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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [1989] (1 disc)

Director:Joe Johnston
Writer:Ed Naha
Tom Schulman
Composer:James Horner
Length:93 minutes
(1 hour 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:75%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Reaction: Cheesy but good family fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Joe Johnston => Director
Ed Naha => Writer
Tom Schulman => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Amy O'Neill => Amy Szalinski
Carl Steven => Tommy Pervis
Craig Richard Nelson => Professor Frederickson (uncredited)
Janet Sunderland => Lauren Boorstein
Jared Rushton => Ron Thompson
Kimmy Robertson => Gloria Forrester
Kristine Sutherland => Mae Thompson
Laura Waterbury => Female Cop
Lou Cutell => Dr. Brainard
Marcia Strassman => Diane Szalinski
Mark L. Taylor => Don Forrester
Martin Aylett => Harold Boorstein
Matt Frewer => Big Russ Thompson
Rick Moranis => Wayne Szalinski
Robert Oliveri => Nick Szalinski
Thomas Wilson Brown => Little Russ Thompson (as Thomas Brown)
Trevor Galtress => Male Cop

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The neighborhood seen in the film is not real, it was built at the back lot of Churubusco Studios. An English garden located at the studio served as the "backyard," and the houses were cleverly placed around the garden to hide the studio buildings from most directions.
  • Chevy Chase and John Candy both turned down the role of Wayne Szalinski. Candy did however suggest Rick Moranis for the role.
  • [?] Patrick Brown is the only actor to appear in both Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and [Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show].
  • The film's original title was "Teenie Weenies", which was rejected on the grounds that it sounded too much like a kiddies' film with no appeal to adults. The titles "Grounded" and "The Big Backyard" were considered and subsequently dropped during pre-production.
  • Composer James Horner incorporated [?] Raymond Scott's jazz piece, "Powerhouse," into his score without paying royalties or providing attribution. Scott's estate threatened to sue Disney after the movie was released. After prolonged negotiation, Disney paid the estate an undisclosed sum in an out-of-court settlement. While on-screen credits were not changed, cue sheets for the movie do note the use of Scott's piece.
  • This is one of three films released in 1989 to feature an animated title sequence. The other two are Christmas Vacation and Troop Beverly Hills.
  • Joe Johnston's directorial debut.
  • The animated short {Tummy Trouble} was released theatrically with this movie.
  • Quark, which is the dog's name in the movie, is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons, the most stable of which are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei.