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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  27 March 2009 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
B.O.B. (voice)
Gallaxhar (voice)
Derek Dietl (voice)
Wendy Murphy (voice)
Carl Murphy (voice)
Computer (voice)
News Reporter (voice)
Katie (voice)
Cuthbert (voice)
Sean Bishop ...


When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from The President, the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When aliens attack, these guys got your back. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monsters vs. Aliens: A Monstrous IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,321,095 (USA) (27 March 2009)


$198,332,128 (USA) (21 August 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the scenes of Ginormica wandering the streets of San Francisco, a replica of the set was built and supervising animator Line Korsgaard Andersen was videotaped walking around it as reference for the animators. See more »


When Susan tumbles out of her prison bed (just after arriving), the scene appears normal because there are no visual cues that she is a giantess falling from a giant bed where it's a long way to the floor. She should in fact seem to float down in slow motion. See more »


General W.R. Monger: Monsters, I'm so proud of you, I could cry, if I hadn't lost my tear ducts in the war. But not crying will have to wait. The world needs you again.
Susan Murphy: What is it, General?
General W.R. Monger: Seems a snail fell into a French nuclear reactor. As we speak, Escargantua is slowly making it's way to Paris.
Susan Murphy: Well, I've always wanted to go to Paris. Now who's with me?
The Missing Link: What do you say, Butterfly... osaurus?
[Butterflyosaurus roars, saying *yes*]
The Missing Link: We're in.
B.O.B.: I'm in!
Dr. Cockroach Ph.D.: Count me in too.
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Crazy Credits

A flying saucer floats over the "D" in the Dreamworks logo and abducts the boy sitting in it with a tractor beam. The saucer is from the movie "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." See more »


Let's Get It Started
Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Mike Fratantuno (as Michael Fratantuno), Taboo (as Jaime Gomez), Terence Graves, George Pajon Jr. and Apl.de.Ap (as Allan Pineda)
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User Reviews

Wonderful summertime treat (even though it's still spring) ...
30 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're going to see this movie, make sure it's the 3D version - not all showings are in 3D. If you have the opportunity to see it in IMAX - it's definitely a 'bigger' treat ... but FWIW, know this: it was "converted" to IMAX from normal print - not created in the IMAX format.

OK - that said, the movie IS worth seeing. I'd say it was somewhere between "really good" and great. It's a fun story with fast pacing, entertaining characters and nice 3D effects.

It's basically about a group of 5 likable "monsters" that are pitted up against an alien attack. The main character is a new "monster" - Ginormica. She's a young lady that was recently hit by a meteorite with a special composition ... one that made her grow to gigantic size.

It's a fun story told in an imaginative way. The visuals are very nicely done - the backgrounds, characters and scope of detail are great. The movie also moves along at brisk pace - something that grabs your attention is always happening (this makes it work well for kids in the audience). Add to that the fun and oddball personalities of the monster characters and you have a winning combination.

The 3D effects were good, although like most other mainstream animated movies - they start out strong and then get recessed into background. Still - make sure you see it in 3D! You'll be missing part of the key experience offered by the movie if you don't.

All in all, this is a fun movie for adults as well as kids. It's kind of a summer movie that you get to watch in the spring. Grab some popcorn and check out this flick!

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