Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
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In the scene where all the "old" airplanes take off, you can see an old WW2 biplane which the three old geezers fly. The airplane's name is Swordfish, which is the same name as Spike's ship. The biplane was crucial in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, an event which the three geezers also reminisce about.
The mysterious Rasheed is based on the Moroccan guide who accompanied the movie-staff while they were scouting locations.
Delayed two years in the U.S., due to its parallels to 9/11 events.
In the halloween parade you can see Cowboy Andy... I mean Samurai Musashi make a cameo while on a horse.
While there are not as many obvious Lupin references as the tv show, it should be noted that Elektra wears the red jacket prominent in the second series, the freeway scene borrows elements from ep. 155, the background music becomes Lupinesque when Spike fights Elektra with a janitor's mop(the outfit also worn in one of the first series episodes), and Vincent is dressed like Jigen.
The movie playing at the drive-in where Jet and Bob meet is "High Noon".
Much to the chagrin of fellow staff members, half way through production, the movie extended from a ninety minute film, to a two hour film.
In the opening credits, the three US dubbing actors for Cowboy Bebop are shown in animation. The African-American man in headphones singing the line "What's up" is Beau Billingslea, the English voice of Jet Black; the woman in dark top drinking soda on the song line "sweet cakes" is Wendee Lee, the English voice of Faye Valentine; on the line "anyway", the man in sunglasses taking a karate pose is Steve Blum, the English voice of Spike Spiegel.
The movie was banned in Iran & Iraq.
Guest directors include Hiroyuki Okiura and Tensai Okamura, who directed the opening and the "Western film-within-the-film" respectively. Shinichirô Watanabe chose to use guest directors as those sections were quite different from the body of the film; and also because of the time restrictions.
The movie began production as soon as the final episode of tv series was aired in Japan.
The look of Electra Ovilo is based on actress Gina Gershon.
Although having been involved in numerous English dubs for Japanese games, this movie marks the first time voice actor Jennifer Hale has been involved in an anime dub. In a recent interview, she has stated that voicing Electra in the movie is one of her most favorite experiences.
The character, Vincent, is based on singer/song writer Bob Dylan who wrote the song that the title of this film is based.
The animation is sufficiently detailed to identify some of the guns used; the pistol used by Vincent Volaju on the train is identifiable as a Strayer Voigt Infinity, chambered in either .45 ACP or .380 Browning, and the submachine gun fired into the weather control center ceiling by Faye Valentine is identifiable as a Heckler & Koch MP5K, chambered in 9mm. Faye's pistol is a Glock 30: the model number is clearly visible when Faye shoots the game in the arcade. (The Glock 30 is chambered for .45 ACP.) Spike's pistol is a IMI Jericho 941, though the movie does not give enough clues to identify what round the pistol was chambered for. Jet's pistol appears to be a Walther P99, but lack of detail makes identification and chambering difficult.
The Israeli-made Jericho 941 that Spike carries in both the series and the movie came originally in 9mm with a second barrel in .41 AE. However, the .41 AE round failed to catch on and it was discontinued as an option. Later models are available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
The film is set close to 2071. This means the Dr.I Dreidecker seen towards the end is over 150 years old.
In the shots showing the T-shirt salesman, the T-shirt in the very lower left says "Bones", which is the production studio for the movie.
The character Vincent enters a train station witch exists in real live. On the left side, the red logo DB for "Deutsche Bahn" (german railway company) is visible. "Sommerfest im Bohnhof Alexanderplatz" reference to the Alexanderplatz train station in Berlin. It serves normal trains in real live, so the Suspension train is probably inspired by the Wuppertal Suspension Railway.
The arcade Faye confronts Lee Sampson in appears to be related to the carnival seen in Episode #20 Pierrot le Fou.
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