History Trivia / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

1st Dec '15 6:32:14 PM WarriorsGate
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"Retroactive Recognition" is for bit roles by actors who later become more well-known. All six of these actors were already varying degrees of famous when they appeared in the film.
* RetroactiveRecognition: The four leads are Creator/MartinFreeman, [[Film/BeKindRewind Mos Def]], Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, and Creator/SamRockwell. We later see Creator/JohnMalkovich and Creator/BillNighy.
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* RetroactiveRecognition: The four leads are Creator/MartinFreeman, [[Film/BeKindRewind Mos Def]], Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, and Creator/SamRockwell. We later see Creator/JohnMalkovich and Creator/BillNighy.
29th Nov '15 6:00:17 PM PaulA
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* CastingGag: The Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases had a lot of cameos by actors who had featured in non-radio versions of the story: ** Chris Langham, Arthur Dent from the 1979 Institute of Contemporary Arts stage production of ''Hitchhiker's'', pops up as Prak in the finale of the Tertiary Phase. ** David Dixon, the TV Ford Prefect, had a cameo in the second episode of the Quandary Phase, getting pissed off at Arthur for trying to donate to save the dolphins when he should know they've all vanished. (This case is lampshaded, as Arthur--still played by Simon Jones, who acted alongside Dixon in the TV series--asks if they've met before.) ** Creator/StephenFry, the [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy film's]] Guide, cameos in the third episode of the Quandary Phase as Murray Bost Henson. ** The Quintessential Phase series had Sandra Dickinson, Trillian in [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the TV version]], voice Tricia [=McMillan=] (Trillian's alternate universe counterpart). ** In a non-remake-related example, Geoffrey Perkins, Douglas Adams's boss at the BBC, plays Arthur Dent's boss at the BBC in the second episode of the Quandary Phase.
24th Sep '15 9:11:00 AM malifee
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* RealSongThemeTune: The theme for the radio show was a snatch of the Music/{{Eagles}}' "Journey Of The Sorceror", an instrumental from their 1975 album ''One Of These Nights''. It would be re-orchestrated for the TV series.
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* RealSongThemeTune: The theme for the radio show was a snatch of the Music/{{Eagles}}' "Journey Of The Sorceror", an instrumental from their 1975 album ''One Of These Nights''. It would be re-orchestrated for the Radio LPs, and that arrangement was later used for the TV series. series.
17th Sep '15 3:36:58 PM PaulA
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from the TV series page
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* RecycledSet: The Vogon spaceship interiors were from ''Film/{{Alien}}''. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: At one point a second series was planned which would've been based on the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story which later formed the basis of ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.
27th May '15 11:19:23 AM NWolfman
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Douglass Adams died a year before the film was completed, though after he'd finished his parts of the script.
15th Mar '15 12:43:07 PM OlfinBedwere
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** [[Film/AClockworkOrange P.R. Deltoid]] is the captain of the Golgafrincham B Ark.
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** [[Film/AClockworkOrange P.R. Deltoid]] is the captain of the Golgafrincham B Ark.Ark, and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken the Decaying Master]] is one of his officers. ** [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK Tim Stamper]] is Max Quordlepleen.
1st Mar '15 8:38:17 PM MrInitialMan
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* AccidentallyAccurate: Adams didn't write jokes in Base 13, but the fact remains that using THAT numerical base, 6X9 is indeed 42.
22nd Jan '15 6:10:22 PM PaulA
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Example indentation, namespaces. (Also some confusion about what "retroactive recognition" means, and Bill Nighy is not the same person as Bill Nye.)
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Digital watches sure are a neat idea, huh? ** In the later radio series they were replaced by mobile phones.
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Digital watches sure are a neat idea, huh? ** In huh? (In the later radio series series, and the movie, they were replaced by mobile phones.)

* UnfortunateName - Slartibartfast. Adams wanted him to have an immense sadness, so gave him a terrible name. He started with [=FartyFuckBalls=], and mutated it until it sounded rude without actually being rude.
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* UnfortunateName - UnfortunateName: Slartibartfast. Adams wanted him to have an immense sadness, so gave him a terrible name. He started with [=FartyFuckBalls=], and mutated it until it sounded rude without actually being rude.

* HeyItsThatGuy: The newscaster is [[BoardwalkEmpire Margaret Shroeder]]. ** Marvin is played by two Harry Potter alumni: Warwick Davis (that film franchise's Flitwick and many short characters) wears the suit, while AlanRickman (Snape's actor) supplies the voice. * HeyItsThatVoice: Marvin has the same voice as [[{{Dogma}} the Metatron]] and [[Film/DieHard Hans Gruber]] and [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]]. The Guide is voiced by StephenFry. Deep Thought is voiced by Creator/HelenMirren. ** Marvin has the voice of Snape and the body of Flitwick. ** BillBailey as The Whale. ** [[Film/WithnailAndI Uncle Monty]] or [[Film/HarryPotter Vernon Dursley]] is Jeltz, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Winston Churchill]] is Kwaltz, and the rest of the Vogons are Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen! * InMemoriam: "[[TearJerker For Douglas]]." * RetroactiveRecognition: The four leads are Creator/MartinFreeman, [[Film/BeKindRewind Mos Def]], ZooeyDeschanel, and Creator/SamRockwell (the GenreSavvy RedShirt from ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.) We later see John Malkovich and [[Film/{{Underworld}} Victor]] / [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Davy Jones]] ** [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun's Dad]], ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' and [[{{Film/HarryPotter}} Rufus Scrimgeour]] are Slartibartfast!
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The newscaster is [[BoardwalkEmpire Margaret Shroeder]]. HeyItsThatGuy: ** Marvin is played by two Harry Potter alumni: Warwick Davis Creator/WarwickDavis (that film franchise's Flitwick and many short characters) wears the suit, while AlanRickman Creator/AlanRickman (Snape's actor) supplies the voice. * HeyItsThatVoice: Marvin has the same voice as [[{{Dogma}} the Metatron]] and [[Film/DieHard Hans Gruber]] and [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]]. ** The Guide newscaster is voiced by StephenFry. Deep Thought is voiced by Creator/HelenMirren. ** Marvin has the voice of Snape and the body of Flitwick. ** BillBailey as The Whale. ** [[Film/WithnailAndI Uncle Monty]] or [[Film/HarryPotter Vernon Dursley]] is Jeltz, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Winston Churchill]] is Kwaltz, and the rest of the Vogons are Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen! * InMemoriam: "[[TearJerker For Douglas]]." * RetroactiveRecognition: The four leads are Creator/MartinFreeman, [[Film/BeKindRewind Mos Def]], ZooeyDeschanel, and Creator/SamRockwell (the GenreSavvy RedShirt from ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.) We later see John Malkovich and [[Film/{{Underworld}} Victor]] / [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Davy Jones]] ** [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun's Dad]], ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' and [[{{Film/HarryPotter}} Rufus Scrimgeour]] are Slartibartfast![[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Margaret Shroeder]].

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* HeyItsThatVoice: ** Marvin has the voice of Creator/AlanRickman. ** The Guide is voiced by Creator/StephenFry. ** Deep Thought is voiced by Creator/HelenMirren. ** Music/BillBailey as The Whale. ** Creator/RichardGriffiths is Jeltz, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Winston Churchill]] is Kwaltz, and the rest of the Vogons are Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen! * InMemoriam: "For Douglas." * RetroactiveRecognition: The four leads are Creator/MartinFreeman, [[Film/BeKindRewind Mos Def]], Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, and Creator/SamRockwell. We later see Creator/JohnMalkovich and Creator/BillNighy.

* HeyItsThatVoice: In the recent radio adaptations we have Creator/ChristianSlater as Wonko the Sane, Jackie Mason as The East River Creature and StephenFry (again) as Murray Bost Henson. The gent who would later become familiar as the voice of WesternAnimation/DangerMouse, David Jason, was the Golgafrincham "B" Ark Captain in the primary phase series. ** And Jim Broadbent played one of the complaining philosophers and one of the gun-happy cops on Magrathea.
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* HeyItsThatVoice: HeyItsThatVoice: ** In the original radio series, Creator/DavidJason was the Golgafrincham "B" Ark Captain, and Jim Broadbent played one of the complaining philosophers and one of the gun-happy cops on Magrathea. ** In the recent radio adaptations we have Creator/ChristianSlater as Wonko the Sane, Jackie Mason as The East River Creature and StephenFry Creator/StephenFry (again) as Murray Bost Henson. The gent who would later become familiar as the voice of WesternAnimation/DangerMouse, David Jason, was the Golgafrincham "B" Ark Captain in the primary phase series. ** And Jim Broadbent played one of the complaining philosophers and one of the gun-happy cops on Magrathea.Henson.

* HeyItsThatGuy: The [[Series/DoctorWho Fifth]] [[Creator/PeterDavison Doctor]] as a creature that wants you to eat it! *** Who at the time was married to [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Sandra Dickinson.]] ** And the Black Guardian was the voice of Deep Thought. ** [[WesternAnimation/CountDuckula Igor]] was Garkbit the Waiter, or [[SherlockHolmes Inspector Lestrade]].
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The [[Series/DoctorWho Fifth]] [[Creator/PeterDavison Doctor]] HeyItsThatGuy: ** Creator/PeterDavison (who at the time was married to [[Characters/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Sandra Dickinson]]) as a creature that wants you to eat it! *** Who at the time was married to [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Sandra Dickinson.]] ** And [[Series/DoctorWho the Black Guardian Guardian]] was the voice of Deep Thought. ** [[WesternAnimation/CountDuckula Igor]] was Garkbit the Waiter, or [[SherlockHolmes Inspector Lestrade]].Waiter.

* PropRecycling: The background characters in the restaurant at the end of the universe are equipped almost entirely with costumes recycled from earlier episodes, and in particular from the various Guide entries, thus helping justify the expense of items which otherwise would have appeared on screen for only a few seconds each. ** A badge from one of the Golgafrincham hats would be worn by [[RedDwarf Arnold Rimmer]].
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* PropRecycling: PropRecycling: ** The background characters in the restaurant at the end of the universe are equipped almost entirely with costumes recycled from earlier episodes, and in particular from the various Guide entries, thus helping justify the expense of items which otherwise would have appeared on screen for only a few seconds each. ** A badge from one of the Golgafrincham hats would be worn by [[RedDwarf [[Series/RedDwarf Arnold Rimmer]].
22nd Jan '15 5:52:31 PM PaulA
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!![[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Novels]] trivia: * AuthorExistenceFailure: TropeNamer, almost; the third book mentions a "total existence failure". Later, of course, succumbed to the trope when Adams died while working on the sixth book; his last published collection of pieces, ''The Salmon of Doubt'', contains an early draft of a ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel that Adams was hoping to rework into a Hitchhiker book.

!![[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Novels]] trivia: * AuthorExistenceFailure: TropeNamer, almost; the third book mentions a "total existence failure". Later, of course, succumbed to the trope when Adams died while working on the sixth book; his last published collection of pieces, ''The Salmon of Doubt'', contains an early draft of a ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel that Adams was hoping to rework into a Hitchhiker book.
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!![[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Novels]] trivia: * AuthorExistenceFailure: TropeNamer, almost; the third book mentions a "total existence failure". Later, of course, succumbed to the trope when Adams died while working on the sixth book; his last published collection of pieces, ''The Salmon of Doubt'', contains an early draft of a ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel that Adams was hoping to rework into a Hitchhiker book.
22nd Jan '15 5:51:49 PM PaulA
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: TropeNamer, almost; the third book mentions a "total existence failure". Later, of course, succumbed to the trope when Adams died while working on the sixth book; his last published collection of pieces, ''The Salmon of Doubt'', contains an early draft of a ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel that Adams was hoping to rework into a Hitchhiker book.

* CreatorBreakdown: Regarding the DownerEnding of ''Mostly Harmless'' and the mixed-to-negative reaction from fans, Adams conceded, "I just had a thoroughly miserable year, and I was trying to write a book against that background." He intended a sixth book to give the series a better conclusion, but succumbed to AuthorExistenceFailure first. * ExecutiveMeddling: In ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', the Silver Bail of Peace is the Rory Award for "Most Gratuitous Use of the Word 'Fuck' in a Serious Screenplay". US censors were offended, and Adams, bowing to their wishes, promptly changed the offending word to "Belgium". Subverted in that [[RuleOfFunny the resulting passage was much funnier]], as Adams modified the surrounding conversation to fit the change, as well. --> '''Arthur''': "Have you ever been to Belgium in fact?"

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* CreatorBreakdown: Regarding the DownerEnding of ''Mostly Harmless'' and the mixed-to-negative reaction from fans, Adams conceded, "I just had a thoroughly miserable year, and I was trying to write a book against that background." He intended a sixth book to give the series a better conclusion, but succumbed to AuthorExistenceFailure first. * ExecutiveMeddling: In ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', the Silver Bail of Peace is the Rory Award for "Most Gratuitous Use of the Word 'Fuck' in a Serious Screenplay". US censors were offended, and Adams, bowing to their wishes, promptly changed the offending word to "Belgium". Fortunately, [[RuleOfFunny the resulting passage was much funnier]], as Adams modified the surrounding conversation to fit the change, as well. --> '''Arthur''': "Have you ever been to Belgium in fact?" !![[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Novels]] trivia: * AuthorExistenceFailure: TropeNamer, almost; the third book mentions a "total existence failure". Later, of course, succumbed to the trope when Adams died while working on the sixth book; his last published collection of pieces, ''The Salmon of Doubt'', contains an early draft of a ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel that Adams was hoping to rework into a Hitchhiker book.
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