- Adaptation Sequence:
- Children's novel —> Movie (1976) —> Movie (1995) —> Movie (2003).
- Also: Children's novel —> Sequel —> TV show
- Follow the Leader: This film inspired a lot of other body switch stories in the 80s.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Dear god, is this movie from the '70s. Most obvious these days is the casual smoking, even around kids.
- What Could Have Been:
- Jodie Foster was originally going to be cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars at a point where George Lucas wanted to make the character significantly younger. Then it was discovered she was still under contract to Disney. Although there may have been a way to break the contract, Foster's mother decided to honour it and she starred in this film instead.
- Jodie Foster also learned how to water ski, training for three days, only to discover that the relevant scenes would be performed in front of green screen - and professionals were to be used as stunt doubles in long shots.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: This is the only direct Freaky Friday adaptation not available on DVD. Presumably, Disney doesn't consider Made For TV Movies high priorities, unless they feature whatever Disney Channel star lots of people like at the moment.