M1+2 Translation Update (Jan. 29)
A good while back, my girlfriend and I decided for some bizarre reason to watch the movie Leprechaun. As the movie started, we noticed things that really reminded us of EarthBound stuff. As the movie went along, it sort of turned into a “hey, that’s EarthBoundy too!” game. When all was said and done, trying to spot these similarities made the otherwise laughably meh movie a little more entertaining. So I thought I’d showcase a few of these similarities here on EB Central today.
Just in case people get the wrong idea, I’m not saying EarthBound or MOTHER 3 or anything was inspired by this movie, or the other way around. That would be insane. These are just amusing coincidences in an old movie that predates those games 😛
Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, you might find this movie on TV today. If you do, see what other connections you can find! It’s a game! Or, if you’re crazy enough, you can the DVD off Amazon for like six dollars.
Alright, on with the show!
Here’s the title. I figured I’d just put it here to get started. By the way, this movie was one of Jennifer Aniston’s first roles. Funny how they stick her face on the box cover now that she’s famous 😛
Early on, we meet Pokey! Okay, it’s not Pokey, but close enough. Also, you may remember this guy as the jerk rich guy from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Fake Pokey talks here about seeing flying saucers and stuff. Okay, whatever, Pokey.
What the hell?! He’s friends with Lucas?!
Fake Lucas even has a red cap and a slingshot! Well, his hair color is more like Claus’, but whatever.
A little while later, we see that Pokey’s been painting the house blue. He even turns himself blue a little bit 😛
After Pokey finds the Leprechaun in the basement, Fake Kevin Bacon equips himself with a stick. Offense +5!
They all go into the basement, only to find… a rat! Reminded me of EarthBound Zero and Ninten’s basement.
After the basement adventure, Pokey sees a rainbow! How does that Pollyanna song go? “…I believe there’s a pot of gold at every rainbow’s end…”?
Anyway, Pokey and Lucas follow the rainbow and find this truck at the rainbow’s end. Inside… they find gold of course 😛
After they find a bag of gold, Pokey and Lucas are like, “We gotta hide this! Let’s hide it in the well!” Reminded me a lot of Butch hiding his newfound sack of money in the well in MOTHER 3.
Pokey and Lucas take a gold coin to a collector to have it looked at. While he’s closing up shop, the Leprechaun appears! Oh no!
The Leprechaun takes out a pogo stick and attacks the collector guy! Mortal damage to collector’s ribcage! That leprechaun, what a pogo punk!
On his way back to the house, the leprechaun gets pulled over by a cop. (yes I just wrote that wtf) The cop is like, “Hey, you! You know you shouldn’t be out here!” And then a fight ensues between them, with the miniscule leprechaun soundly defeating the cop. This was a stretch, but it did remind me very slightly of when Ness comes out of Giant Step and the cop is like, “Hey, you!” and then Ness beats all the cops up. Except Ness didn’t kill the cops and do eyeball transplants.
Back at the house, the leprechaun says boo a lot and scares everyone. Fake Kevin Bacon goes outside to find him… only to get caught in a stupid-ass trap! This one is exactly like the one in the scene with Kumatora in MOTHER 3. And whereas Kumatora planned to cut her foot off to get out of it, the leprechaun plans to cut this guy’s foot off for him with a hatchet.
Just then, everyone rushes out of the house to help Kevin Bacon. Jennifer Aniston equips a big stick and attacks!
Actually, this whole little scene is really cool and I wish I knew how to capture video from a DVD, because this scene flows exactly how an EarthBound battle would look in real life. I wanted to make a video showing it, with the battle text box and everything. If you have the DVD or see it on TV, try to follow along, you’ll see it matches really well:
- The Leprechaun suddenly attacks!
- Pokey is calling for help!
- The Leprechaun is biting!
- Lucas bashes with a rock! 28 HP of damage to the Leprechaun!
- Kevin Bacon bashes with a flashlight! 20 HP of damage to the Leprechaun!
- Jennifer Aniston equips the Big Stick and attacks! 5 HP of damage to the Leprechaun!
I liked this because it looked like how a fight in EarthBound might look in real life. It only lasts for like 20 seconds though. Then they get a shotgun 😛
Later on, the leprechaun gets into a fridge. It doesn’t fly though. Indiana Jones did the whole flying fridge, though.
Then the leprechaun comes down the fireplace. Reminded me a tiny bit of Osohe Castle 😛
Lucas equips the Metal Bat! Offense +50!
The leprechaun acts like a punk on a skateboard!
Jennifer Aniston visits the old folks’ home for help.
What should she find there but an old green thing in a wheelchair! Okay, a real stretch, but reminded me of the sh-shave your game, shonny retirement home frog 😛
At the end, Lucas slingshots the leprechaun with a four-leaf clover stuck to some gum.
Unrelated bonus! His one-liner: “Fuck you, Lucky Charms!”
Oh yeah, did I mention this all takes place in North Dakota? Mr. Saturn was trying to warn us of the leprechaun after all!
Anyway, this is all just fun nonsense, it’s not supposed to be taken seriously. Some of these things were pretty big stretches, and I skipped a lot of the REALLY “that’s trying too hard” things, but maybe on a boring Sunday or something and you see the movie on TV, give it a watch and see what stuff you can find. Maybe try it with any movie that’s bad, it really does make bad movies a little more fun 😛
We went on to watch all the other Leprechaun movies. They all suck. Except for – and I’m 100% serious – Leprechaun in the Hood. That was actually quite good 😯
Anyway, hope you’re wearing green and getting boozed today! I mean coffeed!
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