Shout Out / Conker's Bad Fur Day
Conker's Bad Fur Day
, maybe as part of its nature as the game equivalent to South Park
, contains a lot of pop culture references.
This page only exists for a reason: listing them, which may well be as hard as the game itself.
The references are as follows (please list them in chapter order):
- It wouldn't be a game by Rare unless there were shout outs to some of their other game franchises; during the main menu Banjo's head can be seen mounted on the wall over the fireplace in the bar, and Kazooie's head can be seen on the handle of an umbrella in the closet where the chapter select is.
- Also, like the main page says, one idle animation has Conker pull out a Game Boy Color and play Killer Instinct on it (though Live & Reloaded replaced it with a made-up XBOX handheld that slightly resembles a GBA SP).
- The Live & Reloaded version added a shout out to Grabbed by the Ghoulies in the menu: you can see Cooper vomiting in a toilet in the save file 3 select section. Also Live & Reloaded has a few shout outs to its N64 counterpart. During the Hangover Chapter if you look around closely you can find Conker's old N64 War chapter helmet (since he gets an entirely new war costume and helmet in that chapter in Live & Reloaded), And in Windy in Live & Reloaded you can see a tree that shows its time rings that counts how many years it's been between the N64 version of the game and the XBOX remake.
- The death loophole for red squirrels (only) is a reference to the problem the UK (where Rare is based) had with native red squirrels being driven to extinction by transplanted American gray squirrels.
- The opening to the game is a reference to the opening of A Clockwork Orange, with Conker narrating, holding milk in his hand, and with the same music from said scene (though Live & Reloaded replaced the milk glass with a goblet making the reference to the scene a little odd).
- The sign next to Birdie reads "Feck off crows!".
- Conker's Helicoptery-Tail move is a reference to Tails and his ability to fly using his two Tails.
- The Professor is of course a Captain Ersatz of Doctor Strangelove. As pointed out by the Conker Wiki, He shares several similarities with Davros from Doctor Who:
- When offering Conker the manual to use the slingshot, Birdy first asks for some 'Mepsi pax' (Pepsi Max). He also says that Conker's will "love manual long time".
- Conker's conversation with Mister Barrel at the windmill about "wanting to go for a ride" is based on an exchange between Frank and Jeffrey from Blue Velvet.
- The Haybot boss in the Barn Boys chapter is a parody of the Terminator.
- Jack the metal box speaks in a manner similar to Foghorn Leghorn of Looney Tunes fame.
- The Bulldog Shark parodies the shark from Jaws, and the scene where the Catfish are killed and Conker runs up a pier to escape from the Bulldog are taken right from the movie.
- The giant dinosaur head in the caveman's shrine is a parody of the Dodongo Cavern level in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. To enter the dinosaur head in Zelda you have to place bombs on the dinosaurs eyes, which lights them up and opens the dinosaur's mouth. In Conker you have to place pepper in each of the dinosaur's nostrils instead, which will cause it to sneeze and open its mouth.
- The password for admittance into the rock-men's club is "Fellatio — err, "Fidelio". The creators do seem to love their Kubrick.
- Don Weaso beating Paulie to death with a Baseball Bat mirrors that famous scene from The Untouchables.
- A Star Wars reference is that one of the bosses is named Buga the Knut, which is a spoofed name of the character Jabba the Hut.
- Two Uga Buggas tried and ultimately failed to outrun a rolling boulder unlike Indiana Jones.
- The beginning of the final chapter (Heist) is called Enter The Vertex. If the title isn't obvious enough, the first scene will drive the point home.
- When Conker and Berri first meet the Panther King the shutters behind him open much like the ones that do in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
- The final boss is a reference to Alien; in fact Conker repeats the "Get away from her you bitch!" line from Aliens. It's also fought in a similar way to the Bowser boss fights in Super Mario 64, where you have to pick the Alien up by the Tail and spin them around, then let go to try and throw him out the airlock. After the confrontation, The Matrix is once again referenced when the game enters debug mode and Conker selects a weapon from an incoming row of all kinds of weaponry. And then Conker exchanges a chainsaw for a katana to deliver the final blow to the Final Boss.