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When a military general inherits a toy making company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Tyler
Captain Patrick Zevo
Owen Owens
Old General Zevo
Nurse Debbie
Wendy Melvoin ...
Choir Soloist
Guard at Desk


An eccentric toymaker's last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is a military General, and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie, who was much more like his toymaking father. When the General starts making weapons instead of toys, Leslie decides to take action. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Laughter is a state of mind.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolta dos Brinquedos  »

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Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)


$21,452,082 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print) (dvd release)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The field scenes were filmed at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, CA See more »


At the end of the film when the Zevo tombstone (stone elephant) is flying through the air, the wire carrying the elephant is clearly visible. See more »


Alsatia Zevo: So this is Paris.
Patrick Zevo: What?
Leslie Zevo: She still needs some work.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Viewer Mail #2 (2012) See more »


Written by Trevor Horn and Hans Zimmer
Performed by Grace Jones
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A wonderfully misunderstood and neglected work of genius
16 March 2000 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of my all-time favourite films, in the same league as "Run Lola Run", "Pi", and "Contact" for films that make you feel something you've always known to be true but just weren't quite aware of. Never have I seen such a subtle and innocent social critique. Amazing visuals, wacky sound effects, and a well-suited musical score add tremendously to the already brilliant plot. This film is much more than a simple movie, it is a work of art. Consider yourself lucky if you get to see this gem, for most will surely overlook it.

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