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Questions tagged [reference]

A mention, allusion, citation, or homage to other works.

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What were all the references in Deadpool?

I recently watched Deadpool and it was full of references and Easter Eggs. I was able to pick many of them like Green lantern, X-Men Origins, etc., but my friend was not able to understand many of ...
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Why does Zootopia have an intentional Breaking Bad reference?

When Judy is looking up on the case she finds, along with Nick, that there's a laboratory in a vehicle which processes a blue chemical to be sold in the market. While the chemist is making the ...
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Did Spaceballs have to get permission for Pizza the Hutt

As I am sure you know, Spaceballs features the character Pizza the Hutt, whose name seems to be obviously derived from the company Pizza Hut. Given that "Pizza Hut" is trademarked, did the filmmakers ...
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Has a movie ever referred to a later movie? [closed]

In an answer to another question, I wrote "characters in the later movie watch or discuss the earlier movie". Then it occurred to me, have characters in an earlier movie watched or discussed a later ...
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Which movie series are referenced in XKCD comic 1568?

When I was reading XKCD comics I came across this one In a previous comic I get it was Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek, but in this other one I only know Wandboy = Harry Potter. I suspect ...
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Where does the “One of us! One of us!” chant originate?

I've seen the chant "One of us! One of us!" parodied in both South Park and Big Bang Theory. Where does it come from? Is "Gibble Gobble Gibble Gobble" (added by South Park) part of the original ...
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What is this record-destroying scene in Family Guy a reference to?

In Family Guy season 7 episode 2, Peter drives the family crazy playing the Bird is the Word song. Later in the episode, Brian and Stewie are shown destroying the record, in a method which seems as ...
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How closely do Sherlock Episodes relate to the original stories?

In the TV Series Sherlock I know there are many references to the original canon (for example the hat). Particularly variations of the episode names. A Study in Pink - A Study in Scarlet A Scandal in ...
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Do you have to be well versed in Mighty Mouse to understand Andy Kaufman's infamous SNL skit?

Andy Kaufman did a skit on the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. Kaufman was virtually unknown at the time. This was before his Taxi fame and his other infamous ...
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Was this a movie reference when Tony said “happy trails, kid!” to Spider-Man?

In Avengers: Infinity War, when Spider-Man is clinging to the outside of The Maw's ship as it's leaving Earth, Iron Man provides Spider-Man with a new suit. Just as Spider-Man exclaims how cool the ...
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What are all the faces on Grandmaster tower in Thor: Ragnarok?

In Thor: Ragnarok, the Grandmaster tower had many faces on it: I presume they are of champions and I can clearly identify that the left one is Beta Ray Bill And he was a major part of Planet Hulk (...
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What movie is Kevin from?

In Cabin in the Woods, there is a board with a list of monsters on it: Between Deadites and Mummy in the lower left, there is Kevin. I am Kevin. I would like to know what monster reference this is to,...
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License plates in Zootopia

What do the two license plates in Zootopia stand for? 29THD03 - at the DMV FST NML - at the end of the movie
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Is the scene with the girl putting a flower in a soldier's rifle's muzzle a reference to a specific event?

In the opening of the movie Watchmen, when Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" is playing, there is a scene where a harmless teenage girl steps forward and tries to put a flower in a soldier's ...
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Is there any connection between Stranger Things and IT movie?

Are Stranger Things and IT in the same universe? In season 2 episode 3 of Stranger Things while Bob drives Will to school, Bob tells Will about a terrifying experience he had as a kid where a clown ...
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Have we ever seen Data make use of his “multiple techniques” before First Contact?

At some point during Data's captivity and interrogation by the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact her tries to convince him go into a more instinctual direction: Borg: Are you familiar with ...
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Is Rick and Morty satire/parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly?

As the title asks, is Rick and Morty satire/parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly of the Back to the Future franchise? Or is it a generic play on the Mad Scientist and fish out of water cliché?
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What were all the references in Deadpool 2?

Like Deadpool 1, Deadpool 2 was also full of easter eggs and references. Since we did 'What were all the references in Deadpool?' I thought we should do it for Deadpool 2 as well. What were all the ...
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Is there a certain comedian this South Park episode is referencing?

In episode season 20, "Douche and a Danish", Mr. Garrison talks in a manner similar to stand up comedy instead of holding a speech. Is this a reference to a certain comedian or just a generic ...
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What is the meaning behind Lisa Simpsons triangle shaped red eyes?

In the Simpsons S28E3, titled The Town, Simpsons try to permanently move to Boston. Lisa gets really fond of Boston, as most of the town is made for intellectuals like her. Eventually the get back to ...
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Was there an intentional reference with the quote “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo”?

In Die Hard with a Vengeance, John McClane (portrayed by Bruce Willis) quotes a line from the song Flowers on the wall by the Statler Brothers while speaking to Zeus Carver (portrayed by Samuel L. ...
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What does it mean to be a show's “screech”?

The Drop the Mic battle between Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik has the following line from Mayim Bialik: You're basically our show's Screech. The battle between Ashton Kutcher and Sean Combs has a ...
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Is “Elf” meant to be set in the same universe as the Rankin/Bass “Rudolph” Christmas special?

The 2003 film Elf (starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau) has many visual similarities to the Rankin/Bass produced Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). ...
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Was the TARDIS an inspiration for the time-traveling phone booth?

The 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure features a pair of dim-witted teenagers traveling through time to retrieve historical figures to make an oral presentation for their history class. ...
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Which mask is Wade/Deadpool wearing in this scene?

At the end of the movie, when Wade is showing his new face to Vanessa, Deadpool is wearing a second mask: Who is this supposed to be?
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What's the meaning of the sentence on Ariel's shirt?

In Ralph Breaks The Internet, in one scene, Ariel wears the t-shirt pictured below. It says: Gizmos & Whooz-Its & Whats-Its & Snarfblats & Dinglehoppers Being not native ...
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What is the movie playing on TV on Logan and what is its connection to the film?

In Logan, a movie is shown on TV. It is an old western, nearly 80 years old. They quote some lines of the movie, something like: Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her... tell her ...
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Who is “The Mask” impersonating after he gets “shot”?

After the Mask finishes kissing a young, gorgeous Cameron Diaz; the jealous boyfriend comes downstairs with his cronies to confront him. The big guy pulls out his gun and--after several failed ...
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Who are the look-alikes hired by Abed supposed to be?

In Community season 3 episode 12 'Contemporary Impressionists', when Troy returns to his flat and sees Abed sat down with a leg cast, he fears the worst and then a Robin Williams lookalike appears. ...
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How much influence did the animated Lord of the Rings movie from 1978 have on Peter Jackson's trilogy?

I wonder how much the previous movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings -- in the form of Ralph Bakshi's great (albeit unfinished) animated version from 1978 -- had any kind of influence on Peter ...
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Is this Green Lantern and Batman reference intended for a Justice League movie?

In Man of Steel, there are two references to other DC character, such as: First Christina Wren's character called Carrie Ferris in the film resemblance to Blake Lively's character Carol Ferris from ...
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Is there mention of any of the modern gods in Stargate: SG1?

Apart from maybe the impregnation of Vala, that is a slight hint towards Jesus, is there any mention in Stargate SG-1 of the modern gods that are known to mankind today, such as the deities behind ...
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“What's up doc?” - Is Bugs Bunny impersonating someone?

It turns out that Bugs Bunny was impersonating someone when he ate the carrot. Was he also impersonating a contemporary actor when he asked What's up doc? or is that a Bugs Bunny original?
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What video game was Groot playing?

In Avengers: Infinity War, we see Groot behaving like a teenager, and playing a handheld video game for most of the movie. I think it was only shown once, and very briefly, but the sound of it could ...
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A possible Donnie Darko reference to 2002

Donnie Darko the film features a recurring scene consisting of fast-cut composition of various overlaying elements atop a large pupil. One of these elements appears to be a stack trace/core dump for ...
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What is the point of naming Tony Stark's dream son after his comic book rival?

In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony had this conversation with Pepper: Tony Stark: Right! That's the point I'm trying to make. Last night, I dreamt, we had a kid. So real. We named him after your ...
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Is Chandhramukhi / Manichitrathazhu / Bhool Bhulaiyaa a partial copy of Vertigo?

I watched Vertigo recently and I noticed that there were some really striking similarities between Vertigo and Chandramukhi/ Manichitrathazhu /Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Is it true that the makers really ...
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Why was “The Shining” playing at the drive-in?

In Twister, there is a scene at a drive-in movie theater depicting a calm evening with people sitting in their cars watching a movie. Within minutes, a tornado rips through the drive in movie causing ...
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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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Are these dream posters from Inside Out parodies of real films?

During Inside Out, Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong visit Dream Productions. There are several posters on the walls for "movies" that are broadcast into Riley's dreams. I found a list of them here which I'...
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Was the incredible K-2SO inspired by an earlier kill droid, HK-47?

Statement: In Rogue One, we are introduced to the very witty, sarcastic, a bit morbid droid known as K-2SO. We find out he has been reprogrammed from his original state. And part of the reprogramming ...
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Was the Johnny B. Goode scene from Back to The Future inspired from Top Secret?

Maybe it's just me, but I was watching Top Secret for the first time today, and I realized that the scene where Nick (Val Kilmer) sings Tutti Frutti by Little Richard felt a lot similar to the scene ...
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What is the Supergerm in the Justice League film?

In Justice League, we see a scene with a newspaper front page, which I have already covered in the similar question but there is a mention of a Supergerm in the left corner: Image source Is it a ...
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Rango's Western reference?

The (excellent) Rango is filled with references to other movies. While I found quite a lot of them, I'm stuck on this one. Which (famous I suppose) western does this scene refer to?
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The Simpsons/Futurama: walk in the dark with neon signs

In many episodes of The Simpsons or Futurama, a character (usually drunk or sad) walks in the dark with neon signs moving in the background; where does this come from? A few examples: The Simpsons ...
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Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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How is The Godfather: Part III related to the Cavalleria Rusticana?

In the finale of The Godfather: Part III Vincent's "clearance" of the Corleone family's enemies and the assassination attempt on Michael is intertwined with the family attending a performance of the ...
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What were the magic words used by Zemo and what's it referring to?

In Captain America: Civil War, Baron Helmut Zemo used some magic words to activate the brainwashing of the Winter Soldier. But these words seem a bit weird to me at first glance, I only remember one ...
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What is the origin of the Black Tablet thing surrounded by apes?

In the Tim Burton adaptation Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film and one of the episodes of The Simpsons both show a scene were a bunch of apes in what seems to be a canyon region are looking at a ...
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Official word on whether all Seinfeld episodes have reference to Superman?

There are quite a few web pages on the Internet that discuss whether or not a Superman reference can be found in every single episode of Seinfeld. Has anyone affiliated with the show ever made a ...