Digital animation of people is supposed to be really difficult; this film made it look effortless. Unlike most animated films, the camera angles weren’t static; the illusion of reality was heightened by a sense that there was a camera on-set with carefully planned pans and tracking shots. Oddly enough, I thought the basketball game early in the film was one of the best pieces of animation throughout (though it had little to do with the plot). Take note of the unsteady camera effect. (This reminded me of the CGI in “Firefly” — the shaking camera is a particularly cool effect when you know that the entire scene is artificially created).The story and characters were fabulous as well.
Monster House (2006)
PG | 1h 31min
Synopsis: Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster
Directors: Gil Kenan
Cast: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke