Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie)

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Winner of the "Best Animation Film Award" at the 9th Animation Kobe (2004)

Justin Leach, who worked on Ice Age, took pictures of locations used for backgrounds in the film.

The 5 minute parade sequence in the middle of the movie took over an year to animate.

All the dogs, pictures of dogs, dog food material show the face of a Basset hound. The dog was nicknamed Gabbo during production, named after Mamoru Oshii's real dog who is named Gabriel. This is one of the signatures of Oshii and is found in all his movies.

All the signs and boards of the cities where Innocence is set are written in Chinese and not Japanese Kanji. This has led to specualtion that the movie is set in Hong Kong. 

As an anachronsim, all the cars in the film have a 40s and a 50s design while everything else is ultra-modern. Mamoru Oshii attributed this to as an autobiographical element in the movie.

Goof: During the forensics examination, one of the computer screens misspells "research" as "RESAERCH".

The language spoken by LocusSolus's mainframe computer regarding security/virus alert is Cantonese.

Batou's access code for his car is 2501, the project number of the Puppet Master in the first Ghost in the Shell movie; this is the recognition code agreed on between Motoko and Batou after her fusion with the Puppet Master and before she disappears. In Innocence, this is how Batou recognizes that the infinite loop he and Togusa are experiencing in the Doll House is a trap – Motoko slips him clues in the hallway, one of which is ‘2501’.

A real music box was used to create the music for the Doll House, using an 80-note disc-playing (as opposed to drum-playing on typical music boxes) machine called “Orpheus”, manufactured by Sankyo Seiki of Japan. The music box was played and recorded in the studio; the recording was then taken to the Oya Stone Museum (a former subterranean stone quarry) where it was played back over a 5.1-speaker setup and re-recorded. The reverberation thus introduced was to mimic the vast expanse of the Doll House in the anime.

While Batou is in the Grocery Shop, as a hooded character walks past Batou, a voice tells him "You have entered the killzone"; that hooded person was in fact Motoko Kusanagi.

Before heading out to the Yakuza headquarters, Batou loads and cocks an FN Minimi machinegun stored in the boot of the car.

One of the minor characters, forensic analyst Ms. Haraway, is a reference to the real-world professor of sociology and biology, Donna Haraway, who is a stern contributor to the whole transhumanism, post-cyberpunk movement. She has been quoted as saying that "I'd rather be a Cyborg, than a Goddess", in reference to her firm belief that in order for women to really liberate themselves from a "patriarchal society", they should devote themselves to technology and its applications and become cyborgs, as a means of separating themselves from men, and the common misconception of "what defines a woman and a female", including the stereotype that what defines a female as a woman is her decision to bear children. Ms. Haraway in the films has no children of her own, and does not facilitate or even comprehend the emotional content that comes with bearing a child; she thus has a rather harsh feminist outlook on child-rearing and childbirth.

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