Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 comedy film released through Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, and Matt Frewer.
Moranis plays "nutty" inventor Wayne Szalinski who perfects a machine capable of shrinking objects down to a hundredth of their size. When his two older children and the neighbors' two sons enter the room in which the shrinking machine is located in order to retrieve a lost baseball, they find it has been triggered by the ball and take the full brunt of the shrinking ray. They spend the rest of the movie trying to get back to the house after accidentally being taken out with the trash. Since they are so tiny, the trip is an epic adventure filled with a number of obstacles including "giant" insects and a runaway remote-controlled lawn mower. Towards the end of the movie, the children return to the house, where the younger son of the Szalinskis, Nick, falls into Wayne's cereal and is nearly eaten by his father.
In 1992, Disney released the first sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, with Rick Moranis and Marcia Strassman reprising their roles as Wayne and Diane Szalinski. As the title suggests, Wayne succeeds in enlarging his two year old son to gigantic proportions as one of his size-changing experiments goes awry.
A three-dimensional film called Honey, I Shrunk the Audience complete with physical effects such as wind and water was created as an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot in 1994, and later Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. The attraction is a mock award show by "The Imagination Institute" that is intended to honor Szalinski as "Inventor Of The Year." Instead, the audience is "shrunken" and threatened by a giant dog, a giant python and even a giant toddler, among other thrills. The attraction reprises most of the original cast and adds Eric Idle as the host of the award show.
Disney produced Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves in 1997 as a direct to video release. Only Rick Moranis reprised his role in this film. Many new characters were added such as Wayne's brother and his family. This time, it is the parents who are reduced to minuscule size, and need to be rescued by their kids. Wayne's niece Jenny Szalinski was played by Allison Mack, and a friend by Mila Kunis.
The last incarnation of the franchise was the television program Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997 - 2000). Peter Scolari took over as Wayne Szalinski. The show's plots involved other wacky Szalinski inventions (rarely the shrinking ray) that don't work quite as expected and land the family in some type of humorous mixed-up adventure.