Pocket People: A look into some of the smallest characters in film Pocket People: A look into some of the smallest characters in film
Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall? Or wish you could shrink down just that little bit more to get that... Pocket People: A look into some of the smallest characters in film

Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall? Or wish you could shrink down just that little bit more to get that child’s fare? Or even just slice an inch off to stop the constant hitting of the head on every doorframe and protruding beam? But how would you feel about shrinking down to five inches tall, permanently?

To celebrate the release of Downsizing, out on Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray May 28th, we’ve been taking a look at some of the more petite characters to grace our screens – a small bunch that can pack a powerful punch!

Downsizing

In an overpopulated world, with a mundane 9-5 routine and having to adhere to a strict tight-pocket attitude, wouldn’t you look for an escape? That’s precisely what Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig decided to do after speaking with their shrunken friends who told of the luxuries and grandeur of their lives after undergoing the new process known as Downsizing.

Both hilarious and inspiring, Downsizing shows both the pros and cons of opting for a different life, the adventures to be had and the endless possibilities to be captured – a pertinent tale in today’s world.                                                                                        

Stuart Little

A firm family favourite, Stuart Little is a heart-warming that tells the story of the Little family who fall in love with a little white mouse named Stuart. Far from smooth sailing however, Stuart’s joys of being adopted were soon diminished as he tried to settle into his new family. Undergoing a whole host of trials and tribulations due to his size, Stuart had to take some big steps for such a small mouse.

A film filled with both danger and adventure, Stuart Little teaches us a lot of lessons with regards to acceptance, loyalty, family and most of all, to never underestimate anyone just because of their size!

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Guinea pig or child? Most kids ask themselves this question at some point after having to endure one of their parent’s slightly more wacky ideas – whether it’s one of Mum’s slimey casseroles with a questionable tinge to it or Dad’s idea to go on a camping trip in the middle of the wettest summer on record, we’ve all been there. But how about a parent who has created a shrinking ray? This was the reality of scientist Wayne Szalinski’s kids who, after a baseball incident, end up miniscule after accidently knocking their father’s shrinking ray gun.

A nail-biting adventure ensues and shows that everyday actions and objects can turn into the most dangerous of situations. Both emotional and hilarious, Honey I Shrunk the Kids truly highlights the importance of family and working together in the trickiest of situations.

Ratatouille

Pixar’s heart-warming and fun flick Ratatouille introduced us to Remy, a lovable rat with a nose like no other! He can sniff out the highest quality ingredients and – more importantly – rat poison. What makes this little guy even more special, though, is his incredible natural talent for cooking. Teaming up with a clumsy kitchen assistant, Alfredo Linguini, Remy uses his tiny size to his advantage and hides in his hat, cooking up a storm in a struggling ex-five-star restaurant.

Supporting his new human friend (who has named him “Tiny Chef”) Remy steers Linguini through good times and bad, proving that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes.

Downsizing is out on Digital Download, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 28

 

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Jon Dingle

A film journalist, writer and a filmmaker in business for over 20 years.