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Planet 51 (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  20 November 2009 (USA)
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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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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 ...
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Emma Tate ...
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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


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Base 9 is taken from the number of planets in the solar system. See more »


When the soldiers remove items from Chuck's spacecraft, one of them drops an Ipod, which begins loudly playing music for all to hear. Ipods don't have speakers, just a headphone jack. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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


Spoofs Alien (1979) See more »


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
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Beautifully animated, if rather bland
8 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always loved animation, whether it's cartoons(Looney Tunes and Silly Symphonies), films or TV shows. Planet 51 is not a bad movie, but at the end of the day it felt rather bland. I've seen worse certainly, but I can also think of better out there. The animation is wonderful though, very rich in colour and detail. The soundtrack is memorable, there are a few funny moments that will have children chuckling, fun set pieces and a couple of Cold War pastiches that will keep adults interested, Rover is a great character and by far the best character of the movie and it all begins very promisingly. The voice cast are full of great actors, especially Gary Oldman and John Cleese, and Planet 51 generally uses them well, Dwayne Johnson is an especially likable lead. However, the story, despite its great premise, is rather weak and unoriginal in structure and after a promising twenty minutes it is never quite as interesting. I liked the Cold War pastiches, but some of the other references were verging on tired. Among the funny moments, there is the overall mediocrity of the script, with a lot of clichéd dialogue. The characters are weak and stereotypical, with one of the blandest villains I've seen in an animated film recently, and the ending is very predictable. In conclusion, looks great but at the end of the day it felt very bland and forgettable. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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