Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Release year: 1989
Director: Joe Johnston
Screenwriter: Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna. Ed Naha, Tom Schulman
Starring: Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Amy O’Neill, Robert Oliveri, Jared Rushton, Thomas Wilson Brown, Matt Frewer, Kristine Sutherland
Wayne Szalinski (Moranis) has spent years on a shrinking machine, without success. But one day a baseball accident becomes the missing link to making the machine work, unfortunately it shrinks the Szalinski kids along with kids from next door. Now they must fight their way through a jungle of giants to let their parents know they have been shrunk.
Johnston directorial debut before he went on to make movies like Jumanji (1995) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) is a movie that pretty much delivers what the title promises; the kids are shrunk. The spectacle happening in the house when mum and dad discover the shrinking accident is entertaining due to the brilliant comedian Moranis (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986) with great support from Strassman (Another Stakeout, 1993) as his hard-tested wife. But the house drama is nothing compared to the adventure the children embark on in the jungle of the backyard. Because a regular backyard is a jungle when you are so small you can ride an ant. Due to practical effects being used wherever possible, the effects haven’t aged and still leaves you awed and it helps that the story is adventurous and filled with action and sweet moments. A true classic for the entire family!
For the scene in which miniaturized Nick Szalinski drops into a bowl of Cheerios cereal, a tank was filled with 16,000 gallons of a milk-like substance made from chlorinated water, food thickener, and pigment. The Cheerios were made from tractor inner tubes, twelve feet in diameter, coated in foam.
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