Introduction to the movie ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’
‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’
Joe Johnston’s debut venture was the 1989 film ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ produced by Walt Disney pictures. The movie is about an inventor Wayne Szalinski who ends up shrinking his children Amy and Nick along with his neighbour’s wards to a quarter of their original size! Made at a budget of US$ of 18 million, this one and half hour long movie raked in over US$220 million at the box office! Till 1994, it remained Disney’s highest-grossing live-action ever made and its success encouraged them to make two more sequels- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1996).Being a family potboiler, it ran as a successful TV show from 1997 to 2000.
Apart from being listed as one of the 100 Greatest Family Films, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids also received several awards. Music composer James Horner won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for his background music score. Thomas Wilson Brown (who had played the role of Little Russ, the neighbour’s son) along with Jared Rushton (‘Ron’ Thompson in the movie) earned the Saturn Award nominations for their respective roles. The special effects team won the BAFTA Award for the spectacular visual effects that were used.
Some interesting trivia about ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ and its subsequent franchise
The working title of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was Teenie Weenies!
The shooting of the entire movie took place at Mexico City!
Actor Rick Moranis who played the role of Wayne Szalinski did all his stunts by himself and without the assistance of a stuntman!
Though Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was released on the 23rd of June 1989, it was only on the 6th of March 2009 that the producers released its music track!
The 1992 released Honey, I Blew Up the Kid was initially entitled Honey, I Blew Up the Baby!
The role played by Adam Szalinski in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid was actually played by two twin brothers Daniel and Joshua Shalikar!
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was Disney’s first live-action direct-to-video movie when it was released in 1996!
From the above it is clear that science fiction-cum-family dramas are good investment for film makers. Considering the moolah it raked in and the sequels it produced, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids obviously provided suspense filled entertainment for the whole family and filled the coffers of its makers.
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