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Harry Palmer
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The Road To
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Film Series

Series of films – or "franchises", as they are known nowadays – have been around for a long time, but they have assumed great importance in the cinema in recent years. Of the ten top–grossing films in 2014, seven were part of one or other of the series covered on this page.

Some questions apply to whole series of films. For example: "Who played Clark Kent and Superman in four films, from 1978 to 1987?". Equally, some questions refer to a film as part of the series (for example, "What was the title of the first film to star Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo?").

You might even be asked questions like: "What completes this sequence: Singapore, Zanzibar, Morocco, Utopia, Rio, Bali, ... ?"

In order to cater for such questions, it seems logical to consider each series as a whole.

Other pages in the Films category may include more details on these films.

The series are listed in chronological order of their first appearances, but (rather confusingly, you might say) the "On this page" index on the left is in alphabetical order. Well ... that's what indexes do! (A couple of tips: the Silence of the Lambs series is indexed under L for Lecter, Sergio Leone's spaghetti western trilogy is indexed under M for The Man with No Name, and the Michael Caine trilogy that started with The Ipcress File is indexed under P for (Harry) Palmer.)

See also Sequels, British Comedy Films, James Bond, Harry Potter, Marvel, Tarzan, and Tolkien – all of which have enough material to warrant their own page.

The Road To ...

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The first six films in the Road To ... series were produced by Paramount studios. All six starred Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour.

The Road to Hong Kong was filmed at Shepperton, England, and distributed by United Artists; Hope and Crosby starred, but Lamour played only a cameo role. The female lead was played by Joan Collins.

The Ocean's trilogy

Ocean's Eleven Click to show or hide the answer
Director Click to show or hide the answer

Ocean's Eleven was one of the most famous films to feature the so–called Rat Pack. They were represented in force:

Danny Ocean Click to show or hide the answer
Sam Harmon Click to show or hide the answer
Josh Howard Click to show or hide the answer
Jimmy Foster Click to show or hide the answer
Mushy O'Connors Click to show or hide the answer

Other stars of the original film include:

Danny Ocean's wife Beatrice Click to show or hide the answer
Reformed mobster Duke Santos – who is engaged to the mother of Peter Lawford's character, and tries to foil the gang's plan Click to show or hide the answer

The 2001 remake, and its sequels, had little in common with the 1960 original except the name of the title character.

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Danny Ocean Click to show or hide the answer
Danny Ocean's wife, Tess Click to show or hide the answer
Rusty Ryan – Ocean's right–hand man Click to show or hide the answer
Linus Caldwell – son of a legendary con artist, and a naive but highly–accomplished pickpocket Click to show or hide the answer
Frank Catton – an expert card dealer and the inside man for the casino heist Click to show or hide the answer
Basher Tarr – a Cockney munitions expert Click to show or hide the answer
Reuben Tishkoff – a wealthy and influential casino mogul who bankrolls the heist Click to show or hide the answer
Terry Benedict – owner of the casinos Click to show or hide the answer

All of the above appeared in all three films, except Julia Roberts who didn't appear in the third film due to "a script issue". (It appears that the producers felt that her character's part in this film was too small to offer to a star of her status.)

Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis appear in a boxing sequence in Ocean's Eleven.

Other stars of Ocean's Twelve include:

Europol detective Isabel Lahiri – who is in a relationship with Brad Pitt's character Click to show or hide the answer
Informant Matsui Click to show or hide the answer
Roman Nagel – British master thief and technological genius Click to show or hide the answer

Izzard's character becomes the thirteenth member of the gang in the third film.

Like Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta–Jones didn't appear in the third film due to "a script issue".

Also starring in the third film:

Willy Bank – a successful hotel owner and the main antagonist Click to show or hide the answer

A number of actors appeared as themselves in the series, including Angie Dickinson (who played Ocean's wife Beatrice in the 1960 original) in the first film, Bruce Willis in the second, and Oprah Winfrey in the third.

The Man with No Name

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"The Man with No Name" Click to show or hide the answer
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The Harry Palmer trilogy

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Harry Palmer Click to show or hide the answer

The Ipcress File was Michael Caine's first film after Zulu (1964), which was his first major starring role. Alfie (1966) came after The Ipcress File but before Funeral in Berlin.

Herbie / The Love Bug

... made by Disney. Herbie is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle.

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Herbie's racing number Click to show or hide the answer

Planet of the Apes

The original Planet of the Apes film was based on the French novel Planète des Singes, by Pierre Boulle, published in 1963 (also translated as Monkey Planet – the French word singe can mean either a monkey or an ape).

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The main characters in the first two films were:

Colonel George Taylor – an American astronaut from the year 1972 Click to show or hide the answer
Nova – one of the mute human inhabitants of the planet, who forms a close relationship with Taylor Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Cornelius – a chimpanzee archaeologist and historian, who has begun to doubt the innate superiority of apes over humans (see below) Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Zira – blue–eyed chimpanzee psychologist  and veternarian, engaged to Cornelius, who rescues Taylor and pairs him with Nova in the hope that they will breed Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Zaius – orang utan Minister of Science and Defender of the Faith – Cornelius and Zira's ultimate boss, and the main antagonist Click to show or hide the answer

Charlton Heston's character is known in his appearances only by his surname. His first name is revealed in the credits to the first film, and his rank in the dialogue to the third film, when he also appears in "archive footage".

Cornelius and Zira also played major roles in the third film, when Roddy McDowall returned to the role of Cornelius (who was played in Beneath ... by David Watson). McDowall also appeared in the fourth and fifth films as Caesar, the son of Cornelius.

McDowall's long acting career also included starring roles in How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943).

Among the actresses said to have turned down the role of Nova were Ursula Andress and Raquel Welch. Linda Harrison, a drama student at the time, was cast at the request of Richard D. Zanuck, a film producer (Driving Miss Daisy) and the son of the legendary Darryl F. Zanuck. They married in 1969.

Kim Hunter had previously won an Oscar, in 1952, for the part of Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Other questions that can be asked about the first film:

Year in which it was set (2,010 years in the future, at the time of the film's release) Click to show or hide the answer
Found on the beach in the final scene of the first film, revealing that the planet was Earth: the remains of the Click to show or hide the answer

There was a 14–episode television series in 1974, starring Roddy McDowall as Galen, a young chimpanzee who is sent to rescue a human astronaut. The series was cancelled half way through due to poor ratings, and only 13 episodes were originally broadcast. It has however been repeated since, most recently (in the UK) by Channel 4 in 1994. Ten of the episodes were also paired up to produce TV movies.

In 1975 there was a 13–episode animated television series, which is said to be more faithful to the original novel as it shows a technologically advanced ape civilisation with cars, films and television. It was however criticised for its poor production values, and was not a great success.

Remake 

Planet of the Apes Click to show or hide the answer
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Captain Leo Davidson – a US Air Force astronaut who accidentally opens a portal to the apes' planet and is captured by them, going on to lead a rebellion of the planet's humans Click to show or hide the answer
Ari – a female chimpanzee who protests at the way humans are treated, helps Leo to lead the rebellion, and develops a romantic attraction to him Click to show or hide the answer

Wahlberg is said to have turned down a part in Ocean's Eleven (itself a remake of a 1960 film) to appear in the Planet of the Apes remake. The part was eventually played by Matt Damon.

Reboot

In 2011 the series was "rebooted" by a retelling of the story of Caesar, the chimpanzee played by Roddy McDowall in the last two films of the original series:

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Caesar Click to show or hide the answer
Will Rodman – a young (human) scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease, who adopts the baby chimp Caesar Click to show or hide the answer
Dreyfus – leader of the surviving humans (in Dawn ...) Click to show or hide the answer

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the most successful film in the franchise to date, earning a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (slightly higher than the 1968 original) and taking over $700 million at the box office – almost half as much again as its predecessor.

A third film in the rebooted series is scheduled for release in 2017.

Dirty Harry

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San Francisco detective Harry Callahan – "an antihero who does not hesitate to cross professional and ethical boundaries in pursuit of his own vision of justice, especially when the law is poorly served by an inept bureaucracy" Click to show or hide the answer

The Exorcist

Year Title Subtitle Director
1973The Exorcist   Click to show or hide the answer
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1989The Exorcist III   Click to show or hide the answer

(Only Exorcist II has a subtitle.)

William Peter Blatty's novel The Exorcist was published in 1971, and Blatty also wrote the screenplay for William Friedkin's film. Following the huge success of that film, neither Blatty nor Friedkin was interested in making a sequel; playwright William Goodhart was commissioned to write a screenplay, and the British director John Boorman (whose biggest success was Deliverance in 1972) agreed to direct.

Exorcist II is often described as one of the worst films of all time. Long after its release, Boorman confessed, "The sin I committed was not giving the audience what it wanted in terms of horror."

Under pressure from Warner Brothers, Blatty came up with a script for a sequel, entitled Legion. Friedkin agreed to direct, but pulled out after disagreements with Blatty. Blatty turned the script into a novel, which became a bestseller on publication in 1983; he then came up with a revised script. John Carpenter initially agreed to direct, but pulled out when it became clear that Blatty wanted to direct the film himself. The Exorcist III received mixed reviews; it was a moderate commercial success.

Stars in Exorcist II as Father Philip Lamont, a priest struggling with his faith who is assigned to investigate the death of a priest who died while trying to exorcise a demon from Regan Click to show or hide the answer

Death Wish

Year Title Subtitle
1974Death Wish  
1982Death Wish II  
1985Death Wish 3  
1987Death Wish 4 Click to show or hide the answer
1994Death Wish 5 Click to show or hide the answer

Only the fourth and fifth films in the series have subtitles.

Architect and vigilante Paul Kersey Click to show or hide the answer

The Omen

1976 The Omen
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Stars of the first film include:

American diplomat Robert Thorn, who adopts Damien at birth, while working in Rome (and is appointed as Ambassador to the United Kingdom shortly afterwards) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
His wife, Katherine Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Baylock, Damien's nanny – who turns out to be one of the Satanists who have taken responsibility for Damien's upbringing Click to show or hide the answer
Father Brennan – a priest who tries repeatedly to warn the Ambassador about Damien's mysterious origins Click to show or hide the answer
Karl Bugenhagen – an archaeologist and expert on the Antichrist Click to show or hide the answer

At the end of the first film, Robert Thorn is killed and Damien is left in the care of Robert's brother Richard. Stars of the second film include:

Richard Thorn, Damien's uncle – a rich industrialist Click to show or hide the answer
His wife Ann Click to show or hide the answer

At the start of the third film, Damien finds himself as CEO of Richard's international conglomerate, but is appointed as American Ambassador to the United Kingdom – his father's old job. Notable appearances in Omen III:

Damien Thorn Click to show or hide the answer
Father DeCarlo – the only survivor of the seven monks who each possessed one of the Seven Daggers of Megiddo – the only means to kill Damien Click to show or hide the answer

Ruby Wax makes an uncredited appearance in Omen III as the US Ambassador's secretary.

Sam Neill went on to play palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park.

A fourth film, Omen IV: The Awakening, was made for television in 1991. It tells the story of Damien's daughter Delia, who turns out to have a twin brother, Alexander, implanted in her. Alexander, like his father Damien, is the Antichrist. After wreaking similar havoc to that caused by their father, Delia and Alexander survive to attend their mother's funeral at the end of the film.

Remake

The Omen was remade in 2006.

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Mrs. Baylock Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Father Brennan Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
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Rocky

Title Opponent Played by
1976 Rocky Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1979 Rocky II
1982 Rocky III Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1985 Rocky IV Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1990 Rocky V Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
2006 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
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Apollo Creed appears in the first four films, dying in Rocky's arms in Rocky IV after a heroic performance against a vicious onslaught from Ivan Drago.

Creed is scheduled for release in November 2015. Its protagonist is the grandson of Apollo Creed, who is mentored by Rocky.

Director of Rocky and Rocky V (the other films were directed by Sylvester Stallone) Click to show or hide the answer
Robert 'Rocky' Balboa – 'The Italian Stallion' Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky's home town Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky's wife – played by Talia Shire Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky's best friend and brother–in–law – played by Burt Young Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky's manager – originally Apollo Creed's manager – played by Tony Burton Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky's trainer – said to be based on Rocky Marciano's trainer, Charlie Goldman – played by Burgess Meredith Click to show or hide the answer

Rocky was nominated for ten Oscars, and won three, including Best Picture and Best Director (Avildsen). Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Burgess Meredith were all nominated for acting Oscars, but three of the awards went to Network (including Best Actor to Peter Finch and Best Actress to Faye Dunaway). This was the last time (up to and including 2015) that three acting Oscars went to the same film.

Stallone was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but again lost out to Network (Paddy Chayevsky).

With the exception of The Silence of the Lambs (which famously won all four), Rocky is the only film listed on this page to win any of the four major Oscars.

Star Wars

Title Subtitle
1999 Episode I Click to show or hide the answer
2002 Episode II Click to show or hide the answer
2005 Episode III Click to show or hide the answer
1977 Episode IV Click to show or hide the answer
1980 Episode V Click to show or hide the answer
1983 Episode VI Click to show or hide the answer

The order of production was IV, V, VI, I, II, III. The original 1977 film was only subtitled A New Hope on release of the box set in 2011.

Luke Skywalker: played by Click to show or hide the answer
Alter ego of Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Darth Vader Click to show or hide the answer
Luke Skywalker’s twin Click to show or hide the answer
Name of Han Solo’s spacecraft Click to show or hide the answer
Obese, slug–like crime lord and gangster – eventually strangled by Princess Leia Click to show or hide the answer
Bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo (comic character) Click to show or hide the answer
Chewbacca is a (note spelling!) Click to show or hide the answer
Grand Jedi Master who trains Luke Skywalker to fight against the Empire (species unknown) Click to show or hide the answer

Halloween

The original "Slasher" franchise (see also Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street), the Halloween series focuses on the exploits of an antagonist who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister Judith. Fifteen years later he escapes, to stalk and kill the people of his home town. The main action in all of the films takes place on Hallowe'en.

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Creator of the series, and director of the first film Click to show or hide the answer
Antagonist – played by various actors; actually not a major character. Doesn't appear in III: Season of the Witch Click to show or hide the answer
The prime protagonist of the first two films, and of H20: Twenty Years Later – played by Jamie Lee Curtis (her first acting role) Click to show or hide the answer
The psychiatrist who treats Myers – played by Donald Pleasence in the original series, and Malcolm McDowell in the Rob Zombie versions – named after Marion Crane's boyfriend in Hitchcock's Psycho Click to show or hide the answer
Fictional Illinois city that provides the main setting – same name as a real town in New Jersey Click to show or hide the answer

Carpenter seems to have washed his hands of this series after the first film; each subsequent film in the series had a different director, except for the 2007 remake and its 2009 sequel which were directed by Rob Zombie – real name Robert Bartleh (sic) Cummings.

The Canadian actor Michael 'Mike' Myers was born in 1963 and began appearing on television as a stand–up comedian in the mid–80s, before finding fame in 1992 with the release of Wayne's World. Since his fictional namesake was created before he was even slightly famous, there is surely nothing more than coincidence in the fact that they share a name. I can find no evidence that there is, but can't help wondering if he ever considered adopting a professional name. Rather oddly, it's a question that no interviewer seems to have asked him.

National Lampoon

Wikipedia lists over 40 National Lampoon films, as well as 11 made–for–TV movies and 22 video releases. The first seven were produced between 1978 and 1989; they were made as spin–offs from the original National Lampoon magazine, written by some of the magazine's creative staff, and cast using some of the same actors that performed in The National Lampoon Radio Hour and the stage show National Lampoon's Lemmings. Wikipedia says, in as many words, that only these seven are true National Lampoon vehicles; later films, starting with National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) have no real connection to the magazine, but were essentially cashing in on the success of those that did – the name apparently being available for license on a one–off basis.

In view of all this, and because I don't ever remember hearing a quiz question about any National Lampoon film other than those first seven, these are the only ones that get a mention here.

The first National Lampoon film was actually a made–for–TV movie called Disco Beaver from Outer Space, broadcast in 1978. It was the first cinema release, made on a ridiculously low budget, that established the franchise as "a brand name above nearly all others in comedy".

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National Lampoon's Joy of Sex was inspired by the sex manual Joy of Sex by Dr. Alex Comfort. According to Wikipedia, "Paramount Pictures paid a great amount of money to secure the rights to Alex Comfort's sex manual just so they could use the title, which they found to be highly commercial." Apart from this, the film seems to have little in common with Dr. Comfort's book. John Belushi (see below) was originally supposed to star, but he died before filming began. A plan to have John Hughes (writer of the Vacation scripts) write the script seems to have fallen through, leaving the film with very little in common with the other ones listed above.

Starred in National Lampoon's Animal House as John 'Bluto' Blutarsky – a drunken degenerate in his seventh year of college Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared in National Lampoon's Animal House as Professor Dave Jennings – a bored English professor who tries to convert his students to left–wing politics and marijuana Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in the Vacation films as Clark Griswold – the father of the featured family Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in the Vacation films as Ellen Griswold – the mother of the featured family Click to show or hide the answer

Superman

See also Batman vs. Superman (2016).

The first Superman film, now long forgotten, was Superman and the Mole Men (1951). The series really took off in 1978:

Year Title Subtitle
1978 Superman    
1980 Superman II    
1983 Superman III    
1987 Superman IV Click to show or hide the answer

Clark Kent / Superman Click to show or hide the answer
Superman's father, Jor–El (in the 1978 original) Click to show or hide the answer
Lex Luthor (in the 1978 original) Click to show or hide the answer

There was a spin–off in 1984:

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Kara Zor–El / Supergirl Click to show or hide the answer
Selena, "a power–hungry would–be witch" Click to show or hide the answer

Christopher Reeve turned down the opportunity to make a cameo appearance in Supergirl. Demi Moore turned down the role of Lucy Lane, younger sister of Lois Lane, who befriends Supergirl following her arrival on Earth.  Marc McClure played Clark Kent's young photojournalist colleague Jimmy Olsen, and is the only actor to appear in all five Superman films from the Christopher Reeve era.

Superman IV was a commercial flop, and tragedy struck Christopher Reeve in 1995 when a horse–riding accident left him a quadraplegic; he died in 2004. The next Superman film was:

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Clark Kent / Superman Click to show or hide the answer

Following the success of the Dark Knight trilogy (featuring Batman), Superman returned to the cinema in:

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Clark Kent / Superman Click to show or hide the answer

Alien

Alien was conceived by writer Dan O'Bannon as a development of some of the ideas he had used in Dark Star (1974), a comic science fiction film directed by John Carpenter.

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Details of the original (1979) film:

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Name of the spaceship Click to show or hide the answer
Ellen Ripley, Warrant Officer of the Nostromo Click to show or hide the answer
Brett, the Engineering Technician Click to show or hide the answer
Kane, the Executive Officer who becomes the host for the Alien Click to show or hide the answer
Ash, the ship's Science Officer who is revealed to be an android Click to show or hide the answer
Parker, the Chief Engineer Click to show or hide the answer

The British entertainer Percy Edwards provided vocal effects for the alien and the "facehugger".

Ripley is the only member of the Nostromo's crew to survive the events of the first film, and the only cast member to reappear in the second and subsequent films. At the end of the first film she puts herself into "stasis" for the return trip to Earth, arriving 57 years later. She is the undisputed star of the three sequels.

The only other notable detail of Aliens (in quizzing terms) is:

Director Click to show or hide the answer

Notable appearances in Alien 3:

Jonathan Clemens – a former inmate of the Fiorina 'Fury' 161 penal colony, who now serves as its doctor Click to show or hide the answer
Harold Andrews – warden of the penal colony Click to show or hide the answer
David – an inmate smarter than most who is killed by the creature in the bait–and–chase sequence Click to show or hide the answer
Golic – a mass murderer and outcast amongst the prison population Click to show or hide the answer

Notable appearances in Alien Resurrection:

Annalee Call – the newest crew member of the Betty, who turns out to be a synthetic Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Jonathan Gediman – one of the scientists involved in cloning Ripley and studying the Aliens Click to show or hide the answer

Brad Dourif's claims to fame include the parts of Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Chucky in the Child's Play franchise.

Star Trek

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The first six films feature the cast and characters from the original TV series; the next four feature those from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Star Trek (2009) features characters from the original series played by a new cast, including Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Friday the 13th

The Friday the 13th franchise was created to cash in on the success of Halloween. Its principal character is Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake because the two responsible members of staff were having sex at the time. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be "cursed" and is the setting for a series of mass murders. Jason (who turns out not to have drowned after all) features in all of the films, as either the killer or the motivation for the killings.

As the following table shows, there was a lucrative market for this franchise in the 1980s.

1980 Friday the 13th
1981 Friday the 13th Part 2
1982 Friday the 13th Part III
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Freddy vs. Jason is a crossover between Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street.

According to Wikipedia, "the 2009 film was originally conceived as an origin story, but the project evolved into a re–imagining of the first four Friday the 13th films."

Friday the 13th rarely comes up in quizzes; none of the actors, directors or writers involved seems to have done much else of note, and even Jason doesn't seem to have the cachet of (say) Michael Myers or Freddie Krueger. I include it here for completeness.

Indiana Jones

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The first film is set in 1936; the second is a prequel, set in 1935. The third has a "prologue" set in 1912, with Jones as a 13–year–old, but the main action takes place in 1938. The fourth is set in 1958, with Jones as a veteran.

Creator of Indiana Jones Click to show or hide the answer
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Indiana Jones's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Henry 'Indiana' Jones (archaeologist) Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Marcus Brody, museum curator (in Raiders and Last Crusade) Click to show or hide the answer
Sallah, the charismatic Arab excavator (in Raiders and Last Crusade) Click to show or hide the answer
Henry Jones, Sr. – Indiana's father – in the prologue to Last Crusade Click to show or hide the answer
Mutt Williams (who turns out to have been born Henry Jones III – Indiana's son), in Kingdom Click to show or hide the answer
Soviet agent Irina Spalko, in Kingdom Click to show or hide the answer
George "Mac" McHale – a British agent whom Jones worked alongside in World War II, but has now allied with the Russians to resolve financial problems – in Kingdom Click to show or hide the answer
Harold "Ox" Oxley, Mutt's surrogate father and Indiana's old friend – in Kingdom Click to show or hide the answer
Dean Charles Stanforth, an academic colleague and friend of Jones, in Kingdom – a replacement for Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott died in 1992) Click to show or hide the answer

The Indiana Jones franchise has been owned by Disney since its takeover of Lucasfilm in 2012.

Rambo

1982 Click to show or hide the answer
1985 Click to show or hide the answer
1988 Click to show or hide the answer
2008 Click to show or hide the answer

Rambo's first name Click to show or hide the answer
John Rambo Click to show or hide the answer
Rambo's former commanding officer, and mentor – played by Richard Crenna Click to show or hide the answer

Kirk Douglas was supposed to play the part of Sam Trautman, but pulled out on the first day of filming as he was unhappy with the ending of the script.

As of March 2015, Stallone is believed to be working on a fifth film – Rambo: Last Blood.

Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street is the last of the three major 'slasher' franchises featured on this page (see Halloween and Friday the 13th).

1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street  
1985 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Click to show or hide the answer
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Click to show or hide the answer
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Click to show or hide the answer
1989 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Click to show or hide the answer
1991   Click to show or hide the answer
1994   Click to show or hide the answer
2003   Click to show or hide the answer
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street  

Freddy vs. Jason is a crossover between Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th.

The 2010 film is a remake of the original (1984) film.

Writer and director of the original Nightmare on Elm Street film (died 2015) Click to show or hide the answer
The main antagonist: a burnt serial killer who uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the real world as well Click to show or hide the answer
Played Freddy up to and including Freddy vs. Jason Click to show or hide the answer
The main protagonist, in the original film (and some sequels) – played by Heather Langenkamp  Click to show or hide the answer
Made his film debut in the original (1984) Nightmare on Elm Street as Nancy's boyfriend Glen Lantz Click to show or hide the answer

The Hannibal Lecter saga

Year Title Lecter
1986 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1991 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
2001 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
2002 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
2007 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

Thomas Harris has written four Hannibal Lecter novels:

Hannibal Rising is a prequel to the previous three novels, telling the story of Lecter's evolution into the infamous cannibalistic serial killer of the previous films and books.

The 1986 film Manhunter was based on Red Dragon and starred Brian Cox (the Scottish actor, not the Lancashire–born Professor of Particle Physics) as Lecter (or Lecktor, as those responsible chose to spell it). It was followed by adaptations of the second and third novels, with Anthony Hopkins as Lecter. It was the multi–Oscar–winning The Silence of the Lambs that brought the series to popular attention.

The 2002 film Red Dragon was a second adaptation of the original Lecter novel – a remake of Manhunter, and (as such) a prequel to the second and third films.

The 2007 film Hannibal Rising is a prequel to all of the previous films, with the French actor Gaspard Ulliel as Lecter.

Lethal Weapon

1987Lethal Weapon
1989Lethal Weapon 2
1992Lethal Weapon 3
1998Lethal Weapon 4

Martin Riggs Click to show or hide the answer
Roger Murtagh Click to show or hide the answer

Die Hard

1988 Die Hard
1990 Die Hard 2
1995 Click to show or hide the answer
2007 Click to show or hide the answer
2013 Click to show or hide the answer

John McClane – a "foul–mouthed, wisecracking, no–nonsense New York cop with an itchy trigger finger ... and a never–say–die maverick spirit." Click to show or hide the answer

Batman

See also Batman vs. Superman (2016).

Batman first appeared on screen in two 15–episode serials: Batman (1943) and Batman and Robin (1949). There was also a film in 1966 – based on the successful television series – starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin the Boy Wonder.

The first two "proper" Batman films were:

1989 Batman
1992 Click to show or hide the answer

Director Click to show or hide the answer
Bruce Wayne / Batman Click to show or hide the answer

The first two films were commercially successful, but the studio (Warner Brothers) was hungry for more money. The third film was:

1995 Click to show or hide the answer

Director Click to show or hide the answer
Bruce Wayne / Batman Click to show or hide the answer
Dick Grayson / Robin the Boy Wonder Click to show or hide the answer
The Riddler Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Chase Meridian, Bruce Wayne's love interest Click to show or hide the answer

Kilmer was unavailable for the next film, which was:

1997 Click to show or hide the answer

Bruce Wayne / Batman Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Freeze Click to show or hide the answer
Poison Ivy Click to show or hide the answer

Although Batman & Robin was a financial success, it was the least successful Batman film to date – both critically and commercially. The next three films – the so–called Dark Knight Trilogy – were:

2005 Click to show or hide the answer
2008 Click to show or hide the answer
2012 Click to show or hide the answer

Director Click to show or hide the answer
Bruce Wayne / Batman Click to show or hide the answer
Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler Click to show or hide the answer

There is no Robin (and no Dick Grayson) in the Dark Knight trilogy.

Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice is scheduled for release in 2016. It will also feature Wonder Woman.

Wallace and Gromit

Creator of Wallace and Gromit Click to show or hide the answer
Production company Click to show or hide the answer

1989 Click to show or hide the answer
1993 Click to show or hide the answer
1995 Click to show or hide the answer
2005 Click to show or hide the answer
2008 Click to show or hide the answer

The Curse of the Were–Rabbit is a feature–length film; all the others are shorts, ranging from 23 to 30 minutes' duration.

Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park was published in 1990, and Universal Studios bought the film rights before it was even published. It is the story of an amusement park populated by genetically–recreated dinosaurs, and its collapse as predicted by an eminent chaos theorist.

Following the success of the film version of Jurassic Park (see below), Crichton was persuaded to write a sequel to the first novel; it was published in 1995 and the film version was released two years later.

1993 Jurassic Park
1997 Click to show or hide the answer
2001 Jurassic Park III

The first two films were directed by Steven Spielberg (and the third by Joe Johnston).

The first film in the series surpassed Spielberg's E.T. the Extra–Terrestrial (1982) to become the highest–grossing film ever. It was overtaken in 1997 by James Cameron's Titanic.

A fourth film was originally scheduled for release in 2005, but has been delayed:

2015 Click to show or hide the answer

The principal stars of the first film were:

Palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant Click to show or hide the answer
Palaeobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler Click to show or hide the answer
Mathematician and chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm Click to show or hide the answer
John Hammond, billionaire CEO of bioengineering company InGen and the creator of Jurassic Park Click to show or hide the answer

Goldblum and Attenborough also starred in The Lost World, and Neill and Dern also starred in the third film (but not The Lost World). Also starring in the first two films were Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards as Hammond's grandchildren, Tim and Alexis ('Lex') Murphy.

Other stars of The Lost World include:

Dr. Sarah Harding, a behavioral palaeontologist and girlfriend of Jeff Goldblum's character Click to show or hide the answer
Nick Van Owen, a documentarian and environmentalist Click to show or hide the answer
Roland Tembo, a big–game hunter from Africa and the leader of his team Click to show or hide the answer

Other stars of Jurassic Park III include:

Paul Kirby, the owner of a hardware store who poses as a wealthy businessman in order to lure Grant into helping search for his 12–year–old son Eric, who is stranded on one of the Jurassic Park islands Click to show or hide the answer

Toy Story

The Toy Story films are produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Disney. The first film in the series was the first feature–length film to be made entirely using computer–generated imagery (CGI).

1995Toy Story
1999Toy Story 2
2010Toy Story 3

Owner of the toys Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Woody, the cowboy Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Buzz Lightyear, the spaceman Click to show or hide the answer
Buzz Lightyear's catchphrase Click to show or hide the answer

Other notable toy characters include Hamm the piggy bank, Rex the dinosaur, Slinky Dog, Jessie the cowgirl (not in the original film), Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and Sarge the army commander (voiced by R. Lee Ermey and based on his role as as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket). In Toy Story 2, one of the main antagonists is Stinky Pete the prospector, voiced by Kelsey Grammer.

There was a spin–off television series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, originally broadcast in 2000 and 2001. The pilot episode was released on video as Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins. In The Adventure Begins, Woody is voiced by Tom Hanks's brother Jim. The Buzz Lightyear film and television series were animated by Disney, as opposed to by Pixar using CGI.

A fourth film is scheduled for release in 2017:

2017Toy Story 4

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible was originally a television series, first shown from 1966 to 1973. It was famous for the opening scene in each episode, in which Jim Phelps (see below) was given his instructions on a reel–to–reel tape recorder, ending with the words "Good luck, Jim. This tape will self–destruct in five seconds." The tape would then be shown to dissolve in smoke, followed by the introductory theme music with its distinctive 5/4 time signature.

The film series was produced by Tom Cruise, who is its unrivalled star.

Year Title   Subtitle
1996 Mission: Impossible
2000 Mission: Impossible II
2006 Mission: Impossible III
2011 Mission: Impossible – Click to show or hide the answer
2015 Mission: Impossible – Click to show or hide the answer

Ethan Hunt, an agent of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) Click to show or hide the answer

Apart from Ethan Hunt, there is only one character that appears in all five films. In the first film he's a relatively minor character, but he has major roles in II and III, and in Rogue Nation, as he develops into Hunt's closest friend and confidant. (In Ghost Protocol he has only a cameo role.) He is:

Luther Stickell Click to show or hide the answer

Notable appearances in individual films:

Jim Phelps, director of the IMF (the role played by Peter Graves in the television series) – in the original film Click to show or hide the answer
"Max" – an arms dealer (in the original film) Click to show or hide the answer
Mission Commander Swanbeck, in II (uncredited) Click to show or hide the answer
William Brandt, Field Operations Director of IMF, in Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation Click to show or hide the answer
Benji Dunn, an IMF technical field agent, in Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation Click to show or hide the answer

Jim Phelps was portrayed in the first film as a traitor, selling the details of government agents to the arms dealer played by Vanessa Redgrave. Peter Graves turned down the role for this reason. This plot twist also upset fans of the television series, as well as other members of the cast (including Greg Morris, who played agent Barney Collier). Graves was also said to have disapproved of the overall nature of the film, which was all about action and adventure, whereas the television series had been more about "mind games". 

Mission: Impossible 5 is scheduled for release in July 2015 and will feature Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg.

Men in Black

Men in Black was originally a comic book series, first published in 1991 by Aircel Comics. Aircel was part of Malibu Comics, which was acquired in 1994 by Marvel Comics.

The genre of Men in Black has been described as "comic science fiction action spy". Its two protagonists, Agent K and Agent J, are members of a top–secret organization whose responsibility is to monitor and police alien activity on Earth.

1997Men in Black
2001Men in Black II
2012Men in Black 3

Agent K (Kevin Brown) Click to show or hide the answer
Agent J (James Edwards III) Click to show or hide the answer
Agent K as a young man (in Men in Black 3) Click to show or hide the answer
Agent J as a child (in Men in Black 3) Click to show or hide the answer

There was an animated television series, Men in Black: The Series, which ran from 1997 to 2001. Neither Jones nor Smith was involved.

American Pie

1999American Pie
2001American Pie 2
2003 Click to show or hide the answer
2012 Click to show or hide the answer

Between Wedding and Reunion there was a series of straight–to–video releases:

American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009)

Noah Levenstein Click to show or hide the answer
Set in (city) Click to show or hide the answer

East Great Falls is based on East Grand Rapids, a suburb of Grand Rapids which is the second largest city in Michigan.

The Matrix

1999 The Matrix
2003 Click to show or hide the answer
2003 Click to show or hide the answer

Written and directed by Click to show or hide the answer
Neo – a computer programmer in Metacortex corporation who moonlights as a hacker Click to show or hide the answer
Morpheus – a human freed from the Matrix Click to show or hide the answer
Morpheus's levitating ship (hovercraft) Click to show or hide the answer
First mate on the Nebuchadnezzar – played by Carrie–Anne Moss Click to show or hide the answer
Sentient "Agent" program of the Matrix, with ambitions to free himself from his duties – played by Hugo Weaving Click to show or hide the answer
Human freed by Morpheus, who regrets taking the red pill and seeks to be returned to the Matrix – played (in the original film) by Joe Pantoliano Click to show or hide the answer
Rebel human – played (in the sequels) by Jada Pinkett Smith Click to show or hide the answer
Cheerful old lady who smokes cigarettes and bakes cookies – a mysterious but powerful figure, who possesses the power of foresight – later revealed to be a sapient program, integral to the Matrix. Played by Gloria Foster in the first two films, and Mary Alice in the third Click to show or hide the answer

X–Men

The X–Men are a mutant human sub–species with superhuman powers. They were introduced by Marvel Comics in 1963. Wikipedia lists ten original members and over 70 later recruits, as well as literally hundreds of other characters in various categories.

2000X–Men
2003 Click to show or hide the answer
2006 Click to show or hide the answer
2009 Click to show or hide the answer
2011 Click to show or hide the answer
2013 Click to show or hide the answer
2014 Click to show or hide the answer

X–Men: First Class focuses on the origins of Professor X and Magneto.

The following appeared in the first three films, and returned in Days of Future Past:

Charles Xavier / Professor X Click to show or hide the answer
Logan (born James Howlett) / Wolverine (also in the two Wolverine films) Click to show or hide the answer
Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Click to show or hide the answer
Ororo Munroe / Storm Click to show or hide the answer

Notable additions to the cast in later films include:

Col. William Stryker (X–2) Click to show or hide the answer
Marie / Rogue (The Last Stand and Days of Future Past) Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Hank McCoy / Beast (The Last Stand) Click to show or hide the answer
Cain Marko / Juggernaut (The Last Stand) Click to show or hide the answer
Victor Creed – Logan's half–brother and fellow soldier, who later became his nemesis Sabretooth (in Origins: Wolverine) Click to show or hide the answer
John Wraith, a teleporting mutant (in Origins: Wolverine) Click to show or hide the answer
Charles Xavier / Professor X (First Class and Days of Future Past) Click to show or hide the answer
Raven Darkholme / Mystique (First Class and Days of Future Past) Click to show or hide the answer

Planned additions to the series are Deadpool (a sequel to Days of Future Past), X–Men: Apocalypse, a spin–off film, Gambit in 2016, and a third Wolverine film in 2017.

Fast and Furious

2001 Click to show or hide the answer
2003 Click to show or hide the answer
2006 Click to show or hide the answer
2009 Click to show or hide the answer
2011 Click to show or hide the answer
2013 Click to show or hide the answer
2015 Click to show or hide the answer

The main stars of the series are:

Brian O'Conner – an undercover Los Angeles detective Click to show or hide the answer
Dominic Toretto – a professional street racer and leader of the hijackers Click to show or hide the answer
Leticia "Letty" Ortiz, Dom's girlfriend and a part of the crew Click to show or hide the answer
Mia Toretto – Dominic's younger sister and Brian's former girlfriend Click to show or hide the answer
Roman Pearce, Brian's childhood friend who is on home confinement after serving time in prison Click to show or hide the answer
Monica Fuentes, a US Customs Service agent working undercover as an aide to Argentinian drug baron Carter Verone Click to show or hide the answer
Tej Parker – an ex–street racer, a race host and a friend of Brian's Click to show or hide the answer
Government bounty hunter Luke Hobbs (American professional wrestler) Click to show or hide the answer

The following table shows which of these actors appear in which film:

 1 23 4 5 6 7
Paul WalkerYes YesNo Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vin DieselYesNo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Michelle RodriguezYes NoNo Yes No Yes Yes
Jordana BrewsterYes NoNo Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tyrese GibsonNoYes No No Yes Yes Yes
Eva MendesNoYes No No Yes No No
Ludacris (Chris Bridges) No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Dwayne JohnsonNoNo No No Yes Yes Yes

Paul Walker was killed in a road accident during the filming of Furious 7. His brothers Caleb and Cody fill in for him in scenes that were shot after his death.

Shrek

2001Shrek
2004Shrek 2
2007 Click to show or hide the answer
2010 Click to show or hide the answer

The following starred (in voice parts) in all four films:

Shrek Click to show or hide the answer
Donkey Click to show or hide the answer
Princess Fiona Click to show or hide the answer

Notable voice parts in one or more of the sequels included:

Voice of Queen Lillian – mother of Princess Fiona (Shrek 2 and the Third, and briefly in Forever After) Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of King Harold – husband of Queen Lillian and father of Princess Fiona (Shrek 2, and briefly in the later sequels) Click to show or hide the answer
Hired by King Harold, in Shrek 2, to assassinate Shrek Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Puss in Boots (in the sequels, and also the prequel – see below) Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Prince Charming, and the narrator, in the sequels Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of the Fairy Godmother, in Shrek 2 Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Doris, the Ugly Stepsister – barmaid at the Poison Apple Pub, who recommends Puss in Boots to King Harold as an ogre killer – in Shrek 2 and Forever After (UK versions) Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Arthur Pendragon, Fiona's cousin (Shrek the Third) Click to show or hide the answer
Captain Hook's singing voice, in Shrek 2 (two separate songs) Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of Captain Hook (in Shrek the Third) Click to show or hide the answer

Shrek Forever After was followed by a prequel, featuring a character that had previously appeared in the three Shrek sequels:

2011 Click to show or hide the answer

As of March 2015, Shrek (including Puss in Boots) is the highest–grossing animated franchise ever, and 10th highest overall.

Jason Bourne

As of March 2015, there have been twelve Jason Bourne novels. The series was created by Robert Ludlum, who wrote three novels:

Year TitleNovel Film
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Click to show or hide the answer 19862004
Click to show or hide the answer 19902007

Ludlum published his last novel in 2000, but wrote no more Bourne novels before his death in 2001. The series was continued by Eric Van Lustbader:

Click to show or hide the answer 20042012
Click to show or hide the answer 20072016
Click to show or hide the answer 2008 
Click to show or hide the answer 2009 
Click to show or hide the answer 2010 
Click to show or hide the answer 2011 
Click to show or hide the answer 2012 
Click to show or hide the answer 2013 
Click to show or hide the answer 2014 

Jason Bourne Click to show or hide the answer
Jason Bourne's real name Click to show or hide the answer

The first Jason Bourne film was a television version of The Bourne Identity, made in 1988 and starring Richard Chamberlain as Jason Bourne.

The film version of The Bourne Identity opens with a man with two gunshot wounds in his back being rescued from the sea by some Italian fishermen. The man turns out to have lost his memory, but takes the name Jason Bourne from one of several American passports that he finds in a safe deposit box, each containing his photograph. Only in The Bourne Ultimatum does he discover his true identity.

The Bourne Ultimatum won three Oscars: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

Matt Damon chose not to appear in the fourth film, which was the first to be based on a Lustbader novel. The film centres instead on Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner – a character that doesn't appear in the novels. Damon is expected to return as Jason Bourne in the fifth film.

Spider–Man

There was a Spider–Man television series which aired in the USA in 1978 and 1979, and the pilot episode was released to cinemas outside the United States. Peter Parker / Spider–Man was played by Nicholas Hammond, whose other claim to fame is that he played Friedrich, the second oldest of the Von Trapp children, in the film version of The Sound of Music.

The first three "proper" Spider–Man films were:

2002Spider–Man
2004Spider–Man 2
2007Spider–Man 3

Director Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Parker / Spider–Man Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Parker's love interest Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer

Reboot

A planned fourth film was cancelled, and the series was "rebooted":

2012 Click to show or hide the answer
2014 Click to show or hide the answer

Director Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Parker / Spider–Man Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Parker's love interest Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer

Ice Age

The films in the Ice Age franchise are computer–animated comedy adventures, telling the story of a group of mammals surviving the Palaeolithic Ice Age.

2002 Ice Age
2006 Click to show or hide the answer
2009 Click to show or hide the answer
2012 Click to show or hide the answer

A fifth film, with (as yet) no title other than Ice Age 5, is scheduled for release in 2016.

Pirates of the Caribbean

2003 Click to show or hide the answer
2006 Click to show or hide the answer
2007 Click to show or hide the answer
2011 Click to show or hide the answer
2017 Click to show or hide the answer

Captain Jack Sparrow Click to show or hide the answer

The title of each film includes "Pirates of the Caribbean"; the titles given in the above table are, strictly speaking, subtitles.

Madagascar

The Madagascar films tell the story of four animals in Central Park Zoo, New York, who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa. They struggle to survive, while attempting to return to New York with the help of a crafty cadre of penguins.

2005 Madagascar
2008 Click to show or hide the answer
2012 Click to show or hide the answer

Alex the lion Click to show or hide the answer
Marty the zebra Click to show or hide the answer
Melman the hypochondriac giraffe Click to show or hide the answer
Gloria the hippopotamus Click to show or hide the answer
King Julien, the ring–tailed lemur, king of the lemurs Click to show or hide the answer
Moto Moto the hippopotamus (Escape 2 Africa) Click to show or hide the answer

The fourth film in the series is regarded as a spin–off:

2014 Click to show or hide the answer

Two "featured" (i.e. not really starring) roles in Penguins of Madagascar:

Classified, the wolf – team leader of the North Wind (an elite undercover inter–species task force) Click to show or hide the answer
Dave, a villainous and disgruntled octopus with the human disguise of Dr. Octavius Brine Click to show or hide the answer

Transformers

The Transformers franchise has a long and complicated history.

The original Transformers were a range of toys that could be transformed from vehicles into robots and vice versa. They originated in Japan and were introduced in 1984 – marketed in the USA and UK by Hasbro. In the same year, Marvel introduced a series of comic books on the Transformers theme, with separate US and UK versions. There was also a television series (The Transformers), which ran from 1984 to 1987. An animated film, based on the television series and entitled The Transformers: The Movie, was released in 1986. Voice actors in the film included Eric Idle, Robert Stack, Casey Kasem (also the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo) and Leonard Nimoy; of these, only Kasem seems to have been in the television series.

This incarnation is now referred to as Generation 1.

Meanwhile, Tonka – an American toy company – introduced GoBots as a rival to Transformers. There was an animated television series entitled Challenge of the GoBots, and a film – GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, released in 1986. Tonka was bought by Hasbro in 1991, and the GoBots "universe" was subsequently incorporated into Transformers.

In 1992 the Transformers television series was relaunched as The Transformers: Generation 2. It was the same series but with a new computer–generated main title sequence, computer–generated scene transitions, and other minor changes. It ran from 1992 to 1994 and was supported by new ranges of toys and comic books.

In 1996 Hasbro launched Transformers: Beast Wars, whose flagship brand was a Canadian–produced television series entitled (somewhat confusingly) Beast Wars: Transformers. This had a sequel entitled Beast Machines, which ran from 1999 to 2000. There was also a Japanese animated film – Beast Wars II: Lio Convoy's Close Call! (the subtitle is alternatively translated as Lio Convoy in Imminent Danger!) – based on the Beast Wars II television series which only aired in Japan.

Various other animated television series, too numerous to mention here, have been aired in Japan.

In the 21st century there have been two computer–animated television series, and there is soon to be a third. Transformers: Animated originally aired on Cartoon Network from 2007 to 2009, and Transformers: Prime on Hub Network (a collaboration between Hasbro and the Discovery network, now known as Discovery Family) from 2010 to 2013. Transformers: Prime concluded with the TV movie that rejoiced in the title Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising – first aired in October 2013. A sequel to Transformers: Prime, entitled Transformers: Robots in Disguise, began airing on the Cartoon Network in March 2015.

The franchise really hit paydirt however with the live action film series:

2007 Transformers
2009 Click to show or hide the answer
2011 Click to show or hide the answer
2014 Click to show or hide the answer

Director Click to show or hide the answer
Executive Producer Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of the Autobots (the good guys) Click to show or hide the answer
Sam Witwicky – a young descendant of an Arctic explorer who stumbled on a big secret which becomes the last hope for Earth – protagonist of the first three films Click to show or hide the answer
Mikaela Banes – a classmate of Sam who assists Sam in his mission by using skills she learned as a juvenile car thief – in the first two films Click to show or hide the answer
Cade Yeager – a single father and struggling inventor, who discovers Optimus Prime and is drawn into the Transformers' war – protagonist of Age of Extinction Click to show or hide the answer
Harold Attinger – a paranoid CIA agent who created the Cemetery Wind to eliminate all Transformers from Earth – in Age of Extinction Click to show or hide the answer

Transformers is the eighth highest–grossing film franchise ever – behind Batman but ahead of Pirates of the Caribbean. With worldwide grosses of over $1 billion, both Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction are (as of March 2015) among the top ten grossing films ever.

The "Twilight Saga"

The Twilight novels were written by Stephenie Meyer.

Book Film Title
2005 2008 Twilight
2006 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
2007 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
2008 Part 1 2011 Click to show or hide the answer
Part 2 2012

The titles of the films (except the first one) were prefixed with "The Twilight Saga".

Bella Swan (the main protagonist) Click to show or hide the answer
Edward Cullen, the telepathic vampire Click to show or hide the answer

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games novels were written by Suzanne Collins.

Book Film Title
2008 2012 The Hunger Games
2009 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
2010 Part 1 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Part 2 2015

As with the Twilight Saga, the titles of the films (except the first one) were prefixed with 'The Hunger Games'.

Katniss Everdeen Click to show or hide the answer
Peeta Mellark Click to show or hide the answer

Batman vs. Superman (2016)

Subtitle Click to show or hide the answer
Bruce Wayne / Batman Click to show or hide the answer
Kal–El / Clark Kent / Superman Click to show or hide the answer
Lois Lane Click to show or hide the answer
Alfred Pennyworth Click to show or hide the answer

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