Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy


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When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.


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9 August 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
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| The Good & Bad Of 'Small Soldiers'
BAD NEWS - Typical Hollywood family in that the film features stupid parents, annoying teens who are too worldly for their age and think they get no respect from their parents. Also, there are the usual anti-military messages and anti- Republican cheap shots. The story has The Commandos (military, which means bad guys, of course) against the Gorgonites (peaceful, different-looking creatures.)

GOOD NEWS - A very clever animated-live action computer animated film (at least for 1998) in which the toys come to life and look real. Once the action starts, it's a very interesting story with fun special-effects, some good, funny dialog and some neat references to past films. Sometimes it's tough to catch them all.

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Trivia

On the film special effects, Joe Dante stated "We were planning to use a lot of Stan Winston's puppets. He had made some very elaborate puppets that could do a lot of things, but in practice, we found it was much simpler and cheaper to let the CGI people do the work after we shot the scenes, so I would say it's one-third puppetry and the rest CGI, even though the original idea was to do mostly puppetry."


Quotes

Irwin Wayfair: He's here! He's early! He's not supposed to be here now. He said... okay, here's the copy of... check.
Larry Benson: Pretty exciting, huh?
Irwin Wayfair: I don't know. I think it's kinda sad, I mean you know Heartland Toys has a long tradition of bringing joy to kids, ya know? ...


Goofs

When Joe makes the delivery to Alan at The Inner Child, Joe hands a box to Alan. A second later, Alan takes the same box off the truck floor.


Crazy Credits

Besides the title logos, the opening credits don't begin until about 6 minutes in.


Alternate Versions

The DVD features some deleted scenes:

  • Alan meets the principal of his new school, who tells him he doesn't like troublemakers.
  • An extended version of the scene where the dish technician tells Phil a lot more about the way the dish works and why the tree has to be moved.
  • Some added dialogue for Stuart and Irene about their old home Chicago right before Phil starts to saw off the branch.
  • The Gorgonites search Alans encyclopedia for Gorgon. Instead of their home they find the daughter of the Greek God Phorcys.
  • A discussion between Alan, Christy and their parents about what happened.
  • Phil and Stuart discover that Alan and Christy get away through a window.
  • The Toys discover Christys parents, her brother and Irene in the storeroom and ask for "any last requests".


Soundtracks

Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)
Written by
John Deacon
Performed by Queen with additional vocals by Wyclef Jean, featuring Pras Michel (as Pras) and Free
Wyclef Jean & Pras appear courtesy of Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Remixed by Wyclef Jean
Produced by Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records/EMI Records UK Ltd.

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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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