Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!
|Honey, I Shrunk the Audience|
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Viewers enter the Imagination Institute's theater for the Inventor of the Year Award Ceremony, in which professor Wayne Szalinski is receiving the award. Attendees are asked to don their "safety goggles" in preparation for the scientific demonstrations. The show opens with the crew of the show searching for Wayne, when he suddenly flies on stage miniaturized and in a transportation device called a Hoverpod.
He accidentally drops the control box and sends the machine flying off behind the stage out of control. The Hoverpod comes back and shorts out the neon Imagination Institute "Inventor of the Year Award" sign over the audience (at first only some letters are knocked out, leaving "NERD" spelled diagonally).
Wayne's son Nick demonstrates some of his father's other inventions to kill time while the crew searches for him. Adam puts a mouse in his father's copy machine and they quickly multiply (in an animation designed by Curious Pictures). This does not go smoothly, and the audience ends up screaming with the loose mice running under their seats and a holographic "Holo-Pet" lion in their faces used to scare the mice away (designed by Kleiser-Walczak). While the demonstrations go awry, Wayne manages to use his shrinking machine to return himself back to normal size. He brings out the machine to demonstrate its uses by shrinking a family's luggage, saving space and money when traveling.
Unfortunately, the machine goes out of control and shrinks the audience (plus Nick, who pushes Dr. Channing out of the way of the machine's electrobeam). The viewers are antagonized by obstacles such as Wayne's youngest son Adam taking a picture of them with a blinding flash and picking up the theater to "show the little people to Mommy." (The whole room is lifted right off its construction for a minute or two before Channing persuades Adam to put the theater back where he found it.) Then Nick's snake Gigabyte, much larger than the miniature audience, nearly eats them, as he had not yet been fed that day. Quark, the Szalinski's dog, then chases him away with a few barks. When Wayne's wife gets there, she faints upon seeing the tiny people and her son. Luckily, Wayne fixes the machine just in the nick of time and returns the audience back to normal size and the lion back into an ordinary cat, but Quark is momentarily affected by the beam and then runs backstage out of sight.
His wife recovers and Wayne accepts his award and begins his speech, but he is interrupted by Nick warning of a "big, humongous problem." The now giant Quark walks out onto the stage and the curtain closes while viewers hear the Imagination Institute's crew trying to stop him from crushing the place. He then finds his way through the curtain and sneezes on the audience for the finale. As they leave, they can hear the commotion from backstage continue.
- The show was sponsored by Kodak.
- The movie was presented in 3D by using polarized glasses and projectors.
- The entire audience is on a platform that moves up to four inches high during the presentation to simulate the theater moving and the floor shaking (when Adam Szalinski picks it up).
- The song "True Colors" is played as part of the pre-show film as an advertisement for Kodak. In Disneyland & EPCOT, the song is sung by two unknown artists. In the Disneyland Resort Paris version, it is sung by Cyndi Lauper.
Cast and crew
- Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski
- Marcia Strassman as Diane Szalinski
- Robert Oliveri as Nick Szalinski
- Daniel & Joshua Shalikar as Adam Szalinski
- Eric Idle as Dr. Nigel Channing
- Katherine Lanasa as Reporter (pre-show)
- Meadow Sisto as Kristie Smithers
- Directed by Randal Kleiser
- Written by Bill Prady, Steve Spiegel
- Produced by Thomas G. Smith
- Co-producer – Steven Keller
- Production designer – Leslie Dilley
- Director of photography – Dean Cundey
- Visual effects – Eric Brevig
- Original score – Bruce Broughton
- "Bruce Boughton filmography". Retrieved November 25, 2007.
- Walt Disney World Resort - "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience"(now defunct)
- Honey, I Shrunk the Audience at the Internet Movie Database
- Bruce Broughton's Website
- Disneyland Park's "Honey..." Website (now defunct)