Watch Trailer
Planet 51 (2009)
Planet 51 -- Trailer #2 | 02:24
Watch Trailer
MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 328 this week

Planet 51 (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  20 November 2009 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 38,652 users   Metascore: 39/100
Reviews: 70 user | 154 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

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.

Writers:

(original idea by), (original idea by), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 20 Mar 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 03 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 03 Oct 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 23 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Planet 51" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Planet 51 (2009)

Planet 51 (2009) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Planet 51.

User Polls

3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

Director: Cal Brunker
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba
Astro Boy (2009)
Animation | Action | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When an android replica of a boy is rejected by his aggrieved creator, he goes off to find his own identity in an adventure that would make him his time's greatest hero.

Director: David Bowers
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell
The Ant Bully (2006)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

Director: John A. Davis
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

Directors: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert
Tooth Fairy I (2010)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy.

Director: Michael Lembeck
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

Director: Stephen J. Anderson
Stars: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett
Open Season (2006)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Boog, a domesticated 900lb. Grizzly bear finds himself stranded in the woods 3 days before Open Season. Forced to rely on Elliot, a fast-talking mule deer, the two form an unlikely friendship and must quickly rally other forest animals if they are to form a rag-tag army against the hunters.

Directors: Roger Allers, Jill Culton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.

Director: Simon Wells
Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler
Robots (2005)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration's company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management.

Directors: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks
Adventure | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The tale of three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess.

Directors: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman
Flushed Away (2006)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life.

Directors: David Bowers, Sam Fell
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Neera (voice)
...
...
General Grawl (voice)
...
...
Lem (voice)
...
Skiff (voice)
Freddie Benedict ...
Eckle (voice)
Alan Marriott ...
Glar (voice)
...
Soldier Vesklin (voice)
...
Soldier Vernkot (voice)
Lewis Macleod ...
Additional Voice (voice)
...
Additional Voice (voice)
...
Additional Voice (voice)
Vincent Marzello ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Emma Tate ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Right stuff. Wrong planet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the soldiers in the secret army base has a helmet that reads "Corn to Mill", a parody of the helmet graffiti in Full Metal Jacket which reads "Born to Kill" See more »

Goofs

As astronaut Chuck Baker gets tangled up in a planet mobile in the planetarium, his air hose becomes dislodged and his oxygen becomes depleted. Upon realizing the planet has breathable air, he removes his helmet, and the air hose is now reconnected to his suit. It is then again disconnected in the following shot. 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]
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is an additional scene halfway through the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Bop a Lula
Written by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Lead Vocal by Chris Cawte
Backing Vocals by Keith Murrell
Arranged by Chris Cawte
Produced by Graham Walker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good Not Great
21 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I took my 8 year old daughter and her friend to see this opening night. There was a decent size crowd who seemed to enjoy it. For ESPN fans one of their long time personalities, who has his own video short series on the website, was there. But I digress.

It took a while to realize that it definitely was Dwayne Johnson as the astronaut's voice. He's created a great niche for himself in family films and I think he does good job. Justin Long was a good choice for the lead "alien" Lem and John Cleese is always a good choice as he did a small role as the professor. The role of Skiff brought good humor to many scenes. Sean William Scott was very animated in his voice acting for this character. Other than Rover and the hippie-like guy, the rest of the characters are just back drops without adding much.

We laughed quite a bit throughout the movie, which is mostly the point. There was plenty of cute humor with the dog-like robot Rover, who was a little reminiscent of WALL-E, a little. The down-side was that it never drew you in to fully connect, sympathize, like or dislike any of the characters. I didn't see myself rooting for anyone over anyone else. If the message is supposed to be about not judging anyone based on appearance, that message was shallow. If the message was to keep an open-mind toward what is possible and to learn new things, that message was under-developed.

Bottom line, the kids enjoyed it and we had a good entertaining night out. So in that respect it served its' purpose. The animation was suitable and I liked the 50's like theme of the planet. One or two adult humor jokes in there that could have been omitted and not change the movie.

For a family movie 7/10.


33 of 52 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'The Rock' seems to be going the Eddie Murphy route brunchie
Why no Pants???? jayzullo
Is this movie set in the 50's? viktor_habbohotel
How many people here just don't get the concept of Satire/Homage? Vermathrax
these aliens look like ours... aemawdsley
Humaniacs II magicalmakx
Discuss Planet 51 (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?