We all love staring at our screens and watching all the latest shows and movies that come out. But how much do you know about them? Have a look at these entertainment facts and find out all the things you didn't know about what goes on in the entertainment industry.
- The biggest media markets in the world are the U.S., Japan, and Germany.
- The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the world.
- Chuck Norris’s first name is Carlos.
- Mickey Mouse has a sister named Amelia Fieldmouse.
- Music frisson is what you call the feeling when you get chills from a song.
- Online advertisements currently show no signs of slowing down growth.
- Digital spending has increased by 10% since 2005.
- Breakdancing was created as a less lethal form of fighting in the 1970s.
- The first themed LEGO set was Star Wars.
- Spotify states that students from New York University mostly listen to hippie music.
- Rapunzel from Tangled can be seen walking to Elsa’s coronation in Frozen.
- All costumes used in Game of Thrones are aged before being used for filming.
- France approved children as young as 12 years old to watch Fifty Shades of Grey.
- League of Legends Shaco quotes ‘Why so serious’ as a reference from ‘The Dark Knight’.
- Listening to sad songs can create positive emotions.
- A new porn film is made in the U.S. every 39 minutes.
- The patron saint of dancers, epilepsy, and actors is St. Vitus.
- Common zombie lore states that the only way to kill a zombie is to smash its head.
- One billion hours are watched daily on YouTube.
- It took 70 days for the longest game of Monopoly to end.
Mickey Mouse wears white gloves to make his hands visible when in front of his body.
Here’s a little more information regarding these entertainment facts. Back in the day when each frame would be drawn by hand, gloves were drawn instead of bony hands to speed up the production.
Psychology also plays a small role in this. Adding gloves to the character to make him seem more human-like as he is seen doing things that only people are normally able to do.
The Human Torch was the first Marvel superhero ever created.
In 1939, the first issue of the human torch was released. However, its original story was about an android that could control fire, not Johnny Storm. Contrary to popular belief, Captain America was not the first comic that Marvel released. His first issue was not made until the year 1941.
Selena Quintanilla is the Mexican-American Madonna.
Selena Quintanilla was dubbed as such mainly due to her similar performing style and fashion choices. For many, she was reminiscent of Madonna’s early performing years.
The singer is also dubbed the Queen of Tejano and is known for partnering with Coca-cola.
All the characters in ‘The Simpsons’ have four fingers.
The only character to have five fingers in the show is God. This may be mainly due to a common problem among animators when drawing fingers. Four fingers are considered to be much easier to draw than five.
The Simpsons Bart is an anagram for the word brat.
Bart’s real name is Bartholomew Jojo Simpson. He is also the only one in his family not named after one of Groening’s family members.
One of DC/Vertigo’s best selling fantasy series was the comic Sandman.
The Sandman series was created by Neil Gaiman and Sam Keith and became one of the tentpole titles for DC comics more mature readers. The series also received numerous awards and has become one of the most influential comics of all time.
The artists for the game Magic: The Gathering was not all familiar with the fantasy genre.
Most of the freelance artists that have worked on designing cards for the game did not have a vast knowledge of the fantasy genre. During the process of designing a few cards, many of the artists were said to be unfamiliar with the terms used to call the creatures and artifacts of the game. Perhaps watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy beforehand might help.
Baby Yoda is not Yoda.
Jon Favreau confirms that baby Yoda is not the same Yoda we are all familiar with from the original trilogy. However, it has been confirmed that they are of the same species.
Laugh tracks used in television were mostly recorded during the 50s.
The more time passes by, the more likely it is that you are listening to the laughs of those that have already passed away when watching old shows. However, sound engineers have recently begun updating their reels with computers which don’t necessarily need actual people to record.
Noah Centineo did not originally plan to be an actor.
Originally, the young actor wanted to play soccer professionally. An alternative career he also would have preferred was to be a drummer.
Quicksilver once challenged the Flash to a race and lost.
In several issues, the Flash and Quicksilver have raced against each other in the JLA/Avengers crossovers. At times when the Flash did not have the speed force on his side, he lost to Quicksilver.
The actors in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ were required to attend a wand school.
All cast members were required to attend this course to learn all the proper ways of wand use to give the film an authentic magical feel. However, Jude Law was the only one in the cast that did not take this course before the second film. Instead, the actor had practiced numerous times with a twig during the holidays.
Each Adventure Time episode has a hidden snail waving in the background.
At times the snail is visible and is seen interacting with the characters. However, most of the time this snail is hidden somewhere in the background instead.
The two main characters from Rick and Morty are voiced by the same person.
Here’s another one of our entertainment facts. Justin Roiland often records Rick’s drunk voice while intoxicated as suggested by the creator Justin Roiland. As of the recording of the second season, Roiland states that he has been drinking more occasionally to fulfill the role of Rick.
Mario was given a mustache so that players could properly see his nose.
Shigeru Miyamoto stated in an interview once that the original 8-bit artwork for Mario was off. When his nose was added, it was unclear where the placement was, as a result, the mustache was added to properly see his whole face.
Donkey Kong is owned by Mario.
In Donkey Kong Jr., Mario is seen as an abusive owner while keeping Donkey Kong in a cage. In Donkey Kong’s video game, Mario is the villain.
The cast of The Walking Dead holds dinners for cast members that pass away in the show.
Before one of the main characters is killed off in the next filming, the cast hosts dinners in memory of their characters. While all of them were emotional for the cast, it made them motivated to play out their best skills for their final role.
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is the real name of famous YouTuber Pewdiepie.
Pewdiepie was born in October of 1989 and is now married to Marzia Kjellberg. He is mainly known for his comedic gaming videos on youtube and for being one of the most subscribed-to channels on the video-sharing platform.
One of the most medically accurate TV shows is Scrubs.
Scrubs has been ranked with an overall score of 9/10 for the accuracy of the medical show. From how the residency training process is detailed to its realistic cases, Scrubs is your best pick if you want to see what hospital drama is really like.
The controller of the PS1 represents the console’s 3D graphics.
During the time of its release, most consoles came with flat controllers or joypads. As an attempt to stray from this norm, Triyu Goto designed the Playstation’s iconic controller design.
The first Gameboy could run for 30 hours straight with only two AA batteries.
This was mainly due to its screen having just four shades of grey and backlight. Because of this, the Gameboy became more useful than other portable consoles at the time. Multiplayer gaming was also possible with the use of link cables. The early Pokemon games were also one of the most popular games to use this feature.
The Punisher has once killed all Marvel superheroes and villains, including himself.
In a one-shot comic published in 1995, the Punisher kills off every superperson in the Marvel universe. The story shows how the Punisher avenges his family’s death due to a fight between superheroes.
The first female Green Lantern was Jessica Cruz.
Jessica was first mentioned in the 20th issue of Green Lantern. She is the first female of Earth to join the Green Lantern corps against her will.
Princess Peach was featured on Forbes' list of Wealthiest Fictional Billionaires.
She was included on this list during the 2007 publication. At the age of 23, Princess Peach has a net worth of $1.3 billion.
There is now an official fifth teenage mutant ninja turtle.
In the current IDW Comics timeline, the fifth Ninja Turtle is revealed to be a female named Jennika. Originally before her mutation, Jennika was a loyal member of the Foot Clan and Casey Jones love interest.
The longest movie in the world runs for 85 hours.
This movie is titled ‘The Cure for Insomnia’ which seems to be a fitting title for its run time. This film was released in 1987 and only a few people have been able to sit through the entire film.
Netflix outranks every single television network in the United States.
This spells bad news for television networks as ratings continuously drop over time. However, as Netflix increases in popularity, it will continuously add original series and content for its subscribers.
Matoaka is the real name of Pocahontas.
As it turns out, the name Pocahontas was a nickname all along. Her name translates to ‘The playful one’ or the ‘ill-behaved child’ depending on the context of the translation.
The three fairies from Sleeping Beauty inspired The Powerpuff Girls.
Not only does the show take inspiration from their designs, but also the personalities of the three fairies. The show centers three young superpowered preschoolers who save their city from evil monsters and creatures.
Marceline is the only character to not be featured in the pilot of Adventure Time.
Despite not being featured in the pilot episode, she is still considered to be one of the main characters of the show. Marceline is the Vampire Queen and is also half-demon. During her scenes in the show, she is often seen playing music with her Axe-bass.
Henry Cavill refused to take steroids to prepare for the role of Superman.
To get in shape in time to play the role of Superman, Cavill pushed his body to its limits and followed a strict regimen and meal plan. While it is a common occurrence for actors to use steroids to get fit, Cavill refused for any kind of needle to touch him. Other than that, he also requested to add minimal digital editing to his body as possible.
Pacman was created as a way of introducing more women to arcades in Japan.
The game was designed while keeping in mind the themes and colors that would appeal to women. Iwatani, the creator of the game, had hoped that by doing so it would appeal to female audiences. Hence also why the concept of eating was favored over a shooting game.
Flappy Bird has been downloaded over 50 million times.
In just a short period, the app was downloaded 50 million times. This makes the game one of the most successful mobile games of all time.
Stan Lee has stated that the correct form of spelling Spider-Man’s name is with the hyphen.
The hyphen is used to distinguish the webbed crusader from Superman. This was a decision that Stan Lee had made with comic artist, Steve Ditko.
Frozen 2 is the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
The sequel has grossed over $1.325 billion in the global box office. It has also pushed further than its prequel Frozen at $1.281 million.
Japanese animation accounts for 60% of the world’s animated entertainment.
Anime is so successful in Japan that today there are over 130 voice-acting schools in the country. This specific type of animated entertainment is so popular that it is now a constant demand in over 65 different countries.
The first author to become a billionaire by writing books was J.K Rowling.
J.K Rowling was deemed by Forbes to be the first author to become a US-billionaire by writing books. In 2004, she became the second-richest female entertainer and the 1062nd richest person in the world.
25% of apps downloaded on smartphones are mobile games.
About 21% of app downloads on Play Store (Android devices) and 25% on Apple Store (iOS) are gaming apps. Interestingly, 78% of gamers are actually Android users.
David Prowse is banned from all official Star Wars events.
This was mainly due to George Lucas not being too fond of the actor. Lucas states that there were no other reasons to ban him from official events other than because he thought he was too annoying.
The design for Pacman is inspired by pizza.
According to Iwatani, the design for Pacman was inspired by a pizza with a slice taken out from it. He also rounded out the Japanese symbol for the mouth (kuchi) so that his design would appeal to women and younger players.
Keanu Reeves performed 95% of his fight scenes by himself in John Wick: Chapter 2.
The actor trained methodically to fulfill his role in the highly anticipated sequel. He also spent a considerable amount of time training around the clock with numerous weapons. Apart from his regular training schedule, he also took the time to practice his driving skills for the film.
Most stories that Disney adapt are originally much more horrifying.
Disney’s films are well known for being heart-warming and they teach children life-lessons. However, most of their origins are found to be much more horrifying than their princess adaptations. Many of the original stories involve many bloodsheds and deaths of the main characters. Some even involve murder, abuse, and sabotage.
Bebop and Rocksteady were added to the TMNT franchise for toy companies to sell more merchandise.
In the original TMNT comics, Bebop and Rocksteady were not introduced. Instead, the due was created as part of a toy-line deal with Playmates. At the time their toys were being made, not much backstory or personality was given into the two villains until they were introduced to the series.
The longest television series of all time is an anime currently running over 7000 episodes.
This series is called Sazae-san. It was first published in 1946 and was given its animated adaptation in 1969. Apart from holding the Guinness World Record for the longest-running animated television series, it has also been adapted into many radio shows and theatrical plays. Now that’s entertainment facts.
Wade Wilson’s childhood hero was Captain America.
A personal link between the two was strengthened by Wilson when he joined a super-soldier program. Once Wilson had made a name for himself as Deadpool, Rogers became one of the few who treated him with empathy.
Subscribing to Netflix lets you avoid over 160 hours worth of commercials a year.
On national television, an estimated 38 commercials air every minute. Statistics state that over 15 minutes of every hour is spent watching commercials and other advertisements.
The main characters in Spongebob Squarepants are based on one of the seven deadly sins.
Spongebob is lust, Plankton is Envy, Patrick is Envy, Sandy is Pride, Squidward is Wrath, Mr. Krabs is Greed, and Gluttony is Gary. Spongebob Squarepants is one of the longest-running American animated series with its debut dating back to 1999.
Vin Diesel is also known for his voice talent.
During his career as an actor, he has also lent his voice to numerous characters in films and series. One of his most notable roles in voice acting is the voice of Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Other films his voice was included in are the Iron Giant, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Marvel’s films have received better audience views than DC films.
Marvel has over 40 films under its name, each with remarkable reviews from both critics and fans. However, with DC’s live-action films, the critique is mainly of the negative spectrum. This could be mainly due to how the storylines have been adapted and the initial take on its cinematic universes.
DC’s animated universe is more successful than Marvel.
While Marvel may have the upper hand on the big screen, DC has only continued to grow in popularity for their animated works. This could be mainly due to it being more loyal to the original comic books and having a more cohesive world than the DC cinematic universe. The most popular animated adaptations are the Batman animated series and the Justice League adaptations.