The pizzas seen being thrown at the bullies who try to attack the kids' tree house are re-used props from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)".
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The Chiodo Brothers are credited with special effects for this film, who also made the 1988 cult film Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). Look for Trolls in the finale that resemble Klowns, as well as the same spinning death effect.
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The emblem on the side of the Briarville police car reads "Ignoramus Ad Infinitum".
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Some people believe the reason why this film didn't perform as well at the box office as its predecessors is because many kids found it to be too scary. Many people agree that the thought of a troll stealing the souls of children, and the trolls deaths to be very disturbing.
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Some ideas the filmmakers and Disney/Touchstone had for the title of this movie they ended up not using were, "Ernest and the Curse", "Ernest and the Trolls", and "Ernest Scared Stiff".
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Many people believe that the meme "Troll Face" came from this film. When Ernest is about to run over Trantor the troll, he says the line, "How about a bumper sandwich booger lips!" After this, he laughs and his face is what "Troll Face" is based on.
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Director John Cherry kept the animatronic head for the main antagonist, Trantor the troll. He used to keep it in his office, but had since given it to his son to display.
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The only Ernest movie reviewed by Siskel and Ebert. This is because Ebert never saw an Ernest movie before. It got Two Thumbs Down.
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A total of 17 trolls appear in this movie.
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It bares a few similarities with another live action Disney Halloween-themed family film, Hocus Pocus (1993). For example, the creepy historical introductions are followed by classroom scenes either a teacher or student narrating about the unpleasant events and its curses against the villagers. In addition, Kenny and Max both meet up against bullies from their school before they face paranormal foes (trolls and witches).
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This is the last time actors Daniel Butler, Larry Black, Jackie Welch and Mike Hutchinson appear in an Ernest movie.
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Disney was thinking of extending their four-picture deal they had set up with Jim Varney and produce more Ernest films. But, due to Ernest Scared Stupid bringing in only a modest gross of $14,143,280 at the U.S. box office, Disney decided not to renew their contract with Varney. Therefore, making this the fourth and final Ernest film to be released under the Disney label, Touchstone Pictures. All future Ernest films were independently produced, and following the financial failure of the theatrical release Ernest Rides Again, the Ernest films shifted to a straight-to-video market.
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Headstones are seen in this film's poster, but there is no cemetery in the film itself. It is speculated by fans that the antagonist Trantor the Troll was originally supposed to dig up dead children to feed his army, and Ernest was a caretaker for a cemetery. This theory hasn't been confirmed, but would seem likely.
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Ernest mentions Mr Potato Head. Jim Varney starred in Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) which featured Mr Potato Head as one of it characters.
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This is the last Ernest movie to have a home video release available in its original widescreen 1.85:1 ratio. Ernest Rides Again was filmed and released in theaters in a widescreen 1.85:1 ratio, but was later released to home video in a modified full frame 1.33:1 ratio. Ernest Goes to School was filmed in a widescreen 1.85:1 ratio with the intent of it going to theaters, but was later released direct-to-video in a modified full frame 1.33:1 ratio. The rest of the series would be filmed in a native 1.33:1 ratio.
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Co-stars Bill Byrge, Daniel Butler, Jackie Welch, Mike Montgomery, Mike Hutchinson, Barry Scott, Myke R. Muller and Barkley the dog were previously in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990).
The film had its first DVD release from Touchstone Home Entertainment on September 3, 2002. Mill Creek Entertainment re-released it on DVD on January 18, 2011, as part of the two-disc set Ernest Triple Feature along with Ernest Goes to Camp and Ernest Goes to Jail. Its third re-release was in Aug. 2011 on Blu-Ray as an individual film.
The only Ernest movie that has bobby in it without chuck.
In an Entertainment Weekley article from 1990 when Ernest Goes to Jail was in theaters, there was discussion about the next Ernest movie titled Ernest Scared Stupid (1991), but the plot described at the time was about Ernest inheriting a haunted house from his family.
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