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Question: Is the entire thing just dubbed over clips from an older movie, or were some parts filmed especially for the movie?

Chosen answer: Some scenes/shots were taken from the old movie, while others were made specifically for this movie. Additionally, numerous shots were "composited" to place new characters in the old footage.

Question: What species of monkey is Jack, the monkey Barbossa owns?

Chosen answer: Jack the monkey is a Cabochon monkey, and is played by a female named Tara and a male named Levy.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: Is it ever revealed what Frankie's secret is? Why is he estranged from his daughter and looking for forgiveness?

Chosen answer: No, the cause of conflict between Frankie and his daughter is never revealed - we only know that she returns his weekly letters, and it has been some time since they have had contact.

Question: What does the term "Fire in the hole" mean? It is used in this and many other military films.

Chosen answer: It was originally a mining term. A hole was drilled in a seam and then dynamite pushed into it. As an explosion in a mine is always dangerous, the other miners were warned that there was "fire in the hole". It's since been adopted for most other situations involving explosives.

scwilliam

Sense and Senility - S3-E4

Question: Does anyone know what the actors are saying during their 'anti-Macbeth' chant?

Chosen answer: According to the IMDB.com's quote page for Blackadder The Third, it's "Aahhhhh. Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww."

Gary O'Reilly

The Big Superhero Wish - S4-E3

Question: I know that Crocker's villain parodies Dr. Octopus and Vicky's villain parodies Wolverine, but who is Francis' villain supposed to be?

Chosen answer: There is no specific character he is parodying, just brute characters that take animal names and costumes, like the Rhino.

Question: How does old Biff know how to operate the time machine?

Mister Ed

Chosen answer: He doesn't, but it's hardly difficult to work out - the date setting readout is pretty obvious. Biff presumably set the date, then just accelerated the car until the time circuits kicked in.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Why does Bosie's (blonde Home Guard) nose bleed whenever there's shooting going on? It happens when he's at the Swanger's house and shoots the sons and again at the end when there's the big shootout with Inman.

ChiChi Premium member

Chosen answer: Bosie is an Albino. One of the symtoms of Albinism (but only a very rare type) is unsusal bleeding which might include frequent nose bleeds. Gunfights clearly bring these on in him.

Question: Are "Happy Tarts" an actual product in America? They're displayed throughout the film as an obvious product placement joke, but is it a product made up for the benefit of the joke, or did the film makers make a real product placement into a joke?

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: No, Happy Tarts is not a real product (unless you live in South Park where Cartman sometimes has them along with Cheesy Poofs and Snacky Cakes).

Myridon

Question: IMDb lists Ian Hart as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, when does he appear in the film?

Malaver

Chosen answer: ACD was a close friend of JMB and they don't make a big deal out of identifying him. One scene he is in is the party after the first play opening. He is also the one who suggests to JMB that his interest in the boys might be a source of gossip.

Myridon

Question: Is Wilbur the Albatross the brother of Orville the Albatross from the first film? It would make sense if they were making a Wright Brothers joke.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: Yes, they are brothers.

Question: Is there any particular reason Julia Robert's dress was changed from the blue and white dress she wears at the beginning of the movie to a black and pink version of the same dress on the movie poster and film/disc cover? I've always wondered why - there's really no reason for the change.

Steph_Jared

Chosen answer: Posters are usually designed long after the film has been made, and by the marketing department. Decisions about the outfit may have been based solely on what was considered best by the marketing department (for instance, to match the color of the lettering in the title.) Also, Julia Roberts' head has been super-imposed onto a model's body in the poster image (just as Richard Gere's hair has been darkened). These are all creative marketing decisions.

Question: Is there a reason that Bill didn't mention anything to The Bride at their final meeting about her killing his brother? I would think he would be a little upset when Elle told him his brother died at the hands of the Black Mamba.

moviemogul

Chosen answer: Considering the condition his brother's life was in, he may have considered it a mercy killing. In any event, there was no reason to ask her as he already knew why she killed him, and as his brother said she deserved her revenge. Bill most likely accepted that his brother got what he deserved, like the rest of her victims.

Question: One of the entries stated that a helicopter can't hover over Mt. Everest. Why not?

Brian C Friesner

Chosen answer: Helicopter performance is dependent on a number of factors, including air density. As altitude increases, air density decreases and the performance of the helicopter falls as well. At the height of Mt Everest, the air density has fallen to a sufficient degree that most helicopters would be unable to function (few helicopters are capable of functioning above 20,000 feet, nine thousand feet lower than the summit of Everest).

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Is it ever explained how Morpheus knows that Neo is the one initially? In the beginning all we know is that they are looking for each other, what happened before then?

Nick N.

Chosen answer: It's never explained. From what we do know, it's clear that Morpheus and his group have been observing Neo for some time, as they presumably do with potential new recruits. While Neo was too old to be a recruit, it seems likely that Morpheus saw something during that time that convinced him that Neo was the One, leading him to break the rules regarding age and extract Neo from the Matrix anyway. It's also possible that the Oracle gave him some relevant information when she told him that he would find the One - not a name and address, obviously, but something that Morpheus ultimately recognised in Neo.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When Greg is showing the gang the photo of his "teeny weeny" he says "they turned the hot water off in the showers". what did he mean by that?

Chosen answer: When cold water reaches certain parts of the body, you tend to get some "shrinkage", hence the teeny weeny.

Jason Diehl

Question: Is this supposed to be the same Lestat as the character in Interview With The Vampire? If so, is it just me or does it not follow? At the start of Queen of the Damned he is only just waking up and seems fine. Yet at the end of Interview With The Vampire he's attacking the interviewer guy. I don't get it.

Chosen answer: This movie is a very loose adaptation of the Anne Rice novel to begin with, so it is safe to assume the director took certain liberties with the characters. The plot lines are not meant to be interconnecting, or even related for that matter. Consider "Smallville" vs. the original Superman stories, or "Sum of All Fears" starring Ben Affleck vs. the other Jack Ryan movies starring Harrison Ford.

Macalou

Question: If Sirius Black is innocent, why is he so menacing-looking in his picture on all the Wanted-posters?

Chosen answer: He is angry over his false arrest, being imprisoned without a trial, and he is very concerned about the welfare of his God-son Harry Potter. Also would you want to go to prison and be with the Dementors? I would be yelling my head off as well.

Mark English

Question: What's up with the Halloween Town and Christmas Town clocks? I understand the idea of the tension increasing as the clock hands approach the "12" position, but if Christmas in on the 25th of December, towards the end of the month, shouldn't the hands be closer to the "1 o'clock" position then the 12? And why is December at the top of the clock in Halloween Town when their holiday is in October? It doesn't make sense.

Chosen answer: The clocks might not be literal. When the hands are at the 12 position, it could be when their holidays are. And the whole concept of the movie is the people from Halloween try to do Christmas, so they changed the clock month to December.

Question: Who exactly is this Brian Boitano the kids keep singing about and what relevance does he have to the overall plot of the film?

Chosen answer: Brian Boitano is a famous figure skater (2 World Championships, an Olympic gold medal, and 6 Professional World Championships). He is a recurring character on the TV show. The idea is that sports heroes are who kids would idolize/worship (song makes fun of the "What Would Jesus Do" fad) contrasted with figure skating which is perceived as being a rather less than manly sport thus they make up wild heroic acts to "explain" why he is their idol.

Myridon

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