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    ·  What Are -The Evil Overlord Rules- ?
    ·  More Evil Overlord Rules: What should you not do if you capture James Bond?
    ·  What did we learn from Independence Day (ID4)?
    ·  What is "The Law of Economy of Characters?"
    ·  What is the -ID4 Virus-?
    ·  What is the "Clash of the Titanic?"
    ·  What does -Fruit Cart- mean?
    ·  What is "Movie-davu"?
    ·  What are "The CSUN Revenge Files"?
    ·  What is -Disneyfication-?

    ·  What Are -The Evil Overlord Rules- ?

    They can be found here at Peter Anspach's Evil Overlord List grew out of the exchanges on what is now the Star Trek mailing list "", beginning in 1994 (when it was still "").

    One classic example of an evil overlord rule that movie villains never fail to ignore is number 7:

    'When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."'.

    Roger Ebert calls this particular blunder the "Talking Killer Syndrome" in his Little Movie Glossary. Here is a link to the Roger Ebert Little Movie glossary itself

    See more about "what you should never do if you capture James Bond" below.

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    ·  More Evil Overlord Rules: What should you not do if you capture James Bond?

    This is very similar to the above "Evil Overlord Rules" FAQ. The James Bond Evil Overlord rules can be found here. For the record, this list while similar is not Peter Anspach's list. This list has its origins on the now-nonexistent FidoNet Science Fiction and Fandom (SFFAN) email echo, in a discussion regarding a sketch seen on an episode of Saturday Night Live sometime in 1990. In the sketch, several Bond villains were appearing on a talk show touting their new book, "What Not To Do If You Capture James Bond". The discussion on SFFAN was specifically regarding what advice might be found in that book.

    Another link can be found here at

    Here is more about the "Talking Killer" as it applies to James Bond villains. It is an excerpt from Roger Ebert's review of Goldfinger: "Goldfinger" contains a classic example of the Talking Killer Syndrome, one of the entries in my Little Movie Glossary. Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) has captured Bond and has him under his complete control. Indeed, all he has to do is remain silent and the laser will slice Bond from stem to sternum. But Bond dissuades him with some quick thinking, and is released to become Goldfinger's prisoner. (Text of full review can be found here on the Chicago Sun-Times site.)

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    ·  What did we learn from Independence Day (ID4)?

    The original Group29 web site contained an article "40 Things I Learned From ID4 That I Never Knew Before" by Dean Kanipe - Area 51 Research Center

    A copy of the article can be found here.

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    ·  What is "The Law of Economy of Characters?"

    Also from Roger Ebert's Little Movie Glossary

    Movie budgets make it impossible for any film to contain unnecessary characters. Therefore, all characters in a movie are necessary to the story—even those who do not seem to be. Sophisticated viewers can use this Law to deduce the identity of a person being kept secret by the movie's plot: This "mystery" person is always the only character in the movie who seems otherwise extraneous. Cf. the friendly neighbor in THE WOMAN IN WHITE. (The "Unmotivated Closeup" usually applies here too.)

    For the Lord Of The Rings movie adaptation, it means that Glorfindel gets diced and Arwen's part gets pumped up.

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    ·  What is the -ID4 Virus-?

    When attempting takeover of planets inhabited by such races, a trojan horse attack is possible that permits local access to the MotherShip host, enabling the implantation of executable code with full root access to mission-critical security features of the operating system.

    A copy of the advisory can be found here.

    This document circulated on the Internet in 1996 as a spoof of CERT advisories for real computer viruses

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    ·  What is the "Clash of the Titanic?"

    This article is now available here from the original author Eric Snider. It is a humorous spoof of the Titanic movie script. It circulated the internet as a chain letter joke soon after the movie opened. The website contained a copy of it. Later, we were contacted by Mr. Snider who informed us of his authorship and copyright. With his permission, the article remained on our site until he decided to create his own web site. Mr. Snider now publishes movie reviews and has other "snide remarks" available at his web site.

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    ·  What does -Fruit Cart- mean?

    An expletive used by knowledgeable film buffs during any chase scene involving a foreign or ethnic locale, reflecting their certainty that a fruit cart will be overturned during the chase, and an angry peddler will run into the middle of the street to shake his fist at the hero's departing vehicle.

    (Of all the definitions in the Ebert's Little Movie Glossary, this has become the most popular. The movie SKI PATROL even contained a "Siskel and Ebert Fruit Cart.")

    Here is a link to the Roger Ebert Little Movie glossary itself

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    ·  What is "Movie-davu"?

    "Movie-davu" is a corruption of "Movie deja-vou", as in "I have seen this plot before. Isn't this the one where the killer pops out from behind the shed right after a cat scares the bejeezus out of you?"

    We first coined the term after Mike Armstrong's review of Grosse Point Blank.

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    ·  What are "The CSUN Revenge Files"?

    They were an idea born from "what might you do to someone that had wronged you while you were attending the California State University at Northridge. They were originally written down in ink. They have been reproduced here at after much careful thought and consideration.

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    ·  What is -Disneyfication-?

    We were certainly not the first to coin the term "Disneyfication". The concept has been around since Walt Disney's company started toying with its own version history and literature. Certainly, gruesome deaths of characters are always excised from Disney animated features, movies and attractions. Cinderella's sisters for example, have their eyes pecked out at the end of the Grimm fairy tale.

    Disney's writers struck out violence and grim retributions from the original stories. Then they altered the story-lines, added musical and comedic relief, and softened the punishment for the bad guys. The features’ main purpose are now no longer to scare little kids into obeying the stories’ morals. Instead, they are now meant to entertain, while still sneaking in these morals. The scaring is now left for the Halloween movies.

    Walt Disney films almost never seem to contain a normal father/mother/children relationship. The theory might be that since they are marketing their movies to nuclear families, they want to show what it is like outside one.

    • Snow White, step-mom (evil), absent father.
    • Pinochio, single adopted father
    • Dumbo, single mom, absent father
    • Bambi, single mom, absent father
    • Cinderella, single step-mom (evil), dead father
    • Sword in the Stone, missing/dead parents, domineering uncle and brother
    • The Jungle Book, Orphan raised by wolves
    • The Aristocats, single mom, later stepdad.
    • The Parent Trap, divorced parents.
    • Pollyanna, orphan
    • Escape to Witch Mountain, orphans
    • Fox and the Hound, murdered mom, absent father
    • The Black Cauldron, orphan raised by single old man.
    • Oliver And Company, absent parents.
    • Little Mermaid, single dad.
    • Beauty And The Beast, single dad
    • Aladdin, Aladdin-orphan, Jasmine-single dad.
    • The Lion King, two parents until dad gets killed by an uncle.
    • Pocahontas, single dad.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, orphan raised by sexually repressed sadist who lusts after a forbidden gypsy girl.
    • Hercules, orphan.
    • Tarzan, raised by animals, parents brutally murdered
    • The Goofy Movie, single dad
    • An Extremely Goofy Movie, single dad
    • Toy Story 1 & 2, single mom
    • George Of The Jungle , raised by animals.
    • Lilo and Stitch, Orphans
    • Finding Nemo, single dad, brutally murdered mom
    • Brother Bear, Orphaned bear cub, brutally murdered mom
    As far as Song of The South goes, who would know? It has been effectively censored until the copyrights expire, or until Disney decides that there is money to be made is releasing it.

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