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53 Facts You Should Know: MOVIE EDITION

The movie industry literally titillates with wonderful fun facts about production, budget, casting and more.  If you love movies and weird random factoids, check out this collection of 53 Fun Facts You Should Know:  MOVIE EDITION!

Also, check out the collection of book facts here:  25 Fun Facts You Should Know:  BOOK EDITION

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53 Facts You Should Know:  MOVIE EDITION

First movie to be released on DVD:  Twister (1996)

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First movie made in color:  Cupid Angling (1918), though some of the first movies made in Technicolor include The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

When the movie Clue was shown in theaters in 1985, each theater was given 1 of 3 possible endings.

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The film Saving Private Ryan (1998) was so realistic, it triggered PTSD in some WW2 veterans.

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First movie to be released on VHS:  The Young Teacher (1976)

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More than 90% of American movies made before 1929 are lost.  No copies are known to exist.

The first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991).  It lost to The Silence of the Lambs.

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The script for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) took just 6 days to write.

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Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio were all offered the part of Neo in The Matrix (1999) before Keanu Reeves.
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In the original Psycho (1960), chocolate syrup was used to show the blood in the shower scene.

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Talk about an epic movie hop…in October 1994, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption were all in theaters at the same time.

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The man who inspired the 2004 Tom Hanks movie, The Terminal, spent 18 years living at the departure lounge of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Movie with the most Oscar nominations:  Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016) are tied with 17 nominations each.  Titanic won 11 awards, while La La Land only won 6.

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When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind (1939) is the highest grossing movie of all time.

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Sandra Bullock won her Oscar for The Blind Side (2010) and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Film for All About Steve in the same weekend.  She collected them both.

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Movie with the most Oscar wins:  Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are all tied with 11 Oscar wins.

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In the US, movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than a filet mignon.

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Despite smoking in numerous films, Clint Eastwood has never smoked habitually.

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The word “mafia” is never mentioned in the film version of The Godfather (1972) because the actual mafia demanded it that way.

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When Charlie Chaplin received his honorary Oscar in 1972, he got a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest in Oscar history.

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More than 500 girls have been named Hermione since the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001.

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Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) has the highest body count of any movie ever made with 836 on-screen deaths.

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There’s a Starbucks coffee cup in every scene of Fight Club (1999).

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The film Rocky (1976) was shot in 28 days.

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From Dr. No (1963) to Quantum of Solace (2008), James Bond has killed about 352 people and slept with 52 women.

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There’s a hotline filmmakers can call for science advice with the goal of helping filmmakers incorporate accurate science into their films.

The movie Titanic (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship cost to build.

It also won 11 Oscars, but none for acting.

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Actor with the most movie roles:  Christopher Lee with 276 credited roles/appearances

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The parody national anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie Borat (2006) was accidentally downloaded and played in 2012 for a Kazakh gold medalist.

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Joe Ranft, co-writer and co-director on the Pixar film Cars (2006), died in a car accident while the movie was still in production.

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Leonardo DiCaprio improvised the line, “I’m king of the world!” in the film, Titanic (1997).

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Actor John Hurt holds the record for dying in more than 40 different movies.

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Morgan Freeman didn’t appear in a movie until age 34 and didn’t get a big role until he was 52 with Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Glory (1989).
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Men account for 74% of lead roles in Hollywood movies.

However, in the 1920’s and 1930’s, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood movies.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) has the longest car chase in movie history, at 40 minutes long.  It wrecked and destroyed 93 cars in the process.

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Charlie Chaplin’s daughter played Charlie Chaplin’s mother in the 1992 biopic, Chaplin.

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India’s movie industry, Bollywood, is the largest in the world – producing more than 800 movies a year.  Hollywood only produces half of this number a year.

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Last movie to be released on VHS:  A History of Violence (2006)

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A 2-hour movie, plus 5 minutes of previews, uses 2.1 miles of 35mm film.

Best-selling DVD of all time:  Frozen (2014)

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According to a study on Academy Award speeches, Steven Spielberg has been thanked more times than God.

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The first ever 3D movie was The Power of Love, a silent film released in 1922.

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The stunt doubles for Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) fell in love on set and got married.

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There is statistical evidence that the number of archaeology students increased after the release of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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Liam Neeson declined the role of James Bond in 1994 because he “wasn’t interested in starring in action movies.”

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Apollo 13 (1970), Armageddon (1998), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956) are a few movies NASA keeps aboard the International Space Station.

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The movie Paranormal Activity (2009) cost less than $15,000 to make but grossed more than $193,000,000.

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Best-selling VHS of all time:  The Lion King (1994)

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Samuel L. Jackson has said “motherfucker” more than 170 times in 27 different movies.

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Actor Sean Bean has died in 32% of the movies he’s made…the highest percentage of any living actor of note.

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Most expensive movie ever made:  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), with a budget of $378.5 million.  You could buy a lot of rum with that dough…

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34 Fun Facts About The Office

The Office is one of the first shows I remember watching religiously when it was on TV.  Every Thursday night, I’d make dinner, turn my phone on silent, and tune into NBC to catch The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Outsourced (remember that one!?).

After the seasons came out on DVD, I bought them all (Black Friday Deal!) and I’ve easily watched the series a good three or four times now.  I still laugh at the stapler in the Jell-O…still cry when Jim and Pam get married…and my heart still breaks for Dwight after he kills Angela’s cat.

The thing I loved the most about The Office was that the characters were real…they were relatable and flawed.  I loved Michael Scott because I had a boss just like him.  I had friends who had a relationship very similar to Jim and Pam…and of course, every office has at least one Creed!

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The actors on the show were so invested in its success that several went on to be writers, directors, and producers for later Office episodes…and if you follow the cast on Instagram or Twitter, you can tell how much they STILL love each other (can we just talk about the fact that Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey are real-life BFF’s and Jenna still wears the ring that Jim got for Pam!!  OMG WITH THIS, YOU GUYS!!).

If you miss the Dunder Mifflin crew as much as I do, here are 34 Fun Facts about The Office that will make you feel all the warm fuzzies!

 

34 Fun Facts About The Office

Though Ricky Gervais made fun of the American version of The Office time and time again, he and fellow The Office UK creator Stephen Merchant actually helped creator Greg Daniels write the pilot of the American version.  Gervais also played one of the people interviewing for Michael Scott’s job after Michael leaves.

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The initial team of writers for The Office included four cast members:  Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor), B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard), Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson), Mike Schur (Dwight’s cousin, Mose) and Greg Daniels.

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Mindy Kaling was hired on for The Office after Greg Daniels saw her perform her two-woman show, Matt & Ben (about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) with her roommate.  You can read all about this amazing experience in Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?.

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Mindy’s roommate, Brenda Withers, actually made a cameo in the “Booze Cruise” episode as corporate representative, Brenda Matlowe.

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Producers originally wanted John Krasinski to read for Dwight…but Krasinski felt Jim Halpert was a better fit for him.  He turned down the option to read for Dwight and told producers, “If you can’t find a Jim, I’ll come in and read for that.”  THANK GOD!

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YOU GUYS – When Krasinski got the part of Jim, the first thing he asked was if Jenna Fisher got the part of Pam.  When Fisher got the part of Pam, the first thing she asked was if Krazinski got the part of Jim.  MY HEART!!

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Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) actually auditioned for the part of Michael Scott.  He was originally cast, but was obviously beat out by Steve Carell when Carell’s other project fell apart, but Odenkirk would make a guest appearance later on in season 9 as the “Michael Scott” of the office where Pam interviews.

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Krasinski and Novak played little league together as kids and also knew each other in high school.

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Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) and Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone) also attended high school together in Georgia.

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Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Lapin-Vance) was actually working as a casting associate on the show and would read lines with actors.  At one point, producers asked her to do some more reading and she had no idea she was actually auditioning for the part that was created specifically for her.

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Creed Bratton’s name is actually Creed Bratton IRL.  He was also a musician in the band, The Grass Roots.

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Steve Carell has written two episodes of The Office: “Casino Night” and “Survivor Man”.

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Carell actually won a Writer’s Guild of America Award for “Casino Night” (also known as the one where Pam and Jim kiss!).

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Michael Scott’s kiss with Oscar in “Gay Witch Hunt” was actually improvised by Carell.  The shocked faces of the cast were real reactions.

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Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) was working at 1-800-DENTIST when she was cast on the show.  Anything is possible, you guys!

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Not only are Fisher and Martin BFF’s in real life and have Target shopping dates together, Fisher is also godmother of Kinsey’s daughter, Isabel.

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Paul Giamatti was NBC’s first choice to play Michael Scott; he turned down the role.  Good thing, or else we wouldn’t have this magical moment:

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The paper that is highlighted during the opening credits of The Office is actually a Los Angeles Department of City Planning document.

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After season 1 of The Office, reviews were mixed and the show was facing cancellation.  It was Carell’s film, The 40-Year-Old Virgin that shot Carell into stardom and ended up saving the show.

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Jenna Fisher was really pregnant during Pam’s pregnancy story line.

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In the episode “The Launch Party”, Krasinski accidentally signs his real name on Meredith’s pelvic cast instead of Jim’s.

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Although Dunder Mifflin is a fictitious company, it is recognized by the Scranton Chamber of Commerce because of all the tourism it has given to the city.  Quill.com also sells Dunder Mifflin-branded paper.

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Steve Carell’s real-life wife, Nancy Walls, guest-starred on The Office as Michael’s realtor, Carol Stills.

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In the episode, “Basketball”, Daryl mentioned that the winner of the basketball game gets “dinner at Farley’s”.  Farley’s was an actual restaurant in Scranton and had a Michael Scott burger on their menu.

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The Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin is located at 1725 Slough Avenue.  That’s not a real street in Scranton, PA, though it is a reference to the UK version of the show, which takes place in Slough, England.  CLEVER!

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The computers on set really worked.  Cast members would surf the web and play games during filming, which helped the cast feel like they were in a real office.

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Originally, Parks and Recreation was supposed to be a spin-off of The Office, with Rashida Jones’ character, Karen, bridging the gap between the two shows.  That idea was ultimately scrapped.

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The character of Jim Halpert was also originally supposed to be played by Adam Scott, who would go on to star in Parks and Recreation as Ben Wyatt.  Amy Pohler was also set to play Jan Levenson-Gould before she was cast as Leslie Knope on P&R.  #JimFace

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The opening shots of Scranton in The Office credits were actually shot by John Krasinski.  He visited Scranton for research after landing the part of Jim and filmed various areas around town, as well as interviewed people who worked at paper companies.

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Pam’s lactation consultant after she gives birth in “The Delivery” is actually Fisher’s real-life husband, Lee Kirk.

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Krasinski, Kaling, and Ellie Kemper (Erin) were all previously interns at Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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Fischer has never revealed what Steve Carell whispered to her during Pam and Michael’s airport farewell, but the sentiments they shared were real, as Fischer was told to just “say goodbye to Steve”.

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Amy Adams was a relatively unknown actress when she played the purse girl in “Hot Girl”.

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Steve Carell’s return in the series finale was kept a secret from network executives to avoid any possibility of spoilers.

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18 Fun Facts About Arrested Development

This is Michael Bluth.

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As the brains behind his dysfunctional family, Michael is tasked with keeping his mother from spending all the family money, keeping his dad in (or out) of jail, and preventing his sister and two brothers from completely destroying everything the family has built.

Besides dealing with the failing family business, Michael – a recent widower – is also raising a son by the name of George Michael.  Together, they navigate their way through the maze of insanity the Bluth family has created…and so begins Fox’s Arrested Development.

A cult classic in every way, shape, and form, Arrested Development was a beacon in the realm of amazing TV writing and producing.  Starring Jessica Walter, Michael Cera, Ron Howard, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambour, and many more, Arrested Development was cancelled after just three seasons.  After backlash from fans, showrunners decided to release a fourth season exclusively on Netflix (which was OK) and the crew is looking to continue with season five in the near future.

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The thing I love the most about AD is that I catch new things every time I watch it.  Subtle jokes, hilarious gags and simple word play easily make this one of the best-written shows I’ve ever seen…and I continue to find little gems even after watching seasons 1-3 a good handful of times.

I’m sure I’m not alone in finding new things every time I watch this show, as that was intended when the show was in production.  Showrunners wanted a sitcom that encouraged rewatching and boy did they deliver!  And for all you never-nudes, banana grabbers, and Bluth-lovers out there, here are 18 more Fun Facts About Arrested Development!

 

18 Fun Facts About Arrested Development

Ron Howard is to thank for the unique shooting concept of Arrested Development.  He wanted a sitcom that had the documentary style of reality TV, but with a sharp script riddled with clever jokes and gags.

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His voice as the narrator was also an accident.  He was filling in for the narrator part when filming the pilot, but his voice just “worked”…and he was cast.

Part of the “riches to rags” storyline of the Bluth family was inspired by the Enron scandal.

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Originally George Sr. was only supposed to appear in the pilot.  He was supposed to be locked up and be out of the show, which urged producers to go after big-name celebrities to play the part…namely Robert DeNiro.  However, Jeffrey Tambor was ultimately cast and the crew liked him so much that they bumped him up to a series regular.

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Comedians Andy Kindler and Rainn Wilson were both up for the part of GOB Bluth before Will Arnett was cast.

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Producers were having a hard time casting the part of Lucille 2…when Howard asked his childhood babysitter, Liza Minelli, to do it, she agreed.

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David Cross (Tobias Funke) was originally offered the role of Buster Bluth, which he turned down because he preferred the role of Tobias.  Tobias was also supposed to be a minor character, but audiences loved him so much that he was promoted to the regular cast.

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The real life inspiration for the frozen banana stand was a chocolate chip cookie business that showrunner Mitch Hurwitz and his brother Michael started in 1976.  They renovated a former taco stand on Newport Beach, CA…where Arrested Development takes place.

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While the cut-offs may be a bit of a stretch, Tobias’s fear of being naked is a real thing…it’s called gymnophobia.

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The hip hop group of the same named used Arrested Development producers over “confusion of brand dilution”.  The case settled out of court and was later referenced in the episode “Motherboy XXX” where the narrator explains the Motherboy show was “legally required to make a distinction” from the band of the same name.

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Ricky Gervais, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Christopher Walken all wanted to be on the show, but Arrested Development was canceled before producers could find roles for them.

Alia Shawkat’s (Maeby Funke) first kiss was on-screen with co-star, Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth).

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As a Canadian, Cera had issues getting a work visa to shoot the pilot.  As a backup, producers brought in Michael Angarano to play George Michael if Cera’s complications couldn’t be worked out in time.

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Every character on the show has a different impression of what a chicken sounds and looks like.

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Whenever GOB approaches someone on his Segway, he always segues the conversation to what he wants to talk about.

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There are SEVERAL clues throughout the series that Buster would lose his hand to a seal.

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When GOB hastily marries a seal seller, the roll of his new bride was played by his then-wife, Amy Poehler.  Jason Bateman’s (Michael Bluth) sister also played Michael’s possible sister, Nellie.

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Recurring Fox 6 anchorman John Beard is actually a real news anchor.  He has also played a newscaster on the Spider-Man animated series.

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41 Fun Facts About FRIENDS

Whether they’ve been there for you from the beginning or just during a recent Netflix binge, there’s no denying that the cast of FRIENDS holds a special place in the hearts of 90’s and 00’s kids the world over.

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Throughout the series, the crew of six misfits who occupied a rather spacious and amazing Manhattan apartment go through it all…heartbreak, love, kids, and everything in between.

NBC’s FRIENDS was a monster sitcom during its day…bringing in ratings that broke records and introducing the world to catch phrases our generation would reference time and time again:

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Could we BE any more emotional right now?

On a recent Netflix binge of FRIENDS, while sitting on my couch enjoying “The Joey Special” from my local pizza place, I decided to do some research and see what there was to learn about Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross. From who REALLY owned that redonkulous white dog statue to the expert negotiation skills the crew used to secure their spots as some of the best-paid TV stars of all time, here are 41 Fun Facts About the Cast and Production of FRIENDS.

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Both Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch auditioned for the part of Phoebe and Jon Favreau and Jon Cryer were also considered for Chandler before it went to Matthew Perry, who almost didn’t get the role, either.  Perry was actually filming a pilot at the same time as FRIENDS, however it was not picked up…so he was able to take the FRIENDS role.

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Ironically Jane Lynch and Jon Favreau would make guest appearances on the show later on in the series.

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The role of Ross was written for David Schwimmer…and he was the first person cast on the show.

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The last person cast was Jennifer Aniston.

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Before the first episode aired, the director, James Burrows, took the cast on a Vegas trip…telling them it was their “last shot at anonymity” before they were shot into stardom.  The crew would take a trip back there later on for Ross and Rachel’s marriage.

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Almost every episode was filmed in front of a live audience of up to 300 fans.  Cliffhangers, however, like Ross’s wedding, were filmed on a closed set to avoid spoilers.

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Several people, including Lisa Kudrow, thought Chandler’s character was gay.

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The entire cast stuck together when it came to negotiating.  At the beginning of the series, they were all making about $22,000 an episode.  But, by the second season, salaries were very different.  The cast bonded together and said they’d refuse to work until they all earned the same salary.  By the end of the series, they were each earning $1 million an episode.

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Lisa Kudrow’s pregnancy was written into the show, but in the final season, Courteney Cox got pregnant, something they couldn’t write into the show as Monica was unable to have children.  They tried to hide her pregnancy to the best of their abilities with costumes and props.

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Paul Swain, the best boy on the electric crew, was responsible for the Magna Doodle drawings in Joey’s apartment.

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Bruce Willis appeared on the show for free after losing a bet to Matthew Perry regarding their film, The Whole Nine Yards.  Perry believed the film would be number one at the box office on its opening weekend, but Willis disagreed.  The movie actually did reach number one and Willis had to donate his earnings for his guest appearance to charity.

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The cast would have a little huddle before every show.

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Want to visit Central Perk?  You can if you head over to Beijing or Liverpool!

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Courteney Cox was the only regular cast member to never get an Emmy nomination for her work on FRIENDS.

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James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, really did work as a barista when he was cast.  He continued both jobs until about half way through the series.

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Jennifer Aniston hated her iconic “Rachel” haircut.

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If you include all off-screen moments and hypothetical “what if?” episodes, the only two characters who haven’t kissed each other are Monica and Phoebe.

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Hank Azaria, who played Phoebe’s love interest, David, actually auditioned twice for the part of Joey.

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Courteney Cox was originally offered the role of Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead.

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David Schwimmer directed a handful of FRIENDS episodes.

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Rachel’s boyfriend Joshua’s father was played by Matthew Perry’s real-life father, John Bennett Perry.

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The fountain in the opening credits of the series is actually not in New York…it’s all the way on the other coast in Burbank, California.  Here’s what you can say to all those lying tour guides!

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The main love interest of the show was supposed to be Monica and Joey, not Ross and Rachel.

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Rachel is a huge Days of Our Lives fan girl…but in real  life, Jennifer Aniston’s father, John Aniston, actually starred in the real version of the soap opera.

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Every episode of FRIENDS mentions the word ‘friends’ at least once.

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Joey’s white dog statue actually belonged to Jennifer Aniston.  Someone gave it to her as a good luck gift.

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Just like her character, Courteney Cox was a neat freak and would clean other people’s dressing rooms.

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The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said to help make sure each actor had a similar amount.

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All her co-workers have named Lisa Kudrow the smartest of all of them, despite her ditzy portrayal of Phoebe.

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Even before they became a couple on the show, Courteney Cox said that if she had to “do” one of the other friends, she would choose Chandler.

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Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon were both on Ross’s “celebrity list”.  They both would go on to guest-star on the series.

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An average episode of FRIENDS took 5 hours to film.

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When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had $11 to his name.  After his first paycheck, he bought himself a hot dinner.

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Throughout the course of the series, all 6 friends change their jobs at least once.  However, Chandler is the only one who never involuntarily left his job.

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The main characters from the show are named after All My Children characters (Ross Chandler, Joey Martin, Monique Cortland, Janet Green, and Phoebe Tyler Wallingford).

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Matthew Perry often sat in on screen writing sessions for the show to help the writers come up with jokes and one-liners.

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Phoebe’s wedding was not attended by any of her relatives, including her twin sister, her father, her birth mother, her brother, or the triplets she had.

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Like Monica, Courteney Cox and her then husband, David Arquette, had trouble getting pregnant.  Cox actually had to film the scene in which Rachel has Emma just after having a miscarriage.

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When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding.  Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

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All six characters have lived in both Monica and Joey’s apartments at one time.

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For the size of the apartment and the location in Manhattan, Monica’s apartment would probably run somewhere between $5,000 and $14,000 a MONTH for rent.  Joey and Chandler’s apartment, as well as Ross’s eventual apartment across the street, would probably run between $4,000 and $6,000 a month.

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24 Fun Facts About Pixar Studios

Ask any animator, illustrator, cartoon lover, or storyteller where there dream job would be…chances are most, if not all, of them would have Pixar Studios on their list.

Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar Studios is the genius behind such classics as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and much more. Known for inspiring creativity and a super positive work environment, Pixar has become a beacon in the corporate hemisphere…treating their employees with respect and encouraging animators to think outside of the box – so much so that many animators decorate their workspaces to look like castles, tiny homes, tiki houses, and playrooms!

With a sprawling campus that includes a basketball court, several game rooms, and even a secret speakeasy hidden behind a bookcase, Pixar Studios is a playground for creative minds. Though it may have been more open to visitors back in the day, it currently does not offer tours of the campus…but you can take a little digital ride through the history of Pixar with these 24 Fun Facts About Pixar Studios!

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Also, don’t forget to check out this collection of 51 Fun Facts About Your Favorite Pixar Movies or decorate your home with your favorite Pixar characters with this collection of Adorable Pixar Decorations You Need In Your Home.  Finally, you can learn more about Pixar and the start of this amazing company by reading Ed Catmull’s book, Creativity Inc.

24 Fun Facts About Pixar Studios 

Pixar was formed in 1979 and soon after became the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm.

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As part of Lucasfilm, they produced computer animation sequences for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).

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Steve Jobs bought Pixar for $5 million in February 1986.  In today’s money, that’s roughly $11 million.

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Luxo Jr. was the first Pixar film to be nominated for an Academy Award.  It was a defining film for the company and involved a young, energetic lamp that struggles to play with a ball as an older lamp looks on.  The little lamp, Luxo Jr., would go on to become part of the iconic Pixar logo in later years.

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The first Toy Story film was the first full-length feature film to be made entirely using CGI.  It had a production budget of only $30 million, less than half of Disney’s The Lion King, made only the year before, which cost almost $80 million.

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Toy Story 2 made almost $245 million domestically, making it the first sequel to make more than the original.

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In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion.

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As a way to both market its animation software and generate money, Pixar once produced commercials for various companies, including Tropicana, Listerine, and Lifesavers.

“A-113” is an Easter egg that appears in all Pixar films.  It is a tribute to a classroom number at California Institute of the Arts that was used by many animation students, including John Lasseter and Brad Bird.

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There is a secret speakeasy at Pixar called The Lucky 7 Lounge – it is hidden behind a bookcase.

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Cars is Pixar’s most profitable film.  It has generated $10 billion (!!!) in just merchandise sales alone.

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John Ratzenberger has been a voice actor in every single Pixar film.

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Collectively, as of 2015, Pixar has won 26 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and 3 Grammys…I mean, NBD.

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The entire staff of Finding Nemo had to take a graduate course on Ichthyology (the study of fish) before making the movie.

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Pixar Studios has more than 1,200 employees.

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A typical Pixar employee only animates about 3 minutes of film per year.

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Toy Story 3 was the first Pixar film to gross more than $1 billion.

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There is an annual event called “Pixarpalooza”, complete with a Battle of the Bands competition.

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Animators at Pixar Studios go crazy with their workspaces.

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Pixar has an ergonomist come in on a weekly basis to make adjustments to the animators’ workstations.

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The name Pixar came about as a result of a mashup between two ideas.  Co-founder Alvy Ray Smith though the name should be “Pixer”, since it sounded like a fake Spanish verb for “to make pictures”…but another co-founder, Loren Carpender, liked “Radar”, since that sounded futuristic.  So, they combined the two into Pixar.

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Pixar has a school, titled Pixar University, where employees can take free classes in sculpting, painting, ballet, and live-action filmmaking.

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When a Pixar movie succeeds at the box office, the leadership team hands out bonus checks by hand to congratulate everyone on the team.

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Pixar names the babies born during the making of each production in the credits.

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25 Fun Facts You Should Know: BOOK EDITION

With a history that dates back thousands of years, it should come as no surprise that the industry of book publishing is bursting with interesting facts and tidbits. From the longest sentence ever published to the first published novel, this collection of 25 Fun Facts You Should Know: Book Edition is sure to satisfy any bookworm!

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So grab a cup of tea, settle in under a cozy blanket, and have fun learning about the history of books!

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25 Fun Facts You Should Know: BOOK EDITION

According to Google, there have been 129,864,880 books published as of 2010.  Clearly that number is much higher today!

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The first book ever written with typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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The most expensive book ever purchased was Codex Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci.  It was purchased by Bill Gates for a cool $30.8 million.

“Bibliosmia” is the joy of smelling old books.

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One out of every eight letters you read is the letter “E”.

The longest sentence ever printed is in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.  It clocks in at about 823 words.

The average person reads at about 300 words per minute.

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J.R.R. Tolkien typed the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy with two fingers.

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The Harvard University library has four law books bound in human skin.

The longest book in the world is Remembrance of Things Past (A la recherche du temps perdu) by Marcel Proust.  It contains about 9,609,000 characters.

It takes an average of about 475 hours to write an average length novel.  Better get crackin’!

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Women buy about 68% of all books sold.

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There have been more than 20,000 books written about the game of Chess.

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The biggest book in the world is The Klencke Atlas.  It’s about 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide when opened.

In the United States, people buy an average of 57 books per second.

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It took Noah Webster 36 years to write his first dictionary.

The first book described as a best-seller was Fools of Nature by Alice Brown (1889).

Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed in film and television more than any other human character in literature.

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The Bay Psalm Book is the first book written in America…it’s also thought to be the most expensive book in the world.Image result for The Bay Psalm Book

Technically, the first novel ever written was The Tale of Genji in 1007, a work of Japanese literature.

Only about 2% of more than 1/2 million books published each year sell more than 500,000 copies.

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John Milton used 8,000 different words in his epic poem, Paradise Lost.

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The Bible is the world’s best-selling book.  It’s followed by Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

The world’s first eBook was a digital copy of The Declaration of Independence.

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Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought was the first book ever purchased on amazon.com.

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51 Fun Facts About Pixar Movies

Whether they make you cry, laugh, or hug your toys just a little bit tighter, there’s no denying that Pixar has a way of tugging at the heartstrings.  Movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Up, and WALL-E have earned their spots on favorite film lists, Oscar lists, and on several “go-to-movies-when-you-need-an-ugly-cry” lists…I mean, if that opening marriage montage from Up doesn’t rip your heart out and feed it to the dogs…

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Though each movie is a rollercoaster of emotions, whenever I see a preview with that little bouncing Luxo Jr., I instantly find myself smiling.  I have always enjoyed Pixar movies and a few Pixar films (Toy Story for sure!) would easily make it on my list of desert island flicks.

Of course there’s no denying that a TON of work goes into making these amazing movies…and teams of animators and designers often spend upwards of 5 years working on each Pixar film….and in those 5 years, a lot can go on behind the scenes!

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For lovers of any Pixar film or just Pixar in general, here are 51 fun facts about Pixar’s movie collection!  Plus, scroll down for even MORE Pixar fun!

 

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Toy Story (1995)

The toolbox on top of the milk crate that Woody is trapped in is a Binford, the same type of tool that Tim Allen used on his TV show, Home Improvement.

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The carpet in Sid’s house has the same hexagonal pattern as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

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Billy Crystal was originally offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear, but declined.  After seeing the finished film, he said the decision was the biggest mistake of his career.  Jim Carrey and Chevy Chase were also offered the part, but were unable to sign due to the movie’s small budget.

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A Bug’s Life (1998)

The character of Thumper is named after Thumper the Rabbit from Bambi, one of John Lasseter’s favorite characters.

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A Bug’s Life only took three years to make, the shortest of all the Pixar film cycles to date.

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The two mosquitoes trapped in the light of the bug zapper are the voices of the co-directors of the film, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

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Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 is one of three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture.  The other two are Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

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For the scene where Woody looks at the merchandise from “Woody’s Roundup”, mockups of the toys were shown to Tom Hanks in the recording studio.  His spontaneous reactions to the toys were recorded and used for Woody’s dialogue in the scene.

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The dust in the scene where Woody meets Wheezy set a record for number of particles animated for a movie by a computer.

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Sully had 2,320,413 animated hair strands!  It often took 11 to 12 hours to render a single frame of him for that reason.

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Monster’s Inc. is the first Pixar film to tease their next film by including a small cameo (in this case, their next film would be Finding Nemo).

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Unlike previous Pixar productions, each of the main characters (Sully, Mike, and Boo) were assigned their own individual animator.

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Finding Nemo (2003)

As of September 2015, Finding Nemo is the bestselling DVD of all time, with 41 million copies sold.

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The role of Dory the fish was specifically written for Ellen DeGeneres.

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Despite the fact that Marlin and Dory spend a good portion of the movie together, Dory never says Marlin’s name.  The two also have opposite personalities and are opposite colors on the color wheel.

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The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles is perhaps one of the most violet Pixar films, with 35 explosions, 189 buttons being pressed, and approximately 640 gunshots.

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The line Syndrome says to Mr. Incredible (“Too late!  Fifteen years too late!”) holds special meaning, as the sequel to The Incredibles is set to release 14 years after the first.

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Want to steal all of Edna’s fashionable costumes?  The code to her lab is 6395742.

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Cars (2006)

This was the last feature film of celebrities Paul Newman and George Carlin.  Both died shortly after the movie was released and, ironically, Cars would turn out to be Newman’s highest-grossing film of his career.

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More than 100 unique car characters were created for the film and the merchandising.

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One of the racing cars is white and sports an Apple logo with the number 84.  A nod to then Pixar owner, Steve Jobs, this racing car pays homage to the Apple Macintosh computer, which came out in 1984.

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Ratatouille (2007)

In order to nail down the movements of rats, Pixar animators kept rats as pets for more than a year to better study the movement of their fur, noses, ears, paws and tails.

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Director Brad Bird cast Patton Oswalt in the main role after hearing his stand-up routine about the menu at the Black Angus Steakhouse.

The window shop displaying dead rats actually exists.  It is the window of Destruction des Animaux Nuisibles, an exterminator established in 1872 located in France.

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WALL-E (2008)

Coincidently, composer Thomas Newman’s uncle, Lionel Newman, worked on the film, Hello, Dolly!.

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WALL-E takes place 700 years in the future.

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Andrew Stanton and the Pixar team watched every single Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie during lunch breaks for about a year and a half to inspire the possibilities of pure visual storytelling.

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Up (2009)

Though only 20,622 balloons appear on the house when it first lifts off, Carl’s house would actually need 12,658,392 balloons to lift off the ground.

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Carl’s face and body were modeled after squares.  This was to emphasize how boxed in he was in life and in his home.

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Were you a hot mess watching that marriage montage in Up?  You’re not alone.  Even in storyboard form, the married life sequence that opens the film brought members of the production team to tears.

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Toy Story 3 (2010)

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, both in love with the chemistry their characters shared on screen, insisted that they record their lines together in the same room, a style of recording rarely done with animated films.  Voice actors John Goodman and Billy Crystal did the same in Monsters, Inc.

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There are 302 characters in Toy Story 3 and it was the first animated film ever to make more than $1 billion worldwide.

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When Barbie is going through Ken’s closet, she comes across a blue and gold Letterman jacket with a “K” embroidered on it and a “State” pennant lying across the front.  Michael Keaton, who voiced Ken, graduated from Kent State University, whose colors are blue and gold.

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Cars 2 (2011)

Cars 2 was the first Pixar film not to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

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After Mater and McQueen are done “cow tipping”, you can see them drive past the Drive-In.  The movie being shown in the Drive-In is The Incredimobiles, the cars version of The Incredibles.

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The British Intelligence seal in the private jet that McMissile and Shiftwell use says “Honor, Animus, Vis Equorum”, meaning “Honor, Spirit, Horse Power”.

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Brave (2012)

Even though she does not have a love interest, Merida was granted the status of Disney Princess, an honor that upset a lot of true Disney fans.  She’s the first Disney princess not to be based on any pre-existing character or historical figure and is the first princess to be represented from Pixar.

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Kelly Macdonald, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters, who all starred in Brave, also had roles in the Harry Potter films.

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The only thing we ever see Merida eat is apples.  This might be a dedication to Steve Jobs, who passed away during production of this film.  Brave is also dedicated to him.

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Monsters University (2013)

When Sully enters Mike and Randall’s room with Fear Tech’s pig, a motivational poster can be seen above Randall’s bed that reads, “Winds of Change: Shh…Can you hear them?”.  Randall says this same line to Mike in the locker room in Monsters, Inc.

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Monsters University, along with Cars 2, are the only Pixar films not nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.  Both of their predecessors, Monsters, Inc. and Cars are the only Pixar films not to win Oscars.

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As the students enter the School of Scaring building, they all touch the front paw of the statue in front of the building.  This is a reference to a tradition at Harvard University where students touch the left foot of the statue of John Harvard for good luck.  As a result, the foot of the statue of Harvard is shiny and polished down.  The animators included that on the statue in the movie as well.

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Inside Out (2015)

According to director Pete Docter, each emotion in Inside Out is based on a shape:  Joy on a star, sadness on a teardrop, anger on a fire brick, fear on a raw nerve, and disgust on broccoli.

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When Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera pitched the film to Mindy Kaling (Disgust), she was moved to tears and said, “I think it’s great that you guys are making a film that shows it’s difficult to grow up and that it’s okay to be sad about it.”

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Lewis Black was the studio’s first, and only choice to play Anger.

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The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Perhaps since it closely followed the release of Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur is the lowest-grossing Pixar movie ever, both domestically and worldwide.

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The Good Dinosaur is one of the few dinosaur films where T-Rex’s are not portrayed as villains.

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Since there were no dinosaurs to study while animating this film, young Arlo’s movements were based on those of young elephants.

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Finding Dory (2016)

The setting of the film was changed from an aquatic park to a Marine Biology Institute after the crew of Pixar screened the controversial documentary, Blackfish.

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Despite the 13 year gap between Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, Finding Dory only takes place 1 year after the prequel.

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Hank the octopus only has seven tentacles because the animators realized they could not fit eight onto his body.  His backstory was rewritten to account for the missing limb.

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