The German dubbed version of the film swaps the genders of two main characters: Toaster is voiced by a man, and Lampy is voiced by a woman.
The hanging lamp (voiced by Phil Hartman) is based on 'Peter Lorre' in both voice and appearance.
Loudmouth (the Radio) directs the group "North by northwest" then cautions them to "watch out for low-flying aircraft". This is a reference to the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest (1959) in which Cary Grant is chased by a low-flying biplane.
Two weeks after recording their dialogue, Jon Lovitz and 'Phil Hartman' joined "Saturday Night" (1975).
The main cast is The Groundling Group, comprised of Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Timothy E. Day, Deanna Oliver, Thurl Ravenscroft, and 'Phil Hartman'.
Rob (The Master) and his mother's apartment number is A113, which was the number of John Lasseter's room in college. A113 also shows up in Toy Story (1995) and A Bug's Life (1998), which he directed.
The film was a smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival, but failed to find a distributor. It was aired on the Disney Channel in 1987, then had appeared in the Park City Film Festival in 1988, before finally having a brief theatrical release at New York's Film Forum in May 1989, but still failed to find a distributor. It was actually shown in parts at various theaters as a serial from week to week, and in 1991, it was distributed on video. In October 2003, it finally had a DVD release alongside its two sequels.