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What's in a name?

It's long been observed that "the US and the UK are two nations divided by a common language". (I'll let you fight among yourselves as to whom to attribute that quote; Churchill, Shaw or Wilde...)

It seems Disney's latest offering to entertain the children adds evidence to this observation. Released in the US as "Zootopia" and in the UK as "Zootropolis", Disney's statement is rather ambiguous on the matter. “In the UK we decided to change the title to Zootropolis to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences”. Again, I'll let you fight among yourselves to decide what that means!

Let's look at some more title changes using some of the fantastic posters in our collection.

The first film adaptation of JK Rowling's Potter book series was released in the US as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" not "Philosopher's Stone". The reason was straight forward as US publishers Scholastic had already changed the title when they published the US edition of the book in 1998. Rowling later said that she regretted the title change but felt unable to insist on the original title earlier in her career.

Now to the ever popular Marvel Universe.

In 2012 Captain America and his allies came together on US billboards as The Avengers.  However, that title over the Atlantic is synonymous with a popular 1960s TV series starring Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg. While it was initially broadcast in the 60s it was a mainstay of reruns for many generations. So the super-hero version was renamed "Avengers Assemble". 

Another action franchise to make a title change over the pond was the fourth installment of Die Hard. 


In the US movie goers were introduced to John McClane's fourth escapade as "Live Free or Die Hard". It was felt that UK cinema goers (see what I did there?) would not appreciate the nod to the state of New Hampshire's motto so it was re-titled as "Die Hard 4.0". I think we'll all agree that "Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother******" needs no translation!

I hope you have been paying attention, as you never know which nugget of info/trivia will win you the pub quiz or shall I say "bar quiz".  As always, sharing knowledge is good, so let us know about any title changes you've spotted on our Facebook page or Twitter.  





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