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Forbidden Planet provides examples of:

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Pardon me, miss. I was giving myself an oil job."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did the tiger suddenly attack Altaira because she felt sexual desire, or had it in fact been sent after the captain to assassinate him, and she simply got in the way?
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Robby, who went on to sci-fi fame.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Robby's voice actor would later team up with Leslie Nielsen again in a quite different project, as the announcer for Police Squad!.
  • Prop Recycling: After his debut here, Robby appeared in other films and many TV shows. As did the C57D, primarily on The Twilight Zone (1959). However, from the late 1960s onward Robby's appearances were usually made by replicas, which weren't as heavy as the original. The uniforms and some of Atlaira's clothing used in this movie also appeared in Queen of Outer Space two years later.
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    • It's also claimed that parts of Munchkinland were recycled into Altaira's garden. They were filmed in the same studio, though 20 years apart.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yes, that is, in fact, a young Leslie Nielsen, in his most famous "serious" role (and only his second-ever movie appearance).
  • Science Marches On:
    • Altair appears as a spherical, reddish star in the film when it was well known to be a whitish A7 subgiant. In the 1960s, astronomers found it to be egg-shaped due to its rapid rotation.
    • The opening narration is actually fairly pessimistic about space exploration; it states mankind would not reach the Moon until the 2090s (over a century later than we actually did), and that reaching the rest of the solar system would be completed by the end of the 22nd century (we're still waiting on that one, but a lot of older sci-fi assumes we'll get there faster than that).
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  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: This was the science fiction film to watch until the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey and A New Hope, and it reached this standard by having production values, story and scale greater than any film of the genre before it. It was stated by Gene Roddenberry to be one of his main inspirations behind Star Trek: The Original Series and is responsible for creating and/or popularizing most of the sci-fi tropes that we know and love. Today however it is most likely known as that film that looks like Star Trek, has a funny robot and features Leslie Nielsen before he was funny.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Altaira goes from hating the Captain to deep, unbreakable love for him for no reason whatsoever.
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  • Values Dissonance: The film has a very 1950s view of gender politics, most notably in Adams blaming Altaira for all his men lusting after her just for standing around in a miniskirt. He almost goes as far as to outright say that it would have served her well if she had been sexually assaulted by Jerry.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The Id monster, the one time it becomes fully visible, remains unforgettable to this day. That it was animated makes the Eldritch Abomination juggernaut not one jot less terrifying.
    • Try watching this film on a plasma, the backdrops are amazing!
    • Walt Disney lent MGM one of his top effects animators, Joshua Meador, to help with the effects. Meador's handling of the various laser beams, energy sparks, and the aforementioned Id Monster has a delicate beauty all its own.

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