PT One thing that annoys me about Phantom Menace

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  1. Green Gogol Jedi Knight

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    Hello! There is this one thing that keeps annoying me every time I watch Phantom Menace:

    In the pod race, which is basically a classical chariot race with the horses replaced with reaction engine. So why the hell do we hear the engines make vroom-vroom noise, and going bra-bra-bra? And why do we hear gear changes?

    Every other vehicles in the saga make a believable sound. So why did they suddenly decide to put piston engine sounds for this sequence?
  2. sharkymcshark Jedi Grand Master

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    I took it as a bit of homage to American Graffiti to be honest
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  3. Seagoat Force Ghost

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    Perhaps just for the sake of variation? The sound of Sebulba's pod is one of my favorite sound effects in the saga
  4. Green Gogol Jedi Knight

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    Mmmm, to me that would be like having all the saber fight in the saga making the usual humming sound, and then the one against Darth Maul making metallic clinking sound.
  5. Alexrd Force Ghost

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    So do the podracers. How are engine and gear sounds not believable?
  6. Green Gogol Jedi Knight

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    Piston and gears sound is not believable for a jet engine.
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  7. Orman Tagge Jedi Master

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    Who says they're a jet engine? They could be quantum flux capacitors, or sublight air repulsor engines, or an enteched ion vehicle.

    Point is, it's a fictional technology. Who are we to say it wouldn't make those noises?
  8. Deltron3030 Jedi Knight

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    Same reason we hear jet engine roars in the vacuum of space.

    I guess this might be the first PT criticism of Ben Burtt?
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  9. SlashMan Jedi Grand Master

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    In my mind, all the racers tinkered around with their pods and put in touches of their own; the unusual sound effects gave them their own personality so to speak.
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  10. Seagoat Force Ghost

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    Except in the OT and earlier in TPM we'd already seen lightsabers in action before. We'd never seen podracers prior to the race (and technically Anakin testing his)
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  11. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    This was addressed. Ben Burtt understood that Lucas was going for NASCAR/drag race type vibe and because of the different designs for each pod engine, he and his assistants came up with various sounds to distinguish each one. And as established in ROTJ with the Speeder Bikes, there are different acceleration sounds for when the vehicle is opened up and the accelerator is pushed to the limit.
  12. CT-867-5309 Force Ghost

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    I think the sounds are awesome and a credit to the great Skywalker Sound.

    Yeah, I like realism from time to time, but I'm totally willing to not care when ignoring realism results in something cool that entertains me.
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  13. MOC Yak Face Moderator, Classic Trilogy

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    Reason 1: SW physics.
    Reason 2: GL is a petrolhead.
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  14. Cael-Fenton Force Ghost

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    Those sounds are the reason I still sit through the podrace when watching TPM.
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  15. solo77 Force Ghost

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    One thing that annoys me about Phantom Menace

    Just one? ;)
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  16. deadly jp Jedi Master

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    One thing that annoys me in TPM is jar jar binks.
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  17. solo77 Force Ghost

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    The Phantom Hobbit?
  18. Green Gogol Jedi Knight

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    Yep, mostly just one.
  19. Alexrd Force Ghost

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    Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon.
    Last edited by Alexrd, Aug 8, 2014
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  20. sarlaccsaurs-rex Force Ghost

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    I'm a huge nascar fan and I also like to gamble. So I loved the whole race car vibe to it. Complete with Hutt mobsters fixing bets wattos dice thing etc. The whole thing would of been incredible... if only Anakin was 19 and not 9... YIPHEE!!!!... *Rolls Eyes*
  21. Lulu_Mars Force Ghost

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    My brain just went "Huh?"
    I can't even begin to explain how far removed from my world this is. I've never... Nope, I'm blank. Does not compute!

    Let me just say that Ben Burtt rules, has always ruled and will continue to rule for the rest of eternity.

    A metallic sound for a lightsaber isn't such a bad idea, BTW ;)
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  22. Cael-Fenton Force Ghost

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    See, I always thought the jarring contrast between Anakin's nine-year-old naivete and the tawdry, scummy seediness of the Tatooine racing/gambling culture was (one of) the main point(s) of the whole podracing subplot.
  23. Samwise_Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Because it sounds cool.
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  24. Alexrd Force Ghost

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    9 year old kids can drive and compete in car races. It's not much of a stretch to imagine a kid of the same age with Force powers to drive a pod in a fictional story.
    Last edited by Alexrd, Aug 9, 2014
  25. DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Force Ghost

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    Right, we're talking about someone that is gifted with mystical abilities. It's funny how some people think these characters are real and forget the whole notion of the Force. Why does it matter if a nine year old can race podracers, when you pretty much saw a two foot gremlin levitate a freakin starfighter out of the water?
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