I may get my 80s card revoked here, but even as a kid, I never cared for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids all that much! I know this is an 80s and childhood classic for many people, but I always just thought that it was okay. I recently watched it again for the first time in many years on Disney Plus as I found out that there is a new movie coming called Shrunk and best of all, they have gotten Rick Moranis out of retirement to star in it.
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was released on June 23, 1989. You can download or stream the film from a digital platform. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and make your choice.
The Movie Review
I loved the ride that used to be at Disney World in Florida, it is actually one of the best memories of my trips to Disney World as a kid. However, want to know something that I am sure sounds crazy to some people. I actually prefer the Disney Channel TV series, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids which was on in the late 90s to the movie!
Rick Moranis Shines
The movie is a fun family adventure. Rick Moranis plays an inventor called Wayne Szalinski and he is working on a machine that can make things small and big. His invention is not exactly going to plan and he is getting more and more frustrated with it. Look, Rick Moranis is a staple of 80s family movies and he is awesome as always here.
A Shrinking Mishap
Turns out that all the machine needed was to be hit with a baseball! After an accident with a baseball Wayne’s two kids Amy and Nick along with the kids from next door, Little Russ and Ron end up shrunk by the machine! If that was not bad enough, Wayne heads into the attic where the machine is, sweeps up the kids, and throws them into the trash.
Once the trash is taken outside, the kids have to embark on an adventure to get back into the house and hopefully transform back to their regular size. Seeing the kids have to navigate the dangers of the backyard ranging from water, a scorpion and even the lawn mower is fun and adds a fair bit of peril to the movie for a kid’s movie.
Rediscovering Childhood Favorites
I will say that after what has to be over 20 years since I last saw this movie, I do appreciate it more now than I did when I was a kid. I ate up most of the classic 80s movies as a kid so I am not sure why Honey, I Shrunk the Kids never grabbed me like many of the other movies of this era did. The wife and I watched the whole trilogy of movies and I would have to say that this one is actually the best out of the three.
Moranis’ Endearing Charm
Look even the worst Rick Moranis movie is worth watching as the man has so much charm, but I would not say that this is the worst movie he has been in at all. After watching this again, I can see why so many people hold it so close to their hearts. While I am not in a rush to watch this again (or the sequels) I must admit, I would not be against it if in a year or two my wife suggested watching this again.
- Rick Moranis is as charming as his 80s self always is
- Seeing the larger “normal” stuff the kids deal with in the backyard is fun
- For a kid’s movie, the stakes and danger are pretty high!
- Before I watched this, I would have said it was a 5/10 at best movie, but it was way more fun than I remember it being
- The version on Disney Plus is a bit rough in the visual department
- I still think the TV series is better than the movie!