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Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

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Storyline

Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Their World Is Closer Than You Think See more »


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Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,555,791 (UK) (21 March 2008)

Gross:

£10,530,519 (UK) (23 May 2008)
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Trivia

This is the first Nickelodeon film to be released in the IMAX format. See more »

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Aunt Lucie has an American accent as a young girl in the flashback but a British accent as an old woman. See more »

Quotes

Hogsqueal: Do birds live in these little houses?
Jared Grace: Yeah.
Hogsqueal: Oh my gosh, that's genius! Who thought of that? You can stick your tongue right in it!
[begins slobbering over a birdhouse]
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In Loving Memory of Scott Rathner and Stuart Rosenberg See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.209 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

London Bridge Is Falling Down
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Written by Traditional
Performed by Jordy Benattar
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User Reviews

 
Bird! Bird! Bird!
10 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Went to a UK preview tonight and this completely took me by surprise. A brilliant fantasy adventure which retains it's dignity and doesn't sell out for a cute Disney style box office attack.

The issues in it were quite good and realistic and it wasn't necessarily 'happy ever after' in the end. The scripting and the style of the piece reminded me of 'The Princess Bride'- although this is more of an action adventure than a comedy.

Well worth seeing, and there doesn't seem to have been much 'hollywood tailoring' such as there was with the Golden compass and Narnia...

As to the monsters / fairies- they were very well done indeed, quite believable considering they were computer generated.

Well worth seeing, but I have the feeling it won't get as much publicity as the usual run of the mill children's movie...

Why do I keep saying children's movie when I am 34?


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