The First generation of the Spy Kids series consists of first three family action films written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The main plot follows the adventures of two Cortez children who become involved in their parents' espionage. The rest of their family are also spies as well, including their estranged uncle Machete and maternal grandparents. The films tend to have a strong Hispanic heritage theme, as Rodriguez is of Mexican descent, although the dialogue is predominately in English.
Ten years before the first film, there was a period of enormous political turmoil. Fearless agents were recruited for espionage missions against enemy spies. Gregorio Cortez and Ingrid Avellan (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino) were enemy spies assigned to kill with each other, but instead they fell in love and married. After an atypical wedding, Gregorio and Ingrid took a break from espionage and started a family.
Spy Kids (2001)
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After retiring from espionage for ten years, Gregorio and Ingrid are pulled back into duty for their important assignment despite the fact they were out of practice, and were captured. Their two children, Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara), discover the truth of their parents' past, which they had neglected to tell them because they were afraid that if they knew, they would picture danger at every corner; and decide to rescue them. On their first mission, Carmen and Juni manage to bring around their estranged uncle, Machete (Danny Trejo), a genius gadget inventor and Juni helps to redeem Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming), an evil genius who goes crazy. Together, Carmen and Juni thwart the plan of Alexander Minion (Tony Shalhoub) to develop an army of androids resembling young children for a mastermind named Mr. Lisp (Robert Patrick). The robots based on Carmen and Juni became part of Floop's show.
Spy Kids 2 - The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
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As agents of the OSS, Carmen and Juni face a particularly hard competition with Gary and Gerti Giggles (Matt O'Leary and Emily Osment), the two children of a double-dealing agent Donnagon Giggles (Mike Judge), whom Carmen and Juni helped to rescue them from the first film. Juni gets fired from the OSS after fighting with Gary over a smaller version of the transmooker, a device that can shut off all electronic devices even though it was Gary who started the fight. Juni loses his spot for the best kid spy of the year award, while Donnagon plans to steal the transmooker to take over the world. On their second mission, Carmen and Juni follow the trail to the mysterious island of Liki-Liki which is home to Romero (Steve Buscemi), an eccentric scientist who attempted to create genetically-minaturised animals, but instead ended up with his island inhabited by mutant monsters. Eventually, Donnagon is fired and Gary is suspended, and the transmooker is destroyed. Juni is offered his job back, but in order to take a break from the OSS, he retires to start his own private eye agency.
Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over (2003)
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After retiring from the OSS, Juni is thrust back into service when an evil mastermind named Sebastian the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone) creates a fictional video game called Game Over, which hypnotizes its users. Carmen was sent on a mission to disable the game, but disappeared on Level 4. With his help of his maternal grandfather, Valentin Avellan (Ricardo Montalban), who uses a wheelchair, Juni is sent after Carmen and helps her to disable the game in order to save the world. It is revealed that Sebastian was the one who disabled Valentin in first place. Instead of avenging his former partner, Valentin forgives Sebastian who is redeemed.
Cast and characters
|Spy Kids||Island of Lost Dreams||Game Over|
|Carmen Cortez||Alexa Vega|
|Juni Cortez||Daryl Sabara|
|Gregorio Cortez||Antonio Banderas|
|Isador "Machete" Cortez||Danny Trejo|
|Fegan Floop||Alan Cumming|
|Alexander Minion||Tony Shalhoub|
|Ingrid Cortez||Carla Gugino|
|Felix Gumm||Cheech Marin|
|Donnagon Giggles||Mike Judge|
|Gary Giggles||Matt O'Leary|
|Gerti Giggles||Emily Osment|
|Valentin Avellan||Ricardo Montalban|
|Helga Avellan||Holland Taylor|
|Dinky Winks||Bill Paxton|
|Devlin||George Clooney||George Clooney|
|Mr. Lisp||Robert Patrick|
|Ms. Gradenko||Teri Hatcher|
|President of the United States||Christopher McDonald|
|Francesca "Cesca" Giggles||Salma Hayek|
|The Guy||Elijah Wood|
|Waterpark Girl||Selena Gomez|