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(2003)

Trivia

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Ewan McGregor was cast as Young Ed Bloom when producers noticed the striking similarity between him and pictures of a young Albert Finney, who plays Senior Ed Bloom.
The joke with the elephant defecating while Edward daydreams was unscripted. The filming crew found it hilarious, and quickly zoomed out to get the whole thing.
When Norther Winslow shows his half finished poem to Edward, (Grass so green / Skies so blue / Spectre is really great!) the handwriting is director Tim Burton's.
Even though Young Edward lands in Korea, the ventriloquist and his puppet speak in Tagalog (language of the Philippines) while the Siamese twins and Edward speak in Cantonese (a Chinese dialect). The soldiers who pull the ventriloquist off the stage speak Mandarin Chinese (language of mainland China and Taiwan) while the other soldiers speak in Korean.
When young Edward Bloom is singing in the church and his voice breaks, that single note that we hear is actually Ewan McGregor singing.
The scenes at Auburn were originally supposed to be shot on location on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, but the school officials asked for script approval and the production didn't have time to wait so they filmed the scenes at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama instead.
In the middle of the lettered board in the bank that Norther Winslow robs reads "ROMANS 12:1-2." This refers to the passages in the Bible that says, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Young Edward becomes a traveling salesman for a company that sells hands with metal tools as fingers, all held together by a plastic base. The crew were aware that people would draw connections between it and Edward Scissorhands (1990), and therefore purposely did not include scissors in the design.
Joseph Campbell's book, "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" appears in this film. It is shown first on a sleeping Edward Bloom (before being picked up and placed on the nightstand by Josephine) and then later it's still on the nightstand during a scene between Ed and Will. Daniel Wallace is an outspoken fan of Campbell's.
French actress Marion Cotillard's first American feature film.
Steven Spielberg was attached to this project and wanted Jack Nicholson to star, but dropped out due to his full schedule, soon after which Tim Burton signed on.
Miley Cyrus's feature film debut.
When Josephine asks for Ed Bloom's permission to take his picture she holds a cult rangefinder camera, the Leica M6.
The two portraits on the walls in the bank scene are actually of the founders of Bishop-Parker Furniture Co., Montgomery, Alabama. Several props were purchased there. The buyer noticed the portraits and thought they would pass as old bankers.
The image of a skull can be seen on one of the fishing lures as it turns. This can be seen in the beginning of the movie as Ewan McGregor, as narrator, talks about how some fish cannot be caught.
While Spectre is a fictional town, the ZIP Code shown on the deed to Jenny's house is real. 36104 is one of the ZIP Codes for Montgomery, Alabama.
When Edward Bloom arrives home from the Korean War in his dress uniform the patch on his shoulder shows that he was assigned to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, known as the Rakkasans.
The town of Ashton, Alabama is actually Wetumpka, Alabama and Prattville, Alabama combined.
When Ed Bloom is being given the key to the city, the marching band is playing "The Victors", fight song of The University of Michigan and Bloomington High School North, Indiana.

Cameo 

Daniel Wallace:  The author of the original book appears as Sandra's economics professor at Auburn.

Director Cameo 

Tim Burton:  one of the clowns sitting close to Mr. Calloway's trailer, who flees when the wolf jumps from it.

Director Trademark 

Tim Burton:  [music]  Danny Elfman score
Tim Burton:  [black and white stripes]  in the circus scene, the stripes can be seen on the ringmaster's pants and also on the outside of the giant's box.

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