Monster House (Widescreen)

Directed By: Gil Kenan

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Even for a 12 year-old, dj walker has an overactive imagination. He is convinced that any toy that touches his crabby neighbor's property promptly disappears. Dj has seen it with his own eye! What everyone doesn't know is that dj isn't imagining things. It's all true and it's about to get worse than dj imagined.


Studio Sony
SKU 202956517
UPC 043396154193
UPC 14 00043396154193
Format DVD
Release Date 2/17/2015
Rating Rating
Animated Characters
Family (General)
Haunted Houses
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Entertainment Weekly "[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 p.45
New York Times "MONSTER HOUSE is unpretentious, smartly written and a lot of fun." 07/21/2006 p.E22
Box Office 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 p.38
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] star lung-power...and state-of-the-art technique....A fun ride." 09/01/2006 p.38
Sight and Sound "This is an assured, entertaining debut....MONSTER HOUSE teases us by plugging into age-old fears of being devoured." 09/01/2006 p.62
Premiere 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 p.134
Rolling Stone "An animated horrorfest -- too good for just the kiddies -- that marks a striking debut for director Gil Kenan..." 11/30/2006 p.104
Gil Kenan
Name Musso,Mitchel
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Cast & Crew
Adam Scott - Editor
Dan Harmon, et. al. - Writer
Douglas Pipes - Original Music By
Fabienne Rawley - Editor
Fred Willard - Voice Of
Gil Kenan - Director
Jason Lee - Voice Of
Jon Heder - Voice Of
Kathleen Turner - Voice Of
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Voice Of
Mitchel Musso - Voice Of
Paul C. Babin - Cinematographer
Robert Zemeckis - Executive Producer
Sam Lerner - Voice Of
Steve Buscemi - Voice Of
Steve Starkey - Producer
Steven Severin - Original Music By
Xavier Perez Grobet - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 15419
UPC 00043396154193
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Monster House is, to the best of my knowledge, the first animated haunted house movie, and quite possibly the first family film to recall, at various times, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Amityville Horror...It's part story and part spectacle, with the two halves being nicely balanced to offer something for just about everyone. The film pays enough attention to character development for us to care about the protagonists (although it uses stereotypes as a short-cut), and there's a substantial amount of humor.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The motion-capture process is put to good use in the sequence in which DJ's best friend, Chowder (Sam Lerner) comes to visit -- he looks a little like the chubby, earnest Samwise in "The Lord of the Rings" -- and they play basketball in the driveway. Chowder's uncoordinated movements are funnier as animation than they would have been in live action. Their verisimilitude makes them funny. It's the kick of watching a cartoon look awkward in exactly the same way as a human being..."Monster House" was designed as a family movie and a scary movie. It may scare children, but it won't terrify them. So it's no scarier than it should be.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Musso,Mitchel
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Kenan directs with a zingy sense of kids, comedy, fright, and visual perspective.
Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat One of the best movies of the year...
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer The most imaginative and delightful computer-animated movie of recent years...

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