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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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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

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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$130,724,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$222,724,172
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature (SPELL) awarded "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" with its 1989 Dunce Cap Award, citing the title's grammatical error of using the word "shrunk" instead of "shrank." An unnamed Disney executive responded that the incorrect usage was on purpose and directly referenced a line of dialogue. See more »

Goofs

Szalinski says the shrink ray works by removing the space between molecules; however, a solid object has very little space between its molecules making it impossible to shrink as much as they are shrunk. See more »

Quotes

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

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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 dbdumonteilSee 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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