Sight and Sound - 10/01/1998
USA Today - 07/31/1998
"...First-rate special effects..."
New York Times - 07/10/1998
"...The voice talent here is extraordinary....The figures themselves are impressive accomplishments..."
Box Office - 09/01/1998
"...SMALL SOLDIERS does boast quite a bit of ingenuity and humor. The animation is excellent, as is the figure design, and the voice cast alone is worth the price of admission..."
Premiere - 07/01/1998
"...The special effects, a mix of computer animation, animatronics, and live action, are an advanced version of what Dante achieved on 1984's GREMLINS..."
Total Film - 05/01/2000
"...GREMLINS director Joe Dante achieves a great balance between playfulness and maliciousness here..."
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 (belligerent war toys) vow to wipe out the Gorgonites (kindhearted misfit fantasy creature figures) in a suburban neighborhood. A young boy, with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos. Listen for the voices of Spinal Tap (Mike McKean, Chris Guest, and Harry Shearer) as Gorgonite Voices as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci (as the voices of evil, mutated Barbie dolls).
The dumpster where the Gorgonites hide from the Commando elite contains a figure of "Gizmo", the original Gremlin from Joe Dante's smash hit GREMLINS.
Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) uses the password "Gizmo" to gain access to Globotech's computers. In a reference to Dante's GREMLINS character.
George Kennedy, Clint Walker, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown unite to play the voices of the Elite Commando soldiers. In 1967 these actors appeared together as soldiers in the WWII film, THE DIRTY DOZEN.
The cast from THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean) play the voices of the Gorgonites.