Trivia / The Love Bug

  • Acting for Two: There is a quick scene in The Love Bug where Dean Jones, in addition to portraying Jim Douglas, also portrays a hippie who talks to Carole about being "locked in", when she cries to be let out of the VW Bug that won't let her out and it's parked next to his van (see Not Actually the Ultimate Question below).
  • Canon Welding: The villainous businessman in Rides Again, Alonzo Hawk, was previously the villain of The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber, and is played by the same actor.
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted in Fully Loaded with 19-year-old Lindsay Lohan playing a college graduate who has to be at least 23.
    • Her former classmate on the other hand is played by Justin Long, who was 27 at the time.
  • De Fictionalization / The Red Stapler: Thanks to the films in the early 70s, VW Beetle sales skyrocketed in the United States, and now many an auto enthusiast have taken regular VW Beetles and turned them into their very own Herbies. Don't be overwhelmed though, many un-Herbie'd Beetles still exist on the market so that this isn't a problem.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Two cases
    • During the main race sequences in France while filming Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Dean Jones was convinced the other cars around him and Don Knotts were Disney-hired stunt drivers. Turns out, they were weaving through France's tight streets amongst real racecar drivers.
    • In Herbie Goes Bananas, during the little car's chase in the ship's hold, one extra was reportedly struck by a falling pallet as Herbie crashed into it. The shot remains in the film.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The 1997 version was only released on VHS in the United States. Torrents exist and various video sites host it, though.
    • Same goes for the CBS miniseries Herbie the Matchmaker, all five episodes are available on Youtube though.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Love Bug is dated by the scene where Carole tries to get help from a pair of hippies.
  • Reportedly, there were 18 Herbies used in total to film the original Love Bug. One of those cars, Herbie No. 2, was fitted with a Porsche Super 90 engine by EMPI from a Porsche 911. Buddy Hackett recalled that when racing with Max Balchowsky (who handled stuntwork on The Love Bug, Vanishing Point, and Bullitt), stopping Herbie couldn't be done with the regular drum brakes on the car. The doors had to be open in order to bring Herbie to a halt, but of course who'd be holding the wheel?
  • In Fully Loaded, when Maggie, Kevin and Herbie are at a drive-in movie watching a horror film, guess where the clip is from? Scary Movie 2.

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