Spy Kids (partially found unreleased deleted scenes from spy family film; 2001)

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Spy kids US poster.jpg

The film's theatrical poster.

Status: Partially Found

Spy Kids is a 2001 American spy adventure comedy film directed, written, produced and edited by Robert Rodriguez, the creator of the Spy Kids franchise. The film was theatrically released in the United States on March 30th, 2001 by Dimension Films. It was a surprise hit, grossing over $147 million worldwide. A Special Edition version was released in theatres on August 8th, 2001. However it wasn’t included in the DVD release a month later, which included the theatrical version instead.

Cancelled Special Edition DVD[edit | edit source]

On the DVD commentary of the third film in the series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Rodriguez teased a Special Edition DVD of Spy Kids to be released in 2004, but nothing came around. Then in 2005, Rodriguez was interviewed on the Latino Review website, where he talked about the same Special Edition DVD, saying that it would include "commentary for [the movie]", "a whole bunch of interviews with the kids" and "all kinds of deleted scenes which didn’t make it to the Special Edition", and believed it would release around Christmas 2005, right before the fifth anniversary of the franchise.[1] Since the Special Edition DVD never released both times, it is unknown what happened to the deleted scenes, if they still exist. A few clips of these deleted scenes can be seen in the teaser and theatrical trailers.

Cave of Sleeping Sharks scene[edit | edit source]

Only one deleted scene was commercially made available; the "Cave of Sleeping Sharks" scene. It was a 3 minute scene always intended to be in the final cut, and it was Rodriguez's favourite scene in the movie. When Spy Kids was in post-production, Rodriguez had to take the scene out because the special effects he envisioned would break the budget (which was over $35 million), having at least 65 special effects shots just in the scene alone, and he ran out of time to finish it. Thus, in the theatrical release (and eventually the DVD release), it was replaced with a much-shorter, cut-down version of the scene that more people remember, shortening the film from 91 minutes to 88 minutes. The "Sleepy Sharks" scene was lost for ten years until on August 2nd, 2011, for the franchise's tenth anniversary and to coincide with the fourth film in the series, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, a Special Edition Blu-Ray was released, which reincluded the "Sleepy Sharks" scene. However, there is a DVD that came bundled in specially marked Kellogg's boxes for a limited time in Canada[2] that supposedly contains the "Sleepy Sharks" scene too, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

Regional differences[edit | edit source]

While it doesn't include the "Sleepy Sharks" scene, or any of the other deleted scenes for that matter, the Region 4 DVD does include a behind-the-scenes featurette,[3] which the Region 1 DVD lacked. In fact, the Region 1 DVD didn't have any special features included at all, but instead only previews and trailers. It's possible that the special features were being saved for the cancelled Special Edition DVD.

Interestingly, the website Cinematic Intelligence Agency has reviewed the Region 4 DVD, and it mentioned to include deleted scenes and even outtakes, neither of which appear in the Region 4 DVD when it released.[4]

The Region 1 Blu Ray, however, includes new special features which are Growing Up Spy Kids (a two part retrospective looking back at the original Spy Kids trilogy), Robert Rodriguez's Ten Minute Film School and Cooking School, Stunt Piece (a look at the wire work and stunts that the kid actors in the film had performed), and Special Effects Piece (a quick overview of the film's special effects).[5][6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Clip of the "Sleepy Sharks" scene (starting at 2:11).
Original 35mm teaser trailer, where bits of the deleted scenes, as well as alternate versions of scenes from the final cut, can be seen, and removed dialogue can be heard.
Original theatrical trailer, where bits of the deleted scenes, as well as alternate versions of scenes from the final cut, can be seen, and removed dialogue can be heard.

References[edit | edit source]