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Monster House (2006)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  21 July 2006 (USA)
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Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Girl (voice)
Nebbercracker (voice)
DJ (voice)
Mom (voice)
Dad (voice)
Chowder (voice)
Paramedic #1 (voice)
Ian McConnel ...
Paramedic #2 (voice)
Zee (voice)
Bones (voice)
Jenny (voice)
Officer Landers (voice)
Officer Lister (voice)
Constance (voice)


The teenage DJ is observing his neighbor Nebbercracker on the other side of their street in the suburb that destroys tricycles of children that trespass his lawn. When DJ's parents travel on the eve of Halloween and the abusive nanny Zee stays with him, he calls his clumsy best friend Chowder to play basketball. But when the ball falls in Nebbercracker's lawn, the old man has a siege, and soon they find that the house is a monster. Later the boys rescue the smart Jenny from the house and the trio unsuccessfully tries to convince the babysitter, her boyfriend Bones and two police officers that the haunted house is a monster, but nobody believes them. The teenagers ask their video-game addicted acquaintance Skull how to destroy the house, and they disclose its secret on the Halloween night. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zemeckis/Spielberg Motion Capture Project  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,217,226 (USA) (21 July 2006)


$73,661,010 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film used 3D motion capture techniques to digitally record the physical performances of the actors before "skinning" them with their animated forms. See more »


Zee had plenty of time to see the house in its "monster" state when she opened the front door to tell Chowder he had a phone call. See more »


[first lines]
Little Girl: Hello, fence!
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Crazy Credits

Kenny the Dog as Himself See more »


Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Mars Needs Moms (2011) See more »


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Written and Performed by Gil Kenan
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3D Makes All the Difference....
21 July 2006 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me establish that I have never been impressed by the 3D process. The best that I had previously seen was "Ghosts of the Abyss", but there were still too many glitches for my eye to really buy into the process. I never had a chance to see "Polar Express" in 3D, but wasn't really anxious too because of my previous lackluster responses to the 3D experience. Then came "Monster House"....

I have NEVER seen anything like this before. The story itself is entertaining and very reminiscent of the type of movie that Steven Spielberg would have made in the early 80's, but the 3D element makes it an EVENT! If you have a choice to see this in a regular theater or in 3D, do not hesitate to see it 3D! From the moment the title comes on screen, I knew I was going to see a level of realism in the 3D process that I had never experienced before. In fact, seeing "Monster House" in a regular theater might be akin to seeing all of "The Wizard of Oz" in black and white. It would severely diminish the potential impact of the film. "Monster House" was obviously envisioned as a 3D experience and the technical process envelopes you in the story and the world in which it takes place in a way that is so immediate and palpable.

Lest you think that only the technique is worthy of praise, let me mention that the script, the performances, the direction, the score are all of the fun, adventurous spirit of all the best movies I remember from my youth. It has the feel of "E.T.", "The Goonies", even a little bit of "Poltergeist", just a lot more kid-friendly. The movie isn't extraordinary, but it's a heck of a lot of fun. So a giddy 8 stars for the movie, but an enthused 10 stars for the experience. PLEASE, do yourself the favor of seeing this on a 3D screen!

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