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The class fish is a pop-eyed goldfish.
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There is a scene where Helvetica proceeds to eat food and drink with her feet this is probably a reference to Quentin Tarantino (a long-time friend of Robert Rodriguez) who is known to have a foot 'fetish' and frequently uses close-ups of feet in his films.
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The blinkers blink when the aliens go across the school floor.
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Released theatrically in the US on the same day as Inglourious Basterds (2009) by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' last film was their collaboration Grindhouse (2007).
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Jon Cryer (Dad Thompson) and James Spader (Mr. Black) last appeared together in the movie Pretty in Pink (1986).
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DITRADE(Robert Rodriguez): [fictional brand names]: Toby is seen eating Great White Bites cereal, also seen in Rodriguez' Planet Terror (2007).
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Shot in the spring and summer of 2008, but post-production took so long that the film wasn't released until a year later.
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The role of Stacey Thompson was to be originally played by Alexa PenaVega, but a scheduling conflict with her film, Broken Hill (2009), which was filmed in Australia lead to her having to be recast, Kat Dennings was cast instead.
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Six episodes are announced in the film with title frames: Episode 0, "The Blinkers" (00:07-01:56); Episode 1, "The Wishing Rock" (30:33-41:22); Episode 2, "Alien8ed" (08:57-30:29); Episode 3, "The Miscommunicators!" (54:31-69:36); Episode 4, "Big Bad Booger" (41:37-54:27 but which is announced at 43:37 when Stacey exits the decontaminator); and Episode 5, "The End" (69:50-83:03).
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Helvetica Black is also the name of a widely used font, her brother's name Cole Black is obviously a play on words (coal black).
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Black Falls Community is in the shape of the wishing rock.
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