#85 Honey I Shrunk The Kids Made Us Cry Over A Dead Ant.

While the movie came out in 1989, it was tremendously popular with 90s kids and for good reason. This movie was around during a time when special effects weren’t exactly spectacular yet they managed to pull off some pretty aesthetically surprising things. In addition it had an awesome story that kept us on edge throughout the film – so on edge that 99% of us grew very fond of the ant named “Anty” that befriends the group of kids during their journey as tiny people. Just when we arrived at a point where we really came to care about this ant, a scorpion comes along and tries to make dinner out of the kids. Anty, seeing the kids’ lives in danger, sacrifices himself to save them. It is hands down the bravest thing ever done by a fake insect and as much as one may hate to admit it, it made you cry… Or at the very least made your eyes fill with tears. The noble ways of Anty made many; myself included, really reconsider how we treated ants. I’ll admit, as a kid I liked to play Godzilla and stomp on bunches of innocent bystander ants from time to time, but seeing Honey I Shrunk The Kids changed all of that. Not only did I stop mass killing ants but I began checking every spoonful of Cheerios for itty bitty humans before eating it. I know I’m not the only one guilty of this though because seeing Wayne THISCLOSE to eating his son Nick in a bowl of breakfast cereal towards the end of the movie was pretty traumatizing.

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14 responses to “#85 Honey I Shrunk The Kids Made Us Cry Over A Dead Ant.

  1. Not only are you spot on in this realization, what with Anty dying at the stinger of a scorpion and that this movie totally made me examine my cereal before eating anything, but every SINGLE realization you have made in this blog is completely, 100% true and HIlarious.

  2. p.s. Honey I Shrunk the Kids was on HBO last week so it should be on a few more times within the next couple months. I totally recorded it.

  3. I totally cried. Goddamn you.

  4. Chris, you nailed this one. I cried throughout this movie. The special effects were great for a movie made in 1989.

    It also made me paranoid about ever eating Cheerios for that very reason. I was also extra careful whenever I had to cross someone’s lawn. You know. Just in case.

    I wonder what the actors in that movie went on to do? I had a crush on the older brother who FINALLY got to kiss the girl next door.

  5. i had a little kid “crush” on the older brother too!

    was careful to tip toe across the lawn and closely inspected each spoonful of cereal before consuming.

    i think i was sad when the ant died, but he was also too frightening to look at.. for me. and regrettably, i also liked to play “godzilla” on ant communities every once in a while but would immediately feel horrible about what i’d done.

  6. You see, this is the type of thing exclusive only to us 90s kids. We cried about the death of a fake movie ant, and were sincere about it. Nowadays, kids are all stoned or shooting people in Call of Duty. It’s so sad. 😦

  7. I always thought the ant’s name was Andy. oops!

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  9. Ouranos ate his children.

  10. Yeah, I just watched this yesterday after at least 10 years and I found myself crying when Anty gave his life yet again.

    I still think the kids were too slow in their attack on the scorpion. If the were quicker, Anty could have appeared in the follow-up flick. (-:

    Also, I bet that his head would have been just snapped off when the scorpion grabbed him…but I guess that would have been more frightening to show?

  11. As an avid ant killer as a kid, the scene moved me.

  12. Actually, that type of scorpion native to that area doesn’t have a poisonous stinger. All the stinger would of done is put the ant to sleep.

    Anty survived? 😀

  13. They shouldn’t have the ant killed.

  14. Anty is not dead, Anty lives on in all of our hearts forever.

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