Honey, I Blew Up the Kid is a 1992 American comic science fiction film and the sequel to the 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
It was directed by Randal Kleiser and released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 17, 1992.
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Five years after the events after the previous film, inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is now the head researcher at Sterling Labs in Las Vegas, working on a ray that can enlarge objects. His research is hindered by Charles Hendrickson (John Shea), who is jealous that Wayne had been put in charge of the research department and threatens to sabotage him to take his place.
Diane (Marcia Strassman) leaves to take their daughter Amy (Amy O'Neill) to college, leaving him in charge of watching their 2-year old son Adam (Daniel & Joshua Shalikar) along with their fifteen-year-old son Nick (Robert Oliveri), who is now obsessed with guitars and an unrequited crush on Adam's babysitter Mandy (Keri Russell).
Wayne works at the Sterling Laboratories where his boss Charles Hendrickson and the other lab people are busy testing out their new machine. Wayne arrives late as the experiment has ended.
At home, Wayne is cooking dinner, but the oven makes a fire and Nick extinguishes the flames using a fire extinguisher. Whilst Wayne is on the phone to Diane, he is told by Quark, that Adam is making a dash for the ice-cream truck, not realizing he is too young to be outside on his own. Wayne grabs Adam and takes him back into the home where Adam blows on the burnt roast chicken.
At suppertime, Wayne, Nick and Adam are at the dinner table. Adam offers his big brother a sandwich, to which Nick walks off to his bedroom. At bedtime, Wayne is getting his baby son to sleep with Adam's favourite stuffed toy, "Big Bunny".
Adam soon falls asleep after singing "Twinkle, twinkle little star". Nick tries to make a phone call to Mandy, but his call is disconnected when Adam pulls a wire out of a socket.
On Saturday morning, Wayne decides to take Adam and Nick into the lab in order to test his enlarging machine on Big Bunny. But while they are looking over the controls and the countdown begins, Adam slips out of his stroller, gets in the way of the machine and attempts to get Big Bunny back.
Adam is hit by the beam which causes him to fly away from the machine and Big Bunny ending up on the floor with his legs in the air, giggling. But then he picks himself up and returns to his stroller before he is noticed. The beam causes a power surge that blacks the facility out, and Wayne and Nick leave none the wiser.
At home, Wayne cooks Adam some lunch after calling Mandy to come and look after Adam. As soon as Wayne goes, Adam looks at the microwave that starts flashing blue lightning around it.
Adam grabs Big Bunny and gets closer to the microwave. It is soon discovered that electric waves cause Adam to start growing in size after a microwave oven causes him to sprout to seven feet in height.
They return to the lab to try and correct this, but Wayne's unauthorized use causes Hendrickson to revoke his access and ban him from the facility.
Diane returns home and discovers the problem and she and Wayne leave to go to the warehouse where the original shrink ray is crated, hoping to use that to undo the mess.
Meanwhile, Mandy arrives to babysit Adam and faints at the sight of him. Nick ties her up to keep her from fleeing as he explains the situation to her, meanwhile, a television Adam is watching causes him to grow to fourteen feet in height and he breaks out of the house.
Mandy agrees to help Nick find his brother while at the lab, Hendrickson discovers that Adam was hit by the ray and orders his men to find and detain Adam.
They capture the giant toddler and stow him in a semi-truck en route to the labs, but power cables along the side of the highway cause him to grow even larger and he escapes. Adam then finds Nick, his brother and Mandy below him, so he picks them up and puts them in his front pocket of his overalls, mistaking them as new toys.
Now, over 100 feet in height, Adam sees the lights of The Strip in the distance and makes his way toward them, thinking it to be a playground. When Nick and Mandy try to stop him, Adam mistakes them and the car they are driving as toys, and picks them up, putting them in his pocket.
The giant baby incites terror for everyone who sees him, and soon Adam is surrounded by journalists, authorities and Hendrickson and his men.
Adam rips the guitar of a Hard Rock Cafe off of its foundations and begins to play with it, imitating Nick.
Hendrickson has his men fire tranquilizers at Adam from a helicopter, but the first shot misses and the second one shoots at the guitar electrocuting Adam, making him cry. The public sees that he is an innocent baby not a menace and are now sympathetic toward him as Wayne and Diane (as well as Wayne's boss, Mr. Sterling) arrive with the shrink ray to return him to normal.
Wayne says that it requires thirteen seconds for the shrink ray to establish a lock on Adam and he needs to hold still.
Seeing that at their size, Adam would not see them as his parents, Diane orders Wayne to use the ray to enlarge her. Hendrickson orders his men to fire again at Adam, but a giant sized Diane intervenes, making the helicopter back off.
Reunited with her son, Diane has him hold still as though they are going to take a picture while Wayne targets, then successfully shrinks them both back to normal size.
Hendrickson tries to have Wayne arrested for causing the chaos, having meant no harm to Adam by trying to shoot him with the tranquilizers, but Diane punches Charles, knocking him unconscious.
Sterling sees Wayne and Diane as heroes and concerned parents and fires Hendrickson instead for his methods.
Wayne realizes he accidentally shrunk Nick and Mandy which were in Adam's front pocket of his overalls. Finding that Nick and Mandy had fallen out of Adam's pocket after his shrinking, Wayne discovers Nick and Mandy alone, having been shrunk in size. Nick waves Wayne away as he puts his arm around Mandy and the two share a kiss.
Nick sees Wayne wink at him for landing a girl and Nick smiles back at Wayne. Wayne decides to give Nick and Mandy a few minutes of privacy before returning them back to normal size.
It seems that life is back to normal (though they discover to Adam's delight) that his Big Bunny is still at its enormous size.
As Wayne and Diane kiss, the credits roll.
- Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski
- Marcia Strassman as Diane Szalinski
- Amy O'Neill as Amy Szalinski
- Robert Oliveri as Nick Szalinski
- Daniel & Joshua Shalikar as Adam Szalinski
- John Shea as Dr. Charles Hendrickson
- Lloyd Bridges as Clifford Sterling
- Keri Russell as Mandy Park
- Ron Canada as Marshall Brooks
- Gregory Sierra as Terence Wheeler
- Michael Milhoan as Captain Ed Myerson
- Leslie Neale as Constance Winters
- Julia Sweeney as Nosey Neighbor
- Linda Carlson as Nosey Neighbor
The film was not originally written as a sequel to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."
It was originally titled Big Baby, it was about a toddler who grew to giant size by a freak accident involving a growth ray and eventually terrorized Las Vegas in a non-violent, yet Godzillaesque way.
Disney saw the possibilities of making this into a sequel to Honey and rewrote the script. Whereas most of the characters from "Big Baby" were rewritten as characters from "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," there was no character in the original that "Amy Szalinski" could replace, so she is seen going away to college in the beginning of the film.
Rick Moranis returns from the original film to portray "wacky" inventor Wayne Szalinski. Also returning is his wife, Diane, who is portrayed by Marcia Strassman. Amy O'Neill and Robert Oliveri return to portray the Szalinski children, Amy and Nick. Nick has matured in his personality and interests since the last film. He is still considered "nerdy", but has taken more interest in girls and guitars.
Casting director Renee Rousselot searched over 1,000 small children for someone to portray Adam, the newest addition to the Szalinski clan.
She searched for mostly three to four-year-old boys because a younger child was thought to be problematic. She came across twins Daniel and Joshua Shalikar, from New Jersey and immediately cast them in December of 1990. One twin would act in the morning while the other was eating lunch or taking a nap.
Baby consultant Elaine Hall Katz and director Randal Kleiser would plan the twins' scenes a week in advance.
Tom Smith reported that: "On his own, Dan was almost too adventuresome to repeat one move, and Josh seemed very cautious. Put them together and they could do anything."
However, the film did have difficulties in working with such small children and one crew member later remarked it was "like playing hopscotch on hot coals."
At the time, the Shalikar twins were scheduled to appear in two more "Honey" films. They did appear once, but were recast in "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves."
In the film, Nick has a crush on a girl named Mandy Park, played by Keri Russell in her first feature film.
John Shea portrays Dr. Charles Hendrickson, who is scheming to get Wayne's control of the project while Lloyd Bridges portrays Clifford Sterling, the owner of Sterling Labs.
Fred Rogers and Richard Simmons are also seen in videos in TV scenes in the film.
Randal Kleiser (of Grease and White Fang fame) was chosen to direct this film, replacing Joe Johnston. Kleiser would return to film with the cast in the 3D show "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" which was at several Disney parks until 2010.
Like its predecessor and "Grease," "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" had animated opening credits.
The production began on June 17, 1991 and filming took place in Simi Valley, California for the parts involving the Szalinskis' house.
Also used extensively was well known places in Las Vegas such as the Hard Rock Cafe and the Mirage Hotel.
The water park where Nick worked and where Mandy is first introduced is Wet 'n Wild in Las Vegas. Twelve years after the film, it closed in 2004.
Special effects were used heavily throughout the film, but some were not.
When Adam knocks down his bedroom's door, production designer Leslie Dilley created a set with miniature furniture about four feet away from the camera while the adult actors would be about fifteen feet away.
Kleiser recalled, "Danny was generally better at improvising and fresh reactions. Josh was better at following directions, so we would alternate."
Lawsuit before release
Disney would later find itself the subject of a lawsuit as a result of the film. The suit was filed in 1991 by Mark Goodson Productions director Paul Alter, who claimed to have come up with the idea of an oversized toddler after babysitting his granddaughter and watching her topple over building blocks.
He wrote a screenplay titled "Now, That's a Baby!" which had not been made into a film, but had received some sort of treatment beforehand.
Alter claimed there were several similarities between the movie and his script, which consisted of the baby daughter of two scientists fall victim to a genetic experiment gone wrong instead of an enlarging ray.
The case went to trial in 1993 with the jury finding in Alter's favor. Disney was forced to pay $300,000 in damages.
The film opened on July 17, 1992 to 2,492 theatres, almost twice as many as the first film. It was #1 on opening weekend with $11,083,318 and grossed $58,662,452 in the United States.
The film has received generally mixed reviews and has a "rotten" rating of 41% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Desson Thompson and Hal Hinson (both writers from the Washington Post) agreed that the film was "a one-joke film."
Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times said that Adam "didn't participate in the real world but simply toddled around."