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"Jack the Giant Slayer" (2013)
USA Release: March 1, 2013
A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.
Directed by Bryan Singer
Darren Lemke (screenplay) and
Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) and
Dan Studney (screenplay)
Darren Lemke (story) & David Dobkin (story)
Stanley Tucci...Lord Roderick
Bill Nighy...General Fallon
Ian McShane...King Brahmwell
Eleanor Tomlinson...Princess Isabelle
The second consecutive film written by Peter Baynham to have the name Arthur in its title, the first being Arthur starring Russell Brand.
The toy that Steve steps on towards the end of the film is Shaun the Sheep, another famous Aardman character.
Grandsanta says that he is 136 years old. But if he were 136 years old, he would not have been able to be Santa for 70 Christmases and then see his son, the current Santa, complete 70 Christmases as Santa.
Michigan was chosen to film this movie by director Shawn Levy because he was blown away by the Model T Automobile plant in Highland Park near Detroit. He felt it was the perfect set for the first fight scene called Crash Palace in the film. No other location he visited in New Mexico, Los Angeles, or Georgia came close.
The third film of director Shawn Levy to be released in the IMAX format. The other two are Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Much of the robot boxing fights were motion-captured using professional boxers, supervised by Sugar Ray Leonard.
In an apparent nod to Rocky, the world champion robot is named "Zeus", while in 'Rocky', the champion is named "Apollo" Creed. In mythology, Apollo is the son of Zeus.
In an obvious nod to the iconic game "Rock'em, Sock'em, Robots", during the Atom/Zeus fight, Mashido assumes manual control of Zeus and grabs two simple joysticks and moves them back and forth operating Zeus exactly as done in the board game.
The film is based on "Steel" - a 1956 short story by I Am Legend author Richard Matheson. It was also made into an episode of The Twilight Zone called Steel.
The girls who ask to pose for a picture with Ambush are director 'Shawn Levy''s daughters.
As announced at the rodeo in the beginning of the movie, director Shawn Levy has confirmed that the film takes place in 2020. He stated in an interview: "The whole reason it's 2020 and not further in the future is because I knew this movie was going to be an underdog story and I didn't want the distant futurism of extreme sci-fi. I wanted the world to feel really familiar, so that the characters would feel really relatable. The cell-phone we used five or ten years ago looks different from today, but a diner still looks like a diner."
Each of the robots were built both in real life and CGI. For certain shots with animatronics, they were controlled by more than 20 puppeteers.
Midas' Mohawk hairstyle is a nod to "Clubber" Lang, Mr.T's character in Rocky III.
All video cameras used by the press are Red Epics, most with 3D lens attachments.
The opening scene at the fairground features a semi tractor with a cattle-hauling trailer which belongs to "Ron Smith Trucking", Breckenridge, MI.
Microsoft product placement: "Xbox 720" advertisement displayed in the fight stadium.
The Generation 1 robot boxer head seen in the junkyard is the head of a Rock'em Sock'em Robot game robot.
Charlie Kenton's idea to wear down Zeus's power supply by allowing him to repeatedly land blows on Atom was in fact a technique used by real life professional boxer Muhammad Ali. Nicknamed the 'rope-a-dope', Ali utilised the strategy to tire fellow boxer George Foreman, a much stronger opponent than himself and eventually gain victory. Ali famously angered Foreman with phrases such as "Is that all you got, George?" during the fight, mirrored in the film by Kenton's taunting hand gesture.
When Puss, Kitty Softpaws, and Humpty Dumpty are up in the Giant's castle, the golden eggs are too heavy for them to pick up easily, which is why they steal the goose instead. However, once they get back on the ground and are in their camp for the night, they each take one of the new eggs the goose has laid and hold it up, with one hand, to salute their victory.
When Puss starts to tell Kitty about how he came to the orphanage and met Humpty, he looks into a puddle. His reflection in the puddle should have been reversed with the raised brim of his hat on the right side of the image. But it isn't, its on the left just as he appears throughout the movie.
This movie marks the fifth collaboration between stars Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. They previously worked together in past films such as Desperado, Frida, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
The main character, Puss (voice by Antonio Banderas), makes a "P" as his signature; a signature very similar to the "Z" El Zorro makes. Antonio Banderas played El Zorro in The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro.
Antonio Banderas participated in a viral marketing event for the film by posing in photos of himself at a screening surrounded by cats.
Mother Goose appears in the film. "Puss in Boots" was originally published as a story in the "Mother Goose Fairytales" by Charles Perrault.
Amy Sedaris, who voices Jill, also voiced Cinderella in Shrek the Third.
Though it broke the box office record of the highest-grossing Halloween weekend gross of all time (previously held by Saw III), its debut was the worst for a Dreamworks Animation film since Flushed Away. However, its second weekend gross gave it the record for the smallest non-holiday second weekend drop for a film in a saturated release of 2500 theaters or more.
One of the women of San Ricardo describes Puss's boots as being made of soft, Corinthian leather. This is a reference to the Chrysler Cordoba commercial of 1975 starring Ricardo Montalban. He described the seats as being made of "soft, Corinthian leather".
On at least one occasion, the term "city council" is used, but at other times, the term "town council" is used. One of those has to be wrong.
The engine hood of the Volkswagon appears and disappears between scenes.
When Ren is pulled over and his license is being examined by the police, his license is an Over-21 Massachusetts license. The difference between Under-21 and Over-21 is that Under-21 licenses are vertical and Over-21 licenses are horizontal.