"Monster House" is Sony Pictures, together with producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, try to fight Pixars leading role in computer animated family movies. This is of course not the best starting-point for a movie as every little thing is compared to the competition. Well, at least by critics and Pixar fans but maybe the general audience, and especially the children, donīt really care what the name of the company is but are able to concentrate on the important thing: the movie.
So, the movie The events take place on an average street in an average small town somewhere in America. And as itīs a scary movie itīs of course the night before Halloween! It turnīs out that the grumpy old manīs house on the street is actually a living creature that eats everything that ends up on the property. Two young boys find out the secret, and after saving a girl from being eaten the three of them are on a mission to kill the house.
The animation is good, as expected, with nice detail and lots of action. The characters look a little doll like but still have a wide range of facial expressions and body language. As always, in big animations like this, there are some famous actors doing the voice acting and I have to admit itīs very good. With names like Steve Buscemi(Armageddon, Monsters Inc. etc.), Maggie Gyllenhaal(Mona Lisa Smile, Adaptation etc.), Kevin James(King of Queens) and Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit etc.) you expect a good result but even the child actors are doing a great job.
But then come the problems with this movie: It doesnīt really reach any certain audience! Yes, itīs funny but itīs lacking in those adult oriented jokes that Pixar is so good at and at the same time itīs a little too scary and twisted for the smallest of the family. So basically the target audience lies somewhere between 11 and 14 which just canīt be big enough for Sony.
Maybe I underestimate the children nowadays and there is a bigger audience in the lower age groups but as an adult I know it just wasnīt enough. Where as "Finding Nemo" or "The Incredibles" were good fun for even a date maybe seeing "Monster House" is not the worst time spent if you have children.
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