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

Character Film
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
Romero   Steve Buscemi
Dinky Winks   Bill Paxton
Devlin George Clooney   George Clooney
Mr. Lisp Robert Patrick  
Ms. Gradenko Teri Hatcher  
Alexandra   Taylor Momsen  
President of the United States   Christopher McDonald  
Toymaker   Sylvester Stallone
Francesca "Cesca" Giggles   Salma Hayek
Demetra   Courtney Jines
Arnold   Ryan Pinkston
Francis   Bobby Edner
Rez   Robert Vito
The Guy   Elijah Wood
Waterpark Girl   Selena Gomez