Trivia / Child's Play

The film series

  • Billing Displacement: Jenny Agutter is given second billing in the second movie, despite her role to be nothing pivotal and more of an irrelevant Innocent Bystander who ends up an Asshole Victim after she shortly Took a Level in Jerkass by finally taking Phil's somewhat inconsiderate recommendation to send Andy back to the orphanage, while Christine Elise, who plays Kyle and is given fourth billing, is the true Supporting Protagonist next to Andy. Same goes to Phil, who's given third billing, but is not as important as Kyle's or Andy's roles and he ends up an Asshole Victim as well.
    • However, the second and third billings of the Simpsons are made more sense in the television cut, due to the theatrical cut gave them little screen time to make Andy and Kyle the focal points, while the television cut gives them more screen time to a point their roles are equivalent to being Decoy Protagonists (akin to Karen Barclay's role in the first film as a parent initially concerned for her child and why he blames the murders on a seemingly inanimate doll before realizing the child was telling the truth all along), until they get bumped off and the points of view shifts to Kyle and back to Andy.
  • Channel Hop: The first movie was by MGM/United Artists. The follow-ups are by Universal or its subsidiaries.
  • The Danza: Grace Poole (played by Grace Zabriskie) in the second film.
  • Development Hell: The remake. According to Don Mancini in the commentary track for Curse, it's due to legal issues between MGM and Universal.
  • Fake American: British actress Jenny Agutter as American foster mother Joanne Simpson in Child's Play 2.
  • Filk Song: A hilariously bad one in Portuguese by a Brazilian band, "Segura o Chuck" ("Hold Down Chuck [sic]").
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Hannah Spearitt - famous pop star and later cult TV star - playing a PA on a film set
  • Meaningful Release Date: Charles Lee Ray becomes Chucky on November 9th, 1988, the same day that the first film opened.
  • Real-Life Relative: 2013's Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif, the daughter of Chucky himself Brad Dourif.
    • Also in the original Child's Play Chucky was sometimes played by Alex Vincent's (Andy's) two-year-old sister.
  • The Red Stapler: Inverted. Ever hear of "My Buddy" dolls? They looked a lot like Chucky. And the series effectively scrapped the line.
    • Played straight as well, as you can buy full-sized Chucky dolls.
  • Throw It In: Brad Dourif ad-libbed Chucky's infamous "fuck you" in the first film's elevator scene.
  • What Could Have Been: Child's Play creator Don Mancini original conception of Child's Play was completely different. Originally titled Blood Buddy, the dolls would have synthetic blood, and Andy would mix his blood with Buddy's fake blood as part of a blood brother ritual. The doll would come alive as a manifestation of Andy's ID, and kill the people Andy had unexpressed anger toward.
    • A Chucky video game for consoles was planned, but sadly the Kickstarter project only raised $585 of its $925,000 goal.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Several sequences:
    • The death of the teacher and the factory finale in 2 were both intended to be featured in the original.
    • The opening scene in Child's Play 3 was originally how Child's Play 2 would have ended (And, in fact, a different version of it is used in some TV versions).
      • It was also how Child's Play was going to end back when the factory was the intended finale
    • The evidence locker scene in Bride of Chucky was going to be the opening of Child's Play 2.
    • The electrocution of Tiffany in Bride of Chucky was how the babysitter died in an earlier draft of the first film's script.
    • The ending of Curse of Chucky with the court case and Chucky being among the evidence and Fioana being declared legally insane was intended for the beginning of Child's Play 2 with Karen Barclay's character
    • Initially, there was supposed to be a shot in Curse of Chucky that revealed that Andy owned a gun store, illustrating just how ready he was for Chucky's return.
  • Revenge: The entire reason Curse of Chucky takes place.
    • Also, a big part of Chucky's motivation in the original Child's Play:
    Chucky: You hear this, you son of a bitch?! I'm gonna get you for it! I'm gonna get you, and I'm gonna get Eddie, NO MATTER WHAT!
  • Talking to Himself: In Seed, Tiff's voice actor, Jennifer Tilly, is a separate and very main character. They lampshade this about every two minutes.