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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie where we could go on and on with relevant recommended titles. Its main hero, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), is a guy who spent his first 10 years on Earth enjoying a lot of movies and music. He’s a good representation of many people his age who are still Earthbound, because he’s focally nostalgic for ’80s pop culture and is always ready to make a reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or some other property that existed prior to his abduction in 1988 by the space pirates known as the Ravages. In addition to the direct allusions spoken or spotted on screen (it’s cool that Star-Lord is familiar with a classic like The Maltese Falcon and apparently had an ALF sticker in his backpack when taken), the movie is highly influenced by past movies, with some big antecedents such as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark being too popular to bother including.
And of course Guardians of the Galaxy is also reminiscent of the many followers of those two George Lucas productions. As John Gholson notes in his spot-on comic-strip review, the new Marvel movie “has more in common with Star Wars wannabes,” as he features posters for four examples: Ice Pirates, Battle Beyond the Stars, Serenity and The Last Starfighter. On top of all the movies we could urge the fans go back and watch, this release had me wanting to also do a whole list of TV series to watch after you’ve seen it. Some of the possibilities there include Out of this World, Who’s the Boss, Firefly, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Parks and Recreation, Pushing Daisies and The Peter Serafinowicz Show. Plus some television versions of some of the movies actually chosen for this week’s curation.
Below are 13 movies that I think you ought to be familiar with before or after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. Many are well-known yet few are really part of any conversation these days. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people seeing the new Marvel movie haven’t seen a single one of these picks. As usual, this list contains SPOILERS for the new release in focus — including the post-credits stinger — so only continue reading if you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy or you just don’t care.
While the live action model for Ariel was an obscure actress named Sherri Stoner, Alyssa did exemplify the 80’s teenager, which was reflected in Ariel. So the assumption is only partly true because Glen Keane did in fact referr to several young girls as well as Milano to see what hair styles were in and what was considered beautiful in teens at the time.
Glen Keane also turned to classical artwork for reference material. Ariel's bright red hair color was decided upon so she would resemble a mermaid painted by John William Waterhouse in 1901. Waterhouse was known for his depictions of fictional female characters from mythology, literature and fairytales. This mermaid is coming her hair; an iconic image that would make its way into the Disney film as the dinglehopper.
Another source of inspiration was The Sculpture of the Little Mermaid created by Danish sculptor Edward Erickson (who would end up lending his last name to Prince Eric) Animators ended up deciding against the double finned look and resorted to the traditional single fin. However the sculpture did not go forsaken as it is the last pose Ariel takes as a mermaid in the film.