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The Spiderwick Chronicles [2008]

Director:Mark Waters
Writer:David Berenbaum
John Sayles
Karey Kirkpatrick
Composer:James Horner
Length:96 minutes
(1 hour 36 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Reaction: Fantastical, frenetic and fun. Good for the kids and well made.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Mark Waters => Director
David Berenbaum => Writer
John Sayles => Writer
Karey Kirkpatrick => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Holly Black => Books
Tony DiTerlizzi => Books
Andrew McCarthy => Richard Grace
David Strathairn => Arthur Spiderwick
Freddie Highmore => Jared Grace / Simon Grace
Joan Plowright => Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
Jordy Benattar => Young Lucinda Spiderwick
Martin Short => Thimbletack (voice)
Mary-Louise Parker => Helen Grace
Nick Nolte => Mulgarath
Ron Perlman => Red Cap (voice) (uncredited)
Sarah Bolger => Mallory Grace
Seth Rogen => Hogsqueal (voice)
Tyler Patrick Jones => Additional Performer

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The facial features of the brownie, "Thimbletack", bear an uncanny resemblance to those of Sir Laurence Olivier. This is most apparent in the scene where Aunt Lucinda (Joan Plowright, Olivier's widow) calls him "my little guardian angel".
  • The bulk of the events of the film take place in one day.
  • Industrial Light and Magic worked on both this film and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Buckbeak and the Griffin in this film have identical heads.