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 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 by The Weinstein Company. Both companies are owned by the Weinstein brothers (in the case of Dimension, it was originally owned by the Weinstein's former company Miramax Films back when they were owned by Disney, but after the Weinsteins left Disney they took Dimension and made it a TWC banner; Disney later sold off Miramax).
  • 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 but it hasn't stopped an animated TV show on Netflix from happening.
  • Golden Raspberry Award: The third movie earned one for Worst Supporting Actor for Sylvester Stallone.
  • Image Source:
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Selena Gomez was a girl in Game Over at the age of 10.
  • Sequel Gap: Eight years between Game Over and All the Time in the World.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Considering many of the principals are best known for making hard-R action films, this is likely a major motivation for the movie being made. Also why Jessica Alba and Joel McHale did the fourth movie.
  • 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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