Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (US CG movie)

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If you waited till the end of the cast at the cinema, you could see Larc~en~Ciel's clip "Spirit Dreams Inside", but only if you saw "Spirits Within" in Japan or US. Bonus wasn't added to European cinema version.

Every Final Fantasy tells a different story but all the game parts have some common symbols which appear also in the movie; e.g. crystals which appeared already in first FF. They are symbols of power and balance in the universe. Thanks to them we can use magic.

Grey has got exactly the same shoes as Squall from Final Fantasy VIII! Look carefully!

The name of the Character General Hein is a reference to Robert A. Heinlein, author of "Starship Troopers".

Aki Ross was named #87 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" list for 2001, and was featured on the cover of the supplemental insert. She is the only nonexistent person to date to make that list.

When Aki Ross is overlooking Old NYC, the map on her wrist computer is an actual map of the streets of New York.

After shooting wrapped, completed scenes were fed to Square Pictures' (more or less) homemade "render farm" (which consists of 960 Pentium III-933MHz workstations) and processed into individual frames. Each frame has twice the resolution of a high-definition TV signal and contains 10 megabytes of data.

The twin towers of the World Trade Center do not appear in any of the New York shots (except in the concept drawings on the DVD).

The Seiko wrist watch worn by Aki Ross (known as the "wrist halo"), which produces the map of NYC, is a digital recreation of an actual Seiko watch made specifically to tie in with the movie. A different design was with numerous cosmetic changes was sold publicly.

The day and month shown after Aki's first dream is director Sakaguchi's wife's birthday.

During the conference scene where Hein and Sid debate how to kill the Phantoms. Some of the faces are in the audience are modeled on behind the scenes personnel.

At one point, it was believed that films like Spirits Within would lead to cg actors being replaced flesh-and-blood ones. But the failure of this film and Al Pacino's "S1m0ne"(which centered specifically on that premise) dashed those studio fantasies.

The total production time on the film was over four years. By the time the final shots were rendered, some of the earlier ones had to be redone because they didn't match anymore. Also, the software used to create them had become more advanced (and hence more detail was possible).

Dr. Aki Ross' hair is only half as dense as the average human crop, however, that still left 60,000 strands to put realistically into motion. When designing the computer graphics, a fifth of the time spent was devoted to those 60,000 hairs.

This was the first Final Fantasy not scored by series composer Nobuo Uematsu, the man behind the music of all ten FF games (excluding Fainaru fantajî takutikkusu, composed by Masanari Iwata/Hitoshi Sakimoto).

The serial number 102171, that's found on the side of the Black Boa, is the birth date of one of the artists who designed and textured the ship.

The Deep Eyes Squadron has four members, a reference to the Final Fantasy game series, where in six of the ten games, you are limited to four people in your team, despite the fact that there are usually more than five characters.

During preproduction, the script went through 50 incarnations. In one such form there was a small child named Meg, who had a much larger part in the overall story. In the final version of the film the fifth spirit was drawn from a terminally ill child. This is the only reference to Meg left in the final version. Other characters that didn't make the final cut include a boy named Daniel and a fifth member of the Deep Eyes Squad called Robert.

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