According to comments made by animators, Writer and Director Lawrence Kasanoff didn't seem to realize the difference between live-action and animation. He would often ask his crew to do "retakes" of scenes. He would also ask the animators to make things "more awesome" or "thirty percent better". Although he was eventually fired, it has been said that the studio lost millions of dollars due to his inability to streamline production.
In December 2002, the hard drives containing the film-in-progress were stolen. The filmmakers had to start over, and used motion-capture to speed up production.
The film was set for release in December 2003, then fall 2005, then spring 2009. In September 2011, bondholders forced the sale of the still-unreleased film at auction. The opening bid was set at $2.5 million.
An original trailer, made in 2002 before the original animations were stolen, is available on the Internet.
Lawrence Kasanoff declared his company "the new Pixar", and meant for this movie to start a huge media empire. Numerous merchandise tie-ins were planned, including a "Foodfight on Ice" show.
The creators intended to animate the film in a very cartoonish "squash and stretch" style, like the classic Looney Tunes shorts. After the hard drives containing the unfinished film were stolen, they decided to complete the film using motion capture. The very primitive method used in the film resulted in noticeably choppy animation, and left many characters with extremely limited facial expressions and barely emoting eyes. The movie kept "squash and stretch" for certain characters, most notably Cheasel T. Weasel. However, due to the limitations of the animation software, that also produced lackluster results.
Many more recognizable food mascots were meant to appear in the movie, but their parent companies backed out. For example, Chester Cheetah, prominently featured in the original trailer, didn't appear in the film. Some think the companies pulled out because their mascots were subjects of crude, inappropriate jokes. The gay bat was meant to be Count Chocula, and Daredevil Dan catcalls a large-breasted woman who was supposed to be Little Debbie.
Lawrence Kasanoff promoted the film by saying it would be his studio's Casablanca (1942). Many scenes and quotes are a clear reference to that movie.
This movie was supposed to be Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) meets Toy Story (1995) in a supermarket.
Since many of the featured brand mascots would be unfamiliar to non-American audiences, the creators thought of replacing them with other mascots for international releases, so that each country would have its own version of the movie featuring their own local brand mascots.
Chef Boyardee is the only mascot in the movie who was a real person, not a fictional character.
This film is the second time Charlie Sheen has voiced a canine character. The first was in All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996), in which he voiced Charlie.
Stephen Stanton is credited as the voice of Mr. Clean, but the character never speaks in the film.
This was Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff's first animated film together since In Search of Santa (2004), though they don't share screen time.