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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Big Russ Thompson
Little Russ Thompson (as Thomas Brown)
Female Cop
Trevor Galtress ...
Male Cop
Martin Aylett ...
Harold Boorstein


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 most astonishing, innovative, backyard adventure of all time!


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23 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Grounded  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$130,724,200 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The titles "Grounded" and "The Big Backyard" were considered and subsequently dropped during pre-production. See more »


In film Scorpion's size was shown equal to the size of an Ant. This is impossible if compared to real life. See more »


Ronald 'Ron' Thompson: [as the kids eat an Oreo, now gigantic to them] They're never going to believe this at school.
Nick Szalinski: Yeah, I can just see the note to the teacher: "Dear Miss Mason, Nick is not absent. He's pinned to this note".
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »


Written by Jelani Jones and Wade Stallings
Performed by Jelani Jones with Planet 10
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Honey, I Enjoyed this Movie
9 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Absent-minded genius Moranis accidentally shrinks his kids to microscopic size and they end up in the yard. At their size, they must fight dangerous creatures like ants and bees and menacing household items like a lawnmower and a garden hose before they can traverse back to the house and hope to be restored to normal size. Amusing Disney comedy is fun for the whole family. The special effects are pretty good as simple household objects are shown as humongous from the perspective of the kids. Moranis is likable as the mad inventor and Strassman is cute as his wife. The young actors don't try to be too cute and Frewer is funny as the neighbor whose son has also been shrunk.

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