Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
a 2002 family-oriented spy film
that includes science fantasy
elements. It was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez
. It is the second film in
the Spy Kids series
began with 2001
's Spy Kids
and Juni Cortez
have become agents of the OSS, which
now has a new 'Spy Kids' division for children, and face
particularly hard competition with Gary and Gerti Giggles (Emily Osment
), the children of double-dealing agent Donnagon Giggles
), whom Carmen and Juni helped
to rescue in the previous film.
Following an incident at an amusement
(filmed at Six Flags
), where the President's daughter (Taylor Momsen
) deliberately sabotaged a thrill
ride that juggles its passengers, in which the Giggles and the
Cortez kids were competing in the rescue, Donnagon (who somehow
hacked into the teleprompter
from) was named the director of the OSS, and Juni was fired; after
being framed by Gary (who actually was the cause of blame) into
losing the "Transmooker", a highly coveted device that can shut off
all electronic devices
. In this act,
Donnagon can carry forth his plan of wanting to steal the
Transmooker, so he can take control of the world.
Carmen manages to hack into the database and reinstates Juni's
level as an agent, Carmen and Juni follow the trail to a mysterious
island near Madagascar, which is home to Romero (Steve Buscemi), a lunatic scientist.
Romero has been attempting to create genetically-miniaturized
mutated animals) so he can make a profit by selling the animials to
kids, but has instead ended up with mutated "monsters" populating
the island. After a number of action sequences, such as fighting
skeletons and being captured by sporks, literal flying pigs
, the spy kids (with the help of their family,
Romero and Gerti Giggles) destroy the transmooker and defeat
Donnagon, who is then fired by the president, but is probably still
in more trouble with his wife (appearantly this wasn't the first
time he has tried to take over the world). Juni quits afterward due
to the impersonal treatment of agents by the OSS.
Huge New Adventure - Slightly Larger Spies
- Arenal Lake, Costa Rica
- Austin, Texas, USA
- Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA
- Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
- San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Six Flags Over Texas - 2201 Road to Six Flags Street E.,
Arlington, Texas, USA
Despite the fact that this film uses over twice the amount of
effects shots, Rodriguez didn't ask for a larger budget than he had
on the first film. "...I told the studio I don't want more money. I
just want to be more creative," said Rodriguez. Rodriguez picked
some visual effects companies who were eager and less established,
as well as starting up his own Troublemaker Studios
Hybride, who had worked with him on the first film. The film
employs a certain technique to make the movements of the
computer-generated creatures resemble the stop-motion work of
filmmaker Ray Harryhausen
, who has a
cameo in the film. The scene with the army of live skeletons was
shot on a real rock formation with the two young actors on safety
wires; the computer-generated skeletons were later added to over
three dozen shots.
Box office and reviews
- $90,000,000 (United States)
- ¬£5,257,894 (United Kingdom)
- $198,354 (Argentina)
- ‚ā¨783,738 (Italy)
- ‚ā¨1,364,027 (Spain)
Reviews of the film were mostly positive. Michael Wilmington of
Metromix Chicago, noting how Rodriguez borrows many elements from
television and earlier films, stated that, "‚ÄúRodriguez recycles and
refurbishes all these old movie bits with the opportunistic energy
of a man looting his old attic toy chest -- but he also puts some
personal feeling into the movie. This is a film about families
staying together, children asserting themselves and even, to some
degree, Latino power."
VHS and DVD release
The film score is co-written by director Robert Rodriguez
and composer John Debney
, who had also co-written the score
to Spy Kids
. The sound is a mix of
, and includes songs
performed by Alan Cumming
and Alexa Vega
. Unusually, the orchestral score for
the film was recorded in the auditorium of a local high school in
Austin, Georgetown High School.
All tracks composed by John Debney
and performed by
the Texas Philharmonic Orchestra
- "The Juggler"
- "Spy Ballet"
- "Magna Men"
- "Floop's Dream" (performed by Alan
- "Escape from DragonSpy"
- "Island of Lost Dreams"
- "Donnagon's Big Office" / "The Giggles"
- "Mysterious Volcano Island"
- "Romero's Zoo Too"
- "Mothership" / "SpyGrandparents"
- "Magna Racers"
- "Aztec Treasure Room"
- "Creature Battle"
- "Romero's Creatures" / "SpyBeach"
- "SpyDad vs. SpyDad / Romero's Gift"
- "Isle of Dreams" (performed by Alexa
Additional music not on the soundtrack album includes "Oye Como
Spy", which is an adaptation of Tito
's "Oye Como Va
(the song is on the soundtrack album
from the first
films); and "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
" for soprano and eight cellos by