Richard Matheson

The amazing effects of recent films like Downsizing and Ant Man &The Wasp, show how far Hollywood has come in making a convincing reality that is grounded in science fiction.  Where the MCU Ant Man films have brought the idea of shrinking into modern pop culture and Downsizing gave us a new vantage point to view our culture and how mankind has mistreated the planet we call home, they were not the first films to deal with making people little.

Some of their predecessors were full on fantasy films, while others were the predictable mad scientist tale of power and control.  There were even a few that were written and intended to be funny (and many that were unintentionally funny).

Here is a brief look at the history of shrinking in the cinema up through the 1950s.

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Four years ago the world was shocked by the sudden death of comedic legend Robin Williams.  Famous for his TV role of Mork (from Happy Days and Mork & Mindy) and for his stand up comedy that was frenetic yet always incisive.  However, it was his appearances on film that garnered him the most notice.

His roles in Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, the original Jumanji, Patch Adams, Night at the Museum and many others made him an American treasure.  He won the Oscar for Good Will Hunting, six Golden Globes, four Grammys, two Kids’ Choice Awards, and many others.

A new biography about him has premiered on HBO, titled Come Inside My Mind.  The biography explores the legacy of the comedy icon and tries to make sense of his suicide.

Even though he is gone, we still have William’s many appearances in films that have nerd connections.  Here are just a few:

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