The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

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Wayne Szalinski is your average "nutty scientist", working on a top secret machine that shrinks objects. When it unexpectedly starts working, he's so amazed he forgets to tell his family to be careful. And when they wander into his lab... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The film's original title was "Teenie Weenies", which was rejected on the grounds that it sounded too much like a kiddies' film with no appeal to adults. See more »

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When Nick and Russ are on the bee, when the bee flies back down and hits the blades of grass, before Nick and Russ fly off a harness can be clearly seen on Nick for a few frames. See more »

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Nick Szalinski: [Ron lights a torch from cigarette ashes] Cool! Now we can see in the dark!
Ronald 'Ron' Thompson: Hey, Antie look! Headlights!
[Antie wiggles his antennae in curiosity]
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Great Disney fun!
31 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rememeber seeing this film in summer 1989 in the movie theater when I was still in elementary school. On the big screen the FX are so cool! They don't translate as well on the small screen, though. It's also funny to see the Matt Frewer character making pot shots at Rick Moranis's character. The shrunken kids' adventure to cross the yard is also cool. The Roger Rabbit short "Tummy Trouble" before the start of the film is an added bonus! Great Disney fun!


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