I Learned Something Today

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  1. Rick Jones

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    I remember going to the bank with my mom in the 90s and they used to seem so amazing to me. I had no idea they were around that long.

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  2. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk The kids are all wrong

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    In 1978, not-yet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il kidnapped South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and his wife and made him direct propaganda fantasy films for the North Korean government. Kim was a huge fan of Godzilla and the kaiju genre, and one of the films he had him make was a 1985 giant monster movie called Pulgasari, based on a Korean folk legend about a creature who ate iron and steel and destroyed evil. They even brought in the special effects crew from Toho Studios, the makers of Godzilla, including the actor who was donning the famous rubber suit at the time (who in 1998 was quoted as saying that he prefered THIS movie to Roland Emmerich's Godzilla).

    El Rey Network's running Godzilla movies all weekend and they flashed that factoid on screen. Made me think of the Book of Russel from Gorillaz's Instagram page.
     
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    Charles Band remade that movie as a European fantasy. I'll see If I can't find the title.
     
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    The one with Sam Jackson?

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    Don't know about Sam Jackson. Sorry. :)

    Pulgasari was remade as The Legend of Galgameth in 1996. Not sure if Charles Band was the producer tho. I should've checked that before posting. :)
     
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    I learned that in Disney's Hercules, the voice actors for Young Hercules' speaking (Josh Keaton) and singing (Roger Bart) voices have a 17-year age difference.
    I've also read before that Josh Keaton originally both spoke and sang for Young Herc, but after he failed to hold a long note, Disney brought in Roger Bart to re-record the songs.
     
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    I learned that while some of the people I follow on Twitter follow some of the other people I follow, none of them follow Batista. (I've also noticed a few others that they don't follow, but he seemed the most surprising.)
     
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    The DJ whose lips appear throughout the 1979 cult film The Warriors was played by Lynne Thigpen, who was also The Chief from the PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?.

    "All right, all you boppers, Carmen was last seen on a subway train headed for Coney Island. Go get her, gumshoes!"
     
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    Just found out that if you place your mouse cursor over a thumbnail on youtube, you get a short GIF of the video itself.
     
  11. Peter Paltridge

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    that's a new feature they implemented. Unfortunately it will probably spoil the joke of many new SiIvaGunner videos if they have some sort of visual element.

    I also learned that Disney didn't have a ban on marijuana in its parks until recently.
     
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    After the massive success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Columbia Pictures wanted Steven Spielberg to do a sequel to the film.

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    Spielberg was not particularly interested, but he was still a bit irked at how Universal Pictures had done a Jaws sequel without him after he declined to do one himself, so he figured that if Columbia was going to do it, it might as well be him as the director. He began thinking about perhaps doing a 180 degree spin on the Close Encounters concept. What if the aliens this time around were bad guys? He came up with a concept originally called Watch the Skies! based on the famous UFO encounter story known as the “Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter,” where a Kentucky farmer family named the Suttons claimed to be tormented by aliens (their farm was between the towns of Kelly and Hopkinsville, hence the name).


    Spielberg then hired screenwriter John Sayles to flesh out his bare bones concept (now called Night Skies due to a trademark conflict), which was about a group of aliens who would terrorize a family. Sayles, who had written the Jaws-spoof Piranha (which Spielberg loved), based his concept in general on the classic John Ford western film Drums Along the Mohawk, about a group of settlers besieged in a small fort by an army of Pro-British forces and the Mohawk Native American tribe during the American Revolution. The concept basically would be about a family holed up in their farm while a group of aliens laid siege to their home (the aliens are actually referred to as “ETs” in the script) with their powers, which included limited telepathy and telekinesis and, of course, powerful glowing fingers (which one alien used to blow up cows). Legendary special effects designer Rick Baker (of Stars Wars fame) designed the aliens for the project. In Sayles final version of the story, there were five aliens and one of the aliens (dubbed “Buddy”) befriended the family’s autistic son, Jaybird, and ultimately helped stop his fellow aliens and is left behind on Earth due to his actions (the film would end with an injured Buddy alone in the woods, his hopes of survival uncertain).


    Spielberg, meanwhile, was in the midst of the filming of the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark when he began to have doubts about the project. When Spielberg was a boy, he imagined that he had an alien friend and he began to wonder if there was not a different angle that you could take on this story. He showed the script to Harrison Ford’s then-girlfriend (and soon wife) Melissa Mathison, and she cried reading it, touched by the relationship between Buddy and Jaybird. This was enough for Spielberg to decide to take the script in a whole other direction and instead have Mathison (who was a screenwriter) do a new take on the film, only this time making it entirely about the Buddy/Jaybird aspect. In just two months, Mathison finished work on the screenplay dubbed E.T. and Me, which was eventually filmed as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.


    Baker was pretty irked at all of his work designing the aliens going to waste, so he declined working on E.T..


    Spielberg, though, was not finished with the basic concept of Night Skies. He still thought that there was promise there, so he decided to develop the idea as a different sort of horror film and the idea of a family being attacked in their home by aliens instead became a family being attacked in their home by ghosts, and the result was the 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist, released soon after E.T..
     
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    Today I learned when Windows 3.1 launched, there was a feature called Comic Chat. If you hooked up a modem, you could enter a chatroom that would be rendered like a comic book, with everyone represented by avatars and their messages as word balloons. That would have been so awesome to have by the time my family got a computer. Why on Earth would they get rid of this?

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    I know -- Microsoft gets rid of a lot of cool things. It's what they do. I would have loved this if it had still been standard with Windows 98.

    Technically you can still download the program, but I have my doubts it works. Not when the page you have to get it from looks like this.
     
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    I learned that the Minions were envisioned as a hybrid between the Oompa Loompas and the Jawas.
     
  16. Kitschensyngk

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    With Outlaw Star coming back to Toonami, I finally learned what that "bagua sanfa" chant means. And also how to spell it.

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    Until today I assumed the Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow ROMS were on the Stadium pak and what the Transfer Pak was loading was your save data.
    But apparently THIS is possible (though not through normal means):

     
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    I learned that despite creating the sport, England has never won the Cricket World Cup.
     
  19. Kitschensyngk

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    There's a cartoon based off Planet of the Apes.

     
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    I learned that Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch has more Emmy recognition than Sabrina's live-action or DiC TV shows did, winning an award for Main Title and Graphic Design.

    I also learned that when I delete a post I made in the Toonzone News Comments forum, it still appears on the bottom of the article in question.
     
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