Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
When Teenie Weenies went into production in the late 80s, Disney probably thought they had a pretty solid movie on their hands–– the funny tale of “an absent-minded professor who invents a shrink ray that inadvertently miniaturizes his kids” certainly seemed to have all the trappings of a box office hit.
Good thing they changed the name.
Seriously… Teenie Weenies?
The movie that would go on to become Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was pretty darn clever, if we do say so ourselves (not that we had anything to do with it… but it’s our decade, so that counts for something.)
Rick Moranis, fresh off Ghostbusters II, is Wayne Szalinski, the man behind the electromagnetic shrink ray. After his neighbor’s kid Ron (Jared Rushton, Big‘s Billy Kopecki) hits a baseball through Wayne’s attic window, the machine flips on. When the kids (Wayne’s two, plus Ron and his brother) go to investigate, they get pee-wee’d, along with Wayne’s ‘thinking couch’.
It’s only when Wayne accidentally throws the kids out with the trash that things get really interesting. All of a sudden, legos are the size of houses, bees make elephants look puny, and the water spray from a sprinkler becomes a flood of biblical proportions.
All the kids need to do is walk back across their backyard, but when you’re 1/4-inch tall, the backyard’s suddenly as big as greater Manhattan. And if all that weren’t enough, we have the teenage kids’ blossoming love story, and a tragic subplot about the kids’ new friend Antie. (Poor guy.)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids did just fine for itself in the box office, nabbing a healthy $130 million and finishing the year as the #5 movie in all the land.
Plus, it went on to spawn a couple sequels, a TV show, and Disney theme park attractions.
Of course everything works out in the end (it is a Disney movie, after all)… Not only to the kids get un-shrunk, Wayne figures out how to use the ray to make their Thanksgiving dinner one for the ages. And, yes, Nick finally understands the French class/CPR joke.
We ♥ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.