Ooh, you little shrinker! 10 character “small stars” besides Ant-Man
is opening in the USA this weekend.
To much of the mainstream audience, the titular character’s ability to shrink may seem like a novelty.
To geeks, though, shrinking characters are, so to speak, no small part of our world.
Here’s a list of ten other characters (and groups of characters) who shrink (or are otherwise small in a large world):
Jack and the Beanstalk
First appeared in print in 1807
When Jack is in the giant’s home, it’s a matter of scale.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
Alice did a lot to establish how someone who has become a tiny version of themselves finds that what had been normal household items are suddenly mighty obstacles.
The Bride of Frankenstein
These are the creations of Doctor Pretorius…they weren’t big and made small, but were made as tiny versions of stereotypes, including a king and a mermaid. It’s quite a creepy scene…an example of the very small being exploited by the “normal” sized.
Dr. Cyclops’ victims
A mad scientist shrinks people. The effects were nominated for an Oscar.
The (Incredible) Shrinking Man
Book: 1956 | Movie: 1957
This isn’t just a simple adventure story, but perhaps surprisingly philosophical. From the boundless imagination of Richard Matheson.
Ray Palmer (The Atom)
A shrinking superhero from D.C.. Marvel’s Ant-Man was introduced the following year…
These are humans shrunk to be heroes…but not as superheroes. They are a medical team, performing an operation inside a human body.
Tom of T.H.U.M.B.
A sideshow cartoon of The King Kong Show. A janitor and a friend are accidentally shrunk, and become the Tiny Human Underground Military Bureau.
Land of the Giants
Technically, the crew and passengers of the Spindrift didn’t shrink…they landed on a planet that was remarkably like ours…but where the humans were vastly larger.
Dr. El Lincoln
Misfits of Science
This comedy superhero show included a character played by seven-foot plus tall Kevin Peter Hall (who played both the Predator and Harry of Harry and the Hendersons) and could shrink to under a foot tall.
That’s only a few of them! Jeannie of I Dream of Jeannie would become small to get into her bottle…but at other times, too. Speaking of bottles, there was an entire miniaturized city in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude in he Arctic Circle. The villain Brainiac shrunk it (and other cities) before Krypton exploded. It was actually a place where Superman could feel “normal”, by being shrunk and visiting it (well, not quite normal…even though he didn’t have his superpowers there, he was quite a celebrity). Oh, and by the way, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids…paging Dr. Shrinker! Maybe Shrinking Violet can save us!
So, enjoy Ant-Man…and let the movie be a small introduction to the world of micro-characters.
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