Small Soldiers

Synopsis: 15-year-old Alan Abernathy, the son of a toy store owner, tries out some new action figures: The Commando Elite vs. The Gorgonites. But three months ago, a toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat! The Commando Elite vow to wipe out the Gorgonites in a suburban neighborhood. Alan, his neighbor Christy Fimple, (on whom he has a massive crush) with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos.
Director(s): Joe Dante
Production: Dreamworks
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

GloboTech Industries, long recognized

as the worldwide leader... high-tech weaponry,

is now reaching even higher.

Under the leadership of CEO, Gil Mars...

...GloboTech engineers are blazing the trail

into tomorrow's most exciting sector.

Introducing advanced

battlefield technology...

...into consumer products

for the whole family.

For the first time, you and yours will enjoy

the same high quality standards... demanded by the Defense Department,

at private sector prices.

GloboTech, turning swords into plowshares

for you and your family.

He's here. He's early.

He's not supposed to be here yet.

He said...

Slamfist optimal. Good. Check.


Let me help you with these.

Pretty exciting, huh?

I don't know. I think it's kind of sad.

Heartland Toys has a long tradition

of bringing joy to kids.

Gil Mars won't care about that.

He's just going to care about profits.

I think it sucks.

Welcome to Earth. You may not be

familiar with our customs...

...but things work like this down here,

in the real world.

Well, the real world sucks.

It does have its perks.

Gentlemen, I'm Ms. Kegel,

executive assistant to Mr. Mars.

Let me be the first to welcome you

to the GloboTech family.

Just as he's done with his computer,

telecommunications and food divisions...

...Mr. Mars intends to bring his own

personal touch to Heartland Play Systems.

Well, that's good.

All right.

These are...

Where's everybody else?

There is no longer any "everybody else".

Mr. Mars, it's an honor...

Cut the kiss-ass.

After I leave, I won't remember your name.

This is Irwin Wayfair.

I'm told you two are responsible for this.

Yes, sir. That's Flatchoo,

he's part of the Belch Brigade.

Actually, the whole line was Irwin's idea.

Once I did the marketing, it was the most

successful product in company history.

That's why I bought the place

and why you two are still onboard.

So, let's talk about the future.

Okay, these are Gorgonites. They...

Hi. How are you today?

I'm late.

Okay. I drew up some pictures.

That's a picture you can have.

All right, these are Gorgonites.

And this one.

This is Archer.

He's the grand, noble leader of...

Okay, and Troglokhan...

...the navigator who navigates.

Okay, they're monsters

from the land of Gorgon.

They've come to our world and are lost.

To return to Gorgon...

...they have to learn all about our world.

This way, kids can learn and do research...

Excuse me. Did you say "learn"?

Learn, yeah.


Mr. Mars...

...let me introduce you to...


...Chip Hazard,

leader of the Commando Elite.

It's called multimedia, Irwin. Look into it.

The future is here.

A new age has dawned...

...for action!

The world's most awesome

high-tech fighting force... ready to battle for

the next millennium.

Chip Hazard, reporting for duty!

Wait. Hold on.

Hold on, hold on. Can they really do that?

- Do what?

- Punch out of the box.


I didn't think so.

There's a disclaimer.

Legal says we're completely covered.

You know what I'm sick of?

Commercials showing trucks

popping up on Mount Rushmore...

...and parking on Abraham Lincoln's head.

And shampoo commercials that say

women can look like Claudia Schiffer...

...after one cycle of rinse and repeat.

What if these toys actually could talk?

What if they could walk?

What if they could actually kick ass?

Nick Nitro.

Toys that are so smart

when kids play with them...

...they play back.

Toys that actually do what they do

in the commercials.

That's an interesting idea.

Forget the "Batteries not included" crap.

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Gavin Scott

Gavin Duncan Scott (born 1950) is an English novelist, broadcaster and writer of the Emmy-winning mini-series The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers, The Borrowers and Legend of Earthsea. He spent ten years making films for British television before becoming a screenwriter, creating more than two hundred documentaries and short films for BBC and the commercial TV, including UK’s prestigious Channel 4. His first assignment in the United States was with George Lucas, developing and scripting The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His work ranges from family entertainment to comedy, science fiction and historical dramas. Scott wrote Krakatoa, a Titanic-style movie for National Geographic Feature Films, and an eight-hour adaptation of War and Peace for Lux Vida SPA, directed by Robert Dornhelm (Into the West, The Ten Commandments). He created and executive produced a 22-part television series set in the nineteenth century about the origins of the creative ideas of Jules Verne, which was broadcast around the world. In 2006, his children's film Treasure Island Kids: The Battle for Treasure Island, starring Randy Quaid, was released on DVD. Born in Hull, Yorkshire, Gavin emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1961. At 17 he spent a year as a volunteer teacher in the jungles of Borneo, working with the children of head-hunters, after which he studied history and political science at Victoria University of Wellington, and journalism at the Wellington Polytechnic. He returned to Britain overland across Asia in 1973, traveling through Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Afghanistan and Iran, and worked for Shelter, the British housing charity, before joining the Times Educational Supplement, from which base he also wrote features for The Times. After five years as a reporter and program anchor for BBC Radio, Gavin began in 1980 making films for BBC Television’s Newsnight, covering literary as well as political subjects; among his interviewees, J.B. Priestley, Christopher Isherwood, Iris Murdoch and John Fowles. He then made documentaries on science and culture for series such as Horizon and Man Alive before joining Channel 4 News, for which he made films until 1990. Following the death of Maurice Macmillan in 1984, son of the former British Prime Minister and MP for Surrey South West Harold Macmillan, Gavin Scott was selected and stood as a Liberal here at the Parliamentary Byelection for the Liberal/SDP Alliance and came within 2600 votes of taking the seat from the Conservative candidate Virginia Bottomley who went on to serve in John Major's cabinet. It was during this time that he started writing novels, including Hot Pursuit, about a Russian satellite that crashed in New Zealand, and A Flight of Lies, about the hunt for the bones of Peking Man. He has recently written a Dickensian historical novel set in the nineteenth century, The Adventures of Toby Wey. Gavin is also a sculptor, creating shadow boxes similar to those of Joseph Cornell, using mass-produced toys as his medium. He lives with his family in Santa Monica, California, and recently finished writing the script of Absolutely Anything with Terry Jones. more…

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