* AcclaimedFlop: The movie was not a box office success, but was received very well from critics and audiences for staying true to the book. It gained a bigger audience on video and on television.
* DawsonCasting: The older children are played by adults and they look it. It seems odd when they show up in Revolting ''Children''.
** Intentionally so: to a five year old on her first day at school, the place is full of intimidating giants who look like [[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xzj6gRhDG9wC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA125#v=onepage&q&f=false this]].
** Also Matilda is supposedly a 5 year old. But is played by 10 - 12 year olds. But baring in most of them are OlderThanTheyLook. However original Matilda Kerry Ingram could pass on her own but next to the others not so much.
** A special mention goes to Sophia Kiely who was 12 by the time she left looked nothing like her age. Also she is regarded as one on the best Matilda's
** Heather Tepe, of the Broadway production, is currently a swing for Lavender, Nigel, Amanda, Eric, Alice, and Tommy.
* DirectedByCastMember: Danny [=DeVito=] is the director, the narrator, and Harry Wormwood, as well as serving as one of the producers.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** In the movie, one of the investigators assigned to go after Matilda's father is [[Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse Pee-Wee Herman]] while the second one is [[{{Film/Batman}} Bob, Joker's number one guy]].
** Matilda's dad is [[Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Frank Reynolds]], another sleazy character who is an absolute {{Jerkass}} to his children (only it's a lot funnier on ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' since that show's not for kids and there's nothing good about Dennis or Sweet Dee, so [[AssholeVictim they're pretty much getting what they deserve]])
** Bruce Bogtrotter, the cake eater, can be seen two years later [[Film/TheWeddingSinger grabbing Drew Barrymore's butt]].
** Miss Honey is the [[spoiler:widowed]] wife of Lane Pryce in ''Series/MadMen''. She also [[Literature/TheMillenniumSeries moved to Sweden and became a private investigator hunting a killer of women.]]
** Miss Trunchbull is [[Film/HarryPotter Aunt Marge]]. (Or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Darling_Buds_of_May_%28TV_series%29 Ma Larkin]]. Or perhaps [[Series/CallTheMidwife Sister Evangelina]].)
* PromotedFanboy: Creator/MaraWilson mentioned that she and her siblings were longtime fans of the book, and that she put a very serious effort into doing the role properly as the book and character meant so much to her. It is the role she is best identified with, feels is the closest to real life personality, and feels she did the best performance of. She later gave her approval and acclaim to ''Matlida The Musical''.
* RealLifeRelative: Zinnia Wormwood is Danny [=DeVito=]'s real wife Rhea Perlman.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In today's age of cell phones with cameras, Mrs. Trunchbull's violent actions against the children "whom nobody would believe if you would have told them" wouldn't remain a DarkSecret long.
* ThrowItIn: A minor example; As Matilda prepares to go on her first day of school she wears a blue sweater, but Creator/MaraWilson thought it was too itchy and didn't like wearing it. So for the next scene when she gets in the car Wilson took off the sweater and left it folded on her lap.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Originally, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Mariska Hargitay]] was supposed to have played Miss Honey, while Creator/RichardDonner was supposed to direct.
** When the book was still in the works, the protagonist was intended to be male, continuing the trend of little-boy protagonists in other Creator/RoaldDahl books.

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