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Running Time:
1 hour, 31 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Great fun for the whole family

Additional Info:
DVD Features: 7 Featurettes including:; Imaginary Heroes ; Beginner's Luck; The Best of Friends ; Lots of Dots ; Black Box Theater; Making It Real; Did You Hear That?; Multi-Angle Evolution: Eliza vs. Nebbercracker ; Filmmaker Commentary; The Art of Monster House - Photo Gallery; The Adventure Continues Online with DVD-ROM Link to Exciting Games, Downloads & Activities.

Monster House
Using the motion-capture animation technique he employed in "Polar Express," Robert Zemeckis along with Gil Kenan, a young UCLA Film school grad, have made a comic adventure that's also the kind of mildly scary movie that children love. DJ is a young boy living in a neighborhood across from a strange house. A grouchy old man named Nebbercracker lives there and constantly yells at kids who get on his lawn. He also steals their toys when they are left behind. DJ has spied on him for years and has seen a number of strange occurrences. However, when DJ's friend Chowder has his basketball confiscated by Nebbercracker, there's a confrontation that sends the old man to the hospital. Now with the old man gone, stranger things begin happening at the house. It comes alive. The house begins snatching people that approach it, but only when adults aren't around. DJ and Chowder see the supernatural kidnappings, but nobody believes that they're telling the truth. When a young girl named Jenny almost gets snatched, DJ and Chowder save her. Together the three try and think of a way to stop the house. To make matters worse, Halloween is just days away and every kid in the neighborhood will begin approaching the Monster House. Will our heroes be able to stop it in time?

The voices you'll hear belong to Sam Lerner as Chowder, Spencer Locke as Jenny, Mitchel Musso as DJ, Steve Buscemi as Nebbercracker, Nick Cannon as Lister, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Zee, Jon Heder as Skull, Kevin James as Landers, Jason Lee as Bones, Catherine O'Hara as Mom, Kathleen Turner as Constance, and Fred Willard as Dad.

The only negative is that the human characters aren't as delightful as the CGI characters in films like "The Incredibles," instead they're somewhat rubbery looking like the characters in "Polar Express." Still, this is a fun movie for the whole family, although parents with sensitive younger kids may find that it's quite intense at times.

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