×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Borrowing two good end elements from two 1950s sci-fi pics, The Incredible Shrinking Man and Them!, scripters pit two sets of unfriendly neighbor kids, mistakenly shrunk to only 1/4-inch high, against what ordinarily would be benign backyard fixtures, both alive and inanimate.

With:
Rick Moranis Matt Frewer Marcia Strassman Kristine Sutherland Thomas Brown Jared Rushton

Borrowing two good end elements from two 1950s sci-fi pics, The Incredible Shrinking Man and Them!, scripters pit two sets of unfriendly neighbor kids, mistakenly shrunk to only 1/4-inch high, against what ordinarily would be benign backyard fixtures, both alive and inanimate.

Their misfortune was to get caught in the beam of ne’er-do-well inventor Wayne Szalinski’s (Rick Moranis) molecule-reducing contraption while he’s out giving a lecture to a group of skeptical scientists.

He sweeps them into the dustplan along with the other flotsam that goes out with the trash.

Now, they must make it back to the house among towering vegetation, homungous bugs and fierce water showers on a quest that would be nightmarish except that it seems mostly like a lot of fun.

Pic [story by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and ed Naha] is in the best tradition of Disney and even better than that because it is not so juvenile that adults won’t be thoroughly entertained.

Popular on Variety

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Production: Walt Disney. Dir Joe Johnston; Producer Penney Finkelman Cox; Screenplay; Editor Naha, Tom Schalman; Camera Hiro Narita; Editor Michael A. Stevenson; Music James Horner Art Dir Gregg Fonseca

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: Rick Moranis Matt Frewer Marcia Strassman Kristine Sutherland Thomas Brown Jared Rushton

More Film

  • Walt Disney HQ LA

    Disney Seeks to Throw Out Gender Pay Gap Lawsuit

    The Walt Disney Co. is seeking to throw out a lawsuit alleging that women employees are paid less than men, arguing that the suit is too sprawling and unwieldy to handle as a class action. Andrus Anderson LLP filed the suit in April, alleging that Disney’s hiring and pay practices have a discriminatory effect on [...]

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon to Campaign in Lead Actor Category for 'Ford v Ferrari'

    Christian Bale and Matt Damon will both campaign in the lead actor category for awards for their work in Fox’s upcoming “Ford v Ferrari,” Variety has learned. “Ford v Ferrari” follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Bale), who [...]

  • Tezuka's Barbara film

    Tokyo Film Festival: Makoto Tezuka Probes Past and Present in 'Barbara'

    The son of the late Osamu Tezuka, who is known as the “the god of manga” in Japan for his innovative and enduringly popular comics, Makoto Tezuka (also known as Macoto Tezka) long ago escaped his father’s looming shadow, carving out a career as a film and animation director. At the same time, he has [...]

  • Cuba Gooding Jr

    Cuba Gooding Jr. Sued for Allegedly Pinching Nightclub Server

    A Tao nightclub server who alleges that Cuba Gooding Jr., pinched her rear-end last year has sued the Oscar-winning actor for sexual battery. Natasha Ashworth had previously come forward to New York law enforcement, though her name had not been released publicly. Gooding was indicted last week on four misdemeanor counts, including two counts stemming [...]

  • Taika Waititi Natalie Portman SDCC 2019

    Natalie Portman Weighs in on 'Thor: Love and Thunder's' Possible Breast Cancer Storyline

    Natalie Portman doesn’t know if “Thor: Love and Thunder” will include a breast cancer storyline for her character Jane Foster, but she’s definitely intrigued by the possibility. “It’s just very rare that these kinds of big entertainment films look at more serious, real-life issues,” she told Variety at L.A. Dance Project’s 8th annual fundraising gala [...]

  • Luxbox Closes Sales on Venice Film

    Luxbox Closes Sales on Venice Film 'Sole' to U.S., France (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fiorella Moretti and Hedi Zardi’s Paris-based sales agency Luxbox has closed several territory deals on Carlos Sironi’s “Sole,” which screened in Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section and Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery sidebar. The film just won the audience award at Pingyao Intl. Film Festival in China and a Special Jury Mention for the lead actors [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content