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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.

Director:

Joe Johnston

Writers:

Stuart Gordon (story), Brian Yuzna (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Moranis ... Wayne Szalinski
Matt Frewer ... Big Russ Thompson
Marcia Strassman ... Diane Szalinski
Kristine Sutherland ... Mae Thompson
Thomas Wilson Brown ... Little Russ Thompson (as Thomas Brown)
Jared Rushton ... Ron Thompson
Amy O'Neill ... Amy Szalinski
Robert Oliveri ... Nick Szalinski
Carl Steven ... Tommy Pervis
Mark L. Taylor ... Don Forrester
Kimmy Robertson ... Gloria Forrester
Lou Cutell ... Dr. Brainard
Laura Waterbury ... Female Cop
Trevor Galtress Trevor Galtress ... Male Cop
Martin Aylett Martin Aylett ... Harold Boorstein
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Storyline

On the brink of perfecting his state-of-the-art matter-shrinking machine, the suburban paterfamilias and indefatigable inventor, Professor Wayne Szalinski, realises that his device truly works, when it zaps both his kids and their friends. Now, to return to the relative safety of their home while being reduced to a mere quarter-inch size, the minuscule humans must venture out into the dense and perilous landscapes of their now-immense backyard--a hostile environment where nearly everything spells trouble. Can the kids exit the green maze of grass in one piece? Written by Nick Riganas

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The most astonishing, innovative, backyard adventure of all time!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grounded See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,262,961, 25 June 1989

Gross USA:

$130,724,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$222,724,172
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 40 mins) When Ron and Amy are separated from Nick and little Russ, they are bickering. While bickering, Ron says "Your face will be on a milk carton." Jared Rushton, was in Big (1988) and the main character (David Moscow) ends up on a milk carton. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) When Nick is in the spoon, the milk around him turns green. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mailman: Good morning, Quark.
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Connections

Spoofed in WTFark!: Honey, I Drunk The Kids (2014) See more »

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Powerplay
Written and Performed by Gary Mallaber and John Massaro
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Great Disney fun!
31 July 2000 | by Monika-5See 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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