Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: October 8th, 2002

PG |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturizes them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the device -- which he thinks is a failure -- and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it. The four children, now 1/4-inch tall, must survive the journey back to the house through a yard where sprinklers bring treacherous storms and garden-variety ants stampede like elephants.

Cast: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland, Thomas Wilson Brown, Jared Rushton, Amy O'Neill, Robert Oliveri

Director: Joe Johnston

Genres: Children , Comedy

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: House, Son, 1980s, Amusing, Suspenseful, Wife, Daughter, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    The special effects are pretty special for the most part, and the movie seems only about 10 minutes too long. [23 June 1989, p.1D]

  • 75
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The cheery result is enough to renew one's faith in Uncle Walt and the boys - a family picture that transcends the cliche, a light-bright romp where the sentiment isn't cheap and where the action isn't childish. Now there's a novelty item for you. [27 June 1989]

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the happiest surprise of this summer so far, a children's film from Walt Disney Productions that effortlessly renews the best tradition of that studio's live-action features. show more

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Winner Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)