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The film is based on stories from myths of various Oceanic cultures, although they take typical Disney liberties to make their own story. Maui is a popular character in Polynesian mythology, and most of his character is based on the real myths. The faithfulness of other parts of the movie to the traditional stories varies. Maui, described in Moana as a ...


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Because it's a bright "star" (it's actually a group of stars, and the 7th brightest in the night sky) and its name is familiar with budding star gazers. It's also enormous and placed in the obvious and well-known constellation of Orion. The star as seen from Earth is actually a triple, quadruple or quintuple star system, with the primary star (Rigel ...


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Beren and Lúthien Beren and Lúthien's story, from the Silmarillion, was based on Tolkien's wife Edith dancing for him in the woods near the military hospital where he was recovering after he was invalided out of WWI. She was Lúthien, he was Beren. The Tale of Beren and Lúthien was regarded as the central part of his legendarium by Tolkien. The story and ...


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According to this article, Batman creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the Joker based on a combination of the playing card (obviously) and the character played by Conrad Veidt in the 1928 silent movie The Man Who Laughs, who looked like this: And in the middle picture here, side by side with the card and the Batman villain: Compare with the earliest ...


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Some of them have backings, but others don't. Most of the characters are based on characters from Polynesian myths, but the details in some cases do not line up with the mythology. Let's take a look... Māui Note: There are a lot of versions of Māui, from different islands. I'm going to lump them all together - I can't separate them, as not all sources ...


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Yes, Stan Lee said he was inspired by Jekyll/Hyde and Frankenstein's Monster Lee explained this in an interview with Rolling Stone When you read the first issue of the Incredible Hulk, it doesn’t seem like a superhero title at all – it feels more in the vein of the monster comics you had been writing beforehand. How conscious was that direction? I ...


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Watto the Toydarian is indeed a racial stereotype (but not the one you're thinking of...) According to Andy Secombe (the actor who portrays Watto), his character is openly intended to be based on a stereotypical shady Italian salesman. Q Did you ‘invent’ Watto’s voice all by yourself? AS: I did! When I got a call there was an audition for loads and ...


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Well, she's been asked that question. From Wikipedia: Rowling maintains that she hadn't read The Hobbit until after she completed the first Harry Potter novel (though she had read The Lord of the Rings as a teenager) and that any similarities between her books and Tolkien's are "Fairly superficial. Tolkien created a whole new mythology, which I would ...


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Real Answer The answer is We do not know. As far as I know, George has never talked about his inspiration behind Daenerys Targaryen, which of course we must note, there need not be any. GRRM has however talked about what inspires him. He has mentioned that war of the Roses is one of the key influences on him: The Wars of the Roses have always ...


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It's worth noting that parental abandonment in some form or other is an extremely common trope in juvenile literature and particularly prevelant in British literature. Whether due to literal abandonment, neglect (often to the extent that would be considered abuse these days), boarding school, displacement during war or, ultimately, death. It's a theme in ...


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Treebeard's voice was based on that of Tolkien's good friend C.S. Lewis. From Humphrey Carpenter's J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, p. 258: When work was resumed, Tolkien drew up outlines for the end of the story - which he did not imagine was more than a few chapters away - and began to sketch the episode where two of the hobbits encounter Treebeard, the ...


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SciFi authors select stars that can be seen in their backyard, are close by, or both. Rigel is featured because it is bright and therefore well known. But it is not close, compared to other bright stars. Let us see how Rigel compares to other celebrities: Top 10 brightest stars in Earth's sky: 1. Sirius: The Patrick Stewart of the sky. "Sirius in fiction" ...


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GRRM took the War of the Roses as inspiration but there is not an exact one-to-one match between history and fiction. The story in the chronicles of "A Song of Ice and Fire" gives a longer history of a larger place roughly analogous to here-and-now England. Martin draws some inspiration from historical persons for his characters and events but there is not ...


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The short answer is no, ancient machines used to guard tombs and temples like those in Indiana Jones have not been found. The slightly longer answer (taken in part from this page on The Straight Dope) is that even if such traps did exist, the accumulation of centuries of neglect would not only rot away ropes, but they would also be so filled with dirt and ...


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It is said that when you are looking into a mirror you are looking into your soul. So without a soul (as it is commonly accepted that vampires do not have souls), there's no reflection. Mirrors also used to be made with silver (not entirely of course, because whoa, expensive, but it was used with the other reflecty material). Silver is said to ward of evil ...


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The French Foreign Legion A.K.A. "Légion étrangère" or FFL have some similarities: it is a military branch of french army established in 1831 based on volunteering of foreign people. Similarities: Based on volunteering Patchwork of different cultures: Both have soldiers coming from different cultures Strong team spirit: related to previous point, a ...


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There may not have been any original comics for the Incredibles to be drawn from, but there was plenty of inspiration to be had in their creation. They draw their inspiration from some of the greatest heroes ever in the Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four. They also used plenty of the common tropes of the comic industry. Some of the ideas are right out of ...


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Gerontius "The Old" Took, whose longevity (his sole defining character trait, given that he never appears in the book) was based on Tolkien's grandfathers: [The Old Took] has part of his origin in the fact that both my grandfathers were longeval. My father's father was in his eleventh year when Waterloo was fought; my mother's father, a much younger man, ...


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Because both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings borrow from folklore and mythology, they would necessarily share many elements. And when we cherry-pick the ones that seem to match, it makes it feel like their structure is similar, when in fact it's just random points of congruence. Unlike Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara, which is a total LotR rip-off. :) ...


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Definitely not her husband. All we know is that they were once flatmates. This is J.K. Rowling’s witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry (an inquiry into the standards of the British press) which the Mirror is referring to: Defamation: private life The press have also published false allegations related to my private life. In 2004 the Daily Express ...


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There is no mention of Algernon Blackwood in the Letters, and neither in the HoME, Unfinished Tales or The Silmarillion. Tolkien seems to suggest that the main inspiration for the Ents would've been George MacDonald's walking tree spirits (if there was any significant inspiration) with the idea of them going to war taken from Shakespeare's Macbeth. ...


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It is based on Polynesian Mythology Disney explicitly researched Polynesian Mythology and intended to make the movie based around that. The most obvious example in the movie is that of Maui who was named after the demigod Māui (obviously), the great cultural hero and trickster in Polynesian mythology. There is also Te Fiti who is a made up character ...


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As far as I know, JK Rowling has never said anything about James and the Giant Peach as a direct influence on Harry Potter, or for that matter, any other book. From a radio show transcript in 2000: The question you are most frequently asked as an author is: "Where do you get your ideas from?" I find it very frustrating because, speaking personally, I ...


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Yes. Alan Moore has stated that in an interview: Steve Bissette and John Totleben, the artists drawing the Swamp Thing (that Alan Moore was writing at the time) sent him notes, expressing a desire to draw a character looking like Sting. So he created the character John Constantine: But I can state categorically that the character only existed because ...


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Tolkien himself described the process (or as much as he consciously can make of it) in a footnote to Letter 163: Take the Ents, for instance. I did not consciously invent them at all. The chapter called 'Treebeard', from Treebeard's first remark on p. 66, was written off more or less as it stands, with an effect on my self (except for labour pains) ...


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Roman Legions One of George R. R. Martin's main inspirations for the Night's Watch are the Roman Legions who manned Hadrian's Wall, as that is the inspiration for the Wall. Hadrian's Wall, of course, I think was the inspiration for the Wall. I've never been to China so I've never had a chance to see their Great Wall but I have been to Scotland and I have ...


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Focusing on the gameplay angle rather than the storyline, the abilities of the Protoss somewhat match that of the "psychic warrior" class of Dungeons and Dragons. However, it has been argued that all three races are a ripoff of warhammer 40K stemming from a failed deal between blizzard and the Warhammer franchise. As Kalissar mentions below, Warcraft was ...


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Yes, George R. R. Martin did intentionally name the three Tully Lords after the Muppets. As confirmed by Elio Garcia via Twitter: Yep. Not sure why exactly, other than it amused him, but the colors of the three muppets has been noted (Red, Green, Blue)...There was also an Oscar, brother to Kermit, but he didn't make it into TWoIaF.Elio Garcia, Twitter, ...


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I'm not sure about sets and scripts, but one of the actors did have some influence: Evanna Lynch's portrayal of Luna Lovegood. According to Charlie Rose interview with JKR in 2012 (quote on Wikipedia article for the actress), she said: "I saw her. [She] got in my head. I even heard her voice when I was writing Luna. Not quite earth-shattering as far as ...


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TL;DR: Out of universe: There's no canon proof it has any connection to warthogs; the Word of God answer is either "Not knowingly" or "no" depending on an interview. In-Universe, a later ret-con by JKR (which is nevertheless, canon) actually suggested the reason, and your "named for hogs and warts separately" was ironically right on the nose: The ...


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