Matt Frewer and Kristine Sutherland Talk the 30th Anniversary of ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ (Interview)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the Szalinski family and the Thompson family went on the craziest backyard adventure the world had ever seen in Walt Disney Studios’ classic film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
The ground-breaking film hit theaters in 1989 and followed scientist, inventor, and dad Wayne Szalinski (played by Rick Moranis) who was hard at work trying to invent the breakthrough machine that would shrink items on contact. Things get crazy when the device accidentally shrinks the Szalinski children as well as the children of the neighboring Thompson family. Now, the two clashing families have to work together to survive the perils of their own seemingly supersized backyard.
In honor of the film’s 30th Anniversary, we chatted with stars Matt Frewer, who played Big Russ Thompson, and Kristine Sutherland, who played Mae Thompson about their fond memories of making such a fantastic movie.
Both Frewer and Sutherland had interesting casting experience when it came to landing their roles in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Frewer says he was a last minute casting, and one day after doing a screen test was on his way down to Mexico City to film. Sutherland auditioned for another role in the movie but ended up not getting the part. She was shocked when she received a phone call months later about the role of Mae Thompson, but she was thrilled about the upcoming adventure in filming such a unique project.
A Little Film’s Giant-Sized Success:
At the time, neither one of them knew how iconic and successful Honey, I Shrunk the Kids would become. When asked if they knew if the film would be as big a hit as it was, Frewer said:
Sutherland also recognized the potential in the film, but not right away. She said:
Supersized Practical Effects:
Part of the film’s groundbreaking charm was the use of massive practical props which created a real-life oversized environment for filming. While Frewer and Sutherland didn’t film in the supersized backyard themselves, they did recall seeing some of the groundbreaking props on set.
Frewer recalls watching the puppetry crew work with the giant ant affectionately called “Antie” in the film. He said:
Sutherland remembers seeing the oversized sets being built. She said:
What Makes Honey, I Shrunk the Kids So Special:
When it comes down to pinpointing what it is that makes Honey, I Shrunk the Kids such a unique film, both Frewer and Sutherland agree it was a perfect combination of adventure and family fun which added to the film’s longevity.
Yes, it’s a great adventure and a family film which has withstood the test of time. Watching Honey, I Shrunk the Kids today, 30 years after its release, it’s just as captivating and fun as it was back in 1989. Do you remember the first time you watched Disney’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Tell us what you love about the film in the comment section below.