This film liberally borrows gags, situations, set-ups, costumes, and plots from many of the shorts that made up the original Our Gang (Little Rascals) movie series. Some examples: - Hook and Ladder (1932): The gang as firefighters - Hi'-Neighbor! (1934): Building the go-cart (a fire engine in the original), knocking over the pedestrian on the sidewalk. - Anniversary Trouble (1935): The "hi/high-sign" (the only short in which it is prominently featured) - Hearts Are Thumps (1937): The He-Man Woman Haters Club, the gang spiking Alfalfa and Darla's lunch, Alfalfa's "bubble song." - Rushin' Ballet (1937): Alfalfa and Spanky in drag at a ballet recital. The costumes are exact duplicates of the originals. - Mail and Female (1937): (once again) The He-Man Woman Haters Club, the love note, "1st Messenger" Buckwheat, and "2nd Messenger" Porky. - Auto Antics (1939): The go-cart race - Three Smart Guys (1943): Buckwheat and Porky catching one another's fishing hook and trying to (unknowingly) reel each other in.
Although the cast of characters mostly reflects the 1937-39 incarnation of the gang, notable exceptions include: Stymie (1930-35), Froggie (1940-44, who actually replaced Alfalfa as Spanky's sidekick), Uh-huh (1933), and Miss Crabtree (1930-32).
Based on the "Our Gang" comedies, a series of comedy short films produced by Hal Roach from 1922 to 1938, and by MGM from 1938 to 1944. The 1929-1938 Roach entries were later syndicated to television in the 1950s as The Little Rascals (1955).
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have cameos as Darla's friends at her sleepover. Blake McIver Ewing who plays Waldo had a recurring role on their show Full House as Derrick, a friend of their character Michelle.