No matter how many times you have watched your favorite movies, there is a good chance that you have missed a number of important details and moments (even if you have 6/6 vision.) Because you are so engrossed in the storyline that your mind has neglected these minor details. Just take this example, did you know that Taylor Swift’s cats were starred in Deadpool? Yes, that’s right! and we know that this has got your attention.
Who doesn’t enjoy finding their favorite movie’s hidden facts and details? We do, (and we are sure you love them too.) That’s why fasten your seatbelts, buckle in, and be prepared to be amazed by some amazing hidden details in these films that will leave you utterly speechless.
Continue reading to learn some surprising facts that will make you realize how much you’ve been missing out on while viewing these movies on the big screen!
1. Jim Carrey and his hilarious antics, he must’ve written this himself…
Jim Carrey was not so fortunate. When Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011) ends with a title scene, It clearly states that while filming the film, no penguins were harmed.
2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) had some amazing sibling goals!
Remember the Rebel Soldiers from the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)? These talented actors from left to right (Nathan Hamill, Chelsea Hamill, And Griffin Hamill), are all Mark Hamill’s children.
3. This tiny detail in “Anastasia” is mind-blowing!
The drawing Anastasia gives to her grandmother in Anastasia (1997) is based on a 1914 painting created by the real Princess Anastasia.
Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, explained how Easter eggs in movies work and why even the most passionate fans fall victim to their power and miss them. Yaszek researches and teaches science fiction as a global language that covers centuries, continents, and cultures.
“Easter eggs” are hidden messages, images, or features that filmmakers, game designers, and other creators insert in their work for audiences to uncover, according to Lisa.
Lisa explained.”Most Easter eggs are bonus materials that are not essential to the main narrative. Sometimes they do sometimes enrich our experience of the story by connecting it with other, similar stories to create a ‘shared universe.’ But if nothing else, they are always meant to amuse by conveying ‘insider knowledge’ in a clever way,”
4. It seems as if Dwayne’s whole family is just as cool as him.
Maui’s visual appearance in “Moana” (2016) is inspired in part by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s grandfather, Samoan-American Professional Wrestler Peter Maivia.
5. What’s the reason behind a Buffalo wearing glasses?
Chief Bogo wears glasses to read documents in Zootopia (2016). Maybe, this refers to the fact that buffalo have poor vision. And it’s confirmed in a Q&A with the Directors.
6. Reason behind Mulan touching her hair a lot in the movie!
The filmmakers incorporated the character of Mulan’s voice actor, Ming-Na Wen in Mulan. Because Ming-Na Wen used to touch her hair while recording. That’s the reason why Mulan touches her hair a lot in Mulan (1998).
Easter Eggs are intentional, and according to Lisa: “placed there by the director or some other individual or group involved in the creation process—see images 7, 9, 13, 16, 19, 27, 31, 33, and 38).”
“Sometimes, however, Easter eggs come about as unintended or surprise effects of the technical creation process. My favorite examples of this are Mulan (in which the animators decided to have Mulan play with her hair after observing the voice actor who sang her songs do the same in real life) and Spaceballs (in which Mel Brooks gave up fighting the sloppiness of his production crew and just decided to incorporate styrofoam coffee cups into his Star Wars parody).”
7. This has got to be one of the most thoughtful details in a movie logo.
Just look at the top left corner of the B and E. You will find Merida and her mother are hidden in the movie’s logo in Brave (2012).
8. Chicha, first-ever Disney’s pregnant character!
Chicha is one of the first mothers in a Disney film who isn’t killed off or villainized. According to the DVD commentary, Chicha from The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) is the first pregnant female character to appear in a Disney animated feature film.
9. The Truman Show is full of wholesomeness!
The Identical Twins in The Truman Show (1998) are played by Ron and Don Taylor, two police officers who worked as security guards on the set. Director Peter Weir hired them as actors after noticing how friendly they were with the film’s cast and crew.
According to Lisa, the term itself “was coined in 1979/80 by Atari’s then-Director of Software Development, Steve Wright, to describe a secret message that had been planted in the video game Adventure,”
“game designer Warren Robinett was angry with Atari for the company’s failure to include developers’ names in the game credits, so he programmed the message ‘created by Warren Robinett’ to appear when players encountered a special pixel called ‘the gray dot’ that gives entry to a secret part of the game map.”
Lisa also stated sadly that “you won’t find it in any contemporary versions of the game. But you will find an homage to it at the end of both the novel and film versions of Ready Player One, where players in a massive virtual game compete to find Easter eggs—including, at the very end, the Easter egg from Adventure!”
10. Heath Ledger is a true legend. He knew exactly how to portray his character.
Licking the lips became part of the Joker’s personality because Joker was constantly licking his lips in The Dark Knight (2008), and it was not included in his part of the role but was due to the prosthetic scars that Heath Ledger wore, and he had to lick his lips to keep them in place because they kept falling off.
11. The people writing the credits sure know how to have fun!
David Koepp, the film’s screenwriter, is eaten by the T-Rex because he tried to push on a “pull” door in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). In the credits, he is credited as “Unlucky Bastard.”
12. Even the tiniest details about the Arctic Shrews were not overlooked by the movie creators.
Mr. Big, the Mafia Boss in Zootopia (2016), is an Arctic Shrew. The choice was made by director Roy Moore because“The Arctic Shrew Is The Most Vicious Predator On Earth”. Arctic shrews consume three times their body weight and even other shrews.
Easter Eggs is not a new term, but it’s as old as these movies. According to Lisa, Alfred Hitchcock was the first director who used this term. “Hitchcock used himself as the surprise, playing at least one cameo role in 39 of his films—indeed, he even shows up twice in 1927’s Lodger: A Store of the London Fog. These surprises quickly became part of Hitchcock’s signature style, and they quickly inspired similar hidden treats in other media.”
Upon asking the reason for using this term, Lisa said that it’s a signature style that’s why many creators use them. “The earliest and still most famous example of this is probably Alfred Hitchcock’s tendency to cast himself in small walk-on roles in many of his films—a tradition continued today by Peter Jackson in Lord of the Rings and Taika Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok.”
13. A recreational scene from the movie “The Titanic”, and the efforts are just admirable!
There was a recreational scene of a real photo that was taken by Francis Browne on April 11th, 1912. This scene in Titanic (1997) depicts a boy on deck playing with a spinning top. It depicts Frederic Spedden, a first-class passenger, and his six-year-old son Douglas. Both were saved from the sinking.
14. Kudos to The Prop Master!
Every time, the money was counted at the end of each take because Robert De Niro in Goodfellas (1990) didn’t like how fake money felt in his hand and insisted on using real money, and that’s the reason why the Prop Master drew many thousand dollars of his own money to use.
15. Well… let’s hope these types of accidents don’t happen again.
This type of mistake, we wish never happened again in the history of Disney. There was a car with the license plate “Rmrf97” that appears in Toy Story 4 (2019). Unfortunately, someone at Pixar accidentally typed “Rm -R -F” in 1997, erasing the entire Toy Story 2 film from the Pixar database. Fortunately, the film’s supervising technical director had a backup copy at home, and the film was successfully restored.
Lisa added: “filmmakers create Easter eggs to pay tribute to earlier filmmakers who have had a significant impact either on film as a whole or on that director in particular.”
They also do this directly, “as when Tim Burton recreates a scene from Ida Lupino’s 1964 Twilight Zone episode ‘The Mask’ in 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and when Peter Jackson visually recreates a scene from Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated adaptation of Lord of the Rings for his own live-action version, (images 29 and 35).”
Other times, the homage is more indirect, “as in The Mitchells vs. The Machines, when we realize that Katie’s socks pay homage to Stanley Kubrick (image 34).”
16. Lauren referred to her real-life husband in the movie How To Marry A Millionaire.
Lauren Bacall tries to persuade William Powell in 1953’s How To Marry A Millionaire that she is attracted to older men. ‘That Old Fellow’ in African Queen is one of the examples she gives. She’s referring to her real-life husband, Humphrey Bogart.
17. Okay. But this is just so clever!
The Queen is shown in A Bug’s Life (1999) with a pet named “Aphie.” But in real life, this tiny bud was Aphid (also called Aphids), and they don’t exist with ants, not as pets, but actually, they co-existed as “Livestock.”
18. These details of driving Audi A4 in the movie made Spirited away one of the best movies ever!
The Family Car in Spirited Away (2001) Is Based On The First-Generation Audi A4 1.8t From The Mid-1990s. To make the film as accurate as possible, the production team even drove around in an Audi A4 1.8t on some rocky roads and recorded the sounds.
19. Taylor Swift’s cats were starred in Deadpool.
Wade wears a shirt in Deadpool 2 (2018) that states: “Olivia and Meredith Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” What’s interesting is that the cat was owned by Taylor Swift. Her permission was required for the production crew to use their image.
20. The Twin Towers was used to give a tribute in the movie!
Do you know that The Twin Towers were used to give a tribute to father of Pete Davidson. He turns towards the tower and look to the direction where The Twin Towers were used to stand during the final shot of ‘The King Of Staten Island’ (2020).
21. The hobbit definitely did a wonderful job keeping these details!
In one of the scene, Gloin wore a helmet during the filming of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014). And this distinctive helmet was later worn by his son Gimli during the shoot of The Lord Of The Rings.
22. “Spaceballs” has won many hearts for its actor’s hysterical performances.
A styrofoam cup was used by Dark Helmet in one of the scene of Spaceballs (1987). It was because he crew members on the set used to leave them around. Later, Mel Brooks decided to make them part of the universe by using them.
23. The reason why the movie “Joker” was one-of-a-kind was due to the actors on the spot alterations to scenes.
In the bathroom, Joaquin Phoenix used to do the iconic dance during the shoot of Joker(2019). Earlier, it was decided that Arthur would only stare in the mirror and do his actions, but after hearing some composer’s music, Phoenix decided that this dance should be part of the movie.
24. Sometimes, expressions are so real in the movies just like this genuine reaction in the movie 22 Jump Street (2014)!
One of the parrots attacked Jonah Hill during the car chase while shooting the movie 22 Jump Street (2014). His reaction to being panicked was so real. “That Was Not Acting. I Don’t Like Birds.” stated him during one of the Dvd Commentary.
25. They wanted Bowser to have a more sophisticated style of drinking tea.
The way Bowser used to hold his cup of tea in “Wreck It Ralph (2012)”, was added by Nintendo. They contacted the filmmaker before the release of the film and said that Bowser drinks tea in the wrong way in one of the group therapy scenes. Later, the whole scene was changed.
26. Real Banjo player was hired in the movie Deliverance (1972), who surely deserves a lot of appreciation for this.
Billy Redden didn’t know how to play the Banjo. And he was the one who played the young banjo-playing local during the “Dueling Banjos” scene in the movie Deliverance (1972). One of the skilled Banjo players hid behind the scene and played the chords by using his left arm in Redden’s sleeve, while Redden picked it with his right arm. This scene was done just to make the whole scene realistic and authentic.
27. A Real-Life Stolen Painting in Skyfall(2010).
The painting ‘Woman With A Fan’ By Amadeo Modigliani was a stolen one that was being shown to a man in Skyfall (2012). In 2010, this painting was stolen in real-life, and still, this painting has to be recovered.
28. Tom Cruise used an intellectual way of maintaining balance.
Tom Cruise kept hitting his head during the shooting of the scene of The Vault in Mission: Impossible (1996). He did it when he was attempting to hover inches off the floor, so just to keep and maintain his balance, he put an English Pound coin in his shoes.
29. “Twilight Zone” and “The Masks”!
The scene in which Lock, Shock, and Barrel remove their masks in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) had a significant impact on Burton as a child. This scene was based on a Season Five episode of The Twilight Zone titled “The Masks”
30. Now that’s the reason why La La Land won Oscar awards!
When Sebastian and Mia are walking across the studio lot in La La Land (2016), they come upon two actors who are filming a romantic scene. Those two actors are actually Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s body doubles.
31. The Irony of watching Steve Jobs in the movie Toy Story 2!
Did you notice Steve Jobs in Toy Story 2 (1999). He was one of the dollar bills.
32. …and Volker Engel definitely deserved that Oscar!
Volker Engel, the Special Effects Supervisor for the film Independence Day (1996), portrays the office worker who is killed during the alien attack in the film Independence Day (1996). He was awarded the Academy Award for Visual Effects for his contribution to the film, which was the only award the film received.
33. The detailing of Katie’s Socks!
A pattern on Katie’s socks is identical to the iconic carpet from The Shining, which is shown in The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021).
34. Baby Kuzco and his toys!
Baby Kuzco has a toy llama, a toy parrot, and a toy whale in the movie The Emperor’s New Groove (2000). A little later in the film, he transforms into all of these different creatures.
35. Jett Lucas really played an amazing Young Jedi!
Jett Lucas played the role of the young Jedi who saves Bail Organa in Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005), which was directed by George Lucas’ son.
36. The details behind Proudfoot with his feet up in the air!
The shot of Proudfoot with his feet up in the air in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is a direct homage to the 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, directed by Ralph Bakshi, which was shot in the same location.
37. The number of particularities in “Aliens” that writers add are just beyond amazing.
When Lambert, from the first Alien (1979), is shown to be transgender in Aliens (1986), it is revealed that he was transgender during a quick recall of the crewmember deaths from the first film.
38. A single Bagel can make a joke!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) is a film where Miles throws a bagel at an Alchemax employee and the word “Bagel!!!” appears above the employee’s head instead of the words “Pow!!!” or “Blam!!!.” This is a blink-and-you-miss-it joke.
39. These credits after an end of a horror movie are bound to give people shivers!
When it comes to the standard end-of-movie disclaimer, An American Werewolf in London (1981) takes a suitably different approach.
40. Kung Fu Panda” deserves all the best movie awards in the world!
When Shifu and Tai Lung first saw the blank dragon scroll in Kung Fu Panda (2008), they both had the same initial reactions: looking at it sideways, folding it, then opening it again. The same as the Father, the same as the Son.
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