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All XKCD comics have individual threads in the XKCD forums which discuss the various comics. There is also an Explain XKCD wiki which can help. (Thanks to @alex_d). From perusing the thread: Wandboy = Harry Potter Puncher = Rocky Tropical Boaters = Pirates of the Caribbean Professor Whip = Indiana Jones Additionally, every XKCD comic has title text for ...


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I realize I'm ludicrously late for this, but the very first parody film was The Little Train Robbery, made in 1905. It was a parody of The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, which had the same director.


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Definition: parody a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way. I would nominate the Laurel and Hardy movies as parodies of the originals. Movies were still in their infancy when Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy created shorts and full length feature films in the 1920s with ...


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This is a legal question. At least in the US, parody and satire fall under the fair use umbrella of copyright law. A remake requires permission if the material being remade is copyrighted. You can't remake Star Wars without permission as the story and characters are protected under copyright and trademark laws. You could remake a Sherlock Holmes story ...


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I think you have Wandboy and Puncher correct. I think user1306322 is right about Indiana Jones. He is a professor and uses a whip and the subtitles line up. I think the Tropical Boaters movies are Pirates of the Caribbean!


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Three Ages (Buster Keaton, 1923, IMDB) is a parody of D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916, IMDB). Intolerance intercuts four parallel story lines each separated by several centuries and demonstrates mankind’s persistent intolerance throughout the ages. Three Ages has three plots in three different historical periods. It tells about the love of a man to a ...


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According to Parody As Film Genre: "Never Give a Saga an Even Break" (1999) by by Wes D. Gehring: Unlike other American film comedy genres such as the 1930s Depression birth of screwball comedy, or the front and center emergence of dark comedy in the 1960s, parody has been a mainstream part of American film comedy since the beginning. It was, in fact, a ...


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There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a movie that way? Early examples of mockumentaries. The general genre of what you describe is known as a “mockumenary”. An early example of this genre is the ...


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Alan Rickman was actually parodying himself when he complained about being a "real actor". Rickman was originally a Shakespearean actor, as was Patrick Stewart. So, I suppose there was a little of both of those actors in that character. William Shatner's need to be the center of attention, which is at the center of the long-standing coldness between Takei ...


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Parody does not need permission because it is protected under "fair use".


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Clarisse Loughrey of The Independent points towards Private Lives (1931) as a possible referent for Merrily We Dance, but notes that it really seems like more of a composite of several different movies from an earlier era: The reference point for Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes)'s high-society drama seems a little more obscure; odd, since the other ...


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In general most entries on IMDB will have a "Connections" link mentioning other entries that either reference or are referenced by the target. I don't believe you will ever find a complete database anywhere, but that is the one source that seems to be already trying to track this specific issue. Sadly your example is not on the list but there are several ...


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