That's the explanation that G gave about why mean people do the things they do. We're sitting there watching "Monster House" and it begins with us seeing the crabby old man who resides in the "haunted" house. I pointed out that he shouldn't be so mean to the kids in the neighborhood and G provided that as an excuse. In his opinion, all mean people come from scary houses.
"Monster House" is an animated tale that tells of a creepy house in an otherwise normal neighborhood. The grouchy homeowner, Mr. Nebbercracker (voiced by Steve Buscemi), makes sure that no one feels welcome on his property. When he has a horrible accident and is hospitalized, the house takes on a life of its own and toys as well as people begin disappearing.
The visuals in this film were done using the ground-breaking technology of motion capture animation. I guess it was the same type they used for "The Polar Express" although I have yet to see that. It makes the movie much more appealing and extremely entertaining to watch.
Casting is always key when it comes to animated films. They want to make sure they capture just the right talents to bring life to the characters. They did a more than capable job with not only Buscemi onboard but also Jon Heder, Nick Cannon, Kevin James and Jason Lee just to mention a few. Each one gave their character just the right amount of juice.
The story itself was pretty hilarious. "Monster House" is one of those rare movies where it may have a child-feel to it but it's meant to attract different ages. I found myself laughing out loud at several moments that the shorties just thought were slightly amusing. Even though I'm just now getting around to watching it, I'd venture to say it was probably one of the best family movies of the year.
My rating: A-