Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy

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Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy
Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy DVD.JPG
Cover of The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy DVD box set
Directed by Edgar Wright
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music by
Cinematography
  • David M. Dunlap (SOTD)
  • Jess Hall (HF)
  • Bill Pope (TWE)
Edited by
Production
  company
Distributed by United Kingdom:
Universal Pictures
United States:
Rogue Pictures (SOTD, HF)
Focus Features (TWE)
Release date(s)
  • 9 April 2004 (2004-04-09)
  • (Shaun of the Dead)
  • 14 February 2007 (2007-02-14)
  • (Hot Fuzz)
  • 19 July 2013 (2013-07-19)
  • (The World's End)
Running time 329 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • France (HF[1])
Language English
Budget $38 million
Box office $156,865,336

The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Cornetto trilogy or the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy)[2][3] is a series of comedic genre films directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, produced by Nira Park, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The trilogy consists of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013).

The name originates from a "silly joke" during the promotion of Hot Fuzz.[4] Wright had written in the use of Cornetto ice cream as a hangover cure for Frost's character in Shaun of the Dead based on his own experiences. Within Hot Fuzz, Wright included a brief throwaway scene that called back to the Cornetto joke in Shaun. On the promotional tour of Hot Fuzz during production of The World's End, one interviewer pointed out the use of Cornetto in the first two films, to which Wright jokingly stated they represented a trilogy comparable to Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colours film trilogy.[5][6][7]

Following this, Wright took serious consideration of thinking of the three movies as a trilogy, and wrote out The World's End to complete out themes set out in the earlier films, including placing a Cornetto reference in the film. By coincidence, each film in the trilogy is connected to a specific Cornetto flavour appearing in each film.[3][8] Shaun of the Dead features a strawberry-flavoured Cornetto, which signifies the film's bloody and gory elements,[9] Hot Fuzz includes the blue original Cornetto, to signify the police element to the film,[10] and The World's End features the green mint chocolate chip flavour (though only shown by a wrapper caught in the wind) in a nod to aliens and science fiction.[11] According to Wright, Wall's, manufacturer of the Cornetto, were "very pleased with the namecheck".[12]

Wright considered each of the films a "Trojan horse", "genre films that have a relationship comedy smuggled inside a zombie movie, a cop movie and a sci-fi movie".[4] Thematically, Wright saw each of the films containing common themes of "the individuals in a collective [...] about growing up and [...] about the dangers of perpetual adolescence".[4] Wright reworked the script of The World's End to culminate and conclude on these themes.[4] The films are further linked by a common set of actors. Wright, Park, Pegg and Frost collaborated previously in the TV series Spaced from 1999 to 2001. Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Rafe Spall, Julia Deakin, Patricia Franklin and Garth Jennings appear in each of the films as well as other projects by Wright and Pegg. Clark Collis observes in Entertainment Weekly that the films also feature "a running gag involving garden fences".[6]

Films[edit]

Shaun of the Dead[edit]

The first film in the series is Shaun of the Dead, a 2004 romantic zombie comedy film (or self-proclaimed "rom-zom-com"). The film stars Simon Pegg alongside Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get some kind of focus in his life as he deals with his girlfriend, his mother and stepfather. At the same time, he has to cope with an apocalyptic uprising of zombies.[13]

The trilogy's Cornetto references begin with a scene in which Shaun buys a cone for his friend Ed (Frost) at his request as Ed wakes up groggy and badly hung over after a night of drinking. Director Edgar Wright has said that he used to use Cornettos as a hangover cure.[14]

Hot Fuzz[edit]

The second film in the series is Hot Fuzz, a 2007 buddy cop comedy. The film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two police officers who investigate a series of mysterious deaths in a small English village. The two officers purchase Cornetto cones at a convenience store at various times, and a scrap of the wrapper falls onto the counter when Pegg's character later makes other purchases at a motorway service station.

The World's End[edit]

The third and final film in the series is The World's End, a 2013 science fiction apocalyptic comedy. The film follows a group of friends, led by Simon Pegg, reattempting an epic pub crawl during an alien occupation of their home town. In the final scene of the film, a Cornetto wrapper blows past in a breeze.

Wright said in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, "We thought it would be a funny idea to do a sci-fi film where even the people who are going to be your saviors are hammered."[6]

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor/actress Shaun of the Dead Hot Fuzz The World's End
Simon Pegg Shaun PC Sgt. Insp. Nick Angel Gary King
Nick Frost Ed PC Sgt. Danny Butterman Andy Knightley
Julia Deakin Mother of Yvonne Mary Porter B&B Landlady
Reece Shearsmith Mark Collaborator
Michael Smiley Tyres Rev. Green
Peter Serafinowicz Pete Ding Dong Home Owner
Martin Freeman Declan Met Sgt. Oliver Chamberlain
Bill Nighy Phillip Met Ch. Sgt. The Network
Rafe Spall Noel DC Andy Cartwright House Buyer
Patricia Franklin Spinster Annette Roper Upstairs Beehive Lady
David Bradley Arthur Webley Basil
Paddy Considine DS Andy Wainwright Steven Prince
Alice Lowe Tina House Buyer

Discussing The World's End, Wright said that any actor who appeared in the first two films would also appear in the third, adding, "We even got back Nicola Cunningham, who played Mary the zombie in Shaun of the Dead. And Mark Donovan, so the first two zombies from Shaun of the Dead are in this. The twins are in it."[15]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Film Release Date Budget Box office (Worldwide) Ref.
Shaun of the Dead 9 April 2004 $6,000,000 $30,039,392 [16]
Hot Fuzz 14 February 2007 $12,000,000 $80,736,657 [17]
The World's End 19 July 2013 $20,000,000 $46,089,287 [18][19]
Total $38,000,000 $156,865,336

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Shaun of the Dead 91% (189 reviews)[20] 76 (34 reviews)[21]
Hot Fuzz 91% (198 reviews)[22] 81 (37 reviews)[23]
The World's End 89% (199 reviews)[24] 81 (45 reviews)[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hot Fuzz (2007)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Edward Douglas (16 April 2007). "EXCL: The Guys of Hot Fuzz!". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Hot Fuzz duo confirm third movie". BBC News. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d Howell, Peter (23 August 2013). "Edgar Wright: Crawling toward the apocalypse, and a sweet finish". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Elisabeth Rappe (3 April 2008). "Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg going to The World's End". cinematical.com. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  6. ^ a b c Collis, Clark (30 August 2013). "3 Blokes. 3 Films. Many, Many Laughs". Entertainment Weekly: 46–47. 
  7. ^ "The World's End - The Origins of the Cornetto Trilogy". IGN. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Might Finally Finish Up Their Ice Cream Trilogy". I Watch Stuff. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  9. ^ Shaun of the Dead DVD commentary
  10. ^ Hot Fuzz DVD commentary
  11. ^ "World's End panel SDCC 2013". YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Huddleston, Tom (9 July 2013). "Edgar Wright: 'I can't watch zombie movies'". Time Out. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  13. ^ J.C. Maçek III (15 June 2012). "The Zombification Family Tree: Legacy of the Living Dead". PopMatters. 
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srV7TPEKLhM
  15. ^ "13 Things We Learned on the Set of The World's End – IGN". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  16. ^ "Shaun of the Dead Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hot Fuzz Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Collins, Andrew (19 July 2013). "Simon Pegg: The World’s End is $4 million shy of double what Hot Fuzz cost". Radio Times. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  19. ^ "The World's End Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  20. ^ "Shaun of the Dead (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 07 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Shaun of the Dead at Metacritic
  22. ^ "Hot Fuzz (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Hot Fuzz at Metacritic
  24. ^ "The World's End (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  25. ^ The World's End at Metacritic

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