Frederick Alan "Rick" Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appearances in several Hollywood films, including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. He is known in the movie business as "Slick Rick," due to his ability to play the lovable dork to perfection in every movie.
Moranis was born Frederick Alan Moranis in Toronto, Ontario. In the 1970s, he worked (using the stage name Rick Allen) as a disc jockey at various radio stations in Toronto, including CFTR, CKFH, and CHUM-FM. Together with Ken Finkleman, he tried his hand at stand-up and did some comedy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He followed that with his work at SCTV, enjoying particular success portraying "Bob" of Bob and Doug McKenzie. Doug was played by Canadian actor Dave Thomas.
His other memorable SCTV characterizations include motor-mouthed film producer Larry Siegel,...
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Brother Bear 2 is a direct-to-video sequel to the animated feature Brother Bear and was released on DVD on August 29, 2006.Melissa Etheridge contributed three songs to the film.The adventures of bear brothers Kenai and Koda continue in Disney's Brother Bear 2. While the first movie dealt with Kenai's relationship with Koda, this one focuses more on his bond with a young human, Nita.
Picking up several months after the original Brother Bear, Kenai - now a cave bear - is living happily with his foster brother Koda. Having just awoken from hibernation, the bears are off to Crowberry Ridge for the first berries of the season. Unfotunately, Kenai's haunted by memories of his childhood friend Nita, whom he gave a special amulet to many years ago.
Meanwhile in a village not far away, Nita - now a young woman - is getting married to a hunter named Atka. Suddenly an earthquake erupts, ruining the wedding and leaving Nita scared and confused. That night, she consults the village sha-woman ...
Brother Bear is a 2003 traditionally-animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 1, 2003, the forty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. In the film, an Inuit boy pursues a bear in revenge for a battle that he provoked in which his oldest brother is killed. He tracks down the bear and kills it, but the Spirits, angered by this needless death, change the boy into a bear himself as punishment. Originally titled Bears, it was the third and final Disney animated feature produced primarily by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida; the studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this film in favor of computer animated features. A direct-to-video sequel, Brother Bear 2, followed in 2006.
Long ago in a post-ice age North America, there were three brothers named Kenai, Denahi, and Sitka. Denahi, the middle brother, and Sitka, the oldest, work hard....,
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves is a 1997 direct-to-video sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.
The Szalinski family, from the previous two movies, has returned. In this film, Wayne Szalinski has become the president of Szalinski Labs. He works with his brother Gordon and has been banned by the FDA (and his wife Diane) from using his invention, the shrink ray, for the rest of his life. Not only has Wayne become unhappy with his new corporate life, he is also experiencing problems connecting with his youngest son, Adam, who, unlike Nick, has not inherited his father's interest in science, and is more interested in sports.
Meanwhile, Gordon's wife Patty and Diane are planning a vacation. The day they plan to leave, Wayne and Gordon are invitied to a Space Shuttle landing and excitedly leave a message on the machine telling the listener that they've "changed plans and are taking off." Diane reminds him that he's babysitting Adam, Jenny, and Mitch while she and Patty...
Big Bully is a 1996 film comedy about a writer confronting the vengeful childhood bully whose life he ruined. Directed by Steve Miner it stars Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold and features an appearance by Don Knotts.
The film was poorly received. It currently has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and 3.7/10 from 1401 IMDb voters.
Little Giants is a 1994 family comedy movie, which starred Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.
Danny O'Shea (Rick Moranis) has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, Kevin (Ed O'Neil) , the famous College and then pro football star. After retiring, Kevin moves back to Urbania, Ohio (their home town) and coaches the local pee-wee football team. Danny's daughter, Becky, played by (Shawna Waldron), is cut from Kevin's team (because she's a girl), despite her being the best player. She convinces her dad to coach a pee-wee team comprised of misfits, named "The Little Giants", and beat Kevin's team (The Pee-Wee Cowboys).
Danny accepts in an attempt to show Urbania that Kevin is not invincible, and that there is another O'Shea in town. Danny picks a team of players that have never been given a chance, and Kevin reminds him of the "one town, one team" rule. They have a playoff to determine who should be the "one team"...
The Flintstones is a 1994 live-action film based on the Hanna-Barbera animated television series The Flintstones. It is produced by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
Cliff Vandercave, currently running Mr. George Nate Slate's quarrying company as executive vice-president, schemes to abscond with company money and flee with Sharon Stone to Rockapulco, Mexirock. He wants a patsy: someone to take the blame, an incompetent. Eying the workers, he decides to invent an executive placement program, and gives the workers an exam. Barney Rubble (who also works for the company now) and Fred Flintstone take their exams using the proper chisel (analog to pencil). When Barney offers to take Fred's exam to turn them in, he notices that Fred did miserably, and swaps the exams in a well meaning attempt to pay Fred back for loaning him the money to adopt his son, Bamm-Bamm Rubble. In fact, Fred had the worst results, while Barney had the best, and when Cliff and Sharon review them, they...,
Splitting Heirs is a 1993 British film starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese and Sadie Frost. The film was directed by Robert Young, and features music by Michael Kamen....
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid is a 1992 Walt Disney Pictures movie starring Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski, reprising the role he had previously in the smash hit movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in 1989.
Also returning from the first film are Marcia Strassman as Wayne's wife, Diane, and their previously shrunken son Nick, who is again performed by Robert Oliveri. Newcomer Keri Russell adds to the fun as Mandy the babysitter who was supposed to be watching Adam but now is the one being watched by the giant who holds her and his older brother captive in his overalls' pocket. The antagonist to Wayne and his family is John Shea, as Dr. Charles Hendrickson, who wants the giant stopped at all costs and would like to take over Wayne's invention that is now owned by the major corporation they work for.
This film would be followed by one last sequel in 1997, this time a direct-to-video movie Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. A TV show would also follow this movie in 1997, called Honey, I Shrunk the Kids...
My Blue Heaven is a 1990 film starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack.
It has been noted for its relationship to the movie Goodfellas. Both movies are based upon the life of Henry Hill, although the character is renamed to "Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli" in My Blue Heaven.
In some ways My Blue Heaven is a preemptive sequel to Goodfellas, as Goodfellas ends with Hill's dissatisfaction with life in the Witness Protection Program, while My Blue Heaven starts out Hill's life after the move. Goodfellas stays much closer to the facts of Hill's life, but a lot of Hill's experiences are reflected in the latter film (in an addition, My Blue Heaven flashes title cards on the screen listing the chapter headings in Hill's books).
While Goodfellas was based upon the book Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi, the screenplay for My Blue Heaven was written by Pileggi's wife, Nora Ephron, and much of the research for both works was done in the same sessions with Hill.
The movie was filmed primarily...
Parenthood is a 1989 film starring Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Dennis Dugan, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Harley Jane Kozak, Eileen Ryan, Helen Shaw, Jasen Fisher, Alisan Porter, Ivyann Schwan and Joaquin Phoenix (as Leaf Phoenix).
The film was directed by Ron Howard; story by Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel & Ron Howard, and screenplay by Ganz & Mandel. It was produced by Brian Grazer. Much of the film is based on the family and parenting experiences of Howard, Ganz, Mandel, and Grazer, who have at least 14 children among the four of them.
Parenthood was nominated for two Academy Awards: Dianne Wiest for Best Supporting Actress, and Randy Newman for Best Song (for "I Love to See You Smile").
The film was adapted into a television show in 1990. The television version was a critical flop and was quickly cancelled, but is notable for featuring an unusual number of people who at the time were unheard of but later...,
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 comedy film released through Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, and Matt Frewer.
Moranis plays "nutty" inventor Wayne Szalinski who perfects a machine capable of shrinking objects down to a hundredth of their size. When his two children and the neighbors' two sons enter the room in which the shrinking machine is located in order to retrieve a lost baseball, they find it has been triggered by the ball and take the full brunt of the shrinking ray. They spend the rest of the movie trying to get back to the house after accidentally being taken out with the trash. Since they are so tiny, the trip is an epic adventure filled with a number of obstacles including "giant" insects and a runaway lawn mower. Towards the end of the movie, the children return to the house, where the youngest child of the Szalinskis, Nick, falls into Wayne's cereal and is nearly eaten by his father.
In 1992, Disney released the first sequel, Honey, I...
Ghostbusters II is the 1989 sequel to Ghostbusters (1984). The sci-fi comedy film is about the further adventures of a group of parapsychologists and their organization which combats paranormal activities ("ghostbusting"). The sequel had what was, at the time, the biggest three-day opening weekend gross in history ($29,472,894), a record that was broken precisely one week later by Batman ($40,505,884).
After the events of Ghostbusters, the company was sued by several city and state agencies for destroying the top three floors of 55 Central Park West, among other instances of property damage. As a result, (c. 1987) a judge issued an injunction, banning them from operating as paranormal investigators and eliminators--effectively putting the Ghostbusters out of business.
Ray Stantz now owns an occult book shop in Manhattan, and along with Winston Zeddemore puts on special appearances at children's birthday parties. Peter Venkman has his own TV series, World of the Psychic, in which he...,
Spaceballs is a 1987 science fiction parody film co-written, directed, and starring Mel Brooks. It was released on June 24, 1987, and earned only modest returns, but it has gone on to become a cult classic on video. Its plot and characters contain numerous parodies of elements from Star Wars trilogy and other popular films. The script was written by Mel Brooks in only six months, and was approved by George Lucas , as he was a big fan of Brooks's previous films. Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic was also involved in the special visual effects for the film. As of 2007, an animated sequel TV series is in preparation.
Planet Spaceball, led by President Skroob (Mel Brooks), has foolishly wasted all of its air and, desperate to find more, aims at extorting the peaceful Planet Druidia into giving them all of its air. They devise a plan to kidnap the Druish Princess Vespa, who is about to marry the narcoleptic Prince Valium. Resenting this marriage, Vespa runs off from the altar and...,
Little Shop of Horrors is the 1986 film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The film was directed by Frank Oz, and starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and the voice of Levi Stubbs. The musical was based on the low-budget black comedy The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman.
Little Shop of Horrors was shot on the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at the Pinewood Studios in England, where a "downtown" set, complete with overhead train track, was constructed. The film was produced on a budget of US$30 million, in contrast to the original 1960 film, which, according to Roger Corman, only cost $30,000. Like the 1960 film, the 1986 musical film did not make a big impact during its initial theatrical release, but is now considered a cult film.
A nerdy young florist's assistant named Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) discovers a...
Club Paradise is a 1986 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and starring Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, Jimmy Cliff and Rick Moranis.Jack Moniker (Williams) is a Chicago firefighter who gets injured on the job. Using his disability money, he decides to retire and live the good life in a small Caribbean island named Saint Nicholas. He buys a small amount of property there and lives among other washed-up personalities such as Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes (Peter O'Toole).When his friend Ernest (Jimmy Cliff) is threatened to be evicted from his beach-front property for not paying his taxes, Jack comes to the rescue and finances him, becoming partners in what they now call 'Club Paradise'. They take photos (using tricks, such as using a fish-eye lens to make their rooms look bigger) using themselves in different clothing and wigs - along with Phillipa Lloyd (Twiggy), a girl Jack is keen to impress - and make themselves out to be another Club Med. This attracts enough tourists (such as...
Ghostbusters is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three eccentric New York City parapsychologists. After they are fired from a university, they start their own business investigating and capturing ghosts. It was released in the United States on June 8, 1984, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson. The film grossed approximately USD$240 million in the U.S. and over $50 million abroad during its theatrical run, more than the second Indiana Jones installment, making it easily the most successful film of that year, and the most successful comedy of the 1980s.
It was followed by a sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989), and two animated television series, The Real Ghostbusters (later Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters) and Extreme Ghostbusters. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Ghostbusters the 44th greatest comedy film of all time. The American Film Institute ranked it 28th in its list of the top 100 comedies of all...,
Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill, and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable." It is an unusual mix of musical, action, drama and comedy with elements both retro 1950's and the 1980's. The film stars Michael Paré as a soldier of fortune who returns home to rescue his ex-girlfriend (Diane Lane) who has been kidnapped by Raven (Willem Dafoe) as his motorcycle gang, the Bombers. Some of the film was shot on the backlot of Universal Studios in California on two large, elaborate sets covered in tarp 1,240 feet long by 220 feet so that night scenes could be filmed during the day.The film was promoted as a summer blockbuster but was not well-received critically or commercially, grossing only $8 million in North America, well below its $14.5 million budget. Its dynamic music score by the likes of Jim Steinman, Ry Cooder and others, however, has helped it attain something of a cult following...,
Strange Brew is a 1983 film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, who also served as director. Max von Sydow co-stars. The story is loosely based on the Shakespearean play Hamlet, with the McKenzie Brothers taking the roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Two unemployed brothers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, are in a bind when they give away their father's beer money, then run out of beer. The brothers place a mouse in a beer bottle in an attempt to get free Elsinore beer from the local beer store, but are told by the no-nonsense clerk – under threat of being shoved into a bottle themselves – to take up the matter at the Elsinore brewery instead. After presenting the evidence to management at Elsinore brewery, the brothers are given jobs on the line inspecting the bottles for mice. They take this opportunity to drink lots of free beer off the line; later, they surprise their parents with a van full of Elsinore...,
Rick Moranis was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Canada