Island Extras: Desktop Wallpaper & Printable Poster
The greatest filmmaker of all time has come out of hiding, and he needs your help to make his masterpiece. But will you be producing the next big blockbuster, or is there trouble in tinseltown? From the first frame to the final cut, it’s lights, camera, action!
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- Back Lot Island is Poptropica’s 34th island. The name of the island was leaked early, on March 8, 2013, by a Creators’ Blog post that was quickly replaced, and the leaked post was re-published on March 21. The countdown began on April 3 and the island launched for members on April 4. The login screen featured a director calling “Action!” followed by several Poptropicans (including Kirk Strayer) running across the screen. There was a demo available, and the island opened to non-members on April 25, 2013 at 2pm EST.
- *Starting from April 2013, a photo booth where you could get a picture with famed Back Lot Island movie star Kirk Strayer appeared on many islands such as Night Watch. Despite the epic preview images, there was only one outcome – your excited Poptropican smiling with a bored Kirk Strayer looking at his phone. This photo is added to your Photo Album.
- Common room: Celebrity Wax Museum (parody of the Hollywood Wax Museum)
- The Celebrity Wax Museum has wax statues of Elvis Presley (2nd floor, left), Groucho Marx (2nd floor, right – this statue’s eyes follow your mouse and occasionally winks!), Marilyn Monroe (3rd floor, right), and Audrey Hepburn (3rd floor, left).
- You can enter Kirk Strayer’s trailer, although this is optional. Inside, you’ll find dummies you can Costumize from (including an Indiana Jones-like costume), as well as Kirk’s awards (presumably Oscars).
- You can put makeup on your Poptropican’s face in Soundbooth 3.
- The golden statuettes in the Celebrity Wax Museum are similar to the Academy Awards (Oscars).
- The plot about the famous director Carson Willis sneaking into an abandoned lot to make movies was actually based off of one of the most famous filmmakers of all time: Steven Spielberg!
- The main thoroughfare in Back Lot Island, Sunrise Street, is a parody of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- When your Poptropican wakes up after the fall from the earthquake, a gray dog barks and your Poptropican says “I don’t think we’re in Poptropica anymore.” This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy, with her dog Toto, says “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”
- The movie poster for The Hobo is a parody of the one for The Hobbit.
- The Chinese-looking theater on Sunrise Street is a depiction of a real life Chinese theater in Los Angeles along the Hollywood Walk of Fame (also depicted here!) — The TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theater).
- The Chinese theater mentions Cactus Von Garlic 2: Deadly Breath, the sequel of Cactus Von Garlic mentioned on the cinema of Vampire’s Curse Island.
- Also depicted is a movie poster for George Washington vs. the Space Aliens, a parody of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
- The guy in front of the Queequeg’s Coffeehouse to the left says he’s got a great script idea: mixing astronauts with medieval knights and robots. You tell him it’s already been done, referring to Astro-Knights Island.
- The logo for Digital Dreamscapes is a boy and with a laptop sitting on a crescent moon, a reference to the icon of DreamWorks Studios, featuring a boy holding a fishing pole sitting on a crescent moon.
- The creature portrayed on the monitor in the Digital Dreamscapes movie studio looks like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. The lady at the Digital Dreamscapes movie studio says they’re working on “Lord of the Witches 5: Redemption,” the sequel to “Lord of the Witches 4: Retaliation,” perhaps references to the Lord of the Rings film series.
- The part in which you dress and act as an ape is reminiscent of the King Kong scene where he fights airplanes atop the Empire State Building.
- At Soundstage 2, outside of the recording studio, there’s a stage prop of a moon with a rocket in its eye. This is a reference to French director Georges Méliès’s movie A Trip to the Moon, which is one of the earliest movies ever created.
- After the premiere of The Many-Splendored Zephyr, one of the viewers wishes she had thumbs to give the movie (referring to Poptropicans’ lack of fingers and giving thumbs-ups in approval). However, Carson Willis clearly has ten (albeit stubby) fingers imprinted on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese theater.
- While in the driver’s view at Soundstage 2, you’ll see the rover from Lunar Colony Island “for sale.”
- One of the movie critics is based on Gene Shalit.
- The Warren sisters is a pun on the company Warner Bros.
- In the One of a Kind Talent Agency, on the wall behind Lacey Williams, you can see pictures of several famous silent movie stars, such as Mary Pickford, Oliver Hardy and Charlie Chaplin.
- Kirk Strayer’s name may possibly be a reference to the Homestuck character Dirk Strider. A kirk can mean the Church of Scotland while a dirk is a type of Scottish blade; a strayer walks away while a strider walks forward.
- Queequeg’s is the name of a coffee chain in the video game universe of Deus Ex: Invisible War. Queequeg is a fictional character in the 1851 novel Moby-Dick. Queequeg’s Coffeehouse on Poptropica may be a reference to Starbucks, the world’s largest coffeehouse company, which also happens to have a round green logo.
- The lady at one of the Queequeg’s asks if you’d be interested in fair trade organic coffee.
- Bonus quest: The back lot’s owners have returned — and they want you off their property! Can you outrun studio security and get away with a valuable souvenir?
- Members’ only items: Members get an additional Back Lot Island gear pack, which includes Film Director costume, Silent Treatment power, and Clapperboard item.
lights, camera, action
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