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Synopsis

Erstwhile inventor Rick Moranis has been experimenting with an electro-magnetic shrinking machine. He leaves the device unattended in his attic; shortly afterward, it is accidentally activated. Alas, the demon machine is aimed at Moranis' children, as well as the son of neighbor Matt Frewer. The kids, shrunk to 1/4-inch height, are tossed into the trash bin by the unwitting Moranis. For the rest of the film, our teeny-tiny protagonists attempt to gain their parents' attention--and to survive the wilds of the backyard, where all sorts of dangers, from bumblebees to lawnmowers, threaten their well-being. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids features Marcia Strassman as Moranis' wife, and juvenile players Robert Oliveri, Kristine Sutherland, Thomas Brown, Jared Rushton and Amy O'Neill. The visual effects are the handiwork of such masters as Joe Johnston, Phil Tippett, and David Allen. When originally released to theatres, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was double-billed with the Roger Rabbit cartoon Tummy Trouble; this is how it is presented on videotape as well. The film (the live-action one, that is) prompted a 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Rick Moranis
  • Matt Frewer
  • Marcia Strassman
  • Kristine Sutherland
  • Thomas Wilson Brown
  • Jared Rushton
  • Amy O'Neill
  • Robert Oliveri
  • Carl Steven
  • Mark L. Taylor

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The film's original title was "Teenie Weenies", which was rejected on the grounds that it sounded too much like a kiddies' film with no appeal to adults.
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Goofs

  • (at around 54 mins) When the ant shows up, and the kids are debating what to do, Russ jumps out from behind the grass and says "I say, that ant is ours"- but his mouth isn't moving.
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Quotes

    • Nick Szalinski: I'm on a special diet. No toxic waste.
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Metacritic

75

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the happiest surprise of this summer so far, a children's film from Walt Disney Productions that effortlessly renews the best tradition of that studio's live-action features.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
75

The special effects are pretty special for the most part, and the movie seems only about 10 minutes too long. [23 June 1989, p.1D]

Metacritic review by Susan Wloszczyna
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
75

The cheery result is enough to renew one's faith in Uncle Walt and the boys - a family picture that transcends the cliche, a light-bright romp where the sentiment isn't cheap and where the action isn't childish. Now there's a novelty item for you. [27 June 1989]

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)