Corpse Bride (2005)

Some props from the 2005 Tim Burton / Mike Johnson film “Corpse Bride” can be found on display at Warner Bros. Studio as part of their studio tour. Here are miniatures of the characters in the film, along with some behind the scenes photos of the filmmakers using them in the film.

LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the 2017 live action adaption of the classic manga “Ghost In The Shell,” Major Mira Killian, played by Scarlett Johansson, rides this motorcycle as she searches for Hideo Kuze. The motorcycle is a custom Honda, inspired by the original manga. It could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Green Hornet

The car from the TV series “The Green Hornet,” starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee, could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.  The TV series ran for just one season, from 1966 to 1967. The car, a 1966 Black Beauty, was a specially modified 1966 Chrysler Imperial. It was driven during filming by Bruce Lee, serving as the crime-fighting team’s transportation.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Terminator: Salvation (2009)

Props from the 2009 sequel “Terminator: Salvation” could be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.  Here is the 2017 Skynet Moto-Terminator bike seen in the film.  It is an autonomous, weaponized motocycle, which John Conner, played by Christian Bale, sets a trap to capture.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Here is a model of a T-800 Terminator used in the film.

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Tron: Legacy (2010)

Props from the 2010 sci-fi action sequel “Tron: Legacy” could be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.  Here is the actual Flynn’s Arcade sign featured in the film, as well as a full-scale model of one of the light cycles.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Here’s a closer look at the light cycle.

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Here is the suit worn by Clu in the film.

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On the left is an identity disc, which holds a program’s history and digital DNA, as well as being used as a weapon in the Game Grid.  To the right is an Encom 786 light cycle model set.  In the back is a baton and case, which when pulled apart, becomes the handles for a light cycle.

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Related articles: Tron (1982)

I, Robot (2004)

In the 2004 sci-fi action film “I, Robot,” Detective Del Spooner, played by Will Smith, is attacked by robots while he is driving this Audi RSQ.  Specifically developed for the film, the vehicle could be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Simpsons

While it’s obvious that an animated show such as “The Simpsons” does not have any actual filming locations, there are a few real world replicas that do a good job of recreating the town of Springfield.

A full scale recreation of The Simpsons house was built in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas.  The house was designed to be an exact replica, with the builders studying over 100 episodes for the series in an attempt to match every detail.  When the house was first unveiled, it was painted in the same colors as the show.  The home was built as part of a promotional contest in 1997 from the TV network, where the winner could choose between having the house or the cash value of the property at the time, $75,000.  The winner ended up choosing the latter and the home unfortunately went up for sale and became just another private home.  There is even an image of Homer by series creator Matt Groening drawn into the cement of the sidewalk leading to the front door.  If only a fan with more enthusiasm for the show had won, the home could have been turned into a tourist attraction for fans to come and visit.  Nevertheless, looking at the outer facade of the home, you can still see the resemblance to the cartoon.

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LOCATION: 712 Red Bark Ln, Henderson, NV 89011

Something much better suited for fans of the show is the Springfield area of Universal Studios Hollywood.  Many recreations of the show exist there, in the form of restaurants, rides and stores.  Here is a sign welcoming guests to Springfield.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Here is Moe’s Tavern, with the Springfield sign and power plant in the background.

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Here is Barney inside Moe’s Tavern, looking for a refill.

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Here is the Kwik-E-Mart.

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Millhouse is outside enjoying a beverage.

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Krusty Buger.

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Lard Lad Donuts, the mascot for which is something of a hybrid between Bob’s Big Boy and Randy’s Donuts.

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Here is the Springfield Police Station, where Eddie and Lou keep an eye on things.

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Meanwhile, Snake is escaping the jail directly above them.

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Nearby, Chief Wiggum has crashed his police car into a pole.

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Here is the Springfield Department of Motor Vehicles, where Patty and Selma work.

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Here is the office of Dr. Nick Riviera.

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Disco Stu has closed up shop due to an injury.

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Krustyland, where The Simpsons Ride is located.

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Cletus is running a chicken restaurant.

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Here’s a Duff’s hot dog shop, with the brewery in the background.

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Last, but not least, we leave you with the Bumblebee Man’s taco truck.

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U2 – The Joshua Tree

The cover to the classic U2 album “The Joshua Tree” was taken by photographer turned acclaimed director Anton Corbijn at the famous Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.  In December of 1986, Corbijn and the band set out on a trip lasting several days across the Mojave Desert, where they visited multiple locations for their photo shoots.  Ultimately, a shot of the band standing in front of Zabriske Point was chosen as the cover image.

“The Joshua Tree” of course is not the only project connected to the location.  The 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni film of the same name, “Zabriskie Point,” staged an orgy scene at the site.  Scenes from the TV series “The Mandalorean” also shot there.  Philosopher Michel Foucault notably called his 1975 acid trip at Zabriskie Point the greatest experience of his life.

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LOCATION: Zabriskie Point, CA-190, Furnace Creek, CA 92328 (GPS coordinates: 36°25′12″N 116°48′40″W)