Title: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Director: Joe Johnston Year: 1989 Run time: 1hr 33m
Part of me is a bit embarrassed that we watched this, part of me isn’t. We selected it from Netflix, because it was a Friday night and it had been a REALLY long week. Our brains were fried, we needed something that required little thought, little effort, and would just entertain us for a couple of hours.
0:40 - Cartoon credits are always a bit misleading when you’re not watching a cartoon. 4:15 - Love ye olde telephone wires that you get completely tangled up in. 6:44 - Within a very short space of time, I said “That’s Buffy’s mum!” and “That’s Big’s best friend!” 10:57 - That’s a cat clock in action, not just on Doc Brown’s wall. Love the 80s. 12:55 - This kid has created a supremely early version of the lawnmowing Roomba. 18:24 - I don’t smoke, so I wonder what other contraband I could put in my baseball cap. 20:00 - “Aren’t you in the wrong yard?” 23:20 - I just realised this is like the Borrowers. 27:04 - That was a muted kind of rage. 29:06 - It’d be quite amazing to experience life that small. Briefly. And without the terrifying bugs and stuff. 30:51 - I think my sense of direction would fail me though. I’d be going round and round the garden in circles. Like a teddy bear. 35:09 - No making fun of the people that can’t whistle! 39:59 - “There was a bee on me,” is a great excuse for stuff. 47:46 - So he’s found his calling in life, he can be a lifeguard. 52:54 - That kid is like a baby Sheldon. 55:49 - Bucking ant. 1:05:54 - Never ever ask that question. “What do you take me for? A complete idiot?” 1:08:19 - It’s a Lego! 1:13:24 - Do they have scorpions in back yards in America? Terrifying! 1:23:36 - Giant Cheerios! 1:27:25 - Hehe, there’s some pretty poor green-screening going on there. 1:30:28 - Woah, these end credits are the actual Simpsons theme tune.
It was actually better than I remembered it being, funny in places if naturally a little childish. I thought the effects, animatronic more than anything, held up really well - we just both had issues with the idea of an ant taking on a scorpion. I love the concept of giant stuff, it’s a bit of a contrived premise, but it’s a fun result nevertheless. I hadn’t remembered quite how gross the film is, lots of goo and falling in puddles and stuff. But there’s a happy ending, with all family issues resolved, so that’s good.