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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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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 ...
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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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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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The film is set in a city called Mayville, which is based on screenwriter Rob Schrab's hometown of Mayville, Wisconsin. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, when DJ wakes up from his nightmare, his phone is ringing. However, when DJ and Chowder run out to rescue Jenny, the ringtone is different. See more »

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[first lines]
Little Girl: Hello, fence!
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Written and Produced by D. Sardy
Performed by Ralph Saenz, D. Sardy, John Shmersal, and Bobby Jarzombek
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A trio of preteens must work together to conquer the frightening house across the street when they discover that it is alive.
28 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's be clear - Monster House is not your typical 'feel-good' children's movie. That isn't to say, however, that there are never any points where the viewer is allowed to feel good. In fact, I discovered, despite my initial resistance to a movie that I thought would simply impress me graphically, copious moments of warmth and humor within the unembellished and utterly human actions of the characters. This is the movie's paramount success. Not the plot, the myriad celebrity voices, or even the decisively unique and dazzling computer animation. Where Monster House really shines is within the dialogue and behavior of its perfectly believable personalities. From the girl-musings and growing pains of the pubescent DJ and Chowder to the cantankerous rantings of their crotchety old neighbor Nebbercracker, the cast is so natural that one would expect to run across such people within day-to-day life. It is this element that helps Monster House transcend an entirely surreal plot to make an idea so bizarre and twisted seem entirely real.

It is true that Monster House does contain a predominantly dark theme, with a considerable amount of eerie scenes to support it. I don't believe, however, that this should keep it from being shared with children, especially those preadolescences that will soon enough be able to relate to the emotions and actions of its protagonists. As long as younger children have the guidance of a parent or other compassionate adult, this film has the potential be viewed and adored by all ages.


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