Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.
Mrs. Zimmerman boasts that she once melted Salvador Dalí's watch "right off of his wrist." While the film doesn't elaborate, it's implied that this moment inspired Dali's painting "The Persistence of Memory", famous for its melting clocks. See more »
In the school hallway scene where Herbie is being invited to Lewis's house, a boy with glasses and a brown striped shirt passes them by on their right side and about two seconds later, you will see the same boy passing them by on their left side. See more »
Dear Lewis: Enclosed, please find one bus ticket and two silver dollars for your trip to Michigan. I'm really sorry about the loss of your parents. Your mom was my sister, so that makes you family. And I'll do my best to make you feel right at home. As Einstein said, life is like a bicycle. To stay balanced, you got to keep moving forward. And so will we. I look forward to meeting you. Your Uncle Jonathan. PS Sorry for the stain on the letter. That's chocolate.
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There are crazy credits for two non-speaking parts in the closing credits, regarding two important computer generated digital characters in the movie - "Griffin tamer - Chair" and "Chair hair and makeup - Griffin". See more »
Theatrical versions of the movie are longer by 10 seconds, with a bumper for Universal Parks and Resorts placed before the Amblin Partners logo. this is removed from home video releases however, instead cutting directly to the Amblin Partners logo after the credits. See more »
The movie was a decent way to spend about 2 hours, but it left me wondering who the target audience is.
For adults I found that the plot is too silly and has too many random "conveniences", but children might be shocked and frightened by some contents. So maybe it is just for those who are just too old for Harry Potter, but too young for R rated movies? Would be a pretty small audience.
Anyway, I had some mindless fun with it.
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