Rick Moranis stars as a goofball professor in this playful use of one part of the famous and now defuct Disneyland ride, Journey to Inner Space. First in a series that also spawned a television show and a flurry of liscensing and product tie-ins.Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is a bumbling professor who is building a ray gun that can shrink things. Set against a placid surburban neighborhood, Wayne's kids get accidently shrunk and turn the whole family upside down while Wayne and his wife try to find the kids without letting the neighbors know what happened and the kids try to not be eaten by dogs or bees or ground to bits by lawnmowers.
Good special effects. Kids will like this. Moranis plays another rendition of the clean-cut, innocent, sexless and utterly uncontroversial white male that has served his career well. G-rated fun. So wholesome its almost Mormon. Stepford, watch out.
The premise is all so very cold war and 1950's. Don't let people know what you are doing because they may decide that perhaps having a shrink ray in the neighborhood is not such a good thing but what the hell, its innocent scientific inquiry so piss off or we'll demonize you.
However, only pretentious and jaded coffee house intellectuals will get uppity about this point. Kids will just plain dig it. The story follows a solid path from introduction to conclusion and the familiar form will keep young viewers attentive as they instinctually follow the complication and unravelling of the tale.For kids and people who like to trip out on the surreally plastic wholesomeness of the Disneyverse as some kind of ironic social commentary. Painted on prozac smiles are behind it all. Eisner is actually a Fembot.