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Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011)
United Kingdom theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Moore
Produced by
  • Allan Niblo
  • Rupert Preston
  • Mike Watts
  • Lucinda Whiteley
Written by Lucinda Whiteley
Music by
  • Michael Price
  • Lester Barnes (uncredited)
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editing by Simon Cozens
  • Vertigo Films
  • Novel Entertainment
  • Prescience
  • Aegis Film Fund
  • UK Film Council
Distributed by Vertigo Films
Release date(s) 29 July 2011 (2011-07-29) (United Kingdom)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Money made $10.1 million

Horrid Henry: The Movie is a 2011 British 3D children's musical adventure comedy film, directed by Nick Moore and produced by Allan Niblo, Rupert Preston, Mike Watts and Lucinda Whiteley, who wrote it. In the film, Henry and the Purple Hand Gang fight 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 of the same name by Francesca Simon. The film itself acts as a prequel to Series 3 of the TV Series.

Horrid Henry: The Movie 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, and was officially released in cinemas on 29 July 2011 in 2D, RealD 3D, and 3D formats by Vertigo Films in the United Kingdom. The movie is now aired on Netflix.

Phase 4 Films and Entertainment One released the film in theatres in the United States and Canada on 22 December 2012. The film has an approval rating of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $10.1 million worldwide. Horrid Henry: The Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 28 November 2011 in the United Kingdom. Horrid Henry: The Movie has sold over 750,000 DVD copies in the UK.

Horrid Henry: The Movie aired on Nicktoons in October 2019. The film had a share of 9.2% and ranked number 1 in its time slot. The film has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon Prime.


Horrid Henry uses his magnetic yoyo to steal cookies from Moody Margaret's Secret Club. Before he can eat them, his mother tells him to do his homework. The next morning, Henry searches for his homework, only to find that after he left it on the dining room table, the other members of the household variously spilled milk on it, stepped on it, and squashed it into the couch, leaving it a mess.

He leaves it behind and has his friend Brainy Brian forge a note from his mother saying his cat ate it. His teacher, Miss Battle-Axe, realizes that this note is forged and that Henry did not do it himself, since Brian spelled "homework" correctly, something Henry is incapable of doing. With Henry in detention, his friends join him to practice for a talent contest. Miss Oddbod, the headteacher, and a pair of school inspectors walk in on their rehearsal.

Vic Van Wrinkle, headteacher of the exorbitantly expensive Brick House School, has been bribing the school inspectors to put pressure on Ashton Primary, the school Henry attends, in order to justify closing the school. Van Wrinkle stands to make a fortune from the resulting influx of pupils. Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret's misbehavior prompts Miss Oddbod to fire Miss Battle-Axe and Miss Lovely for failing to enforce discipline, and the school inspectors encourage Henry's pranks.

With Ashton Primary on the brink of closing, Henry's Great Aunt Greta volunteers to put up the money to transfer Henry to an all girls school (since she thinks Henry is a girl) and his younger brother Peter to Brick House. Miss Lovely gets a job at Brick House, where she notices the school inspectors. Peter distracts the staff and pupils by performing numerous arrangements of "Frère Jacques" so that Miss Lovely can spy on Van Wrinkle and the inspectors. She is caught by Van Wrinkle, but covertly passes notes about his plan to Peter.

Meanwhile, Henry's new schoolmates immediately realize he is a boy and begin hunting him. Margaret, who has also been transferred to the school, comes to Henry's aid, and the two escape. The traumatic experience motivates them to work together to save Ashton Primary. Henry decides to win the talent contest with his Zero Zombies band, hoping that this will make them famous enough that they won't shut the school down.

After the band wins the contest, Miss Oddbod informs Henry that fame is irrelevant in this case. Henry is later invited to a game show known as 2 Cool 4 School, with the intention of using the prize money to bribe the school inspectors to leave Ashton Primary alone. In the final round of the competition, he is confronted with Miss Battle-Axe, who challenges him to spell "homework." Recalling Miss Battle-Axe's early admonitions and using "Oh Henry, you horrid boy" as a mnemonic device, he correctly spells "homework" with two "o"s for the first time.

Meanwhile, Peter and his friends try to rescue Miss Lovely, but are captured by Van Wrinkle. Miss Lovely tricks him into explaining his plan while Peter has her mobile phone call the school so that Miss Oddbod can hear. Miss Oddbod calls the police and Van Wrinkle attempts to escape, but falls over due to Peter tying his shoelaces together and is later arrested. Henry returns and offers the cash prize to Miss Oddbod, who declines it and explains that the school has already been saved. At Margaret's suggestion, the money is instead used for a large party.



Horrid Henry: The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released 1 January 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Film Soundtrack, pop rock
Label Universal Music TV
Producer Various artists
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The soundtrack was released on 1 January 2011, New Year's Day, by Universal Music TV.

Track Song Artists
1 "Too Cool for School" Theo Stevenson
2 "Everybody Dance" Kimberley Walsh
3 "Boys and Girls" Pixie Lott
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" (Movie Soundtrack 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 cover)" blink-182
20 "I'm Horrid Henry" Killer Boy Rats


In an interview with Novel Entertainment, aired out in January 2020 after the success of Horrid Henry: The Movie being aired on Nicktoons, executive producer Lucinda Whiteley said she was 'absolutely (working on a sequel)! And not just one but two sequels, as the story of how Henry ends up saving the world needs more than just 90 minutes!'

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