Trivia / Theodore Rex

  • Contractual Obligation Project / Money, Dear Boy: Whoopi Goldberg tried to walk away from the movie, but the studio threatened to sue her for breach of contract if she did so. Goldberg decided it would be better to keep her money and go through the filming, not wanting to go into bankruptcy, like Kim Basinger did after walking off Boxing Helena. Unfortunately for Whoopi, if any one movie could be called responsible for taking her from Oscar-caliber box-office draw to mere game- and talk-show host, it's this one.
  • Direct-to-Video: Wasn't intended to be such, but some issues including poor test screenings meant that there wasn't an option but to do so. Although at $33.5 million, it was the most expensive straight to video movie ever made, New Line only spent $5 million. The licensing of the film to foreign distributors covered the rest of the budget, and most, if not all of these distributors opted for a theatrical release; North America was the most notable territory where it didn't happen.
  • Old Shame: For everyone involved with the movie, including New Line Cinema.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yup, that's Sephiroth's voice coming from the body of an anthro, cookie-loving Tyrannosaurus.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This movie slapped Whoopi off the A-list, and provides the Image Source for that trope.
  • What Could Have Been: This film was intended to be in theaters, but poor test screenings and other issues caused it to be released as a Direct-to-Video film. It still holds the record for most expensive direct-to-video movie ever made and released by a major studio.