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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


Saving the day the monster way. 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first full length trailer for the movie appeared during the 2009 Superbowl in 3D. Prior to the game various displays were set up throughout the US giving away free 3D glasses. See more »


When the President plays the Close Encounters of the Third Kind motif on the synth, he's playing in the key of C, but the music heard is in the key of F. See more »


Derek Dietl: Wow, you're glowing.
Susan Murphy: Thank you.
Derek Dietl: No, Susan, you're really glowing! You're green!
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, there is an additional scene in the War Room where the President prepares a latte for General Monger and pushes the wrong big red button. After hastily saying something about a contingency plan, he sticks his head seemingly out of the screen to address the audience: "Who wants to freeze my head?" See more »


References Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »


Written by Graham Goble (as Graeham Goble)
Performed by The Little River Band (as Little River Band)
Courtesy of EMI Music Australia
Under license from EMI Film and Television Music
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User Reviews

A pleasant surprise
27 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's get this out of the way first: I'm not a huge fan of DreamWorks Animation. Usually consisting of nothing more than unfunny pop culture gags, I think the majority of their films are mediocre at best, with the only ones that I really enjoyed being the first Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. The trailers for Monsters vs. Aliens did get me interested, though, and the voice cast seemed pretty impressive. Even so, I was still fairly skeptical about how it would finally turn out. Now, having seen the film, I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised.

There isn't a whole lot in the way of story and character development, but suffice it to say, it serves its purpose. What makes Monsters vs. Aliens such an enjoyable film is how it works as a comedy. The pop culture references are still present, but I found them to be more clever and funny this time around, and in much smaller amounts. I was smiling through virtually the entire film, and had about 5 or 6 hard laugh-out-loud moments throughout. As expected, I was also very impressed by the voice cast in this movie. Hugh Laurie does a fantastic job as the voice of the sophisticated (though mildly insane) Dr. Cockroach, and most of the laughs are generated by Seth Rogen's performance as B.O.B.. Even Reese Witherspoon helps you feel some sympathy for her character near the beginning of the film, and Stephen Colbert does a surprisingly solid job as President Hathaway.

The 3D, while not used as effectively as it was in Coraline, is still one of the more impressive showcasings that I've seen, and that's largely due to the film's incredible action sequences. Seriously, this is some of the best action that I've seen in an animated film; as far as I'm concerned, it's right up there with that of The Incredibles.

Overall, I found Monsters vs. Aliens to be a surprisingly entertaining film, with clever and witty dialogue, as well as terrific action. I'm not usually in favor of sequels, but if they're able to keep it as balanced and charming, I would honestly like to see this become a successful, long-running franchise. Nice job, folks at DreamWorks Animation.

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