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Machete Electroshock Gumballs

Contributed by Jack Grimes on Aug 29th, 2021. Artwork published in
March 2001
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    An empty wrapper, seen in detail towards the end of the film.
    Photo: Jack Grimes. License: All Rights Reserved.

    An empty wrapper, seen in detail towards the end of the film.

    Label on a plot-pivotal prop from the 2001 Robert Rodriguez movie Spy Kids. The official Spy Kids wiki gives this description:

    The Machete Electroshock Gumballs are spy gadgets created by Isador “Machete” Cortez. They are green gumballs that, once chewed up and spat out, can electrocute anything and short-circuit anything electric. According to the wrapper, they’re long-lasting, but Carmen doesn’t really trust wrappers.

    I paused the movie to grab a screenshot after recognizing Eckmann-Schrift, a very strangely old-fashioned detail in a movie with such an otherwise futuristic, Y2K-flavored aesthetic, and then spent a couple hours hunting for a match on “GUMBALLS,” which turned out to be the much more period-appropriate Techno. (Thanks, FIU staff!)

    Ed Vega is credited as the film’s art director, but it’s more likely that someone else in the prop department made this honestly inconsequential typographic choice.

    A slightly wider shot of a gumball still in its wrapper, courtesy of the wiki article.
    Source: spykids.fandom.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    A slightly wider shot of a gumball still in its wrapper, courtesy of the wiki article.

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    1 Comment on “Machete Electroshock Gumballs”

    1. What a blast from the past – thanks for this! :)

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