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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.
During the 20th anniversary photo shoot, Ross Bagley revealed he improvised the famous "We Got a Dollar" number.
During filming for the ballet scene, Bug Hall and Travis Tedford wanted to learn the choreography but instead were instructed to "goof off".
Director Penelope Spheeris admits the biggest challenge of filming was working with the younger kids as they often had problems saying their lines properly.
Some of the surviving cast members of the original Little Rascals series were upset that they were not asked to participate in the movie.
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).
The producers wanted original Little Rascals star George "Spanky" McFarland to participate in the film, but he passed away during pre-production stages.
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Waldo says, "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed" during the go-kart race. This is what Burt Ward as Robin says when the Dynamic Duo leaves the bat cave in the 60's Batman television series.
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Before filming each day, Penelope Spheeris would hug each child actor to ensure closeness and trust in the group.
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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).
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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.
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Whoopie Goldberg and Raven-Seymone have cameos in the movie. The two would go on to star on ABC's The View.
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Behind the scenes, Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, and Blake Jeremy Collins were close friends.
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Right before the race, Buckwheat acknowledges his mom in the audience and Porky says "whoopy". This is a play on words as Buckwheats mom is played by Whoopi Goldberg.
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In this film, Spanky has a southern accent. Where as in the original "Our gang" shorts, he spoke more like a "New Yorker."
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