Monday, 9 May 2011

Top 5 Blue People in Movies

There just aren't enough lists about the best blue people in movies, and I thought I would do my very best to change this. Of course, there will be lots and lots and lots of blue people I have missed out. 'Green' has always been the skin colour of aliens and otherly things - and blue is very much the new green.

In fact, looking at the list, it is interesting to see how many blue characters in the movies are (a) marginalised and (b) excellent jazz musicians. One can't helping feeling that 'blue' might be used to represent 'black' in sci-fi movies. Same stereotypes, different colour.

1. The blue monster in MONSTERS INC

He's not really a person, he's a monster. But they spent ages on the CGI of his fur and his fur is really lovely and fluffy and blue.

2. The blue meanies in YELLOW SUBMARINE

Remember them? They were an army of music-hating creatures who were terribly, terribly mean. Who could hate music? But they're beaten by the Beatles and the ones that don't run away and up staying to be lovely happy music-loving blue people in Pepperland.

3. The blue singer in 5TH ELEMENT

No-one could forget this lovely blue lady, she of the tentacled head and powerful pipes. After a nice alien classic rendition of something alien she goes into a manic musical episode which blows you away the first time you hear it. Some people hate this movie - I love it as an example of Luc Besson's stronger excesses. Also, this alien singer has blue blood, which takes it to another level.

4. The blue people in AVATAR

Oh. My. God. Never mind the whole 'Pocahontas in Space' debate, valid though it is. These people are SO BLUE.

5. Max Rebo - blue musician in STAR WARS

Max Rebo, whose real name was Siiruulian Phantele, was a popular musician and head member of the Max Rebo Band. He was there before AVATAR. He is the best and the bluest of all.

The band in the Cantina, Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, were probably the best musicians in STAR WARS. But they were not blue.


  1. I've just realised it's the last day of nominations of the LAMMIES!

    Would anybody like me to nominate their blog? I'll be happy to.

  2. I literally cannot believe that neither Mystique or the Genie are on here. The cast of Avatar? You should be ashamed. You see that mirror there? It has broken out of fear of having to show your face. It would rather commit suicide than display your horror. This is the level we're talking here.

  3. And there I was, struggling to remember 5 blue people in movies. How could I have forgotten Mystique from X-Men and the Genie in Aladdin? I am now kinda ashamed of myself :)

  4. Great call on Max Rebo! I love that name too!

  5. To me, it seems as if Jeanne Moreau was blue in just about every movie she made.

  6. Max Rebo...awesome! I would have never pulled that one out. I would have probably thrown in the character "Blue" from Old School. Max Rebo is far cooler though. Great post!

  7. Clever list. Oh man, that blue opera singer left an odd impression back in the day. I don't know how or why, but I've got that aria of hers committed to memory.


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