Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1989. Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III, Doric Productions. Story by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna, Ed Naha, Screenplay by Ed Naha, Tom Schulman. Cinematography by Hiro Narita. Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Gregg Fonseca. Costume Design by Carol Brolaski. Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.
This cute Disney film surprisingly found a huge audience in 1989 and went on to become one of the year’s biggest hits before spawning two dreadful sequels. Rick Moranis plays an absent-minded scientist whose latest project, to invent a machine that can automatically shrink any object, isn’t going well. When an unnoticed mishap makes it possible for the machine to work, it accidentally miniaturizes his kids and submerges them into a giant world where breakfast cereal is a treacherous ocean and bumblebees make great airplanes. Silly, fluffy fun, with all the performers having a great time being in something so charismatically mindless. Marcia Strassman is especially delightful as Moranis’s exasperated wife.