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Timeline, Trailers / 06 Jul, 2015

A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Teaser Trailer Picked Apart

Brace yourself for the tales of the three Baudelaire children who are on the run from Count Olaf (played by Jim Carrey in the 2004 movie Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) after losing their parents in a mysterious fire that burnt down their house.

Here is a look at the complete trailer:


Let’s analyze the trailer and take a look at the associations the trailer has tried to build up with the humorously dour novels full of squiggly and flexuous twists and turns.


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The first thing we see is a record player. The Gothic Archies recorded songs for the audio book version of the novels, and one of their records plays in the trailer.


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Fans of the novels will spot Violet Baudelaire’s usual ribbon, her marriage license and the book on Nuptial Law that helped her break free of that cursed marriage. An article on the Baudelaire Fire on the cover of The Daily Punctilio, points how the Baudelaire kids became orphans.


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The eye is the symbol of the secret organization V.F.D. The eye symbolizes how the VFD (Volunteer Fire Department) disguises itself to confuse people about its real operations, as it observes closely and functions covertly.


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Fiona aka Triangle Eye’s Mushroom Minutiae book, apparently written by members of the V.F.D.


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On the wall hangs a badge from Lucky Smell Lumber Mills where the Baudelaire kids used to work and which was a major location for the second novel titled “The Miserable Mill”. I don’t know why but the raven gives me chills.


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Glasses of middle-child Klaus Baudelaire rest on a pile of books. The first one to catch my eye is the book on starting fires (Arson being the favored choice of destruction for heroes and villains alike). On top of the book lies another one with the V.F.D symbol meant to look like an eye.


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We see remnants of the tasty Pasta Puttanesca that the Baudelaire kids served Count Olaf and his pals in the first novel, The Bad Beginning. Olaf was never one for cleanliness.


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The hideous looking Lachrymose Leech from Lake Lachrymose looks as bloodthirsty as ever. It appeared in the third novel, The Wide Widow, and can prove to be very deadly when in groups.


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And in all that mess, the trailer concludes with the shadow of the dastardly Count Olaf (as slim and sleazy as ever).

And now we wait…

Back in the November 2014, there was news that Netflix had acquired rights to Snicket’s best-selling series of novels in an effort to develop a family-entertainment audience for the network. But ever it has sealed its lips and has kept matters rather hush-hush.

I would be happy to see Jim Carrey being Count Olaf again but I would also keep the likes of Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Crisipin Glover and DJ Qualls in contention for this one.

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  • Clay J Pena

    You missed a lot of other things. On the photo with the ribbon, there’s also a locket of the Baudelaire parents, and the spyglass, and Im not sure if the red ticket is for the movies (book 2) or the circus (book 10).

    On the picture with the Mushroom Minutae book, there is also a jar of the deadly fungi Medusoid Mycelium; a concierge’s hat (the Baudelaires’ disguise in book 12 while in Hotel Denoument, hence the ringbell); Esme’s cigarette; and a photo of the Quagmire triplets.

    The raven, I believe is a crow which is abundant in book 7 and later found out as one the animals trained by VFD. On the same pic is Count Olaf’s disguise on book 3 (the wig and necklace).