History Film / SmallSoldiers

7th May '16 2:49:03 PM atomiccake
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To Dante's ''Gremlins'' films which also focused on a man's son unwittingly unleashing small creatures who wreak havoc on an unsuspecting neighborhood.
14th Mar '16 4:25:02 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* BewareTheNiceOnes:

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: BattleBaton: Christy beats the living crap out of a bunch of animated dolls with a cheerleader's baton.
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6th Mar '16 7:45:24 PM Tightwire
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''Small Soldiers'' is a 1998 action/comedy film directed by Creator/JoeDante, best known for his work on the ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' franchise. It focuses upon the Heartland Toy Company, a conglomerate that gets swallowed up by [=GloboTech=] Industries, an organization that deals in high-tech military hardware. The members of the board of Heartland deduce that implanting military AI chips into their newest set of action figures would grant kids a more interactive experience; however in doing so, manage to grant the two lines (the Commando Elite and their enemies, the Gorgonites) literal intelligence. The Gorgonites have a pacifist mindset while the Commandos are basically of [[AIIsACrapshoot the warmongering variety]], who will stop at nothing to [[FantasticRacism destroy the Gorgonite scum]], and anyone who allies with them. Their battle takes place in {{suburbia}}, where young Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith) befriends the Gorgonites due to his being left in charge of his father's toy shop, and he vows to help them achieve their goal before the Commando Elite can find and take them apart. He gets help from his neighbor and love interest Christy Fimple (Creator/KirstenDunst).

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''Small Soldiers'' is a 1998 action/comedy film directed by Creator/JoeDante, best known for his work on the ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' franchise. It focuses upon the Heartland Toy Company, a conglomerate that gets swallowed up by [=GloboTech=] Industries, an organization that deals primarily in high-tech military hardware. The members of the board of Heartland deduce that implanting military AI chips into their newest set of action figures would grant kids a more interactive experience; however in doing so, manage to grant the two lines (the Commando Elite and their enemies, the Gorgonites) literal intelligence. The Gorgonites have a pacifist mindset while the Commandos are basically of [[AIIsACrapshoot the warmongering variety]], who will stop at nothing to [[FantasticRacism destroy the Gorgonite scum]], and anyone who allies with them. Their battle takes place in {{suburbia}}, where young Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith) befriends the Gorgonites due to his being left in charge of his father's toy shop, and he vows to help them achieve their goal before the Commando Elite can find and take them apart. He gets help from his neighbor and love interest Christy Fimple (Creator/KirstenDunst).



** In fact all of the Commandos have heroic personalities as brave, dedicated soldiers - which is half the problem since they just don't give up.

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** In fact all ''all'' of the Commandos have heroic personalities as brave, dedicated soldiers - which is half the problem since they just don't give up.
23rd Feb '16 3:07:11 AM Folamh3
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*** Which quote is rather undermined by the Commando's Elite ruthless attacks on Christy, her mother and Alan's mother, who are both ladies and in one case [[WouldHurtAChild a child]].
19th Feb '16 7:42:55 PM Odacon_Spy
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* LanguageEqualsThought: Mixed with a truly subtle bit of {{foreshadowing}}: Initially, they plan to market the Commando Elite with the slogan "Anything else is just a toy", but more of that InUniverse ExecutiveMeddling changes that to "''Everything''' else is just a toy". As a result, when the Commando Elite become sentient, they can freely attack human beings, as their worldview is that everything else around them is part of their programmed conflict.

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* LanguageEqualsThought: Mixed with a truly subtle bit of {{foreshadowing}}: Initially, they plan to market the Commando Elite with the slogan "Anything else is just a toy", but more of that InUniverse ExecutiveMeddling changes that to "''Everything''' "''Everything'' else is just a toy". As a result, when the Commando Elite become sentient, they can freely attack human beings, as their worldview is that everything else around them is part of their programmed conflict.
19th Feb '16 7:39:52 PM Odacon_Spy
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** In-universe example. Originally, the Commando Elite and the Gorgonites were going to be completely separate, with the Gorgonites going for a more "educational" view, as they only want to explore the world, learn more about it, and socialize. The Commando Elite, meanwhile, were somewhat generic, ''Franchise/GIJoe''-esque characters. The director decided that the concepts weren't interesting, and decided to put the toylines together.

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** In-universe example. Originally, the Commando Elite and the Gorgonites were going to be completely separate, with the Gorgonites going for a more "educational" view, as they only want to explore the world, learn more about it, and socialize. The Commando Elite, meanwhile, were somewhat generic, ''Franchise/GIJoe''-esque characters. The director decided that the concepts on their own weren't interesting, and decided to put the toylines together.
6th Feb '16 11:26:20 AM rjd1922
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** Also, Christy destroys the troop of Gwendy dolls using a riding lawn mower.]]

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** Also, Christy destroys the troop of Gwendy dolls using a riding lawn mower.]]



* RootingForTheEmpire: Enforced. The [[SociopathicSoldier Commando]] [[WarIsGlorious Elite]] were the guys who mesmerised the marketing executives, and came to the opinion that the kids would be as well - after all, "it's not violence, it's action, and kids love action". So, they got all the focus and the poor Gorgonites, who were a rejected concept with nothing to do with the Commandos, got awkwardly shoehorned in as their "enemies". [[Invoked]]

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* RootingForTheEmpire: RootingForTheEmpire[[invoked]]: Enforced. The [[SociopathicSoldier Commando]] [[WarIsGlorious Elite]] were the guys who mesmerised the marketing executives, and came to the opinion that the kids would be as well - after all, "it's not violence, it's action, and kids love action". So, they got all the focus and the poor Gorgonites, who were a rejected concept with nothing to do with the Commandos, got awkwardly shoehorned in as their "enemies". [[Invoked]]



** ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Alan's dad puts his foot down and refuses to be paid off after what they witnessed. [[AvertedTrope Then he sees how much money the check is for.]]

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** ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Alan's dad puts his foot down and refuses to be paid off after what they witnessed. [[AvertedTrope [[SubvertedTrope Then he sees how much money the check is for.]]
6th Feb '16 11:17:18 AM rjd1922
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Not to be confused with ''Film/ToySoldiers''

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Not to be confused with ''Film/ToySoldiers''
''Film/ToySoldiers''. Or the trope ChildSoldiers, for that matter.



* BillingDisplacement: Kirsten Dunst is the first billed despite playing the love interest.



* RootingForTheEmpire: Enforced. The [[SociopathicSoldier Commando]] [[WarIsGlorious Elite]] were the guys who mesmerised the marketing executives, and came to the opinion that the kids would be as well - after all, "it's not violence, it's action, and kids love action". So, they got all the focus and the poor Gorgonites, who were a rejected concept with nothing to do with the Commandos, got awkwardly shoehorned in as their "enemies".

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* RootingForTheEmpire: Enforced. The [[SociopathicSoldier Commando]] [[WarIsGlorious Elite]] were the guys who mesmerised the marketing executives, and came to the opinion that the kids would be as well - after all, "it's not violence, it's action, and kids love action". So, they got all the focus and the poor Gorgonites, who were a rejected concept with nothing to do with the Commandos, got awkwardly shoehorned in as their "enemies". [[Invoked]]
16th Jan '16 1:22:21 AM superdawge
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* ArcWords: "There will be no mercy."
10th Dec '15 10:25:46 AM Morgenthaler
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The film was a modest box office hit, earning $54,682,547 in the United States market. It was only the 42nd most successful film of its year but more than covered its budget. It received mixed reviews. Some critics enjoyed the "smart satirical" plot and the [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to numerous pop culture elements. Others felt that it put too much emphasis on the special effects and too little on character development. Both Gregory Smith and Kirsten Dunst were nominated for Young Artist Awards and lost. Smith lost to Miko Hughles of ''Film/MercuryRising''. Dunst lost to LindsayLohan of ''TheParentTrap''.
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