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March Movie/TV Quotes Madness

Have you seen any good movies this week? There are a lot of movies and TV series over the years that leave us with one good quote that makes it forever memorable. That’s the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. It’s all about movie or TV quotes.  I’m bringing back some of our Midweek Movie/TV Quotes segments. In previous episodes, I would read the quote. This time I’ll play a clip from a movie or TV series and you’ll have to guess which movie or series the quote comes from.  After I give you the quote and answer, I’ll give you some fun facts.

Speaking of good movies, I do have a lot of movies I consider favorites but last week, I had to pick just one. I was a guest on the podcast called Your Next Favorite Movie. I discussed one of my favorite movies with Josh, the host of the show. If you have a chance, go listen! There is a special reason why the movie I discuss is one of my favorites and I share that personal reason why with Josh.

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

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Trivia Rewind Episode 39 March Movie/TV Quotes Madness

[00:00:00] [00:00:00] Movie Clip: [00:00:00] Todo, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

[00:00:18] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:18] Hey, welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins. Have you seen any good movies this week? There are a lot of movies over the years that leave us with one good quote that makes the movie forever memorable. And that’s the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. It’s all about movie quotes.

[00:00:40] This time with a twist. I’m bringing back some of our Midweek Movie Quote segments, where you’ll listen to the quote from the movie and you’ll have to guess which movie the quote comes from. On our past Midweek Movie Quote episodes, I would read you the quote. This time you get to hear it from [00:01:00] the movie.

[00:01:01] I’ll give you some fun facts about the movie after I give you the answers. Stick around to the very end and I’ll tell you about a podcast that I recently appeared on as a guest, where I shared about one of my favorite movies. I’ll tell you where to tune in and listen to that episode. If you’re ready, let’s get started.

[00:01:23] Movie Clip: [00:01:23] Uh, this is Houston. Uh, say again please. Houston. We have a problem. We have a main bus B undervolt.

[00:01:33] Debi Jenkins: [00:01:33] That is from the movie Apollo 13. In the film, you will hear actor Tom Hanks say the line. This popular quote is actually not quite the correct quote from the actual Apollo 13 mission. Astronaut Jack Sweigert first says, okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.

[00:01:54] And then when NASA asks them to repeat, astronaut Jim Lovell says, [00:02:00] uh, Houston, we’ve had a problem. Well, the screenwriter made the change because the original verb tense wasn’t as dramatic. And I say, I’d have to agree because I recently went to YouTube and watched this part from the movie and I watched the NASA recording.

[00:02:17] The movie definitely was more dramatic, but that would probably have to do with the acting and the dramatic score that went along with it.

[00:02:28] Movie Clip: [00:02:28] I will go up to the sixth finger man and say, hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die.

[00:02:42] Debi Jenkins: [00:02:42] Well, this well known movie line is from the movie The Princess Bride. This line was said by actor Mandy Patinkin as character Inigo Montoya, a Spanish fencer. Mandy Patinkin has told people [00:03:00] this was his favorite movie role. Patinkin attended Julliard and actor Kelsey Grammar was a classmate of his.

[00:03:15] Movie Clip: [00:03:15] Hey doc, you better back up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88. Roads, where we’re going we don’t need roads.

[00:03:24] Debi Jenkins: [00:03:24] This memorable line came from the 1985 movie Back to the Future. In the movie, Dr. Emmett Brown, the inventor of the time machine says this to Marty McFly. This line occurs at the very end of the film when Doc says he’s going to take Marty to the year 2015. Well, unfortunately in 2015, we still needed roads. Flying cars were not the thing.

[00:03:54] Movie Clip: [00:03:54] I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend [00:04:00] for dinner. Bye.

[00:04:03] Debi Jenkins: [00:04:03] Well, I sure wouldn’t want to be the guest of that dinner party because that movie quote comes from the thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. The character Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins says this line to Clarice Starling played by actress Jodie foster. This movie really cleaned it up at the Academy Awards. It took home five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the year, 2003, the American Film Institute gave the character Hannibal Lecter, the honor of being named The Greatest Villain in American Cinema.

[00:04:49] Movie Clip: [00:04:49] Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.

[00:04:53] Debi Jenkins: [00:04:53] This line comes from the movie Airplane and it said by Dr. Rumack portrayed by actor [00:05:00] Leslie Nielsen. Leslie Nielsen saw a boost in his career after this movie. Actor Leslie Nielsen was born in Canada and even enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

[00:05:12] After the movie Airplane, his roles took a turn toward slapstick comedy. Even in death, Leslie Nielsen left a bit of humor. On his tombstone are the words Let ‘er Rip, a reference to his favorite practical joke, a portable hand controlled fart machine.

[00:05:32] Movie Clip: [00:05:32] That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

[00:05:41] Debi Jenkins: [00:05:41] That is from the movie Babe. Farmer Hogget says  this line to Babe the pig in the 1990 film, Babe. Farmer Hogget is played by actor James Cromwell. James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for his role as Farmer Hogget. [00:06:00] Because of the movie, he even became a vegetarian. In an article from The Vegetarian Times he’s quoted as saying, “I decided that to be able to talk about this movie with conviction, I needed to become a vegetarian.” This film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

[00:06:24] Movie Clip: [00:06:24] You’re going to need a bigger boat.

[00:06:26] Debi Jenkins: [00:06:26] That line came from Steven Spielberg’s hit Jaws. In the movie, Sheriff Brody says this line to the character Quint. Roy Scheider played the role of Sheriff Brody. According to Scheider’s obituary, he ad-libbed the line. Supposedly the line was kind of an inside joke among the cast and crew. A large barge was used to house all of the equipment for the movie and only a small boat was used to support it.

[00:06:55] People would tell the producers “you’re going to need a bigger boat” and [00:07:00] whenever any problems would arise on set, that line would be used as a joke. So when Roy Scheider ad-libbed that line for the movie, imagine the laughs that must have produced among the rest of the cast and crew.

[00:07:13] Movie Clip: [00:07:13] I know this is hard for you, but winter is coming.

[00:07:23] Debi Jenkins: [00:07:23] This quote comes from the series Game of Thrones. Winter is coming as the motto of House Stark. The first time this line was used was by Ned Stark, the head of House Stark. This role was played by English actor, Sean Bean. Before game of Thrones, Sean Bean was widely recognized for his role as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

[00:07:48] Bean has been married five times, has three kids, and is even a grandfather. Sean Bean should not be confused with the quirky character Mr. Bean [00:08:00] played by Rowan Atkinson. If you think that’s a ridiculous thing to say, it has actually happened multiple times when he’s received fan mail meant for the other Bean. And who would have guessed that this tough guy is afraid of flying.

[00:08:15] Supposedly during the filming of The Fellowship of the Ring, he would hike to their shooting location instead of going by helicopter with the rest of the actors. And he was in full costume when he made the hike.

[00:08:29] At the beginning of the show, I mentioned a podcast I recently appeared on as a guest. That podcast is called Your Next Favorite Movie. While I have a lot of favorite movies in different genres, the favorite I discuss in this episode comes from the following movie. See if you can guess the movie by hearing a small portion of it.

[00:09:07] [00:09:00] Movie Clip: [00:09:07] I have to find my way back home.

[00:09:10] Debi Jenkins: [00:09:10] That movie gets me every time. Hear my interview by listening to the podcast, Your Next Favorite Movie, which can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for tuning in to Trivia Rewind, and I’ll be back next week with another episode. [00:10:00] .

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The Little Things Preview

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

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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.

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 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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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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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.

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

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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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“Use the Force Luke”

It’s time for another episode of Mid-Week Movie Quotes!  This week’s quotes are out of this universe…meaning all the quotes come from the 1977 movie Star Wars.  Do you know which Star Wars character said this line? “Use the Force Luke!” That’s one of the quotes in this week’s episode.

Star Wars was written and directed by George Lucas. In 1977 Star Wars was initially released to only 50 theaters. Not long after it was released in theaters, Star Wars became a blockbuster hit. At the time, the visual effects were groundbreaking and Star Wars became the highest grossing film of all time until it was surpassed by E.T in 1982.  This movie was the first of three in the original Star Wars trilogy. In 1981 when the movie was re-released in theaters, it was re-titled Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.   

In this episode I will give you five quotes and you’ll have to guess which character said each one. That may be easy but after I give you the answers, I’ll give you some facts about each of the actors who said these memorable lines. This week you’ll find out what the inspiration was for the Princess Leia bun hairstyle.  You’ll find out which actor was banned from attending Star Wars conventions and which actor ignored fan mail from Star Wars fans.  

After you listen to the episode, come back here and below you can hear each line used in the movie. I’ll label them by quote number so there are no pre-listening spoilers.

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Quote 3 – Also, as I promised in the episode, here’s the link where you can find the other times this line was said by Star Wars characters.

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Midweek Movie Quotes – Star Wars Movie Quotes

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. It’s time for another episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. This week’s quotes are out of this universe… Meaning all the quotes come from the 1977 Movie Star Wars. Star Wars was written and directed by George Lucas. In 1977 Star Wars was initially released to only 50 theaters. Not long after it was released in theaters, Star Wars became a blockbuster hit. At the time, the visual effects were groundbreaking and Star Wars became the highest grossing film of all time, until it was surpassed by E.T. in 1982. This movie was the first of three in the original Star Wars trilogy. In 1981. When the movie was re-released in theaters, it was retitled Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. Well, are you ready to see if you know who said the quotes in this week’s episode? Here’s how this episode of Trivia Rewind will work. I’ll give you five quotes and you’ll have to guess which Star Wars character said each one. After I give you the answers. I’ll give you some fun facts.

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Here’s quote one. “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

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Quote two. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

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Quote three. “I have a very bad feeling about this.”

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Quote four. “Don’t everybody thank me at once.”

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And quote five. “Use the force Luke.”

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Those were our five quotes. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” This quote was said by Princess Leia, played by actress Carrie Fisher. A lot of actresses tried out for this role but Carrie Fisher was selected. In a Huffington Post article, Fisher said she was asked to lose 10 pounds to be in the movie. She said at the time she only weighed 105 pounds. That would mean she needed to get down to 95 pounds. Something she said she was unable to do. Have you ever wondered where the idea for Princess Leia hair buns came from? It wasn’t a film hairstylist that came up with the idea, it was actually George Lucas. He was inspired by Mexican history when deciding Leia’s hairstyle. Mexican revolutionary women to be exact. Carrie Fisher was just 19 years old when she auditioned for Star Wars. Her parents were well known. Her mom was Debbie Reynolds and her dad was Eddie Fisher. Carrie Fisher was a vocal advocate for mental health care and lobbied for more mental illness funding. She suffered from bipolar disorder and fought drug addiction for decades. Carrie Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60. She was on board a flight to Los Angeles when she suffered a major heart attack just 15 minutes before landing. A medic performed CPR until the plane landed and paramedics arrived. After arriving at the hospital, she was placed on a ventilator and died four days later. Sleep apnea played a role in her death according to the coroner. In a 2017 full coroner report, it was noted that she had cocaine in her system at the time of her death. Traces of heroin and other opiates were also found in her system. In a Today article, her daughter said “she was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.” (meaning her drug addiction and mental illness) She also said “I know my mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles, seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs.” Even in death, the actress made sure to give people a laugh. Her ashes now rest inside a giant Prozac pill urn. In a Hollywood Reporter article her brother Todd said “it was a porcelain antique Prozac pill from the 50s that was one of Carrie’s prized possessions.” Sadly, the day after her death her mother Debbie Reynolds had a stroke and died. Imagine the heartache for that family. After Carrie Fisher’s death, archival footage was used so she could appear in the 2017 movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the 2019 movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Quote two. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” The character that said this was Darth Vader. James Earl Jones provided the voice for Darth Vader and British actor David Prowse was the man inside the costume. James Earl Jones was not credited for his role in this movie. It wasn’t until a 1997 special edition re-release of the movie that Jones was credited for being the voice of Darth Vader. George Lucas initially considered having Orson Welles do the voice of Darth Vader, but decided his voice would be too recognizable. So where does the Darth Vader name come from? Nowhere special Really. In a Rolling Stone magazine article, George Lucas is quoted as saying, “Darth is a variation of dark and Vader is a variation of father. So it’s basically dark father.” In 2015 David Prowse, the actor that played the physical form of Darth Vader, he starred in a documentary called I am your father. Supposedly George Lucas and David Prowse did not get along. In 2010 Prowse was banned from attending any Star Wars conventions. Lucas said Prowse had burned too many bridges. There were a few incidents where Prowse felt slighted. First, they didn’t like his voice, so they chose James Earl Jones to provide the voice of his character. At the end of the Return of the Jedi Prowse says he was told that when Darth Vader’s mask was removed, people would see his face. Instead, the actor Sebastian Shaw’s face was used. In the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader lightsaber fight scenes it wasn’t Prowse doing the fighting. He was replaced by Olympic fencer and fight choreographer Bob Anderson. That was because Prowse was not a good swordsman. Then he said that he didn’t receive a share of the profits for Return of the Jedi, which he said his contract included. So add all those things up and put George Lucas in the mix and you can see how there was some tension between the two. Darth Vader was a commercial success for Lucasfilm. He was their most profitable character. When I googled Darth Vader products, you wouldn’t believe the things you can buy that have to do with Darth Vader. I saw a Darth Vader fireplace, a toaster, a coffee machine. Someone dreams up the idea and people will buy it.

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Quote three. “I have a very bad feeling about this.” This quote is from Luke Skywalker, played by actor Mark Hamill. Luke Skywalker was the first character to say this line. Other characters have said the line or a line very similar. If you want to know who else has said it. After the episode, you can visit our website where you’ll find a link to other times this line has been used in Star Wars movies. Early on in Mark Hamill’s career he had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital. In the pilot episode of The 70’s series Eight is Enough, Hamill played the role of David Bradford, the oldest son in the family. After the pilot episode, another actor replaced him. It was the Luke Skywalker role in Star Wars that made Mark Hamill a teen idol. In addition to all his acting roles, Hamill has quite the list of voice acting roles. Did you know that in the 2019 Child’s Play remake, Hamill was the voice of Chucky? In the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series, Hamill was the voice of the Joker. No person has held the Joker role longer than Mark Hamill. He received critical acclaim for that voice role. Here’s something you may not have known about Mark Hamill. He has an interest in science. In 2017 he became an affiliate member of the Royal Academy of Chemistry.

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Quote four. “Don’t everybody thank me at once.” Well the person that said this was Han Solo. Actor Harrison Ford played that role. His Star Wars role brought him worldwide fame as well as his role as Indiana Jones. Not only was Harrison Ford’s character Han Solo a pilot, piloting the Millennium Falcon, Ford himself is a licensed pilot. He was 53 when he received his pilot’s license. In 2004, Ford became the chairman of the Young Eagles, a program that is part of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He replaced General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot that broke the sound barrier. In 2009 the person that took Ford’s place was famed pilot Captain Chelsea “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot that landed his US Airways jet safely in the Hudson River. Harrison Ford also flies helicopters and once rescued a stranded hiker in his home state of Wyoming. In Flying Magazine’s list of 51 Heroes of Aviation, they list Harrison Ford at number 48 and call him an advocate for the aviation community. So have you ever noticed the scar on Harrison Ford’s chin? He received that in a car accident after his car hit a telephone pole. That scar is even worked into two of his movie roles, one of which being in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where a whip on the chin gives him a scar.

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And quote five. “Use the Force Luke.” This line was said by the aging Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi played by British actor Sir Alec Guinness. Why the sir? That’s because he was knighted in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth. Interestingly enough in one early draft of the Star Wars script, it had the Obi-Wan Kenobi character portrayed as an old geezer who became wiser over time. In a Time magazine article it mentions that Alec Guinness wasn’t thrilled with that so he mentioned to George Lucas that it would be better if Kenobi be wise the whole time. George Lucas agreed. In a Cancer Today magazine article, it says that Guinness called the Star Wars script, “fairy tale rubbish” but said the movie’s sense of moral good appealed to him, and it didn’t hurt that the studio doubled their initial salary offer. The Star Wars role wasn’t something Guinness was proud of. In his book titled Positively Final Appearance, he says that he ignored Star Wars fan mail. He says, “I have no intention of revisiting any galaxy. I shrivel inside each time it’s mentioned.” From the book Alex Guinness, the Authorised Biography it mentions him writing to longtime friend Anne Kaufman during the filming of the movie and told her he wasn’t enjoying the film. In the year 2000, Sir Alec Guinness died of cancer. He had both prostate and liver cancer. Thank you to everybody that made Star Wars such a memorable movie.

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And with that, we close out this Midweek Movie quotes episode of Trivia Rewind. I hope you had fun and learned something new about Star Wars. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. And visit us online at triviarewind.com, where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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“Remember Who You Are”

Which animated Disney movie does the quote “Remember who you are” come from? That’s one of the quotes in this week’s Midweek Movie Quotes. In this episode, all the quotes are from animated Disney movies.

Not only will I give you five quotes, I’ll give you some interesting facts about each of the movies. This week you’ll find out about some ugly things that went on behind the scenes in Hollywood including which voice actor for one of the most popular Disney characters ended up being buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.

You’ll learn a little history about the 1941 cartoonist strike that went on in Hollywood. Visit this link to learn more about this interesting piece of history.

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Trivia Rewind – Midweek Movie Quotes – Disney Movie Quotes

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hi, this is Debi Jenkins, your host of Trivia Rewind. It’s time for another bonus episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. This week all the quotes come from animated Disney movies. In our fun facts segment, you’ll definitely learn about some things that went on behind the scenes in Hollywood. Before we start, here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from movies. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and a few quick facts about each movie. Are you ready to play?

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Here’s quote one. “Remember who you are.”

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Quote two. “The very things that hold you down, are going to lift you up.”

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Quote three. “Can anybody be happy if they aren’t free?”

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Quote four. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”

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And quote five. “Now think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.”

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Those are our five quotes. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Remember who you are.” This quote is from the movie The Lion King, and is said by Mufasa to Simba. James Earl Jones was the voice of Mufasa and he said this line to an older Simba, which was voiced by actor Matthew Broderick. The young Simba was voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, known at the time for his role on Home Improvement. Did you know that when the Lion King was made, it was the first animated movie that wasn’t based on a pre-existing work? It was an original story. The Lion King was the highest grossing film of 1994 and was nominated for multiple awards. In 2019. Walt Disney Pictures did a CGI remake of the film. There were mixed reviews about which version was better.

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Quote two. The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up. This is from the 1941 movie Dumbo, and was said to Dumbo by Timothy Mouse. Actor Edward Brophy was the voice of the character Timothy Mouse. Dumbo didn’t have any lines in the movie so no actor was associated with him. In May of 1941, during the production of Dumbo, there was a huge animation strike in Hollywood. This did not go over well with Mr. Walt Disney and things got a bit ugly at times. Members of the Screen Cartoonists Guild seemed to be targeted and were laid off. They were even left out of film credits. Animators were blacklisted due to the strike. One way Disney retaliated was with a scene in the movie Dumbo. There’s a scene where clowns are arguing for more pay and they use this scene to depict the animators that were on strike. The strike was a big deal and an important part of Walt Disney finally agreeing to sign a union contract. If Hollywood history is of interest to you, visit our website for a link to more information about this piece of history.

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Quote three. “Can anybody be happy if they aren’t free?” This line comes from the movie Beauty and the Beast and is said by the character Belle. In the 1991 animated film, actress Paige O’Hara is the voice of Belle and Robbie Benson is the voice of Beast. Did you know that Disney sometimes recycles a scene from one movie and uses it in another? This has actually been going on for over 50 years. One example can be seen in Beauty and the Beast. In the last scene of the movie when Belle and the Beast dance, that scene was taken from the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. They just resized some things and cleaned it up a little. This was done for time’s sake. With a deadline just a few days away, they didn’t have time to create the scene from scratch. So if you ever see a scene in a Disney movie that looks familiar, maybe, just maybe it’s been taken from another Disney movie and been repurposed. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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Quote four. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” This line is from the 1951 Disney movie Alice in Wonderland and is said by the character Alice. Alice is crying as she sings this line in a sad song. It’s the only song from the 1951 movie to make it into Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation. In Tim Burton’s film, Robert Smith of the group The Cure sings this song. In the 1951 Alice in Wonderland, actress Kathryn Beaumont was the voice of Alice. If her voice sounds familiar, it might be because she was also the voice of Wendy in then 1953 movie Peter Pan. In 1998, she was given the honor of being named a Disney Legend.

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And quote five. “Now think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.” This line is from the 1953 movie Peter Pan and is said by Peter Pan himself. In the movie teenage actor Bobby Driscoll is the voice of Peter Pan. Bobby Driscoll had a great career as a child actor. At the age of nine he was a household name. When he was 13, he won an Oscar for Outstanding Juvenile Actor of 1949. Sadly, his story goes downhill after Peter Pan. He was now into his teens and had acne. His voice changed and he wasn’t the cute little boy anymore. The studio decided to terminate his contract three years early. The worst part is that he found out this awful news from Walt Disney’s secretary because Walt Disney was too busy to tell them himself. Bobby Driscoll broke down in tears and they had security escort him off the Disney lot. His career with Disney was suddenly history. Then to make matters worse, in high school, he was bullied and teased, and he started using drugs. As an adult, he became addicted to heroin. He was arrested numerous times for things like burglary, assault and drug possession. He spent some time in prison, Bobby Driscoll left Hollywood and went to New York City where Andy Warhol befriended him. He eventually disappeared into the New York underground. Not long after turning 31 some kids found his body on a cot in an abandoned apartment. Nobody knew who he was. There was no identification on his body and the body went unclaimed. He was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. There lay the voice of Peter Pan. A year later fingerprints revealed his identity. His father was nearing death and his mom went searching for their missing son so his dad could say goodbye. Because of the fingerprint identification, they found out he was dead.

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With that sad story, we close out this Midweek Movie Quotes bonus episode of Trivia Rewind. This has been a good reminder to never take child actors or the hard working people behind the scenes for granted.

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Horror Movie Trivia

In this Halloween episode of Trivia Rewind I’m talking scary movies!  I bet at least one of the movies on the list kept you up at night after watching it.  It’s that time of year to dredge up these classics and talk trivia. 

When you think of horror movies, what movies come to mind? Many popular horror movies were adaptations from Stephen King novels. A few of the movies I’ll talk about this week are ones he is famously known for. This New York Times best selling author has been scaring people for years through his books and the successful films that have been adaptations from them. Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. King graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in English. Horror wasn’t his only genre. Did you know that he wrote the book that the Academy Award nominated movie The Shawshank Redemption was based on?

Then there’s Stephen Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and others that had their hand in the horror movie genre.

In this episode, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about horror movies. (One of the movies I discuss is more of a supernatural comedy just to lighten the mood a little.) After the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which director named the villain of his movie after the bully that beat him up in school.  Find out which movie one critic described as a “Blatant exploitation of the lowest order.”  After this episode, you may never look at a plastic bottle of chocolate syrup the same again. 

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – Horror Movie Trivia

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Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this Halloween episode, we’re talking scary movies. I bet at least one of the movies on the list kept you up at night after watching it. While I’m not the biggest fan of this genre of movies, this is the time of year to dredge up these classics and talk trivia.

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In our fun facts segment. Find out which director named the villain of his movie after the bully that beat him up at school. Find out which movie one critic described as a blatant exploitation of the lowest order. Before we get to the questions I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some interesting facts about each movie. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Question one. In the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase?

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Question two. In the 1978 film Halloween, which actress made her film debut as character Laurie Strode?

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Question three. In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, what is it that powers Freddy Krueger, something Nancy realizes near the end of the movie?

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Pet Cemetery, what is the name of Ellie’s cat that was run over on the highway?

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Question five. In the 1988 movie Child’s Play, what is Chucky’s catchphrase?

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Question six. In the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist, what line does the character Carol Anne say after an earthquake shakes their home during the night?

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Question seven. In the 1980 film Friday the 13th, how does the young boy named Jason die?

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Question eight. In then 1990 thriller Misery, what is the character Paul Sheldon forced to do when held captive?

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Question nine. A not quite so scary movie but in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, the main characters convert a car and name it what?

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And question 10. In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, who does Norman Bates blame for the murders he is accused of?

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Those are our questions. Let’s go back and review. I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts. Question one. In the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase? That phrase was “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The Shining is based on a novel by the same name written by Stephen King. Shelley Duvall plays the role of Wendy and Jack Nicholson plays the role of Jack Torrance. Jack Nicholson improvised one of the popular lines in this movie. The “here’s Johnny” line was famously known for being said by Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Jack Nicholson’s use of the line landed it on the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 movie quotes. And here’s a questionable parenting move. The young actor Danny Lloyd who played the role of Danny Torrance, well, he wasn’t told he was working on a horror film. He was told by the director that they were filming a drama. Danny Lloyd didn’t see The Shining until he was 16. That’s probably a good thing.

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Question two. In the 1978 film Halloween, which actress made her film debut as character Laurie Strode? That actress is Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother Janet Lee, was one of the stars of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The family tradition continued in this movie when Jamie Lee Curtis joined the scary movie ranks. This was an independent feature, and Jamie Lee Curtis was an unknown actress at the time. She was only paid $8,000 for her role. If the low pay wasn’t bad enough, most of the actors had to buy their own costumes for the movie. Supposedly, she bought all of her costumes for a whopping $100. Not a bad day of bargain shopping.

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Question three. In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, what is it that powers Freddy Krueger, something Nancy realizes near the end of the movie? Well, Freddy is powered by the victim’s fear. Did you know that Johnny Depp had his film debut playing character Glenn Lance in this film? Wes Craven, the writer and director of the movie based this movie on some of his childhood experiences. Guess what the name of the school bully was that once beat up Craven? Yep. Freddie. You never know what your actions may one day inspire. So be nice.

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Pet Cemetery, what is the name of Ellie’s cat that was run over on the highway? The cat’s name was Church. The breed of cat that portrayed Church was a British Blue Cat. In an interview with Cinema Blend, the director Mary Lambert explains that they had to use a lot of cats in the movie. Everyone knows you can’t train a cat so no one cat was going to get the job done. Pet Cemetery was based on Stephen King’s book by the same name. Surprisingly, it was based on real events in his life including his daughter’s dead cat and an actual Pet Cemetery. In addition to being the author of the book, Stephen King was the screenwriter for the movie.

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Question five. In the 1988 movie, Child’s Play, what is Chucky’s catchphrase? The answer is “Hi, I’m Chucky your friend till the end.” Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 80s? Well, Don Mancini the creator of Chucky had those dolls in mind when coming up with this movie. In an article on Mental Floss he said “I wanted to write a dark satire about how marketing affected children.” Well in the 80s it was nightmarish watching grown adults get into fights at the store over those ugly dolls. Speaking of dolls, there was no CGI used when filming Child’s Play. The Chucky doll who was an animatronic puppet in most of the scenes, it had to be controlled by eleven people. People couldn’t get enough Chucky. After the 1988 movie there were six sequels and a remake. If that’s not enough, supposedly a TV series is in the works.

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Question six. In the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist, what line does the character Carol Ann say after an earthquake shakes their home during the night? She says “they’re here.” Heather O’Rourke, the young actress that played Carol Anne, well she was discovered by Steven Spielberg while eating at a restaurant on the MGM studio lot. He saw Heather having lunch with her mom and thought the little girl looked perfect for the role and offered her the job right on the spot. Sadly, Heather O’Rourke died at the age of 12 from complications of internal stenosis. Poltergeist was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Visual Effects. It lost to Spielberg’s other nominated movie E.T.

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Question seven. In the 1980 film Friday the 13th, how does the young boy named Jason die? The answer is… Jason drowns while at a summer camp. In the first movie, Jason didn’t really have much of a role. In the second film he wore a bag over his head. It wasn’t until the third movie that he donned the hockey mask he’s so famously known for. One popular actor had his big screen debut in this movie. Kevin Bacon appeared in Friday the 13th as the character Jack. In a review seen in The Hollywood Reporter in 1980, the movie was described as blatant exploitation of the lowest order, and the critic said, “there is nothing to recommend about this ghastly effort.” Movie critic Gene Siskel took it even farther, and called the director Sean Cunningham one of the most despicable creatures ever to infest the movie business.

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Question eight. In the 1990 thriller Misery, what is the character Paul Sheldon forced to do when held captive? He was forced to write a novel. Do you remember the name of the new novel? It was titled Misery’s Return. In the film James Caan plays novelist Paul Sheldon. The person holding him captive is a character named Annie Wilkes, who is played by actress Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance in this film. The movie Misery was based on a Stephen King novel of the same name. In the American Film Institute’s 100 years 100 Heroes and Villains, character Annie Wilkes comes in number 17 on the villains list.

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Question nine. In the not so scary 1984 film Ghostbusters, the main characters convert a car and name it what? It’s called the Ectomobile or Ecto-1. The license plate of the converted car says Ecto-1. The Ectomobile was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex. The car was so popular Hot Wheels made a die cast version. Ghostbusters arrived in theaters the same weekend as the movie Gremlins. A few weeks later, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released. When it was all said and done, Ghostbusters was the second highest grossing film of the year right behind Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. If you were around in 1984, you may have found yourself singing the song Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. That song made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back on August 11, 1984. Ghostbusters was nominated for two Academy Awards. This is definitely one of the tamer movies on this week’s list.

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And question 10. In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, who does Norman Bates blame for the murders he is accused of? Well, Norman blames his deceased mother. This is considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest movies. Do you know how they simulated the blood for the famous shower scene? It was Shasta brand chocolate syrup that came in a plastic squeeze bottle. Using the plastic squeeze bottle was revolutionary for 1960 according to makeup supervisor Jack Barron. Maybe they just splashed the chocolate on before. For a black and white movie blood doesn’t need to be red, so chocolate worked perfectly. Psycho was nominated for four Academy Awards. Actress Janet Lee won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. And speaking of Janet Lee, I mentioned earlier that she’s the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis who had her film debut in the horror film, John Carpenter’s Halloween.

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Well, that wraps up this ghastly episode of Trivia Rewind. You may never look at a plastic bottle of chocolate syrup the same again. Next time you squirt some on your ice cream or in your milk, think of the movie Psycho. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. And visit triviarewind.com to find links to both our Twitter and Instagram pages. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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“Friends Don’t Lie”

Which TV series does the quote “Friends don’t lie” come from? That’s one of the quotes in this week’s Trivia Rewind episode called Midweek TV quotes. The past several weeks our quotes episodes have been about movie. This week, I’m switching things up and all the quotes are based on TV shows.

Along with the five quotes, you’ll learn some interesting facts to go along with them. Find out which actress is deaf in one ear plus you’ll never guess which TV tough guy is afraid of flying.  Challenge your friends and family and see who can guess first. After listening, please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

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


Trivia Rewind – Midweek TV Quotes – Friends Don’t Lie

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Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. It’s bonus episode time. Our last few bonus episodes have been about movie quotes. This week it’s all about television quotes. You’ll learn some fun facts about the actors who said the famous lines that we will discuss. I had fun doing all the research and now it’s your turn to have fun playing Trivia Rewind. Here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from TV shows. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and fun facts. When the episode is over, I’d love it if you’d go to Apple podcasts and write a positive review about Trivia Rewind. Are you ready to play?

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Here’s quote one. “Friends don’t lie.”

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Quote two. “Winter is coming.”

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Quote three. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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Quote four. “No soup for you.”

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And quote five. “Rut roh!”

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Those are the five quotes. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Friends don’t lie.” This quote is said by the character Eleven on the show Stranger Things. Eleven is played by British actress Millie Bobby Brown. First of all, can you believe she’s only 16 years old. She was born in Spain, but her nationality is British. Millie Bobby Brown is deaf in one ear after being born with hearing loss. Her role as Eleven on Stranger Things was a huge springboard for her acting career. This breakout role earned her Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. When she took on the role, she didn’t realize she was going to have to shave her head but she went right along with it. Not only did she have to shave her head, she had her first kiss on the show when she had to kiss her co-star Finn Wolfhard. At the young age of 16 she already has her own production company, her own skincare line and she is the youngest person to ever be appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She’s definitely on her way up.

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Quote two. “Winter is coming.” This quote comes from this series Game of Thrones. “Winter is coming” is the motto of house Stark. The first time this line was used was by Ned Stark, the head of house Stark. This role was played by English actor Sean Bean. Before Game of Thrones, Sean Bean was widely recognized for his role as Boromir on the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Bean has been married five times, has three kids and is even a grandfather. Sean Bean should not be confused with the quirky character Mr. Bean played by Rowan Atkinson. If you think that’s a ridiculous thing to say, it has actually happened multiple times when he’s received fan mail meant for the other Bean. And who would have guessed that this tough guy is afraid of flying. Supposedly during the filming of The Fellowship of the Ring, he would hike to their shooting location instead of going by helicopter with the rest of the actors. And he was in full costume when he made the hike.

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Quote three. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” This line comes from the show Friday Night Lights. Coach Eric Taylor says this line. Eric Taylor is played by actor Kyle Chandler. Unlike most shows, Friday Night Lights was filmed on location. The only thing made for the show was the locker room. All five seasons were filmed in the Austin, Texas area. Peter Berg the executive producer required that the show be filmed in Texas. It has been reported that the actors never rehearsed their roles. They just went for it. The producers wanted the acting to be authentic. Actor Kyle Chandler and his family must have liked Texas because they left their Los Angeles home and bought 33 acres in Dripping Springs, Texas, where he’s even been a volunteer firefighter.

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Quote four. “No soup for you.” Well, this line comes from the sitcom Seinfeld, and it is said by the Soup Nazi. Actor Larry Thomas played the Soup Nazi on the popular show. The character was inspired by a real life soup vendor in New York City. Supposedly the vendor made it known that he was quite offended, saying the whole Soup Nazi thing ruined his life and he demanded an apology. However, something good did come out of the Soup Nazi character. Actor Larry Thomas has used his celebrity status to help homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Larry Thomas was nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest performance on the show.

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Quote five. “Rut Roh!” This quote was actually heard on two different shows. The very first show was The Jetsons and the second show was Scooby Doo. On The Jetsons it was said by the dog Astro. On Scooby Doo, it was said by Scooby himself. Both Astro and Scooby were Great Danes. Don Messick was the voice actor for both Astro and Scooby. Astro from 1962 to 1963, and Scooby from 1969 to 1996. Over the years, he voiced many characters in over 100 programs. When he was a young teenager, he taught himself the art of ventriloquism where he learned to do many of his voices. In 1944 when drafted into the Army, he took along his ventriloquist dummy and entertained the troops.

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Well, that’s the end of our Trivia Rewind bonus episode. I hope you had fun and learned something new. Please subscribe and leave a positive review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen. And visit us online at triviarewind.com where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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