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The Onion's review got me interested. It compared the tone of the film to the kind of suburbia created in E.T., Poltergeist and Close Encounters. That is a G.O.A.T tone, in my book.

http://www.avclub.com/content/node/50661

One of Steven Spielberg's most enduring contributions to film is the mood of suburban-uncanny developed in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and E.T. Stuck in the middle of suburbia—like much of America—these films' heroes suddenly discover that extraordinary events can descend upon even the sleepiest cul-de-sacs. Spielberg developed a sideline producing other filmmakers' variations on this theme in the '80s, some dark (Poltergeist, Gremlins), some warm (The Goonies, Back To The Future). And apart from its pioneering animation, Monster House, which Spielberg co-executive-produced with Back To The Future's Robert Zemeckis, could be a lost product of that era.

In a nameless suburb, next to well-mown lawns and houses with much nicer paint jobs, sits a ramshackle dwelling occupied by an old man (voiced by Steve Buscemi) with a habit of scaring off anyone who sets foot on his lawn—even, as in the opening sequence, adorable little girls on tricycles. Across the street, an observant kid (voiced by Mitchel Musso) keeps a careful log of such occurrences, but nothing he's seen can prepare him for the weird way the house takes on a life of its own when an ambulance carries Buscemi away during a weekend when Musso is left with a none-too-attentive babysitter (voiced by Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Monster House uses some of the same motion-capture computer-animation techniques employed in Polar Express, but in spite of its horror-movie trappings, it's much less terrifying, since it replaces Polar's almost-but-not-quite-right simulation of flesh with a cartoonier look. More importantly, director Gil Kenan has a feel for dizzying "camera" work, and the screenplay (by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, and Pamela Pettler) combines witty gags with a sweet, albeit familiar, suggestion that kids shouldn't be in any great hurry to be anything but kids. Maybe that's because then all those boring suburban corners start to look boring and suburban again, and you have to grow up and make movies to bring the magic back.

A.V. Club Rating: B

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So I kinda really wanna see Monster House (official Monster House Post?) [View all] , buckshot defunct, Wed Jul-19-06 09:51 AM
 
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sounds good to me
Jul 20th 2006
8
      I'm on the level
Jul 20th 2006
9
Yeah, I'm there.
Jul 19th 2006
2
But will the rapper GLC go see Monster House?
Jul 20th 2006
3
RE: But will the rapper GLC go see Monster House?
Jul 20th 2006
4
Yeah, he's a part of a 'focus group' that is interviewed every week in
Jul 20th 2006
5
      RE: Yeah, he's a part of a 'focus group' that is interviewed every week ...
Jul 20th 2006
6
you know you can never stop posting these, right?
Jul 20th 2006
10
I will do my part every week.
Jul 21st 2006
11
I lost the link to that...
Jul 21st 2006
12
      here's the most recent one
Jul 21st 2006
14
           holy shit
Jul 21st 2006
15
           oh gosh, glc for president.
Jul 21st 2006
16
that line in the previews when the girl says
Jul 20th 2006
7
Written by...
Jul 21st 2006
13
well they did a bang up job
Jul 26th 2006
40
i saw the first ten minutes while waiting for clerks 2 to start
Jul 22nd 2006
17
the (hidden) clitoris joke in the trailer got me open
Jul 22nd 2006
18
Seriously the best movie I've seen so far this summer.
Jul 22nd 2006
19
Agreed.
Jul 23rd 2006
20
King World and Turner Ent. should sue
Jul 23rd 2006
21
You should just be happy there's a great animated movie out, Freddy.
Jul 23rd 2006
22
      I dunno how "animated" it really is. It does look awful mocapped.
Jul 24th 2006
23
      !!!!
Jul 24th 2006
24
      But they do enjoy cartoons
Jul 24th 2006
25
      it's enough if your only desire is to (a) entertain
Jul 24th 2006
28
           well that's too bad, man
Jul 25th 2006
31
                RE: well that's too bad, man
Jul 25th 2006
32
      you know, the mocapping wasn't that bad
Jul 26th 2006
39
           all these stellar reviews are making me want to go see it
Jul 26th 2006
42
      but back to this Monster House flick:
Jul 24th 2006
30
Went with the kids...they were alternately scared/delighted
Jul 24th 2006
26
YOU'RE PISSING FREDDY OFF!
Jul 24th 2006
27
      huh?
Jul 24th 2006
29
           just fuckin around
Jul 26th 2006
35
                well, the ones that ARE kids' movies can be called kids' movies
Jul 26th 2006
43
Go see it in Real D (3D)!!!!
Jul 25th 2006
33
Holy shit, this movie is GREATNESS
Jul 25th 2006
34
the second I saw the preview
Jul 26th 2006
36
very much so
Jul 26th 2006
37
A little closer to Monster Squad, but you're still right on.
Jul 26th 2006
38
      shit, even better
Jul 26th 2006
41
           yes im sold on the monster squad reference!!
Jul 28th 2006
44
RE: So I kinda really wanna see Monster House (official Monster House Po...
Jul 31st 2006
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