I’m married to The Shrinking Man, so naturally my interest was piqued when I saw a reference to The Incredible Shrinking Man. I mean, if Howie isn’t incredible, who is?
This fun science article, takes a look at how shrinking an object (or movie hero) would affect its physiology and its relationship with its environment. The author touches on many B-movie classics: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Dr. Cyclops (1940), Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).
What? You want to biggie size them? That carries problems of its own…How about King Kong (1933) or Mighty Joe Young? Add to the apes the big people: The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), War of the Colossal Beast (1958) and Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman (1958). There’s as many problems with being grown as there are with being shrunk.
And don’t even get him started on sea creatures! His explanation of what really killed the giant octopus in It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) is pretty funny. What, he’s missing insects? Oh, no, fair reader! He even explores the effect of superlative growth would have on a creature like Mothra (1962).
My big question is, what about the Jolly Green Giant? Is he a vegeman? Does his extra chlorophyll make him able to withstand the vigors of super-sizing?