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

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 motto on the police car reads "We Wanna Help." See more »


The morning after Nebbercracker's departure, Zee's car is missing from the driveway. See more »


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

The little girl that was riding on her tricycle in the beginning of the movie can be heard humming again right at the end of the credits See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Mars Needs Moms (2011) See more »


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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I would take some kids, and a few adults
18 July 2006 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as part of a free screening I took my little sister to and was ready for an immature piece of fluff. Preparing for restless children making bathroom trips and throwing an occasional tantrum overshadowing a mediocre movie I was happily proved wrong. Too many CG-generated films ride on the spectacle of the animation technique keeping audiences in awe while forgoing story. While jaws drop at impossible camera angles and while 3-D rendered characters being stretched in a 2-D way we all play spot/ear the celebrity voice. The Dennis Leary as a ladybug joke can only be taken so far. Perhaps a bar is being set by Pixar to work from an entertaining script like "The Incredibles" that would make an good movie no matter how it was made. Drawing from the neighborhood ghost story and a dash of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shunned House" Amblin delivered an entertaining popcorn movie that ranges in age appeal. The humor could have easily fallen into stereotypical characters, the familiarity of the story, and bathroom laughs, but maintains irony and, while not naive, maintains a reverence for the innocence of the characters and no doubt much of the young audience. This is a popcorn movie, no doubt, and not every gag is spot on, but it makes for a good matinée and a pretty good introduction to horror movies for a younger crowd. As a fan of animation I walked into a second-run screening of "The Iron Giant" and loved it. For me seeing a good movie outside of hype is a lot of fun. I know my expectations were low and the movie was free but I thought it was pretty cool.

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