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Lumpy
02-25-2003, 09:27 PM
If Gizmo was fed after midnight, and mutated into the reptilian form, would he become evil?

Tangent
02-25-2003, 09:32 PM
I've wondered that myself! One thing I've thought is that maybe Gizmo would refuse to eat after midnight, even if offered food. The other furry guys, though they didn't become really evil until the post-midnight snack, were never as good and innocent as Gizmo. So maybe he was special in some other way?

Tree Boy
02-25-2003, 09:33 PM
According to the old Chinese man's son, yes, he would have. For some reason, Gizmo had more common sense than any of his "offspring."

Morgainelf
02-25-2003, 09:35 PM
It's probably the well-known problem with cloning - all clones are evil at heart. Especially clones created by dropping water on your head. Those are really quick to turn.

Zebra
02-25-2003, 10:45 PM
I seem to recall the eating scene in the first movie and the clones offered Gizmo food and he refused. I really remember the didainful look on his face.

Sock Munkey
02-25-2003, 11:37 PM
I think the others would have refused if they had been around long enough to wise up. They were only a few days old when they ate and changed, Gizmo could have been the old man's pet for decades.

Arden Ranger
02-25-2003, 11:41 PM
I think they knew the score. They unplugged the clock so the kid thought it was still early enough to feed them.

Miller
02-26-2003, 12:48 AM
But did they unplug it out of maliciousness, or out of an innocent desire to keep eating?

Einmon
02-26-2003, 12:55 AM
Perhaps slightly off-topic, but I always wondered: At what point does "past midnight" become "before midnight" again? Is it just the couple of minutes right after midnight that are dangerous or do mogwais have to skip breakfast, too?

Sublight
02-26-2003, 12:58 AM
Going by other myths and ghost stories, sunrise was probably the reset point.

Arden Ranger
02-26-2003, 01:07 AM
They looked pretty malicious to me, Miller. Snickering and throwing chicken bones at poor Gizmo.

The Tim
02-26-2003, 01:31 AM
Given that you aren't supposed to get them wet even before they are gremlins I'd imagine that mogwighs (is that what they were called/spelled?) don't clone well. If you got a bunch of Gizmo friendly guys getting them wet wouldn't be that bad really. It seems instead you get a bunch of schmucks intent on becomming gremlins.

GuanoLad
02-26-2003, 04:55 AM
So what time is it before it's no longer "after midnight" anyway? Is 4am still "after midnight"? 6am? 9am?

These questions are what keep me awake at night.

Achernar
02-26-2003, 05:02 AM
Yes, and as you may recall, they made fun of people like you (and me, incidentally) in Gremlins 2, when Billy is explaining Mogwai physiology to a bunch of technicians.

msmith537
02-26-2003, 08:17 AM
Originally posted by GuanoLad
So what time is it before it's no longer "after midnight" anyway? Is 4am still "after midnight"? 6am? 9am?

These questions are what keep me awake at night. [/B]

And how do they know it's midnight and not 11:59?

What if they are on an airplane and cross into another time zone? Can they eat again?

And how much water does it take to clone one? Is it just a drop or do you need the Gremlin/Mogweis mass in water to reproduce.

And is it just water or anything wet?

How come the planet isn't overrun with Gremlins if all it takes is water to reproduce? Or are there no Mogweis in the wild? Or do they only live in the desert?

jjimm
02-26-2003, 08:32 AM
And surely every time of day is after midnight?

When does the turning evil thing revert?

Is dawn involved?

What about at polar regions?

Zebra
02-26-2003, 08:44 AM
Why did Phoebe Cates take off her top like she did in [I]Fast times at Ridgemont High

xizor
02-26-2003, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by Zebra
Why did Phoebe Cates take off her top like she did in [I]Fast times at Ridgemont High

For my enjoyment

Max Torque
02-26-2003, 01:14 PM
I very vaguely remember, from reading the Gremlin book that was produced along with the movie, that Gizmo was "not of this earth". And he was a rare example of his species; only something like one in a thousand Mogwai were good. The other 999 were just born bad. So, yeah, I think they knew exactly what they were doing when they yanked the plug on Billy's clock.

Morgainelf
02-26-2003, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by The Tim
Given that you aren't supposed to get them wet even before they are gremlins I'd imagine that mogwighs (is that what they were called/spelled?) don't clone well. If you got a bunch of Gizmo friendly guys getting them wet wouldn't be that bad really. It seems instead you get a bunch of schmucks intent on becomming gremlins.

My point exactly.

Zebra
02-26-2003, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by Zebra
Why did Phoebe Cates take off her top like she did in [I]Fast times at Ridgemont High


Boy not only did I screw up the coding but it should be


Why did'nt she take off her top


Still I want to know.

Sock Munkey
02-26-2003, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by Max Torque
I very vaguely remember, from reading the Gremlin book that was produced along with the movie, that Gizmo was "not of this earth". And he was a rare example of his species; only something like one in a thousand Mogwai were good. The other 999 were just born bad. So, yeah, I think they knew exactly what they were doing when they yanked the plug on Billy's clock.

It makes sense that they were from another planet with almost no water probably orbiting a dim red giant star.

RexDart
02-26-2003, 11:02 PM
This is hands-down the most pointless and trivial conversation I've ever read. Keep up the good work ;)

Tangent
02-26-2003, 11:14 PM
How about this? Maybe each successive generation produced by exposure to water gets more and more mischievous.

Maybe the good Mogwai can also reproduce by more conventional methods to produce offspring that are as good-natured as Gizmo.

Tars Tarkas
02-27-2003, 12:23 AM
Every generation has a kingpin with some sort of spike hairdo.

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