I’d been wanting to see “The Shook Up Shopping Cart” ever since I first read about it. A movie-within-a-movie, it’s the little Disney parody film that appears in Joe Dante’s 1993 Matinee. (Also: Naomi Watts’s film debut.)
Exactly how “Uncle Cedric” was turned into a shopping cart is never fully explained, but, as a shopping cart, he behaves in more of a dog-like manner and has apparently lost the ability to speak. (Unlike, say, My Mother The Car)
Dante: I don’t remember where the Shopping Cart came from but it did come from a basic disgust at that particular type of movie that so many kids were plunked down in front of by their parents. I never liked those “Love Bug” kind of movies, that kind of leaden whimsy didn’t really do much for me. “The Shook Up Shopping Cart” was the kind of film that older kids certainly hated. And that the younger kids were kind of bored with as well.
Joe Dante interviewed on the DVD release of Matinee, by Glenn Erickson