Big Baby,” which involved a toddler growing to enormous size after being zapped with a laser beam. It seemed like a logical enough idea for a follow-up. If kids and families turned out for a movie about youngsters shrinking to tiny sizes, it seems reasonable that the same audience would be interested in a movie about a baby growing to enormous size. “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” would reach theater screens in 1992. “Grease” director Randal Kleiser, who previously made “Flight of the Navigator” and “White Fang” for Disney, would replace Joe Johnston in the director's chair.
Following the accident that shrank his kids, the Szalinski family has moved to a pleasant suburb outside Las Vegas. Wayne has taken his shrink ray to a new company, who are currently attempting to convert it into a enlarging ray. Nick is now a teenager, desperate to appear cool for a girl he likes. Amy is headed off for college. And the family has a new addition now, two year old Adam, who proves to be a surprising handful for Wayne and the others. After a stroke of inspiration about the size-changing ray strikes, Wayne sneaks into the lab, taking his sons with him. Unknowingly, Adam and his favorite plush bunny are zapped. Slowly, the boy begins to grow larger and larger. Soon enough, Adam is approaching giant proportions but retains his little boy enthusiasm and propensity for mischief.
“Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” is a major downgrade from the original in one department. Shrinking humans down to a tiny size and having them interact with their suddenly enormous backyard is a much more novel concept than making one two year old forty feet tall. Granted, the movie does have some impish fun with its concept. The kid's stuffed bunny and everything in his pocket grows with him. So a toy Indian becomes involved in the proceedings, while Nick, his crush, and the sports car they end up in take the place of Adam's favorite toy car. The Las Vegas finale features some decent sight gags. Such as Adam picking up the giant guitar outside the Hard Rock Cafe, interacting with the neon cowboy signs, or chasing after an ice cream truck. If you're expecting some kid-friendly kaiju action, you'll be disappointed. Adam manages to wreck very little actual destruction, which is probably for the best. There is an inevitable shout-out to Toho's King of the Monsters though.
“Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” did not match the original's blockbuster success, breaking even at the box office without going into the profit margin. However, I'm betting it was popular on video. As a kid, this was my favorite of the series and I watched it more than once. It's a decently entertaining flick, though best for the little kid crowd. And one more thing before we go: Am I having a personal Mandela Effect thing or does anyone else remember this movie being called “Honey, I Blew Up the Baby?” They even say it that way in the movie! I guess Disney wasn't comfortable releasing a movie with a title that implies infant-related explosions. [6/10]