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Monster House
- Mitchel Musso

Overview - MONSTER HOUSE is a feat of blockbusting filmmaking--a visually stunning, witty tale that is sure to stimulate children and their parents. The film focuses on an anthropomorphic mansion, a haunted house with human characteristics that actively frightens neighborhood folks as it attempts to reign over its inhabitants.  Read more...

 
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Overview

MONSTER HOUSE is a feat of blockbusting filmmaking--a visually stunning, witty tale that is sure to stimulate children and their parents. The film focuses on an anthropomorphic mansion, a haunted house with human characteristics that actively frightens neighborhood folks as it attempts to reign over its inhabitants. One day, a trio of intrepid youngsters, sick of being terrorized, decide to fight back. They are cutely pubescent DJ (Mitchel Musso); his fumbling, chubby friend Chowder (Sam Lerner); and smart-as-a-whip tomboy Jenny (Spencer Locke), who immediately enchants the awkward boys. The local police are no help, so DJ, Chowder, and Jenny are left to their own clever devices, which result in a series of rollicking, hilarious, and sometimes scary adventures. A cast of colorful personalities surrounds the central characters, and they are voiced by luminaries who include Catherine O'Hara, Kevin James, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kathleen Turner, Steve Buscemi, and the brilliant Fred Willard. And teen hipsters will delight in hearing the droll voice of Jon Heder (the title character of cult hit NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) as a deadbeat pizza maker nicknamed "Skull." First-time director Gil Kenan proves spirited and highly adept at mastering such a high-tech production, and followers of animation will want to pay attention to the use of new digital techniques that stray away from straightforward computer drawing. MONSTER HOUSE is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis, who helmed the innovative and sophisticated animated feature WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? in 1988. He once again proves that family fare need not be alienating to older viewers, but can appeal to on every level from childhood and upward.

Cast List

Dan Harmon - Screenwriter, MONSTER HOUSE (2006)
Kevin James - Actor, KING OF QUEENS
Robert Zemeckis - American director/screenwriter
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steve Buscemi - American Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Kathleen Turner - American Actress
Gil Kenan
Steve Starkey - American Producer/ FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY
Rob Schrab - Screenwriter, MONSTER HOUSE (2006)
Jason Lee - American actor, MALLRATS/My Name is Earl
Jon Heder - Actor, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004)
Fred Willard - American actor
Adam Scott - Actor; TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
Jack Rapke - Producer, WHAT LIES BENEATH, CAST AWAY
Jason Clark - Executive Producer
Pamela Pettler
Nick Cannon - Actor, DRUMLINE (2002)
Maggie Gyllenhaal - American actor, SECRETARY/STRANGER THAN FICTION
Catherine O'Hara - Emmy-winning American actress, BEETLE JUICE,
Xavier Perez Grobez - DP, MONSTER HOUSE (2006)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 91
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396154193
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language.)
  • Release Date: July 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Childrens
Movies > Animated

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Kids Adventure
Monsters
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Haunted Houses
Animated Characters

 
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Theatrical Release: July 1, 2006

Reviews:
"[The movie] shimmers and shakes in all its motion-capture animated beauty with the slyly deep sensibilities of executive producer Robert Zemeckis....How freaky, and how fun." -- Grade: A- - 07/28/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.45


"MONSTER HOUSE is unpretentious, smartly written and a lot of fun." - 07/21/2006 New York Times, p.E22


4 stars out of 5 -- "The film shines with characters who feel nothing like cartoons, spouting dialogue with more wit and realism than almost anything you'll see in live-action." - 08/01/2006 Box Office, p.38


3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] star lung-power...and state-of-the-art technique....A fun ride." - 09/01/2006 Total Film, p.38


"This is an assured, entertaining debut....MONSTER HOUSE teases us by plugging into age-old fears of being devoured." - 09/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.62


3 stars out of 4 -- [W]ondrous....Filmed with a vibrant motion-capture technique akin to executive producer Robert Zemeckis's THE POLAR EXPRESS..." - 12/01/2006 Premiere, p.134


"An animated horrorfest -- too good for just the kiddies -- that marks a striking debut for director Gil Kenan..." - 11/30/2006 Rolling Stone, p.104

 
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