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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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Trivia

Quark, which is the dog's name in the movie, is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons, the most stable of which are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei. See more »

Goofs

(at around 37 mins) When the bee arrives at the flower (where Nick is trapped at), the yellow pollen turns dark pink due to the blue/green screens used in the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mailman: Good morning, Quark.
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Honey, I Enjoyed this Movie
9 May 2006 | by kenjhaSee 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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