Monster House (2006, USA) C-91m. SCOPE ** D: Gil Kenan. Starring (the voices of) Mitchell Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaa, Jason Lee, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Kathleen Turner. Two neighbourhood pals are wondering what's wrong with the resident of the house across the street - a grumpy old man whose mansion seems strangely alive. Together with a girl scout they investigate the disappearance of objects and even people. Animated horror comedy for older children has great design and animation, but the explanation for the going-ons must be incomprehensible for kids - it's even strange for adults. Otherwise, you are in for a roller-coaster ride. Coproduced by Steven Spielberg.

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