13. Danny DeVito not only plays Mr. Wormwood but he also serves as the narrator and director.
14. Feature film debut of Craig Lamar Taylor. He went on later to play Malcolm's wheel-chair bound, slow talking, best friend on the television series Malcolm in the Middle. He plays the little boy who catches the newt which falls off of the light fixture - after The Tunchbull's "dance" caused by Matilda using her powers to tip the glass from which Trunchbull drinks.
15 a. Matilda writing on a chalkboard with the power of her mind was an idea later used by Stephen King in Doctor Sleep, his book sequel to The Shining, to send someone a message.
15 b. One of the lunchboxes reads, "Greeting from Asbury Park, New Jersey", a reference to Danny DeVito's hometown. "Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey" is also the name of Bruce Springsteen's first album.