Have you ever wondered which of our episodes is the most listened to? Our episode titled Pixar Animation Movie Trivia is the most listened to Trivia Rewind episode to date. There are a lot of great Pixar movies out there so it’s no doubt this is a popular topic. Since it is so popular, I decided to do a second Pixar episode. More trivia and fun facts about all the great animated feature films brought to us by Disney Pixar.
If you don’t know much about this history of Pixar, it’s been around for quite some time. It all started in 1979 with George Lucas forming his LucasFilm Computer Division. In 1986 Steve Jobs purchased the Computer Division from George Lucas and turned it into an independent company named “Pixar.” According to the Pixar website, “Pixar and Disney begin collaboration on CAPS, the Computer Animation Production System, which would revolutionize the creation of traditional animated films. The first check written to Pixar by a client after its incorporation is from Disney, for work on this project.” In 1991 Disney and Pixar agreed to make and distribute at least one computer-generated animated movie which would end up being Toy Story. That film was released in 1995 and was the world’s first computer animated feature film. In 2006, the year of Pixar’s 20th anniversary, The Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar.
In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you ten questions about various Pixar feature films. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts! In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which actor has a voice part in all of Pixar’s 23 films. Find out how one Pixar staffer made a wrong click on the computer and deleted an entire Pixar film. I’ll tell you how they resurrected it. Plus, find out which Pixar movie’s lead character was voiced by the person who created the sound of the lightsaber as part of his long list of accomplishments in the film industry. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.
In the episode, I talk about Ben Burtt and a video you can watch where he talks about the sound animation for the film he was involved in. Here’s the link to that video.
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Trivia Rewind Episode 31 – Disney Pixar Animation Movie Trivia Part 2
[00:00:00] Intro: [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.
[00:00:06] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:06] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins. Have you ever wondered which of our episodes is the most listened to? Well, our episode titled Pixar Animation Movie Trivia is the most listened to Trivia Rewind episode to date. There are a lot of great Pixar movies out there so it’s no doubt this is a popular topic. Since it is so popular, I have decided to do a second episode. More trivia and fun facts about all the great animated feature films brought to us by Pixar.
[00:00:41] If you don’t know much about the history of Pixar, it’s been around for quite some time. It all started in 1979 with George Lucas forming his LucasFilm Computer Division. In 1986 Steve Jobs purchased the Computer Division from George Lucas [00:01:00] and turned it into an independent company named Pixar. According to the Pixar website, “Pixar and Disney began collaboration on CAPS, the Computer Animation Production System, which would revolutionize the creation of traditional animated films. The first check written to Pixar by a client after its incorporation is from Disney and that was for work on this project.” In 1991, Disney and Pixar agreed to make and distribute at least one computer generated animated movie, which ended up being Toy Story. That film was released in 1995 and was the world’s first computer animated feature film. In 2006, the year of Pixar’s 20th anniversary, the Walt Disney company purchased Pixar.
[00:01:55] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 [00:02:00] questions about various Pixar feature films. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts. In our fun facts segment you’ll find out which actor has a voice part in all of Pixar’s 23 films. Find out how one Pixar staffer made a wrong click on the computer and deleted an entire Pixar film. I’ll tell you how they resurrected it. Plus find out which Pixar movie’s lead character was voiced by the person that created the sound of the lightsaber. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.
[00:02:41] So are you ready to see what you know about Pixar movies? Here’s question one. In the 2012 film Brave when Merida gives Elinor an enchanted cake, what does Elinor turn into?
[00:02:59] Question [00:03:00] two. In the 1982 film A Bug’s Life, what is the name of the circus ringmaster?
[00:03:10] Question three. In the 1999 film Toy Story 2, where is the museum located that Woody and some of his friends are set to be sold to?
[00:03:24] Question four. In the 2008 film WALL-E what is the name of the robot that WALL-E is smitten by?
[00:03:36] Question five. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join?
[00:03:47] Question six. In the 2006 film Cars, what is the name of the car that Lightning McQueen pushes across the finish line at the end of the film?
[00:04:00] [00:04:00] Question seven. In the 2016 film Finding Dory, what do Dory’s parents make a trail of to help her find her way back home?
[00:04:14] Question eight. In the 2009 film UP, a young wilderness Explorer named Russell is trying to earn his final merit badge which was a badge for doing what?
[00:04:29] Question nine. In the 2018 film Incredibles 2, who removes the hypnotic goggles from Elastigirl which ends up saving the city from a yacht set to destroy it?
[00:04:44] And question 10. In the 2003 film Finding Nemo, what is the name of the pelican that often visits the dentist’s office and befriends the aquarium fish?
[00:04:58] Those were our 10 [00:05:00] questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 2012 film Brave when Merida gives Elinor an enchanted cake, what does Elinor turn into? Well, she turns into a bear. There are a lot of Disney princesses out there, but Merida is the first Disney princess created by Pixar.
[00:05:25] This movie also holds the title to another first. It was the first Pixar film to star a female protagonist. It was also the first Pixar film to have a female director. Her name is Brenda Chapman and she was co-director along with Mark Andrews. Supposedly due to creative differences Pixar took Brenda Chapman off the project.
[00:05:47] A New York times feature quotes her as saying, “When Pixar took me off Brave, a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter, it was devastating.” The [00:06:00] article says Chapman does point out that ultimately her vision remained in the film and that she remains very proud of the movie.
[00:06:08] In the film, actress Kelly Macdonald provides the voice of princess Merida, but did you know that originally Reese Witherspoon was going to do the voice? She actually started working on the project but supposedly other movie roles got in the way and they had to find a replacement for her. However could leaving the movie be that she was unable to get the Scottish accent down? In a Cosmopolitan magazine article Reese Witherspoon is quoted as saying, “I tried to do a Scottish accent once. It was bad. I had to quit the movie.” At the 85th Academy Awards, Brave won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. It also won a Golden Globe Award in the same category.
[00:06:53] Question two. In the 1982 film A Bug’s Life, what is the name of the [00:07:00] circus ringmaster? His name is P.T. Flea. John Ratzenberger is the voice of P.T. Flea. Ratzenberger has quite the record with Pixar. Did you know that he has provided his voice for all 23 of Pixar’s films? In Pixar’s newest film Soul, his off-screen voice role is however uncredited. To adults Ratzenberger may be best known for his role as Cliff on the sitcom Cheers.
[00:07:30] Not only did bugs feud during this film. In real life a feud took place between Jeffrey Katzenberg and Pixar’s Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. The three worked together at Disney. Katzenberg left and formed Dreamworks SKG along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Their new Dreamworks SKG acquired a computer animation company called Pacific Data Images and guess what their first project together was? [00:08:00] It was the movie Antz. Seems a little close to A Bug’s Life doesn’t it. An Entertainment Weekly article quotes Steve Jobs as saying, “There’s no disputing the fact that the day Jeffrey left Disney, he knew we were making A Bug’s Life. He knew what the story was and everything else.”
[00:08:20] In a Business Week article it discusses how John Lassiter claims he called Katzenberg and said, “Jeffrey, how could you. He claims Katzenberg, hemmed and hawed and that admitted he was making Antz. I couldn’t believe it said Lassiter.” A Bug’s Life and Antz were released within two months of each other. So which film did better? According to a Huffington Post article, “both enjoyed critical acclaim and box office success though one more than the other. Antz took in more than $171 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo while A Bug’s Life more than doubled that with [00:09:00] $363 million. So it looks like the Pixar people won that one.
[00:09:07] Question three. In the 1999 film Toy Story 2, where is the museum located that Woody and some of his friends are set to be sold to? That museum is located in Tokyo, Japan. Did you know that Disney originally intended on having Toy Story 2 be a direct to video sequel? Disney then changed his mind and decided to make it a theatrical release. This really sent Pixar’s team in a tailspin. Director John Lasseter wasn’t happy with the quality of the film that was intended to go to video. So in one weekend Lassiter and his team redeveloped the film’s plot. They only had nine months to finish what normally would take years for a Pixar film. Thankfully, all the hard work paid off because it was a huge box office success [00:10:00] and many said this sequel was better than the first. It even won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the 57th Golden Globe Award ceremony.
[00:10:11] And here’s a big lesson on taking it easy around the delete button. Can you believe a staff member at Pixar mistakenly ran a command that removes everything on the file system? Imagine how horrifying that must have been for everyone working at Pixar. According to an article in the Independent, it would take 30 people more than a year to recreate the erased work.
[00:10:36] So how’d they solve the problem? Well, the Supervising Technical Director had been working from home after having a baby and Pixar was able to get the missing files from her personal computer. Talk about helping save the day and Toy Story 2.
[00:10:52] Question four. In the 2008 film WALL-E, what is the name of the robot that WALL-E is [00:11:00] smitten by? Her name is EVE. Do you know what WALL-E and EVE are acronyms for? WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth Class and EVE stands for Extraterrestrial Vegetation, Evaluator.
[00:11:21] In the film, Ben Burtt is the voice of WALL-E. Not only is Ben Burtt a voice actor, he’s also an award-winning sound designer. You may remember me mentioning him in Trivia Rewind’s E.T. episode. He was the Sound Designer that created the voice of E.T. Burtt is also known for creating the voice of Star Wars characters R2-D2 and Chewbacca plus he created the sound that the lightsaber makes. Imagine being able to say you did that. Ben Burtt is the recipient of four Academy Awards for his work in sound effects editing. Visit triviarewind.com for a link where [00:12:00] you can hear Ben Burtt talk about the sound animation for the film WALL-E.
[00:12:05] Making WALL-E was extremely complex. According to a Rotten Tomatoes article, “typically a Pixar film will have between 50 and 75,000 storyboards generated for the entire production. WALL-E was north of 125,000 drawings.” This was the first Pixar motion picture length film to use live action. At the 81st Academy Awards WALL-E went home with a Best Animated Feature Oscar. It was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards. Some thought the film should have been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
[00:12:45] Question five. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join? Well, the fraternity was Oozma [00:13:00] Kappa. Remember Don, the middle-aged founding member of Oozma Kappa? The man that provides his voice is Joel Murray, the younger brother of actor Bill Murray. Joel Murray was the voice of Chester Cheetah, the Cheetos mascot, from its creation in 1986 all the way to 1997.
[00:13:21] This was Pixar’s first time to make a prequel. The movie took place 10 years before Monsters Inc. Actor Billy Crystal is the voice of Mike Wazowski and John Goodman is the voice of Sully. This was both their third Pixar movie to be a part of. When the movie was released, it became the third highest grossing Pixar film at the time.
[00:13:45] Question six. In the 2006 film Cars, what is the name of the car that Lightning McQueen pushes across the finish line at the end of the film? Well, that car was Strip “The King” Weathers, [00:14:00] a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. The person that provided the voice for Strip “The King” Weathers was none other than someone nicknamed “the King” himself, NASCAR driver Richard Petty. This character in Cars was partially based on him. In May of 2010, Richard Petty was inducted into the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In 1992, president George Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom. He was the first motorsports athlete ever to be given this award.
[00:14:32] Actor Paul Newman had his last feature film role in Cars as the voice of Doc Hudson. He died of lung cancer in 2008. According to Internet Movie Database, this was the highest grossing film of Newman’s career. Doc Hudson’s character is based on NASCAR legend Herb Thomas.
[00:14:53] Not only was Cars a box office hit, according to Apple Insider when Cars was released on DVD, [00:15:00] 5 million copies were sold in the first two days. Talk about racing off the starting line. The National Board of Review named Cars the Best Animated Feature Film of 2006. It was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar and it won the highly coveted Best Animated Feature Annie Award, animation’s highest award.
[00:15:24] Question seven. In the 2016 film Finding Dory, what do Dory’s parents make a trail of to help her find her way back home? They make a trail of seashells. Finding Dory is a sequel or spinoff from Pixar’s movie Finding Nemo. Ellen Degeneres once again provides the voice for Dory.
[00:15:47] Have you ever wondered what kind of fish Dory is? Well, she is a Regal Blue Tang. This type of fish is commonly found in the Indo-Pacific. It is a very popular marine aquarium [00:16:00] fish. When finding Dory was released, it was a box office hit. It came in first place on the 2016 domestic box office charts. Right behind it was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain America: Civil War. The fish one that one.
[00:16:18] Originally the film had a different ending. Some of the characters were set to end up in a Sea World type of marine park. But after Pixar executives saw the 2013 documentary Blackfish, a film that centered around the dangers of keeping orcas in captivity, they decided to rewrite the ending, giving the fish the option to leave the marine park.
[00:16:40] Question eight. In the 2009 film UP a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell is trying to earn his final merit badge which was a badge for doing what? Well, he was trying to earn a badge for assisting the elderly. Actor [00:17:00] Jordan Nagai provides the voice for Russell. Over 400 kids auditioned for the voice role. One thing Pete Docter, the director of UP liked about Jordan Nagai is that he wasn’t an actor. He was just a regular kid. He actually didn’t even try out for the part. He showed up at the audition with his brother who was the one trying out for the role. I wonder what it was like around that family’s dinner table after Jordan got the role his brother tried out for? That really must have been difficult.
[00:17:32] Jordan Nagai is the first East-Asian protagonist in a Pixar film. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans praised Disney Pixar for creating a character that is Asian American. Others praised the move especially for having an Asian character without any stereotypes. Pixar’s UP opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first animated film and first 3D film [00:18:00] to do so. UP took home two Academy Awards, one for Best Animated Feature and the other for Best Original Score. Those were just two of the many awards that this film won in the industry.
[00:18:15] Question nine. In the 2018 film Incredibles 2, who removes the hypnotic goggles from Elastigirl which ends up saving the city from a yacht set to destroy it? That person was Jack Jack. He is the one that removes the goggles from Elastigirl. Did you know that there were 14 years between Incredibles 2 and the original film The Incredibles? It sure didn’t seem that long. When the film hit theaters in 2018, it set the record for best debut for an animated film. Also at the time it became the highest grossing Pixar film and it was the longest Pixar film to date as well as the longest computer animated [00:19:00] feature film to date.
[00:19:01] Can you believe that there was even some controversy among avid fans that the sequel dropped the word “The.” Instead of calling it “The Incredibles 2” the folks at Pixar thought Incredibles 2 sounded better. I can think of a lot worse things to be upset about.
[00:19:18] This was the first Disney released movie to issue a seizure warning. In 2018 the Epilepsy Foundation issued a statement requesting that Disney Pixar post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels about what had been described as flashing and strobe lights and its Incredibles 2 movie. They said there should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features. Some fans did suffer ill effects such as seizures from the portion of the movie that has the flashing lights. Walt Disney Pictures did send advisories to theaters asking [00:20:00] them to post notices warning audiences about the movie’s visual effects. Incredibles 2 was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award.
[00:20:12] And question 10. In the 2003 film Finding Nemo, what is the name of the pelican that often visits the dentist’s office and befriends the aquarium fish? His name is Nigel. Australian actor Geoffrey Rush provides the voice for Nigel. He is one of the few actors that have the coveted triple crown of acting. He has won an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 2008, the American Film Institute released their list of the Top 10 Greatest Animated Movies and Finding Nemo came in at number 10. Another Pixar film made the list as well. Toy Story came in sixth place.
[00:20:58] This was the first [00:21:00] Pixar film not to be scored by Randy Newman. Instead, Finding Nemo was scored by his cousin, Thomas Newman. Hey, at least they kept it in the family. This was Thomas Newman’s first time to score an animated feature film. For this film he was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Score category.
[00:21:21] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I hope you learned some new things about Pixar movies. If you haven’t listened to the first Pixar episode, it was our fifth episode and was released on September 13, 2020. You can go back and find it in our episode list. Do you have an idea for a Trivia Rewind episode? Let me know. Visit triviarewind.com to connect with me. You can also find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next week with [00:22:00] another new episode. You all have a great day.