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Monster House

Maggie’s Character: Zee (voice)
Release Date: 21 July 2006 (USA)
Directed By: Gil Kenan
Screenwriter: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab & Pamela Pettler
Genre: Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Mystery
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language.
Runtime: 91 min.
Box Office #’s: here

Cast Highlights:
Jason Lee
Spencer Locke
Sam Lerner

The teenage DJ is observing his neighbor Nebbercracker on the other side of their street in the suburb that destroys tricycles of children that trespass his lawn. When DJ’s parents travel on the eve of Halloween and the abusive nanny Zee stays with him, he calls his clumsy best friend Chowder to play basketball. But when the ball falls in Nebbercracker’s lawn, the old man has a siege, and soon they find that the house is a monster. Later the boys rescue the smart Jenny from the house and the trio unsuccessfully tries to convince the babysitter, her boyfriend Bones and two police officers that the haunted house is a monster, but nobody believes on them. The teenagers ask their video-game addicted acquaintance Skull how to destroy the house, and they disclose its secret on the Halloween night.

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Trivia

  • The second film to be released in REAL D’s digital 3D format.
  • The film used 3D motion capture techniques to digitally record the physical performances of the actors before “skinning” them with their animated forms.
  • The motto on the police car reads “We Wanna Help”.
  • For the Italian version of the film, Bones and Skull have been renamed “Punk” and “Freak”.
  • The wallpaper in DJ’s room is the same design as Woody’s shirt in “Toy Story”.
  • Homages to various Stephen King stories abound. The idea of a house that comes alive and eats people can be found in the third installment of King’s “Dark Tower” series, “The Wastelands”. And while in the house’s basement, Chowder shines his flashlight on a mechanical monkey much like the one found in King’s short story “The Monkey”, collected in “Skeleton Crew”.
  • There are several references to both Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis’ films in ‘Monster House’: The toy monkey from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Trees that come alive is derived from Poltergeist (1982). The floating leaf at the beginning of the film is a nod to the falling feather from Forrest Gump (1994). And the basketball brand-named Wilson is a reference to the volleyball of the same name from Cast Away (2000).
  • For the German version of the film, Bones, Skull and Chowder have been renamed “Punk”, “Freak” and “Ketchup”.
  • The first animated film to be made using Sony’s animation rendering software.

Character Quotes

Zee: What is your problem?
DJ: Uh… puberty! Yeah, I’m having lots and lots of puberty.

DJ: We haven’t left this room once! Not even to go to the bathroom.
[Points to 2L bottle filled with something]
DJ: Don’t drink that!
Zee: Oh gross! Whatever disease you guys have I’m sure its got letters and that they make pills for it!
DJ: Zee, it’s true! There’s something evil going on across the street!
Zee: [Sarcastically] That’s excellent, I’m really happy for you.

Zee: Whatever issue you guys have, I’m sure it has letters and they make pills for it.

Zee: Skull’s not like you. He makes time for me and gives me the respect I deserve.
Bones: Whatever.
Zee: Bones!

DJ: Can I ask you something?
Zee: Sure you can cantelope. We are going to have so much fun I have tons of activities…
DJ: [rolls eyes] It’s okay. They’re gone
Zee: They are? They’re gone?
[takes off her pink sweater and reveals she is wearing a black punk t shirt, unties her hair]

Zee: Now what do you want?
Jenny: Just trying to get a head-start on life and secure a sucessful future.
Zee: You want a successful future? When a guy with tattoos comes up to the drive-thru, give him his burger, not your phone number.

Jenny: But back to business: eggs, shaving cream, toilet paper. Without candy, I’m afraid your house is a bulls-eye with shingles.
Zee: Nice try. It’s not my house.
Jenny: Babysitter?
Zee: Mmm-hmm.
Jenny: Okay, let’s cut the crap. Maybe the parents you work for left you forty dollars in emergency money…
Zee: Maybe they left me thirty.
Jenny: Maybe you give me twenty, I write a receipt for thirty, and you pocket ten.
Zee: Maybe… and I want two extra bags of peanut clusters.
Jenny: One bag, and I’ll toss in a licorice whip.
Zee: You’re good.
Zee: Now what do you want?
Jenny: Just trying to get a head-start on life and secure a sucessful future.
Zee: You want a successful future? When a guy with tattoos comes up to the drive-thru, give him his burger, not your phone number.