Small Soldiers
- Kirsten Dunst

Overview - A toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat. The Commando Elite (belligerent war toys) vow to wipe out the Gorgonites (kindhearted misfit fantasy creature figures) in a suburban neighborhood. A young boy, with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos. Listen for the voices of Spinal Tap (Mike McKean, Chris Guest, and Harry Shearer) as Gorgonite Voices as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci (as the voices of evil, mutated Barbie dolls).

Cast List

William Sandell - Production Designer, POSEIDON (2006)
Jamie Anderson - Director of Photography, COMEBACK SEASON (2006)
Joe Dante - American director, editor
Ted Elliott - Screenwriter, SHREK
Gavin Scott
Denis Leary - American comedian/actor
Kevin Dunn - American actor
Stan Winston - Oscar-winning special effects master
Terry Rossio - Screenwriter, SHREK
Dick Miller - American character actor
Gregory Edward Smith - Actor
Gregory Smith - Actor
Colin Wilson - Producer, big budget films, '90s-, LOST WORLD 1 & 2
Industrial Light and Magic
I.L.M.
ILM
Clint Walker - American TV Actor
George Kennedy - American actor, COOL HAND LUKE
Harry Shearer - American Screenwriter/Actor
Adam Rifkin - Director/Producer/Screenwriter
Rif Coogan - Director/Producer/Screenwriter
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Phil Hartman - Actor, comedian, SNL
Philip Edward Hartman - Actor, comedian, SNL
Ann Magnuson - Actress/Perf. Artist
Paul Deason - Assistant Director
Christopher Guest - American Actor/Comedian/Director
Frank Langella - American Actor
Tommy Lee Jones - American actor
Tom Lee Jones - American actor
Sarah Michelle Gellar - American Actress, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TV Series
Sarah Gellar - American Actress, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TV Series
Bruce Dern - American actor, COMING HOME
Ernest Borgnine - American Actor, MARTY, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
Ermes Effron Borgnine - American Actor, MARTY, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
Michael McKean - American actor, THIS IS SPINAL TAP, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
Jerry Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald K. Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald Goldsmith - Film composer
Michael Hennagin - Film composer
Michael Finnell - Producer/Executive
Jay Mohr - Actor
David Cross - Comedian, MR. SHOW
Walter F. Parkes - American Producer
Walter Parkes - American Producer
Jim Brown - Football star turned film star
James Nathaniel Brown - Football star turned film star
Marshall Harvey - Editor
Christina Ricci - American Actress

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 109
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429258182
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2017

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Science-Fiction
Satire
Toys
Theatrical Release
Animated Characters

 
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Notes:
The dumpster where the Gorgonites hide from the Commando elite contains a figure of "Gizmo", the original Gremlin from Joe Dante's smash hit GREMLINS. Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) uses the password "Gizmo" to gain access to Globotech's computers. In a reference to Dante's GREMLINS character. George Kennedy, Clint Walker, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown unite to play the voices of the Elite Commando soldiers. In 1967 these actors appeared together as soldiers in the WWII film, THE DIRTY DOZEN. The cast from THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean) play the voices of the Gorgonites.

Reviews:
"...Striking effects..." - 10/01/1998 Sight and Sound, p.55-6


"...First-rate special effects..." - 07/31/1998 USA Today, p.7E


"...The voice talent here is extraordinary....The figures themselves are impressive accomplishments..." - 07/10/1998 New York Times, p.E18


"...SMALL SOLDIERS does boast quite a bit of ingenuity and humor. The animation is excellent, as is the figure design, and the voice cast alone is worth the price of admission..." - 09/01/1998 Box Office, p.64


"...The special effects, a mix of computer animation, animatronics, and live action, are an advanced version of what Dante achieved on 1984's GREMLINS..." - 07/01/1998 Premiere, p.22


"...GREMLINS director Joe Dante achieves a great balance between playfulness and maliciousness here..." - 05/01/2000 Total Film, p.103

 
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