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This FAQ was compiled to attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the film. If you have anything to add or find any information that is incorrect, please e-mail Sean Murphy at figment@figmentfly.com.

FAQ Compiled by Sean Murphy (figment@figmentfly.com) and Chris Wike (bbi_arclight@hotmail.com)


The Official Banzai Institute web site is http://www.banzai-institute.com.


Introduction to the Buckaroo Banzai FAQ

Why did we create the Buckaroo Banzai FAQ?

What is "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension"?

What's New on this Site? (Updated January 17th, 2014)

The Most Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the Watermelon doing there?

Was Jamie Lee Curtis in the Buckaroo Banzai film?

DVD - Laserdisc - Video

Is there a Buckaroo Banzai DVD, Laser Disc and Video?

Reviews of the Buckaroo Banzai DVD

Where (and what) are the Easter Eggs on the Special Edition DVD?

Pinky Carruther's 47,000 Unknown Facts

Chicken in a Watermelon Recipe

Alternate Versions

Is there a different film-to-video transfer of Buckaroo Banzai showing on cable?

What changes did the Sci-Fi Channel make when they aired Buckaroo Banzai?

Is there a Buckaroo Banzai bootleg video?

The Sequel

Where is the sequel "Buckaroo Banzai against the World Crime League"?

Was Big Trouble In Little China originally written as sequel for Buckaroo Banzai?

What information is there about the sequel script written by Ernest Cline?

The Music

Is there an official Buckaroo Banzai soundtrack CD?

Is there a bootleg Buckaroo Banzai soundtrack CD?

What information is there on the soundtrack's composer Michael Boddicker?

What information is there about the song Rocket 88?

What information is there about the song Since I Don't Have You?

The Book(s)

Is there a Buckaroo Banzai movie novelization?

What sort of timeline do we have for the events that occurred in the film and book?

What are some other Buckaroo Banzai adventures mentioned in the novelization?

What information is there about the new series of Buckaroo Banzai novels?

The Scripts

What versions of the Buckaroo Banzai script are available?

What versions of the Buckaroo Banzai TV Scripts are there?

What versions of the Buckaroo Banzai Comic Book Script are there?

Where can I find a Buckaroo Banzai transcript?

What information is there on Scriptwriter Earl Mac Rauch?

The Comic Books

What information is there about the comic book that appeared in the Buckaroo Banzai film?

What information is there on the Marvel comic book adaption of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book called Return of the Screw (2006)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book story called A Christmas Corrall (2007)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book called The Prequel - Of Hunan Bondage (2008)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book called Origins - A Tomb with a View (2009)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book called Big Size - Wild Asses of the Kush (2009)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book story called The Love that Hath No Name (2010)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book called Hardest of the Hard (2010)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai comic book called Tears of a Clone (2012)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai story called Buckaroo Banzai: Mysterium (2012)?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai Hard Cover comic collections (2012)?

The TV Shows

Where is the TV show Heroes in Trouble?

What information is there on the Heroes in Trouble script?

Where is the TV show Buckaroo Banzai : Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries?

Buckaroo Banzai : Ancient Secrets & New Mysteries Script Review

Official Buckaroo Banzai : Ancient Secrets & New Mysteries Series Updates from Director W. D. Richter (1998-1999)

Aint-It-Cool-News reports about the Buckaroo Banzai : Ancient Secrets & New Mysteries Series (1998-1999)

What information is there about the Banzai Institute TV Series?

What other proposed BB TV series concepts not involving the original creators were considered?

Movie Information

What are the complete cast and production credits for the film?

What information is there on Director W.D. Richter?

Where (i.e. what locations) was Buckaroo Banzai shot?

What continuity errors are found in the film version of Buckaroo Banzai?

Movie Publicity

What are the contents of the Buckaroo Banzai Press Kit?

Is there a Buckaroo Banzai Electronic Press Kit?

What's the story behind the promotional presentations held at Sci-Fi conventions before the film was released?

What Buckaroo Banzai images are there on the FAQ and out on the web?

Was there an official Buckaroo Banzai newsletter?

Who was behind the official Buckaroo Banzai newsletter?

What articles have been published about Buckaroo Banzai?

Buckaroo Banzai : The Resurrection of an American Hero by Sean Murphy

Heroes in Trouble - The Story Behind the Other Attempt at Banzai TV By Scott Tate

Banzai in Limbo—The Short Form By Dan Berger

BUCKAROO BANZAI - In the Beginning by Blake Mitchell and Jim Ferguson

World Watch One: The Early Years By Dan Berger

Moving Through Matter with Buckaroo Banzai by Dr. Cary I. Sneider

The Merchandise

What Buckaroo Banzai merchandise was/is there?

Where can I find the Buckaroo Banzai LaserDisc / Videotape / Bootleg Workprint Videotape/ CD-Tape / Book / Script / Newsletters / Original Props / Tee-Shirts / Comic Books / Overthruster / Press Kit / Video Game / Audio Video Presskit / Fonts / Trading Cards / Poster / Headband / Jacket?

What information is there about the Buckaroo Banzai Role Playing Game?

Video Games

Was there a Buckaroo Banzai Text/Graphic Adventure Game?

Is there a hint file for the Buckaroo Banzai Text/Graphic Adventure game?

Is there a walkthrough for the Buckaroo Banzai Text/Graphic Adventure game?

How can I play the Buckaroo Banzai Text/Graphic Adventure Game today?

The Fans

What is the World Watch One Mailing list?

Where can you find a Banzai Institute ID and "reserved" character names?

What fan produced Buckaroo Banzai fanzines are/were there?

The World Watch Wire

The Penny Paradox

The Cavalier

The League of Lectroids for Lizardo (The newsletter was called VOLTAGE!)

The 8th Dimension

Banzine

Samurai Errant

Out Of The Blue

Club Banzai

Where can you find Buckaroo Banzai fan fiction?

"Stormy Weather, and Other Songs of the Banzai Institute" by Apache

A Perfect Ending by Ratbag

Are there other Buckaroo Banzai web sites?

What was the Smoviola showing of Buckaroo Banzai with Kevin Smith?

Pop Culture

What are some of the more popular quotes from the Buckaroo Banzai movie and book?

Where have you seen and heard Buckaroo Banzai quotes or references in films, books, TV shows and videogames?

Where have you seen the Oscillation Overthruster?

Where have you seen or heard the quote "No matter where you go, there you are"?

What do Buckaroo Banzai and Thomas Pynchon's novel THE CRYING OF LOT 49 have in common?

What do the Japanese/Chinese symbols on Buckaroo's headband and at the end of the film stand for?

What type of machine was holding the watermelon?

Where do the coordinates for the Jet Car test actually place you on the Earth?

Information about Buckaroo Banzai's World

Buckaroo Banzai and his Team

Who is Buckaroo Banzai and what do we know about him?

Who are The Hong Kong Cavaliers and what do we know about them?

Who is Peggy Banzai?

The Banzai Institute

What is the Buckaroo Banzai Institute?

Who are The Blue Blaze Irregulars and what do we know about them?

What kind of equipment does Team Banzai use?

What do we know about the Jet Car?

How does the Oscillation Overthruster work?

What is the Eighth Dimension?

The Bad Guys

Who is Hanoi Xan?

Who are the Lectroids and what do we know about them?

Who are all the Lectroids named John?


The Buckaroo Banzai News Group, alt.fan.buckaroo-banzai, can be viewed through http://groups.google.com.

World Watch OnLine : The UnOfficial Buckaroo Banzai Mailing List Web Page is located at http://www.worldwatchonline.com. Join the Buckaroo Banzai Mailing list! Send an e-mail to bbi_arclight@hotmail.com and tell them about your first experiences with Buckaroo Banzai!

World Watch Two: The OTHER UnOfficial Buckaroo Banzai Mailing List is a mailing list in a more traditional (at least for the internet) form. Powered by the kind folks at OneList, once you subscribe, any messages sent go directly to all other members, as opposed to waiting for Arclight (bbi_arclight@hotmail.com) to compile them on the weekend. It's an all ages List, so keep that in mind. Also, NO attachments. You can read the info on that at the Onelist site when you sign up. To do so, point you web browser to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BuckarooBanzai.


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This document was last updated on January 17th, 2014.
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