An intelligent 15-year-old high school student is unexpectedly transferred to a boarding school where he opens a portal of monsters from another dimension.
Danny is very smart, but no one at school seems to care. Even though his science project is incredible, he doesn’t win the science fair. When he is asked to go to a boarding school for the smartest kids in the world, he quickly accepts the offer and his parents see him off to the new school. All of Danny’s new teachers have high expectations and the students are geniuses who’ve set the bar high, but Danny, along with his roommate Liz, are determined to prove that they are smart enough to stay in this school.
While researching for a science project, Danny and Liz attempt to fix a broken reactor in a forbidden section of the school. During their experiment, they accidentally open a portal to a fifth dimension, and monsters begin to escape the portal as it grows. When students begin to go missing, it’s up to Danny and Liz to save the day.
The plot of Monster Zone as a whole is original, but it seems to borrow bits and pieces from other popular shows/movies. Specifically, there are recognizable pieces from the show Danny Phantom and the Upside Down from Stranger Things. The animation is well done, and the audio is clear. It’s obvious that the writers put a lot of thought into the characters and effort into the creation of the movie.
Monster Zone exhibits strong morals, especially when it comes to honesty and standing up for one another. Danny wants to earn his success and he wants to do so with his peers, not against them. The characters in Monster Zone use knowledge to conquer the monsters—a defense mechanism that seems unique to this film.
In its entirety, Monster Zone is a great film for the entire family. It proves that knowledge is power and that stepping on other people does not lead to success. The movie is entertaining and well developed, and viewers will be on the edge of their seat wondering what happens next.
Monster Zone is Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
Monster Zone is a fun animated film that portrays the importance of doing what is right and sticking up for friends and family.