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Question: Why is Violet's hair black when her parents have brown and blond hair? None of them obviously dyed their hair, Dash and Jack Jack have blond and brown hair respectively.

Chosen answer: Violet could dye her hair; I don't think it ever said she didn't. Come to think of it, either one or both of the parents could conceivably dye their hair, too.

Krista

New this month Answer: Would Violet be able to turn her hair invisible if it's dyed?

I'm in love with this question. This would mean that one of the parents has to dye his/her hair, Helen probably. Or, Helen cheated on Bob (probably with Gazerbeam).

lionhead

That would depend on the nature of her ability. If she is generating a skin-tight field of invisibility around herself (including her hair), then yes, that would effectively cause her hair dye to become invisible. If she is somehow only changing her own molecules to be invisible, then no. However, if this were the case, her hair wouldn't become invisible either, since it's dead material.

Jason Hoffman

My guess is that Violet's powers work like those of the Invisible Girl/Woman of the Fantastic Four by bending light in her immediate vicinity in such a manner that she appears invisible to the naked eye; this would explain why her clothing becomes invisible as well despite not being part of her body. If this is the case, then there's no reason her hair wouldn't turn invisible as well, dyed or otherwise.

zendaddy621

Answer: Judging by the slight blue tint of Violet's hair, it's probable that she dyed it.

Question: Is the portrayal of the historical figures and their respective surroundings accurate in any way?

Chosen answer: Yes and no. The basic premises are all right; the years are accurate, and maybe the costumes. Napoleon was at war in 1805, and Joan of Arc was undoubtedly in church at some time during 1429, etc. But everything with the mysterious King Henry and his two teenage daughters in the middle ages is completely fabricated. Although there were four King Henrys during that century, none of them fit the age or family situation seen in the film.

Krista

Question: What did the Chinese guy mean when he did a thumbs up towards Harry on the oil rig?

Chosen answer: Thumbs up in America means "good job" or "Yes. ok" something along those lines. The Chinese guy has no idea what Liv Tyler and Harry Stamper are talking about in English and just gives the "thumbs up" to him as a way of saying "good job on the oil rig, everything looks great!"

shortdanzr Premium member

Question: According to many websites including IMDB, it says Staney Kubrick demanded about 128 takes of Shelley DuVall saying a line. Does anybody know this scene and specific line?

Hamster Premium member

Chosen answer: The scene was from when she discovers all his papers just say "All work and no play..." to when she bonks him on the head. That was one continuous scene, with no cuts, and Mr. Kubrick wanted it perfect.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: What are 'bangs'?

Chosen answer: In hair terms, a fringe, the piece that hangs in front of your eyes. Seems to be just a US term.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: I know that Chris Columbus didn't direct this movie, but was his daughter an extra like she was in the past 2 movies?

Chosen answer: According to IMDB, Violet Columbus was "Girl With Flowers."

Hamster Premium member

Question: What are ROTC guys?

Chosen answer: ROTC is the Reserve Officers Training Corps. It's a program for people who would like to join the military when they get out of school. They wear uniforms and do military training exercises after school. While not always the case, most people in the ROTC program tend to hang out mostly with other people in the program.

Myridon

Question: Is it ever explained why the characters cannot use magic to protect themselves from the werewolf (Lupin)?

Chosen answer: No, it's not really explained, though one could argue that it's simply because nobody wanted to harm Professor Lupin. Potions can be used to help subdue the beast, but it was too late by the time Lupin transformed.

LuMaria 1

Question: Wat keeps threatening to "fong" people. Is this a medieval term or did Alan Tudyk just think the word was funny?

Chosen answer: In the commentary, Alan says that it means to kick someone. But the cast also thought it was funny.

Bobbert

Question: What exactly is the relationship between Merry and Pippin? I know they are cousins, but other than that. They seem to be regarded as a unit but Merry seems to be annoyed by Pippin all the time and not too happy to be around him. What kind of relationship are they meant to have?

Chosen answer: They're best friends, partners in mischief and so forth. Merry probably started out acting in an older brother-type capacity (being eight years Pippin's senior), and, as we see, still frequently gets exasperated by the younger hobbit's actions, but neither would ever choose to be without the other.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: As Peggy Sue and her friends walk down the school hall, she glances up and sees a Mylar balloon. While it is intended to remind her of the reunion, I wondered if Mylar balloons were available in 1960?

scwilliam

Chosen answer: It was meant to be an anachronism. When she is talking to Richard later in the film, Peggy Sue says "I am a walking anachronism", meaning she is in the wrong time for what she knows. The balloon is a physical anachronism, being something she brought back to the past with her from the reunion.

Question: Is Miss Hannigan Annie's actual mother? I know she says that her real parents were killed in a fire but there seems to be overwhelming evidence that this is a lie. Any thoughts, references, that might clear this up?

synthetikrose

Chosen answer: No, Miss Hannigan is simply a cruel, manipulative orphanage matron. Annie's parents did indeed die in a fire.

LuMaria 1

Question: What tune is Thumper whistling after launching a ball on the table of the frat boys? Is it from a song?

Chosen answer: He whistles "Rock-A-Bye Baby" in order to menace the frat boys.

LuMaria 1

Question: In the brief scene where Hannibal is having a fancy meal served to him in his cell as a reward for helping Will, what classical piano music is playing in the background? This is just before we see Will and his co-workers watching a home video of the Jacobis.

Chosen answer: I think it's part of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Incidentally, it is part of this piece that is playing when he kills the 2 guards in his cage in The Silence of the Lambs. He is also seen playing part of it himself in Hannibal.

David Mercier

Question: What's the name of the song that the inmates at the asylum are dancing to?

Chosen answer: "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by George Clinton And The Funkadelics.

Question: What is the name of the song playing during the main credits?

tylerasktaylorsteckleralexdenny

Chosen answer: "I'm Into Something Good." It's the second song listed in the music credits, and if you don't read all the credits you miss a good part of the gags in the movie.

Question: When Indy chases after the Ark, which is on the German convoy, where did he get that beautiful white horse from? There is no evidence of horses being kept anywhere in the camp.

Chosen answer: The earlier scenes of the excavation site show several horses being ridden or used for hauling.

Question: Does anyone know why Mini Me doesn't, can't, or won't speak?

Chosen answer: Mini Me does speak at one point in both films (that I know of). He says "You and I" when Dr Evil and he are singing Just The Two Of Us. Rather than a baby's voice, this is very low-pitched and I think it cuts to Frau looking surprised. There's no real reason for Mini Me not speaking other than it creates excellent gag opportunities such as the "Do You Want To?" scene in the car.

Question: Is there any specific reason for Jason Statham's cameo at the start of the film as the man who gives Tom Cruise the briefcase?

Chosen answer: There doesn't seem to be any reason as for Statham's cameo, however one theory comes to mind. A number of years before Statham started starring in Hollywood films, he made his break in the hit low budget "Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels". Apparently Tom Cruise was one of the major Hollywood people who loved the film and was keen to do an American remake of the film. Possibly he wanted to try and work with him and the cameo was a perfect opportunity. Playing a "Transporter" of sorts would seem an apt role.

Lummie Premium member

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Question: When did William Petersen decide to grow his beard?

Chosen answer: Sometime between seasons 3 and 4.

MoonFaery Premium member

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