YMMV / Monster House

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Zee's wanton destruction of DJ's mother's vase during her introduction scene, which she demonstrates to DJ in order to intimidate him into letting her do whatever she wants while playing babysitter at night. Afterwards, Zee is never shown to use similar intimidation tactics towards DJ again, and besides some light teasing she doesn't really cause much trouble, and even steps foward to tell her boyfriend off when he takes his bullying of DJ too far. The scene where Zee needlessly destroys his parent's property is also never brought up again.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • DJ, Chowder, and Jenny have been compared to Harry, Ron, and Hermione respectively. Not so much in how they look, but in how they behave.
    • Mr. Nebbercracker looks a lot like Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mr. Nebbercracker once his true colors are revealed.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Chowder:
    "My dad's at the pharmacy, and my mom's at the movies with her personal trainer."
    • The way Chowder says it is like he's almost resigned to it as being normalcy - his dad knows, his mom knows, and he knows, and he's just "Well, that's just how it is for us."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A dimwitted fat kid named Chowder.
    • A living house that likes to lure children away to kill them. Sounds like the infamous episode "My Old House" from The Haunting Hour.
    • Before this movie even existed, Courage the Cowardly Dog already had an episode named "House Calls", where a jealous, living house who emits woman-like groans and has a carpet for a tongue, forbids its owner from having any neighbors.
  • Hype Backlash: It received some during the 2006 Academy Award season when it was nominated for "Best Animated Feature," both because most felt it wasn't good enough for such a title and animation purists arguing that motion capture was not animation. To be fair, that was a terrible year for animated features.note 
  • Jerkass Woobie: Constance. May also count as Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Look at the credits if it's The New '10s and after - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Jason Lee, Jon Heder, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, even Kathleen Turner as Constance. It's almost an All-Star Cast!
  • Uncanny Valley: Averted. The creators of the film learned their lesson from that other movienote  and intentionally stylized the character designs to avoid this. With the exception of a couple of moments where things seem to move a bit too fluidly, one could easily mistake this for any other animated film.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's a movie about a man-eating house (though to be fair its victims are brought back at the end) with its origin involving a woman being drowned in concrete. You know... for kids!