What do you get when you mix a big database for movies and geeky movie fans?
You get an interesting list of characters you sometimes never heard of before.
For me, the Internet Movie Database, or IMDB, is one of the most important information ressource when it comes to movies or actors. I am quite sure that nothing else in the big wide net will come close to this vast amount of data. The best thing of course is the fact, that the team is not standing still. Some months ago (or weeks?) they added a new feature to the site: the character pages. This means, if you wanna know in which movies James Bond was a part of, now you can look. Moreover, it seems that those character pages incororate some sort of wikipedia spirit since users can add character pages. IMDB by everyone for everyone you might think.
Well, this is where some minor problems kick in, best shown with a comparison.
First let’s look to the starting ten movie entries in the database:
- Carmencita (1894)
- Le Clown et ses chiens (1892)
- Pauvre Pierrot(1892)
- Un bon cock (1892)
- Blacksmith Scene (1893)
- Chinese Opium Den (1894)
- Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)
- Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
- Miss Jerry (1894)
- La Sortie des usines Lumiere (1895)
Here are the first ten entries of the character pages:
- Jesse James
- Han Solo (Star Wars)
- Mace Windu (Star Wars)
- Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
- DarthVader (Star Wars)
- Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars)
- James Bond
- Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars)
- Atton Rand (Star Wars)
- Visas Marr (Star Wars)
I think you see the diffference between those two lists. The first one is more or less linear at the beginning, starting with the obvious first movies or “shorts”. The charater pages are mostly filled with Star Wars Figures.
Now don’t get me wrong but I think this is simply crazy. This was not done by a movie geek or a Star Wars fan but one or more Star wars fanboys who dress like Luke Skywalker and can’t sleep without their wooden laser sword, isn’t it? At least they had the mercy to put James Bond to its 007 spot in the line. Moreover the list gets really silly in the last two entries of the ten. Who the heck are Atton Rand and Visas Marr? It seems they only played some roles in video games…
Of course, Star Wars is important for many people, but I think that in the long history of movies there are some characters that are more important than video game figures.
One big question nevertheless remains. Where are Luke Skywalker and Yoda?
Well Yoda is on the 15th place. And Luke? He is on the spot number 273! It seems someone forgot him when he was adding those video game characters. Or is Luke Skywalker being hated by most Star Wars fans?
Nevertheless there is even a bigger problem: am I crazy since I blog about a list order no one else really cares about? Or am I simply tired?
I really hope it is the latter one.