History Main / PropRecycling

24th Apr '16 3:30:40 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Of course, with puppets, producers are not just restricted to recycling things. They can recycle ''characters'' -- a quick dye job, switch out the eyes, put the head onto a differently-dressed body, and ''voila'', a new hero/villain/bystander. Gerry Anderson's series are well-known for this, particularly for the ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'' episode in which the hero of the previous GA series, Steve Zodiac of ''Series/FireballXL5'' fame, is re-used with dark hair as, of all things, an actor! Where this can be a problem is when the puppets' feature change over time. Zodiac, for instance, had a rather large head and cruder facial features than the ''Stingray'' puppets. Once Anderson moved to proportionally-sized heads for ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' et seq., he couldn't use the older puppets any more, but did use the ''Scarlet'' puppets in subsequent series.

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* Of course, with puppets, producers are not just restricted to recycling things. They can recycle ''characters'' -- a quick dye job, switch out the eyes, put the head onto a differently-dressed body, and ''voila'', a new hero/villain/bystander. Gerry Anderson's series are well-known for this, particularly for the ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'' episode in which the hero of the previous GA series, Steve Zodiac of ''Series/FireballXL5'' fame, is re-used with dark hair as, of all things, an actor! Where this can be a problem is when the puppets' feature features change over time. Zodiac, for instance, had a rather large head and cruder facial features than the ''Stingray'' puppets. Once Anderson moved to proportionally-sized heads for ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' et seq., he couldn't use the older puppets any more, but did use the ''Scarlet'' puppets in subsequent series.
22nd Apr '16 6:21:18 AM Tarlonniel
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* Frank Herbert has been known to reuse elements in his works. Chairdogs, which originally appears in [[Literature/ConSentiency Whipping Star]], are seen in ''Literature/HereticsOfDune''. Inversely, the Galach language from ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' is reused in the ''Literature/ConSentiency'' stories.
* Keith Laumer reused his Literature/{{Bolo}}s in his ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' tales.
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27th Mar '16 11:07:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' is famous for recycling pieces of the set. Some examples:

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' is famous for recycling pieces of the set. Some examples:



** The series made also multiple use of props from ''ForbiddenPlanet'' (see above) including the uniforms, the spaceship and Robby the Robot. One of the VFX models of the ship even turned up in the episode "The Invaders" as a miniature spaceship that threatens a woman ([[spoiler:well, actually a full-size spaceship from Earth that a giant woman mistakes for a threat, but that's the TwistEnding]]).

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** The series made also multiple use of props from ''ForbiddenPlanet'' (see above) ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' including the uniforms, the spaceship and Robby the Robot. One of the VFX models of the ship even turned up in the episode "The Invaders" as a miniature spaceship that threatens a woman ([[spoiler:well, actually a full-size spaceship from Earth that a giant woman mistakes for a threat, but that's the TwistEnding]]).
16th Mar '16 9:39:19 PM MagnusForce
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** [[http://www.historyvortex.org/LostGodzilla.html Other monster costumes were also recycled]].

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** [[http://www.historyvortex.org/LostGodzilla.html Other Many other monster costumes were also recycled]].recycled, most often for modification into newer monsters (the list is very long). But since 2005, Tsuburaya has dropped the constant churn-out of new monsters in favour of bringing back [[EnsembleDarkhorse iconic,]] [[MascotMook popular,]] and [[BreakoutVillain classic monsters]] from all the dozen or so previous entries (some of which hadn't reappeared in decades) and reusing the suits for multiple movies and TV series (occasionally with minor artistic adjustments). Popular monsters like Gomora, Red King, and Zetton have been seen in every entry since their returns. [[TropesAreNotBad Saves on budget and entertains older fans while introducing the younger ones to iconics that hadn't been seen since their debuts.]] The same also applies with the Ultramen suits.
12th Mar '16 12:50:06 PM maxwellsilver
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* Robby the Robot. Originally created for the 1956 film ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', Robby continued to be reused in many movie and TV productions up to the present day (although since the 1960s a lightweight replica has been used). Its two appearances in ''Series/LostInSpace'' are particularly ironic in that Robby and Robot B-9 were both designed by Robert Kinoshita. Robby is so memorable that it is less a prop and more of an actual character. Along with all the sci-fi shows he turns up in, Robby also appears in, of all things, one of the NBC era ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episodes as a robot built by a child genius at a think tank. He's even listed on IMDB as an actual ''actor''.

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* Robby the Robot. Originally created for the 1956 film ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', Robby continued to be reused in many movie and TV productions up to the present day (although since the 1960s a lightweight replica has been used). Its two appearances in ''Series/LostInSpace'' are particularly ironic in that Robby and Robot B-9 were both designed by Robert Kinoshita. Robby is so memorable that it is less a prop and more of an actual character. Along with all the sci-fi shows he turns up in, Robby also appears in, of all things, one of the NBC era ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episodes as a robot built by a child genius at a think tank.tank and even as a hotdog vendor in the ''animated'' feature ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''. He's even listed on IMDB as an actual ''actor''.
9th Mar '16 12:55:25 PM Hossmeister
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** An example that has gone unnoticed for decades: Paramount altered Col. Philip Green's jumpsuit from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Savage Curtain" into [[MorkAndMindy Mork's spacesuit]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo4WjJDjE5w Ya rly. And that's not the only thing they recycled...]] This is also a bit of hilarious irony to ''Star Trek'' fans, since Col. Philip Green is, in the ''Star Trek'' universe, the 21st century answer to ''Hitler'', who organized the extermination of 30 million radiation-mutated people and was a symbol of xenophobic sentiment for centuries.

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** An example that has gone unnoticed for decades: Paramount altered Col. Philip Green's jumpsuit from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Savage Curtain" into [[MorkAndMindy [[Series/MorkAndMindy Mork's spacesuit]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo4WjJDjE5w Ya rly. And that's not the only thing they recycled...]] This is also a bit of hilarious irony to ''Star Trek'' fans, since Col. Philip Green is, in the ''Star Trek'' universe, the 21st century answer to ''Hitler'', who organized the extermination of 30 million radiation-mutated people and was a symbol of xenophobic sentiment for centuries.
8th Feb '16 7:03:34 PM PaulA
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** In the ''Next Generation'' episode "Pen Pals", the spectral analyzer used by a survey team in one scene is in fact the Oscillation Overthruster from ''BuckarooBanzai''. This may have been a shout-out, as prop-master Michael Okuda was a huge BB fan.

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** In the ''Next Generation'' episode "Pen Pals", the spectral analyzer used by a survey team in one scene is in fact the Oscillation Overthruster from ''BuckarooBanzai''.''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. This may have been a shout-out, as prop-master Michael Okuda was a huge BB fan.
30th Jan '16 8:55:30 AM Flame
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', several recycled monsters are visible in Sledge´s prison. One of the most obvious being Necrolai/Vancuria (difference unclear) in 'Wishing For Hero'.
29th Dec '15 8:01:37 PM Kadorhal
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** The ''Film/JamesBond'' licensed games occasionally get in on the prop recycling as well. ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|Wii}} Reloaded'' reuses, for instance, both the "TND-16" model from the game adaptation of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and props from inside a German dam in ''Call of Duty 2''. ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenLegends'', in turn, reuses nearly the entire ''Reloaded'' arsenal.

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** The ''Film/JamesBond'' licensed games occasionally get in on the prop recycling as well. ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|Wii}} Reloaded'' reuses, for instance, both the "TND-16" model from the game adaptation of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and props from inside a German dam in ''Call of Duty 2''.2''; it even reuses weapon models from the Wii version in the weapon cases at the Dubai level. ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenLegends'', in turn, reuses nearly the entire ''Reloaded'' arsenal.
26th Nov '15 6:23:11 PM jormis29
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* Creator/{{Gameloft}}: The worst offender is their 1st-generation (pre-iOS 5.1) FPS games. One M2 machinegun model is used in ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Conviction'', ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Shadow Vanguard'', and two of their ''Modern Combat'' games.



* Modern Creator/{{Ubisoft}} games like to do this whenever they can. Parts of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Conviction'' armory are reused from ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Vegas'' (most notably the AK-47 and AKS-74U prominently used in the flashback level set during UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar) with appropriate updates like actually changing the magazine model when the player upgrades their magazine capacity. ''Blacklist'' follows suit, grabbing the models for the "Goblin" and ACE 53 from ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', and possibly the SA-58 OSW from ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Future Soldier''. ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' is probably the most notable, taking models from all of the above, up to and including a ''fictional'' design from ''Future Soldier''.

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* Creator/{{Gameloft}}: The worst offender is their 1st-generation (pre-iOS 5.1) FPS games. One M2 machinegun model is used in ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Shadow Vanguard'', and two of their ''Modern Combat'' games.
* Modern Creator/{{Ubisoft}} games like to do this whenever they can. Parts of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Conviction'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'' armory are reused from ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Vegas'' (most notably the AK-47 and AKS-74U prominently used in the flashback level set during UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar) with appropriate updates like actually changing the magazine model when the player upgrades their magazine capacity. ''Blacklist'' follows suit, grabbing the models for the "Goblin" and ACE 53 from ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', and possibly the SA-58 OSW from ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Future Soldier''. ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' is probably the most notable, taking models from all of the above, up to and including a ''fictional'' design from ''Future Soldier''.
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