The filmography of one Robert Rodriguez is all over the map for the most part. The common notion is that his most popular work as a director has come from Sin City and Desperado. And while those films have been very successful, his greatest success was with the Spy Kids trilogy — each film grossing over $85 million dollars a piece. So it makes sense that Warner Bros. jumped all over the chance to finance Rodriguez’s next family adventure, Shorts. It tells the story of a young boy (Jimmy Bennett) who discovers a colorful rock that allows him to simply make a wish and have it come true. So he uses this power to get some friends. Little does he know that these friends come in the form of miniature alien-like dudes who help him fight back against his schoolyard bully — played by Jolie Vanier, who has a very Christina Ricci as Wednesday Adams look to her, which is awesome — and cause all sorts of havoc around the neighborhood.
In addition to the awesome evil girl who looks like a young Christina Ricci, the film looks like it could be a lot of fun. A similar tone to what Rodriguez achieved with the three Spy Kids films. You know, some good ole family fun from the Texas native. Good times, good times. Go ahead and check out the trailer for yourself below. Shorts, which also stars William H. Macy, Kat Dennings and Leslie Mann is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7, 2009.