Project 2: Forrest Gump Inspirations


I had a few inspirations for my Forrest Gump project.

Quote 1: I hate space – Gravity (2013)

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Road Runner, Nicola Ginzler

I had my inspirations from my childhood cartoons, such as Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Tom & Jerry. There will always be this scene where an animal will consistently do something, such as running, and does not realize it has run off the cliff. When it finally realizes, it will then drop down from being suspended in midair.

The idea of a cat is also representative. Cats are creatures which are so curious, but as a result they climb trees and get stuck on trees and end up having to meow for help.

I guess it is comical and fun at the same time.


Quote 2: Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads. – Back to the future (1985)

Peter Pan (2003)

My first inspiration originated from Peter Pan (2003 movie adaptation). When the children get sprinkled with fairy dust, they jump off the bed but begin to fall, yet the fairy dust takes effect and they begin to fly. That concept is then adapted onto the car.

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Mario Kart (Nintendo) – Rainbow Road

My second inspiration is derived from Mario kart’s Rainbow road, where roads are disconnected suddenly and the karts fly into the air.


Quote 3: In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this. – The Martian (2015)

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Hippogriff escape scene; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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Aragog; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My first inspiration is derived from Harry Potter, where the large, powerful magical creatures are always the ones saving the main characters, be it Buckbeak the Hippogriff or Aragog the giant spider. They seem to be the backbone of every ‘rescue mission’.

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli.

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Seven Deadly Sins

My next inspiration is from the concept of moving, travelling homes such as in Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle and in Seven Deadly Sins’ house on a pig. It is in the idea that a home is built on a moving object. It is also magical, which enhances the science-to-fantasy aspect of my work.


Quote 4: Wouldst thou like to live deliciously? – The Witch (2015)

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Princess Diaries 1

I wanted my background to emulate richness and royalty, hence taking inspiration from Princess Diaries. Anne Hattaway’s royal life in the palace is the atmosphere of a rich person that I have imagined.

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Hansel and Gretel

My next inspiration is in the idea of something being coated with yummy and attractive looking food. It is referenced from the Witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel. The richness of the food is also played up by its variety, type and quantity.