With Ant-Man opening July 17th at a theater near you, Marvel completes its 2015 movie release schedule. We won’t see another Marvel film hit the big screen until Captain America: Civil War drops on May 6th 2016. That’s a long time to wait, and in order to survive that long let’s entertain ourselves with other cinematic examples of shrinkage, and not the kind you get from cold water. No one wants to see that.
Tim Burton’s fantastic fantasy comedy-horror has Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and of course Michael Keaton shrinking down to an inch or two several times throughout the movie. While not necessarily integral to the plot, these shrinking scenes added to the immersion and fun-factor, toning down what was initially a much darker, cruel script. Who can forget the shrunken head guy!?
Fun fact: Beetlejuice only has 17.5 minutes of screentime during the 92-minute runtime.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Originally titled Teeny Weenies, Honey I Shrunk the Kids was a surprise hit and became the highest grossing live action Disney film ever, an honor the film held for five years. Utilizing mostly practical effect, this movie was widely praised for the innovative special effects and the engrossing story. Rick Moranis’ wife would pass from cancer 6 years after Honey I Shrunk, leading to his departure from acting, something he would never fully return to.
Academy Award-winning scifi-comedy Innerspace takes us on a fantastic voyage. Dennis Quaid gets shrinkydinked to microscopic size and is injected into Martin Short, who plays a hypochondriac. What happens next is comedy gold as Short’s character comes to grips with the new voice in his head. A real classic!
Alice in Wonderland
In one of the most influential literary works, Alice experiences frequent changes in size, shrinking and growing, frequently throughout the story. She’s rarely “just right” for the circumstances. Some folks say that it’s in reference to her growing up and maturing, and that the process is often unpredictable. Feeling discomfort at never being the right size works so well because it’s something we can all relate to as we transition from youth to adulthood.
The quintessential resizing film! Winner of two Academy Awards and three nominations, and darker than most realize (involving assassination, sabotage, and brain damage), Fantastic Voyage is one rollercoaster of a ride. Even today the film holds a 92% approval rating according to Rotten Tomatoes, the popular review aggregation website. Isaac Asimov even penned a novel based on the screenplay!