1857: Emoji Movie
Title text: Some other studio should do the Antz/A Bug's Life thing and release The Dingbats Movie at the same time.
Megan asks Cueball if he knows about the upcoming The Emoji Movie. The movie, set to come out on July 28, had been widely reviled on the Internet for its lack of original plot, characters, and jokes. Cueball responds to the topic by damning it with faint praise; the way in which he emphasizes that it's not the worst idea for a movie indicates that the list of concepts worse than The Emoji Movie is a fairly short one.
Megan continues the conversation thread by facetiously suggesting that Hollywood should try making a movie about Combining Diacritical Marks (see 1647: Diacritics). Cueball quips that this series would have too many characters. This is a pun on the word "character", which has the double meaning of a fictional character, or a symbol which corresponds to a grapheme (e.g. letter, digit, punctuation mark).
Although part of Unicode contains emoji, Unicode is not limited to emoji and emoji are not limited to Unicode. Unicode is only a standard set in place to ensure that different devices will display any given string of graphemes or symbols in a consistent fashion; prior to the invention of Unicode, there were many vendor conventions for emoji. The topic of emoji in Unicode also appears in 1813: Vomiting Emoji.
The "Antz/A Bug's Life thing" in the title text refers to the twin films phenomenon, in which two films with very similar (or identical) concepts are released within roughly the same timeframe. Competing studios Dreamworks and Pixar released their respective insect-oriented films in 1998, a year infamous for many other such film pairings (see the Wikipedia article for a full list). Dingbats (as opposed to the more familiar wingdings and webdings) were character sets that displayed symbols contained in square boxes.
- [Megan and Cueball are walking together while Megan is looking at her smartphone.]
- Megan: Did you see there's an emoji movie?
- Cueball: If they have to make a movie about a section of Unicode, it's not the worst choice...
- Megan: They should do a whole series. I would watch the Combining Diacritical Marks movie.
- Cueball: That series would have way too many characters.
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