RELEASE DATE: Friday 23rd June 1989
This is the kind of movie where the title tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Rick Moranis plays a mad professor who invents a shrinking ray which never seems to work. Through some particular circumstances, the ray begins to function, but unfortunately shrinks not only his two children, but the two kids from next door as well. While he and his wife search for their tiny offspring, the kids have to go on an epic voyage across the back yard and back into the house.
Some other working titles for this film were "Teeny Weenies," "Grounded" and "The Big Backyard." Chevy Chase and John Candy were both considered to play the role of Wayne Szalinski, but in the end the part went to Rick Moranis.
It was directed by Joe Johnston, who had been an art director on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. This was his first major directing job. He would then go on to direct Jurassic Park III, Jumanji and the first Captain America film.
Honey I Shrunk The Kids was a surprisingly huge success, becoming the highest-grossing live-action Disney movie up until this point. It spawned two inferior sequels, a T.V. show spin-off and a ride/theatre experience type thing at the Disney theme parks.