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Greg Anderson
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 - posted 01-08-2001 02:39 PM      Profile for Greg Anderson   Author's Homepage   Email Greg Anderson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Okay... this thread may contain mild "spoilers" about Cast Away so turn away now if you must.

At the end of the movie, there's a typical notice that no animals were harmed in any way for the production of the motion picture. So am I to believe that Stan Winston (or someone as good as him) created mechanical crabs and fish for the scenes in which Tom Hanks' character is hunting, killing and/or eating them? Or does the Humane Society notice only apply to mammals?


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Scott Norwood
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 - posted 01-08-2001 03:24 PM      Profile for Scott Norwood   Author's Homepage   Email Scott Norwood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Check out what the disclaimer at the end of "State and Main" has to say about this matter...

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Rachel Kovacs
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 - posted 01-17-2001 10:35 AM      Profile for Rachel Kovacs   Email Rachel Kovacs   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Or Dungeons and Dragons.
("No dragons were harmed in the making of this motion picture...")

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Aaron Mehocic
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 - posted 01-17-2001 10:45 AM      Profile for Aaron Mehocic   Email Aaron Mehocic   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I think these disclaimers are stupid. They are only on there because shallow movie stars like Alicia Silverstone, Rosie O'Donell, and Ahman ( or how ever you spell her name), are card carrying members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Now don't get me wrong, I'd hate to see somebody club a dog, cat, horse, whatever, for someone's viewing pleasure, but total protection of all species by moviemakers is absurd. As for these thespians, if they had any idea about sound wildlife management, they wouldn't be too quick to scream about rabbit hunting, K-mart selling guns, and people wearing fur coats. Hell, half the wild fur harvested in the United States is sent to former Communist nations in Eastern Europe anyway. (But I'll bet you didn't know that PETA!)

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Jesse Skeen
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 - posted 01-18-2001 07:36 AM      Profile for Jesse Skeen   Email Jesse Skeen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The first movie I saw that message used on was "Re-Animator", which was a bit reassuring if you've seen the film!
"In the Mouth of Madness" follows the "No animals harmed" message with something like "Human activity was supervised by (somebody), casualties were high."

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Randy Stankey
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 - posted 01-18-2001 03:41 PM      Profile for Randy Stankey   Email Randy Stankey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I think I've seen the "No animals harmed" message on movies that don't even have any animals in them! I think that message is just "boilerplate" anymore.

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Scott Norwood
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 - posted 01-18-2001 06:19 PM      Profile for Scott Norwood   Author's Homepage   Email Scott Norwood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So, umm...what if they actually _do_ harm the animals while filming? Presumably, this could happen by accident even under the best of circumstances. Do they just omit the disclaimer entirely? Or is there a different disclaimer that is used in these cases?

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