DJ Walters, played by Mitchel Musso, is left alone for the weekend by his parents, with only babysitter Zee, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, to watch over him. He lives next door to the elderly Mr. Horace Nebbercracker, a crotchety old man who steals any item that lands on his property. When DJ’s friend Chowder, played by Sam Lerner, loses his basketball, DJ attempts to retrieve it but is caught by Mr. Nebbercracker, who suffers a fatal heart attack. Later that evening, DJ gets phone calls from the supposedly empty house. Zee’s boyfriend Bones, played by Jason Lee, relays stories to her about his confiscated kite and how Mr. Nebbercracker ate his wife. The kite reappears, causing DJ to want to investigate what’s really going on in that house.Read more
Despite being an animated film, the director did use live actors and motion capture to provide a basis for the animation that would take place later. An unbelievable but true injury that took place during the making of this animated film occurred on the first day of shooting where actor Jon Heder, who plays a character named Skull in the film, broke his leg on the first day while filming a scene.
Monster House is a 2006 animated supernatural horror comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, who made his debut. Dan Harmon, Rob Scrab, and Pamela Pettler were given writing credits while Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Jason Lee, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara and Kathleen Turner all lend their voices to the film.
It was released by Columbia Pictures on July 21, 2006, to positive reviews, making $140.2 million against a budget of $75 million. It holds a 74% approval rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes while Metacritic has assigned it a score of 68 out of 100.