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.
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 main cast is The Groundling Group, comprised of Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Timothy E. Day, Deanna Oliver, Thurl Ravenscroft, and `Phil Hartman`.
Two weeks after recording their dialogue, Jon Lovitz and `Phil Hartman` joined "Saturday Night" (1975).
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.
The hanging lamp (voiced by Phil Hartman) is based on `Peter Lorre` in both voice and appearance.
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.