Larry is newly divorced and having trouble holding down a steady job. In an effort to be a good role model to his son, Larry submits resumes to various places, including the local museum. The museum's current security guard is retiring so he decides to hire Larry as his replacement. Larry ends up as the only night security guard in the museum. Through a turn of events, a strange artifact places an unusual power inside the museum, which brings the statues and figures inside to life.
Among some of the more unusual figures which come to life every night during Larry's watch is a skeletal tyrannosaurus nicknamed Rexy. Rexy is actually very friendly and behaves more like a dog than a meat eating dinosaur. There are also some miniature figurines which include an old west set with a cowboy named Jedediah, played by Owen Wilson. Jedediah is at war with another miniature set of figurines from the Roman army.
Larry often tries to play mediator in keeping the peace between the two sets of figurines. There is also a full sized figure of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback, who is played by Robin Williams. Teddy Roosevelt often provides advice for Larry in dealing with the situations which arise.
Amidst the fun and frivolity in the museum at night there is also mischief in the form of an annoying monkey who does not like Larry and a figure of Attila the Hun who constantly chases Larry through the museum. The movie also incorporates an underlying story involving the retired security guard and his two colleagues who were dismissed. It seems the trio have been planning to rob the museum of some of its more valuable artifacts.
Hollywood has lost a true legend, as character actor Mickey Rooney passed away Sunday. Rooney is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood history, with a grand total of 340 acting credits listed on his IMDB page. Even then, that doesn't begin to chronicle his entire career, which started with his family's vaudeville act and consequently also included a number of stage and radio roles. At just five-foot-two, Rooney was never made to be a leading man. But his natural talent for comedy, along with his versatility as an actor, singer, dancer and musician, landed him role after role over his lifetime.
It's a sad, sad day in Childhood-Nostalgia Land. Jan Beranstain, who co-authored the long-running "The Berenstain Bears" line of children's books, died Friday at 88 years old following a stroke this past Thursday, according to her son Mike Berenstain and Entertainment Weekly. Right alongside the likes of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, the book series she co-authored with her husband Stan Berenstain have been read by children and by parents to children for 50 years.