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Good answer by @sanpaco and it may be partially true, but according to Mel Brooks himself, there is a different reason. I was on holiday in Australia in 1997, when I happened to watch part of a live television-show broadcast from a SF fair/conference event. (Now that I think of it, it may have been a recording of a live show that took place earlier.) Mel ...


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A brand like Pizza Hut can be trademarked but not copyrighted. Copyrights allow the author (or owner of the copyright) to retain exclusive rights to use the work or significant portions of it. Trademarks do not work that way. Trademarks are meant to provide legal recourse when a business uses the same or similar name, logo, design, catchphrase, etc., as ...


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Theory #1: It is a joke about chapter eleven bankruptcy The only thing I can think of that is specifically related to the number 11 is possibly some kind of obscure joke about Chapter Eleven Bankruptcy. This might be a bit of a stretch, but it wouldn't be the first time a joke in a Mel Brook's movie seemed a little vague. Some evidence supporting this idea:...


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I always thought it was part of the joke that he's obviously walking on his knees. In the DVD commentary, Mel Brooks talks about how difficult it was playing the Yogurt character. The gold-colored makeup gave him a terrible rash on his face and neck (necessitating the shooting of all of Yogurt's scenes out of sequence), also his knees were hurting ...


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It's a play on the phrase, "They've gone to warp," from Star Trek, and the warp trail effect a ship causes when it goes to warp speed. The ship has hit ludicrous speed, so they chose a "ludicrous color" such as plaid to represent that.


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There's also an old Warner Bros. cartoon that uses this reference. There are 2 mice being chased by a hypochondriac cat. At one point, the smart mouse says, "He's turning pink!" The cat is frightened and turns pink. The mouse says, "He's turning blue!" The scared cat turns blue. The dumb mouse says, "He's turning ... plaid!" The cat suddenly gets kilt-...


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Well, all these movies are previous works of Mel Brooks. As we have already identified Rocky I to XIV and Friday the 13th. Others are Top Rack Spaceballs To be or Not to Be High Anxiety Mel Brooks The History of the World Part 1 Young Frankenstein Blazing Saddles In Middle Rack Spaceballs To be or Not to be History of the World Part 1 High Anxiety Silent ...


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If I were forced (pun intended) to relate him to a Star Wars character, I'd actually have to go with Bib Fortuna, Jabba's Twi'lek "assistant". Obviously not because of his physical appearance, but Vinnie is somewhat sycophantic (his line, "You're delicious"); he's right there next to Pizza the Hut, just as Bib Fortuna seems to have his place in Jabba's ...


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The full list appears to be: Bottom Shelf Friday the 13th (I-XIV) Rocky (I-XIV) A joke about the seeming never-ending sequels Middle Shelf Then the top shelves appear to be multiple copies of several of Mel Brooks other films: The Producers (1967) two copies The Twelve Chairs (1970) Blazing Saddles (1974) Young Frankenstein (1974) Silent Movie (1976) ...


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It is very simple: If you move faster than light the stars appear as stripes. What would the next step after stripes be? Why plaid, of course....


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It’s clear the Schwartz ring is not required to make “phenomena” happen, as Yogurt says so himself. But it does assist in focusing or amplifying this power. Why say this? From the various scenes of the movie, it is clear the Schwartz rings have usefulness of some sort. Please observe this clip where Yogurt needs the ring to assist him in lifting the statue ...


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Yes. There is a scene set earlier that shows the control. With the switch in the middle, the Vacu-Suck was "off". When the switch was moved down, or away from the hand it was set to "on" (or suck). However, towards the end of the movie, Lone Star points his Schwartz ring at Mega Maid's control switch and it moves from "On" to &...


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This could be a nod to the fact, that the Millenium Falcon was a piece of junk. So Mel Brooks made his own version of a piece of junk.


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None. There is no Jabba the Hutt accomplice that even remotely resembles him. If anything, you might say he took the place of Boba Fett, as Boba was a bounty hunter. But really, the character of Vinny didn't exist in the Star Wars galaxy.


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