Horrid Henry: The Movie

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Horrid Henry: The Movie
United Kingdom theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Moore
Produced by
  • Allan Niblo
  • Rupert Preston
  • Mike Watts
  • Lucinda Whiteley
Written by Lucinda Whiteley
Screenplay by Lucinda Whiteley
Based on Horrid Henry 
by Francesca Simon
Music by
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Edited by Simon Cozens
  • Vertigo Films
  • Novel Entertainment Productions
  • Prescience
  • Aegis Film Fund
  • UK Film Council
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 29 July 2011 (2011-07-29) (United Kingdom)
  • 22 December 2012 (2012-12-22) (United States and Canada)
  • 11 January 2013 (2013-01-11) (Australia)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office $10.1 million[2]

Horrid Henry: The Movie is a 2011 British 3D children's fantasy comedy adventure film directed by Nick Moore, produced by Allan Niblo, Rupert Preston and Mike Watts and co-produced and written by Lucinda Whiteley. The film's plot focuses on Henry and The Purple Hand Gang fighting to prevent the closure of their school by an evil private school Headmaster. It is based on the fictional character Horrid Henry from the children's book series by Francesca Simon. It stars Theo Stevenson, Richard E. Grant, Parminder Nagra, Kimberley Walsh, Mathew Horne, Siobhan Hayes, Dick and Dom, Noel Fielding, Jo Brand, and Anjelica Huston. It was the first British film for children to be shot in 3D. The film was officially released in cinemas on 29 July 2011 in the 2D, RealD 3D and 3D formats by Vertigo Films in the UK. Phase 4 Films and Entertainment One released the film in theatres in the United States and Canada on 22 December 2012.[3] The film has a 10% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $10.1 million worldwide. Horrid Henry: The Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 9 November 2012.


At the beginning, Horrid Henry tries to steal cookies from Moody Margaret's Secret Club, and succeeds, but before he could eat them, his mother interrupts, telling him to do his homework. In the morning, Henry's mother wakes him up, and tells him to go to school. When she reminds him to take his homework, he remembers that his homework is in a really bad state, and leaves it behind. When he goes to school, Henry arranges for a forged note to be made, this and the lack of homework lands him in detention. Later, Miss Oddbod, the headteacher, tells Henry's class that the school inspectors are coming, and they don't want any 'unpleasantness'. With Henry in detention, his friends join him to practice for a talent contest, but their rehearsal is interrupted.

It is revealed that Ashton Primary, the school Henry attends, is to be (deliberately) closed and Vic Van Wrinkle, the headteacher of Brick House School, stands to make a fortune from the resulting influx of pupils. With the help of his worst arch-enemy Moody Margaret, and her sidekick Sour Susan, Henry comes up with a plan to save the school. First, he decides to enter a Talent Contest with his 'Zero Zombies' Band, which he reckons that they'll become 'famous enough' that they won't want to shut the school down. Henry is later invited onto TV programme '2 Cool 4 School', where he can win a Cash Prize if he wins the show, which he plans to use to save the school. He wins the competition and the cash, then returning to the school.

Meanwhile, Van Wrinkle holds Miss Lovely, Peter, and his friends hostage in his office. Miss Lovely tricks him into explaining his plan while she has her mobile phone calling the school so that Miss Oddbod can hear. Hearing the sirens and the police arrive at the scene, Vic attempts to escape but is arrested. Miss Oddbod is offered the money, who declines it. It is decided that the money will be used for the party of a lifetime instead. The next day, Henry's family and friends congratulate him for saving the school and, as promised between Henry and Margaret, have the party. The movie then closes with the 'Purple Hand Gang' logo.



Horrid Henry: The Movie was theatrically released on 29 July 2011 in the United Kingdom by Vertigo Films.[4] Phase 4 Films and Entertainment One released the film in theatres in the United States and Canada on 22 December 2012.[5] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 9 November 2012.


Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 10% of 21 critics have given the film a positive review; the rating average is 3.6 out of 10.[6] When interviewed on Desert Island Discs by Kirsty Young, Horrid Henry book author Francesca Simon stated that "I haven't seen it (the movie)...I had nothing to do with it."[7] The film opened at #5 in the UK box office with £1.3M,[8] but was knocked down to #7 by Super 8 and Mr. Popper's Penguins.


Horrid Henry: The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released January 1, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Film Soundtrack
Label Universal Music TV
Producer Various artists
Singles from Horrid Henry: The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Everybody Dance"
    Released: 2011

The soundtrack was released on January 1, 2011 by Universal Music TV.[9]

Track Song Artists
1 "Too Cool for School" (two versions) Theo Stevenson and Dick and Dom
2 "Everybody Dance" Kimberley Walsh
3 "Boys and Girls" Pixie Lott
4 "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
5 "(Gonna Be a) Rockstar" Theo Stevenson
6 "Beat of My Drum" Nicola Roberts
7 "One Time" Justin Bieber
8 "Shine a Light" (Radio Edit) McFly ft. Taio Cruz
9 "When I'm King" Emma Tate, Tamsin Heatley, Wayne Forester and Theo Stevenson
10 "Get Down" Twenty Twenty
11 "Special Brew" Bad Manners
12 "Horrid Homework Haze" Killer Boy Rats
13 "I Gotta Feeling" (Edit) The Black Eyed Peas
14 "Rock Down" Free Amigos
15 "Ego" The Saturdays
16 "Underdog" You Me at Six
17 "Monster" The Automatic
18 "Dynamite" Taio Cruz
19 "All the Small Things" Jedward
20 "I'm Horrid Henry" Killer Boy Rats
21 "Frère Jacques" Ross Marron and others

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  1. ^ Horrid Henry: The Movie premiered on CITV on Saturday September 7th 2013 at 9:25 AM, and was shown again during the week on Friday 13th at 4:15 PM.


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