Theed Waterfall's are made of salt
The "water" cascading over the falls in the Naboo capital
city was actually salt. This was shown in the Cinefex
magazine, and confirmed by other official sources as well.
There's been much talk about the hidden music of TPM,
including the Sith theme when Shmi is around, the rearranging
of the celebration theme at the end of TPM with Palpatine's
theme, and the Imperial March being played in a scene with
Anakin. Interesting possibilities ... Thanks to LieranKell
and others for this one.
Nute Gunray's name
Another hidden tidbit in TPM is the origin of Nute Gunray's
(Neimoudian senator) name. Almost more like a hidden message:
the name Nute Gunray is an obvious reference to the two
Republicans Newt (Nute) Gingrich and Ronald Reagan
(gun-ray ---> ray-gun). Choosing that name for a bad guy says
a lot about Lucas' political opinions! Thanks to Liam Liam
for the heads up!
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Republic Cruiser inspired by ANH Concept Art
The Republic Cruiser look familiar? It should, as it's design
was inspired by early Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie
way back in the 70's. Lucas likes to keep old designs and reuse
them in the future, so look for more in Episode II as well.
Skittles, Tennis Rackets and Toilet Seats?
Dene gives us this cool first hand cameo:
On a tour round the Episode 1 set at Leavesden I noticed SKITTLES
which had been painted black and stuck upside down in a bank of
'machinery' at the entrance to the melting pit. Gavin Bocquet
then pointed out a kids TENNIS RAQUET set that had been cut up,
again painted black, then glued on. Also in the corridor where
Qui Gon is trying to cut through the door, a part of the
'equipment' on the walls include plastic TOILET SEATS. Cool!
Washing the ATT's
This just in from Kahunna over at the Hidden Menace:
If you look really hard at this picture, you will see a poor
battle droid washing one of the tanks. He must've drawn the
shortest straw ... But is you squint even harder, you will see
another battle droid supervising him to the right. Maybe this
droid got the longest straw. Good stuff - and be sure to
visit his page for more hidden items in TPM!
TPM Screens Inspired by Flash Gordon
Readers Brad "Fryguy" Newman and Mark "JediSluggo" Johnson
were reviewing the original The Making of Star Wars tape and
noticed a probable influence for Episode I. The beginning of
the tape shows the inspirations that Lucas had for Star Wars.
Among these was a Flash Gordon clip that shows a viewscreen
that strongly resembles the screen on the bridge of the
Neimoidian ship. See a still below comparing Flash Gordon and
a still from TPM. You can see a Quicktime 3 clip (240K) of the
Flash Gordon screen wipe here.
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Introduction and General Cameos | The Jedi Arrive | The Palace Walls | Arrival on Tatooine | Visit the Junkyard | Anakin's House | Pod Race Hangar | Aurra Sing at the Races | After the Pod Race | Naboo | The Galactic Senate | Battles | Celebration and Credits | Untrue Cameos