Monster House

Release Date: July 21, 2006

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Position Staff In Brief
31/52 Les Winan Witty and clever but missing some of the depth that would have kept a better movie going.
44/68 Michael Bentley Tries to be like an animated cross of The Goonies and The 'Burbs - that's a good thing. But the story turned rather boring and unexciting.
54/65 Kim Hollis It's way too scary for kids in the beginning, and just dull the rest of the time.
82/200 Max Braden Fantastic animation and camera work. I couldn't get into the story on this one that much though.
127/159 David Mumpower Too macabre for kids and nowhere near entertaining enough for adults. That's a bad combination.

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Our house
It was plain and simple
It was safe and normal
It was nice and sweet
But we all agreed
We could use a change
And then something happened that was very strange
Cause the van showed up
All our stuff went flyin’
And my mom was cryin’ ‘til the job was done
Now it’s a Monster House
It’s a Monster House
It’s a Monster House
And we all just love it – it’s a Monster House

Sadly, this movie isn’t actually a big screen adaptation of the marvelous construction show led by host Steve Watson; instead, it’s a CGI-animated family horror film. That’s right. A family horror film.

The project is being done using the same “performance capture” animation that Robert Zemeckis originated in The Polar Express. While Zemeckis is not directing the film, his ImageMovers production company will be working behind the scenes on the project. Additionally, Steven Spielberg is an executive producer.

The movie centers around three kids - D.J. Harvard and his two friends Chowder and Jenny - who discover that a neighbor’s house is actually a leaving, breathing monster with very malevolent intentions. The problem for them is that even though they try to warn the adults about the potential impending doom, none of them believe the kids. It’s up to our three heroes to find a way to destroy the home before it devours a pack of innocent trick-or-treaters.

The concept actually sounds like a lot of fun, and should provide some goofy scares for families and kids who might ordinarily get their kicks in such places as haunted houses and watered-down PG-13 stuff. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Monster House
Main Cast Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Supporting Cast Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Matthew Fahey, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Ryan Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, Fred Willard
Director Gil Kenan
Screenwriter Dan Harmon, Gil Kenan, Pamela Pettler, Rob Schrab
Distributor Sony/Columbia
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Awards Awards page for Monster House
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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