Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (franchise)

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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Original workHoney, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company

The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise consists of a series of American family-science fiction-comedy film and a television adaptation, based on a concept created by Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, and an original story co-written by Gordon, Yuzna, and Ed Naha. Following the release of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), and its subsequent financial and critical success, two sequels and a television series followed; titled Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992), Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997), and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, respectively. A third sequel titled Shrunk, entered development in 2019.

The film series expanded into a franchise with the addition of a TV show, as well as Disney Parks' attractions.

Film[edit]

Title U.S. release date Director Screenwriters Story by Producer(s)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids June 23, 1989 (1989-06-23) Joe Johnston Ed Naha & Tom Schulman Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna & Ed Naha Penney Finkelman Cox
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid July 17, 1992 (1992-07-17) Randal Kleiser Garry Goodrow & Thom Eberhardt and Peter Elbling Garry Goodrow Dawn Steel and Edward S. Feldman
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves March 18, 1997 (1997-03-18) Dean Cundey Nell Scovell & Joel Hodgson and Karey Kirkpatrick Barry Bernardi
Shrunk TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)[edit]

Rick Moranis stars as Wayne Szalinski, an eccentric inventor who accidentally shrinks his kids, Amy (Amy O'Neill) and Nick (Robert Oliveri) as well as the next-door neighbor's kids Russ Jr. (Thomas Wilson Brown) and Ron Thompson (Jared Rushton). Marcia Strassman portrays his wife, Diane, to whom he delivers the titular line. Matt Frewer and Kristine Sutherland also star as Russ and Mae Thompson, the parents of Russ Jr. and Ron.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)[edit]

Three years after the events of the first film, the Szalinskis have moved to a new neighborhood while Wayne and Diane have given birth to their third child, Adam (Joshua and Daniel Shalikar). Nick is now a teenager with Amy heading off to college. Wayne has given up his shrink ray days and invented an alternative which makes objects grow in size. One day when Adam is exposed to the effects of Wayne's new machine, he mistakes Nick and his crush Mandy Park (Keri Russell) as toys and wanders into Las Vegas. While Wayne and Diane race to reverse Adam's effects, Wayne's insolent co-worker Dr. Charles Hendrickson (John Shea) has overpowered Sterling Labs, rounded up the military and ordered Adam to be stopped at all costs.

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)[edit]

Wayne is now banned from using his shrink ray or any of his other inventions by the committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Diane (Eve Gordon). Nick is now away at college and Adam (Bug Hall) is ten years old. Diane is planning a vacation with Patti (Robin Bartlett), her sister-in-law, while Wayne and his brother, Gordon (Stuart Pankin), watch Adam and his cousins Jake and Mitchell Szalinski (Allison Mack and Jake Richardson). While tampering with the shrink ray, Wayne accidentally shrinks himself, Diane, Gordon, and Patti. The kids have a party in the house after thinking they have it to themselves. The adults struggle to get the kids attention before disaster strikes among them.

Shrunk (TBA)[edit]

In February 2018, it was announced that a reboot film was in development, with the project being courted for a Disney+ exclusive film.[1] By March of 2019, this changed when the project was announced to be a legacy-sequel to the original trilogy. With The Walt Disney Studios developing the film for theatrical release, Josh Gad was announced to star as Nick Szalinski. The plot will reportedly center around Nick following in the footsteps of his father, Wayne Szalinski, and becoming scientist/inventor.[2]

Television[edit]

The television series, exclusive to Disney Channel, expanded upon the original film's concept where a shrinking experiment had gone wrong, to include a variety of experiments malfunctioning and causing unfortunate circumstances for the Szalinski family. It debuted on September 1, 1997 and ran for three consecutive seasons. The series concluded after the 66th episode aired on May 20, 2000. The series was a joint-production between Plymouth Productions, St. Clare Entertainment, and Walt Disney Television; while Buena Vista Television distributed the show through Disney Channel.

Theme park attractions[edit]

Title U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriters Story by Producer(s)
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21) Randal Kleiser Bill Prady & Steve Spiegel Daniel Restuccio Thomas G. Smith

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience![edit]

A 4-D movie-ride attraction titled, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience debuted at Epcot in 1994 and featured at the Disney theme parks until 2010. Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri, and the Shalikar twins reprise their roles from the feature-length films. While being given an award by Dr. Nigel Channing (Eric Idle) about his shrink ray, Wayne accidentally shrinks the audience and sends them on an adventure with rats, snakes, and babies.

Journey into Imagination with Figment[edit]

In 1999, the theme of Journey into Imagination was changed and re-titled to include Figment. The ride features Dr. Nigel Channing, from Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!, who "hosts" an area known as the Imagination Institute. The story states that Channing's grandfather established the institute, while the area features references to Wayne Szalinski, as well as Dr. Philip Brainard from Flubber and Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn's role in the Dexter Riley films). Walt Disney and Thomas Edison also make an appearance.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure[edit]

The attraction was a playground area at Disney's Hollywood Studios, designed to look like the outdoor backyard of the first film. It closed in 2016.

Main cast and characters[edit]

Character Films Attraction Television series
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Shrunk Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! Honey, I Shrunk the Kids:
The TV Show
Wayne Szalinski Rick Moranis Rick Moranis Peter Scolari
Diane Szalinski Marcia Strassman Eve Gordon Marcia Strassman Barbara Alyn Woods
Amy Szalinski Amy O'Neill Hillary Tuck
Nick Szalinski Robert Oliveri Josh Gad Robert Oliveri Thomas Dekker
Adam Szalinski Daniel Shalikar
& Joshua Shalikar
Bug Hall Daniel Shalikar
& Joshua Shalikar
Quark Uncredited Dog Sammy Uncredited Dog Matese and Rusty

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Film Composer Cinematographer Editor Production
companies
Distributing
companies
Running time
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids James Horner Hiro Narita Michael A. Stevenson Walt Disney Pictures,
Silver Screen Partners III,
Doric Productions
Buena Vista Pictures 93 minutes
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Bruce Broughton John Hora Harry Hitner Walt Disney Pictures,
Touchwood Pacific Partners 1
89 minutes
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! C.W. Fallin Patrick Paul Mullane Theme Park Productions,
Eastman Kodak Company
Walt Disney Attractions 23 minutes
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Michael Tavera Ray Stella Charles Bornstien Walt Disney Pictures Buena Vista Home Video,
Walt Disney Home Video
75 minutes
Shrunk TBA TBA TBA TBA Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures TBA

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Worldwide
net income
Ref.
North America Other territories Worldwide All-time
North America
All-time
worldwide
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids $130,724,172 $92,000,000 $222,724,172 #470 #688 $18,000,000 $152,524,030 [3][4][5]
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid $58,662,452 $0 $58,662,542 #1,427 #2,453 $40,000,000 $18,662,542 [6][7]
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $7,000,000 $17,000,000[a] [8]
Shrunk TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 73% (32 reviews)[9] 63/100 (11 reviews)[10] A[11]
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 40% (20 reviews)[12] N/A B+[11]
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves 25% (8 reviews)[13] N/A N/A
Shrunk TBD TBD TBD

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is the total of estimated home-video sales, after calculating 1.5 million copies sold at an average price of $16.00 each; as stated by the Los Angeles Times in 1997.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disney-planning-muppets-reboot-streaming-service-1086800
  2. ^ https://www.slashfilm.com/honey-i-shrunk-the-kids-reboot/
  3. ^ https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Kids#tab=summary
  4. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=honeyishrunkthekids.htm
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097523/
  6. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=honeyiblewupthekid.htm
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104437/
  8. ^ https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1997-04-16-fi-49283-story.html
  9. ^ "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  10. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/honey-i-shrunk-the-kids/critic-reviews
  11. ^ a b "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  12. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/honey_i_blew_up_the_kid
  13. ^ "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes.