Community Creator Dan Harmon Explains Monster House, Calls Steven Spielberg a Moron

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Following our own advice pays off. Last year, Paste suggested that Twitter users looking for a laugh follow Kelly Oxford (@kellyoxford), a mom of three with a sharp wit and a propensity to mock celebrities.

Oxford’s Tumblr is just as entertaining as her tweets, but a post from yesterday (March 28) showcased another writer’s talent. Oxford posted a note from screenwriter Dan Harmon (creator of NBC’s Community) to her daughter. The note was a response to Oxford, who wrote to Harmon saying the 2006 animated movie Monster House (which he wrote) was giving her daughter nightmares and asking for him to explain himself.

Harmon did respond and fully agreed with Oxford’s then seven-year-old daughter, Salinger, saying, “I never finished writing Monster House before my bosses turned it into a movie. And then different writers, people I don’t even know, changed the story in lots of ways, and the movie that you saw was not the story I wanted to tell you.” Who were those bosses? According to Harmon, a hack (Gil Kenan) and a moron (Steven Spielberg).

The note (which is pretty excellent all the way through) also expresses some kinder sentiments and and explains Harmon’s thoughts on how a scary movie should be done. Finally, he leaves Oxford’s daughter with this advice: “next time Monster House is on, just remember that the guy that wrote it told you it was dumb.”