Happy birthday to us! Redbox is turning 15 this week, and we’re giving YOU something to celebrate. That’s what teenagers are supposed to do — throw parties with their friends, right? No need to send any gifts or try to cram birthday cake into the Box. Instead, enjoy these ridiculous deals over the next three days:
Today, November 27: Get a 1-night DVD rental for 15 cents using code HAPPY15DVD
Tomorrow, November 28: Get a 1-night Blu-ray rental for 15 cents using code: HAPPY15BLU
Wednesday, November 29: Get a 1-night Game rental for 15 cents using code HAPPY15GAME
Use these codes in-app, on Redbox.com or at the Box on their designated days and we’ll know you’re celebrating right along with us!
We’ll leave you with 15 fun movie and game trivia tidbits — feel free to use these to impress your family and friends. We won’t tell.
- Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were extras in Field of Dreams’ Fenway Park scenes.
- Mario of Super Mario Bros fame is named after Mario Segale, the landlord of one of Nintendo’s warehouses at the time Donkey Kong first debuted in 1981. Some of you might remember that Mario originally appeared in Donkey Kong as “Jumpman,” and then was officially named “Mario” in 1982’s Donkey Kong Jr.
- Psycho was released in black and white because director Alfred Hitchcock received complaints that the climactic shower scene was too gory.
- Toru Iwatani came up with the idea for Pac-Man while he was eating pizza. (That explains a lot, actually!)
- Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory instead of using CGI.
- Satoshi Tajiri got the idea for Pokémon based on his childhood memories of collecting caterpillars and watching them turn into butterflies.
- Ryan Gosling was cast in The Notebook because the director wanted someone who was “not handsome.” (Um…)
- Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter can be heard as marines talking about loading crates in a Halo 4 easter egg.
- A.R.V.I.S. — Tony Stark/Iron Man’s artificial intelligence computing system — is an acronym for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.”
- NBA Jam designer Mark Turmell was a big Detroit Pistons fan and rigged the game’s code so that the Chicago Bulls would lose against the Pistons.
- Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of prop glasses over the course of all of the Harry Potter
- Final Fantasy was creator Hironobu Sakaguchi’s last-ditch attempt to succeed in the gaming industry after several flops. If the game failed he was going to go back to school.
- Nobody actually ever uses the word “Ewok” in Return of the Jedi.
- In 2002, Steven Spielberg finally finished college after a 33-year break. Schindler’s List is what he submitted to fulfill his student film requirement.
- Neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had drivers’ licenses before The Fast and the Furious. They had to get them in order to meet insurance requirements for the movie!
Looking for more fun behind the scenes scoop? Check out 15 fun Redbox facts here. Thanks for celebrating with us 🎂!