Film Quiz Friday: Life In Cartoon Motion

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Mario may have gone back to animation from live-action, but this week’s film quiz goes in the opposite direction. 30 more questions for you…

Everybody’s talking about Super Mario Bros at the moment, and we presume you mean the legendary 1993 live-action film starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. Without checking, we’ve also been thinking about the news that Disney is “re-imagining” Moana as a live-action film, and we’ve come up with some questions about other live-action movies based on animated originals.

That aside, there are three rounds altogether, and once you’ve completed them, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. As always, this is just for fun, but please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week) and leave us any other lovely feedback. Let’s-a go!


ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

This round is about UK cinema releases and general film history from this week in years past – we’ve given you the year at the start of each question to help out!

  1. 1994 – “For Harry and Lloyd, every day is a no-brainer” is the tagline of which comedy?
  2. 2011 – The sci-fi action thriller Source Code largely takes place on what mode of transport?
  3. 1964 – Born this week, who plays the Pope’s exorcist in the new horror release, The Pope’s Exorcist?
  4. 1977 – Which musical adaptation of The Wizard Of Oz connects Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Richard Pryor?
  5. 2019 – Mr Susan Link is the title character in which Laika animated film?
  6. 1981 – Which sport features prominently in Chariots Of Fire?
  7. 2000 – Who plays Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich?
  8. 1989 – Also born this week, who connects the 2010s films Baby Driver, Cinderella, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again?
  9. 2003 – In which film does Charlize Theron play serial killer Aileen Wuornos?
  10. 1979 – Back in cinemas this Easter weekend, which comedy ends on the song “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”?


ROUND TWO – From Animation to Live Action

Yabba dabba doo! Here’s 10 questions about live-action movies with either animated source material or a previous animated adaptation… 

  1. Which cybernetic police officer does Matthew Broderick play in a 1999 Disney film of the same name?
  2. Viva Rock Vegas is the sequel to which 1994 comedy?
  3. In which decade is the Transformers prequel Bumblebee set?
  4. What is the name of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character in the Scooby-Doo movies of the 2000s?
  5. Complete the title of the 2001 musical comedy – Josie And The…?
  6. “Watch out for that tree” is a repeated quote from which 1997 Disney film?
  7. Which 1960s anime series inspired a 2008 sports action comedy directed by the Wachowskis?
  8. Which Pokémon character plays Detective in the 2019 film of the same name?
  9. How many live-action Alvin & The Chipmunks movies have been released to date?
  10. Which G.I. Joe character is played by Henry Golding in a 2021 spin-off film of the same name?



Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck movie questions – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!

  1. What word goes before Security, Treasure, and Velvet to make the titles of three different movies?
  2. In which country is 1953’s Roman Holiday set?
  3. Jigsaw and Spiral are both spin-offs from which horror movie franchise?
  4. Who directed the films Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Live By Night?
  5. In Mighty Joe Young, what type of animal is Mighty Joe Young?
  6. Rockatansky is the surname of which franchise’s title character?
  7. Which director was born first – Paul Thomas Anderson or Paul W.S. Anderson?
  8. Which 2007 animated film connects Albert Brooks, Tom Hanks, and Green Day?
  9. Krishna Pandit Bhanji is the real name of which Yorkshire-born, Oscar-winning actor?
  10. And finally, currently at #81 in the all-time worldwide box office, what is the highest-grossing movie whose title begins with the letter V?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page) and let us know your scores in the comments below.

We’ll be back next Friday with another film quiz, but until then, why not catch up with Season 1 of our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, which features Nick Helm asking movie questions and occasionally berating contestants for getting them wrong. Watch this space for news about new episodes, but until then, “keep watching those movies…!”

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