Heads-UP #36: From Fruity Sound Effects to Tiggers And Bears

Roll up, roll up, this week we take you behind the scenes of our most beloved films and TV shows. We discover that green screens aren’t just green for the bants, the mafia is truly everywhere and that sound effects truly are a unique craft.

  • Paul Winchell, the voice of Tigger in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, invented an artificial heart – Andrea
  • The Ralph Lauren Polo Bear was originally a gift from the design team to Ralph himself. When the bear immediately sold out on release day, he decided to put it on a jumper. – Bill
  • In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the sound effects for the famous shower scene were actually created by repeatedly stabbing a casaba melon. – Krish
  • The word “mafia” is never mentioned in the film version of the Godfather… because the actual mafia demanded it. – Myriam

  • Green screens are green because it doesn’t match any of the natural skin tone colours of performers so they won’t be accidentally edited out. – Lynn
  • Consuming @Oreo fires up more of the brain’s pleasure centre neurons than injections of cocaine and morphine can do – Laurent
  • The dots over “i” and “j” are called tittle. – Cécile
  • The toy Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. – Ayesha


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