Spoilers for Pushing Daisies up to The Legend of Merle McQuoddy; also spoilers for Amelie.
It's commonly known that our favourite quirky, joyous show about pie, murder and romance has been strongly influenced by the beautiful Amelie in terms of its visual style. Bryan Fuller, the show's creator, has confessed himself a huge fan of the film.
BUT just how far are they similar?
Compare and Contrast
i) iconic openings
Both are quirky and memorable, but the hyper-saturation of the very first scene of Pushing Daisies makes for a huge contrast with the shadows and sepia-tints of Amelie.
Amelie was lonely because she didn't have a best friend like Ned had Chuck.
But she played just like they did - with imagination.
All three kids lost parents.
And the people around them (and thus their lives) were changed forever.
CHUCK AND AMELIE
Why are they similar?
i) they have daddy issues
While both loved their fathers, only one felt truly loved back.
But now they're grown up, both have some problems...
...probably because their dads are pretty odd.
ii) they secretly help the depressed people they love...
...in a weird and wonderful way.
iii) they make cheeky anonymous phone calls
iv) they watched their own deaths on TV, pondering their lives so far
i) a cafe
(where a romance may or may not take place)
ii) a circus/funfair
iii) a rooftop
Finally...THE CENTRAL CHARACTER ♥
There are SO many comparisons that could be made, but I hope I've got some of the major ones there :)
- Pushing Daisies screencaps here
- Amelie screencaps by jems here
- with thanks to la_petite_singe, for suggesting I expand my secret seen at fandomsecrets