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I, Robot (2004)

1. Wil Wheaton and Emilio Estevez auditioned for the part of Sonny the suspect robot.

2. Another Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference is that the only good day of Spooner was a "Thursday". In the "Guide", this is the day of the week that Arthur Dent "never could get the hang of"..

3. In the display window of an antique robot store is Sony's AIBO robotic dog.

4. The movie originally started as a screenplay entitled "Hardwired", a classical-style murder mystery that read like a stage play, and was very much in the spirit of Asimov's "three laws" mysteries. When the original "Hardwired" script eventually reached Fox, after being developed at Disney with director Bryan Singer, new director Alex Proyas and writer Jeff Vintar opened up the story to fit a big budget studio film. When Fox acquired the rights to Isaac Asimov's story collection, Vintar spent two years adapting "Hardwired" to serve as a tenth story in the Asimov canon, complete with Susan Calvin and the Three Laws of Robotics. Writer Akiva Goldsman came on late in the process to tailor the script to Will Smith.

5. Although "Hardwired" never got as far as filming, Geoff Zanelli wrote a main theme for the project.

6. The car featured in this film is the Audi RSQ Concept car, designed exclusively for the film.

7. In all of Isaac Asimov's books, all robots existed by the "Three Laws of Robotics".
            1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
            2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
            3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

8. On American Chopper: The Series (2003), Will Smith stated he crashed a motorcycle at around 60 mph while filming.

9. For the character of Sonny the accused robot, the effects team used the same process that was used to create Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

10. The motorcycle that Will Smith's character rides in the movie is a 2004 MV Agusta F4-SPR. It is one of only 300 produced worldwide. Its 750cc, inline 4-cylinder engine produces 147 horsepower and can propel the bike in excess of 175 mph.

11. The lettering on the police cruisers are all done in the font "Chicago," the city the film is set in.

12. The name of the other driver involved in the accident that cost Spooner his arm is Harold Lloyd, named after the silent film star. Harold Lloyd lost several of his fingers after an accident with a prop bomb.

13. Dr. Lanning's cat is named Asimov.

14. Most of the cars in the movie are modified present-day Audi cars. There are even some unmodified cars.

15. When Detective Spooner walks up to the garage containing the motorcycle, the code he enters on the door pad is 911.

16. When Spooner opens the door in the beginning, the robot on his doorstep has the number 42 on his head. Many SF movies contain the number 42, a reference to the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything according to Douglas Adams's "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy".

I Spy (2002)    

1. This is the first Hollywood movie where Budapest stars as Budapest and the great part of the plot takes place there. (Budapest's previous screen appearances include the part of Buenos Aires in Evita (1996), and Berlin in Spy Game (2001).)

2. The characters from the TV series are reversed in this film version. In the original TV series, Kelly Robinson (played by Eddie Murphy) was the white guy and the athlete, while Alexander Scott (played by Owen Wilson) was the black guy and the non-athlete. In both cases, however, the Bill Cosby /Eddie Murphy character was a less experienced spy than the Robert Culp /Owen Wilson character.

Ice Age (2002)

1. When the baby sees the spaceship frozen in the ice, she gives it the Spock-hand signal often seen in the TV series "Star Trek" (1966).

In & Out (1997)    

1. The Oscar statuette used in the film is Kevin Kline's. He won it in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).

The Incredibles (2004)

1. In the teaser trailer, a small headline at the top of the framed TV Guide on Mr. Incredible's wall reads, "Kevin O'Brien: First Artist on the Moon." Kevin O'Brien is a storyboard artist for the movie.

2. As with other Pixar productions, the original trailer for this film featured animation made specially for the trailer and not appearing in the final film. It was directed by Brad Bird 18 months before the release of the movie.

3. To record the Henry Mancini and John Barry-inspired jazz-orchestra score, composer Michael Giacchino eschewed modern digital multi-track recording and returned to the analogue recording methods used for jazz-orchestra recordings in the 1960s. "We were just like, 'Forget that, let's throw everyone in the room, let's pretend we only have three microphones, and let's get it right. Let's just do it.'"

4. Mirage tells Mr. Incredible that he'll be briefed on his second mission in conference room A-113. The number A-113 is a frequent Pixar in-joke based on one of the room numbers for the animation program at Cal Arts.

5. In order to give Dash a realistic out-of-breath voice, Brad Bird made Spencer Fox run laps around the studio.

6. Syndrome's facial features are based on those of the film's director, Brad Bird.

7. During Mr. Incredible's second plane ride to the island, the automatic captain reveals that the name of the island is Nomanisan (Nomanisan Island).

8. In the beginning of the film, when a robber is going through a woman's purse on the roof of a building, a Mr. Incredible Pez dispenser can be seen among the items scattered on the ground.

9. The little boy on the tricycle is named Rusty, this is never revealed in the film except for the credits and a comic in Disney Adventures Magazine.

10. During the chase scene in the jungle you can hear the same sound effects used for the spinning blade vehicles that was used for the speeder bike chase scene in Return of the Jedi.

11. Inside Robert Parr's cubicle is a "danger" sign. The image is the lightning bolt of Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!) using the red of his uniform instead of the gold. It is in the distinctive shape of the Marvel family (Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Black Adam), not that of the various Flash costumes. When Mr. Incredible gets his new fancy car, the emblem on the hood is in the triangular shape of the Golden Age Superman's symbol. The black ray-like vehicle that delivers Mr. Incredible to the island is a reference to the Black Manta, an enemy of Aquaman and member of the Legion of Doom. And Gazer-Beam is a direct reference to Cyclops of the X-Men.

12. The story takes place in a city called "Municiberg".

13. First Pixar film to have an aspect ratio of 2.35:1

14. The ending scene, with the enemy coming from the Earth is a homage to Fantastic Four first enemy, Mole Man. The scene seems to be based on the cover of the first Fantastic Four comic book cover, released in 1961.

15. Mirage's toll-free phone number on her calling card is 866-787-7476, a currently unregistered phone number. However, when compared to the letters on a typical phone pad, the last seven digits spell out the word "SUPRHRO".

16. This is the first time Pixar has used only human characters in a film.

17. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" (his master team of nine supervising animators from the "classic" era of animation), provide voices for their own caricatures near the end of the film. They also appeared in and provided the voices for the train engineers in The Iron Giant (1999) (also directed by Brad Bird. This is not the first time Pixar Animation Studios have included references to famous animators in their films (see the trivia for Monsters, Inc. (2001)).

18. The family mirrors the Fantastic Four both in their powers and in the story.

19. Violet attends Western View Junior High, which shares its name with Brad Bird high school in Corvallis, Oregon. Also at the very end of the film the stadium which Dash races displays signs saying it is the "Home of the Spartans". The Spartans are the mascot of Corvallis High School.

20. In the Singaporean version of the film, the company "Insuricare" is translated into "Black hearted insurance company" in the Chinese subtitles if read literally.

21. Among the superheroes shown listed in the Kronos database are Universal Man, Psycwave, Everseer, Macroburst, Phylange, Blazestone, Downburst, Hyper Shock, Apogee, Blitzerman, Tradewind, Vectress, Gazerbeam, Gamma Jack, ElastiGirl, Frozone, and Mr. Incredible.

22. In the early part of the film there is a repeated theme of pencils being knocked over. Dropping pencils is a standard demo feature of dynamics programming in 3D design applications.

23. One of the background buildings has a sign for "Lozano Records", a reference to cast member Albert Lozano.

24. Syndrom's jet plane is modelled on the manta ray, a filter-feeding flatfish with two lobed mandibles that hang below its mouth, and a series of gill arches inside, referenced by the plane's windows.

25. John Barry was originally hired to score the film, but left the project after recording only a few demo themes.

26. The scene in which Frozone (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) goes for a drink of water while the cop is holding a gun on him parodies a scene in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), in which Samuel L. Jackson's character Zeus goes for the ringing telephone while a police officer holds a gun on him.

27. Brad Bird's son Nicholas is the voice for the Little Boy on the Tricycle.

28. Syndrome's unusual way of walking was supposedly inspired by a Pixar employee who someone had noticed had a very strange walk and commented on it. His or her attempts to curb the strange walk were the basis of Syndrome and his "purposeful" walking style.

29. Dash's principal's name is John Walker (as seen on the plaques on his office wall), a reference to producer John Walker.

30. During the police chase at the beginning of the movie, the license plate for the squad car reads KR 54. As in Car 54 from the old television series Car 54, Where Are You? (1961).

31. Elastigirl's pilot call sign is "India-Golf-Niner-Niner", or IG99. This is a reference to Brad Bird's The Iron Giant (1999): [I]ron [G]iant released in 19[99].

32. When Mr. Incredible first meets Buddy he struggles to remember his name, calling him Brodie at first. Jason Lee, who voices Syndrome, made his big screen debut playing comic book obsessed character Brodie Bruce in Mallrats (1995).

33. The theme from the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) composed by John Barry is used in the previews for this film. The version used in the first trailer is from the CD Bond: Back in Action (Escape From Piz Gloria and Ski Chase). The second trailer uses the remix by David Arnold featuring The Propellerheads as it appears on the 1997 albums "Shaken and Stirred - The David Arnold James Bond Project" and "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll".

34. The superheroine Elastigirl isn't the first one to use that name. Elasti-Girl is a member of the Doom Patrol, a DC Comics team whose adventures were published from 1963 to 1968, as well as in a new series that started in June 2004. The comic Elasti-Girl cannot stretch her body; she possesses the ability to alter her size. DC Comics allowed Pixar to use the "Elastigirl" name only within the movie itself. In all related promotions (toys, games, advertising), she is named "Mrs. Incredible".

35. Edna, the costume lady, is based on Edith Head, who worked as a studio costume designer on hundreds of movies over more than fifty years.

36. First movie by Pixar to receive a rating higher than G in the USA, this one being PG.

37. At 120 minutes, the longest CG animated film to date.

38. Brad Bird originally conceived this as a conventional cel-animated film when he pitched it. The cel-animated sequences seen in the End Credits are a representation of his original concept.

39. In the opening chase scene, the radio announcer says that the bank robbers are fleeing on San Pablo Avenue. San Pablo Avenue is a real street in Emeryville, California, close to where the Pixar Studios is located. Most of the streets in the map indicator in Mr. Incredible's car are also real streets in Emeryville.

40. Brad Bird got the idea for the film in the early 1990s, basing the story on his own experiences trying to balance a career with family.

41. Jack-Jack, the baby boy, is also the nickname Brad Bird and his wife had for one of their sons.

42. In the theatrical release, the reel markers are The Incredibles logo

Independence Day (1996)

1. The bus crashes through a billboard advertising Stargate (1994), also directed by Roland Emmerich.

2. One of the buildings destroyed is a cinema, which advertises "Coming Soon: Independence Day

3. In the Special Edition, during the scenes where David is searching for his wife's telephone number, his computer screen displays humorous street names such as Heresheis Avenue 

4. The White House interiors were originally built for The American President, and were subsequently used for Mars Attacks!.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

1. Harrison Ford cut his chin in a car accident in Northern California when he was about 20. In the movie, this cut is explained by young Indiana Jones cutting his chin with a whip.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

1. The club at the beginning is called ‘Club Obi Wan’.

2. Cameos include Dan Aykroyd meeting Indiana at the airport at the beginning and Steven Spielberg appears as a tourist in the background in the airport scene too.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)       

1. River Phoenix was cast as The Interviewer, but died before filming began. Leonardo DiCaprio was approached to play his role, but Christian Slater eventually got the part and donated all of his earnings from the film to Phoenix' favourite charities.  

2. The Interviewer's name, Malloy, is never mentioned throughout the movie; it only appears in the credits.

Italian Job, The (1969)

1. Paramount Pictures originally wanted Robert Redford to play the part of Charlie.

2. The ending was changed to leave open the possibility of a sequel.

3. The roof to roof jump was filmed on the roof of the Fiat factory. Some crew members walked off for fear it would end in a fatality and the Italian Fiat workers made the sign of the cross to the stuntman.

4. When filming the bus hanging over the cliff, the camera helicopter's downdraft started to tip the bus over. Stunt crew had to hang on to the front of the bus to stop it falling thousands of feet into a reservoir.

5. Some of the traffic jam scenes were real. The film crew blocked off some key roads. The Italian drivers became very annoyed but they did not notice who the culprits were.

6. They filmed a scene for part of the Mini Cooper chase sequence on an ice rink, with the cars gliding past each other. The scene was cut for timing reasons, but has been kept in immaculate condition and can be seen in the Making Of The Italian Job documentary, which can be seen on the video and DVD.

7. The red sports car seen during the opening titles is a Lamborghini Miura which, with a top speed of 170mph, was one of the fastest cars available at the time.

8. In a BBC documentary to celebrate his 70th birthday in March 2003, Michael Caine revealed his character's "great idea", and the deleted ending of the film, as the gang's bus teeters on the edge of a cliff. "The next thing that happens is you turn the engine on," he said. "You all sit exactly where you are until all the petrol has run out, which changes the equilibrium. We all jump out of the bus and the gold goes over the cliff. And at the bottom are the French mafia, sitting waiting for the gold."

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

1. In the movie the cop and the taxi driver are named Bert and Ernie. The Sesame Street Characters Bert and Ernie were named after them.

 

 

 

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