The Practical Effects of 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids,' 1989
‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ is an all-time classic, especially for those who were impressionable young kids when the film came out. That’s because the prospect of somehow becoming miniaturized seemed like an actual possibility at the time, which made the movie equally terrifying and exhilarating!
Moreover, the film remains timeless due to Rick Moranis’ inimitable performance. His career was peaking as a result of a multitude of hits such as ‘Space Balls’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ and fans just couldn’t get enough, which made his sudden departure from acting that much more shocking.
The reason for his early retirement was that his wife, Anne, had died from cancer, and Rick decided to become a stay-at-home father to spend more time with his children:
"Stuff happens to people everyday, and they make adjustments to their lives for all kinds of reasons. There was nothing unusual about what happened or what I did, I think the reason that people were intrigued by the decisions I was making and sometimes seem to have almost admiration for it had less to do with the fact that I was doing what I was doing and more to do with what they thought I was walking away from, as if what I was walking away from had far greater value than anything else that one might have. The decision in my case to become a stay-at-home-Dad, which people do all the time, I guess wouldn’t have meant as much to people if I had had a very simple kind of make-a-living existence and decided I needed to spend more time at home. Nobody would pay attention to it, but because I came from celebrity and fame and what was the peak of a career, that was intriguing to people. To me, it wasn’t that. I didn’t have anything to do with that. It was work, and it was just time to make an adjustment."
Honorable stuff from a incredibly honorable and talented man. So for those who want to reminisce about a film that typifies the greatness of Rick Moranis, here are some awesome behind-the-scenes photos of the practical effects that were used to create ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids.’