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That Shrinking Feeling
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"Many works of literature, cinema and television have featured main characters who find themselves, literally, in reduced circumstances. Here's a quiz about a few of them."
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Jonathan Swift's classic 18th century satirical novel tells the story of four voyages made by the eponymous hero Dr Lemuel Gulliver. In the second voyage, Gulliver is abandoned by his companions in a land of giants. What is the name of this land?
In the 1957 film, "The Incredible Shrinking Man", Scott Carey is affected by a radioactive mist and pesticide, which causes him to steadily diminish in size, to the horror of his wife. Ultimately finding himself trapped in his basement, what creature does he battle for survival?
The American television series, "Land of the Giants", featured the adventures of a group whose spaceship has crashed on an earth-like planet, the inhabitants of which are twelve times their size. What was the name of their spaceship?
"Tom Thumb", the 1958 film version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, stars Russ Tamblyn in the title role, but which two British actors played the scene-stealing villains?
Charlie Drake andTerry-Thomas
Tony Hancock and Sid James
Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan
Peter Sellers and Terry-Thomas
In Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" our heroine drinks from a bottle that reduces her to a height of just ten inches. What does she eat that reverses the process?
a chocolate bar
British television classic "Doctor Who" included a story in which the main character and his companions are reduced to an inch in height. The three episode story was entitled, "Planet of Giants". Which actor played the Doctor in this adventure?
In the film "Fantastic Voyage", released in 1966, a submarine along with a crew of five people are reduced to microscopic size so that they may be injected into the blood stream of a defecting scientist, left comatose following an assassination attempt, in an audacious attempt to save his life. What is their specific task?
Neutralise poison infecting the bloodstream.
Intricate heart surgery.
Remove a blood clot in his brain.
Stop a life-threatening internal haemorrhage.
The children's classic novel, "The Borrowers", by Mary Norton, features the adventures of a family of tiny people who 'borrow' things from the giant human beings while attempting to remain secret from them. What is the name of the main "Borrower" character, daughter of Pod and Homily Clock?
The BBC's 1984 television production, "Box of Delights", was the imaginative story of a boy who is given a magical box that enables him to shrink. Which British poet laureate wrote the novel on which this series was based?
"Innerspace" was a 1987 film starring Dennis Quaid as Lieutenant Tuck Pendleton, a pilot miniaturised to microscopic size and accidentally injected into the body of Jack Putter (Martin Short). Who was the film's director?
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