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Monster House (2006)

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

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Little Girl (voice)
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Nebbercracker (voice)
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DJ (voice)
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Mom (voice)
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Dad (voice)
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Chowder (voice)
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Paramedic #1 (voice)
Ian McConnel ...
Paramedic #2 (voice)
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Zee (voice)
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Bones (voice)
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Jenny (voice)
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Officer Landers (voice)
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Officer Lister (voice)
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Constance (voice)
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Storyline

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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Hide Your Children. This House Will Eat Them! See more »


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

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21 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Zemeckis/Spielberg Motion Capture Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

There is a back story involving Skull (played by Jon Heder) and Bones (played by Jason Lee) being in an amateur heavy metal band. When we first meet Zee (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), she is wearing a top with "Skull 'n' Bones" written on, and later puts one of their cassette tapes on called "Live! at the Smell". She is also dating Bones in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are in the back of the police car yelling at the police as they approach the house their voices are muffled as if completely enclosed in a car despite the front, driver-side window being open and a metal grate separating the front and back of the police car. See more »

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[first lines]
Little Girl: Hello, fence!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

A Little More Love
Written by John Farrar
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining, But Not For The Real Little Ones
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess you could label this an "edgy animated film." It's certainly wasn't made with little kids in mind. If it was, that was a mistake because this a pretty scary film in parts - much to much for the little ones.

The "edginess" isn't just the violence (a Halloween-type scary house and the comes alive and attacks people), it's most of the characters. They are typical Hollywood-young people meaning they have "attitudes." They aren't exactly sweet, lovable people, except for the one young boy "D.J." (voiced by Mitchel Musso). The dialog on the kids - two boys, the babysitter and her boyfriend - make this more of a film for teens and younger adults. The "attitude" means wise-remarks and general obnoxiousness and rebellious attitudes. The worst in that attitude category is D.J.'s friend "Chowder," the kind of guy who talks you into doing things that wind up getting YOU in trouble.

The best part of the film, besides the animation, is the unpredictability of the story. You kept wondering what was going to happen next. That made the 91 minutes go by pretty fast. It's a simple story but very entertaining despite the not-so-great-role models and, as most pictures do, has a good message and a few heartwarming scenes at the end.


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