Small Soldiers (DVD)

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Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith) is working at his father's toy store when he receives a sample of two new ranges of action figures: the Gorgonites, a race of peaceable aliens; and the Commando Elite, a tough bunch of war-ready soldiers. However, when Alan takes them home, the figures come to life and begin to engage each other in a furious running battle, with the Commando Elite transforming ordinary household implements into deadly weapons as they wage war against their alien foe. When Alan realises what is going on, he joins ranks with the Gorgonites and starts to draw up plans to bring an end to the commando threat.

Product Details

Barcode
5050582044232
Department
Movies & TV
Released
14 Jan 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Kids & Family
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
UCA
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
Runtime
105 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Small Soldiers
Release Year
1998
Running Time
109 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Pequenos Soldados
Categories
Comedies / Animated Characters / Satire / Science-Fiction / Theatrical Release / Toys
Synopsis
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).
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.
Cast & Crew
Director
Joe Dante
Star
Kirsten Dunst / David Cross / Kevin Dunn / Phil Hartman / Denis Leary / Ann Magnuson / Dick Miller / Jay Mohr / Gregory Edward Smith
Voice
Christina Ricci / Ernest Borgnine / Jim Brown / Bruce Dern / Sarah Michelle Gellar / Christopher Guest / Tommy Lee Jones / George Kennedy / Frank Langella / Michael McKean / Harry Shearer / Clint Walker
Screenwriter
Ted Elliott / Adam Rifkin / Terry Rossio / Gavin Scott
Composer
Jerry Goldsmith
Executive Producer
Walter F. Parkes
Producer
Michael Finnell / Colin Wilson
Special Effects
Industrial Light and Magic / Stan Winston
Director of Photography
Jamie Anderson
Editor
Marshall Harvey
Production Designer
William Sandell
Co-Producer
Paul Deason
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...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..."
Christine James (1 Sep 1998, p.64)
New York Times
"...The voice talent here is extraordinary....The figures themselves are impressive accomplishments..."
Janet Maslin (10 Jul 1998, p.E18)
Premiere
"...The special effects, a mix of computer animation, animatronics, and live action, are an advanced version of what Dante achieved on 1984's GREMLINS..."
Christine Spines (1 Jul 1998, p.22)
Sight and Sound
"...Striking effects..."
Jonathan Romney (1 Oct 1998, p.55-6)
Total Film
"...GREMLINS director Joe Dante achieves a great balance between playfulness and maliciousness here..."
Phil Hoad (1 May 2000, p.103)
USA Today
"...First-rate special effects..."
Mike Clark (31 Jul 1998, p.7E)