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"It's not the first time something like this has happened... to our family."
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Honey, I Blew Up the Kid is the 1992 sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Five years after the events of the first film, Wayne Szalinski has moved to Nevada with his family to help Sterling Labs develop an offshoot of his shrink-ray that will enlarge objects instead of shrinking them. His superior, Dr. Hendrickson, wants to kick him off the project due to his personal disdain for Wayne. While watching over his toddler son, Adam, Wayne sneaks into Sterling Labs to find a way to solve the growth-ray's problems, which leads to him accidentally zapping Adam. Now having to deal with his increasingly growing son, Wayne and his family must find a way to get Adam back to normal size before he hurts himself or others.


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This film contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Their baby grows into a giant that a madman wants to put a stop to with military force.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The events of the movie wouldn't have happened if Wayne had treated his growing machines as the incredibly dangerous pieces of technology they are. Not to mention, the flaw in the growth ray is identical to the shrink ray's flaw in the first film (the laser beam is too powerful) yet no one in a lab full of scientists and engineers figures it out.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Increasing the amount of space between molecules would do nothing to affect on object's mass. Diane could have picked Adam up, 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.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: 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.
  • Berserk Button:
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    • Don't mention naps in front of little Adam.
    • Don’t say that you’re going to do tests on Adam in front of Wayne, or try to shoot at him with a tranquilizer gun in front of Diane. Dr. Hendrickson learned this the hard way.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Giant-sized Diane stops Dr. Hendrickson from shooting her son again by grabbing his helicopter out of the sky.
  • Big Eater: Adam, he eats 12 ice cream bars in seconds and belches pretty loudly.
  • Bloodless Carnage: For all the chaos Adam causes stomping around Las Vegas, he doesn't actually hurt anyone or cause that much damage. Then again, it is a Disney movie.
  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: Nick, Amy and Adam Szalinski.
  • Bound and Gagged: Nick's way of preventing the babysitter (that he has a crush on) from raising a ruckus about his enormous two-year-old brother.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Big Bunny, Adam's favorite toy, which grows along with him note . After Adam is back to normal size, Big Bunny is still a giant, much to Adam's delight.
  • Cardboard Prison: Adam frequently escapes his playpen even after Wayne's multiple attempts to fix it.
  • Child Prodigy: Nick's self-conscious about it and tries to cover up his smarts by taking up the guitar.
  • Cute Giant: Adam, after being turned gigantic.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Zigzagged. A well-funded lab and team of researchers are studying the shrinking technology. However, Wayne seems to live rather modestly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nick fills this trope on occasion, as well as Mandy the babysitter.
  • Demoted to Extra: Amy only appears briefly, and 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. To be fair, when the film was originally written as Big Baby, the family it was supposed to center around did not have an eldest daughter, so the writers probably felt that trying to shoehorn Amy into the film would have made it come off as disjointed and janky.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Honey I Blew Up The Kid was originally a script called Big Baby, originally written by Paul Alter, a veteran television director best known for directing various Mark Goodson productions.
  • Domestic Appliance Disaster: Wayne let the dinner in the oven catch fire during his wife's day out. Cue to Wayne and his sons having a meal of peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Eureka Moment: 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.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: While searching the warehouse with Diana for his prototype Shrink Ray, Wayne bemoans how the day has turned out, saying he was planning on seeing a movie with Nick. No sooner does he say that then:
    Wayne: Uh oh.
    Diane: What?
    (Gilligan Cut back to the Szalinski house where Mandy, the babysitter that Wayne had hired shows up)
  • Foreshadowing:
    • 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.
    • When discussing how to shrink Adam back to normal, Wayne mentions that it’ll be hard since Adam would have to hold still, and he couldn’t even hold still long enough to have his picture taken. This comes back later when Diane figures out just how they can get Adam to hold still long enough.
    Diane: Do you remember how we got Adam to hold still to have his picture taken? I put him in my lap, and I held him.
    Wayne: Yeah?
    Diane: Honey, he needs me! The problem is, to Adam, his mommy is somebody much bigger than he is!
    (Wayne’s eyes widen as he realizes what she’s getting at, and glances at the machine)
  • Giant Food: Adam's pocket contents get blown up too. "Have a raisin!" ...that's about two feet across.
  • Here We Go Again!: 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 fixed to shrink it back, although Adam doesn't seem to mind.
  • Hollywood Science: 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.
  • Impact Silhouette: The aftermath of Giant Adam leaving the home.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: 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.
  • I Want My Mommy!: A particularly heart wrenching version after a Giant Adam is hurt by the static shock a tranquilizer dart that hit the Hard Rock Café guitar he was playing, the confused and frightened child begins to call out "Mama," through his tears, unaware that he now dwarfs his mother by a good fifty feet.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
  • Mama Bear: Diane has her moments:
    Diane: (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... (KNOCKS OUT Hendrickson)
    Wayne: (to Adam) Never cross mommy.
    • And moments before that, when she also turns into a giant, she stops the helicopter Hendrickson is in, trying to shoot her baby with said tranquilizers.
  • Mood Whiplash: The crowds of Vegas are running for their lives as giant Adam playfully makes his "rampage." Then the military decides to shoot tranquilizer darts, shocking the Hard Rock Café guitar Adam had been trying to play, causing Adam to cry. The panicked crowd watch no longer in horror of Adam, but in concern and compassion, seeing him for what he is, an innocent little boy in a beyond belief situation, then turning to anger as Dr. Hendrickson prepares to shoot him again.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Wayne flies into a rage when Dr. Hendrickson announces that the now-enlarged Adam is to be tested.
  • Oh, Crap!: Right after Wayne and Clifford Sterling figure out that it's electromagnetic fluxes that are causing Adam's growth spurts, this happens:
    Marshal Brooks: Would this electromagnetic... would it surround neon lights, too?
    Wayne: Yeah, why?
    Marshal Brooks: Your kid. He's heading toward Las Vegas.
    Diane, Wayne and Clifford Sterling: (in unison) UH-OH.
    (Diane immediately starts driving faster)
  • Papa Wolf: Wayne completely flips out after he and Diane learn that Dr. Hendrickson had Adam detained and taken for testing without their knowledge, and actually wrestles a police marshal when he nearly dishes it out to the man.
    Marshal Brooks: We just needed to give the baby more room so he wouldn't hurt himself.
    Dr. Hendrickson: Of course, the mutated child will have to undergo immediate testing.
  • Retcon: Making objects big is apparently a stumbling block, even though not only did the shrink ray work in reverse just fine before in the first film, 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 the bottom of a Coke bottle.
    • In defence of all parties, there may be a difference in returning a shrunken object to its regular size and making something bigger.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: The Szalinskis have moved between the first two films, so the Thompsons don't make a second appearance.
  • Shout-Out:
    • 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 "ARK OF THE COVENANT".
    • Nick's taken up playing the guitar, which makes him look a LOT like Buddy Holly.
  • Square-Cube Law: The baby wouldn't have the strength to stand up when he's 50 feet tall.
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Inverted in a similar case to the first film. Sterling's ray exposes the subject to too much energy too quickly, which Wayne solves by filtering it through a Coke bottle's bottom.
  • Title Drop:
    Wayne: I blew up the baby.
    • Wayne also title drops the full name of the first movie during the ending to this one.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Dr. Hendrickson's team tries to tranquilize giant toddler Adam by firing giant tranquilzer darts at him. They end up shocking him in the process, causing him to cry in one of the franchises' most heartbreaking scenes, and after traumatizing him to tears prepares to shoot him again. Diane is understandably far less than pleased and makes sure they know it.


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