Trivia / Small Soldiers

  • Acting for Two: Slamfist and Scratch-It are both voiced by Christopher Guest, while Insaniac and Freakenstein are voiced by Michael McKean.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Tommy Lee Jones voices Major Chip Hazard, who at the end of the second act gets horrific burns down one side of his face. The Commandos all bear some resemblance to their voice actors.
    • A scientist played by Robert Picardo who creates AI-based technology that succeeds beyond one's wildest dreams? Yeah, THAT'S never happened before...
    • Director allusion - Alan is shown with a Gremlin skull on his desk. Joe Dante directed Gremlins and its sequel. There's also a piranha toy next to the fish tank. Joe Dante had also directed Piranha.
  • All-Star Cast: The film is led by Kirsten Dunst at the height of her 90s popularity, and the toys are voiced by the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Ernest Borgnine, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci. Noted names like Phil Hartman, Jay Mohr and Dennis Leary round out the cast.
  • Billing Displacement: Kirsten Dunst is the first billed despite playing the love interest.
  • Casting Gag: The Commandos are voiced by numerous stars from The Dirty Dozen.
  • Creator In-Joke: The music from Patton is heard as Chip Hazard gives his speech. Jerry Goldsmith, who worked on this film, had composed the music for that as well.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Christopher Guest as Scratch-It.
  • The Danza: Phil Hartman as Phil Fimple.
  • In Memoriam: A dedication to Phil Hartman at the end of the movie.
  • Too Soon:
    • The scene of the Commandos attacking Phil Fimple had to be edited down after Phil Hartman's murder.
    • The Kip Killigan toy was not distributed in Oregon, as a teen called Kip Kinkel went on a shooting spree there shortly before the film was released.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Scratch-It shows no visible signs of her sex.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Joe Dante wanted another actual member of the Dirty Dozen to take part, but Charles Bronson refused (interestingly, he didn't care for The Dirty Dozen).
    • Before that, an idea was to have the cast of Predator voice the Commandos - Arnold Schwarzenegger for Chip Hazard, Jesse Ventura as Brick Bazooka, Shane Black as Kip Killigan, Carl Weathers as Butch Meathook, Sonny Landham as Nick Nitro and Bill Duke as Link Static.
    • The film was originally supposed to be edgier and aimed at teens but when the studio saw an opportunity to profit from children's toys based on the characters, Dante had to tone down the violence.
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