History Film / SpyKids

30th Apr '16 5:41:49 AM MacronNotes
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''Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams'' introduces a rival team of kid spies, whose dad ends up being the BigBad, and featured a plot taking place on a tropical island with a mysterious power. The third installment, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'', was a ThreeDMovie set [[InsideAComputerSystem inside a video game]] created by a madman to TakeOverTheWorld.

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''Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams'' introduces a rival team of kid spies, whose dad ends up being the BigBad, and featured a plot taking place on a tropical island with a mysterious power. The third installment, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'', was a ThreeDMovie UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie set [[InsideAComputerSystem inside a video game]] created by a madman to TakeOverTheWorld.
30th Apr '16 4:00:27 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[ThreeDMovie 3D Movie]]: Read the title of [[ThirdIs3D the third movie]].
25th Mar '16 6:09:05 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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The character of Machete originated in this series, and a spoof of what he'd look like as a B-movie action hero later appeared in one of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' trailers. That trailer was eventually made into {{Film/Machete}}[[note]]and the sequel ''Machete Kills''[[/note]], a full-length exploitation flick parody. Alhough Rodriguez planned ''Machete'' starring Trejo long before ''Spy Kids'' started production, the project sat [[DevelopmentHell stagnant]] for years. In the meantime Rodriguez decided to insert a more family friendly version of the character in the Spy Kids movies. Which means that, yes, ''Machete'' and ''Spy Kids'' share a universe. Try watching these films the same way again.

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The character of Machete originated in this series, and a spoof of what he'd look like as a B-movie action hero later appeared in one of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' trailers. That trailer was eventually made into {{Film/Machete}}[[note]]and ''{{Film/Machete}}''[[note]]and the sequel ''Machete Kills''[[/note]], ''Film/MacheteKills''[[/note]], a full-length exploitation flick parody. Alhough Rodriguez planned ''Machete'' starring Trejo long before ''Spy Kids'' started production, the project sat [[DevelopmentHell stagnant]] for years. In the meantime Rodriguez decided to insert a more family friendly version of the character in the Spy Kids movies. Which means that, yes, ''Machete'' and ''Spy Kids'' share a universe. Try watching these films the same way again.
7th Mar '16 4:00:10 PM Exxolon
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* BadassFamily: The Cortezes - we're talking about a family where the dad is AntonioBanderas, the uncle is Creator/DannyTrejo, and Grandpa is Ricardo Montalbán! and the aunt is Creator/JessicaAlba who is active throughout her pregnancy including while in labor.
* BadassGrandpa: Again, Grandpa is Ricardo Montalbán - what did you expect?

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* BadassFamily: The Cortezes - we're talking about a family where the dad is AntonioBanderas, the uncle is Creator/DannyTrejo, and Grandpa is Ricardo Montalbán! Creator/RicardoMontalban! and the aunt is Creator/JessicaAlba who is active throughout her pregnancy including while in labor.
* BadassGrandpa: Again, Grandpa is Ricardo Montalbán Creator/RicardoMontalban - what did you expect?
2nd Mar '16 11:48:58 AM rjd1922
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* LighterAndSofter: Compared with the other films directed by Robert Rodriguez (Well, excluding ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl'' and ''Film/{{Shorts}}''...)

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* LighterAndSofter: Compared with the other films directed by Robert Rodriguez (Well, excluding ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl'' and ''Film/{{Shorts}}''...)
2nd Feb '16 3:51:07 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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Added DiffLines:

* DullSurprise: Prevalent through the third film.
28th Jan '16 7:50:51 PM dsneybuf
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->''"My parents can't be spies; [[RuleOfCool they're not cool enough]]!"''

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->''"My parents can't be spies; [[RuleOfCool they're not cool enough]]!"''enough!"''



->''[[CallBack "Impossible... she's not cool enough."]]''
--> -- '''Rebecca Wilson'''
30th Dec '15 7:06:38 AM Jayalaw
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** From the second film: [[spoiler: courtesy of Felix, "[[EtTuBrute I said]] [[IronicEcho I'm not your uncle!"]]

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** From the second film: [[spoiler: courtesy of Felix, "[[EtTuBrute I said]] [[IronicEcho I'm not your uncle!"]]uncle!"]]]]
28th Dec '15 5:19:22 AM ShiroAkuma
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The character of Machete originated in this series, and a spoof of what he'd look like as a B-movie action hero later appeared in one of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' trailers. That trailer was eventually made into {{Film/Machete}}[[note]]and the sequel ''Machete Kills''[[/note]], a full-length exploitation flick parody. Alhough Rodriquez planned ''Machete'' starring Trejo long before ''Spy Kids'' started production, the project sat [[DevelopmentHell stagnant]] for years. In the meantime Rodriquez decided to insert a more family friendly version of the character in the Spy Kids movies. Which means that, yes, ''Machete'' and ''Spy Kids'' share a universe. Try watching these films the same way again.

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The character of Machete originated in this series, and a spoof of what he'd look like as a B-movie action hero later appeared in one of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' trailers. That trailer was eventually made into {{Film/Machete}}[[note]]and the sequel ''Machete Kills''[[/note]], a full-length exploitation flick parody. Alhough Rodriquez Rodriguez planned ''Machete'' starring Trejo long before ''Spy Kids'' started production, the project sat [[DevelopmentHell stagnant]] for years. In the meantime Rodriquez Rodriguez decided to insert a more family friendly version of the character in the Spy Kids movies. Which means that, yes, ''Machete'' and ''Spy Kids'' share a universe. Try watching these films the same way again.
13th Dec '15 9:09:21 PM Jayalaw
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* AdvertisedExtra: Watch a commercial for an upcoming airing of Spy Kids 3D on Disney Channel. Disney advertises it as "featuring" Creator/EmilyOsment, since she has become more well known thanks to HannahMontana after the movie came out, but she only appears in a brief conversation at the beginning and another brief appearance in the ending.
** Which is a bit ridiculous considering there were quite a few bigger name actors to invoke BillingDisplacement for.
* AgentsDating: The first movie starts with their mother telling the story of the two spies who fell in love, with several dates...in which they are some distance from each other since they're on opposing sides.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Watch a commercial for an upcoming airing of Spy Kids 3D on Disney Channel. Disney advertises it as "featuring" Creator/EmilyOsment, since she has become more well known thanks to HannahMontana after the movie came out, but she only appears in a brief conversation at the beginning and another brief appearance AdrenalineMakeover: The kids undergo this in the ending.
** Which is a bit ridiculous considering there were quite a few bigger name actors to invoke BillingDisplacement for.
* AgentsDating: The
first movie starts with their mother telling the story of the two spies who fell in love, with several dates...in which film when they are some distance succeed in escaping Ms. Gradenko and her minions, by purchasing new outfits from each other since they're on opposing sides. a clothing store and donning sunglasses.



** Floop's [[spoiler: actually Minion's]] plan: replace all the world leaders' children with robot clones and infiltrate accordingly for a CorruptCorporateExecutive.

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** Carmen freaks out at the thought of her parents being turned into Fooglies, hence why she wants the Third Brain to enact a HostageforMacGuffin scenario. Overcoming that is part of her CharacterDevelopment.
** Floop's [[spoiler: actually Minion's]] plan: replace all the world leaders' children with robot clones and infiltrate accordingly for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Which means dozens of real children would be disposed of . . .
* AdvertisedExtra: Watch a commercial for an upcoming airing of Spy Kids 3D on Disney Channel. Disney advertises it as "featuring" Creator/EmilyOsment, since she has become more well known thanks to HannahMontana after the movie came out, but she only appears in a brief conversation at the beginning and another brief appearance in the ending.
** Which is a bit ridiculous considering there were quite a few bigger name actors to invoke BillingDisplacement for.
* AgentsDating: The first movie starts with their mother telling the story of the two spies who fell in love, with several dates...in which they are some distance from each other since they're on opposing sides.



** The kids' daily exercises at a home jungle gym makes them physically adept when they have to enter a mission.

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** The kids' daily exercises at a home jungle gym makes them physically adept when they have to enter a mission.mission for real.
** Juni's love of Floop's show. [[spoiler: His BrokenPedestal speech to Floop convinces the latter to make a HeelFaceTurn]].



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Gerti in the second film. [[spoiler: She's implied that her dad has tried to take over the world multiple times, and pretends to be on his side to disable his plan and out him as a DirtyCop OSS agent, though at one point she lets the mask slip around Carmen to forge an EnemyMine.]]



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Floop]] trapped in The Virtual Room, a case of AndIMustScream as he's projected on the screens. He says that you can't get out unless someone turns it off from the outside, which means [[spoiler: Minion]] wanted to trap him there for possibly an ''etenity''.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Floop]] trapped in The Virtual Room, a case of AndIMustScream as he's projected on the screens. He says that you can't get out unless someone turns it off from the outside, which means [[spoiler: Minion]] wanted to trap him there for possibly an ''etenity''.''eternity''.



* HannibleLecture: Carmen's robot double delivers one to Juni after receiving the third brain upgrade, about how he's "weak and useless". The real Carmen, incapacitated by Juni's double, delivers the inversion, YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.

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* HannibleLecture: HannibalLecture: Carmen's robot double delivers one to Juni after receiving the third brain upgrade, about how he's "weak and useless". The real Carmen, incapacitated by Juni's double, delivers the inversion, YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.



* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Floop]] gets this when [[spoiler: Minion turns on him and locks him in the virtual room]].



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Minion gets trapped in his own BalefulPolymorph machine at the climax of the first movie. He goes ahead and activates it anyway.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Floop [[spoiler: gets locked in the Virtual Room by Minion]], which was his invention.
**
[[spoiler: Minion gets trapped in his own BalefulPolymorph machine at the climax of the first movie. He goes ahead and activates it anyway.]]]]
* HostageForMacGuffin: Ms. Gradenko while searching for the Third Brain at the safehouse suggests that the Third Brain could be exchanged for the Cortez parents's safety; even after Ms. Gradenko turns out to be working for Floop Carmen likes the idea. She only abandons it in favor of Juni's idea-- destroying the Brain-- when their robot doubles come to steal the brain from them.



* HypercompetentSidekick: Minion in the first film. [[spoiler: It's why he turns on Floop.]]



* IHaveYourWife: Minion suggests to Floop to capture Carmen and Juni for this reason, so they can be used against the parents. Carmen and Juni aren't easy to capture, however.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko in the safehouse. Carmen realizes two gadgets the two are holding are quite heavy, and use them as throwing weights while making her way towards the jetpacks. Juni, who had handcuffed himself to a metal lunchbox earlier, uses the lunchbox and to knock out at least one henchman.



* IndulgentFantasySegue: Gregorio has one in the first film
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko in the

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* IndulgentFantasySegue: Gregorio has one in the first film
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko
film in the wanting to protect his son from a buly.



* JustifiedTitle: "Spy Kids" has a double meaning in the first film

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* JustifiedTitle: "Spy Kids" has a double meaning in the first filmfilm.
* KarmaHoudini: Agent Donnagan for attempting [[spoiler: to ''murder'' all the Cortezes]], in that [[spoiler: he only gets fired from being President of the OSS. Though he does have to answer to his wife for what he did.]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the first time gets incapacitated by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so to his double. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the first time gets incapacitated grabbed by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so to his double. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.



* TheLoad: Carmen hold the impression that Juni is this in the first film, but it gets subverted in many ways. First, he realizes before she does that Ms. Gradenko is a DirtyCop working for Floop, that The Third Brain has to be destroyed, and [[spoiler: how to talk to the Fooglies]].

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* TheLoad: Carmen hold the impression that Juni is this in the first film, but it gets subverted in many ways. First, he realizes before she does that Ms. Gradenko is a DirtyCop working for Floop, that The Third Brain has to be destroyed, and [[spoiler: how to talk to the Fooglies]].Fooglies]], and [[spoiler: convinces Floop to do a HeelFaceTurn]]. Carmen eventually realizes this and tells Juni YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Machete in the first film reveals to the kids that he's their uncle after they come to his shop, and their "real uncle' since Felix is a fake, as Juni points out.



* MasterOfDisguise: Ingrid at the beginning of the first film describes how spies were this, and in the flashback she's shown to be changing wigs several times.

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* MasterOfDisguise: Ingrid at the beginning of the first film describes how spies were this, and in the flashback she's shown to be changing wigs several times. Carmen and Juni manage to purchase new clothes while on the run, undergo an AdrenalineMakeover and hide from the villains for a while.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the third film; Valentin deliberately releases the Toymaker from his virtual prison [[spoiler:just so he could personally forgive him for paralyzing him]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the third film; Valentin deliberately releases the Toymaker from his virtual prison [[spoiler:just so he could personally forgive him for paralyzing him]]him]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ms. Gradenko shows the kids how to communicate with the Fooglies by playing their audio backwards; guess what Juni uses later.



* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When the Carmen and Juni robots first show up in the first movie, Carmen repeatedly tries to beat up the solid metal robot Juni with her bare hands. This does not end well. Robot-Juni eventually writes her off and walks away in disinterest after she knocks herself out.

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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When the Carmen and Juni robots first show up in the first movie, Carmen repeatedly tries to beat up the solid metal robot Juni with her bare hands. This does not end well. Robot-Juni eventually writes her off and walks away in disinterest after she knocks herself out.out with an attempted head-butt.
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