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Planet 51 (2009)

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An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him.

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Lem is just an average teenager working on getting the girl and furthering his career at the local planetarium - except that he's an alien. At least to U.S. astronaut Captain Charles T. Baker who lands on Lem's planet hoping for a quick flag plant and a hasty return to earth and his millions of screaming fans. But on this alien planet the media has tagged spacemen as brain-eating, zombie-creating monsters, causing Baker to run for his life and into Lem's house. Now it's up to the green native to get the clumsy astronaut back to his spaceship before military dictator General Grawl and mad scientist Professor Kipple manage to exterminate the Earthly visitor. Written by The Massie Twins

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Right stuff. Wrong planet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planeta 51  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,286,129 (USA) (20 November 2009)

Gross:

$42,194,060 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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Trivia

The dog in the movie is called Ripley (shown by the name on the doghouse), with the appearance close to that of the Xenomorph from Alien (1979), and is obviously an homage to Ellen Ripley, the protagonist from the Alien franchise. See more »

Goofs

In every instance except one, the city/town is spelled "Glipforg". On the hardware store sign, it's spelled "Glipfrog". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
girl: I've never gone parking before. I'm really not that kind of a girl.
boy: Well, I'm not the kind of a guy who would go with *that* kind of girl.
girl: Why that's so sweet - I think.
boy: There's nothing to be scared of.
[as alien craft rears up in front of them]
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PRODUCTION BABIES: Jorge, Álvaro, Guillermo, Carlota, Javier, Eduardo, Emma, Nora, Héctor, Alba, Adrian, Julieta, Jimena, Noah, Max, Diego, Almudena, Bruno, Mateo, Emma, Melchor, Paula, Carla, Jorge, Isabela, Sandra. See more »

Connections

Spoofs E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Greased Lightnin
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (as Warren Tracy)
© Morris Edwin H and Co Ltd
All rights administered by Warner Chappell Music Ltd
Lead Vocal by Lance Ellington
Backing Vocals by Keith Murrell, Mick Mullins, Pete Howarth
Arranged by Chris Cawte
Produced by Graham Walker
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A Nutshell Review: Planet 51
13 December 2009 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I have to admit the trailer was funny enough, with an astronaut so full of himself thinking that his planetary visit was an open and shut case, only to discover that it's inhabited and he's the alien in the truest sense of the word, like a fish out of water trying to make his way home lest he becomes an experimental subject.

And the aliens, well, are just like us, with plot conveniences such as having the same mixture of atmospheric gases like Earth's, and hey, the green things with four fingers on each hand speak English too! They're city folks with a penchant for 50s musical oldies (that pepper the soundtrack), with a whole host of modern day, earth-like references all over the place in a desperate attempt at being recognized for being smarty-pants. Unfortunately though it tries too hard to be funny at every turn, and it only brought about the occasional mirth.

It's about time that filmmakers realize that pumping a film with too many references for its own good, is something of a tired formula. You'd wonder when such references will seize, to allow a good story to shine. Planet 51 suffers from too much wink-wink moments, complete with blatant rip offs that bring too much attention to themselves. One look at the pet named Ripley and resembling like a Xeroxed replica of an Alien complete with acidic pee, you're likely to roll your eyes. Or how about that robot probe that functions and looks like R2D2/WallE and comes without dialogues but plenty of whirrs and beeps while going about doing cutesy stuff?

Despite a relatively A-list voice cast with the likes of Dwayne Johnson (who doesn't sound like the real deal if you ask me), Justin Long, Gary Oldman, John Cleese, Jessica Biel and Seann William Scott, Planet 51 felt like a Frankenstein monster, stitched together from ideas of other films, and plastered together forcefully to try and make the narrative work. Characters too are a little boring and one-dimensional, with little heart.

Bottom line is, CG graphics and copycat characters don't make an animated film entertaining. A sincere story does and this one is found lacking, and too talky too for kids to enjoy, in my opinion.


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