Written by Joshua Griffin
Many of you have asked for us to post a definitive list of
cameos and hidden images in The Phantom Menace. Well, here
it is, complete with screenshots (where available) and
directions to help you find the subliminal images, cameos
and hidden objects tucked away within the recesses of
Luke Wallace has graciously arranged this section into general cameos and then chronological order.
You'll notice the navigation at the bottom of the page has also changed significantly as well. Enjoy the
enhanced format! Click on any of the sections of the movie to find cameos that take place there, or print out the entire
feature and check them off as they happen!
So here's the revised list, and feel free to
any more we may have overlooked:
General Cameos and Hidden Images
QUI-GON's Cloak in ANH?
This one is more difficult to confirm, but fun to be put up
for everyone to evaluate for themselves. Understand that we
have asked some of our folks in the know about this item,
but either they refused to comment or just didn't know of
this particular occurance. In fact, this could even be
completely unintentional. Watch your Star Wars: A New Hope
video again, and look in Old Ben's hovel, in the second
scene with the holographic Leia. There's something that
looks exactly like the wool poncho Qui-Gon wears on Tatooine
is draped over a chair.
No, it is not Luke's; he
doesn't put one on till later. Kudos to the costumers if
the link is intentional, which I feel it may be. Many
people have wondered why there is no trace of Qui-Gon Jinn
in the original trilogy (apart from the fact that he was not
yet a twinkle in George Lucas' eye) -- this may be one small
sign that he is gone, but not forgotten. Here's a screenshot
from TPM and ANH, showing OBI-WAN's house and a still of
QUI-GON. Interesting fodder for the speculation and an amazing
if true hidden image.
we should definitely watch the classic trilogy with our eyes
Luke's Landspeeder in TPM!
John Knoll revealed at the Denver Celebration that the
landspeeder seen briefly in the Phantom Menace is actually
Luke's speeder from A New Hope repainted green.
ILMers are the Naboo Guards
In many of the shots where you see the Naboo guards standing
at attention in the background, you may notice that they start
to look familiar. No, it's not because they are famous people.
It's that they are the same people...again and again. First
signs of the Clone Wars? Not exactly. The "actors" playing the
background guards are in actuality ILM technical directors who
composited themselves into the shots, in some cases several
times over. ILM employees are often filmed as insert elements
to fill up scenes in movies that ILM is working on. In addition
to incidental Naboo guards, most of the shots of the people in
the stands at the pod race in Episode I are ILM employees as well.
More LFL Cameos
Kelly tells us of this cameo. I don't remember seeing this in the
film, but it's documented on the Topps trading cards for TPM. On
card #79 in Series 2 on the back it shows the following guys in their
costumes on the Theed set in a mug shot for the camera, not an actual
scene from the film. Below is the exact text from the card. We're
working on getting a scan of this pronto.
"Left to right: Bob Woods (Star Wars Galaxy Collector editor), Ira
Friedman (Topps publisher), Robri Eiba (Official Star Wars Magazine,
German Edition), and Steve Sansweet (Lucasfilm); all were cast as Theed
Lucas Daughter Does Voice of Tey How
If you watch the end credits of TPM, one of the Neimoidians'
voices is credited to "Tyger." When Lucas did the Rosie O'Donnell
appearance in May, the opening audience participation intro
was done by a girl calling herself Tyger, who turned out to be
none other than Lucas' oldest daughter!
Warwick Davis as Weasel
Warwick Davis makes an appearance in TPM for many characters,
and interestingly enough, they all start with the letter "W".
One of them looks very similar to his alter-ego Willow, a
character from another project. However, this character is named
"Weasel" one of several characters he plays in the movie.
Actual Items used as props in TPM - can you find them?
A deepfat fryer, toaster, Hewlett-Packard Inkjet cartridges,
dustbuster, inflatable life boat, leafblower, ladies razor, foot
massager, tackle box, underground septic tank and a 1-man street
cleaning machine. Of course, you know we will be adding to this
list as we confirm more ...
On to Page Two ...
Introduction and General Cameos | The Jedi Arrive | The Palace Walls | Arrival on Tatooine | Visit the Junkyard | Anakin's House | Pod Race Hangar | Aurra Sing at the Races | After the Pod Race | Naboo | The Galactic Senate | Battles | Celebration and Credits | Untrue Cameos