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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.

[00:19:56] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode.  I hope you learned [00:20:00] something new about this great film. Please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram and you can visit us at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening. And I’ll be back next week for more Trivia Rewind. .

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Back to the Future

Let’s kick off the last week of 2020 with one of the greatest movies of the 80s and one of my favorites, Back to the Future! 

I was 13 years old when this movie came out and I can remember one summer when my dad and I watched it over and over again.  We basically could recite most of the movie lines as we watched.  

The film stars Michael J. Fox and was written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Robert Zemeckis directed the film.  Gale and Zemeckis met at USC film school.  Would you believe that when the two pitched the movie, it was rejected 40 times. When Disney said no, the reason they gave was that they thought the movie was too much about incest.  

There was however, one person who believed in the movie from the very beginning and he helped set up Back to the Future with his new production company. That person was Steven Spielberg and his new production company was Amblin Entertainment which was set up at Universal Studios. This was the first film to be made by Amblin Entertainment that was not directed by Steven Spielberg.  

Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal at the time suggested changing the name of the movie to “Space Man from Pluto.” Thankfully that didn’t happen. There would be some hiccups when they started filming but in the end it all paid off. Back to the Future became the highest grossing film of 1985.

In the episode I talk about how actor Eric Stoltz was first cast to play Marty McFly. Check out a clip of him in the role instead of Michael J. Fox!

I’d like to take a minute to mention that Michael J. Fox has a new book out titled “No Time Like the Future.” One thing he discusses in the book is how he is living with Parkinson’s Disease.   When I recorded this episode, the book was #5 on the New York Times Best Sellers in the Hardcover Nonfiction category.  In 1991, when Michael J. Fox was only 29 years old, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease.  In 1998, he made the diagnosis public. In 2000, Michael J. Fox established the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  For more information on his foundation and how you can contribute, visit their Website.

So, before we get to the trivia questions, let me explain how this episode is a little different from my other episodes.  This episode will have two segments.  In the first segment I will ask you ten trivia questions about the movie, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts.

In the second segment, I’ll give you 20 additional trivia questions with no fun facts.  This should be a lot of fun and cover a lot of the great moments from this memorable film. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts 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 29 – Back to the Future

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:02] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:02] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. If you’re a first time listener welcome. If you’re a longtime listener thanks for coming back. Let’s kick off the last week of 2020 with one of the greatest movies of the 1980s and one of my favorites, Back to the Future. I was 13 years old when this movie came out and I can remember one summer when my dad and I watched it over and over again. We basically could recite most of the movie lines as we watched. I’m sure that you can too if you’re a fan of the movie.

[00:00:37] The film stars Michael J. Fox and was written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Robert Zemeckis directed the film. Gale and Zemeckis met at USC film school. Would you believe that when the two pitched the movie, it was rejected 40 times. When Disney said no, the reason they gave was that they thought the movie was too much about incest.

[00:00:59] There [00:01:00] was however one person who believed in the movie from the very beginning and he helped set up Back to the Future with his new production company. That person was Steven Spielberg and his new production company was Amblin Entertainment, which was set up at Universal Studios. This was the first film to be made by Amblin entertainment that was not directed by Steven Spielberg. Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal at the time suggested changing the name of the movie to Space Man from Pluto. Thankfully that didn’t happen. There would be some hiccups when they started filming, but in the end it all paid off.

[00:01:45] So before we get to the trivia questions, let me explain how this episode is a little different from my other episodes. This episode will have two segments. In the first segment I will ask you ten trivia questions about the [00:02:00] movie. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts. In the second segment I’ll give you twenty additional trivia questions with no fun facts. This should be a lot of fun and cover a lot of the great moments from this memorable film. Stick around to the end where I’ll tell you about Michael J Fox’s new book and his foundation for Parkinson’s research. Are you ready to go back in time with Back to the Future?

[00:02:31] Here are the questions. Question one. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives?

[00:02:43] Question two. What is the date that Marty goes back in time to and why was that date important to Dr. Emmett Brown?

[00:02:54] Question three. When Marty goes back to 1955 and Lorraine’s [00:03:00] father accidentally hits him with the car, why does Lorraine call Marty by the name of Calvin?

[00:03:07] Question four. Which musician has a cameo role as one of the Battle of the Bands judges at Marty’s high school?

[00:03:17] Question five. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of the shopping mall in his town?

[00:03:26] Question six. At the beginning of the movie, what kind of vehicle does Marty tell his girlfriend he would one day like to have?

[00:03:37] Question seven. What is the name of the Hill Valley high school dance where Marty’s parents fall in love?

[00:03:46] Question eight. What is the name of Doc Brown’s dog?

[00:03:52] Question nine. When Marty goes back to 1955, what two drinks does he ask [00:04:00] for in the cafe?

[00:04:03] And question ten. When Marty goes back to the future, his father is now a successful author. What is the name of George McFly’s book?

[00:04:15] Those were our first ten questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives? Well the town he lives in is called Hill Valley. Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, but did you know that he wasn’t originally cast as Marty, actor Eric Stoltz was. It took five weeks of shooting for everyone to realize that it wasn’t going to work out with Stoltz. He just didn’t carry off the humor they were looking for. In an Esquire article, it talks about how Robert Zemeckis had to let Stoltz know about their decision to let him go. The article mentions the book titled [00:05:00] Blockbuster by Tom Shone, where it quotes Zemeckis as saying, “It was the hardest meeting I’ve ever had in my life and it was all my fault. I broke his heart.” Well, not only did this movie break the heart of Eric Stoltz, it costs the studio $4 million in wasted footage.

[00:05:18] Want to see a clip of the wasted footage? Visit triviarewind.com for a link where you can see Eric Stoltz as the Marty McFly character. In the very beginning, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis wanted Michael J. Fox to play Marty. However, Michael J. Fox was playing Alex P. Keaton on the TV series, Family Ties and that shooting schedule prevented him from taking the movie role.

[00:05:44] Supposedly the producer of Family Ties wouldn’t even let Michael J. Fox see the script when the Back to the Future filmmakers asked that they show it to him. Well, as we all know, it did end up working out for Michael J. Fox to become Marty McFly. [00:06:00] Because Michael J. Fox was also shooting Family Ties, filmmakers had to work around that schedule. Michael J. Fox has said that many nights he’d only get two to three hours of sleep between working on Family Ties and Back to the Future. Talk about burning the candle at both ends.

[00:06:19] Question two. What is the date that Marty goes back in time to, and why was that date important to Dr. Emmett Brown? Well, the date was November 5th, 1955, and that’s the day Doc Brown invented time travel and had the vision for the Flux Capacitor. Actor Christopher Lloyd had the role of Dr. Brown. In the original script he was called Professor Brown. At least 40 actors were considered for that role. Supposedly one of the actors who was a front runner for the role was John Lithgow. In the movie, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the [00:07:00] Eighth Dimension, John Lithgow played an eccentric scientist. That was one reason he was considered for the Doc Brown role. In an Empire Magazine list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, Dr. Emmett Brown ranked number 20. They said his defining moment was when he offered his apology for the crudeness of his ridiculously detailed scale model of Hill Valley.

[00:07:27] Question three. When Marty goes back to 1955 and Lorraine’s father accidentally hits him with the car, why does Lorraine call Marty by the name of Calvin? She calls him Calvin, assuming that’s his name because the name Calvin Klein is written all over his underwear. The role of Lorraine is played by Leah Thompson. In the original script the name of Marty’s mom wasn’t going to be named Lorraine, Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal [00:08:00] Studios at the time asked that they change the character’s name to Lorraine in honor of his wife, Lorraine Gary, the actress who played Ellen Brody in the 1975 film Jaws. Michael J. Fox’s  real life love interest is his wife, Tracy Pollan. The two played boyfriend and girlfriend in Family Ties and were married in real life in 1988.

[00:08:26] Question four. Which musician has a cameo role as one of the Battle of the Bands judges at Marty’s high school? Well, that musician was Huey Lewis. After Marty’s band plays their song, Lewis stands up and tells them, “Thank you fellas. I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud.” Huey Lewis and his band Huey Lewis and the News had their first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their song, The Power of Love, that was written for the [00:09:00] Back to the Future movie. In this scene, Marty and his band actually play a version of this very song.  The song was nominated for two American Music Awards and was also nominated for an Academy Award. In a USA Today article, Huey Lewis says he almost passed on the offer to write a song for the movie. He had never written a song for a movie. However, he told director Robert Zemeckis that he’d send him the next song he wrote, he’s quoted as saying, “So we wrote Power of Love. I had not read the script or seen the film and they used it perfectly. I didn’t even think it was going to work. So to their credit it did.”

[00:09:44] Question five. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of the shopping mall in his town? When Marty goes back to the future the mall is now called  Lone Pine Mall instead of Twin [00:10:00] Pines Mall.  Remember when Marty went back to 1955 and the DeLorean landed in old man Peabody’s field? Well, it drove over one of his two pine trees therefore changing the name from Twin Pines to Lone Pine. The mall that was used to film this scene was the Puente Hills mall in City of Industry, California.

[00:10:23] When making the movie, they had a lot of issues with the DeLorean. It would break down or other issues would arise. The Universal Studios special effects department built three DeLorean time machines for the movie and referred to them as A car, B car and C car. A car is currently at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California and featured in their exhibit called Hollywood Dream Machines. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the museum is currently closed.

[00:10:55] Want your own DeLorean?  Well visit the official Back to the [00:11:00] Future website at backtothefuture.com and you can purchase your own DeLorean slot car or a die-cast DeLorean, or even a plush DeLorean. Back to the Future fans can go crazy shopping their online store. Go and take a look.

[00:11:20] Question six. At the beginning of the movie what kind of vehicle does Marty tell his girlfriend he would one day like to have? Well, he wanted a black Toyota 4×4 truck. At the end of the movie when Marty goes back to the future, he comes home to find himself the owner of the very truck he wanted at the beginning of the movie. The truck was a Toyota Xtra Cab SR5 pickup truck. Supposedly the truck used in the movie was given away as a prize and the person that won it wrecked it. Earlier this year, a replica of the truck sold for $58,000 at an [00:12:00] auction.

[00:12:01] Question seven. What is the name of the Hill Valley high school dance where Marty’s parents fall in love? The dance was The Enchantment Under the Sea dance. The Hill Valley High School scenes were filmed at Whittier High School in Whittier, California. This is particularly interesting to me because my grandfather was a teacher there in the 1950s. When they filmed the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, that scene was filmed inside of Hollywood United Methodist Church.

[00:12:38] Question eight. What is the name of Doc Brown’s dog? Well, his dog was named Einstein. In the original script instead of a dog, Doc Brown was going to have a pet chimp named Schemp. One of the producers, Sid Sheinberg said no to the chimp idea [00:13:00] and next up came the idea for Einstein the dog. In the first Back to the Future movie, a dog named Tiger played Einstein.

[00:13:10] Question nine. When Marty goes back to 1955, what two drinks does he ask for in the cafe? Well, first he asks for a Tab, then he asks for a Pepsi Free. A great play on words is found in the dialogue that comes during this scene. Well, Tab debuted in 1963 and was the first diet soda from the Coca Cola company.  It was marketed to women who wanted to keep tabs on their weight. The soda was popular in the 1960s and seventies, and even in recent years it still had a faithful following. In October of this year, the Coca Cola company announced that it will stop production of Tab by the end of 2020.

[00:14:00] [00:14:00] In 1982, Pepsi Free was introduced and in 1987 they phased that name out and started calling it Caffeine Free Pepsi. According to frugalcooking.com, in recent months, it’s been harder to find Caffeine Free Pepsi due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a shortage of aluminum used for canned drinks. I guess it’s that whole supply chain thing. Product placement is a huge part of the movie business. Pepsi had a huge presence in Back to the Future. In a Consequence of Sound article, it says that “writer/ producer Bob Gale famously stated that the Back to the Future trilogy taught him to never do product placement, ever, due to the creative control surrendered when corporate suits expect to see a commercial, rather than a film.

[00:14:55] And question ten. When Marty goes back to the future [00:15:00] his father is now a successful author. What is the name of George McFly’s book? Well this one may be a little trickier, but the book is titled A Match Made in Space. Marty’s father George McFly was played by actor Crispin Glover. In a Guardian article, Bob Gale, the co-writer and a producer of Back to the Future talks about Crispin Glover and says, “A lot of those mannerisms were actually his. He had to be reigned in occasionally. The hardest thing was getting him to act like a completely normal person for the final scenes of the movie.” In the early days of the Back to the Future script, the writers had George McFly end up being a professional boxer and not an author. And here’s something interesting. Crispin Glover, well in the movie he’s playing the father to Michael J. Fox’s character and he is actually three years younger than [00:16:00] Michael J. Fox in real life.

[00:16:03] Well, those were our first ten questions. Before we go to the second segment, I’d like to take a minute and ask that you make sure and stay tuned until the end of the show where I’ll tell you about Michael J. Fox’s new book and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Are you ready for part two of the show? In this segment, I’ll give you twenty extra trivia questions without any fun facts. Unlike the first round, I won’t go back and repeat the questions before giving you the answers. After I ask you the question, I’ll pause a few seconds before giving you the answer. So if you need to hit your pause button after the question, feel free to do so.

[00:16:46] Are you ready? Here’s question one. How much electricity is needed to run Doc’s time machine?

[00:16:57] The answer is [00:17:00] 1.21 Gigawatts.

[00:17:02] Question two. What is the name of the guy that bullies George McFly both in high school and as an adult before Marty goes back in time?

[00:17:15] His name is Biff Tannen.

[00:17:20] Question three. In order for the DeLorean to travel through time, how fast must the car be going?

[00:17:30] The answer is 88 miles per hour.

[00:17:36] Question four. In the opening scene of the movie, what time can be seen on all the clocks?

[00:17:46] The answer is 7:53.

[00:17:51] Question five. What time does Doc ask Marty to meet him at the Twin Pines Mall?

[00:17:59] The [00:18:00] answer is 1:15 in the morning.

[00:18:04] Question six. What is the name of Marty’s high school principal?

[00:18:11] His name is Mr. Strickland.

[00:18:15] Question seven. When Marty auditions for the Battle of the Bands, what does Marty say the name of his band is?

[00:18:26] They were The Pinheads.

[00:18:30] Question eight. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of the mayor, someone that in 1955 Marty told him he would one day be a mayor?

[00:18:43] That mayor was Goldie Wilson.

[00:18:48] Question nine. What is the name of the subdivision where Marty and his family live?

[00:18:56] The answer is Lion Estates.

[00:19:01] [00:19:00] Question 10. Who does Doc steal plutonium from?

[00:19:08] The answer is Libyan nationalists.

[00:19:13] Question 11. What movie is listed on the marquee of the theater when Marty arrives in Hill Valley in 1955?

[00:19:24] That movie was The Cattle Queen of Montana.

[00:19:30] Question 12. When Marty walks in to Lou’s Cafe after first arriving in the 1955 Hill Valley, what song is playing on the jukebox?

[00:19:45] That song was the Ballad of Davy Crockett.

[00:19:50] Question 13. On what street does Doc Brown live in 1955?

[00:19:59] He [00:20:00] lived on Riverside Drive.

[00:20:04] Question 14. In 1955 George doesn’t want to go to the school dance because he’ll miss his favorite show called what?

[00:20:16] The answer is Science Fiction Theater.

[00:20:21] Question 15. When George goes into Lou’s Cafe to ask Lorraine to the dance, what drink does he ask for?

[00:20:32] The answer is chocolate milk.

[00:20:36] Question 16. Near the end of the movie, Marty gives Doc an envelope. What does he write on the front of the envelope?

[00:20:48] The answer is “Do not open until 1985.”

[00:20:56] Question 17. What is the name of the [00:21:00] band that is performing at The Enchantment Under the Sea dance?

[00:21:05] That band was Marvin Berry and the Starlighters.

[00:21:11] Question 18. Biff tells Marty that it costs him how much to fix the damage to his car?

[00:21:22] The answer is $300.

[00:21:26] Question 19. At The Enchantment Under the Sea dance, Marty goes on stage and joins the band for two songs. Name one of the songs.

[00:21:41] Well, those two songs were either Earth Angel or Johnny Be Good.

[00:21:48] And question 20. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of Biff’s business? 

[00:21:58] Well, Biff’s [00:22:00] business is Biff’s Automotive Detailing.

[00:22:04] Well, how’d you do on those questions?  Back to the Future is such a great movie.

[00:22:10] Before I end this episode, I’d like to take a minute to mention that Michael J. Fox has a new book out titled, No Time Like the Future. One thing he discusses in the book is how he is living with Parkinson’s disease. When I recorded this episode, the book was number five on the New York Times Bestsellers in the Hardcover Nonfiction category. In 1991 when Michael J. Fox was only 29 years old, he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. In 1998, he made the diagnosis public. In 2000, Michael J. Fox established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research which is dedicated to finding a cure for [00:23:00] Parkinson’s disease. For more information on his foundation and how you can contribute, visit triviarewind.com for a link to the website.

[00:23:11] Thank you for listening to this episode of Trivia Rewind. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram and all the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Have a great day. And I’ll be back next week for a new episode of Trivia Rewind.

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Guess the Christmas Movie

It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of  special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you.  This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to.   In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials and you have to guess what movie or TV special the clue is based on.  There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues.  Here’s an example of what you’ll find.

My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof.  My wife feels like she has to hide in our own house because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it!  Why am I being so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition?  What movie am I in?

Here’s how it will work. I will read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer.  So, if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it.  This will be fun! 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts 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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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 28 – Guess the Christmas Movie

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:05] Merry Christmas, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host for Trivia Rewind. It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you. This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials, and you have to guess which movie or TV special the clue is based on. There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues. It should be a lot of fun.

[00:00:38] Here’s how it’ll work. I’m going to read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer. So if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it. So are you ready? Let’s play.

[00:00:57] Here are the questions. Question [00:01:00] one. My name is Kate and I work as an elf at a Christmas shop in London. Several years ago I had a heart transplant. What movie am I in?  The answer is Last Christmas.

[00:01:20] Question two. I’m a Netflix original and the two kids in my movie set up a trip wire and a hidden camera to try and catch Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. What movie am I?  The answer is The Christmas Chronicles.

[00:01:39] Question three. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents and the one thing I wanted most wasn’t under the tree. Yes. I’m a little disappointed, but my dad secretly hid one last present and when I opened it, there it was, the exact thing I wanted. [00:02:00] What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Story.

[00:02:08] Question four. My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof. My wife feels like she has to hide in our own home because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? The answer is Christmas with the Kranks.

[00:02:35] Question five. My wife died and all I want for Christmas is for my grown kids to come home for the holidays and get along. What movie am I in? The answer is Almost Christmas.

[00:02:52] Question six. I did a house swap over Christmas. Someone used my house in Los Angeles and I [00:03:00] used their house in London. Both of our lives changed for the better that Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is The Holiday.

[00:03:13] Question seven. My brother dreamed of leaving town and one day going to college and traveling the world. However, he gave me the money that was supposed to be for him to go to college. I went instead and I even fought in World War II where I earned the Medal of Honor. But in the end I call my brother the real hero. What movie am I in? The answer is It’s a Wonderful Life.

[00:03:43] Question eight. I discover a reindeer in the woods and hide him in the shed to protect him. What movie am I in? The answer is Prancer .

[00:03:58] Question nine. [00:04:00] Santa gave me a bell, but when I first got it, I couldn’t hear it ring when I shook it. Eventually I did here it ring. Santa, let me keep it so I put it in the pocket of my robe to take home. What movie am I in? The answer is The Polar Express.

[00:04:21] Question 10. I am a department store Santa and I tell someone that they can get the item they want at a competitor’s department store. People don’t think I’m really Santa and they try to have me committed. What movie am I in? The answer is Miracle on 34th street.

[00:04:45] Question 11. In my movie, I feature love stories about couples five weeks before Christmas. What movie am I? The answer is Love [00:05:00] Actually.

[00:05:02] Question 12. All I wanted was to reconcile with my wife and I ended up taking down a bunch of bad guys on Christmas Eve. What movie am I? The answer is Die hard.

[00:05:20] Question 13. I really hate Christmas and I can’t stand all the singing. I have reached my breaking point and I’m going to try and stop Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

[00:05:40] Question 14. I heard a noise during the night and went outside to investigate. Santa fell off my roof. That was the end of him. Why did I put on the Santa suit? What movie am I in? The answer is The [00:06:00] Santa Clause.

[00:06:02] Question 15. I thought I’d go to Chinatown and buy my son a Christmas present. What a mistake that was! Worst gift ever. What movie am I in? The answer is Gremlins.

[00:06:22] Question 16. My dad can’t handle the Santa’s duties any longer. One child’s toy has been lost. That’s unacceptable. My brother wants the job. Even though I’m kind of clumsy my dad ends up giving me the job instead of my brother, because my dad sees that I really do care about others. What movie am I in? The answer is Arthur Christmas.

[00:06:52] Question 17. My boss fired me on Christmas Eve and with the little bit of money he paid me, [00:07:00] I bought Christmas dinner for my family. My boss has a big change of heart that night and the next day he re-hires me and even buys my family a Turkey. What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Carol.

[00:07:19] Question 18. I really messed up and want to buy my son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. I never should have waited until the last minute. What movie am I in? The answer is Jingle All the Way.

[00:07:38] Question 19. My family accidentally locked me in the attic on their way to the mall. I pass the time by watching old family movies. I even shed a tear or two. What movie am I in? The answer is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

[00:08:00] [00:08:00] Question 20. I thought I picked out a good Christmas tree, but my friends sure didn’t think so. I’m not going to let commercialism ruin my Christmas. What Christmas show am I in? The answer is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

[00:08:20] Question 21. I don’t want to be an elf and make toys and Santa’s workshop. I want to be a dentist. I’m outta here. What show am I in? The answer is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

[00:08:39] Question 22. An angel is sent to help me at my church. Through the whole ordeal, I realize that my family really is the most important thing in my life. When the angel leaves, he gives my family a decorated Christmas tree. What movie am I in? The answer is [00:09:00] The Preacher’s Wife.

[00:09:03] Question 23. You would think that there would be snow in Vermont at Christmas time. Well, there was no snow when we arrived here to put on a show. We’re going to do something special for our former General, General Waverley. What a surprise it will be. Oh, and can you believe it finally snowed? What movie am I in? The answer is White Christmas.

[00:09:31] Question 24. Thank goodness my family keeps a lot of junk in the basement. All that stuff really helped me fool some bad guys. What movie am I in? The answer is Home Alone.

[00:09:47] Question 25. The shower at my apartment wasn’t working so I decided to shower at work. I’m singing a classic Christmas tune and the next thing I know, I hear some guy singing along with [00:10:00] me. What movie am I in? The answer is Elf.

[00:10:06] Question 26. My TV station has a live production of A Christmas Carol to shoot on Christmas Eve. I’m making everyone work. Who cares that it’s Christmas Eve. What movie am I in? The answer is Scrooged.

[00:10:25] Question 27. I give my son a harmonica and jokingly tell him it’s magical. After I die in a car accident, you won’t believe what happens when my son builds a snowman and plays that harmonica. What movie am I in? The answer is Jack Frost.

[00:10:48] Question 28. You know, I was known as the Christmas guy in town before that new guy with his trophy wife moved in. Now he’s trying to take over my title. [00:11:00] By the end of this movie, our wives have had it with us. What movie are we in? The answer is Deck the Halls.

[00:11:11] Question 29. I have a lot going on in my life. First, my son is on the naughty list for vandalizing the school with spray paint. His principal is not happy. And to make matters worse, I need to get married before Christmas Eve or my life will change as I know it. What movie am I in? The answer is the Santa Clause 2.

[00:11:37] And question 30. I got myself into a lot of trouble in the big city. Thanks to a pigeon lady who I become friends with, she helps me out of the mess. At the end of the movie, I give her a ceramic turtledove as a token of our friendship. What movie am I in? The answer [00:12:00] is Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York.

[00:12:05] Well, that was our last question. I hope you enjoyed this special edition of Trivia Rewind. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget that there are a lot of Trivia Rewind episodes that you can go back and listen to over the holidays. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind. .

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Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

You may or may not be aware that every Christmas season, a big debate rages on about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’ve seen so much about this topic lately. Just last week I saw a clip on the Today Show where they replayed a segment of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Jimmy Fallon asked Former President Obama if he thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie and here’s what he said. “No. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas is a Christmas movie. Die Hard is an action flick that happens to involve tangentially Christmas.” All through the clip, Jimmy Fallon was agreeing with him.  

In a December 3, 2020 Tweet from Natalie Andrews, a congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she said that House Democrats voted on their favorite Christmas movie, as a practice vote before virtual leadership elections.  The choices laid out before them were: Love Actually, Polar Express, Home Alone, Die Hard, and Miracle on 34th Street  The Winner of the vote was: Miracle on 34th Street.  A Cinemablend article alludes to the fact that by the very inclusion of Die Hard in their choices, they are saying it is a Christmas movie.

The debate rages on each year. In 2020 when we need a little break from all the seriousness of what’s going on, the Die Hard question definitely lightens the mood.  

To help me answer the question, I first watched the movie and then I turned to Movie Talk, a Facebook group that I’m part of and I asked them the question.  Over 400 people replied to the post and the majority of the replies said that it is indeed a Christmas movie.  Here’s a few of the comments that people left.  One person said “If a film is set at Christmas time then it’s a Christmas movie in my book.”  Someone else said “This is the post that never ends on Facebook. The answer is yes for all time.”  One person said, “Absolutely. Home Alone is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time and people call it a Christmas classic. Die Hard is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time, it is also a Christmas classic.”  That’s a well thought out defense!   Then there was someone that said “That’s a big fat no!”  And “No. Anyone who thinks so is wrong.”  So what do you think? Is Die Hard a movie you turn to during the Christmas season?

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I dive into the movie and the big question.  I will ask you ten trivia questions about Die Hard and then I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about the movie, its stars and what people say about Die Hard being a Christmas movie.

In the episode, I mention a website I recently came across with the best data regarding the Die Hard vs. Christmas controversy. Stephen Follows, an established data researcher in the film industry did a whole write up titled Using data to determine if Die Hard is a Christmas movie. All his stats will blow your mind.  After going through his fact based research, you may need to re-evaluate your opinion on whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts 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! 

The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 27 – Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:04] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:04] Hey there, movie fans, I’m Debi Jenkins, host of Trivia Rewind. You may or may not be aware that every Christmas season a big debate rages on about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’ve seen so much about this topic lately. Just today, I saw a clip on The Today Show where they replayed a segment of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon asked president Obama if he thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie and here’s what he said. “No. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas is a Christmas movie. Die Hard is an action flick that happens to involve tangentially Christmas.” All through the clip, Jimmy Fallon is agreeing with him. In a December 3rd, 2020 tweet from Natalie Andrews, a congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she said that house Democrats voted on their favorite Christmas movie as a [00:01:00] practice vote before virtual leadership elections. The choices laid out before them were Love Actually,  Polar Express,  Home Alone, Die Hard and Miracle on 34th Street. The winner of the vote was Miracle on 34th Street. A Cinemablend article alludes to the fact that by their very inclusion of Die Hard in their choices, they are saying it’s a Christmas movie. The debate rages on each year. In 2020, when we need a little break from all the seriousness of what’s going on, the Die Hard question definitely lightens the mood.

[00:01:34] To help me answer the question, I first watched the movie and then I turned to Movie Talk, a Facebook group that I’m part of and I asked them the very question. Over 400 people replied to the post and the majority of the replies said that yes, it is indeed a Christmas movie.

[00:01:53] Here’s a few of the comments that people left. One person said, “If a film is set at Christmas [00:02:00] time, then it’s a Christmas movie in my book.” Someone else said, “This is the post that never ends on Facebook. The answer is yes for all time.” One person said, “Absolutely. Home Alone is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time and people call it a Christmas classic. Die Hard is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time. It is also a Christmas classic.” That’s a well thought out defense. Then there was someone that said, “That’s a big fat no” and “No. Anyone who thinks so is wrong.” So what do you think? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie that you turn to during the Christmas season?

[00:02:42] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind we’re going to dive into the movie and the big question. I’m going to ask you ten trivia questions about Die Hard and then I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about the movie, its stars and what people say about Die [00:03:00] Hard being a Christmas movie. So are you ready?

[00:03:03] Here’s question one. When John McClain arrives at the airport on Christmas Eve, what is the name of the man that picks him up in the limousine?

[00:03:15] Question two. What Christmas gift does John bring on the airplane with him?

[00:03:23] Question three. What does John McClain write on his arm?

[00:03:30] Question four. What is the name of the building where the hostage situation takes place?

[00:03:38] Question five. What does police officer Sergeant Al Powell buy at the convenience store?

[00:03:47] Question six. What message does John write in blood on the dead terrorists shirt?

[00:03:57] Question seven. On what [00:04:00] floor of the skyscraper is the Christmas party taking place?

[00:04:05] Question eight. What is the name of the head terrorist played by actor Alan Rickman?

[00:04:14] Question nine. What kind of shoes does John wear for most of the movie?

[00:04:21] And question 10. What Christmas song is playing as Argyle, John and Holly drive off in the limo at the end of the movie?

[00:04:33] Well, those are our 10 questions, let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. When John McClain arrives at the airport on Christmas Eve, what is the name of the man that picks him up in the limousine? Well, that limo driver’s name is Argyle. Bruce Willis is the star of the movie and plays character John McClain, an NYPD detective [00:05:00] that travels to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to see his family and hopefully reconcile with his wife. The character Argyle is played by actor De’voreaux White. The movie is based on a 1979 crime novel titled, “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp.

[00:05:18] In a Nobelmania.com article De’voreaux White was asked how he got the role. He says, “Places in the Heart with Danny Glover and Sally Fields, which I was featured in had received huge accolades for Oscars the year before. My agent pitched me to Joel Silver and Bruce Willis. They agreed to take on a meeting and a reading with me. By the time I got home that day, they called and offered me the role.”  A lot of big stars were considered for the role of John McClain. Some names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Robert DeNiro turned down the role. At the time, Bruce Willis was known for his comedic role on the [00:06:00] television series Moonlighting. The filmmakers of Die Hard had to do some work-arounds with his Moonlighting schedule. He’d often work on the Moonlighting set during the day and then he’d head over to the Die Hard set at night. Bruce Willis was paid $5 million for his role in Die Hard. At the time, this was considered huge.

[00:06:20] So does Bruce Willis think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Well at a Comedy Central roast in 2018, Bruce Willis is quoted as saying,  “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.” People heard that line and you’ll see people quoting it all over the internet. Oh, but wait. Some of the news media as usual, didn’t include the entire quote.  Bruce Willis finishes his statement that night by saying that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie because it’s a Bruce Willis movie. That last line is pretty important when answering the big question [00:07:00] about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. In December of 2019, the Hollywood Reporter took a poll and here’s their results: 61% said that no, Die Hard was not a Christmas movie while 39% said yes. Around 12,000 people voted in the poll. Last time I looked you can still vote so the numbers can definitely change over time. Visit triviarewind.com where I’ll post a link to the article that includes the poll so that you can go and vote. So for the people in the no camp, there’s some evidence for your side.

[00:07:40] Question two. What Christmas gift does John bring on the airplane with him? He brings a big teddy bear. John was heading to Los Angeles to visit his estranged wife Holly. Actress Bonnie Bedelia plays the role of Holly. She was born with the name, Bonnie [00:08:00] Bedelia Culkin. Her brother is Kit Culkin, the father of actor Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin in the Christmas movie Home Alone. Hmm. Do Christmas movies run in the family? You know, Home Alone was about a heist on Christmas Eve, too. Just something to think about. In a November, 2020 Entertainment, Weekly article titled “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie, the Ultimate EW Investigation,” the article says,  “Within Die Hard’s first ten minutes, the Christmas Eve setting is established and John McClain is jamming to Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” on the way to a holiday party. The article does however mention that both Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson said when they were filming the movie, they never viewed it as a Christmas movie during the production.

[00:08:52] They asked Bonnie Bedelia what her opinion on the matter is. She is quoted as saying, “It’s quite wonderful that this is [00:09:00] still being debated 30 years on” she remarks, “But the people have spoken and it’s their movie now.”

[00:09:08] Question three. What does John McClain write on his arm? He writes the names of the terrorists. Speaking of writing Steven E. de Souza, one of the  screenwriters for Die Hard, he shares his take on whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas  movie. A 2017 Vulture article says, “The movie is set at Christmas but it was released in July like a proper blockbuster. So does it get to live in the holiday cannon alongside White Christmas, Scrooged and Elf? According to Die Hard  screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, yes, it definitely does.” The article even shared screenshots of tweets between de Souza and CNN anchor Jake Tapper, where de Souza stands firm on his position that Die Hard is indeed a Christmas [00:10:00] movie.

[00:10:01] Question four. What is the name of the building where the hostage situation takes place? That building was the Nakatomi Tower. The filming took place at Fox Plaza in Century City, California. This is the corporate headquarters of 20th Century Fox. This was the perfect place to film the movie because the building was still under construction therefore they wouldn’t have a lot of people they had to deal with. In a Slashfilm.com article the cinematographer of Die Hard, Jan de Bont says that they really did use explosives and even blew out the windows of one of the floors of the buildings. When asked if the explosions were real or shot on miniature models, the article quotes him as saying, “The only one that’s shot on a miniature is the very top of the building. Obviously we couldn’t blow up the top of the building, but many other explosions in the building are actually real [00:11:00] explosions.” Due to some of the loud explosions and what Bruce Willis calls an accident on set, he has partial hearing loss in his left ear.

[00:11:11] Question five. What does police officer Sergeant Al Powell buy at the convenience store? He buys several Twinkies for his pregnant wife. Sergeant Al Powell is played by actor Reginald, VelJohnson. This wasn’t the only time VelJohnson would play a police officer. He played one in the television sitcom Family Matters. His role as Sergeant Al Powell in Die Hard was his first major film role. In a Forbes magazine article, the interviewer asks him what his go-to Christmas movie is. VelJohnson replies, “Die Hard. We didn’t realize it was a Christmas movie until we’d made it and people started demanding that it was a Christmas movie. It was only [00:12:00] really then that I realized that it was a Christmas movie because it has the snow, the Christmas songs, it’s set at Christmas at a Christmas party and then there are other things. If they showed it every Christmas, that would be fine by me.” Well, there you go. Reginald VelJohnson does see Die Hard as a Christmas movie. Add that one to the yes column.

[00:12:25] Question six. What message does John write in blood on the dead terrorists shirt? That message was “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho.” So for the people that don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, this scene is an exhibit to prove the side for those that believe it’s a Christmas movie. The dead terrorist is wearing a Santa hat and the words ho, ho, ho are written in blood on his shirt. The ho ho, ho, and the Santa hat further solidify [00:13:00] that it’s a Christmas themed movie. You can even buy Christmas sweaters with these very words on them.

[00:13:06] Question seven. On what floor of the skyscraper is the Christmas party taking place? The party was taking place on the 30th floor. So how does a Die Hard themed Christmas party sound to you? Thanks to Pinterest and Etsy you can plan that very event. I’m not sure what your boss would say, but it would definitely be an unforgettable party that’s for sure.

[00:13:36] Question eight. What is the name of the head terrorist played by actor Alan Rickman? Well, that villain was named Hans Gruber. This was Alan Rickman’s first role in a film.  Prior to Die Hard he was a stage actor in London. In The American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Heroes and Villains [00:14:00] list, Rickman’s character Hans Gruber is listed as the 46th best villain in film history. Another villain he’s notable for playing as the character Snape in the Harry Potter films. In 2016, cancer took the life of 69 year old Alan Rickman.

[00:14:20] Question nine. What kind of shoes does John wear for most of the movie? Well, that’s a trick question. He doesn’t wear any shoes for most of the movie. According to Internet Movie database, “When John McClain runs through the glass shards in his bare feet, Bruce Willis is wearing special rubber shoes designed to look like his own bare feet. One can see this if looking closely, as his feet appear quite unnaturally large in some of these crucial barefoot scenes.”

[00:14:54] There definitely weren’t a lot of costume changes for Bruce Willis in this film. Willis wore [00:15:00] a white undershirt tank top for most of the film. The costume department had 17 undershirts that they used. Obviously they had to rank them in order from white at the beginning of the movie to dirty and bloody by the end of the movie.

[00:15:15] And question 10. What Christmas song is playing as Argyle, John and Holly drive off in the limo at the end of the movie? Well that song was “Let it Snow.” In addition to the Christmas song, “Let it Snow,” another song in the movie had a defining moment. Run-D.M.C.’s single “Christmas in Hollis” was played in the movie. This song was included on two of Run-D.M.C.’s Christmas albums. In a Billboard.com article, Billboard talks with the group and says, “The other thing that definitely keeps “Christmas in Hollis” such an enduring holiday classic as that it’s featured in Die Hard, which has become this [00:16:00] unofficial Christmas tradition for action film fans. What was your reaction to hearing Argyle cranking up the song in the limo for John McClain?” Run-D.M.C replies, “Man, I had no idea back then because I hadn’t seen the movie when it first came out in theaters. But I remember that opening weekend. Remember pagers? Well, my pager was blowing up with people ringing it off the hook and when I finally got to a payphone to find out what was going on, someone told me, yo, your records in Die Hard. A lot of people were introduced to the record because of that movie.” Well, there’s one more piece of evidence for fans that say this is a Christmas movie.

[00:16:42] If you really want to take a deep dive into the data behind this big question, I found the perfect place for you. Stephen Follows an established data researcher in the film industry, he did a whole write-up titled “Using Data to Determine if Die Hard is a Christmas Movie.” [00:17:00] All his stats will blow your mind. After going through his fact-based research, you may need to reevaluate your opinion on whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’m going to post a link to his website on triviarewind.com.

[00:17:17] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I’m not sure if you changed your mind one way or the other about this yearly Christmas movie question. Come share your thoughts on our Instagram or Twitter pages. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind. [00:18:00] .

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life warms the heart of movie watchers each winter. As a child, my family watched this film every Christmas. We always thought my grandfather resembled Jimmy Stewart and maybe that’s why it made the movie even more special. Over the years I have grown to appreciate the film even more. Yes, it’s a long movie. Yes, it can be pretty depressing. No, my kids don’t beg to watch it. I mean come on, how can it compete with Elf (as I put words in the mouth’s of my kids)? Regardless, this movie has become a Christmas staple.  

The movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. Frank Capra’s production company Liberty Films produced the film.  The film is based on a short story titled, “The Greatest Gift” written in 1939 by Philip Van Doren Stern. Philip Van Doren Stern sent out this short story as his Christmas card in 1943. It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t do so well at the box office.  It fell $525,000 short of breaking even. Frank Capra’s reputation took a hit and his production company went bankrupt.  

So how did It’s a Wonderful Life become the Christmas classic it is known as today?  Well, you can thank Republic Pictures, the motion picture production-distribution corporation for failing to renew the copyright in 1974.  That allowed the movie to become part of the public domain and television studios had the opportunity to pick it up which they did and it started airing yearly on television. That yearly airing drew television audiences in and made the movie a Christmas classic.

According to the website Slate.com, “Republic regained control of the lucrative property in 1993 by flexing a new Supreme Court ruling that determined that the holder of a copyright to a story from which a movie was made had certain property rights over the movie itself.”  According to the American Film Institute, “Unauthorized video copies of the film were destroyed, and the NBC network acquired exclusive television rights.”   In a Medium.com article it quotes the Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain as saying, “Ironically, a film that only became a success because of its public domain status was pulled back into copyright.”

Most people have no idea about this behind the scenes history of how It’s a Wonderful Life went from box office flop to Christmas classic. 

In this week’s episode, I will give you ten trivia questions about It’s a Wonderful Life.  After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts.  Find out about Jimmy Stewart’s impressive military career and which scene of It’s a Wonderful Life made him nervous to shoot. Find out why Jimmy Stewart is seen sweating in the movie, in the middle of a snowstorm! Those are just a few of the fun facts I’ll discuss in this episode of Trivia Rewind.

As you’ll hear me mention in the episode, fans of It’s a Wonderful Life will be excited about an event taking place this week! On Sunday, December 13, 2020 Actor Ed Asner is hosting a star studded virtual gala and table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will read the role of George Bailey.  Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ed Asner Family Center, which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families.  The virtual event is taking place on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST. Visit the Ed Asner Family Center Website to order tickets and see what other actors are taking part in the table read. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts 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! 

The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 26 – It’s a Wonderful Life

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:05] Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins. In this episode, I’m taking you back to the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. Frank Capra’s production company, Liberty Films produced the film. The film is based on a short story titled, The Greatest Gift, written in 1939 by Philip Van Doren Stern. Philip Van Doren Stern sent out this short story as his Christmas card in 1943.

[00:00:43] It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t do so well at the box office.  It fell $525,000 short of breaking even. Frank Capra’s reputation took a hit and his production company went bankrupt. So how did It’s a Wonderful Life become the [00:01:00] Christmas classic it is known as today? Well, you can thank Republic Pictures, the motion picture production and distribution corporation for failing to renew the copyright in 1974. That allowed the movie to become part of the public domain and television studios had the opportunity to pick it up, which they did and started airing it yearly on television. That yearly airing drew television audiences in and made the movie the Christmas classic that it is today. According to the website Slate.com, Republic regained control of the lucrative property in 1993, by flexing a new Supreme court ruling that determined that the holder of a copyright to a story from which a movie was made had certain property rights over the movie itself.

[00:01:53] According to the American Film Institute, unauthorized video copies of the film were destroyed and the [00:02:00] NBC network acquired exclusive television rights. In a medium.com article it quotes the Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of Public Domain as saying, “ironically, a film that only became a success because of its public domain status was pulled back into copyright.”

[00:02:20] Most people have no idea about the behind the scenes history of how It’s a Wonderful Life went from box office flop to Christmas classic. In this week’s episode, I will give you 10 trivia questions about It’s a Wonderful Life. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts.

[00:02:43] Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

[00:02:46] Question one. What is the name of the character that actor Jimmy Stewart plays in the film?

[00:02:56] Question two. What is the [00:03:00] name of the town where the story takes place?

[00:03:05] Question three.  When George was a child what happened that caused him to be deaf in one ear?

[00:03:16] Question four.  During World War II why was George Bailey ineligible to serve?

[00:03:24] Question five? What is the name of the angel that was assigned to Jimmy Stewart’s character?

[00:03:33] Question six. Which character misplaces $8,000 before he is able to deposit it at the bank?

[00:03:44] Question seven. What is the name of the cantankerous character that makes life hard for Jimmy Stewart’s character?

[00:03:56] Question eight. Who threw a rock at the [00:04:00] old Granville house and broke a window?

[00:04:04] Question nine. What does George say he’s going to lasso for Mary?

[00:04:12] And question ten. What gift does Clarence leave for George at the end of the film?

[00:04:21] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, review, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:04:27] Question one. What is the name of the character that actor Jimmy Stewart plays in the film? Jimmy Stewart plays the main character George Bailey. Instead of Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant almost played George Bailey. On the American Film Institute’s 2003 list of The 50 Greatest Screen Heroes, George Bailey ranked ninth. Jimmy Stewart’s role as George Bailey earned him an Oscar nomination.

[00:04:59] This was the [00:05:00] third time in his acting career that he had been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category. Growing up, Jimmy Stewart was a shy child who loved working on model airplanes and dreamed of one day being an aviator. He attended Princeton University and it was there that he started acting.  Stewart’s major burst of stardom came out when he took the lead role in Frank Capra’s  You Can’t Take it With You, a film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

[00:05:35] Question two. What is the name of the town where the story takes place? Well, It’s a Wonderful Life takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls, New York. Seneca Falls, New York claims that Bedford Falls was modeled after their town.

[00:05:54] Seneca Falls has embraced It’s a Wonderful Life and even has a museum [00:06:00] dedicated to the film. In 2021, the city will hold its 75th anniversary “It’s a Wonderful Life Festival” celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 events will be held virtually. I will post a link to information about these events on triviarewind.com. It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed both on the RKO Radio Picture Studios lot and the RKO Movie Ranch in Encino, California. One of the largest sets in Hollywood history was built for this movie. The crew made use of sets from the 1931 movie Cimarron when building Bedford Falls. The entire set took up four acres and included 75 stores and buildings. They even transplanted 20 full grown oak trees. Those were just a few of the things that made up this magnificent set. Would you believe that [00:07:00] this Christmas movie full of snowy cold scenes was actually filmed in the middle of a July, 1946, California heat wave. When watching the movie, it’s hard to even comprehend that.

[00:07:13] Some people have said that you can see sweat on Jimmy Stewart’s head during the scene on the bridge, near the end of the film. Supposedly there were times during the filming of the movie that Frank Capra would have to shut down filming just so that they could get out of the heat. So how did they make the snow look so real in the middle of a heat wave?

[00:07:34] Russell Shearman the films special effects artist came up with a new way of making snow for movie sets. He used was called Foamite and mixed it with soap and water and some have said sugar. Then they’d put that mixture in front of really big fans which made it look like falling snow. Shearman and the RKO Radio Studio special effects  department won a Technical [00:08:00] Achievement Award at the 19th Academy Awards for the development of a new method of simulating falling snow on motion picture sets. That’s a big step up from the painting cornflakes white, something they had done to create snow on movie sets before. Imagine stepping on crunchy cornflakes. That’s definitely louder than the sound of walking on crunchy snow.

[00:08:24] Question three. When George was a child, what happened that caused him to be deaf in one ear? In 1919 George and his friends, as well as his brother Harry were sledding on a frozen lake and the ice broke. Harry fell in and George went into the icy water to save his brother. After being in the frozen water George developed an ear infection, which caused him to go deaf in that ear. The child that played the role of George Bailey was Bobby Anderson.  Remember the [00:09:00] scene when the pharmacist Mr. Gower slaps young George in his ear causing it to bleed?  In a Los Angeles Times article, Bobby Anderson said his ear actually did bleed. H.B. Warner, the actor that played Mr. Gower really did hit him in the ear. The article quotes Anderson as saying, “We rehearsed and as the day progressed, the louder and more demanding H.B. got. We’d rest for a little while.  I’d go back to school. They’d bring me back out and we’d spar a little more.” However Bobby Anderson did have fond memories of working with H.B. Warner. He said,  “I was a baby, he says. At the end, when it was all over, he was very lovable. He grabbed me and hugged me and he meant it.” When you start watching It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Gower’s voice is the first voice you will hear in the film. He says the words “I owe everything to George [00:10:00] Bailey. Help him, dear father. “

[00:10:03] Question four. During World War II why was George Bailey ineligible to serve? Well, the answer is he was ineligible to serve because he was deaf in one ear. Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey may have been ineligible to serve in World War II, but in real life, Stuart had quite the military career. This was his first film after returning from serving four years in World War II. According to military.com “When the U.S. entered World War II, Stuart was drafted into the Army, but was rejected because he was underweight for his height.

[00:10:43] He worked with colleagues to put on the necessary pounds and successfully enlisted with the Air Corps. According to the National Museum of the United States Air Force,  “he began flying combat missions and on March 31st, 1944 [00:11:00] was appointed operations officer of the 453rd bomb group, and subsequently chief of staff of the 2nd combat wing, 2nd air division of the 8th Air Force. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. He remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was promoted to brigadier general on July 23rd, 1959. He retired on May 31st, 1968.”

[00:11:30] Question five. What is the name of the angel that was assigned to Jimmy Stewart’s character? The name of the angel was Clarence and he was played by English actor, Henry Travers. In the movie his angel rank was angel second class. He hadn’t earned his wings yet. Did you know that the character Clarence was only visible on screen for 15 minutes of the entire movie? [00:12:00] Before his role in It’s a Wonderful Life, Henry Travers was nominated for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for the movie Mrs. Miniver. Seven of the movies he appeared in were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. Travers died in 1965 and would never know that his role as Clarence would become his most memorable role or that It’s a Wonderful Life would become the Christmas classic it is today.

[00:12:29] Question six. Which character misplaces $8,000 before he is able to deposit it at the bank? That unfortunate character was uncle Billy. That Christmas Eve scene is really hard to watch. Here’s an extra trivia question about uncle Billy. Do you remember what his phone number was? It was Bedford 247.  Actor Thomas Mitchell had the role of uncle Billy.  In [00:13:00] his acting career, Thomas Mitchell was the first actor to win what’s called The Triple Crown of Acting. He won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award. He had an extensive career in both film and television. He has not one but two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame; one for his work in television and one for his work in films.

[00:13:26] Question seven. What is the name of the cantankerous character that makes life hard for Jimmy Stewart’s character? Well, that grumpy guy’s name was Mr. Potter. Actor Lionel Barrymore played Mr. Potter and I can’t think of one nice thing to say about this character. Supposedly the Mr. Potter character was based on the Ebeneezer Scrooge character from A Christmas Carol. The Mr. Potter character was so unlikable that on the 2003 American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Greatest Villains [00:14:00] in American Film History, he ranked number six. Actor Lionel Barrymore comes from a long line of actors. He is the great uncle of actress Drew Barrymore. In the movie, Mr. Potter is in a wheelchair due to polio.  In real life Lionel Barrymore was in a wheelchair due to severe arthritis.

[00:14:22] Question eight. Who threw a rock at the old Granville house and broke a window? That character was Mary, played by actress Donna Reed. While she already had quite the career this was Donna Reed’s first starring role in a film. The old Granville house is where Mary and George spent the first night of their honeymoon and then fixed it up to live in. This is the house that George later refers to as a drafty old house. He says, “gosh, it’s this old house. I don’t know why we don’t all have pneumonia. This drafty old barn. Might as well be [00:15:00] living in a refrigerator. Why did we have to live here in the first place and stay around this measly crummy old town?”  Here’s an extra trivia question about this house. Do you remember the house’s address? It was 310 Sycamore Street.

[00:15:18] Question nine. What does George say he’s going to lasso for Mary? He says that he’s going to lasso the moon. He says, “what is it you want Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”  Remember the scene when George and Mary both have their ear up to the telephone and then they kiss? Supposedly Jimmy Stewart was very nervous about this scene. This was his first on-screen kiss since he returned to Hollywood after serving in World War II. The scene was done in one take. A 2014 Huffington Post article lists this [00:16:00] kiss as one of the Top 11 Classic Hollywood Kisses that Will Send Shivers Down your Spine.

[00:16:06] And question ten. What gift does Clarence leave for George at the end of the film? Clarence leaves George a copy of the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Inside the book is a note that says, “Dear George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends? Thank you for the wings. Love, Clarence.” Then we all know what happens in one of the movie’s most famous scenes. A bell on George and Mary’s Christmas tree rings and what does their daughter Zuzu say? “Look, daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”  It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Oscars and Frank Capra won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Director. In [00:17:00] 1947, the movie was listed as one of the top 10 films by the National Board of Review. In 2006, It’s a Wonderful Life topped the list of  AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Films of all Time. Watching George Bailey give up all his big dreams for the betterment of Bedford Falls is definitely inspirational.

[00:17:23] And here’s something fans of the movie will be excited about. Actor Ed Asner is hosting a star studded virtual gala and table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will read the role of George Bailey. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ed Asner Family Center which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families. The virtual event is taking place on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at 5:00 PM pacific time and 8:00 PM eastern time. Visit [00:18:00] triviarewind.com for a link to tickets and see what other actors are taking part in the reading.

[00:18:07] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Make sure before 2020 is over you take the time to watch this holiday classic and end your year with a little inspiration. Please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Elf Movie Trivia + Christmas Movie Quotes

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?  For a lot of people, that movie is Elf?  Every once in a while a movie comes along that becomes a pop culture sensation. I don’t know about you, but at our house, Elf gets watched way more than once during the Christmas season and we all can recite multiple lines from the movie. 

Will Ferrell does a great job as the star of Elf and I can’t think of a better person to play the part. You know originally, Jim Carrey was offered the role of Buddy but the movie took almost 10 years to get off the ground and in that time Jim Carrey moved on and starred in a different Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  

Elf is directed by Jon Favreau, known more recently for directing such hits as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, the 2019 Lion King and the 2016 The Jungle Book.  In addition to directing Elf, Favreau even has a minor role where he plays Dr. Ben Leonardo, the Hobbs’s family pediatrician that gives Buddy the DNA test.  Also, Favreau is the voice of the Narwhal that says the line “Bye Buddy. Hope you find your dad.” That’s pretty cool that in addition to directing, he got to have a little role in the movie as well. 

Here’s how this episode will work.  In the first segment,  I’ll ask you ten trivia questions about the movie Elf, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the movie. Find out what trick director Jon Favreau used to get a genuine scared reaction out of Will Ferrell when he was testing the jack-in-the-box toys. Find out how long it took sculptors to build that New York City skyline out of Legos. I will tell you about a technique Jon Favreau’s team used called Forced Perspective to make Buddy appear bigger than the other elves. Plus, find out why actor James Caan says there won’t be an Elf sequel.  Those are just a few of the fun facts in this episode.

Then,  I’ll move on to our movie quotes segment where I’ll give you five quotes from random Christmas movies and you have to guess which movie the quotes came from.   You’ll find out about some pretty amazing set designs. I mention one movie and its trailer that tricked everyone into not knowing it was a Christmas movie. After you listen to the episode, watch the movie’s trailer here. Find out what iconic Christmas movie was filmed in the middle of a July California heat wave and how over the years snow has been made on movie sets.  Those and more fun facts await you. 

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Debi Jenkins 0:05
Welcome to another episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. Are you a fan of the movie Elf? In this episode of Trivia Rewind, that’s what I’ll be talking about. Every once in a while a movie comes along that becomes a pop culture sensation. I don’t know about you, but at our house, Elf gets watched way more than once during the Christmas season. I’m sure most people listening to this can recite at least one or more lines from the movie. Will Ferrell is the star of Elf and I can’t think of a better person to play the part. You know, originally, Jim Carrey was offered the role of Buddy, but the movie took almost 10 years to get off the ground and in that time, Jim Carrey moved on and starred in a different Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Elf is directed by Jon Favreau known more recently for directing such hits as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, the 2019 Lion King and the 2016 The Jungle Book. In addition to directing Elf, Favreau even has a minor role where he plays Dr. Ben Leonardo the Hobbs’s family pediatrician that gives Buddy the DNA test. Also Favreau is the voice of the narwhal that says the line “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad.”

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Well, before we get to the trivia questions I’ll review how this works. This episode contains two segments. In the first segment, I’ll ask you 10 questions about the movie Elf? Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the movie. After our Elf trivia segment, I’ll move on to our movie quotes segment where I’ll give you five quotes from random Christmas movies and you have to guess which movie the quotes come from. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Question one. When elves discover a human baby in their workshop, how do they come up with the name Buddy?

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Question two. What is Buddy’s job at the North Pole?

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Question three. Buddy is horrified when Santa tells him what fact about his birth father?

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Question four. What is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job?

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Question five. What is the name of the character played by actress Zooey Deschanel?

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Question six. What is the name of the author that Buddy gets into a fight with at his father’s office?

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Question seven. Buddy tells the department store Santa that he smells like what?

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Question eight. What is one of the three items that is recited in the Code of Elves?

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Question nine. What does Buddy say are the elves four main food groups?

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And question 10. Where do the reindeer get their magic to make Santa’s sleigh fly?

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Those were our questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts. Question one. When elves discover a human baby in their workshop, how do they come up with the name Buddy? Well, the elves look at the label on the baby’s diaper and see that it says Little Buddy Diapers. That’s the moment they start calling him Buddy. Well do the elves’ costumes look familiar to you? If you’re a fan of the classic Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special, you may recognize the costumes. The ones in the movie Elf are replicas of those very costumes from the television special. By the way, if you didn’t catch our last episode, you definitely need to go listen. It was all about those classic Christmas television specials like Rudolph. When director Jon Favreau first got the script for Elf he said it was much darker and had more of a PG-13 vibe. After taking a year to do rewrites, the film came more in line with what he wanted, an innocent Buddy the elf in a world that felt like the old Rankin-Bass television specials.

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Question two. What is Buddy’s job at the North Pole? Well, since he couldn’t keep up with the other elves making toys, Buddy is given the job of toy tester. While he’s never played an elf before, in real life actor Will Ferrell was once Santa for five weeks. In an article from Spliced Wire, he says that actor Chris Kattan was his elf at an outdoor mall in Pasadena, California, where together they passed out candy canes. Remember the scene in Elf when Buddy has to test all those jack-in-the-box toys? Do you remember his surprised reaction to the last jack-in-the-box? Jon Favreau had a remote control for that one and he wanted to get a genuine scared reaction out of Ferrell when he was least expecting it. It definitely worked. In the movie, the head elf is named Ming Ming. He was played by the star of a very popular Christmas movie. Actor Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story had a cameo role in Elf playing the Ming Ming character.

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Question three. Buddy is horrified when Santa tells him what fact about his birth father? Well, Santa tells Buddy that his father is on the naughty list. Actor Ed Asner played Santa Claus. Asner is a charter member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. He has played Santa in several movies. An IGN Film Force article says that Santa’s wardrobe was modeled after the 1950s Santa in Coke advertisements. Actor James Caan plays the role of Buddy’s birth father, Walter Hobbs. James Caan is definitely known for his Oscar nominated role in the movie The Godfather. His character in Elf was the exact opposite of Buddy’s character. From what I’ve read, Will Ferrell had fun messing with James Caan on the set. In a Spliced Wire article, Ferrell is quoted as saying, “My objective in this movie was trying to drive James Caan crazy, both on a story level, and in just constantly messing with him. It was great.”

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Question four. What is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job? The department store was Gimbels. Instead of Gimbels the store featured in the movie was almost going to be Macy’s. The filmmakers were in talks with Macy’s about the possibility of filming there. Macy’s was going to allow them to use the store to shoot parts of the movie. However, one of the stipulations was that Santa couldn’t be revealed as fake. I can’t imagine any department store ever wanting to insinuate that their Santa might be a fake. So I can see why Macy’s had this stipulation. Faveau and his team decided to go with Gimbels, a store that was once a competitor of Macy’s. Both Macy’s and Gimbels were the topic of another Christmas movie, the 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street. The filmmakers got permission to use the Gimbels name, and they filmed the department store scenes inside the cafeteria of a mental hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Did you know that the Gimbels department store was the first department store to have a Thanksgiving Day Parade? It wasn’t Macy’s.

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Question five. What is the name of the character played by actress Zooey Deschanel? She plays Jovie, an elf in Santa Land at Gimbels. When they started filming the movie, the director didn’t know that Zooey Deschanel could sing. When Favreau found out she could sing he wrote that into the script. In addition to her acting roles, Zooey Deschanel has a musical career. She is one half of the musical group called She and Him. Currently, Zooey is dating one of the Property Brothers, Jonathan Scott.

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Question six. What is the name of the author that Buddy gets into a fight with at his father’s office. That author’s name is Miles Finch, played by actor Peter Dinklage. Many fans now recognize Peter Dinklage, not from his Elf role, but for his role as Tyrion Lannister on the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage was born with Achondroplasia, a genetic disorder whose primary feature is dwarfism. Because of this condition, he has often turned down roles that he felt were demeaning, such as playing magical characters like elves and leprechauns. His roll in Elf definitely doesn’t fall into that category.

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Question seven. Buddy tells the department store Santa that he smells like what? He smells like beef and cheese. Buddy and Santa had a pretty amazing fight. They only had one chance to film this scene. There were no second chances because they would have to rebuild that entire elaborate set that Buddy and Santa destroy in the fight. Imagine having to rebuild that New York City skyline made out of Legos. Elf production designer Rusty Smith discusses the Lego situation in an Entertainment Weekly article. H e says, “We had Legos and Favreau said, ‘How about a whole city made of Legos and then they destroy it?’ I was like, Yes, that is so brilliant. But then I turned and looked at my art director, and he was ashen.” I can imagine. It took five sculptors two weeks to build that skyline from scratch. They had to scramble to find enough of the types of colors and different types of Legos needed to build their masterpiece. After all that hard work, it took Santa a few seconds to destroy it. In the article, Rusty Smith discusses more about the transformation that Buddy made inside the Santa Land. He said “It had to feel handmade. It had to feel like Buddy actually did it.” Remember all those snowflakes that Buddy cut out of paper? Smith said it took weeks and weeks for the art department to create those.

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Question eight. What is one of the three items that is recited in the Code of Elves? Here they are, they are treat every day like Christmas. There’s room for everyone on the nice list. And the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. I’m sure you remember the scene when all the elves were seated in the classroom reciting the Code of Elves. To make the other elves look so much smaller than Buddy a technique called forced perspective was used. Director Jon Favreau was inspired by the 1959 film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People. This forced perspective technique was used in a lot of the scenes when you see Buddy with the elves. Check out triviarewind.com, where I’ll post a link to some behind the scenes photos that show exactly how they did this.

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Question nine. What does Buddy say are the elves four main food groups? Well, they are candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. When making the movie, Will Ferrell actually had physical effects from eating so many sweets. It’s been said that he suffered from headaches due to all that sugar. Remember the scene where Buddy puts candy and all kinds of other sweets on top of his spaghetti? Supposedly they had to shoot that scene twice because he threw up the first time. I can see why. And speaking of candy, in the scene where Buddy is at the doctor’s office eating cotton balls, well, what he’s eating is actually cotton candy that had not yet been dyed.

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And question 10. Where do the reindeer get their magic to make Santa’s sleigh fly? Well, that magic comes from Christmas spirit. Remember the end of the movie when Buddy is in Santa’s sleigh and everyone is at Central Park and start singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and it’s showing Christmas spirit, the one thing needed to get Santa’s sleigh in the air? This scene brought tears to Will Ferrell while watching the movie at the L.A. premiere. In a Rotten Tomatoes interview he says, “I’m like, oh, I can’t let everyone see me cry here at my own movie. I was like, oh gosh, this is working on a level that I didn’t anticipate. And that was pretty cool.” People can’t get enough of this movie, and many people, including myself would love to see a sequel. Unfortunately, Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to star in a sequel. In an interview with The Independent James Caan says the reason there won’t be a sequel is that Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau didn’t get along during the filming. This is something I haven’t heard before. Neither Favreau or Ferrell have publicly stated whether it’s true. Whatever the reason, we will still watch Elf year after year. In 2017 Fandango fans named Elf the number one Christmas movie of the 21st century.

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And now for our Christmas movie quotes segment. Before we start, I’d like to take a quick break and ask a favor. If you are enjoying this episode, please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a five star review. If you’re listening on Apple podcasts or another podcast app that allows comments, I’d love it if you would leave a positive comment about Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and spreading the word about this podcast. Now back to our Christmas quote segment. I’ll give you five quotes the answers and fun facts.

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Here’s quote one. “Nobody’s walking out on this fun old fashioned family Christmas.”

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Quote two. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

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Quote three. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”

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Quote four. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole doesn’t he?”

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And quote five. “You’re skipping Christmas. Isn’t that against the law?”

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Those were our quotes. Let’s go back get the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Nobody’s walking out on this fun old fashioned family Christmas.” This quote is said by the character Clark Griswold in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Actor Chevy Chase plays the role of Clark. Chevy Chase’s real name is actually Cornelius Crane Chase. His grandmother is the one that gave him the nickname Chevy after the medieval English ballad titled The Ballad of Chevy Chase. Chevy Chase was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. He had his own satire news segment called Weekend Update, and it’s where he is known for saying the much remembered phrase “I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not.” He won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his work with Saturday Night Live. When it came to the Christmas Vacation movie, supposedly Chevy Chase wasn’t that easy to work with according to the originally slated director, Chris Columbus. In a Chicago article, he is quoted as saying, “To be completely honest, Chevy treated me like dirt.” So Columbus left the movie and several weeks later, Jon Hughes gave him a different Christmas movie to direct, Home Alone.

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Quote two. “Seeing is believing but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” This quote is from the 2004 film The Polar Express. This quote is said by the conductor, voiced by Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks had seven voice roles in this movie. He was the voice of Hero Boy, Hero Boy’s father, Conductor, Hobo, Scrooge puppet, Santa Claus and the narrator. The movie is quite the production. It combines stage acting, motion capture and computer graphics to bring the characters to life. Robert Zemeckis helped write the screenplay and he directed the film. In a Wired article Zemeckis said that he didn’t want the movie to look like animated cartoons. Well, it went way beyond that. Tom Hanks had to wear a bodysuit that had reflective dots on it. Sixty-five infrared cameras recorded his movements in 3D. For close-ups, Tom Hanks had to have 152 marks glued to his face in order to capture every expression he made. The wired article said that it took over fifty minutes to glue these to his face. After they recorded, all the data then went to a computer where the next steps in the process took place. This is all just part of what gives the film its unique look.

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Quote three. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” This line was said by character Doris Walker, played by actress Maureen O’Hara in the 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street. Maureen O’Hara was one of a few actresses often referred to as the Queen of Technicolor. On Miracle on 34th Street she plays the mother to a little girl named Susan, played by actress Natalie Wood. In Maureen O’Hara’s career she played the role of mother to almost 40 children. Here’s something interesting about the filming of Miracle on 34th Street. The actual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was going on and they shot the movie’s parade sequences live when the real event was happening. And here’s the craziest fact of all. We would all assume this movie was released around Christmas time. I mean, it was a Christmas movie. Nope. It was released on May 2, 1947. The head of 20th Century Fox thought more people went to the movies in the summer when it was warm outside. But do people want to watch Christmas movies in the summer? Well, when they marketed the movie, there was no mention that it was about Christmas. The movie’s trailer made sure of it. I’ll post a link to the trailer on triviarewind.com and you can see how they promoted this Christmas movie in a non-Christmassy way.

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Question four. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole doesn’t he?” Clarence the angel says this line in the 1946 movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. One of the largest sets ever built in Hollywood history was for this movie. The Bedford Falls Main Street took three city blocks, and included 75 stores and buildings, all of which had to be built for the movie. They even transplanted 20 full grown oak trees. You’d never guess that this cold looking snowy Christmas movie was actually filmed in the middle of a July California heatwave. Russell Shearman the movie special effects artist came up with a new way of making snow for movie sets. He used what’s called foamite and mixed it with soap and water, and some people say sugar also. Then they put the mixture in front of really big fans, which made it look like falling snow. Shearman and the RKO Radio Studio special effects department won a Technical Achievement Award at the 19th Academy Awards for the development of a new method of simulating falling snow on Motion Picture sets. I’ll post a link to a video on triviarewind.com that talks about the making of snow on movie sets over the years. Amazingly, as great as we think this film is today, when the movie was first released, it didn’t even earn enough at the box office to pay what it cost to make it. The movie grew in popularity beginning in the 1970s when the copyright expired and it was available for TV stations to air royalty free. Those reruns over the years have made it a Christmas classic.

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And quote five. “You’re skipping Christmas? Isn’t that against the law? This quote comes from the character Spike in the 2004 movie Christmas with the Kranks. The movie was based on a John Grisham book titled Skipping Christmas and stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. A lot of the movie takes place in the Kranks’ neighborhood. The production team couldn’t find just the right neighborhood so they built their own. Building their own neighborhood would save them from having to ask real people in a real neighborhood to leave their home for an extended period of time. This gave them more control over the production. In a How Stuff Works article, Garreth Stover, production designer and Karen O’Hara, set decorator provide specific details about what it took to pull this off. A parking lot in Downey, California was the blank slate. Here’s just a few of the crazy facts. They spent 504 hours designing the set. Twelve weeks building the set. They built 17 houses that were each 2400 square feet. They planted over 500 trees. They laid over 60,000 square feet of sod. I could go on and on. I mean this was a big production. Stover said, “Even though it lacks structural foundation, it was built to code.” While all this seems extravagant for one movie, the neighborhood on Hemlock Street is available for other movies and television shows to use. And remember the scene where they had the canned ham and it gets run over? Well they use 26 cans of ham to film this one scene.

Debi Jenkins 23:46
Well that’s it for this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links talked about in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com Thanks for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Animated Christmas Movie Trivia + Christmas Movie Quotes

When I was growing up, nothing felt more like Christmas than when the TV Specials Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas aired. Unlike today, you only had one chance to watch it and if you missed that special viewing night, you were out of luck. That was until VHS and DVD players came along.

To get the Christmas spirit kicked off, this week’s episode is about five of those classic TV Christmas specials. And to make things even more fun, this episode has two segments!  In the first segment, I’ll be talking about five animated Christmas television specials. Whether you were born fifteen years ago or fifty, these specials transcend time.

In the second segment, it’s Christmas movie quotes trivia! I’ll give you five quotes from popular Christmas movies and you have to guess who said the quote and which movie the quote is from.  

You’ll learn lots of fun facts in this episode. Find out how one man in the midst of grief wrote a Christmas story we won’t soon forget. Find out which television special’s stop motion puppets recently hit the auction block and the amazing price they sold for. I’ll tell you what the producer and the director of A Charlie Brown Christmas thought after they viewed the special for the first time. (It wasn’t a good thing) And in our Christmas movie quotes segment, find out which star of one of the most popular Christmas movies caused the original director to quit after he treated him like dirt.

Plus, as promised from the episode, here’s the picture of Macaulay Culkin, star of the hit Christmas movie Home Alone and his Twitter post that made everyone laugh this year during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I hope you really enjoy this Christmas episode. There will be more Christmas episodes to come. Here’s a hint about the next episode…Think “You smell like beef and cheese!” So what is your favorite Christmas special? Visit our Instagram page and share your thoughts there!

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts 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! The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Trivia Rewind Episode – Christmas TV Specials + Christmas Movie Quotes

Debi Jenkins 0:05
Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. I’m kicking off the holiday season with this episode. This week, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and talking about five animated Christmas television specials. Whether you were born 15 years ago or 50 these specials transcend time. Did you grow up loving the Rankin-Bass specials like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, or were you more about How the Grinch Stole Christmas fan? Those are two of the shows I’ll be talking about. Also starting new this week, instead of two episodes, I will give you one jam packed episode with the 10 trivia questions plus five quotes. So here’s how this episode will work. Since I’ll be talking about five Christmas specials, I’ll give you two trivia questions for each of the five shows. Then I’ll give you five quotes from Christmas movies. After I ask you the questions I’ll go back and give you the answers as well as some fun facts.

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Find out how one man in the midst of grief wrote a Christmas story we won’t soon forget. Find out which television special’s stop motion puppets recently hit the auction block and the amazing price they sold for. And in our Christmas movie quote segment find out which star of one of the most popular Christmas movies caused the original director to quit after he treated him like dirt? These and so many more fun facts await you in this episode of Trivia Rewind. So grab your hot chocolate and let’s play.

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Question one. In the 1964 special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, what is the name of the narrator who is also the voice of Sam the Snowman?

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Question two. When Rudolph runs away, what is the name of the prospector that he encounters?

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Question three. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, who goes with Charlie Brown to pick out a Christmas tree at the Christmas tree lot?

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Question four. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, what Christmas carol do the kids sing at the end of the show?

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Question five. What was the name of the drummer boy in the 1968 special The Little Drummer Boy?

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Question six. In the Little Drummer Boy, what is the name of the lamb, the little boy’s animal friend?

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Question seven. In Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the little girl that sees the Grinch stealing her family’s Christmas tree?

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Question eight. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog?

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Question nine. In the 1969 animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the magician’s rabbit?

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And question 10. In the animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the little girl that names the snowman Frosty and hopes to get him to the North Pole?

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Well, those are our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 1964 special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, what is the name of the narrator who is also the voice of Sam the Snowman? Well, that person is Burl Ives. Burl Ives was the only non-Canadian to voice a character in this special. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer first aired on December 6, 1964 on the NBC network. According to Smithsonian magazine, the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer special is the longest running Christmas special in history. Have you ever wondered how the actual story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came about? Well, in 1938, Robert May, a copywriter for the Chicago based in Montgomery Ward department store was given the task to write a holiday story that Montgomery Ward could distribute to their shoppers during the next Christmas season. Let me mention here that Robert May grew up in a secular Jewish family and his wife was Jewish. Here he was writing what would become one of the most loved Christmas stories for children. While writing this story May’s wife was suffering from cancer and near death. Life was quite hard for him at that time, but somehow he was able to write this magical story. His young daughter loved the deer that she saw at the Lincoln Park Zoo and that helped give him inspiration for his story. While working on his story, he also thought back to some of his childhood memories of being extremely shy. All of Santa’s reindeer were already named, thanks to an 1820s poem titled, A Visit from St. Nicholas. The poem listed the names of eight reindeer. Well, Robert May came up with reindeer number nine and named him Rudolph. In a 1963 interview, he said Rudolph rolled off the tongue nicely. He even got the idea for the shiny red nose when looking out his window over Chicago’s Lake Michigan and seeing all the fog. It then came to him how Santa could get through the fog, a red nose for Rudolph it would be. In 1939 Montgomery Ward printed the story and gave out over two million copies of it for free. After Robert May’s wife died, he struggled as he had piles of medical bills to pay and he took on the role of single father. Life was difficult to say the least. However, in 1947, Montgomery Ward unexpectedly gave Robert Mae the copyrights for his story. What a gift this would turn out to be. It just so happened that Robert May’s brother-in-law was Johnny Marks, a songwriter, and he went on to write the song that went along with May’s Rudolph story. As the song made its way around to singers, Gene Autry’s wife convinced him to take on the song and by Christmas of 1949, Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy released the song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, where it went all the way up the charts and hit number one, the week of Christmas. Robert May’s story led to the song which then set the course for the beloved television special. Robert May’s story about Rudolph set him up financially for the rest of his life. Hearing the background on this story really makes me appreciate it all the more.

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Question two. When Rudolph runs away, what is the name of the prospector that he encounters? That prospector’s name was Yukon Cornelius. Larry Mann was the voice of Yukon Cornelius. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was a Rankin-Bass production. Rankin-Bass were known for their stop motion animated Christmas specials where they used puppet like characters. Well guess who was neighbors with Rankin and Bass? Johnny Marks, the writer of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song. Arthur Rankin Jr. approached his neighbor about turning the song into a TV special and the rest is history.

Debi Jenkins 8:07
So how about those memorable Rudolph and Santa stop motion puppets they used in the special. The auction house called Profiles in History recently auctioned off the six inch tall Rudolph and 11 inch tall Santa that were used to bring this television special to life. When the auction took place on November 13, the set sold for $368,000. The puppets were made by a Japanese puppet maker. They are the faces of many Christmas television memories. Not everyone was able to view this colorful television special on a color television, something we tend to take for granted. In a 1964 Baltimore Sun article, writer Donald Kirkley reviewed the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special. He said, “The movie is a splendid gift from the General Electric Company to the television audience. It will be treasured even more in years to come when more people are able to watch it in color.” In a WYRK.com article it noted that in 1964, only about 3 percent of households owned a color TV. It took until 1972 for color TV sales to surpass that of black and white. Imagine watching this television special in black and white. No red nose for Rudolph. No red Santa suit. Let that sink in for a minute.

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Question three. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, who goes with Charlie Brown to pick out a Christmas tree at the Christmas tree lot? That was Linus. The Charlie Brown Christmas special first aired on December 9, 1965 and out of those watching TV that night 45 percent were watching this special. It was the first animated television special with the Peanuts characters. At first, the network rejected the idea of having the proposed animated special air during prime time. When they finally agreed to it, they gave the team only six months to complete the task. Coca Cola was the sponsor. When it was done, the producer Lee Mendelson and the director Bill Melendez, they watched the final product together. In Charles Solomon’s, The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating 50 Years of Television Specials, Mendelson remembers Melendez turning to him and saying, “I think we’ve ruined Charlie Brown.” However, they were able to change a few things in the little time they had before it was to air. The network thought this special would be a disaster but their predictions were far from correct. The show won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award and since its debut, it has aired like clockwork every year on network television. That is until this year, when Apple TV+ acquired the rights. Apple TV+ will make this special available for free only during a three day time period. So mark your calendars for December 11th through the 13th of 2020 where you can watch the special on Apple TV+ for free. As I mentioned in our It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown podcast episode, the thought of the Peanuts specials not being on network TV takes a little of the nostalgia away. And here’s some breaking news. After all the backlash, It was announced a few days ago that Apple TV+ has decided to partner with PBS and PBS Kids to allow them to broadcast it commercial free on a special one night event taking place December 13th at 6:30pm central time.

Debi Jenkins 12:00
Question four. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, what Christmas carol do the kids sing at the end of the show? That song was Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The kids that you hear singing that song are members of the children’s choir of St. Paul Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California. Supposedly the children were paid $5 each for their participation. So when someone says the words Charlie Brown Christmas tree, what do you picture in your mind? If you watched the show, you probably picture a little sprig of pine tree that looks pretty sad. The Charlie Brown Christmas special made that simple Christmas tree a popular item. Even today you can find models of the tree for sale around Christmas being marketed as “The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.”

Debi Jenkins 12:52
Question five. What was the name of the drummer boy in the 1968 special The Little Drummer Boy? The drummer boy’s name was Aaron and child actor Teddy Eccles provided the character’s voice. On December 19, 1968 Rankin-Bass released this stop motion animated Christmas special on NBC. The special was narrated by Academy Award winning actress Greer Garson. The TV special is based on the popular song The Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Davis. The song was originally titled Carol of the Drum and based on a traditional Czech song.

Debi Jenkins 13:34
Question six. In The Little Drummer Boy, what is the name of the lamb, the little boy’s animal friend? The lamb’s name was Baba. Remember the Von Trapp family singers portrayed in the movie The Sound of Music? Well, the real life Trapp family singers were the first to have recorded the Little Drummer Boy song back in 1951. Since then, it has been recorded numerous times by other artists. In this television special, the Vienna Boys Choir sings the title song.

Debi Jenkins 14:09
Question seven. In Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the little girl that sees the Grinch stealing her family’s Christmas tree? That little girl was Cindy Lou Who. The television special first aired on the CBS network on December 18, 1966 and was based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name. The book was first published in 1957. This TV special had quite the budget. The budget for this show was $300,000. To compare, the Charlie Brown Christmas special only had a budget of $96,000. Voice actress June Foray was the voice of Cindy Lou Who. June Foray was known as the first lady of voice actors. In an Animation World magazine article, it says, “It was not uncommon for people to refer to her as the female Mel Blanc. That prompted her friend and frequent employer Chuck Jones to correct folks. ‘June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray.'” She was highly respected in the world of animation.

Debi Jenkins 15:23
Question eight. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog? His dog’s name was Max. Do you know who sang the You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch song? It was Thurl Ravenscroft, the same guy who did the Tony the Tiger, “They’rrreeee Grrreat” voice in the Frosted Flakes commercials from 1952 to 2005. He was mistakenly left out of the credits in this TV special. Because he was not credited there was often speculation that Boris Karloff or Tennessee Ernie Ford was the person singing the Mr. Grinch song. Supposedly the producer Ted Geisel (also known as Dr. Seuss) felt so bad about this he did all he could to get the story of Ravenscroft’s roll into trade papers. He apologized to Ravenscroft profusely. The soundtrack for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Album for Children.

Debi Jenkins 16:33
Question nine. In the 1969 animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the magician’s rabbit? The rabbit’s name was Hocus Pocus. This magical Christmas special was another Rankin-Bass production and it first aired on December 7, 1969 on the CBS network. Actor Jimmy Durante was the narrator of the Frosty the Snowman special and this was his last film performance. Sadly, he suffered a stroke in 1972 and died in 1980. The television special was based on the song Frosty the Snowman, which was first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County boys in 1950. The previous year, Gene Autry had a hit when he recorded Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Debi Jenkins 17:26
And question ten. In the animated special Frosty the Snowman, what is the name of the little girl that names the snowman Frosty and hopes to get him to the North Pole? Her name was Karen. June Foray was the voice of Karen in Frosty the Snowman. However, after its first year of airing, Suzanne Davidson replaced her. In the book titled The Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass, June Foray is quoted as saying, “I was called in to voice the little girl Karen. I was disappointed to learn later that my work for the Karen character was replaced by another actress. To this day, I am unsure of the reason, but I still enjoy the special.” In July of this year, it was announced by Warner Brothers and Stampede Pictures that a live action movie is in the works starring Jason Mamoa as the voice of a CGI Frosty the Snowman in what’s being called a hybrid CG/live action film. It will be interesting to see a new version of Frosty the Snowman.

Debi Jenkins 18:32
And now for our Christmas movie quotes segment. Before we start, I’d like to take a quick moment and ask that if you’re enjoying this episode that you please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a five star review. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts or another podcast app that allows comments, I’d love it if you would leave a positive comment about this podcast. And the best compliment is to tell a friend about Trivia Rewind. Thanks for your continued support of this podcast. I enjoy bringing you TV and film trivia each week. Now back to our Christmas quotes segment where I’ll give you five quotes, the answers and fun facts.

Debi Jenkins 19:14
Here’s quote one. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

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Quote two. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.”

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Quote three. “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?”

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Quote four. “I made my family disappear.”

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And quote five. “Who gave you permission to tell Charlie there was no Santa Claus? I think if we’re going to destroy our son’s delusions, I should be part of it.”

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Those were our questions, let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.

Debi Jenkins 19:56
Quote one. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” This line is said by Buddy the elf in the 2003 movie Elf. Will Ferrell plays Buddy the elf and this is just one of many great quotes that came out of this movie. The movie is often listed as one of the top Christmas movies of all time. Will Ferrell wasn’t the first pick for the Buddy the elf role. Jim Carrey was initially chosen for the role. It took 10 years to get this movie off the ground so during that time, Jim Carrey moved on and took on other projects. Director Jon Favreau has a cameo role in this movie. He plays the doctor that gives buddy the DNA test. Favreau’s voice also plays a big part in this movie as the narwhal saying, “Bye Buddy. Hope you find your dad.” When making the movie, the goal was not to have a CGI created movie, but make it more like the nostalgic stop motion Rankin-Bass productions that gave us the TV specials like Frosty and Rudolph. The only CGI you find in this movie is the snow over the opening credits and the snowballs in Buddy’s snowball fight scene. One might assume the movie was only filmed in New York City. Some of the movie was shot in Vancouver, Canada. In a Rolling Stone magazine article, Director Jon Favreau mentions how they used an empty field at a mental hospital to double as Central Park when shooting parts of the ending scene of the movie.

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Quote two. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” This line is said by Santa Claus played by actor Jeff Gillen in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story. Santa Claus is talking to the character Ralphie. Ralphie, the main character in this movie was played by a child actor Peter Billingsley. Would you believe that the Director Bob Clark auditioned 8000 kids for the Ralphie role? Peter Billingsley was the first child to audition and after seeing those 8000 other kids, Bob Clark came back to Billingsley. Peter Billingsley went on to have a successful career in Hollywood and people still quote the line, “you’ll shoot your eye out” to him. After the film Billingsley got to keep some of the memorable prop items such as the Red Ryder BB gun and the pink bunny suit. Peter Billingsley appeared in another popular Christmas movie. He had an uncredited cameo as Ming the elf in the 2003 movie Elf. Look for Ming the next time you watch Elf. One unforgettable scene from this movie was when the character Flick gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pole. How did they film this scene without actually sticking his tongue to an icy pole? Well, they used a hidden suction tube and a piece of plastic that slid over the pole. The exterior shots of A Christmas Story were filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, there was no snow in Cleveland that winter. They had to take matters into their own hands and go hundreds of miles away to bring in snow from ski areas. They even had to go as far as using potato flakes to simulate falling snow and they even had to resort to using firefighter’s foam that looked like snow. Remember the scene where Ralphie is wearing the rhinestone shirt and dreams of using a Red Ryder BB gun? In the scene he spits out some tobacco. Well, it was actually the real thing. Redman Chaw to be exact. That small amount had enough effect on actor Peter Billingsley that they had to shut the set down for an hour while he laid down and sweated it off. I don’t imagine that happening with a child actor on a film set today.

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Quote three. “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?” This was said by Audrey Griswold in the 1989 movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Actress Juliette Lewis plays Audrey Griswold, the cranky teenager. This was Juliette Lewis’ first major film role. The movie was written and directed by John Hughes and was based on a story Hughes wrote called Christmas 59 that was published in the National Lampoon magazine in December of 1980. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Chris Columbus, known today as the King of family films. But in a Chicago article, he is quoted as saying, “To be completely honest, Chevy (meaning Chevy Chase) treated me like dirt.” So Columbus left the movie and several weeks later, Hughes gave him a different Christmas movie to direct, Home Alone. Have you ever wondered where they shot some of the scenes for the movie? The movie was set in suburban Chicago, but that’s not where it was filmed. Some of the exterior locations were shot in the cities of Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado. The Griswold family home is located on the Warner Brothers ranch facility in Burbank, California. And here’s something interesting to think about. Have you ever realized that while this movie is about Christmas, the movie ends on Christmas Eve and we don’t even get to experience Christmas Day at the Griswolds.

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Quote four. “I made my family disappear.” This line is said by Kevin in the 1990 movie Home Alone. Actor Macaulay Culkin had the role of Kevin. When John Hughes wrote the script he had Macaulay Culkin in mind to play Kevin. Hughes had previously worked with Culkin in the movie Uncle Buck. Director Chris Columbus auditioned 200 other kids before going ahead and giving Culkin the role. This role made Macaulay Culkin a household name. In a Guardian article, Columbus admits he learned a big lesson about child actors when working on Home Alone. He mentions that when you’re hiring a child actor, in a way you’re hiring their family as well. The article quotes him as saying, “I was casting a kid who truly had a troubled family life.” In an Entertainment Weekly article, Chris Columbus says the famous scene where Macaulay Culkin puts cologne on his face, screams and then holds his hands to his face was somewhat improvised by Culkin. He thought Culkin would just touch the cologne to his face and scream but Culkin held his hands there in what is now an iconic movie scene. Culkin made fans everywhere laugh during the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic when he posted a selfie of himself wearing a mask with a picture that featured that very Home Alone scene. I will post a photo on the Trivia Rewind website.

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And quote five. “Who gave you permission to tell Charlie there was no Santa Claus? I think if we’re going to destroy our son’s delusions, I should be a part of it.” That line is said by Scott Calvin in the 1994 movie The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin was played by actor Tim Allen. In 1994 Tim Allen had quite the trifecta. During one week in November, his movie, the Santa Clause was number one at the box office, his show Home Improvement was the number one rated television show and his book titled, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man was number one on the New York Times list of bestsellers. The Santa Clause movie went on to have two sequels.

Debi Jenkins 28:11
Well, that’s our show for this week. I’d love to hear what your favorite Christmas special is. Visit triviarewind.com and share your thoughts. And while there, you’ll find links to our Twitter and Instagram pages. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you so much for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Adam Sandler Movie Trivia

In this episode of Trivia Rewind it’s all about the movies of Adam Sandler.  While movie goers world wild love his films, critics don’t always agree. Buy hey, what do critics know! With one of his latest films, Uncut Gems, the critics finally changed their tune and some called that movie one of the best of his career.  This week I will be talking about 10 of Adam Sandler’s most loved films.

In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out what item Adam Sandler bought his four co-stars in Grown Ups after the movie cleaned up at the box office. You’ll even find out on which movie set he met his wife.  What fast food did his kids love for him to bring them to school?   You’ll get all those answers in our fun facts!

So what is your favorite Adam Sandler movie? Visit our Instagram page and share your thoughts there!

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Trivia Rewind Episode – Adam Sandler Trivia

Debi Jenkins  0:04  
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about the movies of Adam Sandler. While movie goers worldwide love his films, critics don’t always agree. But hey, what do critics know? With one of his latest films, Uncut Gems, the critics finally changed their tune and some called that movie one of the best of his career. This week, I’ll be talking about ten of Adam Sandler’s films. In our Fun Facts segment, you’ll want to find out what item Adam Sandler bought his four co-stars in Grown Ups after the movie cleaned it up at the box office. You’ll even find out on which movie set he met his wife. What fast food did his kids love for him to bring them at school? Stick around and find out all those answers. Before we get to the questions, I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you ten questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind. 

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Question one. In the film Happy Gilmore, which TV personality does Adam Sandler’s character get into a fist fight with? 

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Question two. In the 2010 movie Grown Ups, what is the game that Adam Sandler’s character and his friends play that end up causing Rob’s foot to get impaled? 

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Question three. In what bowl game does Bobby Boucher win the MVP award in the movie The Waterboy? 

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Question four. In the movie The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie Hart gets left at the altar. Why did his fiance tell him she called it off? 

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Question five. In the 2019 movie Uncut Gems, what is Adam Sandler’s character Howard Ratner addicted to?

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Question six.  In the movie Billy Madison, how long does Billy have to complete grades one through twelve after making a deal with his father? 

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Question seven.  In the 2005 movie The Longest Yard, what is the name of the football team that Adam Sandler’s character Paul Crewe puts together in the prison? 

Debi Jenkins  2:58  
Question eight.  In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Koufax works one day a week doing what? 

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Question nine. In the 2019 Netflix movie, Murder Mystery, which actress plays Adam Sandler’s character’s wife? 

Debi Jenkins  3:22  
And question 10.  In the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, after inheriting one billion dollars, what does Adam Sandler’s character Longfellow Deeds buy everyone in his town, Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire?

Debi Jenkins  3:41  
Well, those were the ten questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts. Question one. In the film Happy Gilmore, which TV personality does Adam Sandler’s character get into a fistfight with?  That TV personality was Bob Barker host of The Price Is Right game show. He played himself in Happy Gilmore. Bob Barker did all of his own stunts in the movie. Would you believe that The Price Is Right host trained with Chuck Norris for eight years and is an expert in karate? All those years of holding a microphone sure had us fooled. In 1996 this fight between Adam Sandler and Bob Barker won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. This was the first movie fight to be given this award. And after Happy Gilmore, The Price Is Right ratings went up. 

Debi Jenkins  4:40  
Question two. In the 2010 movie Grown Ups, what is the game that Adam Sandler’s character and his friends play that end up causing Rob’s foot to get impaled? That game was arrow roulette. That was one crazy game. Adam Sandler was one of the writers of this classic comedy. The movie did so well at the box office Adam Sandler bought each of his four co-stars a Maserati.  At the time, Grown Ups was Sandler’s highest grossing film worldwide.  At the age of 17, before he was all grown up, Adam Sandler’s brother convinced him to do stand up comedy. Dennis Miller saw one of his acts and recommended him to the people at Saturday Night Live. 

Debi Jenkins  5:29  
Question three. In what bowl game does Bobby Boucher win the MVP award in the movie The Waterboy? Well, that would be the Bourbon Bowl. This was another movie that Adam Sandler helped write. In a CNN article, Adam Sandler said that the idea for his Waterboy character came from one of his Saturday Night Live characters Canteen Boy. In the movie, the award winning actress Kathy Bates plays the role of Bobby’s mother. She says that she threw the script away after first reading it. Her niece encouraged her to re-think that move. The production staff couldn’t believe she agreed to be in the movie. We’re all glad she did because she did a great job playing his mother. 

Debi Jenkins  6:17  
Question four. In the movie The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie Hart gets left at the altar. Why does his fiance tell him she called it off? Well, his fiance says she initially fell in love with him because of his ambitions of one day being a rock star. Well now he’s only a Wedding Singer. I guess that wasn’t good enough for her. I’m guessing the character name Robbie Hart has something to do with a robbed heart. When Adam Sandler was just 11 years old, his mom forced him to sing in his sister’s wedding. The two songs he sang were Ringo Starr’s You’re 16 and Paul McCartney’s Yesterday. The weekend The Wedding Singer opened it came in second place right behind Titanic. 

Debi Jenkins  7:12  
Question five. In the 2019 movie Uncut Gems, what is Adam Sandler’s character Howard Ratner addicted to? Well, he is addicted to gambling. Adam Sandler’s wife is the one that encouraged him to do the film. When this movie came out there was a lot of buzz about the awards that Adam Sandler might win for this role. Surprisingly to a lot of people, he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. He even joked that he was snubbed by the Academy when he was giving an acceptance speech at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, where he won for Best Male Lead. 

Debi Jenkins  7:53  
Question six. In the movie Billy Madison, how long does Billy have to complete grades one through twelve after making a deal with his father? Well, he gets two weeks for each grade. Billy Madison was one of the first big movies that Sandler headlined. In 1999, Adam Sandler formed his own production company which is named Happy Madison Productions. The “Happy” is taken from the title of his movie Happy Gilmore and the “Madison” is taken from this movie, Billy Madison. You may remember the dodgeball scene in this movie. Sandler made one of the child actors cry after he hit him too hard with a dodgeball.  On the show Conan he talked about how some of the parents were upset and reminded him that they were only little kids. Critics didn’t seem to like this movie, but the box office didn’t show that.  It debuted at number one. 

Debi Jenkins  8:54  
Question seven. In the 2005 movie The Longest Yard, what is the name of the football team that Adam Sandler’s character Paul Crewe puts together in the prison? Their team was named the Mean Machines. This film was a remake of the 1974 film starring Burt Reynolds. In the 2005 film, Burt Reynolds appears as coach Nate Scarborough and wears number 22, the same number he wore in the 1974 film when he played Paul Crewe. 

Debi Jenkins  9:30  
Question eight.  In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Koufax works one day a week doing what?  He is a tollbooth attendant. Sonny has his law degree but is too lazy to take the Bar Exam. Adam Sandler met his wife Jackie on the set of this movie. She had a role as a waitress. They were married in 2003 and have two daughters. Jackie and their children often make appearances in his movies. Adam Sandler is known to be a great father. In a 2014 Huffington Post article, he talked about eating lunch with his kids at their elementary school on a regular basis, and how In n Out Burger was a hit with his kids. 

Debi Jenkins  10:18  
Question nine. In the 2019 Netflix movie Murder Mystery, which actress plays Adam Sandler’s character’s wife? That actress was Jennifer Aniston. This wasn’t the first film that Sandler and Aniston have done together. In 2011 they starred together in Just Go With It. Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie appeared in this movie and was credited as The Great Looking Flight Attendant.  Murder Mystery was released digitally on Netflix, and at the time had their record for having the biggest opening weekend for a film in the history of Netflix. 

Debi Jenkins  10:59  
Question 10.  In the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, after inheriting one billion dollars, what does Adams Sandler’s character Longfellow Deeds buy everyone in his town Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire? Well, he bought everybody red Corvettes. This film was a remake of Frank Capra’s 1936 film Mr. Dees Goes to Town. Critics once again didn’t have great reviews for this Sandler movie. In fact, in a San Francisco Gate article, the critic called the movie a stink bomb. However, audiences loved it, and it was a huge box office success. 

Debi Jenkins  11:41  
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode centered around the great movies of Adam Sandler. I hope you learned something new today. Go impress your friends with one of the fun facts and then send them to listen to Trivia Rewind. You won’t want to miss an episode, so please subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can join Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you so much for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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