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Little rascals

Production Notes

Length: 95 minutes
Producer: Michael King and William Oakes
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Photography:
Editor: Ross Albert and Peter Tescher
Titles: None
Writer: Penelope Spheeris, Robert Wolterstorff, Michael Scott, Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur
Released: August 5, 1994
Studio: Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures
Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Main Cast

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The grown-up child actors recreate the poster

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Spanky is the president of a club called the He-Man Women-Haters Club for the boys to unite against the girls. However, Spanky's best friend, Alfalfa, has fallen in love with local girl Darla and the gang is worried their relationship will affect their chances in the annual Soap Box Derby style race with the club's prize-winning go-cart, "The Blur." The club's members team up to sabotage Alfalfa's romantic outing with her and are even more shocked that he takes her into their clubhouse. In the end, the sabotage burns down the clubhouse and Darla departs upset, convinced that Alfalfa is ashamed of her in front of the guys. She turns her attentions to Waldo, the wealthy new kid of rich parents. Spanky, Stymie and the gang, meanwhile, judge Alfalfa's punishment to guarding the unprotected go-kart until the day of the race.
Alfalfa is more distracted to win Darla's heart back away from Waldo, leaving Porky and Buckwheat behind to watch it in his absence. Spanky and Alfalfa sneak into Darla's recital disguise themselves to hide from Butch and Woim and unintentionally ruin it when Spanky Puts a frog in Alfalfa's tutu. Alfalfa runs into a curtain when the furious ballet teacher scolds them for ruining it when Alfalfa emerges from the curtain in only his underwear. While Alfalfa runs in town in his underwear, he runs into the bullies again and he runs into a mansion, bumping into a maid. He runs outside and encounters the doberman again runs and jumps into the pool swims all the way across to the other side. As Alfalfa gets out, he pauses and looks down and realizes he's totally naked--his underwear floating on the pool's surface. As he retrieves it, Darla and Waldo have seen everything and giggle. Alfalfa tries explaining but he doberman chases him again.
The gang now desperately needs to win the race to rebuild their clubhouse lost by the fire. Alfalfa tries to win it in a singing contest, but he loses after Waldo douses him with dishwashing liquid. Porky and Buckwheat meanwhile come up with $500 by falsely charging admission to the singing contest at the fair. Spanky loves the idea, but Miss Crabtree, their schoolteacher, finds out about the scheme and warns them about accepting the money. Spanky convinces her to uses the fund as prize money for the go-cart derby. However, by now, the gang has discovered "The Blur" has been stolen, and the whole club turns against Alfalfa for losing it. Alfalfa, meanwhile, turns against Spanky for ruining his relationship with Darla; their fighting splits up the club. Stymie plays peacemaker between them to get the club together and rally as a group to build a new "Blur." The gang has to create an entirely new go-kart from junk in the neighborhood and create "Blur 2: The Sequel." Spanky and Alfalfa get together to drive it, hoping to win the prize money and the trophy.
Butch and Woim have since repainted "The Blur" to disguise it and use it in the race. Waldo is also in the race with Darla as his co-pilot in his over-stated store-bought race-car. Butch and Woim use every dirty tactic to knock everyone else out of the race until it is just them, Spanky and Alfalfa, and Waldo and Darla struggling against each other to take the lead. Darla is quickly learning Waldo is not the gentleman he seems to be, and her heart goes out to Alfalfa as he tries to save the handkerchief she gave him. As he's saving it, everyone crosses the finish line at once, Alfalfa's cowlick winning the day for the gang! When Spanky turns to thank Waldo for knocking Butch out of the race, he's shocked to discover that it's really Darla, nearly unrecognizable in her helmet and racing uniform, having kicked Waldo out of his own car. At the trophy presentation, Spanky is especially shocked when he finally meets his favorite go-kart driver, A.J. Ferguson, now a grown-up woman.
With their clubhouse built, the boys have now broken their one main rule and now allow Darla and her friends into their club.
Quotes:

  • "Alfalfa, that's a part of you I've never seen before!" - Darla
  • "Actually, I've always had a rather extensive vocabulary, not to mention a phenomenal grasp of grammar and a superlative command of syntax. I simply chose not to employ them." - Uh-Huh
  • "And then the clouds opened up and God said, "I hate you, Alfalfa!" - Alfalfa
  • "We are he-man woman-haters. We feed girls to alligators. Our clubhouse burned down mighty low, but we've got a plan to make some dough!" - The He-Man Women-Haters Club
  • "Quick, what's the number for 911?" - Buckwheat
  • "Don't worry, Alfalfa. I used to have the same problem." - Porky
  • Waldo: "We just moved into town. My father bought the oil refinery."
    Darla: "That explains why you're so refined!"
    Alfalfa: "Yeah, and so oily!"
  • "Wood doesn't grow on trees!" - Stymie
  • "I'm usually a lover, not a fighter, but in your case, I'm willing to make an exception!" - Alfalfa
  • "Don't talk to me you Benedict Arnold! You, you Judas Priest!" - Alfalfa
  • Darla: "This tastes like somebody poured it through an old boot!"
    Froggy: "Actually, it's a sneaker!"
  • "Girls have no sense of direction." - Waldo
  • "Waldo, you're the best son money can buy." - Waldo's father
  • Mr. Welling: "If you were my kids, I'd punish you!"
    Stymie: "If you were our dad, we'd punish ourselves!"

Notes/Trivia:

  • Actor George Wendt who plays the lumberyard manager is best known as Norm Peterson on "Cheers," which George McFarland appeared on before his untimely death.
  • The movie borrows heavily from several events and incidents from the series. This list of shorts includes: Three Smart Guys - Porky and Buckwheat unknowingly reeling each other in while fishing, Anniversary Trouble - the gang and the "hi/high-sign," Hearts Are Thumps - the gang spiking Alfalfa and Darla's lunch, Hook And Ladder - the gang as firefighters, Two Too Young - Froggy and Stymie imitating adults by sitting on each other's shoulders to appear taller, Mail And Female, Porky and Buckwheat as messengers for Alfalfa's love letter, Rushin' Ballet - Alfalfa and Spanky in girls' clothes at a ballet recital, Hearts Are Thumps - Alfalfa's "bubble song" at the talent show), Hi'-Neighbor! - building the go-kart, Auto Antics - the go-kart race, and from the animated series,  Cap'n Spanky's Showboat -  the "hole in the bucket" gag..
  • In the movie, Spanky and Alfalfa have been friends since they were one year old.
  • In the movie, Pete belongs to Spanky; his previous owners have included Stymie Beard, Joe Cobb and Wheezer Hutchins among others.
  • Waldo's full name is Waldo Aloysius Johnston III, but his personality is more like the spoiled rich kid, Percy played by Jerry Tucker in Hi'-Neighbor! and Sprucin' Up.
  • Continuity Error - When Alfalfa runs from the ballet school in his underwear to escape Butch and the Woim, he somehow beats Waldo and Darla who have had time to relax, change and get drinks to relax in the pool.
  • Continuity Error - In the talent show, the moon behind Alfalfa is already lowering to lift him up before Spanky even reaches it.
  • Penelope Spheeris began each day by hugging each of her young child actors to ensure trust and closeness in the group.
  • Behind the scenes, Bug Hall (Alfalfa) became friends with Travis Tedford (Spanky) and Blake Jeremy Collins (Woim).
  • During production, Spheeris did the middle scenes first and the opening scenes later so the kids would already be close friends when the film began.
  • Spheeris recalls that the kids had no problems recalling their lines, but they still recalled the original script when the lines were changed through filming.
  • Several of the kids lost their baby teeth during filming.
  • Most of the uncredited child actors in the movie have been identified to some degree except for Sean Wargo and Andy Reassynder from the remaining nine boys in the clubhouse scenes.
  • Bug Hall would later have a cameo in The Little Rascals Save The Day.
  • See Also: Deleted Scenes
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