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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids was the favorite movie for just about every kid in the summer of 1989. The fun effects and the comedy mixed together to create a wild ride, even spawning some popular Disney attractions at the time, as well as two inferior sequels.
Here are 8 things about the film you may not have known…
1. Chevy Chase and John Candy were both offered the role of Wayne Szlalinski but they turned it down. Candy suggested Rick Moranis.
2. In an early version of the script, there were five kids, one of which died during the sprinkler sequence. Seems a little dark looking back on it now.
3. Quark, which is the dog’s name in the movie, is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons, the most stable of which are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei.
4. The original title of the film was the awful sounding Teenie Weenies. To some, this made the film sound way too young, like a movie for 2-year olds with no appeal for adults.
5. Some of us out there may remember this, but the theatrical release of the film also came with an animated short at the beginning called Tummy Trouble.
6. The neighborhood seen in the film is not real, it was built at the back lot of Churubusco Studios. An English garden located at the studio served as the “backyard,” and the houses were cleverly placed around the garden to hide the studio buildings from most directions.
7. This was the directorial debut of Joe Johnston, who would go on to make The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III, and the first Captain America movie.
8. Disney and MGM Studios had the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie set adventure with a giant ant and other props and effects that kids could interact with.