Children of Men

Revealing mistake: The infant baby was computer animated in every scene in which the face appeared. Even the feet were obviously touched up by computer in the hallway scene. The lighting isn't quite right, the skin texture isn't quite right, and the child's face is just too animated.

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Phixius

Revealing mistake: The ping-pong ball that Theo and Julian pass between their mouths is lit inconsistently with the lighting in the car. It also moves independently of the confines of the actors' mouths. The ball was digitally added after filming this scene.

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Phixius

Continuity mistake: As Theo is sitting down at his desk, the camera comes up from behind the woman across from him, who has small knick knacks and figurines covering her desk. The shot zooms in on Theo and then switches to the crying woman. When the shot changes, notice the "fat-baby" figurine suddenly switches with two-smaller animal figurines. It's hard to tell what they are, but it's easy to see they've been switched with the baby.

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Trivia: When Theo goes to visit his cousin at his apartment at Battersea Power Station, an inflatable pig can be seen flying between the smokestacks, a recreation of and reference to the cover of the Pink Floyd album "Animals," whose vision of society the film mirrors.

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Question: Was the birth scene real? It seemed completely real, and the woman appeared to actually be pregnant earlier in the film.

Jason Hoffman

Chosen answer: No, it wasn't real. Good make-up and acting, that's all.

Tailkinker

Question: There are numerous instances where animals seem to like or be attracted to Theo, the dogs at the farm being the most prominent. Is this supposed to show or imply anything to us? Or is there any reason given for this phenomenon in the film?

Chosen answer: Alfonso Cuaron compared the character of Theo to biblical characters like Moses, so I would assume that the animals' attraction to Theo is a reference to Noah and the Ark, which represents several themes in the film.

Brad

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