Small Soldiers


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'Small Soldiers'

Overview
Queen Involvement
Cast
Storyline


Overview


Directed by Joe Dante
Produced by Michael Finnell and Colin Wilson
Co-produced by Paul Deason
Executive producer Walter Parkes

Released in 1998.
Length 105 minutes.

Filmed at various locations in the USA.

'Small Soldiers' centres around two new types of toy, 'Gorgonites' and 'Commando Elite', both intelligent war robots developed by a toy company but then withdrawn. The toys are at war, with the Commando Elite attacking the Gorgonites, and their human owners. Eventually the humans and Gorgonites overpower and destroy the Commando Elite.

Queen Involvement


The soundtrack to the film combines rock and hip-hop tracks, and features two versions of 'Another One Bites The Dust'.

The first version appears at around 53:50 into the film, when the Commando Elite are making weapons. This is a unique short version, at 0:55, which is only available within the film, and was derived from the original album version. Full details of this version are available on the 'The Game' album page.

The second version was remixed by Wyclef Jean, and features the original version, with a new dance beat, new instruments, and new vocals by Pras and Free. It was released as a single in 1998, reaching no 5, and was included on the 'Greatest Hits III' compilation. Only 18 seconds of the track appear in the film, during the credits at around 1:42:09, and it segues to and from tracks by different artists. Full details of this remix, and related versions, can be found on the 'Another One Bites The Dust' Remixes page.

Cast


Human cast:
Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith)
Stewart Abernathy (Kevin Dunn)
Irene Abernathy (Ann Magnuson)
Christy Fimple (Kirsten Dunst)
Phil Fimple (Phil Hartman)
Marion Fimple (Wendy Schaal)
Irwin Mayfair (David Cross)
Larry Benson (Jay Mohr)

Toy voiceover cast:
Major Chip Hazard (Tommy Lee Jones)
Kil Killagin (Ernest Borgnine)
Butch Meathook (Jim Brown)
Link Static (Bruce Dern)
Brick Bazooka (George Kennedy)
Nick Nitro (Clint Walker)
Archer (Frank Langella)
Slamfast / Scratchit (Christopher Guest)
Insanadfreakenstein (Michael McKean)
Punch-it (Harry Shearer)
Doll characters (Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci)

Storyline

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