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Where Hollywood Keeps Its Iconic Props | Movies Insider

– [Caroline] This is
the Warner Bros. Archive in Los Angeles, a prop warehouse that
helps preserve the history of one of Hollywood’s greatest studios. And we had the rare
opportunity to take a tour. – We have everything from
cars, as you might see. We have props. We have over almost 30,000 costumes. – [Caroline] This is Bonnie Fallone Otto. She’s the director of the
Warner Bros. Corporate Archive. – And we have some set deck too. – She showed us props and
costumes that go back decades and explained how they maintain them and why the archive is so important. Oh, and I may have geeked
out just a little bit. I just remembered that Leonardo
DiCaprio sat in this car. – Yes, he did! Oh, my gosh, does it smell like him? OK, oh, my God! The first thing that strikes
you about the archive is just how massive it is. And there was still a ton of
ground we didn’t get to cover. The “Batman” movies have
been a defining property for Warner Bros. since Tim
Burton’s iconic 1989 movie starring Michael Keaton
and Jack Nicholson. – You can call me Joker. – So from which movies
are these Batmobiles from? – This one over here is
from “Batman Returns.” This is the Batmissile. Over here, this is the spinner car from Michael Keaton’s
“Batman,” so it’s quite old. They used it for a sequence
where the Batmobile spun around. – Wow. – And then over here is the George Clooney Batmobile
from “Batman and Robin.” So now if you want to sit in it. – I can? – Absolutely, go ahead, jump in. – I jump in? Oh. How does George Clooney fit in here? Oh, God. I’m scared to move. And let’s not forget this
giant tank-like Batmobile from “Batman v Superman”
and “Justice League.” This is my Batman ride. It weighs 8,300 pounds and
is around 11.5 feet wide. It’s not easy to move
it from place to place. Sometimes productions need more than one version of the same car. This was Joker’s car from “Suicide Squad.” One of these cars can actually drive, one was just used for static shots, and the third one? – That’s ruining date night! Has a hole in its roof. But enough about “Batman” for a moment. There was another car I
was really excited about, the Duesenberg from “The Great Gatsby.” – Custom job. Supercharged engine. – Ah. Wait, I just remembered that Leonardo DiCaprio sat in this car. – Yes, he did! Wow, Oh, my God, Leonardo
DiCaprio’s butt was here. And look at all of these costumes. They’re stored in custom-made muslin bags that help keep out moisture, and it’s a who’s who in there. We saw some outfits
that were used in movies as recent as 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians.” So this is the dress that was
worn in the engagement scene. And of course probably my favorite outfit from all of the gowns and everything was this that Awkwafina’s
character wore inside her home. And then we saw hats
worn in “My Fair Lady” dating all the way back to 1964. ♪ The rain in Spain stays
mainly in the plain ♪ – [Bonnie] That was worn when she returned to Covent Garden after she became a lady. So the straw is in beautiful condition. – Yeah. – [Bonnie] And even some of the colors are still pretty much intact. – [Caroline] Especially delicate outfits are wrapped in acid-free paper
and put in acid-free boxes to keep them in mint condition. There was also a wide array of other types of props and set pieces. So Margot Robbie, um,
hello, and that’s her bat. Ew! They actually have the hair on it too. Preserving pieces of
film history like this is incredibly important,
but it’s not easy. This archive has been around since 1992. – Before the archive was set up, there really was no protocol as to where these assets were going, so many times they went
home with cast and crew. – [Caroline] A lot of
iconic movie props, puppets, and animatronics are made
out of materials like foam, which, sadly, deteriorate over the years. – When you’re in production, all they care about is getting that shot. So a lot of times
they’re not made to last, and then they come here, and
we are commissioned to do that. We’ve gotta figure out
the best way to make that, at least preserve the life of that prop. – [Caroline] While the archive
isn’t open to the public, a lot of these props often go on tour, so you too can one day get a
chance to sit in the Batmobile. Batman. No? Batman. It’s my Batman ride.


  1. Jenni M Author

    I went there on a field trip in '98. The coolest thing we saw to me then was the cereal bowl they used in honey I shrunk the kids. It was massive!

  2. Eduardo Ota Author

    3:23 I wonder how the world would react if a male reporter said,”Omg, Ariana Grande’s butt sat in this car.”… He would be considered a pervert.

  3. Robert Schlesinger Author

    Interesting video. Looks like they have many tens of thousands of props. And they've only been at it since 1992 or thereabouts.

  4. Alicia Mesa Author

    Mhhh…that's sooo fantastic. In South America every produccion you do, (I used to make produccion design in tv comercials and small produccions….)

  5. Alicia Mesa Author

    In South America is very diferent. I used to work as produccion designer, and produccion in tv ,and short films.when you need a prop here.
    ..o my!!!! You have to do aaaaa lot to guet it….go around alll the town to guet it, wen the money is limited…and search,and search,and search….but NEVER COME BACK WHITH YOUR HANDAS EMPTY. You guys, have everything you need….just like that!!!!!😀👌👏👏👏

  6. karen I miss the kids Author

    Mom : “where do you want to go for your birthday”

    Me , watching Warner Brothers since I was a baby : “ummmmm, there’s … place….”


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