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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

 
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 2:48 am    Post subject: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Reply with quote

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I liked this movie. My kids liked this movie. I liked watching this movie with my kids. So if you read anything here against this movie . . . it's a typo. Very Happy

First of all, the concept is brilliant: make an epic adventure out of four kids crossing their backyard.

Throw in a giant insect they befriend and ride on, a colossal battle between said insect and a huge red mutant scopiosaurus, and a wild ride on bubbloid bee creature.

Make the grown-up characters quirky and combative and obviously devoted to their children.

Get somebody like . . . oh, I don't know, James Horner to score it.

And then , twenty-six years later, refuse to release a decent DVD in 16:9 -- never mind a damn Blu-ray with extras -- despite the fact that Wikipedia says this:

The film became an unexpected box office success, grossing in excess of $222 million worldwide, and became the highest-grossing live-action Disney film ever, a record it held for five years.

Some folks say the Disney people will do anything for a buck. I more inclined to think they they couldn't find their own ass with both hand . . .
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am also fond of this film, Bud.

Has to be one of the last films to utilize the terrific FX of stop-motion animation.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you're right, and it was magnificent animation at that.

The drama was very effective, with the kids befriending an animated ant and then being threatened by an animated scorpion -- after which the friendly ant battled the nasty scorpion and sacrificed itself to save teeny tiny children who would have stepped on it the day before.

I think there's a lesson for us here.

Love has no logic. Bravery has no boundaries. Ants have no brains.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh, don't tell Ant-Man that ants don't have any brains.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, okay, it works just as well this way.

Bravery has no boundaries. Ants have no logic. Love has no brains.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Ants have no logic.

Ants collectively actually have a built-in logic.

Ants individually wander around looking for food, leaving a scent trail. Any ant finding food will take a chunk of it back to the nest, leaving a more intense trail. Other ants crossing this "Eureka!" trail will recognize its significance and turn either left or right to follow the trail. By simple odds, half those ants will end up at the food source. So they'll gather more food and head back to the nest, reinforcing the trail. The other 50% of the ants, the ones who turned the wrong way and ended up at the nest empty-mandibled, will simply turn around and follow the trail back to the food. So altogether, the operation appears very organized and it gets the job done.

What this has to do with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, I can't say (not having seen the movie).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, then let's try this.

Bravery has no brains. Ant's have no boundaries. Wayne has no movie.

(Give up, Dude. I can keep this up all day long.)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I posted a fan-made trailer for The Last Starfighter (1984) on the thread for that movie, and the trailer had this amusing message at the beginning.






I wondered just how true the claim at the bottom was, so I made a list of 1980s science fiction films that I thought were good, just to see if that decade really did produce a significant number of “the best” sci-fi movies.

This movie is on the list I made. I know what I like about the film (and a few things I don’t like), but I’d like to hear the pros and cons from the rest of you folks.

So, what do you think, guys? Cool

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