"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"
and "Dead Poets Society"
Soon after screenwriter Tom Schulman urged us to “seize the day” with 1989's Dead Poets Society, he took us on a backyard adventure unlike any other. Directed by The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger’s Joe Johnston, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids found Rick Moranis’ inventor combing his backyard in search of the four children accidentally miniaturized by one of Moranis’ untested inventions. A box sensation in 1989, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids spawned two sequels, 1992’s Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and 1997’s direct-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. Earlier that same summer, the Peter Weir-directed coming-of-age drama Dead Poets Society enjoyed critical and commercial success because of Schulman’s poignant semi-autobiographical screenplay and the stirring performances by an ensemble cast led by Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Josh Charles. Schulman would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Dead Poets Society. He followed up Dead Poets Society and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with What about Bob?, Medicine Man, Holy Man, and Welcome to Mooseport. He also directed the 1997 comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, which starred Joe Pesci and David Spade. The Austin Film Festival will screen Honey, I Shrunk the Kids at 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Galaxy Highland 10 with Tom Schulman in attendance.
Aired: July 30, 2015
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