the movie also reveals that Charles Martinet's voice is merely some random Toad dubbing him over from off-screen.
- Buzz also uses his design from the Toy Story films, and Tim Allen was brought in to reprise his role instead of using a voice clip from Toy Story. Vin Diesel is also brought in to voice Groot.
- Snow White was voiced by Katherine Von Till instead of Pamela Ribon.
- The "Oh My Disney" scene is not used to advertise Disney products. It is instead used as a plot device.
- Much like in the first film, Sonic is voiced by Ryan Drummond instead of Roger Craig Smith.
- There is no feminist propaganda.
The voice actors for the Mystery Gang (Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Grey Griffin as Daphne, Kate Micucci as Velma, and Frank Welker as Fred) reprise their roles (with the celebrity cast voicing other characters), and there's no teen slang, pop-culture references, or mentions of real-world products. It also has a more mystery solving-focused plot with better pacing and heavily focuses on being a Scooby-Doo origin story, the Hanna-Barbera references showing that they live in a cinematic universe (the only non-Scooby-Doo character is Blue Falcon, who only appears in a post-credits scene to set up that cinematic universe). The "toxic masculinity" line said by Velma does not exist. Simon Cowell has a more cartoony design, and he isn't the unmasked villain. The film is distributed by Johnson Studios instead of Warner Bros. Pictures due to Johnson owning Hanna-Barbera (as an aside, Scooby keeps his distinctive speech pattern due to voice directors being required to let Frank Welker use Scooby's "dog accent"). One scene shows non-speaking cameos from the original voice actors for the Mystery Gang (Welker, Casey Kasem, Indira Stefanianna, Nicole Jaffe, and Don Messick) as an easter egg, wearing clothes colored like the characters they voiced. Scrappy-Doo is present, as in all adaptations of Scooby-Doo since the acquisition of Hanna-Barbera, as Sheldon wanted to fully develop the character, having disliked his "uselessness" and his "spotlight-stealing tendencies" of the portrayal by Lennie Weinrib, rather than pandering to complaints and making him a walking self-depreciation gag. Scrappy is instead made into Scooby's student who idolizes his uncle, though from time to time, Scrappy would get to take on the monsters. He was still voiced by Don Messick until his 1996 retirement, after which he was replaced by Frank Welker, who has voiced him ever since. On a side note, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! does not exist, and Velma was never stated as gay, the latter being vetoed by Tim as he felt that doing so "would make Bill (Hanna), Joe (Barbera), and Fred (Silverman) all roll frantically in their graves; politics have no place in Scooby-Doo, and the series survived literally half a century without them".
Toy Story 4
The film does not exist, as Tim felt that "why even bother making a sequel to something that wraps everything up perfectly outside of making dough?". Instead, a Toy Story television series began airing in June 2019 on Netflix, with its five-part debut episode using much of the same premise as 4 IOTL. The film that was released in 2019 was A Bug's Life 2.
"200", "201" and "Super Best Friends"
None of those three South Park episodes were ever banned from reruns due to Johnson owning Comedy Central and Tim pointing out that the extremist Muslim website sending the death threat post to Trey Parker and Matt Stone was "the smallest fish in the smallest pond" and an "al-Qaeda wannabe". "200" and "201" were also left almost uncensored aside from the bleeping of some swear words such as the word "fuck", and are available completely uncut on the DVD and on Netflix, right down to Mohammad's presence and Kyle, Jesus, and Santa's speech at the end being completely uncensored. The "Cartoon Wars" two-parter also remains on Netflix (like Disney+, HBO Go and HBO Now don't exist in the Johnsonverse due to Johnson already owning Netflix, while HBO Max is instead known as Warner Max, and all originals in those platforms are on Netflix, Cartoon Network for animated series, or the main HBO channel instead; as an aside, Tim required the producers of the 2020 Looney Tunes Cartoons series to let Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam keep their respective rifle and twin pistols due to his disdain for political correctness and his feeling that "guns are what makes them unique and iconic", and even personally chastised the Warner Bros. executives as "cowards").
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The series still airs on Comedy Central today due to Johnson not canceling the show, with Michael J. Nelson continuing his run as Mike Nelson on the Satellite of Love until 2006, when he left the show to focus on RiffTrax. He was replaced by Jonah Ray as Jonah Heston, who has stayed on ever since, even after creator Joel Hodgson bought back the rights to MST3K from ex-partner Jim Mallon in 2015. Bill Corbett continued to portray Crow until 2006 when he left for RiffTrax, with Hampton Yount replacing him. Baron Vaughn also replaced Kevin Murphy in 2006 after Murphy left for RiffTrax as well. Likewise, Patrick Brantseg continued as Gypsy until 2015, when he was replaced by Rebecca Hansen in the switch from Mallon to Hodgson, though Brantseg continued working on MST3K.
Two and a Half Men
The series aired on WBC instead of CBS. After Charlie Sheen's infamous public meltdown, Tim advised him to get help, ironed things out between Sheen and Chuck Lorre, and took personal control of the show, though Lorre still served as the co-executive producer (it was explained that Charlie had been taking drugs, which he kept a secret from Alan and Jake, and decided to take a vacation to Hawaii, with Walden, who's a much better-executed character, still being gullible and naive but well-meaning, taking Charlie's place throughout the season, though Charlie still appeared to call Alan and/or Jake each episode). Once Angus T. Jones left the series after the tenth season (which had the intro completely refilmed with Jake in an army uniform and using new vocals for Jake), Walden returned full-time to fill the "half man" role, with the intro being completely refilmed again with Ashton Kutcher in place of Jones, and the show continued on to 2018, when it ended with the two-part series finale "You've Finally Made It!" (the title being taken from a quote made by Alan upon Charlie telling him that he's about to finally get married; this is also said once Walden successfully proves he's become a full man), which had him get married to Jenny, who's not Charlie's lesbian daughter ITTL. It ended with a set-up to the 2019 spin-off The Harpers, which stars Sheen and Jon Cryer reprising their roles as Charlie and Alan, and airs on Netflix.
Saints Row franchise
With Johnson owning Volition, the franchise has seen many changes:
- The games were all published by Johnson Games rather than THQ (in the first three games) or Deep Silver (in the fourth game).
- The PC port of 2 was done by Johnson Games, and as a result, is much better. The Ultor Exposed and Corporate Warfare DLCs were released as expansion packs.
- The first two games were completely rebuilt from the ground up and released alongside the remastered version of The Third in 2020. Many features were changed as well, such as the addition of checkpoints in the first game, the ability to make Playa a female in the first game with new clothing choices for both genders, with rerecorded and/or altered dialogue to accommodate this, and new physics in-line with The Third and onwards. There are also more clothing options and vehicles than the original. One notable addition is the use of Saint notoriety in "Green With Envy" and "3rd Street Vice Kings", along with Ultor notoriety in 2.
- Saints Row: The Third is closer to 2 in terms of customization (though the walking style is now extended to Playa's movement in cutscenes, and their lines are different in both cutscenes and in-game depending on the selected voice), in-game time, etc. It also has even more differences:
- The range of clothing in the game is expanded; The Third adds dresses, overalls, shortalls, and jumpsuits, and the length of the legs or sleeves can be expanded or shortened.
- Steelport is also much more lively and explorable, with more details and easter eggs, and a lack of copy-and-pasted buildings. Buildings can also be destroyed, a feature later seen in Grand Theft Auto VI.
- Most of the gangs remain the same, but instead of luchadores, there is a drug cartel, which is led by Killbane and Angel; the former is a retired American pro wrestler, while the latter is a former luchadore. Killbane is voiced by Hulk Hogan, while Angel is voiced by Rick D. Wasserman.
- It also keeps a more realistic tone, and its jokes don't have nearly as much sex or toilet humor.
- Gat remains alive throughout the whole game.
- Dex appears in the game as the true leader of the Syndicate, using the Saints as a pawn to destroy the Syndicate so he can take over, as well as having the Steelport Police Department on his pocket; the final mission (titled "From the Ashes") has Playa killing Dex on top of the Syndicate tower after a high-speed chase.
- Food items also remain as well.
- STAG is completely absent. Monica Hughes instead partners with the Syndicate.
- Killing Angel also changes the course of the game drastically.
- The story missions do not include recycled diversions.
- There is no homie hostility in the game.
- Kiki also betrays the Syndicate rather than Viola, who is killed off instead. Kiki was going to be killed off, but this was changed due to Sheldon Johnson Jr. feeling that Kiki would be a more interesting defector than Viola, being more dominant and unintimidated by Killbane.
- Both Playa and Shaundi get their own TV shows (Playa can participate in filming an episode of both their own and Shaundi's show for extra cash).
- The Hunters in Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax are much easier to kill than the ones deployed by the Syndicate.
- Saints merchandise can be bought, and Playa can manage all Planet Saints locations once they have acquired every location in Steelport.
- Commercials are also used as activities, known as "Commercial Shoot"; the Commercial Shoot activity has Playa destroy enemies using various superpowers (though Playa does not use them anywhere else).
- Other aspects of celebrity life, such as sponsorship deals, giving interviews, or managing publicity and scandals, are used as activities or diversions.
- Zach and Bobby refer to Playa as "they" or "them". This also continues to IV, and their elven counterparts Wack and Nobby do the same in the Professor Genki's Mind Over Murder Holiday Special activity from the How the Saints Save Christmas DLC.
- Using cheats does not disable autosaving.
- Saints Row IV is also much different:
- Its prologue sees the Saints taking over Washington after Playa destroys the bomb. They overthrow the corrupt President (voiced by R. Lee Ermey) and take over the government. The sci-fi plot was instead used for the Enter the Dominatrix expansion pack (rather than a DLC), released in 2012.
- Customization and food items remain the same, with even more options.
- Gat is also made a five-star general in the Army.
- Because Gat is alive, Shaundi and Burt Reynolds are kidnapped, making the "Kill Killbane" ending canon.
- Pedestrians are also not nearly as mouthy in Fraud.
- Gat out of Hell is somewhat the same, but there are two additional music numbers, Dex is in the flesh, and Shaundi joins both Gat and Kinzie.
- Released in 2018, Saints Row V is set in the "find a new planet" ending, which is set 200,000 years after Gat out of Hell. Set on the planet Gat, the Third Street Saints have been immortalized in a new religion, in which Playa, Gat, Pierce, Shaundi, etc. are treated as gods; the playable character is a descendant of Playa. The setting is more futuristic, and the gang system returns, though the Saints' enemies are rival religions. The original Saints, including Playa, appear as spirits.
The Lion Guard
Aside from Simba being voiced by Matthew Broderick rather than Rob Lowe, James Earl Jones voicing Mufasa throughout the series, Nathan Lane voicing Timon instead of Kevin Schon, Scar being voiced by Jeremy Irons, Simba and Kiara’s personalities staying true to the movies, and the artstyle for the show resembling the first movie and The Lion King 1 1/2 (all due to a much higher budget), the series otherwise remains the same.
Artemis Fowl movie
The film was directed by Tim. Because of this, the film is vastly different from OTL:
Thanks to Johnson's ownership of Rockstar, there are a lot of differences:
- Michael Hollick was paid $10 million for his role as Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV, and as a result, he reprised his role in VI, and is the announcer of the game show.
- Speaking of IV, there are several differences, including Kate giving Niko a bulletproof lowrider that belonged to her deceased cousin who was killed in the war, the friendship system is more streamlined (for example, Roman doesn't constantly hound you to go bowling), the decisions truly affect the story, and Games for Windows - Live was patched out after the service was discontinued.
- Johnson Games handled the mobile ports, and as a result, they're much better, also fixing inaccuracies such as subtitles (including replacing the subtitles of the Yardies with new ones that transcribe their Jamaican slang) and models, as well as restoring some missions (for example, the mission "Under Surveillance" in III is restored to its original premise: the Mafia, not the FBI, is spying on Claude, and all the Cuban and Haitian censorship in Vice City was undone). Also, a port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories was released on October 25, 2016, and a mobile port of Grand Theft Auto IV will be released in 2023, with the 10th Anniversary remaster being released on eighth-generation consoles on October 30, 2018.
- Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories were ported to PC in 2006 and 2007, respectively, their release dates falling on the same day as the PS2 versions, which use Renderware as the in-game engine as well.
- San Andreas Stories was released on October 30, 2007 for PSP, October 7, 2008 for PS2 and PC, and October 31, 2017 for mobile. Taking place in 1989, it follows Barry "Big Bear" Thorne, an aspiring gangster and a childhood friend of CJ and Sweet who must cement his place as a Grove Street Families OG while avoiding C.R.A.S.H. It also takes place before Big Smoke and Ryder betrayed the Grove for the Ballas and C.R.A.S.H., and also has a different actor for Pulaski due to the 2006 death of original actor Chris Penn.
- Agent was released in 2011.
- V has much of the map of the HD Universe San Andreas IOTL, but it incorporates the map from the 3D Universe San Andreas. Also, its physics and AI are more in line with realism.
- Bully II was released in 2014. Set in an expanded Bullworth, it follows New Coventry student Daisy Adams, a 16-year-old girl who wants to make it big in the school.
- Grand Theft Auto: Online never went downhill.
- Grand Theft Auto: Anywhere City was released in 2015. Set in the 3D Universe, it follows 20-year-old Kazuki Kasen, who worked for the Leston Yakuza until moving to Liberty City with his wife Toshiko and siblings Asuka and Kenji in 1981. The game takes place in 1975.
- 2015 was followed with Manhunt 3.
- In 2016, Rockstar released
- The 20th anniversary of the Grand Theft Auto franchise in 2017 was celebrated with remakes of every game in the franchise up to and including San Andreas Stories and Anywhere City, using HD Universe graphics and physics, alongside new missions, new features, and some previously cut content, as well as some voices being redubbed to match other games (such as Gary Busey dubbing over Hunter Platin and Bradley Whitford as Phil Cassidy in III and Liberty City Stories, respectively, while Dorian T. Missick replaced Armando Riesco as Vic Vance in Vice City and Alec Baldwin voices Donald Love; Vic also looks closer to his VCS appearance there). In San Andreas, Sweet asks where Ryder is after his release from prison, with CJ hinting that Ryder was a mole for the Families to throw off Tenpenny; this was confirmed in VI.
- The biggest change is to the mission “OG Loc”. CJ is reminded by Sweet that the spot is Ballas hood after they took it from the Vagos, and it is changed to CJ following Loc running against Freddy.
- Red Dead Redemption II is somewhat the same, except that it does not contradict existing lore, and its gameplay problems don't exist. Also, Online is NOT put into focus as IOTL.
- Grand Theft Auto VI is released in 2019; the full details can be read on its own page.
- Bully III was released in 2020.
The Sims franchise
With Johnson, and not EA, owning Maxis, the franchise has seen massive changes:
- The first three games are the same as OTL, along with the expansion packs and most of the console versions. The expansion packs were also released as free updates instead of being separately-sold in retail.
- The fourth game has many features that were missing in our timeline.
- The fifth game, The Sims 5, was released in 2019.
The film was rejected from Netflix by Tim on the grounds that "it's borderline softcore child porn, an endorsement of pedophilia, and as a father of three, I will never let anyone, not even myself, watch this monstrosity". It was instead going to be released on video on demand, with the worldwide distribution rights being held by Lionsgate, and Tim called for the film to be banned worldwide; his father Sheldon Johnson, Jr. pledged in his 2020 presidential bid to ban the film from being shown or distributed in the US or any of its territories. Two days before its planned VOD release, however, it was discovered by Tim and Chloe that the movie was a front for a conspiracy to normalize pedophilia as a sexual orientation, claiming it's against pedophilia to trick distributors and viewers, and that the filmmakers had bribed various critics into giving the movie positive reviews. Because of this, the leaders of this scheme, the parents of the child actresses, and much of the film's staff, including director Maïmouna Doucouré (who was also exposed as a pedophile), were arrested and are awaiting trial, the actresses were placed under foster care, its VOD release was canceled, and its Sundance award was rescinded, though pirated copies have circulated; Johnson, which acquired all rights to the movie, has worked hard to destroy every pirated copy in existence. This also means that the #CancelNetflix movement never happened.
Game Show Network
Founded by Johnson in association with Sony, the network has seen many massive changes, especially after Johnson acquired Sony's shares in 2008, bringing it under full Johnson control:
- The schedule goes as follows: about 35% is from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35% is from the 2010s and onward, and the remaining 30% is original content from throughout the network's lifespan.
- The 1997 logo remained until 2008, when the 2008-15 logo from OTL was introduced. It was altered in 2015 to remove the gloss, but aside from that, was unchanged.
The Tonight Show
Due to Jay Leno signing a contract with WBC to host The Jay Leno Show in 2008 after his departure from The Tonight Show in 2009, Conan O'Brien continued hosting until 2014, when he left the series to host Conan on TSS, while Jimmy Fallon still took over as in real life. This means that the 2009-10 late-night feud never happened in the Johnsonverse.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again
The series has many differences from OTL:
- The series is simply called The Magic School Bus as in the 1994-97 series, with "Rides Again" being the title of the first episode.
- Fiona Frizzle is a much better character in terms of writing.
- Phoebe (voiced by T.J. McGibbon) is still on the show. Jyoti is still there, but as a new student, and is not a Mary-Sue. Instead, she is described as cocky and ambitious with a love of gaming and skating, with one episode, "Inside a Video Game", even having her rescue the rest of the class from her portable game system. Another student, Phil (voiced by Ethan Pugiotto) was imported from the books; here, he is a fun-loving character who sometimes annoys the rest of the class, even Carlos, but is well-meaning.
- The intro is a shot-for-shot recreation of the 1994 intro with more fluid animation and shading, though Lin-Manuel Miranda still sings the theme song, and the music from OTL is still used. Also, Jyoti and Phil are added, and of course, Fiona replaces Ms. Frizzle. As an aside, Arnold's line "PLEASE let this be a normal field trip!" is the exact same audio as the 1994 intro (though Amos Crawley is uncredited).
- The characters all have their distinct personalities and distinct ways of learning as in the original series.
- The character designs used are from the original series; the animation style in general is just like the classic 1994 art style.
- Much better writing and plots.
- The producer segments return, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Susan Blu reprising their roles as the producers.
- The voice acting also has more effort in it.
- No attempts at being relevant.
- Because it succeeded, it is still on today. It also airs reruns on syndication.
Johnson Foods brands
Every restaurant chain and food brand acquired by Johnson has seen major changes from OTL:
- The first location (in San Bernardino, California) still stands to this day, and the McDonald brothers, Richard and Maurice, gave it to their founding employees as planned.
- The Golden Arches architecture is still used; despite being criticized as gaudy, Johnson defended this style as "recognizable when you drive on the road". This also means that the early, pre-Kroc locations were preserved as well, and were used for production on The Founder, along with a replica of the McDonalds' hexagonal structure that opened across the street on December 12, 1983, exactly 35 years to the day when the original barbecue stand was transformed into the fast-food restaurant. In addition, the ninth McDonald's, the first location opened by Ray Kroc, was restored (not demolished and replaced with a replica) to its 1955 state in 1984 due to its historical significance (namely, it was noted by the company as "the beginning of expansion outside of the West Coast").
- The McDonaldland ad campaign still runs to this day, though in 2001, it switched to using the Klasky-Csupo designs and artstyle introduced in The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald (the company also does the animation for the commercials), with Russi Taylor returning to the voice of Birdie due to the retirement of Christine Cavanaugh (after Taylor's 2019 death, Kari Wahlgren took over), Bill Fagerbakke replacing Kevin Michael Richardson as Grimace, Charlie Adler staying on as the Hamburglar and one of the McNuggets, with the other two still being voiced by Pamela Adlon and Lisa Raggio, Kath Soucie, Paul Greenberg, and Nika Futterman continuing their roles as the Fry Kids, and David Hussey continuing to voice Ronald, before being replaced by Brad Lennon in 2014. In addition, Ronald's dog, Sundae, was also introduced to the commercials, with Dee Bradley Baker reprising his role. The claymation "Willy Munchwright" commercials are also still being made, and Happy (the sentient Happy Meal box created in 2009) does not exist. The last live-action McDonaldland commercial aired in 2003, after which the live-action commercials and designs were phased out completely, though the old designs are still seen in some locations, and new live-action Ronald McDonald commercials air to this day. In 2011, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of McDonaldland, there was a special commercial made in which the McDonaldland gang meets their older counterparts. Hussey, Taylor, and Adler voiced Ronald, Birdie, and Hamburglar's old counterparts, while Frank Welker returned to voice Grimace's counterpart. Recurring characters include Tika (voiced by Tara Strong), Franklin (voiced by E.G. Daily), Mayor McCheese (voiced by Bob Joles), Captain Crook (voiced by Tom Kenny), Officer Big Mac (voiced by Clancy Brown), the Professor (voiced by Maurice LaMarche), CosMc (voiced by Rob Paulsen), the Happy Meal Gang (with Hamburger voiced by Jim Cummings, French Fries voiced by Bob Bergen, Soft Drink voiced by Cree Summer, Cookies voiced by Baker, Toy voiced by Billy West, and Happy Meal Box voiced by Eric Bauza), Uncle O'Grimacey (also voiced by Fagerbakke), the Wastebaskets (voiced by LaMarche), Iam Hungry (voiced by Jeff Lupetin), Mac Tonight (also voiced by Kenny) and the Griddler (voiced by Tom Wilson), who was an apocryphal character IOTL. New Wacky Adventures episodes have been on Netflix every year since 2011 after the original videos had gained a cult following; two or three episodes are released per year. Jim Cummings is still the announcer (in the commercials, he narrates information about the menu items or deals being promoted, and in the new episodes, he still teases the next one).
- The 1962 neon sign in Biloxi, Mississippi was retired before Hurricane Katrina and sent to the Johnson Sign Museum at Johnson headquarters in San Jose, California. As a result, it survived.
The chain, which was acquired in 1967, also
Kentucky Fried Chicken
- The chain still uses the "circus roof" architecture and bucket signs.
- Colonel Sanders was brought back to lead the chain from 1969 until his 1990 death, having sold off the US operations in 1964 while retaining the Canadian branch.
- The Marion-Kay 99X seasoning for the chicken is still used, and is even used in all locations.
- The chain also only uses the KFC acronym as a shortened form of the name; the 1978 logo was used until 2002, when it reverted back to the 1952 version.
- The classic bucket signs still remain due to Johnson's policy that franchisees must keep their classic bucket signs; if a location closes, then it is moved to a different location, put in storage, or donated to a museum.
- The design for the bucket continued using the 1981 design until the 2002 rebrand, when it started using a new design based on the 1968 version, and the current design was still adopted in 2017.
- The Sanders Court in Corbin, Kentucky was saved from demolition by Johnson in 1969 and was restored with the Cafe in 1990 (the Cafe also still uses its classic bucket sign from the 1960s, and the neon sign that was in front of it is in storage; the new addition to the building will include the neon sign). A modern KFC was built across the street instead.
- The Harman Cafe in Salt Lake City, Utah was not demolished and replaced with a new building in 2004. Instead, the building was restored to its original appearance in a two-year restoration project, and reopened in 2006. A new addition to the back of the building displays KFC memorabilia and artifacts, and a new bucket sign was installed depicting the first KFC bucket from 1957.
- Since 2015, the chain has run a major ad campaign featuring Darrell Hammond of Saturday Night Live fame as Colonel Sanders, using a 35mm film or videotape filter to emulate the actual Colonel's old commercials. Before that, the chain used the "cartoon Colonel" campaign from 1998 to 2007 with Randy Quaid as the Colonel.
- Aunt Jemima was never rebranded, and the 1989 logo was retained. Tim managed to convince other companies not to rebrand either in the wake of the George Floyd protests and the racial unrest of 2020, using the Quaker Oats and Grandma's logos to prove his point. He was quoted as saying that rebranding to remove non-Caucasian characters would "remove diversity entirely" and called the Black Lives Matter movement "a total fraud and a sham".
- The 2006 logo was retained until 2016, when the 1998-2003 logo was reintroduced.
The Godfather: Part III
With Johnson producing the Godfather series, the third film is very different from OTL. Notably, the film is called Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone as planned.
The Godfather: The Game
Red Dead Redemption II
- Mia and Tia make a cameo when Lightning notices the Next-Gen racers replacing the older racers, and have come to wish Lightning good luck; they have long grown out of their "giddy fangirl" personas from the first two movies, though they still work as waitresses at Flo's V8 Cafe.
- The racing museum from the epilogue of the first movie (which was a disused motel) and Lightning's racing headquarters in Race-O-Rama return here; both will appear in Cars 2: Special Edition, which will be released in 2021.
- Francesco Bernoulli also makes a cameo in the movie, appearing in an interview Lightning watches.
- Jackson Storm has a more complex personality. It's hinted that he's putting up his "cocky" facade because Storm is afraid of failure.
- The movie has an epilogue during the credits, like the first movie.
- Sterling's fate is alluded to in the epilogue, which has him with Rusty and Dusty on vacation at the beach.
- Lightning's racing getup in the flashbacks with Doc (outside of scenes from the first movie) is his getup from the end of the first movie.
- Chick Hicks was voiced by Michael Keaton; his lines were recorded in 2015.
- A large part of the movie is centered around the Piston Cup Series being in big trouble, as the next-gen racers aren't putting on the show the higher-ups want them to. To that end, they start making changes, such as introducing a post-season playoff format, mandating all racers use the exact same bodykit, and replacing traditional tracks with newer tracks in bigger markets. As a result, the league is losing ground to other sports and even rival leagues such as the United States Racing Circuit. Tim Johnson said in an interview that this was meant to reflect Brian France's stormy tenure as NASCAR CEO. The epilogue shows many of the veteran racers being rehired after the Hudson Hornet Piston Cup Series is purchased by Sprocket Industries (the Cars version of Johnson Industries), and CEO Tim Sprocket (voiced by Tim himself and resembling a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat) instituting massive changes.
- John Lasseter directed this movie at Tim's urging.
Due to Johnson-owned WBC Networks switching to widescreen in 1994, making widescreen TVs in collaboration with Panasonic and making it the default option on all PrimeStar boxes, it was adopted much earlier, and the format was fully adopted by 2000.
World Trade Center post-9/11
ITTL, Johnson Real Estate, not Larry Silverstein, was put in charge of operating the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York. As a result, there are many differences; chiefly, it used the plans from the "Twin Towers 2" from OTL, as Sheldon thought that "the Twin Towers rising like a phoenix from the ashes is much more suitable for the site than some out-of-place skyscraper with tacked-on attempts at symbolism" and added that "when we watch Tony Soprano drive out of the Holland Tunnel, both he and us can see the towers through the rearview mirror. To me, they looked strong and proud, and that represents us Americans, no matter what race, gender, nationality, sexuality, or creed we are". For more, see World Trade Center (2001-present) (Johnsonverse).
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
This movie is much different from OTL, mainly due to Kamp Koral having never been conceived; Paul Tibbitt remained as the director and co-writer with Chloe.
Sheldon Johnson, Jr. became the 46th President of the United States instead of Joe Biden, though Johnson has teased that Biden would be on his cabinet, with rumors stating that Biden could be the Chief of Staff. Also, because he brought renewed energy to the party after the Democrats' surprise loss in the 2016 election, Johnson ended up winning by a landslide, winning almost all the swing states including Texas and Florida, and the Democrats regained the Senate majority, as well as some additional House seats.
Here is a list of cabinet appointees Johnson could make:
- Chief of Staff - Joe Biden
- Secretary of State - Bernie Sanders
- Treasurer of the United States - Janet Yellen
- Secretary of the Treasury - Elizabeth Warren
- Senior Advisor (policy) - Pete Buttigieg
Other possible selections include:
- Susan Bass
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Jerry Brown
The series is somewhat the same, except that, due to airing on The Hub (where reruns of the original aired for a few years IOTL) instead of Hulu, Tim requested several changes: namely, Tom Ruegger was brought back, this time as the showrunner, along with much of the original writers and creative team, and as a result, the show doesn't rely on topical humor as heavily. Tim is also an executive producer, alongside Steven Spielberg, Sam Register, and Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. This means that all the side characters such as Hello Nurse (who is now the head of the studio due to Plotz' retirement), Minerva Mink, Slappy and Skippy (the latter now being an adult who wants his aunt to move out), Rita and Runt, Mindy and Buttons (the former is also an adult; her spot is taken by her daughter Mandy, while Mindy herself replaces her mother, who had passed away), the Goodfeathers, Colin (again, who is also now an adult, though he still talks about an offscreen Randy Beaman), and Chicken Boo were brought back, all with the original actors returning, among many other characters; additional segments such as "Good Idea, Bad Idea" were also brought back, and the new characters for the 2020 reboot were all still included as well.
The theme song also uses much of the original lyrics (though the line "The writers flipped, we have no script, why bother to rehearse?" was changed to "Meet Ralph and Dr. Scratchansniff, say hi to Hello Nurse" from the Season 3 version, "Buttons chases Mindy" became "Buttons chases Mandy", "While Bill Clinton plays the sax/"We got wisecracks by the slacks"/"We pay tons of income tax" was still changed to "Our careers have made comebacks", and "We have pay-or-play contracts" was still changed to "You should see our new contracts"), meaning that the line "Dot is cute" was never changed. The verses from the theme song IOTL ("A brand new cast who tested well in focus group research, gender-balanced, pronoun-neutral, and ethnically diverse! The trolls will say we're so passé, but we did meta first!") were instead used in a skit designed to mock PC culture in which the Warners are forced by several particularly intimidating studio executives to cater to PC culture until Hello Nurse fires the executives responsible. The animation is also much more fluid, and the opening has shading. The credits gag was brought back as well.
On a lesser note, the original series aired on the WBC Kids Saturday morning block, and continued until 2009, while Pinky and the Brain continued until 2011. This means that Wakko's Wish wasn't produced until 2012; it aired as a special instead of going direct-to-video.
The Good Dinosaur
After Tim looked at the screenplay and character designs, he decided to push it back to January 18, 2019 so they could be redone. Because of this, the movie is almost completely different IOTL.
- Arlo is far less annoying as a protagonist. He is also voiced by a different actor.
- The concept of the asteroid safely passing the Earth is relevant to the plot.
- The movie overall has a much darker tone, and is much more original; Arlo's father dies differently, and the raptors are nothing like the hyenas in The Lion King.
- Its plot is much faster-pased and less confusing.
- The characters are much more developed.
- Most notably, the designs were redone to look more realistic.
- The hallunciation scene does not exist.
Doctor Who franchise
While Johnson's acquisition of Disney was ongoing (between December 2011 and June 2013), one movie that was affected was Planes. It was canceled and the project was moved to Pixar to become Beyond the Keys, written by Chloe Johnson and Jeffrey M. Howard and directed by Brian Fee; it was released on November 27, 2018.
Tomarken and his wife survived the plane crash; a shaken Tomarken vowed to take Amtrak from that day forward. He still hosts Press Your Luck on WBC.
Even though Depp lost his appeal, Tim convinced Warner Bros. to fire Amber Heard over Depp; he reportedly screamed into the phone, "Fire Depp and I will initiate a hostile takeover of your entire company!". Depp also wasn't fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and Heard was rejected before she could ever talk with Margot Robbie for a role; Heard was banned and blacklisted from all Johnson productions for life prior to this. Johnson stated on a December 2020 Fireside Chat episode that he considered Heard "a liar and a cheat who does more damage to actual victims than Johnny ever did".
Carano, despite her tweeting history, was not fired from The Mandalorian over her tweets; Tim stated that, "if we fire Gina, might as well fire Pedro (Pascal) as well", referring to Pascal's tweet after the election that stated that the Confederates lost in 1865, the Nazis lost in 1945, and Trump lost in 2020.