Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (franchise)
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids|
|Original work||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)|
|Owned by||The 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.
- 1 Film
- 2 Television
- 3 Theme park attractions
- 4 Main cast and characters
- 5 Additional crew and production details
- 6 Reception
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
|Title||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriters||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||June 23, 1989||Joe Johnston||Ed Naha & Tom Schulman||Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna & Ed Naha||Penney Finkelman Cox|
|Honey, I Blew Up the Kid||July 17, 1992||Randal Kleiser||Garry Goodrow & Thom Eberhardt and Peter Elbling||Garry Goodrow||Dawn Steel and Edward S. Feldman|
|Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves||March 18, 1997||Dean Cundey||Nell Scovell & Joel Hodgson and Karey Kirkpatrick||Barry Bernardi|
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
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)
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)
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.
In February 2018, it was announced that a reboot film was in development, with the project being courted for a Disney+ exclusive film. 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.
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
|Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!||November 21, 1994||Randal Kleiser||Bill Prady & Steve Spiegel||Daniel Restuccio||Thomas G. Smith|
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!
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
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
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
|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
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||James Horner||Hiro Narita||Michael A. Stevenson||Walt Disney Pictures,
Silver Screen Partners III,
|Buena Vista Pictures||93 minutes|
|Honey, I Blew Up the Kid||Bruce Broughton||John Hora||Harry Hitner||Walt Disney Pictures,
Touchwood Pacific Partners 1
|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
|Shrunk||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||TBA|
Box office performance
|Film||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Worldwide
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All-time
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||$130,724,172||$92,000,000||$222,724,172||#470||#688||$18,000,000||$152,524,030|||
|Honey, I Blew Up the Kid||$58,662,452||$0||$58,662,542||#1,427||#2,453||$40,000,000||$18,662,542|||
|Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$7,000,000||$17,000,000[a]|||
Critical and public response
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||73% (32 reviews)||63/100 (11 reviews)||A|
|Honey, I Blew Up the Kid||40% (20 reviews)||N/A||B+|
|Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves||25% (8 reviews)||N/A||N/A|
- 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.
- "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
- "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes.