- Angst? What Angst?: It is truly a marvel how calmly the characters react to everything. The kids weren't really scared when they got shrunk and almost died a few times, and the adults take the news of their kids being shrunk rather better than most adults would. This is especially noticeable when Wayne almost accidentally eats Nick in his bowl of Cheerios, as Nick doesn't look even the slightest bit traumatized that he almost got eaten, and Wayne doesn't look the slightest bit traumatized that he almost ate his son.
- Genius Bonus: Wayne says the shrink ray will put him up there with the first man in space, which he amends to "the first dog in space" when Quark barks, in reference to the Soviet dog Laika, the first being to orbit the Earth.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Informed Wrongness: As the title of the movie indicates, the film constantly pins most of the blame of the kids being shrunk on Wayne, as if he was careless about the kids' safety. However, from what the movie shows, it was actually Ron Thompson's fault they got shrunk because he was the one who hit his baseball into the Szalinski's attic window and caused the shrinking machine to automatically shrink any object in its view, along with the kids. Even though he built the shrinking machine, Wayne had very little to do with the kids being shrunk, and the kids do mention that Wayne has forbidden them from going in the attic when he's at work. Meaning that he was cautious of the kids' safety and didn't want them going near his invention, and the kids wouldn't have been shrunk if Ron hadn't broken the Szalinski's attic window with his baseball in the first place.
- Just Here for Godzilla: When the original film was released, it was paired up with the Roger Rabbit cartoon Tummy Trouble, with some people being more interested in the new Roger Rabbit short than the actual film. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert actually pointed this out when they reviewed the film on Siskel & Ebert.
- Paranoia Fuel: If you're a breakfast-eater, or simply a cereal-eater, after this movie, you'll never eat either one the same way again.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Sequelitis: Neither of the two sequels were anywhere near as popular as the first, although some fans consider Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves to be a Surprisingly Improved Sequel compared to Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.
- Signature Scene: Nick falling into Wayne's bowl of Cheerios and nearly getting eaten. In fact, every single trailer and commercial shows the scene with Nick almost getting eaten, even the trailer for Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The instrumental theme of the first movie includes an obvious pastiche of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse B", to the point that Scott's estate sued (and latter settled with Disney) because of the similarity.
- Tear Jerker: Anty's Heroic Sacrifice. Ron's reaction makes it even worse. Then the camera slowly moves away and we can see the other kids are just as devastated.
- Not to mention Amy's near drowning before Russ is able to resuscitate her with CPR. After she wakes up Nick can't hold it in anymore, and he hugs her as tears start pouring from his eyes. Seeing how scared he was at how close his sister was to dying is enough to get anyone misty-eyed.
- Ugly Cute: Anty behaves like a loyal puppy dog (of course) and makes a friendly-sounding trilling noise, but it looks exactly like a proportionately gigantic ant is supposed to.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The forest-like lawn and even Anty still hold up amazingly well years later.
- The Woobie: The kids are obviously woobies, but Nick is easily the most because he gets the short end of the stick the most out of the kids. He's one of the first kids to get shrunk, he falls into a flower and almost gets taken away by a bee, his sister almost dies from drowning, he and Ron get attacked by a scorpion, he's the first kid to get sucked out of the burrow by the lawnmower, and he falls into a bowl of Cheerios and almost gets eaten by his father. The fact that he's a kid who went through these trauma inducing experiences doesn't make it any better.
YMMV / Honey, I Shrunk the Kids