In literature[ edit ] An early example of resizing is the 16th century Chinese novel, Journey to the West. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has repeated resizing themes, where Alice grows or shrinks as she eats foodstuffs or drinks potions. According to Rose Lovell-Smith, Alice's size-changes continually reposition her in the food chain, serving as a way to make her acutely aware of the "eat or be eaten" attitude that permeates Wonderland. Wells describes a kind of food that can accelerate and extend the growth process, which when introduced to the world causes great upheavals. In Wells' novel, giants have great powers, and they seek to continue growing and improving; only the small people with their small minds stand in their way. This is a symbol of social groups with great potential suppressed by mainstream society, and an expectation for them to eventually change the world in a radical way.
Looking back at old newspapers, I see an incredible shrinking trend in comic strip size. Reading through old comic collections, I see where cartoonists have cried for help and attention using the characters in their own strips! Locally, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has recently reduced the number of pages in its Sunday comics section. In effect, cartoonists are forced to draw simple, static, easy-to-see characters in tiny panels. Lettering must be large and brief for the comic to be legible.
Will Eisner's Doll Man has them both beat, dating back to But we're here to talk about television, not comics and movies. Naturally, with the huge amount of science fiction that has hit the small screen, there has been plenty of shrink rays, giant men and miniature terror.