Small Soldiers deserved to be a box office success.
Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the release of the movie Small Soldiers? This family-friendly film was directed by Joe Dante and released on July 10, 1998. The hybrid film blends humor, imagination, and memorable characters to captivate audiences of all ages. It follows the story of two rival factions of action figures that come to life due to an experimental microchip. The Gorgonites, a group of peace-seeking aliens, and the Commando Elite, a squad of militaristic soldiers, battle it out. At the same time, a group of resourceful kids find themselves caught in the middle. It offers a unique twist on the traditional toy-centric narrative.
The film boasts an exceptional cast.
It features the talents of Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, Denis Leary, Kevin Dunn, and Phil Hartman. This would be Hartman’s final on-screen film role as he was shot by his wife two months before the premiere. The voice cast, which includes Tommy Lee Jones and Frank Langella, breathes life into the animated toy characters, imbuing them with distinct personalities and adding depth to their interactions.
Small Soldiers blends live-action and CGI.
It created a visually stunning experience that delights audiences and showcases the potential of computer-generated imagery in storytelling. Beyond its action-packed sequences and witty banter, the film explores deeper themes of identity, loyalty, and the ethics of warfare. The film encourages viewers to question the consequences of unchecked technology and the impact of violence on innocent lives.
Although Small Soldiers didn’t achieve the same level of commercial success as some of its contemporaries, it has since garnered a dedicated following. To this day, it remains a beloved cult classic. Its innovative premise and endearing characters continue to capture the hearts of fans worldwide. You can feel the film’s influence in subsequent films and television shows that explore similar themes.
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Small Soldiers, it continues to remind us of the joy and wonder that toys bring our lives, reminding us to embrace our imagination and cherish the adventures that can unfold within our imaginations. It is a film that ignited our childhood fantasies and continues to inspire the young at heart for a quarter of a century. Here’s to the Gorgonites, the Commando Elite, and the extraordinary adventure they took us on. Happy 25th anniversary, Small Soldiers!