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(2006)

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As of 2012, this is the only motion capture film to feature an entirely original story and not be based on existing source material.
For the German version of the film, Bones, Skull, and Chowder have been renamed "Punk," "Freak," and "Ketchup."
The first animated film to be made using Sony's animation rendering software.
The motto on the police car reads "We Wanna Help."
Mitchel Musso and Sam Lerner went to see Napoleon Dynamite (2004) before shooting; when they arrived on set they screamed and jumped on Jon Heder, who played Napoleon.
The actors had to go through motion capture acting in order to animate the characters. The actors had to wear motion capture suits with little dots glued on their faces and a headpiece glued to their head with motion capture dots. After they took off their suits, the glue would cause irritation to their hair and scalp, but luckily they'd get a head massage with shampoo.
Homages to various Stephen King stories abound. The idea of a house that comes alive and eats people can be found in the third installment of King's "Dark Tower" series, "The Wastelands." And while in the house's basement, Chowder shines his flashlight on a mechanical monkey much like the one found in King's short story "The Monkey," collected in "Skeleton Crew."
The film used 3D motion capture techniques to digitally record the physical performances of the actors before "skinning" them with their animated forms.
Jon Heder, who played Skull, broke his leg on the first day on set.
For the Italian version of the film, Bones and Skull have been renamed "Punk" and "Freak."
The film is set in a city called Mayville, which is based on screenwriter Rob Schrab's hometown of Mayville, Wisconsin.
The second film to be released in REAL D's digital 3D format.
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.
Although never mentioned in dialog, signs, license plates, and the screenplay say the film takes place in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Monster house takes place in 1983
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In the original screenplay, DJ and Chowder are harassed by two bullies named Ryan and Cameron who get eaten after DJ purposely lures them to the house as bait. The two characters were removed from the screenplay because the studio thought their death was far too dark, and that the bullies combined with DJ's cruel babysitter, boyfriend, and Nebbercracker all made the film seem much more cruel.
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Chowders's line "DJ, you piss in bottles?" had to be re-dubbed "...you pee in bottles?" to help maintain a PG rating. You can still see Chowders's lips speak the original line.
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During the opening leaf sequence, in the background can be seen the crane which is featured later in the film.
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The tricycle scene at the beginning of the movie is a homage to Stanley Kubrick's film rendition of Stephen King's "The Shining."
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If you notice, skull grabs a pizza before heading out the door of the diner. It is plausible that he was delivering a pizza but stopped for video games.
The markers DJ used to draw the plan to taking out the house was from a store called "Sir Sniff-A-Lot".
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It is never mentioned what the DJ initials stand for.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

To keep the movie a PG rating, the victims that were eaten (Bones, the cops and the dog) had to come back to life during the end credits.
The poster at the circus for Constance's performance calls her "the woman as big as a house."
Many people have questioned how three sticks of dynamite could cause the house to have a catastrophic explosion shown in the film. What many people forget is that Mr. Nebbercracker had stockpiled tons of explosives in the house, and those exploded when the dynamite exploded.

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