Guinness World Records have been around since the 1950s, when Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery, argued with friends about what the fastest game bird in Europe was, but couldn't find the answer in a book (it's a golden plover). Guinness World Records, now much more than a book, covers topics far beyond fast feathered friends, and its database of 53,000-plus items includes plenty of records related to film, TV, video games, and other entertainment. And some of them are surprising.
Among the Guinness Word Records for films are things you might expect, like highest-grossing film at the global box office (as of April 2020, that would be Avengers: Endgame, with $2,797,800,564). A less lustrous but sweeter movie milestone is the first film to feature the tossing of a custard pie. (Hint, the movie came out in 1913.)
From MCU blockbusters and Hollywood classics to some truly obscure titles, here are some of the more unusual world records held by movies.
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The 1998 Dreamworks animated film Antz was the first film to "use computer software to simulate the properties of water," said Guinness World Records.
Before Antz, filmmakers had used computers to generate fluid, but the effects "were drawn, frame by frame, using graphics programs." Water-y scenes in the film include an underground flood, condensation on a bottle, and a ride on a raindrop.Surprising record?
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Films in The Lord of the Rings franchise are known for their scenes of mass-scale confrontations, like the Battle of Helm's Deep, featuring what seems like an endless array of participants. According to Guinness World Records, the films featured more than 200,000 fighting characters - thanks to digital technology.
The film's visual-effects creators used software appropriately called "Massive" to create the characters and make them interact in a realistic way.Surprising record?
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In James Cameron's 1997 epic film Titanic, to fully capture all of the giant vessel and the surrounding set on film, the crew used an Akela Camera crane that was modified so it extended 200 feet rather than the usual 80 feet. It holds the record for the largest camera crane used in a movie.Surprising record?
So many fans and media wanted to attend the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 that Warner Bros. set up an extremely long red carpet - 1,492 feet - to accommodate everyone desperate for a glimpse of Danielle Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and the franchise's other stars and author J.K. Rowling.
The carpet stretched from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square.Surprising record?