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The movie:

  • Advertised Extra: Dan Aykroyd gets second billing but only appears in the Kansas portions.
  • Billing Displacement: The poster on the main page accurately reflects the characters' importance. But this one has Frank and the sheriff front and centre, despite them not being main characters.
  • California Doubling: Montreal doubled for New Jersey, with the result that some road signs in French had to be covered over. Clarenceville doubled for Kansas.
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  • Cast the Expert: Actual police were used for the riot scenes, many of whom had worked in film before.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Bob Hoskins directed the film and played Frank.
  • Fake American: British Bob Hoskins as Frank. As the movie was filmed in Canada, most of the American characters were played by Canadians.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: According to the cinematographer, the film was originally greenlit as a Made-for-TV Movie and nearly got produced by the Sci-Fi Channel. It was then changed to a theatrical film instead.
  • No Export for You: The film never got an official USA release, due to issues with the rights.
  • Production Posse: Bob Hoskins had worked with producer David L Snyder and actress Terry Finn on Super Mario Bros.. She was even cast as Jackie based off him working with her there.
  • Screwed by the Network: The film never got a theatrical release in the USA as the Canadian territory was sold during post production, and the new owners decided it wasn't worth investing in an American run.
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  • Talent Double: Jacob Tierney was doubled by Jean Frenette for the motorcycle jump through the "wall of fire".
  • Technology Marches On: The Applied Phlebotinum of tracking the rainbow landing site comes from a time when people still knew very little about computers.
  • What Could Have Been: The story originally took place in Washington DC, but they opted for a more nondescript setting that could be easily doubled by the Quebec filming locations.


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The TV show:

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: To celebrate its 30th anniversary, six episodes were released on DVD. Apart from a few other compilation DVDs from the same company that featured other shows, for a while there weren't many Rainbow episodes available to see, apart from taped episodes by viewers at the time of airing on video sites. However, there is now an official Rainbow channel on Youtube which has been uploading episodes, including the entirety of the rarely-seen first series. Unfortunately, said channel has been taken down, although re-uploads can currently be found on Dailymotion.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: If you look carefully, Rainbow fanart drawn and submitted by children can be seen on the walls in most episodes.
  • The Other Darrin: For the first season, Zippy was voiced by Peter Hawkins, before Roy Skelton took over in 1973 once his popularity exploded and Sunshine and Mooney were given the boot.
  • Talking to Himself: Roy Skelton voices both Zippy and George, and continued doing so up to his death in 2011.
  • Throw It In: In a scene in the episode Night Out, Zippy knocks a nearby washing up liquid bottle over and it rolls onto the floor. This scene was kept in, and in the next shot, it had been put back on the table as if it never got knocked over.
  • What Could Have Been: According to Word of God, Zippy was originally going to have a mother and father, who had zip compartments in their side and stomach respectively. However, only Zippy made the final cut.