Ever since my mother first mentioned her interest in Jack Arnold’s The Incredible Shrinking Man we have been looking into movies that deal with shrinking. For this grand episode we bring together all we have learned about downscaling.

Keeping Jack Arnold’s amazing sci-fi adventure as the center focus, we go through its story beats and analyse the deeper themes in its core while drifting off and examining links to other sci-fi movies dealing with shrinkage.

Spoilers: We talk about the whole plot of the movie, so if you are sensitive, then go and see the movie first.

Max von Sydow in The Seventh Seal (1957).

End scene in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Source: The Incredible Shrinking Man

Grant Williams in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Notice the motif of using a shadowy grid in the background during a particularly religious scene.


  • [00:00] – Why did Liisa want to talk about this movie?
  • [05:30] – Decorations and interiors in movies
  • [07:50] – Fantastic Voyage
  • [12:50] – The simplicity of The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • [17:50] – “The world will never be the same again”
  • [21:50] – The wife, the cat and the cellar
  • [24:15] – The metaphorical journey
  • [28:00] – The ending
  • [32:00] – Primo Levi
  • [40:00] – Even Dwarfs Started Small
  • [50:30] – Religious symbolism
  • [55:00] – Set pieces and special effects
  • [56:30] – Would Aharon have survived shrinking
  • [1:01:20] – Points

Movies, Books and Series we mention