A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Poster


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Haley Joel Osment suggested to Steven Spielberg that his character (David) should not blink. Spielberg agreed and went further to suggest that none of the androids should blink. In fact, several of them do (see goofs).
One of the reasons for Stanley Kubrick waiting so long to make the film, is that he wanted David (Haley Joel Osment) to be played by an actual robot. After Jurassic Park (1993) was made, Kubrick looked into using digital computer effects to create David.
Real-life amputees played some of the robots with missing limbs.
The list of words that Monica Swinton says to David to make him capable of love was the original list, written by Stanley Kubrick.
The movie was originally to be titled A.I., but after a survey it was revealed that too many people thought it was A1. The title was changed to A.I. Artificial Intelligence to prevent people from thinking it was about steak sauce.
Includes many of the trademarks of Stanley Kubrick. Among these are the narration at the beginning; portrayal of dehumanization and the dark side of human nature; the shots down the length of tall, parallel walls, and "The Glare", with David's head tilted and eyes looking upwards; the scene in the bathroom; the three-way conflict between David, Monica and Martin; an obsessed hero; imaginary worlds; a journey towards freedom/knowledge; the use of previously composed music in Richard Strauss "Der Rosenkavalier".
Stanley Kubrick worked on the project for 12 years before his death, but along the way decided to let Steven Spielberg direct, saying it was "closer to his sensibilities". The two collaborated for years, resulting in Kubrick giving Spielberg a complete treatment and lots of conceptual art for the film prior to his death.
The World Trade Center is seen in the New York scenes of the film, set many years into the future after 2001. Less than three months after the film's release, they were destroyed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Though risking controversy and criticism, Steven Spielberg left the twin towers in the DVD release.
Robin Williams actually recorded his dialog for the film with Stanley Kubrick directing the recording session, he did it a long time before Steven Spielberg was attached to direct.
One of the buildings in Manhattan is actually an Apple Macintosh (Harman-Kardon) subwoofer.
David's head is very often shown with a 'halo' of circular light; the kitchen light, the dinner table lights, the lights in his bed, the shot from the rear-view mirror, the full moon, etc.
In order to further his non-human appearance, each day before filming, any of Haley Joel Osment's exposed skin (face, arms, hands, etc.) was shaved to give him a more plastic look.
For the last seven minutes of A.I. the composer John Williams wrote a piano concerto, and it went over the length of the film. Steven Spielberg stopped the projector and told Williams to just let the music continue. Spielberg along with his editor Michael Kahn then re-edited the last seven minutes of movie into Williams' piano concerto. Spielberg did a similar thing years before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), where he and Carol Littleton edited the last 15 minutes into Williams' music.
Steven Spielberg used the water-filled set from The Perfect Storm (2000) for the flooded world of the future in this movie.
As a promotional tool, the creators developed an elaborate internet game of discovery and problem solving, through hidden messages and puzzles in internet sites, telephone answering messages, e-mail accounts and clues in the film's trailers. The game, set in the world of A.I. involved websites registered in several countries around the world as well as telephone numbers from across the US, and a group of followers called "The Cloudmakers" followed the puzzle, sharing information.
The film also pioneered the virtual studio, a technique which allowed Steven Spielberg to walk through a virtual version of Rouge City with his camera and select shots. This technique was later used on "The Lord of the Rings" films.
Shot in 67 days.
Stan Winston claimed A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) was the most ambitious film he worked on in his lifetime.
Much of the promotional material sent to movie theaters (posters, stand-ups, etc) misspelled Steven Spielberg's first name as "Stephen".
In some trailers for the movie, the words, "THIS IS NOT A GAME" were printed in glowing red letters at the bottom of the screen.
The band playing at the flesh fair, Ministry, was chosen by Stanley Kubrick himself, after overhearing a crew member playing a Ministry album one day on the set of Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Kubrick was also said to have liked the band because they used audio samples from his film Full Metal Jacket (1987) in their 1989 song "Thieves".
The first part of Steven Spielberg's unofficial "running man" trilogy, continuing with Minority Report (2002) and concluding with Catch Me If You Can (2002).
In order to keep the film's PG-13 rating, a building resembling a penis was digitally removed from the "Rouge City" set.
Cast member Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014. He was followed in death the next day by Lauren Bacall, mother of cast member Sam Robards.
John Williams quotes Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" waltz in the underscore during the approach Rouge City. This was a done to honor Stanley Kubrick, who left few notes regarding the music except to tell Steven Spielberg that this Strauss waltz should appear in the film. Williams refers to his score, which contains a number of musical allusions to Kubrick's films in addition to the waltz, as his 'homage a Kubrick'.
The first film to use computer animated Pre-Vis.
When David and Gigolo Joe first arrive at Rouge City, and they drive through an arch shaped like a giant mouth, the film uses a piece of music preselected by Stanley Kubrick when he was still considering directing the film. John Williams thought the music fit perfectly with the way the scene was shot by Steven Spielberg.
After being astounded by the realism of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (1993), Stanley Kubrick decided to work on Artificial Intelligence: AI. He later gave the project to Jurassic Park's director, and close friend Steven Spielberg.
The Dreamworks SKG logo is featured a number of times, but most prominently in Martin's bed.
Steven Spielberg's writing credit is his first since Poltergeist (1982).
When work began on the movie in 1993, Joseph Mazzello was cast as David.
Although Jack Angel recorded all of his voice work for Teddy while separate from the rest of the production, he was asked to be on set every day, to re-record lines immediately when necessary.
While this film was based on the Brian Aldiss short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long," that short story has less influence on the movie than the famous poem by William Butler Yeats, "The Stolen Child." The text of the poem appears in the movie in two places, and certain stanzas take on literal meaning as well (e.g. "Till the moon has taken flight"). There are also many surprising similarities to the Philip K. Dick short story "Second Variety".
The character name "Professor Hobby" is an obscure reference to Stanley Kubrick, who produced his films in the United Kingdom under the name "Hobby Films," which never appeared on screen in any of his films.
Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow were considered for the role of Monica.
When David and Gigolo Joe are journeying through the woods, they mention Haddonfield, New Jersey, where Steven Spielberg lived for several years as a child.
The hotel that Joe Gigolo walks into, when we are first introduced to the character, has the Hebrew words "Ahava Kshera" in neon. (Kosher Love)
Joe's medallion has "Shangri La" written on it when he starts playing music in the hotel room.
Before the film's release, Steven Spielberg assigned video game developers at Microsoft the task of developing a series of games based on the film for the XBox game system.
After seeing Chris Cunningham's work on Judge Dredd (1995), Stanley Kubrick head-hunted Chris Cunningham to design and supervise animatronic tests of the central robot child character in his version of the film A.I. Cunningham worked for over a year on the film A.I., before leaving to pursue a career as a director.
The Insecurity Robot's face was based on Stan Winston's.
At the preview showings of the movie, special posters were placed in the theaters with a list of credits for the "Puppetmasters": Jordan Weisman, Elan Lee, Scot Bayless, Sean Stewart, Dan Carver, Pete Fenlon, Todd Lubsen, Paolo Malabuyo, Mark Selander, Mike Pondsmith, Lynn Knight, David Wells, Shawn Ferminger and Christine Hill. No regular movie posters were displayed that night. The "Puppetmasters" were a team from Microsoft, with Steven Spielberg's blessing, and quite outside the studio's wishes, that ran the Internet game. No movie credits were listed. Many of the players' on-line game names were in vertical lists in an outline of the regular A.I. "Initials" movie poster.

Director Trademark 

Steven Spielberg:  [moon]  The large moon visible in many scenes, is in the logo for the Flesh Fair, and appears as the design on Johnson's "balloon" aircraft.
Steven Spielberg:  [rear-view mirror]  Important image seen in rear-view mirror (cf Jurassic Park (1993), Duel (1971)).
Steven Spielberg:  [music]  John Williams score.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although implied by the film, John Williams confirmed that David dies in the very last scene in the film.
After Joe finds Samantha dead, he says that the number of seconds since the last time they met is 255,133, which is 2 days, 22 hours, 52 minutes and 13 seconds.
The elaborate series of promotional websites included information about the characters' lives after their last appearances in the film. For instance, one website revealed that Martin Swinton grew up to be an architect who, after being traumatized by David's disappearance, spent his career building sentient AI houses.
The SuperRobots look like the aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977); apparently Steven Spielberg was using scenes dropped from the movie at the time due to special effects constraints and never filmed until they appeared in AI.
Steven Spielberg:  [father]  David and Henry are somewhat distant from each other and, while Monica performs the imprinting sequence with David, Henry never does. Professor Hobby made David in the image of his own dead son. He tells David he's as real a boy as he's ever made; in a way, he has to lose his son again.

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