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Star Wars Trilogy Trivia – Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Trilogy Trivia – Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

by Christopher DillardDecember 16, 2015

ComicUI and Pickled Comics come together for another topical team-up covering the craze known as STAR WARS! Over the past few months, we’ve been watching, studying, and researching the Star Wars films from start to finish, including the prequel trilogy.

We admit it wasn’t easy to go back and watch Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, but from all the ashes of Mustafar, these random, fun, hilarious, and sometimes questionable facts arose.

Thanks to the amazing talent of Mike Royer at Pickled Comics, he brings us the definitive movie poster comprised of these trivia tidbits. Look on below at this mind-blowing poster, read the entire list of fun facts below curated by ComicUI, and get hyped for Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this week!

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Released: May 19, 1999
Directed by George Lucas
Written by George Lucas
Rated PG
Runtime: 136 minutes

Budget: $115 million
Gross: $431 million (domestic

Facts

  • During first trailer, 75% of people purchased full price movie tickets to see Star Wars trailer, then left the theater.
  • Sets were only built as high as the actor’s heads, the rest was CGI
    • Liam Neeson was so tall it cost an extra $150k in production
  • There is only one shot in the film to which no visual effects were added at all: the shot of the dioxis gas pouring out of the vent in the meeting room.
  • ~300 lightsaber models were used in production
  • Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator is a redecorated Sensor Excel Razor for Women.
  • Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Kurt Russell were considered for the part of Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • Huttese language was created by Ben Burtt used words and phonetic spellings of the Incan language of Catua.
  • Years are in ABY or BBY
    • Before/After the Battle of Yavin (Ep 1 is 32 BBY)
  • George Lucas made a similar deal as he did in the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
    • Both Lucas and Fox Studios agreed that he would forego his salary as a director provided he owns the entire negative of the final cut of the film as well as ancillary rights of all toys and commercial tie-ins.
  • Darth Maul was played by Ray Park, but voiced by Peter Serafinowicz
  • Senator Palpatine was born on Naboo
  • Colored Q-Tips were photographed on a miniature stadium set in order to provide the background spectators during the pod race sequence.
  • Darth Vader’s breathing can be heard after the credits.

Image Source: Pickled Comics

About The Author
Christopher Dillard
Author for Nerdtraffic, co-host of Superhero Slate podcast, and co-founder of ComicUI. I love Marvel, Star Wars, Halo, and the Muppets. Just your run-of-the-mill nerd.