Monster House

Animation film voiced by Kiefer Sutherland, James Belushi, Eddie Izzard. Directed by Steve Williams.
Running Time: 82minutes.
Rated: Rated G
In 2005, we had a group of animals in a New York Zoo (with comic voices by prominent stars) who were discontent with having to perform for humans and who yearned for getting away to the wild.

In 2006, we have a group of animals in a New York Zoo (with comic voices by prominent stars) who are discontent with having to perform for humans and who yearn for getting away to the wild.

In 2006, this was partially funny, partially too hip for a genial comedy adventure. In 2005, this is partially funny but not quite so hip.

Ryan, a meek young cub, listens to stories of bravado and adventure in the wild from his Lion King father - who in fact is just throwing him a line. Poor Ryan can't roar, is mocked and bullied - and runs away. The container has him bound for Africa and the wild. Dad (voice: Kiefer Sutherland), squirrel Benny (James Belushi) and his girlfriend, giraffe Bridget (Janeane Garofolo) and very British (of all things) koala (Eddie Izzard) go in pursuit and finish up in the wild doing great deeds of derring-do and rescuing Ryan.

A bit take-it-or-leave-it.

Fr Peter Malone MSC directs the film desk of SIGNIS: the World Association of Catholic Communicators, and an associate of the Australian Catholic Film Office.

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