Trivia / Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

  • Actress Allusion: For Ming-Na Wen, playing a role based off of a video game is an old hat to her. But for us, it was Tuesday.
  • Author Existence Failure: Some people might at least consider the film's use of incredibly realistic CGI to be the cornerstone for an Award Snub for Best Visual Effects. However, it couldn't have won any awards; Square Pictures was disbanded before the Oscars that year.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $135-167 million. Box office, $85,131,830. Lost over $100 million. One of the reasons why Square Pictures was discontinued...
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Alec Baldwin as Gray, Donald Sutherland as Cid, James Woods as General Hein and Steve Buscemi as Neil.
  • Creator Killer: ...and Square needed to merge with Dragon Quest creator Enix. The film's bombing is also commonly cited as the reason Hironobu Sakaguchi resigned from Square.
    • Actually didn't actually force Square's merger with Enix (in fact, it delayed it).
  • Inspired By: The technological aesthetics of Mass Effect's human armor and omni-tools were lifted from The Spirits Within, as the game's art director was a fan of the movie's style. Ironic, considering shortly after the release of Mass Effect 2, in a PR move, Bioware executives publicly dissed the Final Fantasy franchise.
  • No Flow in CGI: Aki's hair is a deliberate aversion of this trope, and there are plenty of shots where she just flips her hair about to show it off. Elsewhere it's played straight by the council woman having Power Hair, and Jane's being short and tied up (although being in the military, she'd be required to have it tied back anyway).
  • Preview Piggybacking: The soundtrack and DVD contained a preview for Final Fantasy X.
  • Stillborn Franchise: The idea of Aki Ross being an Animated Actor and appearing in other films was destroyed by the movie's failure.
  • Technology Marches On: Happened while they were making the film (a four year process). And they had to re-render the earlier footage, because it didn't match the new technology any more.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Aki Ross was originally going to be an Animated Actress that was going to appear in other films. Since the movie tanked at the box office and Square Pictures was discontinued, the only remnants of this was a Maxim Poster of her in a bikini and footage of her interacting with live action actors on the DVD.
    • Concept art shows that Ryan would have had a robotic arm, as a Shout-Out to Barrett from Final Fantasy VII.
    • In early drafts of the script, Aki was Cid's granddaughter. In the final film, they are just co-workers.
    • Characters were dropped from the script as it kept changing. The Deep Eyes would have had a fifth squad member called Robert. A smaller girl called Meg would have had a larger role, but the only reference to her in the final film is Aki saying she had to draw the fifth spirit from a terminally ill child.

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