“The story engineering of making [‘Smile Time’] work, a lot of that was me going and doing what sometimes I do well, which is, like, serious, deep worldbuilding…I kept pushing all these, like, graphics changes on ‘Smile Time.’ ‘Cause I would draw them, I would say, ‘No, this sun is not right, this piece is not right.’ They’d go, like, ‘You know, ultimately, don’t we have to realize that’s not the show! That’s the show inside the show! We gotta build the set!’ But it was really really important…to make the kids’ show seem exactly like a kids’ show…Each thing had to be of a certain tenor or ultimately you’d end up going, ‘That’s not the main character! That’s a puppet!’” - Ben Edlund (full quote)