A to Z Challenge – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey I Shunk the Kids - PosterHoney, I Shrunk the Kids

1989

Directed by Joe Johnston

Quick synopsis… Wayne Szalinski is a preoccupied inventor who just can’t seem to get his electromagnetic shrinking machine to work. But when it finally does, it has Wayne’s kids in its sights! With the now 1/4-inch-tall children swept into the trash, the real adventure begins. Hurricane sprinklers, dive-bombing bees, and a runaway lawn mower lead to big trouble for the pea-sized kids.

  • Ha! Remember Tummy Trouble?
  • More family movies ought to have cartoon shorts in front of them.
  • Like the old days.
  • Anyone else have a huge crush on Amy Zsalinski as a kid?
  • Just me?
  • I completely forgot that Kristine Sutherland (Buffy’s mom) is in this.
  • Basically, we have two families.
  • On one side of the fence, you have the Zsalinskis.
  • Wayne (Rick Moranis) is an inventor who’s working on a device that will shrink objects.
  • Unfortunately, all it does so far is turn apples into applesauce.
  • Wayne is kind of obsessed with his work and it’s put a strain on his marriage.
  • The kids are Amy and Nick.
  • Nick is basically a clone of his dad and Amy is your typical ’80s teenage girl.
  • Next door are the Thompsons, the all American family.
  • Russ (whom you may recognize as Max Headroom) is the stereotypical macho ’80s father figure who doesn’t really know how to connect to his kids.
  • Especially his older son, Russ, Jr., with whom he really has nothing in common.
  • The younger son, Ron, craves his father’s attention, but is somehow in his disinterested older brother’s shadow.
  • To say that these two families don’t get along is an understatement.
  • Except for the fact that the younger Russ clearly has a crush on Amy.
  • So it wasn’t just me.
  • When Ron accidentally hits a baseball into the Zsalinskis’ attic, it activates Wayne’s shrink ray and lands in the path of the laser, which decreases the power and allows it to work as intended, shrinking the sofa and chair.
  • Russ forces his brother to go and apologize…
  • “I didn’t do it!” says the kid holding a baseball bat.
  • And Ron is real good at apologizing… “It never would’ve happened if their house wasn’t so close!”
  • So it’s the Zsalinskis’ fault that he hit the ball through their attic window.
  • The kids go up to retrieve Ron’s ball and are also accidentally shrunk down to approximately one-quarter inch in height.
  • Wayne gives a presentation about the possibility of shrinking and its implications at work, but no one believes him without proof that he can do it.
  • He goes home and takes out his frustration on the machine.
  • Then he cleans up his mess and, in the process, sweeps the kids into the trash.
  • Wayne then takes the trash out, dropping the bag in the alley at the far end of the back yard.
  • To the kids, the back yard becomes an impossible distance that they need to traverse.
  • Although, Nick does the calculations and figures that, at their size, the back yard is the equivalent of 3.2 miles.
  • I get that they have to move through a dense lawn that should have been mowed weeks ago, but 3.2 miles isn’t that far.
  • The kids are forced to put aside their differences to work together and survive a night in the wilderness of the Zsalinskis’ back yard.
  • They encounter a bee, a friendly ant and an angry scorpion.
  • They spend the night in a LEGO brick and survive a bombardment of water drops from the sprinkler.
  • The best part might be the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie that’s about the size of a medium sized hotel.
  • Diane (Wayne’s wife) comes home and they all figure out that the kids are missing.
  • They calling all the kids’ friends, but they can’t track them down.
  • Diane even decides to go to the mall to look for them there.
  • A world without cell phones.
  • If they remade this today, of course Amy would have her phone on her.
  • But would her phone work if it were shrunken down with her?
  • Nick’s pocket calculator still worked.
  • While Diane’s at the mall, Wayne figures out that the machine must have worked and discovers his shrunken couch in the attic.
  • From there, he figures out that kids must have been swept up with the trash and is worried about them being in the yard.
  • Diane gets back from the mall and Wayne breaks the news, giving us the title of the movie.
  • He spends all night repairing his machine in hopes that they can return the kids to normal once they find them.
  • Seriously, though… That scene with the scorpion is straight out of Clash of the Titans.
  • I won’t spoil the ending but, with it being Disney, you know it’s a safe bet that there’s a happy one.
  • I haven’t seen this since the ’90s, I’m sure.
  • But it’s still pretty good.
  • I’m curious what the sequel/reboot that’s coming to Disney+ will look like.
  • Whatever it is, they’ve managed to talk Rick Moranis into coming back and ending his decades long acting hiatus.
  • Should be interesting…

A to Z Challenge - HThanks for tuning in to Day Eight of the 2020 A to Z Challenge! If you like Disney movies, then stick with me for the rest of the month. I’ll be doing a movie beginning with each letter of the alphabet each day (except Sundays) all month. And I’ll try to give hints about the next day’s movie in case you want to take a guess in the comments.

Clues for tomorrow’s movie are that it begins with an I and it’s a Disney movie. Just kidding… We’re heading back to the animation department with another Pixar collaboration. It’s another movie that will get you right in the feels. Especially joy, sadness, anger, disgust, and fear. Any guesses?

7 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    • Yeah, there were a couple sequels: Honey I Blew Up the Kid, where they have a toddler that keeps getting bigger and bigger, and Honey We Shrunk Ourselves… I never saw that one. Pretty sure that last one went straight to home video.

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