Trivia / Spy Kids

  • Acting for Two: Jeremy Piven also portrays Tick Tock, the real Big Bad and the one who manipulated him.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • The Bechdel Test: The movie passes this in the first five minutes, with Carmen asking her mother for a bedtime story.
  • The Cast Showoff: You thought Juni's attempt at ballet in the second film was just because Real Men Wear Pink? Daryl Sabara has studied ballet since he was 3.
  • Channel Hop: Kind of. The first three films were released under the Dimension Films name, but the fourth was released under the Disney name. However, Dimension Films was (at the time) distantly owned by Disney, so technically they were always Disney films even if they didn't have the Disney logo at the beginning.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Ricardo Montalbán was actually a wheelchair user at the stage in his life that he appeared in the Spy Kids movies. Robert Rodriguez specifically wrote the role for him.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Courtney Jines for the third movie
  • Executive Meddling: The fourth film. Rodriguez didn't want to make another one and was in no hurry to make another film for producer Harvey Weinstein after he was single-handedly blamed for the failure of Grindhouse. However, he owed Weinstein one more movie in a contract signed before that movie was released and Weinstein wanted a sequel. All The Time in the World was the result.
  • Fake Mixed Race:
    • Juni certainly doesn't look like he could be Antonio Banderas' son.
    • And let's not forget that Juni's mother is mixed-race herself. After all, her father is Ricardo Montalbán.
  • Franchise Killer: Played with. While the third film was always intended to be the last, it quickly became regarded as the weakest of the series; ultimately averted with the fourth film almost a decade later, receiving arguably even worse reviews.
  • Golden Raspberry Award: The third movie earned one for Worst Supporting Actor for Sylvester Stallone.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The 3D version of Spy Kids 3D on DVD went out of print after Lionsgate purchased most of the Miramax library and wasn't released on Blu-ray until 2012, over a year after the film's initial Blu-ray release.
  • Playing Against Type: Danny Trejo as a good guy in a kids' movie, Mike Judge of all people as the Big Bad in Spy Kids 2 and, of course, Robert Rodriguez was directing against type.
  • Product Placement: Carmen and Juni's gadgets include instant McDonald's meals.
  • Sequel Gap: Eight years between Game Over and All the Time in the World.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Angie Harmon was considered for the role of Ingrid, but her commitments on Law & Order prevented her from participating.
    • According to Robert Rodriguez, the theme park at the beginning of Spy Kids 2 was originally going to be Disneyland, but Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington was used instead.

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