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  • Don Mancini (the creator of the characters and series) is not involved in this film, and has, along with Alex Vincent, Christine Elise, and Jennifer Tilly, expressed his lack of interest in it.
  • The stand-ins for "Good Guy" dolls in this movie are the "Buddi" dolls.
  • This will be the first Chucky movie to be shot in the widescreen 2.39:1 "scope" aspect ratio, unlike the original theatrical films, which were shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • The original creators of Chucky (and every sequel before this) decided to do a separate limited series to continue the storyline there.
  • In place of the Play Pals company that manufactured the Chucky Good Guy Dolls is Kaslan Industries, which are manufacturers of the various Buddi dolls: ranging from human dolls to animal dolls, and initially unlike Play Pals did not begin primarily as a toy creative company, but rather an advanced electronics industry: developing advanced robotics such as drones, camera wear and modem software.
  • The film features narrative material relating to Andy's father and Karen's husband, details that were originally omitted from the original 1988 film, which included a deleted scene where Andy Barclay (Played by Alex Vincent) shows a framed picture of his father to Chucky, stating he died in a car crash.
  • Andy Barclay in the film is considerably older, around the early pre-teen bracket as opposed to the original Child's Play's Andy (Alex Vincent) who was a six-year-old child. Andy in the film also bears a handicap in the form of a hearing aid, displaying the character bears limited hearing.
  • The Buddi dolls introduced are part of series of dolls: the first Buddis are the human dolls that feature Chucky; the second includes the updated Buddi dolls, along with the Buddi Bears.
  • Mark Hamilll previously voiced Chucky in the television series Robot Chicken (2005). The episode: Plastic Buffet (2005).
  • Chucky's voice actor was revealed on 31 March 2019 to be Mark Hamill.
  • Tom Holland the director of the original, posted on Twitter about Mark Hamill's casting of Chucky as a "smart move."
  • Tim Matheson (Henry Kaslan) co-starred alongside the original Mrs. Barclay (Catherine Hicks), years prior in the shortlived television series, Tucker's Witch (1982).
  • The music used in the trailer about "My Best Friend" was the theme song to the television series The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) which starred the late actor Bill Bixby.
  • Andy decides to call Chucky "Han Solo," a character made famous in the Star Wars films. Chucky is voiced by Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • One of two Chucky-related films released in 2019. The other being, Charles (2020). Neither had any involvement from franchise creator Don Mancini, who is currently working on a television series continuation of the original series.
  • Among the accessories displayed for the Buddi2 doll is a Leprechaun costume. This is most likely a nod to the slasher film series of the same name.
  • At one point a toy police car is activated and states "dead or alive, you're coming with me." This is an obvious reference to Robocop, which was also released by Orion Pictures.
  • There are very obvious callouts to ET: The Extraterrestrial throughout the movie. Chucky has a glowing finger that makes things work. Andy wears a bright red sweatshirt through most of the movie. Chucky learns how to do things from watching TV, just as ET does.
  • Mark Hamill is also famous for doing the voice of the Joker in the DCAU, amongst others. Coincidentally, Brad Dourif, the original voice of Chucky, was considered for the part of the Joker in Batman (1989), but Warner Bros. overruled him.
  • The toy car that drives by Andy quotes "Robocop" by saying "dead or alive you're coming with me"
  • The horror film the kids are watching with Chucky interpreting it is "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2"
  • Director Lars Klevberg said in the IMDb commentary that ET was a big influence on the film. Other commentators have noticed influences from ET such as Chucky's glowing finger (as with ET's finger), Chucky's learning through watching television (as did ET) and Andy's wearing of a red hoodie in much of the film (as with Elliott's red hoodie).
  • Director Lars Klevberg said in the IMDb commentary that an earlier draft of the script was set at Christmas, as the original Child's Play (1988) was. This was changed in the final script, but Lars thought that it would be funny to retain the scene in which Shane is ambushed whilst taking down the Christmas lights.
  • Jensen Ackles was considered to voice Chucky.
  • The store where the dolls are being sold is the same store as seen in Jumunji as Sir-Save-A-Lot. In both movies, the store becomes the center of destruction.
  • There is a Killer Klowns From Outer Space movie poster on the wall in Andy's room. Killer Klowns From Outer Space was released in 1988, the same year as the original Child's Play.
  • When it came time to resurrect Child's Play, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, the producers of It, and director Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) looked to Todd Masters to create the new Chucky. With over thirty years of experience in the industry, Todd Masters and MastersFX sport a diverse resume of film and television projects that include Tales from the Crypt, Slither, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, True Blood, Fringe, Elysium, and A Handmaid's Tale. Todd spoke with SWSCA about the trials and tribulations of bringing Chucky back to life.
  • Todd Masters loved the script, and knew that to make the actions called for in the story happen, he would have to build a number of different dolls. To get started, Masters studied what Kevin Yagher had done with the original Chucky movies. Like those films, "we really wanted it to be a practical, physical, touch the doll kind of movie," Todd says. "The benefit to using practical effects was obvious." So an army of Chucky dolls and puppets would be built.
  • Early on, the artists at MastersFX would create some of the initial designs for the new Chucky. Once director Lars Klevberg came onboard the production, however, he would bring new doll designs by artist Einar Martinsen. The Martinsen designs would be a big influence on the Chucky look, recalls Masters, "He was sending us concepts that were beautiful." Because of the 3D design program that Martinsen was using, Master's team was able to immediately take that data, drop it into the MastersFX studio pipeline, and begin making puppets. it was hardcore puppet building just like in the 80s, but with some assistance from modern tech," including the digital sculptures, some 3D printed animatronic parts to go with traditional mechanical parts, and even some 3D printed molds.
  • MastersFX would build seven animatronic puppets with interchangeable arms, legs, and heads so that they could mix and match as the scene called for. Several of the puppets would be "heroes" capable of multiple fuctions. They would also construct a few replacement heads, so that if one head went down, it was easy to make a quick swap so production wouldn't be held up while repairs were being made. The interchangeable features also paid off when the puppets would be configured for different continuities and need to be switched out quickly.
  • Chucky's facial features were radio-controlled, with arms, legs and body puppeteered by rods.
  • To bring life to his fully articulated hands, Chucky's little fingers were threaded with tiny cables that would lead back through a rod and out the elbow to a finger control mechanism operated by the puppeteers. MastersFX mechanics would also create self-contained radio-controlled hands that were capable of a bit less articulation for wider shots that didn't require as much finger movement.
  • For the gross body movements or for taking a step or two, the Chucky dolls were simply Bunraku rod puppets. The bodies of the hero puppets all had multiple mounting points for the control rods. Puppeteer Jason Ward would wear a shoulder and waist harness that would support the doll and then guide it as needed. Usually, the legs of the puppets could be left loose or the joints could be locked down when being controlled by rods. Major walking or running scenes would be achieved with CG as would some of the eye movements and color changes.
  • At one point, there was a plan for the Chucky dolls to have digital monitors built into their eyes. The little monitors would be programmed with animation and would have been able to look left, look right, change colors, and dilate. However, as they would have to be puppeteered on set, the monitor eyes would have added another puppeteer and potentially more shooting time to an already short production schedule, so the producers decided to animate Chucky's eyes digitally. Still, Todd Masters was excited about the potential for incorporating monitor eyes into an otherwise fully mechanical puppet and would love to use the technology for another character in the future.
  • One version of the Chucky puppet, which was referred to as 'Robo-Chucky,' was entirely self-contained. The body was filled with servos to control the various body parts and the head was also completely remote controlled. Two of the 'Robo-Chucky' puppets were built. They, too, had the interchangeable features of the other puppets.
  • In one sequence, an interior of Chucky's chest was built for a chest-opening scene, which Todd remembers as, "really cool." MastersFX would also contribute gore and other makeup effects to the production.
  • MastersFX would also build a large amount of the 'Buddi' line of dolls, the product that would appear on the store shelves. However, the dolls inside the boxes were simply empty shells that were not required to do anything. Master's team would also construct the boxes and packaging for the dolls. They built "a zillion of those things," recalls Masters.
  • Another difference between the 1980's and today was the build schedule. "They don't give you the time that we used to have in the 80's they want it almost like a TV schedule," Todd Masters said. While Kevin Yagher and his team had almost a year to build the Chucky dolls for the original film, the crew at MastersFX would have only nine weeks In order to meet this tight schedule, Masters would have all three of his shops, (Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles) working on the show. "We knew it was going to be quite the overwhelming onslaught." By rotating crews and working weekend shifts, Todd and crew were able to meet the tight schedule. "It was quite crazy."
  • Todd Masters clearly enjoyed his time with Chucky. When the original film was made, digital effects were just beginning. Now, they are a regular filmmaking tool. Masters likes that filmmakers are learning to use all of the tools available to them. Or, as he says, "practical for what it's best for and digital for what it's best for." Masters would say that artists in the makeup effects field are fortunate to, "kind of be these mad scientists, [and] inventors." And about practical effects, he would say it's about, "reinventing and reinventing, reinventing and continuing to develop the art form."
  • Universal studios, Mancini, Kirschner and Dourif, are not associated with this reboot.

Spoilers

  • Chucky is said to be a technologically advanced smart toy whose AI is programmed to have no limitations to learning or violence.
  • Maggie Peterson's death by Chucky in the original 1988 film is referenced when another character jumps to his death from a building onto a car.
  • Body-Count: 8 (plus the 'Chucky' Buddi doll & Barclay cat, Mickey Rooney)
  • The Rototiller that kills Karen's boyfriend Shane has "CP88" written in it, a reference to the original Child's Play (1988).
  • Most of this film's deaths could not resemble any of the deaths from the original sequels too closely. This was due to Universal Studios still retaining the rights to every Child's Play sequel, up to and including the Chucky films that dropped the "Child's Play" title.
  • Early in the film, Karen jokingly mimes multiple deaths, including pretending to hang herself. This foreshadows Chucky's later attempt to kill her via hanging.
  • Andy approaches Chucky with a hammer the first time he intends to kill Chucky. This is a clear nod to Chucky's first murder weapon in Child's Play 1988.
  • In the original Child's Play, Chucky is created through Voodoo. In the remake, Chucky is created by a disgruntled sweat shop worker who disables all his safety parameters. This is very similar to the Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror where the Krusty Doll is set to EVIL instead of GOOD.
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