Amblin Entertainment 35th Anniversary: Monster House

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Monster House is a 2006 American computer-animated children’s horror film directed by Gil Kenan, produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O’Hara, Kathleen Turner, and Fred Willard.

Executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, this is the first time since Back to the Future Part III that they have worked together. It is also the first time that Zemeckis and Spielberg both served as executive producers of a film. The film’s characters are animated primarily utilizing performance capture, making it the second film to use the technology so extensively, following Zemeckis’ The Polar Express.

Monster House received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $140 million worldwide. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards, but lost to Happy Feet.

Monster House was one of those gigantic surprises that came out of nowhere, the plot sounds ridiculously stupid, a house that’s alive? But then again, that’s the power of animation, taking these ridiculous ideas that would sound stupid in real life and making it work in the world of animation and sure enough, Monster House makes its’ stupid premise not only work but make sense.

The movie does a fantastic job of making a premise as ridiculous as this work as well as it does. The animation in this was really impressive, I think this did a slightly better performance capturing job than The Polar Express did.

The voice actors are very good in this, the kid actors are very good here and the all-star supporting cast is very good here too.

The script is nicely done here, co-written by Community & Rick & Morty creator Dan Harmon and Rob Schab, they do a good job of creating a well-written story that doesn’t fall into the clichés of films like this.

They even manage to make this house come off as threatening, I swear to god, the house in this movie looks downright terrifying. I’m surprised this got a PG rating, in fact, you could say that this is a precursor to what Laika Animation would do with Coraline three years later.

Monster House is one of the biggest animation surprises of recent memory, they find a perfect blending of comedy, drama, horror, and action with some pretty spectacular animation and good direction from Gil Kenan, who really has not made a film of equal quality since then unfortunately.

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