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  • Awesome Music: Whatever you feel about the movie, the soundtrack had a few dynamite songs. Standouts include Wendy & Lisa's "The Closing of the Year" (the opening and closing theme), Enya's "Ebudae", and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" during the final confrontation with the war toys. The very awesome ear worm from the "music video" is called "The Mirror Song," and was performed on the soundtrack by Thomas Dolby.
    • In addition to Thomas Dolby and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Trevor Horn was heavily involved on the writing and production side, making this film a sort of reunion for early-80s new wave acts.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: General Leland's plan is obviously meant to be insane, but a decade after the movie came out unmanned drones controlled remotely and raining death on their targets became a major part of the US military arsenal.
    • Even more so, drones and other military weapons are being operated by video game controllers, because that's what new recruits are used to.
    • No matter what General Leland says, drone warfare is not a game.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ironically enough, not from the film itself, which has largely been forgotten, but the first teaser trailer became one of these for a while, to the point that it was spoofed by The Simpsons with Mr. Burns in the wheat field in "Burns' Heir".
  • Strawman Has a Point: Leland's plan to make war toys (before he comes up with the concept of actually militarizing them) makes solid economic sense. Zevo Toys seems to operate almost entirely on making toys that would be considered extremely retro, and a handful of extremely common and oft-duplicated novelties. Granted, this is supposed to be a fable, but in the real world such a company would probably crash and burn the first time the economy took a dip. And while his security measures are a little extreme, the factory apparently had no security before he arrived, with the response to industrial espionage apparently just to sigh and throw up their hands.
    • The military aspects of his plan also make sense. Managing drones is much cheaper than putting an army on the ground with all the logistics that entails and leads to fewer deaths of the military using the drones. In-universe, the officers he proposes it too actually agree that it's a good plan, but after he flips his lid in the meeting they refuse to work with him.
      • In a case of Harsher in Hindsight and Technology Marches On, the film's insane premise of a toy manufacturer making weapons for the military comes across as prescient satire versus absolutely ludicrous thanks to the existence of drone warfare.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The absolutely insane premise and dream-like qualities (which turn to nightmare) is difficult to put into words.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Michael Gambon as the father of LL Cool J.


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