Don Bies in Pod Race Garage
This one may be new to you, this is the first time (as far
as we know) this has been pointed out publicly. In the
background of the scene before the pod race, just before
Watto proposes to throw his 'chance cube', you can see Don
Bies working on one of the pods. Don Bies is the man who
created the 'all terrain' version of the Artoo model, and
he also operates Artoo's remote controls most of the time
during filming (see SW Insider #39).
Qui-Gon's repeating sequence
This one just came in and is not confirmed, but sounds promising. When someone
gets further confirmation, please write in and let us know. This sure will
be easier with a video tape of the whole movie, no? In the hangar before the
pod race when Anakin is explaining that he will win the race this time to
Padame, the background shows Qui-Gon doing the same thing twice, taking something
out of the hands of an onlooker.
The spaceman talking to himself on Tatooine
In the shot where Darth Maul's probe droid whisks through
Mos Espa, most of the people walking around and many of the
background sections were all shot as separate elements. For
example, near the very end of the shot there is a character
in a space suit that comes walking along as the Sith probe
disappears past him around the corner. Here's where it starts
to get interesting. Originally, there were two
space-suited characters, one with a large hose-like contraption
coming out the top of his helmet. During dailies George
remarked that he didn't like the look of it and told the technical
direct to lose the hose. They did, and the shot was recomposited
without the hose and again shown to George. Well, George still
thought the character still looked "goofy" so he requested that
the character be ditched all-together. Next time you see that
shot look carefully, because the one character was removed totally
from the shot, the other character who remains is talking to
himself. Interestingly enough, you might recall that there's an
establishing shot of the Mos Espa streets earlier in the film in
which you can see the two space-suited characters walking along
together. Lucas must have felt that the "goofy" costume wasn't
distracting in this high-angle, long distance shot.
Jawa Sandcrawler Before Pod Race
The jawa transport, aka the Sandcrawler, can be seen in the upper
left corner of the screen when the camera pans around the Pod Race
arena just before the big race. It's just to the right and a bit
to the back of the end of the podrace stands.
Before the start of the pod race, after Greg Proops' comentator has
introduced Quadranaero, his other head (which for some reason learned a
different language) says, phoenetically "bumshaklaka Tito Puete!", a
blue competitor waves and the crowd chears. Tito, of course is the
Mambo mogul who has appeared in, among other things, The Simpsons
episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" and the Jim Henson production, Sesame
Street. The phrase bum-shaka-laka was, I believe, used by the tribe of
pigs in Muppets Tresure Island, another work the Henson clan.
Chief Model Maker in Pod Race
In the Mos Espa Arena while Qui-Gon is putting Annie in the podracer
there's a man with long curly hair and a beard, with a hook on his head,
walking by in the background. This man is Lorne Peterson, Academy Award winner,
and chief model maker at the ILM.
Vader in the Pod Race
Tyson is sure that Vader's helmet is present in the background
of TPM's pod race. The face plate is the distinguishing
characteristic supposedly, although we've had few reports of
this being accurate.
Rob Coleman's cameo
The lead animation supervisor Rob Coleman has a brief cameo behind
Jabba and Gardulla the Hutts at the pod race. Check the pic above
on where to find him.
Leia's slave girl outfit Cameo
Kelly reminds us of one of the more obvious cameos in TPM, but
is still definitely worth the mention. One of his favorite cameos?
Leia's slave outfit. Jabba's slave girl, visible just as he
emerges from his vantage point over the podrace on the right,
is wearing what looks just like the skimpy 2-piece that Leia
wears in ROTJ. I guess ol' Jabba really likes that suit.
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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