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  • Adored by the Network: You would have been hard pressed to find a time in the early 2000s when the show wasn't being re-ran on Disney Channel.
  • California Doubling: The first movie was set in Fresno, but was shot in Mexico.
  • The Danza: Amy O'Neill as Amy Szalinski.
  • He Also Did:
    • The story was developed by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha. Gordon and Yuzna are known for the Re-Animator series of horror movies, and Naha, who cowrote the screenplay, also worked heavily in the horror genre, writing, among other films, Dolls and Troll.
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    • In addition, on the TV series, frequent director Tony Dow previously played Wally Cleaver, while John Landis served as executive producer.
  • The Other Darrin: Diane (Marcia Strassman in the first two movies, Eve Gordon in the third movie).
    • The entire cast, in the TV show.
    • Within the TV show, Quark, who was a white terrier in the original movie, is inexplicably a larger, black-and-white dog named Matese in season one, and is replaced with another terrier in season two — as a plot point.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • In the series, George Buza played police chief McKenna, instead of his usual "scary biker-thug" role.
    • In the original film, Matt Frewer plays a Jerk Jock father when his typical roles are more like Wayne.
  • Release Date Change: The film's original release date was December 1988, but delayed to June 1989.
  • Sleeper Hit: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience was a surprise hit when it opened at Walt Disney World's Epcot park in 1994, running until 2010 there. It was so popular that the Imagination pavilion was re-themed to its "Imagination Institute" setting in 1999, though (thanks to Disney's penny-pinching at the time) it led to a case of They Changed It, Now It Sucks! with regards to the Journey Into Imagination dark ride.
    • The original film itself was one, as it unexpectedly grossed over $222 million at the box office.
  • Underage Casting: Matt Frewer was only 31 when he played Russ Thompson in the first movie. The character had two teenage sons, and was most likely in his mid-40s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Stuart Gordon was originally intended to direct the first film (then known as Teeny Weenies) and either Chevy Chase or John Candy would have starred. Candy was the one who recommended Rick Moranis for the part. Martin Short was also considered.
    • Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was originally slated for a $40 million budget, which got cut down to $7 million when Disney decided to try it as its first live-action direct-to-video release.


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