Trish Biggar and Iain McCaig are Senators
Here's another cameo during the Senate sequence. It is
quite well visible, but quick so you'll have to watch for
it. When Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence in
Chancellor Valorum, you can see a blue, very fat Twi'lek
Senator rising in agreement. So are his aides. But they
are in no way Twi'lek, but human: a blond woman and a
darker haired man. These two are costume designers Trisha
Biggar and storyboard and concept artist Iain McCaig. If
you know when to look for them, you will see them!
Wookiee cameo in the senate
In addition to the cameos of the ET's (mentioned below),
many have reported the scene with Wookies in the Galactic
Senate spotted in the movie. The wookie senator was shown
way back on the Chewie flashback card, so we knew they
were going to show up. Here they are. Also, many visitors
have said they can hear the wookies, but not see them.
Again, here's the screenshot, but remember the actual
pacing in the movie makes this frame go by very quickly!
ET's in the Senate
This has got to be the number one cameo, because of all
of the email we received about it, some even just this week.
E.T. the Extraterrestrial, or those of his species are in
the Phantom Menace. If you missed it, you wouldn't be the
only one. If you look closely during the Republic Senate
scene after Queen Amidala gives her vote of no confidence,
you can see several ET's in one of the senate seats at the
lower left hand portion of the screen. Since Lucas and
Spielberg are such good friends, this is obviously a tribute
to him, and not a coincidence. An prequel insider report
earlier this year said that ILM was working on Progressive
Auto Insurance ads and had made the model for those
commercials, so implementing them to the movie was a piece of
cake. Nice little cameo, but does that make ET cannon in
Star Wars history?
USS Enterprise in TPM
John Knoll is a huge Trek fan and supervised the effects on
at least several Trek films that ILM worked on. Is it
possible that the USS Enterprise IS hidden in The Phantom Menace?
We've received quite a bit of email in the past about the
possible cameo, and here's yet another unconfirmed report. Many
have said this for many months to their friends, that the USS
Enterprise WAS in The Phantom Menace (according to either John
Knoll or Scott Squires at VES '99). Supposedly, you can spot it
at least a dozen times going back and forth behind Queen Amidala
in the night scene where she tells Palpatine that she is going
back to Naboo. Here's a quick screengrab highlighting what were
Obi-Wan's Reaction to the Gungan plan
Key writes in and says they noticed something else hidden in TPM.
In the scene where the Queen begs the Gungans to help them
in their battle they are all kneeling on the floor. when the
Gungans agree, they all get up smiling happily, except Obi-Wan
who stays on the ground scratching his ear with a funny look on
his face. What's he think about the whole thing, I wonder?
Queen talks without moving her mouth
Star Wars Steve tells us about a hidden image he was surprised
not to see listed: On Naboo after the Queen makes her alliance
with the Gungans, they come up with a plan of attack. The queen
then shows her holographic layout of the palace. Right before
this, she starts talking, but her mouth stops moving half-way
through. My wife saw this one the first time we watched it.
Wilhelm Sound in Star Wars
Andrew reminds us that according to an interview with Ben Burtt
in the original Star Wars fan club magazine (Bantha Tracks
number 17, August 1982), he adds a sound effect called a
"Wilhelm" to each movie he works on. For example, the article
says, in Star Wars, the stormtrooper who falls off the Death
Star makes that noise. In Empire Strikes Back, it's screamed
during the Hoth battle, and in Raiders of the Lost Ark someone
gets thrown off a truck and makes the noise. And in Return of
the Jedi, it's screamed by one of the bunker guys when Han Solo
throws the package of explosives at him and then he falls off
the railing. Well, in The Phantom Menace, one of the Naboo
pilots makes this scream as he gets picked off by the battle
droids in one of the hanger scenes.
Battle Droid Fist Fight
John was just reading over this hidden stuff guide, and thought
he should mention some fist fighting he noticed during the
Gun-Gun/Battle Droid combat on Naboo. If you look off in the
background, past the action in the foreground, you'll see random
little one-on-one mini-fights between different pairs of droids
and Gun-Guns. One Gun-Gun, if my memory serves, is just circling
a droid and tagging it in the face. It's funny because the droid
seems confused, etc., and can't seem to hit the Gungan. There are
of course, plenty more of these funny little encounters in the film
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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