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-->"It's not the first time something like this has happened... to ''our'' family."

Take equal parts of an unlucky scientist one step away from becoming a MadScientist, and a potential WeaponOfMassDestruction applied on four children, then top it off with the angst of said children. It is a comedy.

Stay at home inventor Wayne Szalinski (Creator/RickMoranis) invented a {{shrink ray}}. Which doesn't work. '''Yet.''' Due to a stray baseball it becomes fully functional and promptly shrinks his daughter, son and the neighbor's two sons. Wayne was absent, and is unaware of that his machine worked. After the idea of his machine is dismissed at a conference, Wayne breaks it in frustration, sweeps the broken glass up as well as the children, and then deposits them on the curb for trash collection. They cut their way out with a shard of glass, and begin an adventure across the unkempt lawn to get back home and unshrunk. They face many environmental hazards such as a bee, a scorpion, sprinkler system, automated lawn mower, and a {{cat|sAreMean}}, all of which are now infinitely more dangerous as the kids must learn to band together in order to survive... yes, we assure you this is a comedy. Meanwhile, Szalinski realizes the error of his ways, that the machine works and had accidentally shrunk the kids, and tries desperately to both fix the machine and find the kids in the grass in the yard.

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* Wayne Szalinski: TheSmartGuy. Even though the roadblock he hit was overcome by a freak accident, that's how a surprising number of inventions came about.
* Diane Szalinski: MamaBear. She isn't happy with what happened to her family, though she doesn't become violent. At least not in this film...
* Russ Thompson Sr: PapaWolf. He was not happy, but he does turn out to be a genuinely nice guy, in spite of wishing his oldest son was "manlier."
* Mae Thompson: Not quite EmotionlessGirl, but she did take the news rather well.
* Amy Szalinski: TheChick. Popular girl who likes boys and shopping.
* Nick Szalinski: [[TheSmartGuy The Other Smart Guy]] Like father, like son. Allergic to nearly everything.
* Russ Thompson Jr: TheLancer. Does not share his father's more "manly" interests like fishing and football. He warms up. Has a huge crush on Amy.
* Ron Thompson: TheGenericGuy. Has a huge [[{{Jerkass}} attitude problem]], but becomes friendlier as the movie progresses.

There are several follow-ups focusing on the further adventures of Wayne and his family. Most don't have separate articles yet.

* ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid'' (1992): In which we meet the newest Szalinski -- Adam, who becomes a very ''big'' baby indeed.
* ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'' (1994): A Ride/DisneyThemeParks ShortFilm. Wayne's being honored as Inventor of the Year, but some demos of his latest inventions go wild...and TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou! (At Walt Disney World in Florida, a new character from this film, Dr. Nigel Channing [played by Eric Idle], was subsequently incorporated into other attractions in its host pavillion at Epcot.)
* ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'' (1997): Wayne ends up shrinking himself along with Diane, his brother and sister in law. Now they have to navigate their cavernous home as pre-teen Adam throws a WildTeenParty. Went DirectToVideo.
* ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids: The TV Show'' (1997-2000): More inventions, more problems for the Szalinskis in this three-season syndicated sitcom. TheOtherWiki's entry on it posits that this is either an AlternateContinuity from the films or set between the first two; it features no movie cast members.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Wayne, [[CaptainObvious of course]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Nick in the second movie.
* AdultFear
-->'''Diane:''' Our daughter, alone, in the dark, with Russ Thompson Jr.
-->'''(beat)'''
-->'''Diane:''' They'd better ''behave'' themselves.
** The whole series practically revolves around this. In the first film, Wayne and Diane are deathly afraid of stepping on the grass their kids are lost in, for...[[{{Squick}} obvious reasons]]. This fear is ramped UpToEleven when a friend of their son comes over to cut the grass using a remote controlled lawn mower. In the second film, their baby grows into a giant that a madman wants to put a stop to with ''military force''. In the third film, the adults have to sit by as their kids throw an unauthorized party, which leads to teenage boys coming over and trying to make moves on the girls while bullying the boys.
** Inverted in the first film, Russ Jr. and Ron saw one of their dad's brand of cigarettes, and knows that he only smokes when he's really worried about something, giving each other a knowing glance.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: "Anty," the ant.
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: The Thompsons have ample grounds for a lawsuit (see NoOshaCompliance entry below), but obviously do not file one.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: On the first two films. They're very well done, too.
* AnthropicPrinciple: Logic dictates that after the first film, Wayne Szalinski should be living in a billion-dollar science palace with at least two Nobel Prizes on his wall and his name in the books next to Einstein, Galileo, Newton, and Tesla, but then of course we wouldn't be able to continue having nutty suburban adventures about a bumbling scientist and his size-changing mishaps. The family does have more money and a larger house in each sequel, though, the setup of ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'' is that he's being honored with a presitigious fictional award that puts him on the level of the aforementioned, ''and'' he's the President of Szalinski Labs by the third.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: While Russ Sr has some legitimate issues with living next door to the Szalinskis, he also takes exception to the incredibly average sight of Amy ''dancing in the kitchen while cleaning''.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Anty and the bee are both referred to as "he", when in reality worker ants and bees -- basically any specimen you'd see outside the colony/hive -- are female. While this could be an in-universe mistake on the kids' part, Nick seems learned enough to know better.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Mostly overshadowed by the RuleOfCool and the RuleOfFunny. Decreasing the amount of empty space between molecules would indeed decrease an object's ''volume''. However, since the amount of actual matter remains, it would do absolutely nothing to the object's ''mass''. Thus, Wayne should not have been able to sweep them up. What you've done is increase the object's ''density''. This greatly decreases the surface area over which their ''weight'', defined in physics as the ''force'' generated by the ''acceleration'' of gravity acting upon ''mass'', is distributed. This greatly increase the amount of ''pressure'' exerted upon the surfaces beneath their feet. Though the floorboards in his lab could probably have held them, once in the backyard, they should have sunk into the soft soil.
** And, of course, the opposite holds true, meaning that Diane could have ''picked Adam up'' in the second movie, whether she was blown up or not. Likewise Adam wouldn't have quite the strength to lift a car.
*** Except picking up a 112-foot toddler would still have been extremely difficult and awkward for a five-foot whatever woman, and she needed to get Adam to hold still long enough for Wayne to shrink them back to normal size.
** Two take a "ride" on a bee. They are flown all over the yard, which to them is 3 miles long. Despite the fact that in comparison size that bee is traveling at well over two hundred miles per hour, they do a remarkable job of hanging on. Maybe it's the lack of wind resistance.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid''.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Giant Adam obeys Nick's calls to put his car down onto a motorized neon sign. After it nearly drops him to his death, he asks to be picked up.
* BeeAfraid: A giant bee accidentally picks up Nick when he's stuck in a flower, and
* BerserkButton: Don't mention naps in front of little Adam.
* BigShutUp: Amy shouts this at Ron, after Nick and Russ Jr. are carried off by the killer bee:
-->'''Ron:''' We're never gonna find Russ now! It's all your stupid dad's fault!
-->'''Amy:''' Shut up! My brother's up there, too!
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Nick, Amy and Adam Szalinski.
* BoundAndGagged: Nick's way of preventing the babysitter (that he has a crush on) from raising a ruckus about his enormous two-year-old brother in ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid''.
* BrickJoke: Right before the end credits, Nick "gets" what Russell meant when he said he learned CPR in French class.
* BrokenGlassPenalty: Ron tries to make a run for it after breaking the Szalinski's window, but Russ Jr. catches him and drags him back over to apologize. On the flip side, Ron's baseball fixes the problem with the shrink ray.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The first movie was set in Fresno, but was shot in Mexico. The second one takes place in Vista del Mar, Nevada, but was shot in Florida.
** Also, Las Vegas in the second movie [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial looks nothing like Reno at all]].
* CardboardPrison: In ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid''; Adam frequently escapes his playpen even after Wayne's multiple attempts to fix it.
* CatsAreMean: Spike, the Thompsons' cat, screws everything up for the kids when he chases Quark the dog away.
* ChekhovsGun: Nick's love of Oatmeal Creme Pies.
* ChildProdigy: Nick, especially in the first movie. In the second movie he's self-conscious about it and tries to cover up his smarts by taking up the guitar.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Big Russ Thompson is shown lighting up despite having quit several years before, demonstrating to the kids how worried he is about them.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The freshly-tossed cigarette that the kids find. Being that close to the still-hot cigarette would really burn quarter-inch-tall people.
* CuteGiant: Adam, after being turned gigantic in ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid.''
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Zigzagged. In the second film a well-funded lab and team of researchers are studying the shrinking technology, and in the third film Wayne manages his own laboratory with several scientists working for him on various projects. However, Wayne seems to live rather modestly, and despite at least ten years passing between the first and third films, not much time is spent examining how the world is changed now that shrinking ray technology exists (aside from a passing line about how the original shrink ray is going to be displayed in the Smithsonian).
* DeadpanSnarker: In the first movie, Ron is often quite cynical. Amy has her moments, too. In the second movie, Nick fills this trope on occasion, as well as Mandy the babysitter.
* DeathRay: Before the baseball fell into it, the shrink ray blew things up instead.
* DemotedToExtra: Amy only briefly appears in ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid'', and [[PutOnABus leaves for college]] before the end of the first act. Including the scene at all seemed to be mostly an excuse to get Diane out of the house again.
* DisasterDominoes: How the plot gets kicked off, every time.
* DisneyDeath: Painfully averted with [[spoiler:Anty's death.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: When helping his father pack the camper van, Russ spots Amy dancing in her kitchen as she tries to clean up. He's mesmerized.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the third film, Adam and Mitch look at a magazine that Adam thinks would get him in trouble with his dad and that the parents can't see from their angle on the floor. [[spoiler: Wayne crawls up on the magazine after the boys leave and discovers its a regular issue of ''Sports Illustrated.'' Wayne seems nearly as upset as he would have been if it really had turned out to be a {{Playboy}}, though not because of what the magazine turned out to be, but because Adam would think he'd be so upset about it. This is what starts Wayne's character growth in this film and makes him start to realize that he needs to let Adam pursue his own interests instead of forcing him into the sciences; his own son is actually afraid of him finding out he's into sports.]]
* DolledUpInstallment: ''Honey I Blew Up The Kid'' was originally a script called ''Big Baby''.
* EfficientDisplacement: Giant Adam leaving home.
* EurekaMoment:
** After using a baseball bat to shoo a bee (which Nick and Russ are riding on)...
--->'''Wayne:''' Wait a second... Nick doesn't play baseball. ''[looks up at his attic/lab, which the window broke]''
** The balloon hanging by Adam's crib gives Wayne the idea for why Sterling's version of his ray is blowing things up instead of... well, blowing things up.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Anty getting [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice practically impaled]] through the torso by the scorpion]].
* FantasticVoyagePlot: Narrowly averted in all three ''Shrunk'' movies. Played straight, however, in the premier episode of the TV show. In Diane's own father no less.
* FatBastard: Ricky in ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves''. He doesn't look it, but when he's threatening Adam in the third film, his stomach precedes him by several inches. The actor wore a FatSuit initially... then in reshoots [[DyeingForYourArt gained 40 pounds for the role]] to make Ricky look fatter all over.
* FencePainting: Nick convinces his friend Tommy to pay ''him'' for the privilege of mowing the Szalinskis' lawn because he gets to do it with a cool remote controlled lawnmower.
* FlatWhat: Diane's initial reaction when Wayne confesses that his machine shrank their kids.
** Followed by [[BigWhat another]] when Wayne told Diane the Thompson kids also shrank and they're all in the backyard. Then grabs Wayne after he told her he threw them out with the trash. Then faints when Wayne tells the police (Diane called the police to report the kids missing before finding out they were shrunk) that the kids aren't missing, they're in the backyard.
* FootsieUnderTheTable: [[spoiler: Russ and Amy at the end of the movie.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Nick [[FencePainting "letting"]] Tommy use the lawnmower, which he says he'll do "later".
** Adam is quite the little escape artist, and prone to getting into other people's stuff and breaking it, even by toddler standards. This helps set up what a danger he is once he gets really big.
** There's a lingering shot of the Hard Rock Cafe as Wayne drives home.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[spoiler: Anty (the only character in the whole franchise to be killed).]]
** Though in all fairness, the kids had to deal with some other important stuff shortly after her demise, and Ron does mention how she "saved him from a giant scorpion" during the ending.
* GiantFood: To the shrunken kids, an Oatmeal Cream Pie is "as big as a house", and Cheerios could be used as life preservers.
** The epilogue shows the Szalinskis and the Thompsons eating a turkey that was clearly blown up to double size with the shrink ray. And then Quark is shown with a ''massive'' dog biscuit.
** In the second movie, Adam's pocket contents get blown up too. "Have a raisin!" ...that's about two feet across.
* GilliganCut: In the third movie:
-->'''Gordon:''' Of course, as soon as the kids realize we're gone, they'll be very upset.
-->''*Cut to kids celebrating and cheering*''
* GodGuise: In ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'', Wayne's brother Gordon pretends to be the voice of God, scaring off all the guests at his daughter Jenny's party. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* HappilyMarried: Wayne and Diane (although they're having some difficulties at the beginning of the first movie) and Russ Sr. and Mae. Gordon and Patti from the third movie also count.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Anty again.]]
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of the second movie Nick and Mandy are still shrunk in the car and Adam's stuffed bunny is still huge. Wayne tells a doubtful Diane he'll get the machine fix to shrink it back. Though Adam doesn't seem to mind.
* HollywoodScience: Shrinking an object by reducing the open space inside it wouldn't remove any weight, and the SquareCubeLaw would mean that the shrunken characters wouldn't be able to move at all. They also probably wouldn't be able to breathe or digest normal-sized food and would stand a good chance of embedding themselves in most materials they stood on.
** Similarly, enlarging an object by increasing the open space inside it wouldn't add any weight, the subject would still have trouble breathing or digesting food, and any enlarged objects would become much more buoyant in air, possibly light enough to float away if they're made large enough.
* HomemadeInventions
* HopeSpot: The kids find themselves right under the Szalinskis as they're looking for them, and they call out to them. Unfortunately they can't hear the kids, and they walk back inside.
* HowDidThatGetInThere: Russ Sr., almost word-for-word, when Mae finds a packet of cigarettes hidden in his baseball cap.
* ILied / [[IsThatWhatHeToldYou That's Not What She Told Me]]: [[spoiler:Mae told Russ Sr. that Russ Jr. didn't make the team, which Russ Sr. was upset over. Later in the movie, while talking to the cops, Mae slipped that Russ Jr. actually quit but was afraid to tell his dad.]]
* ImpactSilhouette: Adam in the second movie.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Anty.]]
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The premise of the plot.
** And the third movie, and a few episodes of the series. Though in the second movie, [[spoiler:Wayne accidentally shrinks Nick (again) and his girlfriend Mandy when he shrinks Diane and Adam back to normal size. But they don't mind getting some alone time]].
* InsufferableGenius: Dr. Hendrickson from ''Honey, I Blew Up the Kid''.
* IronicEcho: "Weird family."
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: (And we're not even going for IncrediblyLamePun here!) Russ Jr. and Nick get caught on a bumble bee and flown all over the yard, inexplicably being dropped off not far from Amy and Ron.
* [[ItsAllMyFault It's All Our Fault]]: Diane feels this way, and it's more than just the kids getting shrunk.
-->'''Diane:''' Somehow I feel like this is all our fault.\\
'''Wayne:''' No, it's ''my'' fault. I start working on something I donít think about anything else. I should have been more careful with the machine. I'm sorry.\\
'''Diane:''' That's not what I mean. It's not important that I sell another house or you getting a grant this year or the next, we just gotta get our family back together.
* JerkJock: Ricky in ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Russ Sr.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ron, initially. He [[CharacterDevelopment isn't such a jerk]] by the end of the movie, though.
** Dr. Hendrickson in ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid''..
* JerkassHasAPoint: The scientists who jeer Wayne's claims about his shrink machine may not be acting very professional, but considering that Wayne himself admits he has no proof that the machine works, they have no reason to believe his outlandish claims. This is exactly what would happen to any scientist in RealLife who made earth-shaking declarations without a single shred of proof.
** Similarly, in the second movie, while Hendrickson was no doubt stepping over bounds by holding such a low opinion of Wayne despite him building the shrink machine in the first place, one has to admit that Wayne's constant bumbling and lack of safety measures (taking his toddler to a secure laboratory rather than just hiring a babysitter like he ended up doing later) as well as being indirectly responsible for all the damage the giant Adam causes gives him fair reason for his skepticism.
* KidsWildernessEpic: The first movie spends a lot of time in the backyard, playing it up for all its hazards.
* KissOfLife: Russ performs this on Amy without doing chest compressions, and it somehow still works. They do show her coughing up the mud she inhaled when she comes around, though.
* LateToThePunchline: Russ told Nick in the middle of the movie that he learned CPR (which he used to save Amy's life) from French Class. At the end of the movie:
-->'''Nick''': Hey wait! I get it! FRENCH CLASS!
** Which could also serve as a meta-example, given that a kid watching this movie might not get that joke until several years later.
* LeavingAudience: Happens to Wayne Szalinski.
* LineInTheSand: Russ Thompson Sr. willingly volunteers to be the test subject to see if the repaired shrink ray will work.
** This turns into a literal SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} and IncrediblyLamePun.
* MamaBear: Diane's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid'':
--> '''Diane:''' ([[TranquilFury Quietly and dangerously]]) "Doctor Hendrickson, that looked like some sort of '''rifle''' that you were shooting at my baby."
--> '''Dr. Hendrickson:''' "They were tranquilizer cartridges, they wouldn't have hurt him, I assure you."
--> '''Diane:''' (sarcastic laughing) "Tranquilizer cartridges..." ([[MegatonPunch KNOCKS OUT Hendrickson]])
--> '''Wayne:''' (to Adam) [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "Never cross mommy."]]
** And moments before that, when she [[spoiler: also turns into a giant, she stops the helicopter]] Hendrickson is in, trying to shoot her baby with said tranquilizers. Considering they actually ''electrocuted'' poor Adam in the process, they're lucky Diane lets them keep their lives.
%%* MediumAwareness
* MiraculousMalfunction: A stray baseball landing on the shrinking machine is what actually makes it work. Though Wayne is able to figure out why the baseball made the machine functional, and replicate the results.
* MistakenForQuake: The movie has what Ron mistakes for an earthquake actually turn out to be a remote-controlled lawn mower. As the kids are a quarter of an inch tall, this means things have gone FromBadToWorse.
* MoodWhiplash: A romantic scene between Russ Jr. and Amy in the first movie suddenly turns into a moment of sheer terror when [[spoiler:the scorpion]] turns up...
* MotivationOnAStick: The shrunken kids do this with Anty and a discarded piece of food.
* MouthyKid: Ron.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Wayne, after realizing his kids have shrunk, when he looks at his broom...
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes:
-->'''Nick''': "When we crashed, my entire life flashed before my eyes. It didn't take too long."
* NeverMyFault: After Ron accidentally hits his baseball through the Szalinskis' attic window:
--> '''Russ:''' Just tell 'em what you did.
--> '''Ron:''' It never would've happened if their house wasn't so close!
--> '''Russ:''' He hit a baseball through your attic window.
--> '''Amy:''' He ''what''?
--> '''Ron:''' It shouldn't have been closed in the first place, it's a nice day!
* NextSundayAD: ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'', released in 1997, is set in 2000.
* NoAntagonist
* NonMaliciousMonster: The scorpion
* NoOSHACompliance: [[FixedForwardFacingWeapon The shrink ray faced the attic door]] and they left the door to the attic unlocked with minors in the house ''despite the fact that the ray was capable of blowing things up''. Add to this the lawn mower left outside and available for minors to use unsupervised.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: After Wayne [[spoiler:tests the shrink ray on Russell Sr. and subsequently resizes him, Russ Sr. finds that his baseball cap is a little big for him]].
* ObjectTrackingShot: A complex system at the beginning of ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'' makes it easier for the Szalinskis to get their mail.
* OhCrap: A LOT of these throughout the series.
** To name one example: "No, worse! LAWNMOWER!"
** A notable facial equivalent occurs in the first film: after Wayne noticed the shrunken couch and realized that his shrink ray ''did'' work and, in fact, [[TitleDrop shrunk the kids]], he begins carefully searching for them on the attic floor... only to bump into ''his broom''[[note]]Earlier, frustrated with his supposedly nonfunctional shrink ray, Wayne beat the crap out of it, resulting in bits of it to fly off and on to the floor... which he swept up into a garbage bag... '''along with the kids'''[[/note]].
*** [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't end there!]] The next shot has him outside examining the trash bag and noticing the rip... causing him to realize that ''the kids are in the backyard''.
** Then, in ''Honey, I Blew Up the Kid'', this exchange happens right after Wayne and Clifford Sterling figure out that it's electromagnetic fluxes that are causing Adam's growth spurts:
-->'''Marshall Brooks:''' Would this electromagnetic... would it surround neon lights too?
-->'''Wayne:''' Yeah, why?
-->'''Marshall Brooks:''' Your kid. He's heading toward Las Vegas.
-->'''Diane, Wayne and Clifford Sterling:''' (''in unison'') UH-OH.
* PapaWolf: Russ Sr.
* PetsHomageName: Bumbling inventor Wayne has a dog named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark Quark]].
* {{Pride}}: The only possible reason why Russ Sr. didn't tell his fishing buddy the truth why he couldn't go.
-->'''Russ Sr.''' Eighty bucks, Mae! ''Non''refundable! Those kids are ''grounded''!
* ProductPlacement: Early in the first film Nick puts a box of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies on the table, in direct view of the camera. Later the kids use bits of one of the cookies to tame Anty.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler: Clifford Sterling]] in ''Honey I Blew Up the Kid''.
* RescueRomance: Russ Jr. and Amy suddenly get very friendly after he saves her life.
* {{Retcon}}: Making objects big is apparently a stumbling block in the sequel, even though not only did the shrink ray work in reverse just fine before, it even succeeded in making normal objects giant-sized in the epilogue. When Wayne steals his original shrink ray to make Diane giant, he still has to filter the laser through a Coke bottle.
* RunningGag: Diane faints in each movie upon the reveal of the shrink ray's effects. Though in ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'', it was Mitch. Mostly because his potassium is running low.
** A lot of characters in the first film utter a simple, judgmental, "...Mmm-hm," when they think someone's acting really bizarre, including Russ Sr, the cops, and Mr. Forstein.
* ScaryScorpions: Oh dear ''God''.
* ScavengedPunk: There are shades of this as the kids begin to piece together some makeshift equipment out of full sized scraps.
* SequelNonEntity:
** The Szalinskis have moved between the first two films, so the Thompsons don't make a second appearance.
** Nick and Amy were each only mentioned once in ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'' (when Adam talks with Diane about going to baseball camp), replaced by cousins Mitch and Jenny. Also justified because Nick and Amy have been adults for quite some time now and live their own lives.
* ShooTheDog: Attempted with Anty.
* ShoutOut
** In ''Honey, I Blew Up the Kid'', when Wayne and Diane are looking for the boxed-up shrink ray in the warehouse, there is a very clear shot of him standing in front of a crate labeled [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk "ARK OF THE COVENANT"]].
** In the first movie, there's a shout-out to the classic movie ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'' when Amy says to Russell, "You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow."
** The original shrink ray's display seems evocative of the digitizing laser's in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (and the equipment is even tested on a piece of fruit).
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The junior novelization is actually drastically different from the film, with one of the major differences being an example of this trope for [[spoiler: Anty]].
* SquareCubeLaw: Obviously broken for RuleOfFunny; otherwise, the kids would be crushed by air pressure by virtue of not having an insectoid exoskeleton. And the baby wouldn't have the strength to stand up when he's 50 feet tall.
* TeamPet: Anty, to an extent.
* TemptingFate: When the kids take refuge from the lawnmower in an earthworm tunnel:
--> '''Nick:''' I think we'll be safe in here.
--> ''(lawnmower rests on top of an exit in the tunnel, resulting in Nick suddenly getting sucked towards it)''
** Earlier, Nick falls into a flower and Amy reminds him of his allergies.
-->'''Nick:''' ''(sniffs on a pollen)'' I'm too little to breathe it in! Ah- ACHOO!
** In ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'', after Wayne and Gordon fell into the onion dip:
-->'''Wayne:''' They're teenage girls, how much could they eat?\\
''[a ''group'' of girls swarm in and dip chips]''
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic
-->'''Ron:''' They're never gonna find us! We were right under their noses and they didn't even see us!
-->'''Russ Jr.:''' Don't panic, Ron. We'll... we'll find a way.
-->'''Ron:''' ''(panicking)'' I'm not panicked! Who's panicked? ''NOBODY'S PANICKED''!
* TimTaylorTechnology: Inverted; the shrink ray only works by using ''less'' power. Or at least emitting less heat. A similar issue occurs in the sequel, where Sterling's ray exposes the subject to too much energy too quickly, which Wayne solves by filtering it through a Coke bottle.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Wayne (in the first movie):''' I shrunk the kids.
-->'''(in the second movie):''' I blew up the baby.
** And at the end of the second movie, Wayne title drops the full name of the first movie.
* TotallyRadical: Ron sometimes talks like this. Given his age and the time the first film was made, it's not ''too'' off-putting.
* VerbalTic: Mae keeps shushing Russ Sr.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the second movie, after Sterling fires Hendrickson, a board member at Sterling Labs authorizes Hendrickson to tranquilize Adam anyway, and mentions that the crisis will be used as an excuse to steer the board towards ousting Sterling as director. This is not followed up on in the movie itself, even though it could have been resolved with a throwaway line.
* WildTeenParty: Happens in the third movie, while the parents are shrunk.
* WouldHurtAChild: Dr. Hendrickson's team in the second film tries to tranquilize giant toddler Adam by firing ''giant tranquilzer darts'' at him. They end up electrocuting him in the process. Diane is understandably [[MamaBear far less than pleased]] and makes sure they know it.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Russ Sr. wishes that Russ. Jr. was as excited about the fishing trip (and sports in general) as Ron.
* YankTheDogsChain:
-->''(mysterious sound appears)''
-->'''Ron:''' What's that?
-->'''Nick:''' [[HopeSpot Sounds like Mom]].
-->'''Amy''' ''(nervously while looking up)'': Or more like a swarm of...
-->'''Nick:''' [[OhCrap Bees]]!
* YourSizeMayVary: Nick mentions they're a quarter of an inch tall, but the bulk of the film treats them like they're less than half that size and barely visible to the naked eye. The film sticks to that scale pretty consistently, though, so maybe Nick's calculations were just off.

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