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PT One thing that annoys me about Phantom Menace

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by Green Gogol, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Green Gogol

    Green Gogol Jedi Knight star 1

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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

    sharkymcshark Jedi Knight star 3

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

    Seagoat PT and Music Section Dictator star 5 Staff Member Manager

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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

    Green Gogol Jedi Knight star 1

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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

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

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

    Green Gogol Jedi Knight star 1

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

    Orman Tagge Jedi Knight star 4

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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

    Deltron3030 Jedi Youngling star 1

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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?
     
  9. SlashMan

    SlashMan Jedi Master star 4

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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

    Seagoat PT and Music Section Dictator star 5 Staff Member Manager

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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

    darth-sinister Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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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

    CT-867-5309 Force Ghost star 6

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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.
     
  13. MOC Vober Dand

    MOC Vober Dand Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    Cael-Fenton Jedi Master star 3

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

    solo77 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    One thing that annoys me about Phantom Menace

    Just one? ;)
     
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  16. deadly jp

    deadly jp Jedi Knight star 1

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

    solo77 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    The Phantom Hobbit?
     
  18. Green Gogol

    Green Gogol Jedi Knight star 1

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    Yep, mostly just one.
     
  19. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

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    Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon.
     
  20. sarlaccsaurs-rex

    sarlaccsaurs-rex Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    Lulu Mars Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    Cael-Fenton Jedi Master star 3

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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

    Samwise_Skywalker Jedi Master star 4

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    Because it sounds cool.
     
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  24. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

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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.
     
  25. DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR

    DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Jedi Grand Master star 5

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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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