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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wayne Szalinski
... Big Russ Thompson
... Diane Szalinski
... Mae Thompson
... Little Russ Thompson (as Thomas Brown)
... Ron Thompson
... Amy Szalinski
... Nick Szalinski
... Tommy Pervis
... Don Forrester
... Gloria Forrester
... Dr. Brainard
... Female Cop
Trevor Galtress ... Male Cop
Martin Aylett ... Harold Boorstein
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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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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,262,961, 25 June 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$130,724,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$222,724,172
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Sets and props took more than nine months to build. A May/June 1989 Disney Channel Magazine article reported that twelve houses, complete with front and backyards, were built in addition to a ten-foot-tall oatmeal cookie made from polyurethane foam and real cream filling, forty-foot-tall urethane foam blades of grass, and a giant mechanical ant that required a dozen puppeteers to operate. The ant was constructed using latex foam core and horse hair, and recreated for stop-motion sequences in which the children rode atop the insect. See more »

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(at around 47 mins) Amy can be heard breathing when supposedly not breathing after nearly drowning. See more »

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[first lines]
Mailman: Good morning, Quark.
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Written by Jeffrey Pescetto (as Jeff Pescetto) and Patrick DeRemer
Performed by Nick Kamen
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welcome to the jungle
17 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

The subject of the man who's shrinking isn't new because Jack Arnold had broached it (with brio) in "the incredible shrinking man" thirty-two years ago. Here, in this new variation of the man who's shrinking it's not one man but four teenagers who shrunk. Moreover, the philosophical and pessimistic sides have disappeared. Instead, Joe Johnston made a familial comedy and a vibrating movie, often funny with some quite successful special effects. He also succedded in changing a familiar place (the garden) that you think you know like the back of your hand into an unfriendly jungle where the insects are as huge as elephants and the humans become unwittingly monsters: Wayne Szalinski, in spite of him, will put to the test several times the teenagers and he'll nearly eat his son for his breakfast. This doesn't stop the movie from being quite conventional. It's not surprising as the screenplay was written by Tom Schulman, the one who wrote the screenplay of this overrated and conventional movie that is "Dead Poet Society" (the two movies were launched at the same time). Here, for example, Ross' father attempts to lay down to his elder son, his likings and passions but then, he'll find out that it's not the right way to gain his son's affection. The movie doesn't also avoid certain clichés: Rick Moranis epitomizes the model crazy learned: he's wearing glasses, he invented a machine supposed to be revolutionary and his odd habits make the neighbours (the Thompsons) mistrustful and distant. But they'll show gratitude to him because he'll know how to come back their children to their human height. Nevertheless, Johnston and Schulman reach their goal: entertain the spectator without any ulterior motives. So "honey I shrunk the kids" remains a pleasant comedy that was designed to please to a large public


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