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Honey I Shrunk the Kids
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a very funny video

A deft balance between special effects, comedy, and family dynamics made this 1989 film a hit for Disney and spawned both a string of video sequels and a subsequent TV series. Moranis is endearing as the bumbling inventor/father of the Szalinski family. He inadvertently shrinks his own children then throws them out with the trash. They, along with the neighbor kids, must journey back across their own backyard, now an enormous, dangerous distance, to get back to the right height. Much is done with the perils of the lawn, from a wild deluge from the sprinklers to a nasty encounter with the lawnmower and numerous encounters with gigantic insects. A generally kid-friendly, inventive (no pun intended), and entertaining outing. --Keith Simanton

Customer Reviews:

  • Double-Sized enjoyment
    At theatres In the summer of '89, "Honey I Shrunk the kids" more than held it's own against box office heavyweights such as "Do the Right thing", "Batman", and "Indiana Jones and the last crusade". Quite the feat, considering it's relatively obscure cast (well, compared to the afforementioned films.)

    The movie starts out with a nice animation sequence that looks as good now as it did 13 years ago. The live action starts as a typical Saturday morning in suburbia at the Szalinski's house, except that Wayne (Rick Moranis) is a bumbling inventor who built a shrinking ray in his attic that he can't get to work, his son (Robert Oliveri) is a mirror-image. And the daughter (Amy O'Neill) is pretty much your typical Blond teenager [a good looking one at that ;)]
    who hopes she gets asked to the dance. The mother, Diane Szalinski, played by Marcia Strassman (of Welcome Back, Kotter fame) does a good job as well. Cork, the family dog also deserves mentioning.

    Next door are the All-American Thompsons, who have big plans for a weekend fishing trip. Their oldest son Russ Jr. (Thomas Wilson Brown) is less than enthusiastic about those plans. He's a bit scrawny for his age and Big Russ has expectations to see him excel at High School football, which isn't Little Russ's Niche. Meanwhile younger son Ron Thompson (Jared Rushton) is the apple of Big Russ's eye, and can be quite mischievous at times, setting up a booby trap that his dad walks into.

    The underrated Matt Frewer steals the show as Big Russ Thompson, Brash and Sarcastic (in a good way of course). And providing the perfect compliment is his wife, the calmer Mae Thompson (played by Kristine Sutherland).

    The backstory is this:Ron Thompson hits a baseball into the Szalinskis attic, in turn setting off the shrinking machine (which hadn't worked until that point) and in their effort to retrieve the ball, Ron and Nick get zapped and are 1/4 inch tall, Amy and Russ Jr., who walk up to the attic wondering what happened to them, meet a similar fate. Wayne returns home from a dismal day at work, having been made a laughing stock because of his lack of proof for the shrinking machine. He takes his frustration out on the machine itself, severely damaging it in the process, he sweeps the broken parts (and the four kids) off the floor and into the trash bag. He then takes it out across the yard, and the kids are, as Nick eloquently says "We're now a quarter of an inch tall, and sixty four feet from the house. That's an equivalent of three-point-two miles. That's a long way. Even for a man of science." Even more of a trek considering the extra thick grass they must walk through.

    En route the gang faces Swarms of bees and scorpions [among other obstacles that I won't give away;)]. There's decent use of special effects and, even if they may look a bit fake, it's still entertaining nonetheless. I'll end my description here, as anything more would spoil the film.

    If this review doesn't entice you to check out "Honey, I shrunk the kids", I don't know what will. It's a classic in my opinion.

    As an added bonus, the hilarious Roger Rabbit short "Tummy Trouble" is included....more info

  • Great Movie!
    Even ten years after seeing this with my older kids, my youngest who is 8 now - loves watching this movie. It is still a great movie and very entertaining....more info
  • A great classic!
    I remember watching this movie when I was a kid, and loving every second of it! And, what do you know? I still do to this day!

    Very creative story, great characters, all around good clean fun for everyone!...more info
  • No widescreen version!
    Too sad.
    I have widescreen TV and this dvd is annoying.

    It has only full screen format. ...more info
  • Good effects sans CGI
    I watched this a lot of times but never watched the 2 sequels (Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Honey We Shrunk Ourselves) after this. Still this original entertains me everytime I view it. Special effects weren't bad in this 1989 film considering that CGI weren't used. Some scaling though needs improvement. Matt Frewer as the obnoxious neighbour delivered the funny parts well. You wouldn't go wrong with this Disney movie. ...more info
  • Fun movie, bad DVD
    Although it's a bit dated, Honey I Shrunk the Kids is still a fun family movie.

    However, I'm disappointed with the DVD edition. First, the video is "fullscreen" 4:3. There is no widescreen option for newer 16:9 displays. Second, the video quality is poor - you can see many video artifacts such as noise on the display. It looks like you're watching a VHS videotape.

    Your kids probably won't care about the picture quality, but it might bug the parents if you're watching along....more info
  • Great fun movie.
    This is what an entertaining, funny, clean, family movie should be. Great special effect as well, without none of the CGI nonsense we see today. Awesome....more info
  • Once again, Widescreen only good enough for region 2!!
    Disney needs to stop giving the foreign market a better deal. Start concentrating on making the product more appealing domestically in the country where it was made! Widescreen somehow always gets put on the back burner for the US....more info
  • Double-Sized enjoyment
    At theatres In the summer of '89, "Honey I Shrunk the kids" more than held it's own against box office heavyweights such as "Do the Right thing", "Batman", and "Indiana Jones and the last crusade". Quite the feat, considering it's relatively obscure cast (well, compared to the afforementioned films.)

    The movie starts out with a nice animation sequence that looks as good now as it did 13 years ago. The live action starts as a typical Saturday morning in suburbia at the Szalinski's house, except that Wayne (Rick Moranis) is a bumbling inventor who built a shrinking ray in his attic that he can't get to work, his son (Robert Oliveri) is a mirror-image. And the daughter (Amy O'Neill) is pretty much your typical Blond teenager [a good looking one at that ;)] who hopes she gets asked to the dance. The mother, Diane Szalinski, played by Marcia Strassman (of Welcome Back, Kotter fame) does a good job as well. Cork, the family dog also deserves mentioning.

    Next door are the All-American Thompsons, who have big plans for a weekend fishing trip. Their oldest son Russ Jr. (Thomas Wilson Brown) is less than enthusiastic about those plans. He's a bit scrawny for his age and Big Russ has expectations to see him excel at High School football, which isn't Little Russ's Niche. Meanwhile younger son Ron Thompson (Jared Rushton) is the apple of Big Russ's eye, and can be quite mischievous at times, setting up a booby trap that his dad walks into.

    The underrated Matt Frewer steals the show as Big Russ Thompson, Brash and Sarcastic (in a good way of course). And providing the perfect compliment is his wife, the calmer Mae Thompson (played by Kristine Sutherland).

    The backstory is this:Ron Thompson hits a baseball into the Szalinskis attic, in turn setting off the shrinking machine (which hadn't worked until that point) and in their effort to retrieve the ball, Ron and Nick get zapped and are 1/4 inch tall, Amy and Russ Jr., who walk up to the attic wondering what happened to them, meet a similar fate. Wayne returns home from a dismal day at work, having been made a laughing stock because of his lack of proof for the shrinking machine. He takes his frustration out on the machine itself, severely damaging it in the process, he sweeps the broken parts (and the four kids) off the floor and into the trash bag. He then takes it out across the yard, and the kids are, as Nick eloquently says "We're now a quarter of an inch tall, and sixty four feet from the house. That's an equivalent of three-point-two miles. That's a long way. Even for a man of science." Even more of a trek considering the extra thick grass they must walk through.

    En route the gang faces Swarms of bees and scorpions [among other obstacles that I won't give away;)]. There's decent use of special effects and, even if they may look a bit fake, it's still entertaining nonetheless. I'll end my description here, as anything more would spoil the film.

    If this review doesn't entice you to check out "Honey, I shrunk the kids", I don't know what will. It's a classic in my opinion....more info

  • Fun
    Fun to watch a show I loved as a kid. My daughters love the show too. ...more info
  • Very Cute Movie! What's The Correct Aspect Ratio? Widescreen Or Fullscreen?
    I watched the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids and I really liked it. This is a really cute movie and the special effects are really good and I like the entire cast, Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland, etc, and I would like to buy this movie on DVD but I'm hesitent to buy it because of it being fullscreen nad not widescreen. Is fullscreen the correct aspect ratio or is it a pan and scan edit of a widescreen movie? if this movie was filmed in fullsreen that would be acceptable but if the correct ratio is widescreen than that's what I want. I would even be okay with one of those double sided DVD's where widescreen is on one side and fullscreen on the other side....more info
  • review honey shrunk kids
    nice family movie...fun spirited..good character development...unrealistic drown/rescue scene--teen girl near drowns in muddy water--teen boy does rescue dives searching for her--he finds her pulls her out and does a few rounds of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and she is perfectly fine and completely recovers...more info