Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on November 24th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1993, Mrs. Doubtfire released in theaters. This is a comedy-drama film about a divorced father who disguises himself as a female nanny to spend more time with his children.
Nerdy Fact: The director used multiple cameras to capture Williams’s improvisations, which were so funny that he could have made different versions of the movie with different ratings.
In 1999, Toy Story 2 released in theaters. This is a movie about a cowboy toy named Woody who gets kidnapped by a collector and his friends who try to rescue him from being sold to a museum in Japan.
Nerdy Fact: The movie almost got deleted by accident when someone ran a command that erased most of the files from the server. Luckily, one of the technical directors had a backup copy at home and was able to restore the movie.
MOVE OVER, MARIO?
Also in 1999, Diddy Kong Racing released on the Nintendo 64. This game lets you race with cars, hovercrafts, and aeroplanes on a tropical island against a wicked pig wizard.
Nerdy Fact: The game features two characters, Banjo and Conker, who later starred in their own successful franchises: Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
In 2010, Tangled released in theaters. This is a movie about a princess with magical hair who escapes from a tower with the help of a thief and discovers the world and her true identity.
Nerdy Fact: Rapunzel’s hair is 70 feet long and contains 100,000 strands. It would weigh about 10 pounds in real life.
THE FAMILY MADRIGAL
In 2021, Encanto released in theaters. This animated musical film is about Mirabel, a girl who has no magic in a family of gifted people, and her quest to save their enchanted house and candle from losing their power.
Nerdy Fact: The film has some hidden Easter eggs and references to other Disney films. For example, you can spot a Mickey Mouse figurine in Mirabel’s room, a Moana doll in Antonio’s room, and a Zootopia poster in Luisa’s room. You can also hear a snippet of “Remember Me” from Coco during the credits.
A NINTENDO FOR CHRISTMAS
Also in 2021, 8-Bit Christmas released on HBO Max. This comedy film is based on a novel by Kevin Jakubowski, starring Neil Patrick Harris as a boy who wants a Nintendo for Christmas. The film follows his quest to get one, involving his friends, family, and a rival, and his later realization of the importance of the season.
Nerdy Fact: The film features many references to the 1980s pop culture, such as Nintendo games, Cabbage Patch Kids, Footloose, and the infamous Bill Ripken baseball card with a profanity on the bat.
And also in 2021, Hawkeye premiered on Disney+. This series follows the adventures of Clint Barton, a former Avenger and master archer, and Kate Bishop, a young Hawkeye fan and skilled archer, as they team up to stop a criminal conspiracy and get back to their families in time for Christmas.
Nerdy Fact: Hawkeye has a loyal companion named Lucky, a golden retriever who loves pizza and has one eye. He is also known as Pizza Dog in the comics, and has his own issue that is told from his perspective.