Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 American comic science fiction film. The first installment of the titular film series was the directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
The plot involves the story of an inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his next door neighbor’s children to a quarter of an inch (6 mm) with his electromagnetic shrinking machine and accidentally throws them out with the trash, where they must venture into their backyard to return home while fending off insects and negotiating hazards.
- Starring : Rick Moranis / Matt Frewer
- Genre : Adventure / Comedy / Family / Sci-Fi
- Country : United States / Mexico
- Language : English
- Director : Joe Johnston
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Silver Screen Partners III / Doric Productions
- Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Warner Bros. / Disney Channel / Egmont Films / CBS / Abril Vídeo / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Buena Vista Home Video / Gativideo / HBO Family / ITV 1 / Mainostelevisio (MTV3) / Moviemax Family / Walt Disney Home Video
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids release date
- June 23, 1989 : USA
- July 21, 1989 : Spain (Madrid)
- November 30, 1989 : Australia
- December 8, 1989 : Sweden
- February 7, 1990 : France
- February 9, 1990 : UK
- February 9, 1990 : Ireland
- March 17, 1990 : Japan
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids cast
- Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski
- Matt Frewer as Big Russ Thompson
- Marcia Strassman as Diane Szalinski
- Kristine Sutherland as Mae Thompson
- Thomas Wilson Brown as Little Russ Thompson(as Thomas Brown)
- Jared Rushton as Ron Thompson
- Amy O’Neill as Amy Szalinski
- Robert Oliveri as Nick Szalinski
- Carl Steven as Tommy Pervis
- Mark L. Taylor as Don Forrester
- Kimmy Robertson as Gloria Forrester
- Lou Cutell as Dr. Brainard
- Laura Waterbury as Female Cop
- Trevor Galtress as Male Cop
- Martin Aylett as Harold Boorstein
Rick Moranis stars as Wayne Szalinski, the inventor who accidentally shrinks his children, Amy (Amy O’Neill) and Nick (Robert Oliveri). Marcia Strassman portrays his wife, Diane, to whom he delivers the titular line. Matt Frewer, Kristine Sutherland, Thomas Wilson Brown, and Jared Rushton star as Russ, Mae, Russ Jr., and Ron Thompson, respectively; the Szalinskis’ next door neighbors.
The film became a sleeper hit upon release. An unexpected box office success, it grossed $222 million worldwide, and became the highest-grossing live-action Disney film ever, a record it held for five years. It was met with positive reviews from both critics and audiences, who praised the story, visuals and innovation. Its success spawned a franchise, including: two sequels, a television series, and theme-park attractions.
A scientist and inventor named Wayne Szalinski lives in a house in suburban Fresno, attempting to create a ray gun capable of shrinking objects, but cannot get it to work properly. His marriage to his wife, Diane, is strained, because she has to be the breadwinner, which worries their two children, teenage daughter Amy and preteen son Nick, who has inherited Wayne’s inventive ingenuity and intelligence. One morning, their next-door neighbors, the Thompsons, are getting ready for a fishing trip, but their oldest son, Russ Jr., is less than enthusiastic, as his and Russ’ interests often clash. Their younger son, Ron, however, is enthusiastic.
Shortly after Wayne leaves for a conference, Ron accidentally hits his baseball through the Szalinskis’ attic window, which inadvertently activates the machine and blocks its targeting laser. Caught by Russ Jr., he is made to confess to Amy and Nick. Ron and Nick go upstairs to retrieve the ball and clean up the mess, only for the machine to shrink them.
At his conference, Wayne is dismissed for failing to provide proof of his shrinking machine and leaves in frustration, while Amy and Russ Jr. are shrunken when they go to check on Ron and Nick. When Wayne returns home, they try to get his attention, but their voices are too small and he is unable to hear them. Frustrated by his day and the broken window he discovers, he snaps and starts smashing the machine. He then sweeps the debris and the kids into a dust pan and takes them out in a trash bag. They escape from it, but are forced to cross the unmowed yard’s wilderness to get back to the house.
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