|Three Flavours Cornetto|
|Directed by||Edgar Wright|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|2004 – 2013|
France (SOTD, HF)
|Budget||Total (3 films):|
|Box office||Total (3 films):|
The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Cornetto trilogy or the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy)is an anthology series of British 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 trilogy of films, named after a joking reference to Cornetto ice cream cones, were produced on a total budget of $38 million. The films have grossed more than $156 million worldwide,and all three films have garnered widespread critical acclaim. In addition to the Cornetto products, the films also contain other common elements; each one depicts romance and struggles with maturity as recurring themes, as well as assorted jokes such as the aforementioned ice cream.
|Film||Cornetto Flavour||UK release date||Director||Screenwriter(s)||Producer(s)|
|Shaun of the Dead||Strawberry||9 April 2004||Edgar Wright||Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg||Nira Park|
|Hot Fuzz||Classico||16 February 2007||Nira Park, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner|
|The World's End||Mint||19 July 2013|
The first film is Shaun of the Dead , a 2004 romantic zombie comedy film (self-dubbed "rom-zom-com"). Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to gain focus in his life as he deals with his girlfriend, his mother and stepfather in the midst of an apocalyptic uprising of zombies.
The trilogy's Cornetto reference begins 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.
The second entry is Hot Fuzz , a 2007 buddy cop action comedy. Pegg and Frost play police officers who investigate a series of mysterious deaths in a small English village; Danny Butterman (Frost) grew up there and Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is an outsider, accustomed to the fast-paced busy life of London law enforcement. The two officers purchase Cornetto cones at a convenience store at various times, and a scrap of the wrapper falls onto the counter when Angel later makes other purchases at a motorway service station.
The third installment is The World's End , a 2013 science fiction apocalyptic comedy. The film follows a group of friends, led by 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, briefly catching on a wire fence.
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 saviours are hammered."
The name originates from a "silly joke" during the promotion of Hot Fuzz.Wright had written in Cornetto ice cream as a hangover cure for Frost's character in Shaun of the Dead , based on his own experiences. At the after party for the film, they received free Cornetto ice creams so Wright and Pegg decided to include another reference to Cornetto in their next film in a failed attempt to get more free ice cream. In Hot Fuzz, Wright included a couple of brief throwaway scenes that referred 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, and Wright jokingly said that they represent a trilogy comparable to Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colours film trilogy.
Wright seriously considered the three films as a trilogy, and wrote The World's End to complete themes set out in the earlier films, adding a Cornetto reference to the film. Each film in the trilogy is connected to a specific Cornetto flavour appearing in each film.Shaun of the Dead features a strawberry-flavoured Cornetto, which signifies the film's bloody and gory elements, Hot Fuzz includes the blue original Cornetto, to signify the police element to the film, and The World's End features the green mint chocolate chip flavour (though shown only by a wrapper caught in the wind) representing "little green men" and science fiction. According to Wright, Wall's, manufacturer of the Cornetto, was "very pleased with the namecheck".
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".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". Wright reworked the script of The World's End to conclude on these themes. 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".
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."
|Shaun of the Dead||Hot Fuzz||The World's End|
|Simon Pegg||Shaun||PC. Nicholas Angel||Gary King|
|Nick Frost||Ed||PC Danny Butterman||Andy Knightley|
|Julia Deakin||Mother of Yvonne||Mary Porter||B&B Landlady|
|Martin Freeman||Declan||Met Sgt.||Oliver Chamberlain|
|Bill Nighy||Philip||Met Ch.Insp.||The Network (voice)|
|Rafe Spall||Noel||DC Andy Cartwright|
|Patricia Franklin||Spinster||Annette Roper||Upstairs Beehive Lady|
|Peter Serafinowicz||Pete||Knock, Knock, Ginger Home Owner|
|Michael Smiley||Tyres||Rev. Green|
|David Bradley||Arthur Webley||Basil|
|Paddy Considine||DS Andy Wainwright||Steven Prince|
|Alice Lowe||Tina||House Buyer|
|Film||UK release date||Box office gross||Budget||Ref(s)|
|United Kingdom||U.S. and Canada||Other territories||Worldwide|
|Shaun of the Dead||9 April 2004||$12,349,489||$13,542,874||$4,147,029||$30,039,392||$6 million|
|Hot Fuzz||16 February 2007||$41,212,142||$23,637,265||$15,724,367||$80,573,774||$12 million|
|The World's End||19 July 2013||$13,354,358||$26,004,851||$6,730,078||$46,089,287||$20 million|
|Shaun of the Dead||92% (7.77 average rating) (208 reviews)||76 (34 reviews)|
|Hot Fuzz||91% (7.65 average rating) (203 reviews)||81 (37 reviews)|
|The World's End||89% (7.43 average rating) (235 reviews)||81 (45 reviews)|
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