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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  14 February 2008 (USA)
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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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Hogsqueal (voice)
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Thimbletack (voice)
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Helen's Co-Worker
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Nurse
Jeremy Lavalley ...
Tow Truck Driver
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Mrs. Spiderwick
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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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Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 February 2008 (USA)  »

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The Spiderwick Chronicles: The IMAX Experience  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,740,537 (USA) (15 February 2008)

Gross:

£10,530,519 (UK) (23 May 2008)
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Trivia

The facial features of the brownie Thimbletack bear an uncanny resemblance to those of the great Laurence Olivier. This is most apparent in the scene where Aunt Lucinda (Joan Plowright, Olivier's widow) calls him "my little guardian angel". See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) When Helen Grace is at her job just before she notices her children outside, she is being told by her coworker what to push on the keyboard. She clearly is pushing random keys and not the ones spoken. See more »

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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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Spin-off The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) See more »

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London Bridge Is Falling Down
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Performed by Jordy Benattar
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Although The Spiderwick Chronicles did fall short in comparison to other films in the same genre, it did offer some fun entertainment for the entire family.
15 February 2008 | by (Guam, USA) – See all my reviews

Although The Spiderwick Chronicles did fall short in comparison to other films in the same genre, it did offer some fun entertainment for the entire family.

Being a fan of most fantasy novels and films, I had the wonderful opportunity to read through the entire series last year and was actually looking forward to its adaptation on the big screen.

What surprised me the most was actually the length of the film. It was fairly short (90 minutes) and I felt that the producers made a huge mistake by attempting to cram all five books into one film instead of dividing them into separate features. I had recognized a few of the scenes from the books, but overall it seemed very rushed and excluded many of the series most exciting moments. Any fan of the books would probably be disappointed in the way the series was handled and executed.

As for the rest of film, I thought it was well done. The CGI continues to be to focal point in most of these types of family films and the producers spent a great time with its detail and design. The fairies looked neat, the goblins were frightening, and the big bad ogre looked well… big and bad.

Overall, I would say this film would make for a great matinée on a Sunday with the kids. There are several moments that may scare children under the age of five, but otherwise it should appeal to children of all ages.


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