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Trivia / Lizzie McGuire

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  • Acting for Two: In The Movie, Isabella Parigi is portrayed by Hilary Duff, but some sources say Haylie Duff (Hilary's sister) provided the singing voice.
  • Actor Allusion: One is made with David and Robert Carradine in the episode where Gordo and Matt make a kung fu movie.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Adam Lamberg is Jewish like his character.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Sara Paxton was in the running to play Lizzie before Hilary Duff was cast. She has a role in the episode "Election" as Nina.
  • Contractual Purity:
    • Hilary Duff naturally ended up with this, and after the show ended she said she turned down a lot of roles that might upset her teen fan base. As the years went on, she did do some raunchier stuff, such as Gossip Girl and War Inc (although she was parodying Contractual Purity there), though her squeaky clean image was never tarnished. She lampshaded this when talking about her pregnancy.
    "Everyone thinks I'm a good girl, but I figured it out."
    • Lalaine later struggled with drug problems after she left the show (it was not because of those that she left; she says she wanted to pursue a music career).
  • Dawson Casting:
    • 17-year old Adam Lamberg as Gordo; because he hit puberty late, he is actually able to pass as a 12-year old pretty convincingly in the pilot, and he managed to remain shorter than Lizzie and Miranda all the way through to the end.
    • 18-year old Kyle Downes as middle schooler Larry Tudgeman. Made more Egregious by the fact that, in the previous series he was in (the Retroactive Recognition-palooza Higher Ground), he was cast as a troubled high schooler.
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    • Also comes up in Conversational Troping when Miranda acts in a school play:
    Animated Lizzie: Wow, Miranda's officially in love with acting. Maybe when she's thirty years old, she can play a teenager on Dawson's Creek.
  • Defictionalization: In one episode, Lizzie was inspired to spend more time with her mother after reading a novel titled The Orchids and Gumbo Poker Club for a school assignment. Disney later published an actual novel with that title, with notes from Lizzie included in the margins.
  • Executive Meddling: Disney execs apparently policed what Hilary Duff wore to judge whether it was appropriate or not. A t-shirt with holes in it was deemed fine as long as it didn't show her belly button for some reason.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Lalaine is actually of Filipino descent, while Miranda is Mexican-American. She said growing up that she often felt pressured to look "as white as possible" (which is why she didn't use her last name).
    • Yani Gellman (Canadian/Australian) as Paolo (Italian) in The Movie. Also in the movie, Hilary Duff herself plays Isabella, with the result that Isabella loses her Italian accent whenever she's singing.
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  • Follow the Leader: Every single Disney Channel original sitcom owes its existence to this show's success.
  • He Also Did: Elliot Lurie, who composed the show's theme song, was previously lead vocalist and guitarist for the Looking Glass, an early '70s pop rock band from New Jersey best known for their number one song, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)".
  • I Am Not Spock:
    • Hilary Duff took a break from the spotlight for a while because of being seen only as Lizzie.
    • Lalaine meanwhile is still best known as Miranda.
  • The Merch: Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie McGuire merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly $100 million! That's from Radio Disney's big CD promotion, books based on the episodes being sold, mystery books starring Lizzie (much in the same vein as the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen mystery books), Tokyopop manga adaptations, bed sheets, Barbie dolls, board games, and The Movie.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Hilary Duff had been promised a $500,000 bonus if the movie made over $50 million. When Disney would not pay this - but they did offer Hilary $4 million and 1/4 of the profits of a second film - Hilary's mother insisted it be paid, and the offer of a second film was withdrawn.
  • Name's the Same: Gordo is safe. He doesn't have spikes all around his head.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Aaron Carter guest stars As Himself and shares a kiss with Lizzie under the mistletoe. Carter dated Hilary Duff for a while.
    • Gordo's squeamishness when Lizzie and Miranda want to get bras reflects that the network was unsure about the episode's content - afraid it would alienate boy viewers.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • In an earlier episode, Matt and Lanny try to raise the money to buy ninety-dollar walkie-talkies. A floppy disk and a VHS tape make appearances in the same episode.
    • Throughout the series, Lizzie, Miranda, and Gordo have landlines in their bedrooms rather than cell phones.
    • In Rumors, Lizzie and Miranda are chatting on a fake ICQ client while using Windows 98!
    • In "Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure", Lizzie and Kate have to go to an Internet café in order to get DSL.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • They seemed to be building up to a romance between Larry and Miranda before the latter left the show. The storyline where he hooks up with a minor recurring character was most likely originally for her.
    • There were plans to spin off a "Lizzie in high school" sitcom onto ABC, but never got to be produced, due to Hilary Duff leaving after the show's completion.
    • A pilot for an unaired spinoff series called "What's Stevie Thinking?" was allegedly shot (or at least written), concerning the adventures of Miranda's sister Stevie. Stevie was to be played by a very young Selena Gomez.
    • Towards the show's end, there was a contest for three girls to have animated versions of themselves to have a cameo with the animated Lizzie. The show ended before this could have happened.
    • Ethan Craft was originally written to be the school bully. Danny Kessler was intended as the love interest, but his actor became unavailable. Ethan was changed to a heartthrob and any of his bully qualities were given to Kate.
  • Word of Gay: The writers said that the two men who owned Fredo were imagined by them to be a couple, but of course nothing was said on TV.
  • Working Title: What's Lizzie Thinking? The original title can even be seen on the clapper board during the Hilarious Outtakes.

Additional Trivia:

  • After the 9/11 terrorist attack, the clocks in Lizzie's school are set at 9:11 for the episode directly after it.


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