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Best Picture Oscar Winners 1990s-2010s

The Oscars. The longest award show there is. When you just want to go to bed but you have to wait up to find out what film won Best Picture. Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds an awards ceremony where they recognize excellence in cinema achievement.  A man named George Stanley originally sculpted the award that is officially known as the “Academy Award of Merit.” We simply call it the Oscar. 

The very first Academy Awards was held on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner that took place in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  For that first ceremony, winners were announced in advance.  That event was not broadcast.  However, the event had so much public interest that the next year, the Academy allowed it to be broadcast over radio. During the second year of the awards, winners did not know ahead of time that they were receiving an award.   In 1941, the sealed envelope system was first used for announcing the winners.  In 1953 at the 25th Academy Awards, the event was first broadcast on television.  In 1966, the ceremony was broadcast in color for the first time.  History has been made in more recent times as well, Just last year in 2020 actually, history was made when the film Parasite became the first foreign-language film to win best picture. 

While movie fans everywhere dream about what it would be like to win an Oscar, there are several instances where actors have declined their awards.   At the 1971 awards ceremony, actor George C. Scott became the first actor to refuse his Academy Award when winning Best Actor for his role in the film Patton. He said that the politics surrounding such awards was “demeaning” and described the Oscar ceremony as “a two-hour meat parade”.  

In 1973, Marlon Brando won Best Actor for his role in The Godfather but he declined the award.  According to History.com “The Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando’s place, stating that the actor “very regretfully” could not accept the award, as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.”

Katharine Hepburn won four Oscars in her career but never showed up to accept any of them. She has been quoted as saying “As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.”  Those are just a few people that turned down their award. 

In more recent years, some actors have boycotted the ceremony. In 2016 Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith refused to attend. Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of the Academy Awards when she learned that the nominations, for the second year in a row featured no actors of color. Her husband “Will Smith vowed not to attend the Oscars in protest of a lack of diversity. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominees were white.  Spike Lee joined them in their boycott. 

One of the most cringe worthy moments at the Oscars happened at the 2017 ceremony when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made a huge blunder accidentally announcing the wrong winner’s name for Best Picture.  They announced that the film La La Land won Best Picture when really it was supposed to be the film Moonlight.  I cringe when I re-watch a clip of the incident. How awful that the team from La La Land actually came on stage and started thanking people then had to go sit down.

In recent years, a lot of people have stopped watching the Oscars.  At the 2020 ceremony, viewership hit an all time low.  To give you an example, in 2004 when Billy Crystal hosted the event, viewership that night was 43.5 million.  In 2020 there was no host and viewership was 23.6 million. It will be interesting to see if people even tune in to this year’s event. 

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you ten trivia questions about movies that have won Best Picture Oscars from the 1990s to the 2010s.  After I ask you the ten questions, I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.  Stick around to the end because I’ll tell you about this year’s Oscar ceremony and how things may be a little different. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Trivia Rewind Episode 38 –  Best Picture Oscar Winners

[00:00:00] Audio Clip: [00:00:00] And the Oscar goes to…

[00:00:19] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:19] This episode of Trivia Rewind is all about the Oscars, the longest award show there is. When you just want to go to bed, but you have to wait up to find out what the Best Picture winner is. I’m Debi Jenkins the host of Trivia Rewind. Let me first give you a little recap about this award.

[00:00:43] Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds an award ceremony where they recognize excellence in cinema achievement. A man named George Stanley originally sculpted the award that is officially known as the [00:01:00] Academy Award of Merit. We simply call it the Oscar. The very first Academy Awards was held on May 16th, 1929 at a private dinner that took place in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

[00:01:17] For that first ceremony, winners were notified in advance and that event was not broadcast. However, the event had so much public interest that the next year, the Academy allowed it to be broadcast over radio. During the second year of the awards, winners did not know ahead of time that they were receiving an award.

[00:01:41] In 1941, the sealed envelope system was first used for announcing the winners. In 1953 at the 25th Academy Awards the event was first broadcast on television. In 1966, the ceremony was [00:02:00] broadcast in color for the first time. History has been made in more recent times as well. Just last year in 2020 actually, history was made when the film Parasite became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture.

[00:02:16] While movie fans everywhere dream what it would be like to win an Oscar, there are several instances where actors have declined their awards. At the 1971 award ceremony, actor George C. Scott became the first actor to refuse his Academy Award when winning Best Actor for his role in the film Patton. He said that the politics surrounding such awards was demeaning and described the Oscar ceremony as a two hour meat parade. In 1973, Marlon Brando won Best Actor for his role in The Godfather, but he declined the award. According to History.com, the Native American actress,  [00:03:00] Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando’s place stating that the actor “very regretfully could not accept the award as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.” Katherine Hepburn won four Oscars in her career but never showed up to accept any of them.

[00:03:22] She has been quoted as saying, “As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.” Those are just a few people that turned down their award. In more recent years, some actors have boycotted the ceremony. In 2016 Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith refused to attend. Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of the Academy Awards when she learned that the nominations for the second year in a row featured no actors of color. Her husband Will Smith vowed not to attend the Oscars in protest of a [00:04:00] lack of diversity. For the second year in a row all 20 acting nominees were white. Spike Lee joined them in their boycott.

[00:04:09] One of the most cringe-worthy moments at the Oscars happened at the 1989 ceremony when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made a huge blunder accidentally announcing the wrong winner’s name for Best Picture. They announced that the film La La Land won Best Picture when really it was supposed to be the film Moonlight. I cringe when I rewatch a clip of the incident. How awful that the team from La La Land actually came on stage and started thanking people then had to go sit down.

[00:04:42] If you want to relive that uncomfortable moment, I’ll post a link to it on TriviaRewind.com. In recent years, a lot of people have stopped watching the Oscars. At the 2020 ceremony viewership hit an all time low. To give you an example, in [00:05:00] 2004, when Billy Crystal hosted the event, viewership that night was 43.5 million. In 2020, there was no host and viewership was 23.6 million. It will be interesting to see if people even tune in to this year’s event.

[00:05:18] So now that I’ve given you a little bit of history on the Oscars, let’s get to the 10 trivia questions about movies that have won Best Picture Oscars from the 1990s to the 2010s. After I ask you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. Stick around to the end, because I’ll tell you about this year’s Oscar ceremony and how things may be a little different. Are you ready?

[00:05:48] Here’s question one. In what 1992 movie does Clint Eastwood play the character Will Munny, a once notorious outlaw?

[00:06:00] [00:06:00] Question two. What 2013 movie is about Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery?

[00:06:13] Question three. In what 2008 film does Jeremy Renner play Sergeant First Class William James, the new team leader for a US Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit in the Iraq War?

[00:06:31] Question four. What 2003 film starts out with two friends fishing and one of the friends discovers a piece of jewelry in the river which causes the other friend to kill him in order to get it?

[00:06:48] Question five. In what movie from 2000 does Russell Crowe play a man that is forced into fighting and was called Maximus the Merciful at one point in the [00:07:00] film?

[00:07:01] Question six. In what 2001 American biographical drama does Russell Crowe’s character develop paranoid schizophrenia?

[00:07:14] Question seven. In what 1995 movie does Mel Gibson play a Scottish warrior set on helping the Scots win their freedom from England?

[00:07:26] Question eight. In the 1994 film Forrest Gump, in what state is the film set?

[00:07:37] Question nine. In the 1993 film Schindler’s List what actor plays Oskar Schindler?

[00:07:47] And question 10. In the 1991 movie Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling interviews Hannibal Lecter in hopes of catching a serial killer [00:08:00] by what name?

[00:08:02] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back review, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:08:08] Question one. In what 1992 movie does Clint Eastwood play the character Will Munny a once notorious outlaw? That movie was Unforgiven. The film not only starred Clint Eastwood, he was also the director and producer. Unforgiven was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four. It won for Best Picture, Best Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman and Best Film Editing. At the time this was only the third time a western film had won the Best Picture Oscar. The two that came before it were the 1931 film Cimarron and the 1990 film Dances With Wolves. And amazingly enough, after starring in dozens of movies, [00:09:00] this was only the first time that Clint Eastwood had been nominated for an Oscar.

[00:09:05] Currently he is the oldest person to have ever won a Best Director Academy Award. Clint Eastwood is a man of many talents. Did you know that he is a pianist and a composer? The main theme song of Unforgiven, a song titled Claudia’s Theme, was composed by Clint Eastwood. In 2004, the Library of Congress added Unforgiven to their National Film Registry. According to their website, “Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant motion pictures to the registry.”

[00:09:50] In 2008, the film was ranked the Fourth Best American Western Film in The American Film Institute’s [00:10:00] AFI’s 10 top 10 list.

[00:10:03] Question two. What 2013 movie is about Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery? That movie was 12 Years A Slave. British Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor had the role of Solomon Northup in this film. In a BBC interview he said, “When I read the script, I thought it was an extraordinary story but I did feel the weight and the responsibility of it. I didn’t want to be the guy that messed it up.” He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. His first film role was in 1997 in Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad.  A lot of this movie was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana at four historical plantations. To prepare for his [00:11:00] role Chiwetel Ejiofor learned to play the violin and immersed himself in Louisiana plantation culture.

[00:11:08] The film received nine Academy Award nominations and went home winning three, one of which was Best Picture.

[00:11:16] Question three. In what 2008 film does Jeremy Renner play Sergeant First Class William James, the new team leader for a US Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit in The Iraq War? That film was The Hurt Locker.

[00:11:35] Have you ever wondered what the term hurt locker means? Well, according to dictionary.com “Hurt locker is a slang term for a place of deep pain and discomfort. To be put in the hurt locker signifies that something profoundly troubling or painful has happened to you. Hurt locker comes from US military slang. It first emerged during the [00:12:00] Vietnam War. The screenplay was written by Mark Boal, who was actually embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a US Army EOD team in Iraq. He won an Academy Award for Best Writing Original Screenplay. His screenplay was fictional but based on events he saw while in Iraq. The Hurt Locker was nominated for nine Academy Awards.

[00:12:23] It won six and one was for Best Director. The Hurt Locker was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and she made history with her Oscar win. It remains the only Best Picture winner to have been directed by a woman. Before winning the Best Director Oscar, prior to this only three other women had ever been nominated for a Best Director Academy Award.

[00:12:48] Question four. What 2003 film starts out with two friends fishing and one of the friends discovers a piece of jewelry in the river which causes the other friend to [00:13:00] kill him in order to get it? That film was Lord of the Rings Return of the King. This film was directed by Peter Jackson. In a BBC interview, he says “The Return of the King is definitely the most emotional of the three films. It’s my favorite one of the three.” Peter Jackson also revealed his favorite character in the interview. He says, “I love the Hobbit. I love Bilbo Baggins. I really relate well to Bilbo.” This film set some major records at the 76th Academy Awards. Lord of the Rings Return of the King was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won all the categories for which it was nominated. This film and two others hold the record for highest Academy Award totals.

[00:13:53] The other two films are Titanic and Ben Hur. Return of the King also holds the record [00:14:00] for the highest clean sweep at the Oscars.

[00:14:04] Question five. In what movie from 2000 does Russell Crowe play a man that is forced into fighting and was called Maximus the Merciful at one point in the film? That film was Gladiator. Gladiator was directed by Ridley Scott, known for films like Alien, Blade Runner and Black Hawk Down. However, Gladiator was probably his biggest commercial success at the time. It ended up being the second highest grossing film of 2000. Mission Impossible 2 took the number one spot that year. Money aside, Gladiator took home Hollywood’s big award by winning the Best Picture Oscar. In 2011, the ABC network aired a special called Best in Film, the Greatest Movies of Our Time. In the Best Action Film category Gladiator took the number five spot. At the [00:15:00] 73rd Academy Awards, Gladiator was nominated for 12 Oscars. It won five, one of which was for Best Picture.

[00:15:09] Question six. In what 2001 American biographical drama does Russell Crowe’s character develop paranoid schizophrenia? That film was A Beautiful Mind. The movie was based on the real life of American mathematician John Nash and his struggle with schizophrenia. Whenever a movie is made based on a book or a real person, there are people that aren’t happy with the results. Some said that A Beautiful Mind didn’t tell the whole truth about the John Nash story. A quote from an article in The Guardian titled A Beautiful Mind Hides Ugly Truths,

[00:15:50] it says “Nash’s mind and his life have been beautified according to Hollywood standards. The result is an effective piece of cinema but one [00:16:00] that has little faith in its audience’s intelligence.” With that being said, Ron Howard, the director has pointed out that they never set out to make a bio pic. The film was however, highly acclaimed and won many awards. This film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four. Russell Crowe was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film however Denzel Washington took home the Oscar instead for his role that year in Training Day. Not only did A Beautiful Mind win the Best Picture Oscar, Ron Howard won the Best Director Oscar. The film also won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar and actress Jennifer Connelly took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

[00:16:46] About.com Movies interviewed director Ron Howard who offered a few interesting insights into the making of the movie. One was that his father Rance Howard had a role playing a schizophrenic who Nash [00:17:00] observes. Unfortunately for his father, Ron cut the scene out. However, in the DVD release you can find scenes that were cut from the theater release.

[00:17:11] Question seven. In what 1995 movie does Mel Gibson play a Scottish warrior set on helping the Scots win their freedom from England? That Epic film was Braveheart. Not only did Mel Gibson star in the film, he directed it as well. In the beginning, Gibson did not intend on acting in the movie, he wanted Brad Pitt to have the lead role. As we all know that didn’t happen. Supposedly budget discussions surrounding this film where no walk in the park. According to The Hollywood Reporter Paramount’s original offer for their share of the budget wouldn’t even cover the battle scenes.

[00:17:52] Plus Paramount was asking for a distribution fee of 25% of the movies theatrical revenue. Upon [00:18:00] hearing this, the article says, “Gibson was furious. He grabbed a large glass ash tray and threw it through the wall.” He was upset that he had turned down three movies and admitted that his reaction was a little over the top.

[00:18:15] In the end, everything worked out. Negotiations are just part of the movie business. Braveheart was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and ended up bringing home five. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Best Sound Effects Editing.

[00:18:34] Question eight. In the 1994 film Forrest Gump, in what state is the film set? The film is set in the state of Alabama. Forrest hailed from Greenbow Alabama, a city that doesn’t even exist. We all love Tom Hanks as the lead in Forrest Gump but did you know that he wasn’t the first choice for the role? [00:19:00] Supposedly John Travolta was one person to have turned down the role. Instead, Travolta starred in Pulp Fiction.

[00:19:08] Tom Hanks’ daughter Emily and director Robert Zemeckis’ son Alexander both had small roles in this film. They were the mean kids on the bus that wouldn’t let Forrest sit by them. Tom Hanks’ brother Jim was a double for him in some of the running scenes.

[00:19:25] Forrest Gump was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six. Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. At the time, Forrest Gump was the fourth highest grossing film of all time. It was also director Robert Zemeckis’ highest grossing film to date.

[00:19:54] Question nine. In the 1993 film Schindler’s List, what [00:20:00] actor plays Oskar Schindler? That actor is Liam Neeson. Schindler’s List was directed by Steven Spielberg. Many actors came to Spielberg wanting to play Oskar Schindler but Spielberg’s first choice was always Liam Neeson. At one point Warren Beatty auditioned for the role. When asked about this in a Inside Film article, Steven Spielberg says, “I don’t think Warren would have ever really worked on the accent. I think Warren would have played it like Oskar Schindler through Warren Beatty but I don’t think Warren would have taken on the accent perhaps. Liam as you know is Irish but he took on the accent completely.”

[00:20:44] Much of the movie was filmed at the actual sites mentioned in the movie. In an article from Inside Film, Steven Spielberg says, “We had the interior and exterior of Schindler’s apartment and the interior and exterior of his offices at the factory. [00:21:00] We had the interior of SS headquarters and the interior and exterior of the prison. Most every place was authentic.” They were unable to shoot inside Auschwitz-Birkenau so they shot just outside the gate house.

[00:21:15] A lot of the crew was Polish, Croatian and Austrian. Inside Film asked Steven Spielberg what he thought were some of the more difficult scenes. Spielberg said, “The most difficult part was putting the women into the showers, turning off the lights on them. That was tough.” It was so difficult for some of the actresses that they had complete breakdowns while filming the scene.

[00:21:38] When the topic of actors dressing up as Nazis came up, Spielberg said, “Many of them would come up to me before a take and tell me how disgusting it felt to have the uniform on. They would confess to me that their parents were involved in the war, in the military, and often they would just say to me, thank you for letting me resolve my secrets by playing [00:22:00] in your movie.”

[00:22:01] Schindler’s List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, one of which was Best Picture. Steven Spielberg won an Oscar for Best Director. Liam Neeson was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, but Tom Hanks won for his role in Philadelphia. On AFI’S 2007, 100 years, 100 movies, 10th anniversary edition, Schindler’s List ranked number eight.

[00:22:29] Question 10. In the 1991 movie Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling interviews Hannibal Lecter in hopes of catching a serial killer by what nickname? The name of that serial killer was Buffalo Bill. Silence of the Lambs was based on a novel by Thomas Harris. Did you know that this wasn’t the first movie to feature Hannibal Lecter?

[00:22:54] The 1986 film Manhunter was based on the novel Red Dragon by [00:23:00] Thomas Harris and it included Hannibal Lecter as well. Actress Jodie foster played Clarice Starling. The director of the film. Jonathan Demme was extremely hesitant to cast her at first. At the 2014 Austin Film Festival, Demme said that he wanted to cast Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan and Laura Dern as the young FBI agent. Eventually the role was offered to Jodie Foster. The director ended up liking Foster so much that they named their production company Strong Heart Productions after Jodie’s sense of character. Anthony Hopkins wasn’t the first person to be offered the Hannibal Lecter role. Sean Connery turned down the role before Anthony Hopkins was offered the part.

[00:23:46] In 1991, Silence of the Lambs was the fifth highest grossing film worldwide. At the 64th Academy Awards, Silence of the Lambs was nominated for seven awards and came home with [00:24:00] five, one of which was for Best Picture. The film won what is known as the Big Five Academy Awards meaning it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. At the time, this was only the third film in history to accomplish this. The other two films to hold this title are It Happened One Night and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

[00:24:28] Well, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown things off in the movie business. This year the 93rd Academy Awards will be held on April 25th, later than in years past. There’s still a lot of talk about how this will happen because when the Academy chose that date, they had hoped that the pandemic would be past us and theaters would be back open and thriving. That just isn’t the case yet. So the question is, what movies will be eligible? There haven’t been that [00:25:00] many movies released to theaters over the past year. In any normal year, with a few exceptions, movies must open in theaters where they need to run for at least a week in both New York and Los Angeles in order to be eligible for the Oscars.

[00:25:16] The theaters in New York have been closed for the past year. Well, due to the closure of theaters during the pandemic, the Academy changed its rules this year. According to an article on Vox.com, “The Academy shifted its rules to allow films that premiered only on streaming services to qualify for Oscar nominations provided they had planned to open in theaters before the pandemic prevented them from doing so.”

[00:25:45] While it doesn’t feel like there were that many new movies in 2020, the Vox article says “At least eight to 10 new films were released in the US every week in 2020.” The last I heard, the Oscars will be [00:26:00] held in person and broadcast from a few different locations. It will be interesting to see how many people actually tune into the show this year. My guess is that the viewership numbers will plummet compared to years past.

[00:26:15] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. You can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. All the links mentioned in this show can be found at triviarewind.com. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind [00:27:00] .

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Betty White

Author Michael McWilliams said “If Lucille Ball is the Queen of Television, then its Princess is Betty White.” 

Betty White, everyone’s favorite leading lady, recently turned 99 years old. Just a few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Betty White, First Lady of Television. It was a nice overview of Betty’s career and I did learn a few new things about her.  

Betty Marion White was born on January 17, 1922  in Oak Park, Illinois. She was an only child and admits that she was quite spoiled rotton.  In 1923 her family moved from Illinois to California.  She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939.  In the documentary she discussed how every summer she and her parents would hike into the Sierra Nevada’s for 3 weeks. They were a family that loved animals and wildlife. 

Growing up, Betty idolized singer and actress Jeanette Macdonald who was famous during the 1930s and 1940s.  Just a few months after graduating from high school, Betty White did her first test for television where she sang a Jeanette Macdonald song. 

In the 1940s, Betty had some work in radio.  It all started when she played a young orphan in the 1930s radio drama Empire Builders.   She also had roles in other radio shows during that decade. In 1949, Al Jarvis, a radio DJ started a television talk show called Hollywood on Television.  He asked Betty to join him as part of the show, a show that was live and aired six days a week.  It’s hard to believe but the show was around five hours long each day and and a lot of improvisation took place. Betty would also sing on the show. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her array of skills.  She started out making $50 a week for her work. In 1951 Al Jarvis left the show and film star Eddie Albert became Betty’s co-host.  Eddie Albert only stayed for six months and then Betty took on the hosting role alone in 1952. This makes Betty White the first female daytime television talk show host. 

That same year, Betty co-founded Bandy Productions along with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fedderson.  They created the television comedy Life With Elizabeth where Betty had the lead role and won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her role.  Up against Betty White for that Emmy was Zsa Zsa Gabor.  In a People magazine article, Betty White says, “Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on. I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

In 1954, Betty hosted the Betty White show, a variety show with a live band and live commercials. In the documentary, she said this was before there was tape. Everything was live.  Imagine that coordination it must have taken to have a live show and no saying “we’ll edit that out later.” In the documentary they interviewed singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan.  He was the first African-American regular on variety television programs.  Unfortunately, there was some controversy surrounding his appearances.  Viewers in the south did not like having a black man on their television sets and people wanted the show cancelled. Thankfully, Betty White said “I’m sorry. Live with it.” Arthur Duncan credits Betty White for getting him into television.

In the 1970s, Betty had a much loved role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show where she played Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The Mary Tyler Moore show had already been on the air for a few years before Betty White joined the cast. Her first appearance was on episode one of season four.  For her role, Betty White won two Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category. The women that made up the show were Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and Georgia Engel. Their final time all together on a television program was when Katie Couric interviewed them on her talk show Katie in 2013.  While on the show, the ladies all sang the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song together. It was great to see them all together one last time.

Betty White always seems to be coming up with something new to keep her name in the spotlight. In 2010 she starred in a Super Bowl commercial that had everyone talking. That same year she made history when she became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live. And she’s not done yet. Next week, Betty White’s Pet Set, a series created 50 years ago will make its debut on digital platforms and DVD on February 23, 2021.

Betty White definitely is the “Princess of Television.” I hope you will listen to this week’s Trivia Rewind episode about Betty White. How many people can say at 99 years old, they still have work in Hollywood!

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Trivia Rewind Episode 37 – Betty White

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind  listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll be talking about everyone’s favorite leading lady, Betty White. She just turned 99 years old.  Author Michael McWilliams said, “If Lucille Ball is the queen of television, then its princess is Betty White.”

[00:00:36] Recently I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Betty White, First Lady of Television. It was a nice overview of Betty’s career and I did learn a few new things about her. Betty Marion White was born on January 17th, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She was an only child and admits that she was quite spoiled rotten. In [00:01:00] 1923 her family moved to California. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939. In the documentary she discussed how every summer she and her parents would hike into the Sierra Nevada’s for three weeks. They were a family that loved animals and wildlife.

[00:01:20] Growing up Betty idolized singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald, who was famous during the 1930s and 1940s. Just a few months after graduating from high school, Betty White did her first test for television where she sang a Janette McDonald song. In the 1940s, Betty had some work in radio.  It all started when she played a young orphan in the 1930s radio drama, Empire Builders.  [RADIO DRAMA CLIP: Oh, how are you today hon? I’m a lot better, thank you.”] She also had roles in other radio shows during that decade.

[00:01:56] In 1949, Al Jarvis, a radio [00:02:00] DJ started a television talk show called Hollywood On Television. He asked Betty White to join him as part of the show. The show was live and aired six days a week. It’s hard to believe, but the show was around five hours long each day and a lot of improvisation took place. Betty would also sing on the show. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her huge array of skills. She started out making $50 a week for her work. In 1951, Al Jarvis left the show and film star Eddie Albert became Betty’s co-host. He only stayed for six months and then Betty White took on the hosting role alone in 1952. This makes her the first female daytime television talk show host.

[00:02:51] That same year, Betty White co-founded Bandy Productions along with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fetterson.  [00:03:00] They created the television comedy Life With Elizabeth where Betty had the lead role and won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her role.

[00:03:09] [TV SHOW CLIP: “Betty White in Life With  Elizabeth, featuring Del Moore”]

[00:03:25] Up against Betty White for that Emmy was Zsa Zsa Gabor. In a People Magazine article, Betty White says, “Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on. I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

[00:03:59] In [00:04:00] 1954, Betty hosted the Betty White Show, a variety show with a live band and live commercials. In the documentary she said this was before there was tape. Everything was live. In the documentary they interviewed singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan. He was the first African-American regular on variety television programs. Unfortunately, there were some controversy. Viewers in the South did not like having a black man on their television sets and people wanted the show canceled. Well, Betty White said, “I’m sorry. Live with it.” He credits Betty White for getting him into television. It was now the end of the 1950s and Betty White’s career was off to a great start.

[00:04:47] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 trivia questions about Betty White. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some [00:05:00] more fun facts about the princess of television. Stick around to the very end because I’ll tell you what Betty White’s newest projects are. Just because she’s 99 doesn’t mean she’s done with the entertainment business yet.

[00:05:15] So are you ready for question one? Here it is. On which game show did Betty White appear numerous times where she fell in love with her future husband, the host of the show?

[00:05:31] Question two. On The Mary Tyler Moore show, what was the name of Betty White’s character?

[00:05:40] Question three. From what 1980s game show did Betty White become the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host?

[00:05:56] Question four. On the TV series The [00:06:00] Golden Girls, what is the name of the character portrayed by Betty White?

[00:06:06] Question five. What is the name of the TV Land original sitcom where Betty White played the character Elka?

[00:06:17] Question six. During the 2010 Super Bowl, Betty White starred in a popular commercial whose slogan was “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” What product was the commercial advertising?

[00:06:34] Question seven. On May 8th, 2010, what popular show did Betty White host and at the same time become the oldest person to host that show?

[00:06:48] Question eight. In what 2019 animated movie did Betty White provide the voice for the character Bitey White?

[00:07:00] [00:06:59] Question nine. In what 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds did Betty White appear in?

[00:07:11] And question 10. What is the name of the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that Betty White appeared in with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt?

[00:07:24] Well, those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.

[00:07:31] Question one. On which game show did Betty White appear numerous times where she fell in love with her future husband, the host of the show? That show was Password and the host was Allen Ludden. Betty White first appeared on Password in 1961 as a celebrity guest. In 2013 Password ranked number eight on TV Guide’s list of The 60 Greatest [00:08:00] Game Shows Ever.

[00:08:02] One thing I learned in the documentary about Betty White is that Betty loves word games. She’s a huge fan of playing the board game Scrabble. She also loves doing crossword puzzles. During her career she has appeared on a lot of game shows and is known to love games in general. Some have called her the first lady of game shows. In her book titled, “Here We Go Again. My Life in Television,” she wrote, “Mom and dad and I had always played games since as far back as I can remember. Some we made up as we went along – at the table, in the car, wherever – so playing on TV was a bonus. Where else can you spend a couple of hours playing games with nice people and get paid for it?”

[00:08:54] Question two. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of [00:09:00] Betty White’s character? Her character was Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The Mary Tyler Moore Show had already been on the air for a few years before Betty joined the cast. Her first appearance was on episode one of season four. For her role, Betty won two Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

[00:09:25] The women that made up the show were Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Georgia Engel. Their final time all together on a television program was when Katie Couric interviewed them on her talk show Katie in 2013. While on the show, the ladies all sang The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song together. To find out more about that last appearance together, I’ll post a link to the story on triviarewind.com. In 2007, Time [00:10:00] Magazine put The Mary Tyler Moore Show on its list of The 17 Shows That Changed TV.

[00:10:07] Question three. From what 1980s game show did Betty White become the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host? Well, the name of that game show was Just Men. Just Men aired on NBC. The basic object of the game was for the contestants, two women, to correctly predict answers to questions asked previously to a panel of seven celebrity men. Each correct answer would earn the lady a key. In the bonus round, the winner could see if one of the keys started a car that they could win. The announcer of the show Steve Day said “It’s the most unusual show in daytime and talk.” [00:11:00] Unfortunately, the show didn’t make it long. After 13 weeks of being on the air, it was canceled. Betty White did however make history with her Daytime Emmy win.

[00:11:13] Question four. On the TV series The Golden Girls, what is the name of the character portrayed by Betty White? Well, she played the role of Rose. Betty almost didn’t play the role of Rose. She was supposedly cast to play the character Blanche who was a similar character to her Sue Ann Nivens role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

[00:11:40] Actress Rue McClanahan was offered the role of Rose, a character similar to her role in Maude. In order not to be typecast, she and Rue McClanahan switched roles at the last minute. This hit show was nominated for 68 Emmy Awards and [00:12:00] won 11. On their 2013 list of The 60 Best Series of All Time, TV Guide ranked The Golden Girls number 54.

[00:12:12] Question five. What is the name of the TV Land original sitcom where Betty White played the character Elka? That show was Hot in Cleveland. Some people called the show a modern twist on The Golden Girls. Hot in Cleveland was TV Land’s first original series and it ran for six seasons.

[00:12:38] Originally Betty White agreed to do just one episode but ended up liking it so much that when they offered her a permanent role, she took it. She went on to appear in 128 episodes of the series. Betty White earned an Emmy nomination for her role on the show. In 2012, it won the People’s [00:13:00] Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.

[00:13:04] Question six. During the 2010 Super Bowl, Betty White starred in a popular commercial whose slogan was “your not you when you’re hungry.” What product was the commercial advertising? Well, that highly popular commercial was for Snickers candy bars. I’m sure you remember this commercial. Betty White is playing football and gets tackled hard to the ground by one of the players.

[00:13:34] One of the players says, “Mike, you’re playing like Betty White out there.” After eating a bit of a Snickers bar, Betty White disappears and turns into the character Mike. This commercial was a huge hit during the Super Bowl. If you haven’t seen it, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link so you can watch this commercial.  Way back in the 1940s Betty had her [00:14:00] debut in a radio commercial where she said the single word “Parkay” as in butter. This was on the radio show called The Great Gildersleeve.

[00:14:12] Question seven. On May 8th, 2010, what popular show did Betty White host and at the same time become the oldest person to host the show? She hosted Saturday Night Live and she was 88 years old when she hosted it. How this all came about was actually pretty amazing. A fan in Texas named David Matthews started a grassroots Facebook petition wanting Betty White to host SNL. Within a few months, several hundred thousand people signed the petition and this got the attention of the people at Saturday Night Live. Not long after that she was signed on to host the Mother’s Day weekend episode of Saturday Night Live.

[00:15:00] [00:14:59] In part of her opening monologue she said she didn’t know what Facebook was and she said, now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. She got a lot of laughs for that. This was such a loved episode that it even won her her seventh Emmy Award, where at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards, she took home an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

[00:15:29] Question eight. In what 2019 animated movie did Betty White provide the voice for the character Bitey White? That movie was Toy Story 4.  In the film, Bitey White is a toy tiger teething ring and belonged to the character Bonnie when she was a baby. In an Entertainment Weekly article, it quotes Betty White saying, “I’m just lucky they asked me to be a part of it.” She was able to work with some [00:16:00] lifelong friends in this movie. Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner participated as one of Bonnie’s old baby toys as well. In the article Betty went on to say, “It’s a lovely group and they’re all friends of mine. It doesn’t get any better.” Playing a tiger was right up Betty White’s alley. Known to be an animal advocate, she said this about her Toy Story tiger role. “I’ve had the privilege of cuddling with lots of different animals and I’ll play with any animal” she says. “A current friend is a grizzly bear named Bam-Bam. So I’m delighted to be able to give a voice to a toy tiger.” Betty loves being an animal advocate.

[00:16:47] Question nine. In what 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds did Betty White appear in? That movie was The [00:17:00] Proposal. In this romantic comedy, Betty White played the character Grandma Annie. The cast had a great working relationship. So much so that when asked who she’s starstruck by, other than Robert Redford, Betty White says Sandra Bullock. She’s quoted as saying, “Very close to the top of that one is Sandra Bullock. She’s the epitome of what a movie star should be. She’s not only gorgeous and talented, but she’s the most down to earth human being. I just can’t say enough about her.” At the 36th People’s Choice Awards, the film won the Favorite Comedy Movie Award.

[00:17:44] And question 10. What is the name of the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that Betty White appeared in with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt? That movie was called The Lost Valentine. For her performance [00:18:00] in this movie, Betty received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.

[00:18:12] Speaking of Valentines, Betty White has been married three times. Betty’s first husband was Dick Barker, a United States Army Air Forces aircraft pilot who she met while volunteering with the American Women’s Voluntary Services. They were married in 1945 and moved to her new husband’s chicken farm in Ohio. A People Magazine article quotes her as saying, “It was a nightmare.” That marriage didn’t last long. Before the year was over they were divorced.

[00:18:45] Betty’s second husband was Hollywood talent agent Lane Allen. They were married in 1947. Lane Allen wanted her to become a housewife and give up her career. So as you can imagine, that marriage [00:19:00] didn’t last long either. They were divorced in 1949.

[00:19:04] Her final marriage was to Allen Ludden, the love of her life. They met in 1961 when she was a celebrity player on the game show Password. Sadly, Ludden’s first wife had recently died of cancer. Ludden had three children with his first wife. In the Betty White documentary she talks about how Allen proposed multiple times and she kept turning him down over and over again.

[00:19:31] When she turned down the diamond wedding ring he proposed with, Allen wore it around his neck on a chain. He would not give up. She said that on Easter of 1963, he sent her a bunny stuffed animal that had gold leaves with a ruby, diamond and sapphire earrings hanging from its ears. She finally accepted his proposal. She joked about how it wasn’t the jewelry that won her over. It was the stuffed bunny. In the documentary [00:20:00] she said how she felt bad that she wasted so much time saying no to his proposals because that was a year longer that they could have been together.

[00:20:08] The two were married in 1963 and in June of 1981, Allen Ludden died at the age of 63. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer the year prior. In an interview with Larry King, she was asked if she would ever remarry and her answer was “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest.”

[00:20:32] So what does Betty White have going on right now at the young age of 99? According to PR Newswire, “Betty White’s Pet Set, a long unseen series created by and starring the sitcom legend will make its debut on digital platforms and DVD on February 23rd, 2021. [TV SHOW CLIP: Welcome to The Pet Set, starring Betty White.”] [00:21:00] This celebrates the 50th anniversary of this show. They quote Betty White sayin, “If I haven’t told you already, I will now. The Pet Set is one of my favorite shows. I’m thrilled it’s going to be seen again after all these years.” The show was executive produced by her late husband Allen Ludden. The show features celebrity guests and their pets. Betty is also working on a Christmas movie with the Lifetime Network where she plays the character called Santa Whisperer.

[00:21:34] Well, that is it for this week’s episode about Betty White. If you have Netflix check out the documentary about her. I’d love to hear what your favorite Betty White role is. Visit Trivia Rewind on Instagram and share with me there. Also don’t forget to visit triviarewind.com, where you can find the links mentioned in this episode.

[00:21:58] Thank you so much for [00:22:00] listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind.

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Cartoons of the 80s

If you grew up in the 80s, there was one thing and one thing only on your mind when it came to Saturday mornings and that was binge watching Saturday morning cartoons.  Kids today have no idea what life was like in the 80s.  Children’s television was not available on demand at all hours of the day and night like it is today.  Saturday mornings were your prime viewing opportunity for cartoons. 

On one of my typical childhood Saturday mornings, I totally remember sprawling out on our green shag carpet with a bowl of the latest sugary cereal and watching my favorite cartoons.  For a large majority of kids back then, there were no calendars full of sports activities or classes to go to. We could just relax and be kids until our parents said enough TV and sent us outside to play.  Saturday mornings belonged to the kids.  

In the late 80s, the decline of Saturday morning cartoons began.   Along came cable and satellite TV where Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network provided cartoon viewing around the clock.  People started getting VHS players and could rent or buy shows to watch whenever they wanted.  Slowly Saturday morning cartoons faded into the past.

When I was a kid, some of my favorite cartoons were reruns from the decades prior.  Shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Tom and Jerry were up there on my list.  Did you see that later this month, a new live-action/computer-animated Tom & Jerry movie is coming to theaters as well as HBO Max?   It’s set to debut on February 26th.  Thanks to archival voice recordings, William Hanna, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Frank Welker voice everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo, Tom and Jerry. It’s pretty cool that they can use the archival voice recordings to keep the voices we all grew up hearing on the cartoon.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane where I’ll give you 20 trivia questions about cartoons that we watched during the 80s. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 36 – Cartoons of the 80s

[00:00:00] Intro: [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:07] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:07] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. Well, if you grew up in the eighties, there was one thing and one thing only on your mind when it came to Saturday mornings and that was binge watching Saturday morning cartoons

[00:00:34] KIds today have no idea what life was like in the eighties. Children’s television was not available on demand at all hours of the day and night like it is today. Saturday mornings were your prime time viewing opportunity for cartoons. On one of my typical childhood Saturday mornings, I totally remember sprawling out on our shag green carpet with a bowl of the latest sugary [00:01:00] cereal and watching my favorite cartoons.

[00:01:03] For a large majority of kids back then there were no calendars full of sports activities or classes to go to. We could just relax and be kids until our parents said enough TV and sent us outside to play. Saturday mornings belonged to the kids. In the late eighties the decline of Saturday morning cartoons began. Along came cable and satellite TV where Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network provided cartoon viewing around the clock.

[00:01:34] And people started getting VHS players and could rent or buy shows to watch whenever they wanted. Slowly Saturday morning cartoons faded into the past. When I was a kid, some of my favorite cartoons were reruns from the previous decades. Shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry were up there on my list.

[00:01:57] Did you see that later this month, [00:02:00] a new live-action/computer animated, Tom and Jerry movie is coming to theaters as well as HBO max. It’s set to debut on February 26th. Thanks to archival voice recordings, William Hanna, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Frank Welker voice everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry. It’s pretty cool that they can use the archival voice recordings to keep the voices we all grew up hearing on the cartoon.

[00:02:32] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane where I’ll give you 20 trivia questions about cartoons that we watched during the eighties. Before we get to the questions, I will review how this particular episode will work. Usually I give you the questions and then some fun facts. This week, it’s a little different. I’m giving you 20 trivia [00:03:00] questions with no fun facts. So after I read you the question, I’ll wait a few seconds, then give you the answer before moving on to the next question.

[00:03:10] So pretend that you’re still in your pajamas and have your bowl of sugar cereal, and let’s see what you remember about cartoons from the eighties. Are you ready?

[00:03:24] Here’s question one. In the eighties animated television series The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, what were the names of the four Ninja turtles?

[00:03:37] They were Donnatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

[00:03:45] Question two. In the cartoon The Smurfs, what was the name of the cat that belonged to the Smurf’s sworn enemy the evil wizard Gargamel?

[00:03:59] His [00:04:00] mangy cat was named Azrael. 

[00:04:04] Question three. In the cartoon, The Transformers what was the name of the leader and warlord of the Decepticons who had a purple face-like insignia?

[00:04:19] His name was Megatron.

[00:04:23] Question four. In the eighties cartoon series GI Joe: A real American Hero, the GI Joe elite strike force is fighting against the terrorist forces of which group?

[00:04:39] The group they are fighting against is called Cobra.

[00:04:44] Question five. On the eighties cartoon Thunder Cats, on what planet do these cat-like humanoid aliens live?

[00:04:57] The name of their planet is Third [00:05:00] Earth.

[00:05:02] Question six. In the eighties cartoon Inspector Gadget, who leads the criminal organization that Inspector Gadget tries to stop?

[00:05:15] Well that bad guy’s name is Dr. Claw.

[00:05:21] Question seven. In the eighties cartoon, Garfield and Friends, what is the name of Garfield’s Teddy bear?

[00:05:31] His bear’s name is Pooky.

[00:05:35] Question eight. In the eighties cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, what does Prince Adam have to say when holding his sword up in order to be turned into He-Man?

[00:05:50] He has to say, “By the power of Grayskull .”

[00:05:56] Question nine. In the eighties [00:06:00] cartoon, Alvin and the Chipmunks, what was the name of the group that consisted of three female chipmunks and the sometimes girlfriends of the Chipmunks?

[00:06:12] They were the Chipettes and consisted of Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor Miller.

[00:06:20] Question 10. In the eighties cartoon The Incredible Hulk, what was the name of Bruce Banner’s sidekick and friend?

[00:06:31] His name was Rick Jones.

[00:06:36] Question 11. In what animated series would you find the Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs and Silly Creatures?

[00:06:47] That show was Fraggle Rock.

[00:06:51] Question 12. What is the name of the animated series that featured Jerrica Benton, the owner and [00:07:00] manager of Starlight Music where her alter ego was the lead singer of a rock group?

[00:07:08] That show was Jem and the Holograms.

[00:07:13] Question 13. In the animated show Speed Racer, what is the name of the car that Speed Racer drives?

[00:07:25] That car was Mach Five.

[00:07:29] Question 14. In Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, what is the name of Chip and Dale’s main nemesis, a cat?

[00:07:41] His name was Fat Cat.

[00:07:45] Question 15. In the animated series Danger Mouse, what kind of animal is Penfold, Danger Mouse’s sidekick?

[00:07:58] He was a [00:08:00] hamster.

[00:08:01] Question 16. In the Looney Tunes cartoons, who is always after the road runner?

[00:08:12] That would be Wile E. Coyote.

[00:08:16] Question 17. In the Yogi Bear Show, what is the name of Yogi Bear’s sidekick?

[00:08:27] That was Boo-Boo Bear.

[00:08:31] Question 18. In the cartoon The Flinstones, what is the name of Fred’s best friend and next door neighbor?

[00:08:42] That was Barney Rubble.

[00:08:46] Question 19. On the cartoon The Jetsons, what is the name of the Jetson’s maid?

[00:08:56] Her name was Rosie.

[00:09:00] [00:08:59] Question 20. In the animated series Scooby Doo Where Are You, what is the name of the van that the gang travels in?

[00:09:12] That van was called The Mystery Machine.

[00:09:16] So how did you do on all those questions? Did you remember all those cartoons? I’d love to know what your favorite cartoon was back in the eighties. Visit us on Instagram and come tell me about it.

[00:09:29] You can also visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter and at triviarewind.com. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:10:00]

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TV Commercial Slogans

Well, we just checked another Super Bowl off the list and for a lot of people, the game isn’t the only thing they tune in for. It’s the commercials. So what did you think of the commercials during this year’s Super Bowl?

How about that one for Frito-Lay. I loved the whole “Twas the Night Before Super Bowl.” My favorite probably was the Doritos commercial featuring everybody’s favorite nice guy, Matthew McConaughey, as a flat 2-D version of himself. That was genius.

Then there was the Cheetos #ItWasn’tMe commercial featuring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Shaggy. Good stuff there. It seems like the chip companies were on top of their game this year.

In the week preceding up to the Super Bowl the talk was all about John Travolta and his daughter Ella dancing together in the Scott’s Miracle Grow commercial. Was that one all you hoped it would be?

This is the one time of year I love watching commercials. You may or may not have noticed, but during this year’s 2021 Super Bowl, some of the usual big spenders on Super Bowl ads opted out, instead donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts. One advertiser to do this was Anheuser-Busch. For the first time in 37 years, there was not a Super Bowl commercial about Budweiser. No clydesdales or chirping frogs this year.
According to NASDAQ, even though Budweiser was dropped from the roster Anheuser-Busch did plug several other brands during the game. For those ads, they purchased four minutes of advertising time.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi also chose not to run ads for their flagship products according to NASDAQ. Pepsi did however sponsor the halftime show. Companies like Coca-Cola have been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to US News and World Report, “Coca-Cola has been hit hard since half of its sales come from stadiums, movie theaters and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December and said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.”

One company made its Super Bowl debut this year. That was Chipotle Mexican Grill and its ad titled “Can a Burrito Change the World.” This ad focused on the role of farmers. A few other smaller brands made their debut at this year’s big game as well.


Have you ever wondered how much a 30 second ad costs to run during the Super Bowl? Well, this year that price tag was around $5.5 million. Anheuser-Busch donated part of what they would have spent on a 30 second ad instead on Coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.


So do you know what the very first television commercial was? Well, this year marks the 80 year anniversary of the very first television commercial. It all happened on July 1st, 1941 on NBC’s WNBT TV and the ad only lasted 10 seconds. The ad aired before the beginning of a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The ad was for the watch brand Bulova and the ad only costs $9. $4 of that went to the airtime charges and the remaining $5 went to station charges. Wow have time’s changed in 80 years.

On this week’s episode of the Trivia Rewind podcast, it’s all about television commercials.  I’ll give you ten slogans or taglines and you will have to guess which product it goes with. As I promised in the podcast, I’m going to list the taglines here with links to videos of each of the commercials.

SLOGAN 1. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?Watch the commercial

SLOGAN 2. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ITWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 3: THINK DIFFERENTWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 4:  BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH ITWatch the commercial/History about it

SLOGAN 5: THE BEST PART OF WAKING UPWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 6: I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THINGWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 7: YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAYWatch the Behind the Scenes story

SLOGAN 8: GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLINGWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 9: 15 MINUTES CAN SAVE YOU 15% OR MOREWatch the commercial

QUESTION 10: THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINEWatch the commercial

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!  You can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 35 – Super Bowl and TV Commercial Slogans

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. It’s Debi here with another new episode. Well, we just checked another Super Bowl off the list and for a lot of people, the game isn’t the only thing they tune in for. It’s the commercials. So what did you think of the commercials this year?

[00:00:29] How about that one for Frito-Lay. I loved the whole “Twas the Night Before Super Bowl.” Another one I loved was the Doritos commercial featuring everybody’s favorite nice guy, Matthew McConaughey, as a flat 2-D version of himself. That was genius. Then there was the Cheetos #ItWasn’tMe commercial featuring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Shaggy. Good stuff there. It seems like the chip companies were on [00:01:00] top of their game this year.

[00:01:02] In the week preceeding up to the Super Bowl the talk was all about John Travolta and his daughter Ella dancing together in the Scott’s Miracle Grow commercial. This is the one time of year I love watching commercials. You may or may not have noticed, but during this year’s 2021 Super Bowl, some of the usual big spenders on Super Bowl ads opted out, instead donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts.

[00:01:30] One advertiser to do this was Anheuser-Busch. For the first time in 37 years, there was not a Super Bowl commercial about Budweiser. No clydesdales or chirping frogs this year. According to NASDAQ, even though Budweiser has been dropped from the roster Anheuser-Busch will continue to plug several other brands during the game. For those ads, they purchased four minutes of advertising time.

[00:02:00] [00:01:59] Coca-Cola and Pepsi also chose not to run ads for their flagship products, according to NASDAQ. Pepsi did however sponsor the halftime show. Companies like Coca-Cola have been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to US News and World Report, Coca-Cola has been hit hard since half of it’s sales come from stadiums, movie theaters, and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December and said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.

[00:02:40] One company made its Super Bowl debut this year. That was Chipotle Mexican Grill and its ad titled “Can a Burrito Change the World.” This ad focused on the role of farmers. A few other smaller brands made their debut at this year’s big game as well.

[00:03:00] [00:02:59] Have you ever wondered how much a 30 second ad costs to run during the Super Bowl? Well, this year that price tag was around $5.5 million. Anheuser-Busch donated part of what they would have spent on a 30 second ad, instead on Coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.

[00:03:22] So do you know what the very first television commercial was? Well, this year marks the 80 year anniversary of the very first television commercial. It all happened on July 1st, 1941 on NBC’s WNBT  TV and the ad only lasted 10 seconds. The ad aired before the beginning of a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The ad was for the watch brand Bulova and the ad only costs $9. $4 of that went to the airtime charges and the remaining [00:04:00] $5 went to station charges. Wow have time’s changed in 80 years.

[00:04:06] Well, on this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about television commercials. I’ll give you 10 slogans or taglines and you will have to guess which product it goes with. After each slogan I’ll pause a few seconds and then give you the answer and some fun facts. After you listen to this episode, head over to triviarewind.com, where I will post links to videos for each of the commercials.

[00:04:34] So are you ready? Let’s get started with slogan one. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

[00:04:43] This line comes from a 2001 Verizon advertising campaign. You may remember actor Paul Marcarelli saying the, “can you hear me now” line in the Verizon commercials. In these commercials, he was known as the [00:05:00] “test man.” Due to this commercial, he became an instant pop culture sensation.  He was the face of this advertising campaign for nine years, until Verizon decided to take their advertising in a different direction.

[00:05:15] While this was quite the gig to get, he said it did come with a price. A Hollywood Reporter article says, “He tells The Atlantic how at his grandmother’s funeral, a family friend whispered, ‘can you hear me now’ as her body was being lowered into the ground?” Ouch.

[00:05:35] Supposedly Marcarelli was paid up to $6,000 per commercial when working with Verizon. After his time with Verizon, he then became the spokesman for Verizon competitor Sprint. His debut with Sprint was during the 2011 NBA Finals when Sprint launched its “Paul Switched” ad campaign.

[00:06:00] [00:06:00] Slogan two. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT 

[00:06:05] This was an advertising slogan for American Express. It all started in the mid 1970s. When the commercial first aired the ad starred Karl Malden known from his role in The Streets of San Francisco TV drama that aired in the 70s. In the commercial, he talked about American Express traveler’s checks.

[00:06:29] Some of my listeners will have no idea what a traveler’s check is. Back in the day, if you were going to go on vacation, mainly out of the country, you’d go to the bank and get what were called traveler’s checks instead of taking a stack of cash with you. If you lost traveler’s checks or they were stolen, they could be easily replaced. Obviously you can’t replace cash. The tagline initially was “Don’t Leave Home Without Them,” [00:07:00] meaning the traveler’s checks. Later, the American Express credit card took precedence over traveler’s checks and the tagline changed to “Don’t Leave Home Without It.”

[00:07:13] Slogan three. THINK DIFFERENT

[00:07:18] This slogan goes with Apple computers. At the time the computer company IBM had a slogan that just said, “THINK.”  Many say this Apple computer tagline was used in response to IBM’s. Pretty smart if you ask me. On August 8th, 1997 the “Think Different” slogan was announced by Steve Jobs at the Mac World Expo. In 1998, the “Think Different” commercial won a Prime Time, Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding commercial.

[00:07:55] Slogan four. BECAUSE YOU’RE [00:08:00] WORTH IT

[00:08:01] This tagline goes with L’Oreal Paris. This slogan has evolved over the years. Way back in the early seventies, the slogan started out as “Because I’m Worth It” and it coincided with the women’s rights movement. Then came the, “Because You’re Worth It” tagline sometime in the nineties. Most recently they’ve changed it too, “Because We’re Worth It.” L’Oreal  has a video out about the history of this commercial. I’ll post a link to it on triviarewind.com.

[00:08:36] Slogan five. THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP

[00:08:41] Well, for some people, the best part of waking up is Folgers in their cup. While the coffee itself has been around since the early 1900s, “The Best Part of Waking Up” tagline was in Folgers commercials starting in 1984. Over the [00:09:00] years, there have been a lot of parodies for this jingle as well as memes. I have never been a coffee drinker, but if I hear this slogan, I definitely know what product it goes with.

[00:09:13] Slogan six. I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THING

[00:09:20] If you did eat the whole thing, you would want Alka Seltzer. This antacid product came to the market in 1931. Their advertising campaign containing this tagline is considered a classic when it comes to television commercials. The commercial with the, “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing” tagline first aired in the 1970s.

[00:09:45] Ad man Howie Cohen explains how this commercial tagline came about in a Los Angeles Times article. “He says the crew was celebrating the wrap of a commercial shoot in London. There were 20 of us around the table [00:10:00] and director Milos Forman ordered for everyone – chicken, steaks, lobster. I’m a nice Jewish kid from the Bronx so I ate everything until I couldn’t fit one more thing in my body. I leaned back in my chair and said, ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.’ And my wife said, ‘there’s your next Alka seltzer commercial.'” And there you have it.

[00:10:25] Slogan seven.  YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY

[00:10:30] If you feel you deserve a break today, then maybe you’ll head on over to your nearest McDonald’s. This catchy slogan was first used in 1971. This commercial was so popular that Ad Age Magazine rated at the top advertising jingle of the 20th century.

[00:10:49] The slogan was used in commercials all the way through the 1980s. In the mid nineties, they tweaked it a little and made it “Have You Had Your Break Today?” [00:11:00] Some say that this tagline mentally gave people permission to indulge in McDonald’s fast food. Not everyone was happy with the message in the jingle. An article in ChildhoodObesityNews.com titled “Did McDonald’s Invent the Most Lethal Slogan Ever,”  they say “The underlying message is, the universe recognizes what an exemplary human being you are and wonderful people like you must be rewarded. Food is a reward so go eat some.” Well, whatever you believe about McDonald’s and their food, that slogan worked well for the fast food giant. If you want a great behind the scenes look on the story of this commercial, I’ll post a link on triviarewind.com.

[00:11:45] Slogan eight. GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLING

[00:11:51] This slogan goes with Miller Light beer. The advertising campaign featuring this tagline began in [00:12:00] 1974 and went on to be one of the best campaigns in advertising history according to Advertising Age Magazine. At one time Ad Age ranked this as the eighth best campaign in advertising history. This campaign featured many celebrities and athletes over the years where one person would say “great taste” and the other would chime back with “less filling.”

[00:12:27] Slogan nine.  15 MINUTES CAN SAVE YOU 15% OR MORE

[00:12:35] Well, we all know that this goes with Geico. I’m sure you’ve heard this slogan a million times. Over the years, Geico has made great use of their advertising. The “15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance” tagline is just one of the many they’ve had success with. In 2010 the Direct Marketing Association honored Geico at the annual Marketer of the [00:13:00] Year award ceremony. Geico spends a lot of money on advertising. That’s one reason this tagline is so ingrained in our minds. In 2018, 27.9% of the money spent on television auto industry ads was spent by Geico.

[00:13:20] And slogan 10. THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE

[00:13:26] This slogan is for BMW and first started being used in the early 1970s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, BMW went with a new advertising campaign, titled “Joy” and used a new slogan, “Sheer Driving Pleasure.” Surprisingly, this caused quite the uproar with people thinking they were dropping their tagline, “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Some called that advertising campaign a complete failure.

[00:13:57] So by 2012, the original [00:14:00] loved slogan was back. Well, the COVID-19 pandemic took a strike on BMW sales. BMW said it saw an 8.4% drop in vehicle sales in 2020.

[00:14:15] I hope you enjoyed a look back at some of television’s most memorable television commercial slogans. What’s your favorite commercial slogan?  You can share with me on Instagram at trivia_rewind. Don’t forget to visit triviarewind.com to see video clips of all the commercials I discussed. Thanks for listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:15:00]

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The Mandalorian

So have you seen the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series.  On November 12, 2019, when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise.  The second season of The Mandalorian premiered on October 30, 2020 and a 3rd season is now in the works. 

So how did Disney end up creating this new edition to the Star Wars franchise? George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012.  He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. 

In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in the Return of the Jedi film.  In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name.  However they have been mentioned in books, video games, comics and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.  

The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man,  Elf, and the 2019 Lion King movie just to name a few of his previous projects. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes.

Something cool about The Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series.  The motion picture visual effects company ILM -short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new StageCraft technology with the help of Epic Games.

The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the actors without leaving the studio.  They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and a 360-degree view.  Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops. 

Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe, they can create it all right in the studio with this new technology.   This series of rear-projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.  

And how is this for coolness, The Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-vizualise scenes. Talk about a fun job!  Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing.  Check out this video titled, The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One. It’s so interesting to see how they use this new technology. You can also check out this video titled, Real-Time In-Camera VFX for Next-Gen Filmmaking.

While George Lucas isn’t involved in the Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said Dave Filoni, who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two.  You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago.  Wonder what he thinks when he watches the Mandalorain from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series?  According to Dave Filoni, Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with the Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.”

In 2020, The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards including a nomination for Outstanding Drama series.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about The Mandalorian series.  After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts.  Plus, find out what fellow podcaster and avid Mandolorain fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, says is his favorite part of the Mandalorain series.

In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus, find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter!  These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. 

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 34  -The Mandalorian

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. So have you seen the Disney+ series The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series. On November 12th, 2019 when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise. The second season of the Mandalorian premiered on October 30th, 2020 and a third season is now in the works. So how did Disney end up creating this addition to the Star Wars franchise?

[00:00:58] Well, George [00:01:00] Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012. He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me. And I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

[00:01:44] The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in The Return of the Jedi film. In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name. However they have been mentioned in [00:02:00] books, video games, comics, and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.

[00:02:11] The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man, Elf and the 2019 Lion King movie, just to name a few of his previous project. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes. Something cool about the Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series. The motion picture visual effects company ILM short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new Stagecraft technology with the help of Epic games.

[00:02:49] The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the [00:03:00] actors without leaving the studio. They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and 360 degree view. Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops.

[00:03:18] Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe. They can create it all right in the studio with this new technology. This series of rear projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.

[00:03:40] And how is this for coolness the Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-visualize scenes. Talk about a fun job. Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing. If you’d like to get a behind the scenes look at this new virtual [00:04:00] production technology, I’ll post a link to a video on triviarewind.com. It’s pretty cool to see how they do it.

[00:04:07] While George Lucas isn’t involved in The Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said, Dave Filoni who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two. You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago. Wonder what he thinks when he watches The Mandalorian from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series? According to Dave Filoni Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with The Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says, “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said, once now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.

[00:04:58] In 2020, [00:05:00] The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Recently I asked fellow podcaster and avid Mandalorian fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, what he thinks of The Mandalorian series.

[00:05:19] Here’s what he had to say. “I got to say my favorite thing without a doubt about the Mandalorian series so far has to be just the fact that how many ancillary characters and you know worlds that they’ve, they’ve brought to life. You know, I, I grew up on Star Wars. Most of these things were, were toys or things that were, were, were just in our imagination that we dreamed up of how they would have, how they would have acted, how they would have talked, you know, the battles that they would have had. And they’ve really leaned into that, you know, to see, you know, the Mandalorian actually use a jet pack, you know, to see all these other characters, you know, brought, brought to life on the big [00:06:00] screen after so many years of just the Skywalker universe. It’s just been awesome. And is, it is literally like, um, you know, bringing my childhood imagination to life. And, uh, I, I it’s, it’s one of my favorite series that has ever been made.” It’s so great seeing fans get excited about this new series.

[00:06:21] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this highly acclaimed series, let’s get to the trivia and fun facts. In this episode of Trivia Rewind I’ll give you 10 trivia questions about The Mandalorian series. After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia [00:07:00] rewind. Are you ready for the questions?

[00:07:03] Here’s question one. What is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian?

[00:07:12] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to collect?

[00:07:27] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian?

[00:07:39] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship?

[00:07:46] Question five. What does The Client say he will give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive?

[00:07:58] Question six. [00:08:00] In season two of The Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?

[00:08:11] Question seven. What is the real name of The Child?

[00:08:18] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune?

[00:08:30] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild?

[00:08:37] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi?

[00:08:50] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and the fun facts. Question one.  What is the birth [00:09:00] name of the character known as the Mandalorian? Well, that is Din Djarin. The Mandalorian’s birth name is not revealed until the season one finale. To most he’s known by his nickname Mando. When creating the Mandalorian character, Jon Favreau, the creator of the series was inspired by Clint Eastwood and his “Man with No Name” character seen in the old  spaghetti western films. While seeing the Mandalorian’s face would be a rarity, the man behind the Mandalorian is actor Pedro Pascal. And let me point out here that the way I’m pronouncing his name is how he said it’s supposed to be pronounced when he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

[00:09:46] To me, I associate him most from his role on the Netflix crime series, Narcos, where he plays DEA agent Javier Pena. He’s also known as Oberyn Martell, [00:10:00] a character from the fourth season on Game of Thrones. At a Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019 Pascal talked about what it was like having the lead role.  In a Starwars.com article, they say “Star Wars was an important part of his upbringing and he had trouble putting into words how it feels to be part of the franchise he’s loved for so long. ‘I was shaped by these movies.’ He said, ‘fantasy fulfillment. That’s what it’s like. I imagined that would be the dream of a lot of kids that grew up with the Star Wars franchise.'” The first time we see Pedro Pascal’s face as the Mandalorian is in the final episode of season one.

[00:10:48] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to [00:11:00] collect? He is to collect a child that looks like a Yoda species. While fans everywhere refer to this character as Baby Yoda, at this point in the series he’s only referred to as The Child. It isn’t until the episode titled Chapter 13: The Jedi that we find out his real name. According to Deadline.com, “The actual puppet used on the streaming show costs $5 million to make and uses two technicians to control its movements.”

[00:11:35] The puppet was designed by special effects studio, Legacy Effects. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Jon Favreau says, “He’s mostly a puppet. When it’s CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet. I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don’t create parameters creatively that allow [00:12:00] the character to keep the same identity and charm.”

[00:12:03] The team went out of their way to make sure and conceal this Baby Yoda character until the moment the episode revealing him was released. They kept him out of pre-release marketing and he wasn’t one of the original toys released for the series. In a Hollywood Reporter article Favreau says, “I think that part of what people really value is to be surprised and delighted, and I think that’s becoming all too rare. It’s very difficult to keep secrets about projects you’re working on. By holding back on that one product, we knew that we may have had the disadvantage of not having toys available day and date, but what we got in exchange was an excitement surrounding the character because everybody felt like they discovered him together. That emulated more what my experience growing up was like.”

[00:12:56] Well, I’d say it worked because fans went crazy when the [00:13:00] character was revealed and people couldn’t get enough of this Baby Yoda character. When the baby Yoda products hit the market they flew off the store shelves.

[00:13:09] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian? Well, it is called Beskar Steel. Beskar steel is a blaster-resistant steel. In the book titled “The Jedi Path,” Beskar is also described as being lightsaber-proof. In The  Mandalorian, Mando is often paid with Beskar for his bounty assignments.

[00:13:41] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship? The name of his ship is the Razor Crest. It’s a former military gunship. The people at Industrial Lights and Magic  created the Razor Crest and got [00:14:00] inspiration from military style aircraft. When coming up with a design, a model was 3-D printed and making it was quite the undertaking. For a look inside Industrial Lights and Magic as they create the Razor Crest, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link to the mini documentary titled, Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest. This was some old school Star Wars that’s for sure. It’s been years since ILM filmed with models like this. Lego recently came out with a Razor Crest Lego kit and for $129 and 99 cents, you can build your very own Lego Razor Crest. That is however if you can get your hands on one. At the time of this recording, they were temporarily out of stock in the Lego Store. With the popularity of The Mandalorian, who knows how hard it will be to keep those in stock.

[00:14:57] Question five. What does The [00:15:00] Client say he’ll give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive? He will be given a full container of Beskar steel. The client is played by German actor, Werner Herzog. Herzog has quite the career as a film director, screen writer, writer, actor, and opera director. Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau approached Herzog directly about being on the show. Can you believe that when he took the role, the 77 year old actor had never even seen an episode of Star Wars?

[00:15:36] In a Variety article he’s asked about this and here’s his reply. “I was not tossed into unknown territory. I was very well briefed. I knew what was expected of me. I knew the interior landscape of the character and I knew the exterior landscape. You shouldn’t feel upset that I haven’t seen the Star Wars films. I hardly see any films. I read. [00:16:00] I see two, three, maybe four films per year.”

[00:16:05] Question six. In season two of the Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?? Well, that would be the Frog Lady. The Frog Lady appears in chapters 10 and 11 of the series.

[00:16:24] When she appeared on the series, she immediately became a fan favorite. After the episode where we see The Child eat some of the Frog Lady’s unfertilized eggs, fans went nuts on social media. People couldn’t believe the normally well-behaved child would do such a thing. An Insider.com article discusses a tweet by the LucasFilm creative arts manager, who after the episode issued a clarification about the Frog Lady’s eggs. They quote him as saying that the eggs “are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy.” I do have to [00:17:00] admit I was a little disturbed by the fact that The Child was sneaking around eating her eggs.

[00:17:04] There may be a reason why they had The Child do this. A Vanity Fair article titled “How the Mandalorian Fought to Keep Baby Yoda from Being too Cute” talks about how Jon Favreau didn’t want The Child to be overly cute. The article says, “avoiding the cutesy trap was something of an uphill battle for Favreau who found that the classic “Disney proportions” – think big round eyes and cuddly features- kept being applied to a character he wanted to keep as weird as possible.” So the incidents with the child eating the eggs looks to be an attempt at making the character a little less lovable.

[00:17:44] The Vanity Fair article says “The frog swallowing may only be the beginning of the gross things the show will let The Child do in order to underline the idea that in the end, he’s still an animal. ‘It’s like a stray [00:18:00] dog or having a little baby alligator or something,’ Favreau said, ‘then again, a baby alligator probably never sold this many toys.'”

[00:18:10] Question seven. What is the name of The Child? Well, his name is Grogu. Well, after months of people calling this cute little guy Baby Yoda, fans could finally call him by his real name, which was revealed in the episode titled Chapter 12: The Siege. The character Grogu was created by Jon Favreau. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Disney CEO Bob Iger had this to say about Grogu. “The scale of the reaction is beyond my expectations by a wide margin, says Iger. That said, the moment I laid eyes on the character, I had a strong feeling that it was going to connect with audiences. So cute. So interesting. So compelling, so [00:19:00] familiar and yet so new.”

[00:19:02] He is right about that. From the moment fans saw Grogu, The Child, everyone was in love. Imagine the amount of money being made off Grogu products.

[00:19:14] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune? That is Gina Carano. The Cara Dune character is an ex-Rebel Alliance Shock Trooper turned mercenary.

[00:19:33] You may recognize Gina as Crush from the 2008 series American Gladiators. After retiring from mixed martial arts, she pursued a career in acting. She’s had several movie roles. When discussing her Mandalorian role in a Starwars.com article, she said this production called for the most secrecy of any job in her career.

[00:20:00] [00:19:59] On the series, she did most of her own stunts. A Starwars.com article quotes Jon Favreau as saying, “The only person that didn’t have any fun was Gina’s stunt double,” Favreau joked, “because they hardly got to work.”

[00:20:16] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild? His name is Greef Karga. Actor Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga in this series. You probably recognize Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films. Before acting, he was a professional football player. He was once a free agent with the Oakland Raiders, where for one year he played linebacker. He then played a few seasons in the Canadian Football League.

[00:20:47] During the off season, Weathers went to San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. When he signed on to play Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, he told Jon Favreau [00:21:00] that he’d like to direct an episode. Well, Favreau made good on that request. Weathers is the director of the episode, Chapter 12: The Siege. When asked about his experience at a question and answer session at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019, Starwars.com quotes Weather’s saying, “Of all the things I’ve been involved with, I don’t think anything has come close to this. This is insane.”

[00:21:29] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi? Well, to everyone’s surprise that person was Luke Skywalker. In the final episode of season two, it was a huge surprise to see Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character show up at the end. This wasn’t the older version of Luke Skywalker that we’ve seen in recent Star Wars movies. It was the younger one, like we saw [00:22:00] in A New Hope.

[00:22:01] So how they do it?  Well, it’s likely a combination of body doubles and CGI. After the episode aired and fans went crazy on social media, Mark Hamill sent out a few tweets about the episode. One tweet said, “#NoWords. Seeing fans reaction to Luke’s return is something I will cherish forever” Hamill wrote. Adding that the experience was “overwhelming” and “very moving.” And “I’m a fan myself. So I knew true fans would love it, but to see them thrilled beyond belief with the exuberance of children, whooping it up, screaming in ecstasy, the tears of sheer joy… it’s a roller coaster of emotions I’ll never forget.” I will say this was my son’s favorite part of the series so far.

[00:22:51] Mandalorian fans everywhere will be on the edge of their seat waiting for season three. When will that be you ask?  Well, [00:23:00] I’ve heard answers that range from December of 2021 all the way to sometime in 2022. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So what’s your favorite part about The Mandalorian series?  Let me know. Email me at triviarewind@gmail.com or visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or on triviarewind.com.

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On this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, the topic is Denzel Washington and ten of his movies. Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him, Dr. Denzel. 

Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article, he says “My father was a minister in the Church of God and Christ,” said Washington. “My mother was a singer in church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films. “King of Kings, Ten Commandments and that’s about it,” Washington added. “I never went to the movies as a child, ever.“

In a GQ article from 2012 Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of 9 years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barbershop.  In the article he says, “Working in that barbershop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.”   

There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on. In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on March 27, 1975, and in the mirror I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school, and this woman said, ‘Somebody give me a piece of stationery! I’m having a prophecy!’ I still have that piece of paper. ‘You’re going to speak to millions of people,’ she said to me. ‘You’re going to do great things!’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, right. When’s that going to start? On Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, ‘Who was that woman?’ She said, ‘It’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church, who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.’” He paused, then added, “That fall I started acting.”

Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977 where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting.  His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story.  It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson. 

After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.  After that, he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway. In 1982, he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St. Elsewhere. That role lasted for 6 years.  His career only went up from there. 

In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says “I’ve been fortunate as an actor,” he said. “I’ve made some interesting films, and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake—to send a good message. I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia, and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie which says it sometimes takes suffering—unfortunately, even prison—for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people, will confine you, but love can set you free.”

In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from his alma mater, Fordham University. In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Morehouse College. And In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”

In November of 2020, Denzel Washington ranked number one on The New York Times’ prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list.  A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that New York Times list.  Denzel’s son said “”It’s about time….I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it, so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”  When told this, Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household. 

What’s up next for Denzel? Recently, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called The Little Things where he stars alongside Oscar winners Rami Malek and Jared Leto. The movie will be released on January 29, 2021 in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max.  And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theatre since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound. I look forward to  seeing Denzel’s new movie IN the theater. 

Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor, head on over to your favorite place to listen to podcasts where I’ll give you ten trivia questions about some of Denzel Washington’s movie roles?  After I give you the ten questions,  I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.  

On this episode, you’ll hear me mention a link to a few videos. Here’s the link where Oprah talks with Denzel and his wife Pauletta. I also mention a link where you can watch Denzel on Jimmy Kimmel where he talks about Pauletta and their first date.

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Trivia Rewind Episode 33 Denzel Washington

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins and I’m back with another new episode. This week, our topic is Denzel Washington. I’ll be talking about 10 of his movies. But first let’s talk a little bit about Denzel.  Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York.

[00:00:36] He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him. Dr. Denzel.  Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article he says, “My father was a minister in the Church of God in Christ” said [00:01:00] Washington. “My mother was a singer in the church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films:  King of Kings,  Ten Commandments and that’s about it, Washington added. I never went to the movies as a child.”

[00:01:17] In a GQ article from 2012, Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of nine years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barber shop. In the article he says, “Working in that barber shop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.” There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on.

[00:01:44] In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying,  “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, New York on [00:02:00] March 27th, 1975 and in the mirror, I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school  and this woman said, somebody give me a piece of stationary, I’m having a prophecy. I still have that piece of paper. You are going to speak to millions of people, she said to me, you are going to do great things. And I thought, yeah, right. When’s that going to start, on Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, who was that woman? She said it’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.” He paused then added, “That fall. I started acting.”

[00:02:49] Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. [00:03:00] While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting. His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story. It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson.

[00:03:26] After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. After that he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway.  In 1982 he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Well, then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St.  [00:04:00] Elsewhere. That role lasted for six years. His career only went up from there.

[00:04:08] In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says, “I’ve been fortunate as an actor.” He said “I’ve made some interesting films and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake, to send a good message.  I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie, which says it sometimes take suffering, unfortunately, even prison for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people will confine you, but love can set you free.”

[00:04:46] In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Fordham University.  In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Morehouse [00:05:00] College. And in 2011, he received an honorary doctor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

[00:05:25] This past November of 2020 Denzel Washington ranked number one on the New York Times, prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list. A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that list. Denzel’s son said, “It’s about time. I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it. So it was a very proud moment for our entire family.” When told this, [00:06:00] Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household.

[00:06:07] So what’s up next for Denzel? Well, just a few nights ago, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called, The Little Things, where he stars alongside Oscar winners, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.  The movie will be released on January 29th in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max as well. And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theater since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound.  I look forward to seeing Denzel’s new movie in the theater.

[00:06:50] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor are you ready to get into the 10 trivia questions about some of his movie roles? [00:07:00] After I give you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. So are you ready?

[00:07:10] Here’s question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?

[00:07:28] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living?

[00:07:42] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?

[00:07:54] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic [00:08:00] western film, The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book?

[00:08:08] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?

[00:08:21] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school?

[00:08:34] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington’s character play black activist Steve Biko?

[00:08:46] Question eight. In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the [00:09:00] first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh.

[00:09:04] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL?

[00:09:21] And question 10. In what 1999 film does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder?

[00:09:35] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:09:41] Question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?  That movie was Crimson Tide. This film reunites the [00:10:00] production team from Top Gun. It was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and it was directed by Tony Scott. This film was produced without the assistance of the U.S. Navy. The production team was hoping for their involvement, but there were a few reasons the Navy didn’t want to be a part of it. One was that the Navy didn’t like that in the story, there was mutiny on the ship. They also didn’t want it suggested that the Navy could ever make a mistake about firing a nuclear weapon.

[00:10:31] So director Tony Scott had to get creative when shooting one particular scene for the movie. In order to get one of the shots he wanted for the film, Tony Scott and his crew waited at Pearl Harbor for a submarine to go out to sea. When one left port, they basically chased it with boats and helicopters to get the footage they needed for the film. Since they were in open water, there was no law against what they were doing. This shot was the only shot in the movie that [00:11:00] featured a real submarine. This scene is at the beginning of the film when you see the USS Alabama submerging.

[00:11:08] While the Navy wouldn’t help, Retired Navy Captain Skip Beard, former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Blue Crew was a technical advisor. In a Deseret News article from 1995 it says “Beard spent five months teaching Hackman, Washington, and the rest of the actors to salute, operate technical controls, and generally look like submariners.” He did admit that his Navy buddies would probably spot errors because if you were to make a real movie about submarining, people would walk out of the theater. A lot of liberties were taken with Navy regulations and realities. Another technical advisor was Captain Mal Wright, Retired Former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Gold Crew  and he worked with the screenwriter.

[00:11:58] The article also pointed out [00:12:00] that Tony Scott, the director of the film was surprised at the Navy’s lack of cooperation. His movie Top Gun was such a hit with the Navy that he thought he had his foot in the door, but I guess not. The ship in the movie, the USS Alabama was created on two Hollywood sound stages at Culver studios in Los Angeles.

[00:12:21] In a Morning Call article, Denzel Washington said that after doing the movie, he had a new found respect for America’s military. They quote him as saying, “One thing I learned from this film is that this is not a country to be messin’ with. We have the hardware. That’s why nobody, with the exception of terrorists, does.”

[00:12:42] Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the score for the film. In 1996 it won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

[00:13:00] [00:13:00] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel  Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living? He is a reporter with the Washington Herald. The film was based on a 1992 novel by author John Grisham. Denzel Washington plays reporter Gray Grantham and Julia Roberts plays young law student Darby Shaw. Supposedly when John Grisham was writing the novel, he wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind.

[00:13:36] They filmed some of this at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, on the east lawn; they used it as a backdrop for one of the film scenes. According to Mountvernon.org, the producers made a sizable contribution to Mount Vernon for the privilege of filming on the estate.

[00:13:53] There have been some questions about why Denzel Washington didn’t kiss Julia Roberts in the movie. [00:14:00] This is addressed in a cheatsheet.com article. The issue was the interracial kiss. The article says, “Apparently Washington was worried about the way an interracial kiss would be received by movie goers. He had previously received criticism from black women during a test screening of 1989’s The Mighty Quinn – which included a love scene between him and Mimi Rogers  – and decided not to play into Hollywood’s beauty ideals, per Newsweek. Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film” he said.  “They have always been my core audience.” Being that that quote was from so many years ago, I wonder how Denzel Washington would feel about it today? If he would say the same thing?

[00:14:46] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?  His character Robert McCall suffers [00:15:00] from OCD, also known as obsessive compulsive disorder. This film was based on the 1980s television series The Equalizer. At one point, Russell Crowe was going to be part of the film and have the role of Robert McCall, but Denzel Washington ended up replacing him. According to Internet Movie Database, Denzel Washington’s earring holes were digitally edited out for close-ups. However, near the end of the movie, you can see the earring hole in his left ear lobe. If you watch the film, see if you can find that. Did you know that in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington’s character Robert McCall never carries a gun of his ow?. He may take guns from people in the movie, but he never carries his own.  In 2018, a sequel to The Equalizer came out. Equalizer 2 was the first sequel in Denzel Washington’s career.

[00:16:00] [00:16:00] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible. The Book of Eli, directed by the Hughes brothers, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and was shot in New Mexico. In a collider.com  article Denzel Washington is asked about what it was like filming in New Mexico. And he is quoted as saying, “Well, I definitely know what a tumbleweed is now and I know what a windstorm is. But it was the right place I think for this film and the people there have been very nice to us.”  Denzel Washington performed all of his own stunts in this action packed film.

[00:16:51] We can thank his son for encouraging him to be in this movie. In a PalmBeachpost.com article it mentions that his son [00:17:00] John David Washington pushed for his dad to be in this movie. The film was written by screenwriter Gary Whitta. In a CBR.com article they discussed the religious undertones of the film.  The article says, “Unfortunately for Whitta, the studio continuously asked him to tone down the religious aspects of his script, to the point that he no longer felt comfortable with the film he was making and was ultimately replaced with a different writer. Thankfully, Denzel Washington, who was attracted to the project for those very elements, came to Whitta’s rescue and demanded that he be brought back aboard, allowing him to see the script through to the very final stage.”

[00:17:44] The article quotes Whitta as saying, “A lot of people, particularly people of faith contacted me and I got so many touching messages. Some people said I haven’t picked up my Bible in 10 years and this movie made me want to do that. Not to [00:18:00] sound grandiose, but I felt like if I never wrote anything else, I will have left behind something that people really really like and that means the world to me.”

[00:18:10] Denzel’s son, John David Washington was an Associate Producer for The Book of Eli and how he got the job is a pretty interesting story. An Esquire article says, “In between seasons, Washington accompanied his father to a meeting for the 2010 film The Book of Eli. Co-director Alan Hughes was struck by the young football player’s input and asked his father if he would mind if Washington joined the project. Denzel said he didn’t mind and Washington gave it a shot. It was a chance to get back onto a movie set and to remain safely behind the camera. While being the child of a star has its drawbacks an undeniable advantage is access. Getting onto that set was a first step into the business that most people could only dream of. But once he was there, he had to prove his worth.”

[00:19:00] [00:19:00] In addition to John David, Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have three other children. At the NAACP image awards, Denzel Washington won an Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role in The Book of Eli.

[00:19:17] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character, Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?  Well, the Russians kill him. The director of Training Day was Antoine Fuqua. He insisted on shooting the movie on location as much as possible and in some of Los Angeles’s most dangerous neighborhoods. A Kingroom.com article says,” At first, the filmmakers were told they could not shoot in Imperial Court for safety reasons but the response from the community was so great, permission was granted. The people living there really wanted this, notes Joel Silver. [00:20:00] They told us, we need the attention and we need the work. We hired a lot of them and it was a great experience. Here we were in a place where you would normally be scared just to drive down the street and we were sitting around drinking coffee and feeling totally comfortable.

[00:20:15] The article went on to say Fuqua also cast  bit parts and extras right out of the neighborhoods where they were shooting. They quote, Fuqua as saying, “I met with gangs and cops and even went into crack houses and said, I want to shoot here. I wanted people who had real scars, real bullet holes who deal with the cops every day.”

[00:20:37] Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in this film. At the NAACP Image Awards, he won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

[00:20:48] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school? That movie was [00:21:00] Remember the Titans. Remember the Titans is loosely based on a true story and is often ranked as one of the top football movies of all time. Supposedly Denzel Washington was a little hesitant to take the role, but thanks to his wife Pauletta he ended up taking it. A Washington post article also quotes director Boaz Yakin as saying, “Denzel walked onto that set and I was like, Oh, right. That’s what a movie star is. You literally feel the air bending around him. It’s really quite something to see.”

[00:21:33] There were a lot of people that thought that because Disney produced the movie, the racial relations aspect was way too toned down and not as true to life as it should be depicted.  A New York Magazine article said “The story is based on real incidents but the uplifting tone is laid on so thick that it’s difficult to believe a minute of it.” At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards Denzel Washington took home the [00:22:00] award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the film won the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

[00:22:07] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington play black activist Steve Biko? Well, that movie is Cry Freedom. Cry Freedom was set in late 1970s South Africa. When Cry Freedom was being filmed, there was so much political turmoil in South Africa that they had to film parts of it in Zimbabwe instead. Kenya was another location they used to shoot the film. Some people called Cry Freedom a “white savior” movie. A Salon.com article from 2013 titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior” lists 10 white savior films that have received major Hollywood award nominations and Cry Freedom was on the list.

[00:22:54] The article quotes movie critic Roger Ebert as saying, “The problem with this movie is similar [00:23:00] to the dilemma in South Africa: whites occupy the foreground and establish the terms of the discussion, while the 80% non-white majority remains a shadowy, half-seen presence in the background.”

[00:23:13] Denzel Washington earned his first ever Oscar nomination for this movie. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film. This movie earned him his first Golden Globe nomination as well. He won an NAACP Image Award in the category of  Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review listed Cry Freedom as one of the top 10 films of 1987.  It came in sixth out of 10 in their rankings. While speaking of South Africa, in 1995 Denzel and his wife Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa where Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated. They once even had the late president of South [00:24:00] Africa, Nelson Mandela over to their house for dinner.

[00:24:03] Watch a clip of Oprah talking with Denzel and Pauletta. They talk about their trip to Africa and their wedding vow renewal. I’ll post the link on triviarewind.com. In the clip, Oprah jokes that she’d one day like to play Denzel’s wife in a movie. I will also post a clip of Denzel talking with Jimmy Kimmel about his and Pauletta’s very first date.

[00:24:28] Question eight.  In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh. He was the first to drive a garbage truck. Not only did Denzel Washington star in this film, he produced it and directed it.

[00:24:52] The movie is based on August Wilson’s book titled Fences. In a 2010 Broadway revival of this [00:25:00] play, Denzel Washington had the lead role in starred alongside Viola Davis. They both won Tony Awards for their work in the play. How fitting that both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprised their roles for this film. 

[00:25:14] In 1987, Paramount Pictures purchased the rights to turn Wilson’s book into a film. Wilson had one request, that Paramount hire a black director. In an Indywire.com article, Wilson talks about one point when a white director really wanted to direct the film. But he wasn’t black. The article quotes Wilson as saying, “I accept that he is a very fine film director, but he is not black. He is not a product of black America culture – a culture that was honed out of the black experience and fired in the kiln of slavery and survival and he does not share the sensibilities of black Americans.”  The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as [00:26:00] well as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Viola Davis was the only one to go home with an Oscar. The film and actors were nominated for numerous other awards as well.

[00:26:16] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL? Well, Trip left to find shoes because his men were being denied basic supplies like that. In the film Washington’s character is flogged for going AWOL. When his shirt is off and he’s being flogged, you can see that his back is covered in scars from his time as a slave.

[00:26:50] This scene inspired another actor, Michael B. Jordan for his Black Panther role. In an Entertainment Weekly article it mentions that Michael B. [00:27:00] Jordan was speaking at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Gala in honor of Denzel Washington and is quoted as saying, “I remember hearing stories about you and I heard stories that when you were huddled around the campfire in that film, you weren’t supposed to be shirtless, but you still had the scars put on your back so you could feel it, so you can know what your character’s been through” said Jordan. “I tell you right now tonight, brother, that’s the only reason why Killmonger, when I played that role, I had those scars, even when I wasn’t shirtless because of you. So I want to say thank you for that.”

[00:27:39] It’s been reported that Denzel did receive some real lashings to his back in the movie. Internet movie database says “Edward Zwick, the director of the film said that for the flogging scene, Denzel Washington was lashed at full contact with a special whip that would not cut his back, but still stung.” Denzel [00:28:00] Washington won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his role in this movie. He also won a Golden Globe for his role, as well as an NAACP Image Award.

[00:28:11] And question 10. In what 1999, filmed does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder? The name of this film was The Hurricane and Denzel plays the character, Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter. The film was based on a true story. In order to play the role Denzel lost 60 pounds and trained for over a year with a boxing coach. When Variety interviewed the real life Ruben “The Hurricane” Carter and they asked him what he thought about Denzel Washington portraying him they quote him as saying, “I didn’t know I was that good looking.”

[00:28:52] After the movie was released, many criticized it for its inaccuracies. Universal Pictures was one of the companies that was [00:29:00] sued over this. Joey Giardello, the real life opponent of Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter sued them for defamation of character because of the way that he was portrayed in the film. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and he won a Golden Globe award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category and an NAACP award.

[00:29:24] Denzel Washington has such an amazing career and continues to inspire people on and off the screen. Not only is he an award-winning actor, he’s a man of faith. In a 2015 commencement speech at Dillard University in Louisiana, he told the audience,  “Put God first. Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything that you think I have, and I have a few things, everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. [00:30:00] It’s a gift.”

[00:30:01] Denzel Washington also has close ties with the Boys and Girls Club of America where at one time he was the spokesman for the organization, a group that he grew up with while living in Mount Vernon.

[00:30:14] The entertainment business has become a family affair so keep your eyes open for what his four children are up to. They are making names for themselves in the industry as well. You can tell how proud their dad is when you watch him in interviews and the topic of his kids come up. They have a great role model to look up to.

[00:30:34] While I’ve only talked about 10 of Denzel’s movies in this episode, he has many more that have touched people worldwide. Movies like Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and American Gangster to name a few. He’s had quite the career. Do you have a favorite Denzel Washington movie? Come share about it on our Instagram page. You can also find Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Facebook.

[00:30:58] All the links can be found [00:31:00] triviarewind.com. Don’t forget to watch Denzel’s new movie in theaters or on HBO. Thanks for taking time to listen this week. I’ll be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. .

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The Little Things Preview

Hey movie fans. I wanted to tell you about a new movie coming out in theaters on January 29th.  Since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, new movies have been rare and theaters have taken a hit financially. Last week I went to the theater and watched a movie in person and wow, was it good to be back. While there I saw the preview for Denzel Washington’s new film The Little Things. He stars alongside fellow Oscar winners Rami Malek and Jared Leto.  Just in time for this movie, I have a new Trivia Rewind episode coming out Monday and it’s all about Denzel Washington and his amazing career.  I hope you’ll tune in and then go see his new movie next weekend.  Let’s safely support our local movie theaters.  I know the Cinemark by me has done a great job to make the movie going experience safe during this pandemic.  Thanks for listening to Trivia Rewind, the podcast for fans of film and television. 

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Famous TV Pets

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m talking TV pet stars. Over the years, a lot of shows have given us memorable pets from the fluffy to the scruffy.  Here’s something you probably don’t know about me.  My very first job after graduating from Baylor University with a TV/Film degree was with the PBS television series Wishbone. Remember that little Jack Russell Terrier that would delve into classic literature?  That’s him.   The dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer. He was quite the star on set. I still remember that the entire cast and crew of Wishbone celebrated Soccer’s birthday with a big cake. He was treated quite well.  Sadly, Soccer died in 2001.  

Dogs are quite popular on TV.   Lassie has been ranked as the best TV pet of all time. But in this episode, it’s not just dogs I’m talking about.  If you look back over the decades of television you’ll find pets like Mr. Ed the horse, Flipper the dolphin and even Aristotle the octopus.  We love our pets both in real life and on screen. 

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you fifteen trivia questions about TV pets. After I give you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about each pet.  Find out which TV pet was tragically killed on a television studio’s backlot when hit by a delivery vehicle. You’ll even find out which TV pet had a net worth of 3.2 million dollars. Those and so many more fun facts await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.   

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Trivia Rewind Episode 32 – Famous TV Pets

[00:00:00] [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:06] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins. In this episode, I’m talking TV pet stars. Over the years a lot of shows have given us memorable pets from the fluffy to the scruffy. Here’s something you probably don’t know about me. My very first job after graduating from Baylor University with a TV/Film degree was with the PBS television series Wishbone. Remember that little Jack Russell Terrier that would delve into classic literature? That’s him. The dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer. He was quite the star on set. I still remember that the entire cast and crew of Wishbone celebrated Soccer’s birthday with a big cake. He was treated quite well. Sadly soccer died in 2001.

[00:00:54] Dogs are quite popular on TV. Lassie has been ranked as the best TV pet of all time. [00:01:00] But in this episode, it’s not just dogs I’m talking about. If you look back over the decades of television, you’ll find pets like Mr. Ed the horse,  Flipper the dolphin and even Aristotle the octopus.

[00:01:13] We love our pets both in real life and on screen. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you 15 trivia questions about TV pets. After I give you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about each pet. Find out which TV pet was tragically killed on a television studio’s back lot when hit by a delivery vehicle. You’ll even find out which TV pet had a net worth of $3.2 million. Those and so many more fun facts await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. This should be a lot of fun. So are you ready?

[00:01:51] Here’s question one. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch?

[00:02:00] [00:02:00] Question two. What is the name of the dog seen on the television  drama series Lost?

[00:02:10] Question three. On The Gilmore Girls what is the name of Lorelai’s dog?

[00:02:19] Question four. On the sitcom Friends what is the name of Ross’s pet monkey?

[00:02:27] Question five. On the animated television series SpongeBob Square Pants what is the name of SpongeBob’s pet snail?

[00:02:37] Question six. In the 1980s series Miami Vice what kind of pet did Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett have and what was his pet’s name?

[00:02:51] Question seven. What is the name of the dog owned by Paul and Jamie on the nineties sitcom Mad About You?

[00:03:01] [00:03:00] Question eight. What is the name of the Jack Russell Terrier on the sitcom Frazier?

[00:03:08] Question nine. What is the name of the Tanner’s dog on the sitcom Full House?

[00:03:16] Question 10. What is the name of the pet greyhound that belongs to the Simpson family on the animated series The Simpsons?

[00:03:27] Question 11. In the 1970s series Baretta, what kind of pet did Robert Blake’s character have and what was the pet’s name?

[00:03:40] Question 12. In the 1960s series Green Acres what was the name of their pet pig?

[00:03:48] Question 13. On the sixties television series Gentle Ben, what kind of pet was Ben?

[00:03:57] Question 14. [00:04:00] What is the name of the cat on the eighties sitcom ALF?

[00:04:05] And question 15. What is the name of the French Bulldog on the sitcom Modern Family?

[00:04:14] Well, those were our 15 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch? Well, his name was Tiger and he was played by a dog with the same name. We all may know that Tiger was a dog on The Brady Bunch, but did you know that he only appeared in 10 episodes?

[00:04:39] I guess that dog house in their backyard made us think of him even when he wasn’t there. So what happened to Tiger? Well, the news isn’t good. According to metv.com the dog that played Tiger was hit by a delivery vehicle on the Paramount Studios lot. This tragic event happened when the [00:05:00] show was filming the episode titled “Katchoo.”

[00:05:03] The article talks about how the trainer found a replacement dog at the pound but he was not trained like the original Tiger. The trainer tried to replace Tiger without telling the actors or producers but it soon became obvious that the dog they were trying to work with was not the original Tiger. In an article on cheatsheet.com, Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz once addressed this topic. Schwartz asked, “You put an untrained dog in the center of a set and we’re filming?” The trainer simply replied, “I was hoping it would work.”  If you watch season one and season two and look at Tiger, you’ll be able to tell that there was more than one dog used to play him. The fur color is different for one.

[00:05:50] Barry Williams, the actor that played Greg Brady confirmed the sad tale about Tiger’s untimely death years ago in his 1992 memoir [00:06:00] titled, Growing up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg. Another book titled The Encyclopedia of TV Pets discusses the dog situation in more detail and reveals that five dogs in total were used on The Brady Bunch.

[00:06:16] Even though he was only around for a short time Tiger was memorable enough for fans to remember him. Tiger ranked 50th in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals.

[00:06:31] Question two. What is the name of the dog seen on the television series Lost? Well, his name was Vincent. A Hawaiian dog named Madison played Vincent on the series. Madison is a female Labrador Retriever. She was in 16 of the shows 24 first season episodes and was the dog of the character Walt. In an article in Pittsburghlive.com they [00:07:00] once interviewed Kim Stahl, Madison’s owner and trainer who said, “She loves being the center of attention. She loves all the commotion. What people see on television is one thing but if the camera were to turn 180 degrees, so people could see what was going on behind the camera, it’s really quite amazing. She loves being in the middle of that.” The article also says, “Stahl said her highlight of the first season was in the finale when Madison had to swim out after a raft the survivors had launched. Stahl hid on the raft to get Madison to come to it.”

[00:07:36] In an article from the website called All Labs they quote Madison’s trainer as saying,  “The attention that Madison gets while she’s at work is paycheck enough for her, which is why she does not manage her own career.” Stahl added with a laugh. Fans of the show will remember the series ending when Vincent truly proves he’s man’s best [00:08:00] friend.

[00:08:01] Question three. On the show Gilmore Girls, what is the name of Lorelai’s dog? Her dog’s name was Paul Anka. The name of the dog that played Paul Anka was Sparky. Paul Anka was adopted by Lorelai Gilmore in season six of the series and is a Polish Lowland Sheep Dog. Paul Anka remained a part of the series through the final season.

[00:08:29] For those younger TV viewers out there, they may not know that there is actually a real Paul Anka. He was once a successful Canadian-American singer songwriter who wrote and performed the 1960 song “Puppy Love.”  Paul Anka even made an appearance on The Gilmore Girls in the episode titled “The Real Paul Anka.”

[00:08:52] Question four. On the sitcom Friends what is the name of Ross’s pet [00:09:00] monkey? His name is Marcel and he has sometimes been referred to as the seventh Friend. Marcel was a white headed Capuchin monkey. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, two female Capuchin monkeys played Marcel. They were named Katie and Monkey.

[00:09:21] Marcel appeared through part of the second season of Friends. Katie was used in the more action-oriented scenes and Monkey was used for the sitting still scenes. In the summer of 2000 the pair shared duties as the rally monkey for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. Katie was also in the movie Bruce Almighty as well as other productions.

[00:09:46] In a Today.com article they share what Friends star Matt LeBlanc had to say about Marcel. The article says, “LeBlanc remembered one time when the show’s stars were shooting on the soundstage and Marcel decided to make [00:10:00] a run for it, climbing the stage lights until she was high above everyone else. The monkey just goes whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, right to the ceiling.” LeBlanc recalled “and just disappears into the blackness of the stage.”  LeBlanc and his co-stars were forced to stop shooting while the monkey’s handlers tried to capture the tiny diva.”  In The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, it notes that the monkeys seem to like Matt LeBlanc the most, even though he wasn’t the Friend that had the monkey as his pet.

[00:10:31] There was one actor that didn’t like the monkey so much. A 1995 Entertainment Weekly article revealed who that person was. They quote David Schwimmer, the actor that played Ross as saying, “I hate the monkey.” And he says, “I wish it were dead.” I’m assuming he’s joking. He went on to say,  “The trainers won’t let me bond with it.” Schwimmer explains. “They’re really, really possessive. It’s like [00:11:00] land on your marks. Do your job. Don’t touch or bond with the monkey. It’s a bummer.”  Last I heard Katie the Capuchin has a new job. She has been cast as the monkey on the upcoming FX series Y: The Last Man.

[00:11:15] Katie now in her thirties is doing quite well. Capuchin monkeys in the wild have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years. However, Capuchins in captivity have been known to live as long as 50 years. Hopefully Katie has many more years ahead of her in her entertainment career. The show Y: The Last Man is slated to stream on FX on Hulu in 2021.

[00:11:43] Question five. On the animated television series SpongeBob Square Pants what is the name of SpongeBob’s pet snail?  SpongeBob’s pet was a sea snail named Gary who meows like a [00:12:00] cat. Actor Tom Kenny provides the voice or I guess you’d say the Meow for Gary. He is also the voice of SpongeBob.  In 2018 and 2019 Tom Kenny won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. He got his start as a standup comedian.  Well, actually before his standup comedy work a TV Guide biography on Tom Kenny said he bagged groceries at Price Chopper for six years before leaving his hometown to pursue a comedy career.

[00:12:33] Originally in SpongeBob Square Pants, Gary was just a background character. But as the show went on, Gary’s personality flourished and on March 22nd, 2000, he became one of the 10 main characters.

[00:12:49] Question six. In the eighties series Miami Vice what kind of pet did Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett have and [00:13:00] what was his pet’s name? His pet was an alligator named Elvis. While Elvis wasn’t a snuggly sidekick he did keep things in line on Sonny Crockett’s boat. A South Florida Sun Sentinel article from 1985 mentions that Elvis’s owner was named George Harwell of Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida.

[00:13:23] The article says. “Elvis is dark green, about eight and a half feet long and weighs about 300 pounds. Elvis’ is stand-in Presley is a few inches shorter and a few pounds lighter.” Harwell says Elvis was chosen for the role because of his size, not because he was trained. He said you can’t train an alligator.

[00:13:47] Sadly Elvis is no longer with us. A 2011 article from the Sun Sentinel said that Elvis is buried on the property of Flamingo Gardens. There is no mention of when or how Elvis died.

[00:14:00] [00:14:00] Question seven. What is the name of the dog owned by Paul and Jamie on the nineties sitcom Mad About You? The dog’s name was Murray and he was played by a dog named Maui. His breed is a Collie mix.  Word is that a Hollywood animal trainer found the dog at a shelter. Maui started out his career by doing TV commercials and he was the understudy for the circus dog Bingo in the 1991 film of the same name. After being discovered Murray even once graced the cover of TV Guide.  On June 18th, 1994, both Murray and another popular Hollywood dog star shared the cover of TV Guide.

[00:14:47] Question eight. What is the name of the Jack Russell Terrier on the sitcom Frazier? That dog’s name was Eddie and he was played by a Jack Russell [00:15:00] Terrier named Moose. Moose appeared as Eddie for 192 episodes of Frasier. In a BBC article it says that during the height of Frazier’s popularity, Moose received more fan mail than any of his human counterparts.  On the show Moose played the role of Eddie for seven seasons and then his son Enzo had the role for the final four seasons. In a Reader’s Digest article titled “Millionaire Pets,” it’s reported that Moose made $10,000 per episode giving him a net worth of $3.2 million.

[00:15:40] Not only did Moose have the role of Eddie on Frazier, he was also in the 2000 film My Dog Skip where he played the older dog Skip. Eddie ranked fifth in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals. Moose [00:16:00] died in 2006 at the age of 15.

[00:16:04] Question nine. What is the name of the Tanner’s dog on the sitcom Full House? The Tanner’s dog was a Golden Retriever named Comet. Comet first appeared on Full House during season three in the episode titled “And They Call It Puppy Love.” Supposedly a rescue dog named Buddy had the role of Comet. Well, maybe. Some say it was a dog named Comet. I did find some controversy about this topic.

[00:16:37] One Buzzfeed article I found claims that the internet has it all wrong and that a dog named Comet actually had the role. The author of the article claims that Buddy did play the role of Comet in one episode only. An episode about basketball. It seems that the dog actors Buddy and Comet have gotten confused a lot over the years.

[00:17:00] [00:17:00] The dog named Comet also had a lead role in the movie Fluke. On Wikipedia they call this dog  Buddy and link to an article that calls the dog Comet. Wow. Can this get any more confusing? Buddy the dog is known for his basketball skills and he starred in the movie Air Bud. So that would make sense that he appeared as Comet in the Full House episode about basketball.

[00:17:25] Sadly cancer took the life of Buddy. He died on February 10th, 1998 at the age of 10. According to The Spokesman Review, “his leg had been amputated six months earlier in an attempt to save him. Luckily he lived out his remaining days peacefully and died in his sleep in his San Diego home. “Whether it was Buddy or Comet that played  the role of Comet, he was a loved dog by the Tanner family and fans alike.

[00:17:54] Question 10. What is the name of the pet Greyhound that belongs to the [00:18:00] Simpson family on the animated series The Simpsons? That dog’s name is Santa’s Little Helper. The little orange and Brown dog named Santa’s Little Helper appeared on the first episode of the Simpsons, the 1989 Christmas special titled “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.”  He is abandoned by his owner after coming in last place in a race at the dog track. Homer and Bart bring him home and he becomes the family’s pet. Santa’s Little Helper ranked 27th in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals. He ranked seventh in a 2008 poll by Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan, that determined the best loved television dog of all time. Supposedly, the name is a spoof of the Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper.”

[00:18:58] Question [00:19:00] 11. In the seventies series Baretta, what kind of pet did Robert Blake’s character have and what was the pet’s name? The character Tony Baretta had a pet cockatoo named Fred. The main cockatoo that played Fred was a female named LaLa and she was owned by famed animal trainer Ray Berwick. Other birds did sometimes help LaLa with stunts. A cockatoo named Harold sometimes did stunts and flying scenes for LaLa. After Harold had an untimely death, a bird named Flying Sweetheart helped with the stunts as well as birds named Pooky and Lion Country Sweetheart.

[00:19:43] The cockatoo Fred was detective Tony Baretta’s sidekick. In real life one of the cockatoos that played Fred had his own run in with some criminals. In 1990, one of the Fred cockatoos was stolen from the San Diego Wild Animal [00:20:00] Park. A UPI article says that “after his rescue, Fred was a bit upset by his recent experience and had some roughed and tattered tail, breast and leg feathers, but appeared fine otherwise” the zoo said. The article also said “police surmised that Fred’s abductors probably became fearful of apprehension following intense publicity over the bird’s disappearance and simply dumped him by the side of the road.” 

[00:20:29] In an article by Claire Britain-Warren she quotes a bird show trainer named Steve Martin who said “personally, I feel Fred did his fair share of harm to his wild counterparts. Many cockatoos were taken from their forest homes because people wanted to have a “Fred bird.” I did not realize it then but now I understand the impact that Fred had on wild populations of cockatoos and on all parrots in general.” After Baretta was [00:21:00] over trainer Ray Berwick showed off the birds in his animal show at the Universal Studios Tour in Southern California and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. There are a lot of white cockatoos out there named Fred whose names are inspired from the Baretta series.  According to tvbanter.net LaLa died at the age of 70.

[00:21:24] Question 12. In the sixties series Green Acres what was the name of their pet pig? That pig was named Arnold Ziffel and he was owned by animal trainer Frank Inn. Supposedly Arnold the pig was a mere piglet. Piglets don’t stay piglets for long so each year a new piglet had to be trained for the role of Arnold. According to his bio on Findagrave.com. “Arnold could write his name, change channels on a television set, play the piano, drink with a [00:22:00] straw, deliver letters and newspapers, play cricket with a bat while predicting weather with his curly tail. He attended school while carrying a lunchbox in his mouth. Arnold was the main contributor to the success of the show and its ratings. He received thousands of fan letters.”

[00:22:17] Starting in 1967, Arnold won three Patsy awards, an award that was originated by the Hollywood office of the American Humane Association in 1939.  Patsy is an acronym for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year. It’s kind of like the equivalent of an Academy Award that a human actor wins. There has even been an urban legend about Arnold the pig. Some say that when the show wrapped, the cast ate him. According to snopes.com that is false. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, at one point, Arnold got more fan mail than the show’s [00:23:00] star Eva Gabor. One of the pigs that played Arnold is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles and his date of death is reported as 1972.

[00:23:13] Question 13. On the 60s televivision series Gentle Ben, what kind of pet was Ben? Ben was a male North American Black Bear. Not a pet I’d want to snuggle up with on the couch. Originally the bear was owned by a man named Anthony Pelky who raised the bear from a Cub and while living with him, the bear was called Smokey. An animal trainer working on the upcoming series Gentle Ben bought the bear from Pelky for $600. Smokey wasn’t the only bear to play Ben. He was the bear seen in this series opening segment each week.

[00:23:54] Another bear named Bruno also played Ben in the series. Bruno came from [00:24:00] the Africa USA animal theme park. Bruno was known to love Coca-Cola. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, a bear named Buck often was the double for Bruno.

[00:24:13] Question 14. What is the name of the cat on the 80 sitcom ALF? Well, that cat’s name was Lucky and its breed was American Short Hair.  ALF was an alien that lived with the Tanner family. He came from a planet where they ate cats. So imagine the Tanner’s family cat Lucky having to live with ALF who always desires to eat him but ALF restrained himself. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, a cat named Sparks had the lead role of Lucky. Other cats would share the role and their names were Gordo, FatCat, Electra and Sparkle. Imagine being a cat that has to be trained to work with a [00:25:00] puppet .

[00:25:01] And question 15. What is the name of the French Bulldog on the sitcom Modern Family? That dog’s name was Stella. There were two dogs that played Stella. One was Brigitte and she was introduced in season two when the character Jay Pritchett played by Ed O’Neill gets a dog. The other dog was Beatrice and she took on the role in season four. In 2012, Brigitte won the award for Best Dog in a Television Series at the inaugural Golden Collar Awards. Sadly Beatrice died just days after the series wrapped.

[00:25:43] Well, there have been a lot of memorable TV pets over the years. In this episode, I decided not to include any pets that would give away the name of the show based on their name.  So that’s why TV, pets like Lassie, Wishbone, Flipper and Mr. Ed were left out of this. [00:26:00] So who’s your favorite TV pet? Come tell me on one of Trivia Rewind’s social media sites. You’ll find Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can visit triviarewind.com for links to our social media sites as well as more about this episode, including a transcript of the show. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening. I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Pixar Animation Movie Trivia Part 2

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.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The 80s were sure a great decade for memorable movies. So many iconic films came out in the 80s…ones that we still watch and talk about decades later. This episode of Trivia Rewind is about a Steven Spielberg classic from 1982.  E.T.  I was just 10 years old when this movie came out.  What a magical age to see this film for the first time. I was obviously so touched by the movie that I even had a pet box turtle that I named E.T. which I said stood for Elliot Turtle.

Before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became the official title, it was originally called “A Boy’s Life” and then it was called “E.T. and Me”  before finally settling on its official title. 

Recently, I sat down and watched a great documentary called  The Making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This documentary came out in 1996 and includes rare behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with a lot of the cast and production team.   Steven Spielberg talks about wanting to tell a story about a lonely boy and the divorce of his parents. These were very personal issues to Spielberg.  He said that E.T. was on his mind for 15-20 years. He talks about being in Tunisia directing Raiders of the Lost Ark and one day he had some down time and took a walk in the Tunisian desert. While there, the idea for the E.T. movie really formed in his mind. 

Now he needed someone to write the script.  Harrison Ford, the star of Raiders of the Lost Ark was also in Tunisia along with his girlfriend at the time, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Steven Spielberg approached Mathison about writing the script for E.T.  and she agreed. Both she and Spielberg collaborated on the script and in just 8 weeks time, she had the first draft written.  In the documentary, Spielberg said that after reading the first draft, it was a script that knocked him out.  He said the script was honest and came from both his and Mathison’s hearts. In the documentary, Spielberg’s co-producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls how Steven said It was the best first draft he ever read.

In the United States, E.T. was released on June 11, 1982 and was number one at the box office. It stayed number one for 6 weeks.  At the time, it set the record for being at number one for 16 weeks in total.  This film broke a lot of records!  The movie was such a hit that when the movie was test-screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it received a 15 minute standing ovation.  Can you imagine!?  

The film has many nominations, awards and honors.  Here are a few. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly called the film the eighth most “tear-jerking” film.  In 2006, It was Ranked #6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.  In 2008, it was Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “sci-fi”.

E.T. was nominated for 9 Oscars at the 55th Academy Awards. It won four Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. At the 40th Golden Globes, it won for Best Picture in a Drama and it won for Best Score. The list goes on. 

In the episode, I mention young Henry Thomas’ amazing E.T. audition with Steven Spielberg. If you haven’t see this, you must watch it! I also talk about Henry Thomas reprising his role as Elliot in a 4 minute long 2019 Xfinity commercial. E.T. returns 37 years later and sees that Elliot now has a family of his own. In the episode I mention a cool YouTube video that compares the original 1982 release and the 2002 release. It’s fun to watch a side by side comparison of the two versions. I really think you’ll enjoy taking a deeper look with these links.

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Trivia Rewind Episode 30 –  E.T.  the Extra-Terrestrial

[00:00:00] Trivia rewind. 

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:05] Hey there, this is Debi Jenkins, the host of Trivia Rewind. In this episode, I’ll be talking about a Steven Spielberg classic from 1982, E.T.  I was just 10 years old when this movie came out. I even had a pet turtle that I named E.T. which I said stood for Elliott Turtle. It wasn’t only eighties kids that loved E.T.

[00:00:27] The movie still has a following today. Before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became the official title it was originally called A Boy’s Life and then it was called E.T. and Me before finally settling on its official title. Recently, I sat down and watched a great documentary called The Making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.  This documentary came out in 1996 and includes rare behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with a [00:01:00] lot of the cast and production team. Steven Spielberg talks about wanting to tell a story about a lonely boy and the divorce of his parents. These were very personal issues to Spielberg. He said that E.T. was on his mind for 15 to 20 years.

[00:01:16] He talks about being in Tunisia, directing Raiders of the Lost Ark and one day he had some downtime and took a walk in the Tunisian desert. While there the idea for the E.T. movie really formed in his mind. Now he needed someone to write the script. Harrison Ford, the star of Raiders of the Lost Ark was also in Tunisia along with his girlfriend at the time, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Steven Spielberg approached Mathison about writing the script for E.T., and she agreed. Both she and Spielberg collaborated on the script and in just eight weeks time, she had the first draft written. In the documentary, Spielberg said that [00:02:00] after reading the first draft, it was a script that knocked him out.  He said the script was honest and came from both his and Mathison’s hearts. In the documentary Spielberg’s co-producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls how Steven said it was the best first draft he had ever read. 

[00:02:20] In the United States, E.T. was released on June 11th, 1982, and was number one at the box office. It stayed number one for six weeks. At the time it set the record for being at number one for 16 weeks in total. This film broke a lot of records. The movie was such a hit that when the movie was test screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it received a 15 minute standing ovation. Can you even imagine? The film has many nominations, awards and honors. Here are just a few. In 2003 [00:03:00] Entertainment Weekly called the film the 8th most tear-jerking film. In 2006, it was ranked #6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies Of All Time. In 2008, it was ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 Greatest Films in the Genre Sci-Fi.  E.T. was nominated for nine Oscars at the 55th Academy Awards. It won four Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. At the 40th Golden Globes, it won for Best Picture in a Drama and it won for Best Score. The list goes on. 

[00:03:47] So now that I’ve talked a little bit about this endearing film, Let’s talk trivia and fun facts. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll ask you 10 questions about the movie. Then I’ll go [00:04:00] back and give you the answers and some fun facts. Are you ready? 

[00:04:05] Here’s question one. At the beginning of the film what game are the kids playing around the kitchen table that they won’t let Elliott join in on?

[00:04:18] Question two. At the beginning of the movie, what were the aliens coming to the Earth to get specimens of?

[00:04:28] Question three. What is the name of Elliott’s sister?

[00:04:34] Question four. When Elliott introduces E.T. to some of the things in his bedroom, what toy does E.T. try to eat? 

[00:04:46] Question five. When everyone thinks E.T. is dead how does Elliott know he’s really alive? 

[00:04:55] Question six. What does E.T. dress up as on [00:05:00] Halloween? 

[00:05:02] Question seven. Why did Elliott’s science teacher send him to the principal’s office? 

[00:05:10] Question eight. When Elliott is about to introduce E.T. to his brother what does he make his brother take off so it won’t scare E.T.? 

[00:05:21] Question nine. What popular electronic toy does E.T. use as part of his device he makes to phone home?

[00:05:31] And question 10. At the end of the movie, as E.T. is about to leave, what is the last thing he says to Elliott? 

[00:05:41] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. At the beginning of the film, what game are the kids playing around the kitchen table that they won’t let Elliott join in on?  They were playing Dungeons and Dragons. [00:06:00] Actor Henry Thomas plays Elliott. In the documentary Steven Spielberg said he had a hard time finding the right person to play Elliott. About four to five weeks out from shooting the film Henry Thomas was recommended to Steven Spielberg. Henry, hadn’t read the script and only knew a little bit about the movie when he auditioned for the role.  

[00:06:21] In the documentary  Henry Thomas talks about the improvisation he did during the audition. It’s an unforgettable audition and I will post a link to it on triviarewind.com in case you have never seen it. It’s so amazing to see young Henry Thomas audition for this film. At the end of the audition, you can hear Steven Spielberg say, “okay, kid. You got the job.” Later, Thomas said that he thought of his dead dog for inspiration. Everyone inside the room was in tears after his emotional audition. Many of the memorable scenes with Elliott and E.T. were done in one take. Steven Spielberg filmed E.T. in [00:07:00] chronological order. That’s not the way movies are always filmed. In E.T. this was mainly done because of the child actors. Filming it out of order would be hard to get the kids to show the right kinds of emotions if they weren’t invested in the story from the beginning. 

[00:07:15] Playing Elliott in E.T. was a breakout role for Henry Thomas. Prior to E.T. he only had one other credited role. A People Magazine article from 1992, mentions that Henry Thomas’ mom said they set up a trust for him and gave him $5 a week for her allowance. Nowadays, you can find Henry Thomas in a variety of productions one of which is The Haunting of Hill House, a Netflix drama series, which in 2019 he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Presentation. In a 2012 article with The Mirror, Thomas admits that his new found fame wasn’t always a plus. The article quotes him as saying,  [00:08:00] “My world went completely crazy. I was that stupid kind of famous where you can’t go anywhere. It was like that for the first six months after E.T. was in cinemas. I’d go out and get mobbed. I was a shy kid and being approached by adults all the time just freaked me out. I was like a circus freak. But the only time I had to deal with it was when I left the house. So I stopped leaving the house. I became an 11 year old hermit.”  In 2005 Henry Thomas ranked #4 in E’s 50 Cutest Child Stars All Grown Up and in 2013, he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. In 2019 Henry Thomas reprised his role as Elliott in an Xfinity commercial. In the commercial Elliott is all grown up now and has his own family.  I’ll post a link to the four minute commercial on triviarewind.com. 

[00:09:00] [00:09:00] Question two. At the beginning of the movie, what were the aliens coming to the earth to get specimens of? They were coming to get plant specimens. Government agents show up and when the aliens quickly take off, they leave one alien behind and there starts our movie. In the documentary, Steven Spielberg said that he wanted E.T. to only be three feet tall. Originally Spielberg didn’t want someone to be in an alien suit to play E.T., but producer Kathleen Kennedy convinced him that for some scenes it would work. In order to finish off their model they found someone to make glass eyes to really make E.T. look real. Three different people put on the E.T. suit for the movie.

[00:09:47] Spielberg didn’t like the jerky hand movements of the electronic E.T. model so he hired Caprice Roth, who is credited as the E.T. Movement Coordinator. He wanted someone that could do mime type of [00:10:00] work. Spielberg really thought this brought E.T. to life. In one scene when E.T. puts his hand on Elliott’s shoulder, you can see that E.T.’s hand is a little shaky. Spielberg said that Caprice Roth had coffee that morning and that caused her hand to shake a little.

[00:10:17] Question three. What is the name of Elliott’s sister? Her name is Gertie and she is played by actress Drew Barrymore. This was her breakout role and had only been credited in one movie prior to being in E.T.  In 1982,  she won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. In the documentary, Steven Spielberg said Drew Barrymore was the first choice for this role. She had previously tried out for a role in Poltergeist but Spielberg didn’t think the role was right for her. In the documentary  Spielberg says that nobody else was even considered for the role of Gertie. In the [00:11:00] movie when she looks at E.T.’s feet, she improvises the line,  “I don’t like his feet.” Spielberg wanted to let the kids be kids and say things that might not be in the script. This often worked to his advantage. Near the end of the movie when Elliott is sick, Gertie cries and in the documentary Drew Barrymore says they were genuine tears and that she had never had tears so readily available. 

[00:11:27] Question four. When Elliott introduces E.T. to some of the things in his bedroom, what toy does E.T. try to eat?  E.T. tries to eat a metal matchbox type of car. 

[00:11:41] The person that did the voice of E.T. was Pat Welsh. The story of how she got the job is pretty cool. She was at a photo store and the person in line behind her was the movie’s voice designer, Ben Burtt. He heard Pat talking and then once outside talked with her about doing the [00:12:00] voice role for E.T. According to a People Magazine article, she was just a housewife at the time. It’s been reported that she smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and that gave her the voice they were looking for. In the People Magazine article it says it only took a nine and a half hours for her to complete the voice work and she was paid $380. 

[00:12:23] Ben Burtt, E.T.’s voice designer changed her voice by lowering it just a little bit. He then mixed her voice with the sound of a breathing animal to give it the non-human alien sound. He said that there were actually 18 different contributors to the voice of E.T. A lot went into giving us E.T.’s voice. While filming the movie, actress Debra Winger and Steven Spielberg both provided the voice in the first cut so that the actors could hear E.T.’s dialogue. Spielberg didn’t want to use Debra Winger’s voice as the voice for E.T. in the film because he didn’t want a [00:13:00] recognizable voice to voice the part. 

[00:13:03] Question five. When everyone thinks E.T. is dead, how does Elliott know he’s really alive? As Elliott watches, dead flowers come back to life and bloom. That’s how Elliott knows that E.T. really is alive.

[00:13:21] So much about the making of E.T. can be learned in the documentary. Two things that Steven Spielberg says he regrets about the movie is that a gun was used to threaten the children when riding on the bicycles to get away. And he regrets that the guys running to the empty van had guns in their hands. He said he regrets using any guns in the movie. When he re-released the movie in 2002, Spielberg replaced the guns digitally and gave them walkie talkies instead. In his next re-release in 2011, he went back to the original version. I found a cool video [00:14:00] on YouTube that puts the original version next to the 2002 version so you can see all the differences. I’ll post a link to this video on triviarewind.com. It’s kind of fun to watch. 

[00:14:12] Question six. What does E.T. dress up as on Halloween? The kids put a sheet on E.T. and dress him up as a ghost. In this scene Steven Spielberg has someone dress up as Yoda as one of the trick-or-treaters that the kids and E.T. pass when walking down the street. When E.T. sees the Yoda character, it’s like he recognizes him and he starts saying “home home.”  Maybe they’re from the same planet!  In the documentary George Lucas talks about seeing the Yoda character and how everyone in the screening audience cheered. He was flattered that Spielberg included his character in E.T.  You may even hear some familiar music in this scene. The award-winning composer John Williams not [00:15:00] only did the score for E.T. he did it for the Star Wars movies as well. 

[00:15:06] Question seven. Why did Elliott’s science teacher send him to the principal’s office? Elliott created quite a scene in his classroom. As his class was about to dissect frogs, Elliott let his frog go and opened the jars that belong to several of his classmates and lets their frogs go toto. This prompted the other students to release their frogs. Then to top it off Elliott kisses a girl in the class. The teacher grabs him by the collar and walks him off to the principal’s office. In the documentary Steven Spielberg said that when he was a kid, he let frogs go in his science class and never got caught. Spielberg discusses this scene in the movie and how Henry Thomas did not want to do the scene where he kissed the girl. He joked that Henry Thomas was [00:16:00] willing to give up his entire movie career over this one scene. In the documentary Henry Thomas said that when he read the script and saw the part about kissing a girl, he thought, no way I have to do this? 

[00:16:13] One scene that was cut out of the movie was a scene when you actually see Elliott in the principal’s office. The actor that played the school principal was Harrison Ford. You can see this cut scene in the documentary. In this unseen footage, as well as other footage you see in the movie, rarely are the adult’s face shown. Steven Spielberg did this intentionally. Really the only adult’s face you see is Elliott’s mom’s face until you get towards the end of the movie. And if you feel like this movie is shot from a low angle, that’s because Steven Spielberg wanted it at the eye level of a child.

[00:16:52] Question eight. When Elliott is about to introduce E.T. to his brother, what does he make his brother take off [00:17:00] so it won’t scare E.T.? He makes his brother take off his football shoulder pads. Robert McNaughton plays Michael, the older brother to both Gertie and Elliott. Spielberg called Robert McNaughton the anchor of the kids. He had the most experience of all the child actors on set. In 1983 he won a Young Artist Award in the Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture category. Remember that scene where E.T. is in the closet and hiding amongst all the stuffed animals? The idea for that scene came from filmmaker  Robert Zemeckis.

[00:17:39] Question nine. What popular electronic toy does E.T. use as part of his device he makes to phone home? That toy was a Speak and Spell. The electronic toy Speak and Spell was created by Texas Instruments and debuted in 1978 at the [00:18:00] Consumer Electronic Show. A 1978 model was used in the movie. Do you remember any of the other items that E.T. used along with a Speak and Spell to try and phone home?  Some of those items were a hanger, a record player, a coffee can, a saw blade and lots of wires. 

[00:18:22] Question 10. At the end of the movie, as E.T. is about to leave, what is the last thing he says to Elliott? He says, “I’ll be right here.” In the documentary, Steven Spielberg said this particular E.T. was his favorite. He said this E.T. was operated by wires. Did you know that there was an alternate ending to E.T.? In that ending, it showed the boys back in the house playing Dungeons and Dragons and this time Elliott gets to play  and is the dungeon master. The emotional ending we see [00:19:00] now won in the end and I can see why. It’s a great way to end the movie and it really tugs at your heart. 

[00:19:07] E.T. was a hit even as far as the White House. Steven Spielberg gave president Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan a personal screening of E.T. in June of 1982. A 1982 issue of People Magazine talks about the movie and quotes Spielberg as saying, “Nancy Reagan was crying toward the end”  he reports “And the president looked like a ten-year-old kid.” In the documentary, the topic of a sequel was discussed. The producers decided never to do a sequel. Steven Spielberg said it would shame the memory of E.T. if they tried.  To see the documentary about the making of E.T., visit triviarewind.com.  I’ll post the link to where you can watch it for free.

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