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(1992)

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Jamie Foxx's film debut.
Robin Williams states that dying his hair orange, and the costume he wore, made him feel like The Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who (1963).
It took director Barry Levinson over 10 years to develop the film. It took 10 months to shoot.
The blue car that Leslie drives is a very rare 1950 Muntz Jet, of which fewer than 400 were made.
Released about a month after the release of Disney's Aladdin, in which Robin Williams voiced the Genie. Because of this, Williams asked Disney to keep his name out of the marketing for Aladdin and for the Genie to not take up more than 25% of the film's ad space. Disney ended up going back on the deal for both counts, resulting in a falling out between Williams and the studio.
Much of the look draws its inspiration from surrealist painter René Magritte. This is most obvious in the break in scene where Leslie and Alsatia pretend they're doing a music video featuring raining men in the background.
As of May, 2001 the Zevo Tombstone (the stone elephant) resides at Planet Hollywood in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Leslie 'Robin Williams' and Owen 'Arthur Malet' had previously worked together on the movie Hook (1991) which was released the year before.
The scene where General Zevo is trying to kill a fly with his gun is a reference to a Confucius quote: "Never use a cannon to kill a fly."
In the arcade sequence, where a child is shown playing one of the military games of a helicopter destroying civilian vehicles, a "kill" monitor is visible at the bottom of the screen listing the number of cars destroyed by model. Only the Volvo column is still at zero kills, an in-joke referring to the Volvo's legendary safety and indestructibility.
In the arcade scene, the intro to Tank Gunner is actually the intro to Absolute Entertainment's Super Battletank. One year later, Absolute Entertainment released the video game adaptation for Toys.
A long-cherished project for Barry Levinson, this was originally set to be his directorial debut.
The "electric jacket" worn by Robin Williams was created by the Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini.
The black SUV that the General and Patrick ride in is a Lamborghini LM002.
The words used by the General in an attempt to stop the rampaging sea creature are "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto", the same words used to command the robot Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Also these were the same words Ash was supposed to use in Army of Darkness prior to picking up the necronomicon.
The field scenes were filmed at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California.
General Zevo mentions building armed "toy" planes and refers to himself as the "general of tomorrow." Small pilotless aircraft have been used by militaries since World War I, but the RQ-1 Predator (a system that closely resembles General Zevo's idea) entered service three years after the film was released.
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 15th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1992.
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Yeardley Smith plays a researcher in several scenes. She's better known as the voice of Lisa Simpson.
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When Sherry Lansing took over as head of production at Fox in 1980, this was one of the first movies on her development slate.
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The television show the guards are watching, before the music video, is Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964).
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First project featuring both Blake Clark and Joan Cusack. The pair starred in Toy Story 3, with Cusack as Jessie, and Clark taking over the role of Slinky Dog (for the late Jim Varney).
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One of five produced cinema movie screenplay collaborations of screenwriters Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson. The films are: Toys (1992), Best Friends (1982), Inside Moves (1980), ...and justice for all. (1979), and Unfaithfully Yours (1984).
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Barry Levinson: [Ralph Tabakin] Ralph (Fred) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999).
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