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.
For the pumpkin attack scene, all of the pumpkins' gore had to be digitally recolored to a much brighter orange, as it originally looked too much like blood. See more »
The Backpack that Lewis is carrying while travelling and to and from school is a Yugoslav People's Army Combat standard combat backpack which was produced from 1975 until the 1990s. It was extensively used by each side during the Yugoslavian wars. It was designed around 1975 and was not available in 1955. There are several varieties. (black leather straps instead of leather colored and so on) It seems like the front shoulder pads were removed, but it is definitely a M75 combat backpack of the YPA. 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 »
Hey Lolly Lolly
Written by Jimmie Thomas and Oscar McLollie
Performed by Oscar McLollie & His Honeyjumpers
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises See more »
Who is the target audience?
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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