The 80s Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, is still a classic over 20 years later
Who didn’t think it seemed like a massive laugh and the adventure of a lifetime to be shrunk down to minuscule proportions after watching the Disney classic, Honey I Shrunk the Kids?! (Although, now, in hindsight, it’s actually quite a scary prospect to have to climb over a pile of Cheerios…)
But 26 years later, what exactly are wacky inventor Wayne Szalinski and his family up to these days?
Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski
Rick wasn’t just known as the child-shrinking dad and eccentric inventor Wayne Szalinski, but was also a pretty big deal for his comedia deals in classic 80s films, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs and Little Shop of Horrors – yeah, THAT’S where you recognise him from! Since then, Rick retired from acting in 1997 so he could raise his children, after his wife Ann sadly lost her battle to cancer. However, still providing us with some laughs, Rick’s released two comedy albums, one – The Acrophobic Cowboy – which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 and using his retirement as the subject of some video song parodies that have gone viral. He’s shot down any rumours of a third Ghostbusters movie starting up, but with an all-female leading cast version of the film in the works, could we maybe see a little cameo from original cast member Rick?
Marcia Strassman as Diane Szalinski
Marcia was Wayne’s ultra understanding wife – seriously, how do you stay calm when your husband’s told you he’s SHRUNK your kids?! – and while she started out as a singer, she also played Julie Kotter in 70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. Since trying to transform teeny kids back to normal size, Marcia was all over our TV screens, including 2003 Sci-Fi Channel series Tremors and 2006 sitcom Twenty Good Years, as well as numerous one-off TV appearances in the 90s and 00s. Marcia’s last performance was in TV movie Looking for Mr Right, before she devastatingly lost a 7 year battle with breast cancer in October 2014.
Amy O’Neill as Amy Szalinski
Playing a victim of miniaturisation and daughter of Rick and Marcia, Amy was already a regular on popular soap opera The Young and the Restless. Despite popping up in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Murder She Wrote after Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Amy was so saddened that so many roles asked for nudity, that she quit acting after reprising her role as Amy in sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kids. She ended up joining the circus and performing as an expert stilt-walker, with a rare appearance in indie film The Japanese Sandman in 2008.
Robert Oliveri as Nick Szalinski
Robert played youngest of the bunch to get shrunk out of the Szalinski squad, and reprised the role not once, but twice while in the trilogy of ‘Honey…(I’ve done something to our kids)’ films. And although he also starred in other childhood classic Edward Scissorhands, Robert left the hills of Hollywood after 1994, and after a final performance in 4D experience, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience in Disney, Robbie quit acting for good. He studied at Oglethorpe University and is pretty much M.I.A on the social media and entertainment scene these days, but is said to be currently living in Florida with his wife, son and daughter.