Military maneuvers: Small Soldiers of the world are united by virtual and on-set lighting

Lighting and shooting animatronic dinosaurs and making a seamless look with digital versions of the same creatures may be a chore. Accomplishing a similar feat on foot-high characters who frequently share screen space with full-size humans is arguably harder. In Joe Dante's Small Soldiers, a DreamWorks presentation set for release July 10, opposing bands of toy action figures come to life and wreak havoc on an ordinary suburban block, catching the human inhabitants in their crossfire.

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