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  • California Doubling:
    • The sequel takes place in the USA, but was shot in Toronto. It was rumoured that the crew had to go out of their way to add litter to the shots to maintain to the illusion of an American city, but it kept getting cleaned up by City Services when they were on break.
    • Averted in the first film. The house in Astoria, OR isn't too far from where the opening scenes of The Goonies were shot.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The 2nd movie shows Johnny 5 reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, halfway through the book he says, "I think the chauffeur did it" and upon finishing the book he says, "He did." This is not the case, thereby not spoiling a real book.
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  • Fake Nationality: Fisher Stevens, who played Ben, is very, very white. Not Indian. Newton actually asks about this, and Ben clarifies that he was born in Bakersfield, but his family is from... Pittsburgh. Stevens has said the role was originally written as white, which has been noted as helping the casting remain a bit less offensive than it could have been, with little about his personality that's stereotypically Indian.
  • The Other Darrin: Johnny Five isn't performed by Tim Blaney for this Hostess Potato Chips commercial.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • In the second movie, when Johnny Five first meets Benjamin, he happily shows off all his newest features, including among them "500 megabytes of storage". 500 MB was indeed a lot of hard drive space in 1988, when Short Circuit 2 was in theaters, but ten years later, we know that Johnny has about enough memory to store a decent but by no means flawless copy of the movie he currently stars in. The Italian adaptation got a Lucky Translation here. Translated back into English, Johnny 5 says he has "improved memory, 500 megabytes online", without any mention of storage, which leads viewers to think he's talking about RAM instead of hard drive space. Of course, technology has marched on from computers with 512 MB of RAM, but it took a lot more time.
      • Of course, the source of the confusion is regrettably still an aversion to this trope. Namely, the tendency to use the term "memory" interchangeably for volatile memory (RAM), non-volatile memory (storage), and read-only, non-volatile memory (ROM).
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    • For a more justifiable example, see Benjamin's lament that neither he nor Fred is carrying a phone.
      Fred: Well, I left mine in the Mercedes!


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