Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the quintessential shrinking movie for kids who grew up in the 90’s. I’ve seen it numerous times when I was a kid (that includes the Roger Rabbit cartoon it came with). Shrinking movies aren’t exactly a new concept, but they definitely don’t get made often. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the first installment in, I guess you would call it, the Honey trilogy. It’s also the directorial debut of director Joe Johnston. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids focuses on a cooky inventor and father of two. His latest invention that he can’t seem to make work is a shrink ray. At least until his son, daughter, and two neighbor boys accidentally get shrunk. Everything just gets worse when the kids wind up in the backyard. Which to them resembles a dangerous jungle. Where insects are the size of animals, LEGO’s become apartments, lawn mowers resemble natural disasters, and Cheerios are liferafts. Its mixture of practical and special effects are especially impressive. It’s the only time I’ve ever felt sad over an ant (RIP Antie). Of all the nerdy characters Rick Moranis has played, Wayne Szalinski is my personal favorite. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is easily one of the best original live-action Disney movies.
Followed by: Honey, I Blew Up the Kid