Small Soldiers

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director:Joe Dante
Writers:Ted Elliott, Zak Penn, Adam Rifkin, Terry Rossio and Gavin Scott
Director of Photography:Jamie Anderson
Editor:Marshall Harvey
Music:Jerry Goldsmith
Production Designer:William Sandell
Producers:Michael Finnell and Colin Wilson
DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures; PG-13; 108 minutes
Cast:Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, Jay Mohr, David Cross, Phil Hartman, Kevin Dunn and Denis Leary
With the Voices of:Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Bruce Dern, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci

A mix of animation and live action, this special-effects fest for kids pits an army of action figures called the Commando Elite against rival toy faction, the Gorgonites. Their battleground: a suburban kitchen. Led by drill sergeant Chip Hazard (voice of Jones), the pumped-up plastic warriors are animated brilliantly, but fail to come alive as memorable characters. These toy soldiers may be cool to watch, but when it comes to personality, they've got nothing on Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

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