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  • Actors: Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Daniel Stern, Margaret Whitton, Rick Ducommun
  • Directors: Richard Greenberg
  • Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Producers: Andrew Licht, Dori Berinstein, Jack Grossberg, Jeffrey A. Mueller, John Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW14C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little Monsters" on IMDb

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Leap into a fantastically monstrous world where hijinks become high art, curfews and chores vanish from sight, and a wacky, irrepressible monster can become your best friend! Eleven-year-oldBrian (Fred Savage, "The Wonder Years") knows that there's a monster under his bed. And when he sets a trap for ithe captures an experience beyond his wildest dreams! Led by Maurice (Howie Mandel), a horned, blue-green prankster extraordinaire, Brian discovers the vast subterranean hideout of the "Little Monsters"and the best friendship he's ever had. But soon, Brian realizes he'll have to shut the door on this dream come true...or risk the nightmare of becoming a Little Monster himself!

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Kind of a demented Monsters, Inc. meets Oliver Twist, the 1989 live-action film Little Monsters takes every child's nightmare of a monster under the bed and spins it into a dark tale of a secret underworld where children and adults turn into monsters and run wild without rules or any sense of social niceties. Maurice (Howie Mandel), the monster under Brian's (Fred Savage) bed, is not an average monster, but a hyper-talking, mischievous, blue-faced boy who disappears from inside his clothes when exposed to bright light and who says he wants nothing more than to be Brian's friend. As the new kid in town with parents who are constantly fighting, Brian is in desperate need of a friend and is easily lured into the underworld of the Little Monsters. There he learns to spy on his classmates as they sleep and raise havoc around their homes and lives. At first, his escapades make him insanely happy, but soon his exploits take a toll on his performance in school, his interaction with family, and his friendships with other kids. Brian eventually discovers that all is not quite as simple and free in the monster's world as it appears and that perhaps total freedom from societal rules isn't quite as good as it sounds. The pace of pranking is frantic in this film, the images can be disturbing, and some of the jokes, antics, and language are downright crude, so it's definitely not appropriate for children who are easily scared or those under age 10. --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

Just like how i remembered it!
Shelley Connors
Loved this movie as a kid, and im glad to have it in my DVD collection.
Brian
Have loved the movie since I was a kid and now my kids are enjoying it.
Priscella

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Robertson on February 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Have you ever wondered what goes on under your bed at night? Did you ever think for a second that there might be something living under your own bed? Well, this young boy, whom is played by Fred Savage, (the Wonder Years), soon discovers a whole knew world under his bed. He then meets this friendly young lookin' monster, named Maurice, helps him use his imagination and be able to do the impossible. If you're asking me, I think this film has so much imagination and wonders in it, anyone whose anyone, will enjoy this childlike fantasy. So, take my advise, buy this film, you won't regret it. Or you probably could catch it on cable. This is one magical movie that you could not miss!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn VINE VOICE on May 1, 2003
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im 21 now and i saw this movie when it first came out when i was 7 and i fell in love with this movie! im so glad to see that amazon has this so now i can buy it! this is the coolest movie for kids to watch. it's got everything in it, imagination , fun, excitement and the monster played by howie mandel is so funny to watch. i love the atmosphere and plot of the movie, it's really cool. i recomend this movie to anyone and especially for kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregorypwilson on April 20, 2010
Format: DVD
Fred Savage and Howie Mandel star in this 1989 fantasy.
A boy befriends a monster from a magical world under
his bed. I've loved this since I was a kid and so glad
to have it on dvd that has good picture and sound,
but only the trailer. I recommend this great 80's
kid fantasy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 22, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This movie was amazing even though i am really mad that this movie didnt come on dvd, this film was about a kid that moves, and comes upon a friend late at night only he is a monster from under the bed. Well when word of this gets to the underworld(under the bed) the guys in charge try to trap brian(main character) down there until day where he eventually will become a monster, in order to do that they kidknap his brother. ...try and get this movie onto dvd its amazing and worth to be on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on December 10, 2013
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Cute movie when I was a kid had to have it now just to add to the collection and it is still a good movie to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on January 15, 2013
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We love Fred Savage & Howie Mandel in the movie and Fred's little brother is such amazing actors and FUNNY!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nuisance on March 8, 2009
Format: DVD
I remember when this movie first came out. Snooty critics ripped it to shreds but the kids loved it. Two critically acclaimed critics did a scathing review of the movie but the movie still had its fan base. Besides who cares about the wayward opinions of the same high brow Beavis and Butthead critics that gave Speed 2: Booze Control two thumbs up? Exactly, now lets move on.

Story: Eric Stevenson(Fred Savage) moves into a different state and has a hard time adjusting there. He later on befriends a mischievous monster named Maurice(Howie Mandell) that is easily harmed by bright lights. Eric and Maurice become friends and they visit Maurice underworld home. Later on Eric's brother is kidnapped by the same creature that bullies Maurice as well as the ruler of that underworld and now has to rely on the help of Maurice as well as a friend and a former bully to help him retrieve his brother.

This movie brings back a lot of memories and after seeing it recently it still holds well after all these years. Howie Mandell is hilarious as the wise-cracking but fun-loving Maurice. Fred Savage as well as the rest of the cast is good also. I love the imagination of the writers also. Sure the movie has some dark undertones but as I kid I loved it and as an adult I still love it. The sets are creative down to the monsters. Now for the people that are comparing Maurice to Beetlejuice, there is a stark contrast there: Maurice is a likable doofus with a heart that sometimes takes his antics to far(like using hands to chew up an unlucky person's homework). Beetlejuice, on the other hand is an unlikable creep that put his ulterior motives before anything else. There is a very big difference in character there.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on October 3, 2010
Format: DVD
Oh my gosh-this is probably one of the worst movies I have seen with my kids ever!!! The kids in the movie were great, the premise, or where I think they were trying to go with it, had potential, but the final product was just was a big FAIL. Not sure if Beelejuice came out before this movie, but it seemed to me that Howie Mandel's character-Maurice-was based on Michael Keaton's character of Beetlejuice, which I absolutely loved! It was an epic disaster. I couldn't understand much of what Maurice was saying as he was too busy bouncing off the walls, and flailing his arms around. On top of this, I had to listen to a jingling, tinkling sound every time Maurice moved-which was every nanosecond, no down time with this character. I guess he was wearing metal things on his clothing-very annoying. Maurice was very irritating-I know my 10-year old son would have told him to take a hike, "Hey, dude, take it down a notch. You're such a spaz."

I keep hearing about how "endearing" and "timeless" the friendship between Fred Savage's character and Maurice was. I just didn't feel it, yet I cry during cat commercials and most corny movies-I am very emotional : ) I found Maurice to be an idiot, extremely stupid, and plain mean. If you see the movie, then you'll understand per the terrible pranks he does to the kids he is supposed to scare (pouring out a school kids apple juice, then urinating in the bottle while the child is sleeping upstairs, scraping tuna off kid's sandwich and replacing it with cat food, trying to scare the death out of a baby in her crib, etc.). If this had been rated R, maybe even PG-13, and done better (maybe it was director's fault), then they could have gotten away with it. I think the movie went so far to each extreme: creepy, then back to endearing, but it just flopped.
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