movie, writer-director Robert Rodriguez brought a fresh angle to fantasy adventures.
Two generations of characters shared the honours in a tale of espionage, heroes, villains, gadgets and family loyalties.
With the theater group, Taylor's unique personality and dramatic and comedic dexterity were quickly discovered by audiences in and around Phoenix.
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These sequences, which involve the evil Mr Electric (also Lopez), an Ice Princess and various ordeals, are in 3D.
But his teacher, Mr Electricidad (George Lopez) won't tolerate talk of their existence, and his bullying classmate Linus (Jacob Davich) steals and defaces the diary.
Max is vindicated, however, when Sharkboy and Lavagirl turn up and whisk him away from the classroom to the Planet Drool, which is about to be destroyed - and only he can save it.
But the series wore out its welcome; its final instalment, experience.
It stars Cayden Boyd, a blond boy with a touch of the Macaulay Culkin about him, as Max.
While his parents (David Arquette and Kristin Davis) squabble over the mother's demands that the father grow up and get a real job, rather than being a writer, Max keeps a diary of his dreams in which he records the adventures of two characters, the marine-based Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner), who has fins and teeth, and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley), whose hair is brilliant pink, whose touch burns and who shoots volcanic lava from her fingertips.They are characters from his dreams, but they are also real, Max learns, when they pay him a visit at night.