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Question: What is that red dot that is on Anakin's goggles when he is racing his pod? (It isn't there all the time, but if you look for it you can't miss it.)

Answer: It's the reflection off the instrument panel in front of him.

Question: Luke calls Owen and Beru 'Aunt and Uncle.' Is he just referring to them as close relations, or did Anakin's mother have other children?

Answer: Owen's father married Anakin's mother, making the pair step-brothers, so, even though it's not actually a blood relationship, uncle is an accurate way of describing Owen's relationship to Luke.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: If I remember correctly, in the trailer the magazine that the Wolf was reading was called "The New Porker" or something similar. Any reason why it was changed to "Pork Illustrated" in the final film?

Answer: The gag is that the wolf has developed a peculiar sexual fetish: he wears women's clothing for fun and is attracted to pigs. The magazine was changed for the trailer to be less suggestive (and thus to make the trailer G-rated).

Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby? - S2-E5

Question: What does scenery chewing mean?

Answer: It is another term for bad acting. Over-emoting, hamming it up...

Rlvlk

Question: What was the significance of the scene on the boat? To me it always seemed quite irrelevant, albeit scary (for a child), and now when it is shown on TV, most of the time this scene is edited out anyway. So why was it in there in the first place? Was it more important in the book?

Answer: In the book there is very little about the tunnel. They go very fast and there are many doors along the way, but nothing scary. I think it is to illustrate how weird and frightening Wonka can be. He does sing the little song in the book. Also, in the book, Wonka offers Grandpa Joe and Charlie a cup of chocolate from the river. Charlie and his Grandpa have been starving, so the fact that he takes notice and gives them chocolate that no human hands should ever touch is very significant. Also, at this time with the boat going so fast, everyone is really scared, in the book they start calling him a million names for crazy. Grandpa Joe stands up for him. Additionally, the book shows that the Oompa Loompa's are cracking up, and this falls right before they hit the Inventing Room where Violet meets her demise, so it kind of foreshadows that something is about to go down.

Question: At the very end of the movie, when Lorna is ejected from the car and lands in the pool, the man that has frizzy orange hair, that Johnny claimed was an assailant earlier in the movie, is looking over his newspaper. Who played that guy?

Answer: Simon Bernstein played the assailant.

OL1V3R666

Answer: Simon Bernstein plays the assailant.

Show generally

Question: Which state is "Springfield" supposed to be in?

Answer: Its the most asked question of the show and there has never been an definitive answer. Despite clues in certain episode no one has been able to link which state the Springfield in the show is in. Many fans believe Springfield is based on Portland, Oregon where Matt Groening grew up because of certain similarities in the show.

Lummie Premium member

Kung Timmy / Which Witch Is Which? - S3-E16

Question: Where did the inspiration for Timmy's teeth come from?

Answer: The fact that many children have buck teeth when they are small and can be made fun of because of it.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Question: Is there a reason why Hayden Christensen replaced Sebastian Shaw as the spirit of Anakin at the end of this movie on the DVD release? It doesn't seem to make sense, because the spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda appeared as the same age they were when they died.

Answer: This is explained by George Lucas in the audio commentary. When Anakin passes on into the Force, he is able to assume his previous identity (that is, Anakin Skywalker the Jedi Knight, before he turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader).

Cubs Fan

Question: When Yoda and Sidious are fighting in the Senate, is the song that is playing the Phantom Menace theme song?

Answer: Well, it's not really the "theme song" for "The Phantom Menace," but it *is* "Duel of the Fates," which is the song that plays over the duel between Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in Episode I.

Cubs Fan

The One With Phoebe's Dad - S2-E9

Question: What is the year of the taxi Phoebe drives to her dad's house?

Answer: From a website i've just looked at, it says the New York taxi served from 1981 to 1983.http://www.americanhire.net/ebay.htm.

Question: When Aragorn is giving his speech at the Black Gate, just after he says, "This day we fight!", it zooms up a little bit on someone who looks ALOT like Gamling. But I've been told multiple times that Gamling dies at Pellenor fields, so why is he at the Black Gate, assuming it's him? In addition to this, who is Grimbold? And where's a good shot of his face?

Answer: Well, the simple answer to the first part is that it's not Gamling - there is a resemblance, but it's somebody different. Grimbold is one of Theoden's captains, leading one of the Rohirrim groups during their charge at the Pelennor Fields. He hails from the Westfold, and can be seen at the gathering at Dunharrow, he can be seen there, informing Theoden that he has brought around 500 men. He's not particularly clear in that shot, but it's the best one I've found that's definitely identifiable as him.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the joke when they are auctioning the box of Wonka bars, and the auctioneer gasps 'Your majesty'?

Answer: In other words, the Queen of England was bidding on a box of Wonka Bars.

Ken Hogan

Question: The Nightmare on Elm Street films often make reference to Freddy committing numerous child murders before his death, but getting off 'on a technicality.' Are any details of this ever provided? Are we ever told why or how Freddy killed all these children?

Answer: Nancy's mother tells her in the first film that "someone forgot to sign the search warrant, and Krueger went free". In other words, the basement where he had killed his victims was searched illegaly, so the case against him was rejected. Nancy's mother then goes on to showing her Freddy's knife-glove that she had taken from the place they lynched him, so we can safely assume that he used the glove on his first victims as well. As for why he did it... In the sixth film we are shown glimpses of Freddy's childhood, growing up without a mother, with an abusive father, bullied and harassed at school etc. This is a typical example on how to create a violent sociopath, and many (but not all) serial killers come from similar backgrounds.

Twotall

Question: In the credits it lists "Michael Smith as Javva The Hut." The only problem is, I don't remember this character from the film. Who/What is he/she?

Answer: There is a small coffee hut on the ILM campus called "Javva The Hutt", run by Michael Smith. ILM staff are so grateful for its services, they have credited Smith in the recent Star Wars movies.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: When Jafar and Iago first go into their secret lab, Jafar says, "Patience Iago, soon I will be sultan, not that." What does he say after that?

Answer: Jafar says "Calm yourself, Iago. Soon, I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit."

Myridon

Question: Is Anakin more powerful than Yoda, considering he did defeat count Dooku, which Yoda couldn't do.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Well, we don't know whether Yoda could have defeated Dooku or not, as Dooku resorted to trickery in order to get away - by trying to drop the column onto Anakin and Obi-Wan, then escaping while Yoda's attention was diverted. As such, the battle was inconclusive, although the fact that Dooku had to cheat in order to escape does seem to indicate that he himself doubted his ability to defeat the Jedi Master. As such, we can't really determine whether Anakin or Yoda had the higher power level from their respective battles with Dooku - a more telling indicator would be that Obi-Wan, who is, at best, on level terms with Yoda and is, to be honest, probably less powerful, was ultimately able to defeat Anakin.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the purpose of the special gear given to Mason? He uses them to kill the bad guy later in the movie but he was just there to lead the way and wasn't meant to take part in any action, so is there any other reason why he was given them?

killin_kellit

Chosen answer: He wasn't meant to be involved in any action, but being SAS-trained he could defend himself if needed. He was given the equipment just in case.

Question: Which three books did the time traveller take?

Phillip Churchfield

Chosen answer: It is specifically not stated which three books he took with him, leaving it open to audience speculation.

Mobrien316

Question: In the original novel, it was Shogo (not Shuya) who hacked the system to discover how to disable the collars; at the same time he found out that the class would be doing the Battle Royale and transferred into that class to try and use his knowledge to mess it up. In the film, the person who found out how to disable the collars and the person who found out about the Battle Royale and transferred into it are different people. Does anyone know why this change was made?

Moose Premium member

Chosen answer: Kawada hacked the system, learned about the collars, and transferred voluntarily to the class he knew would be participtaing in both versions. The only difference is when he transferred: in the book, it was right after his win, and in the film it was just for the battle. Shuya never hacked anything in either the book or the film. As to why the change was made, I can only assume that, given the shortening of novels involved in film making, it's easier to make Kawada a complete stranger than a loner that the kids recognize.

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