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When the government arrive at the church to investigate the crash site when the camera pans to the back of their van when the door closes you can see a camera crew visible in the reflection of the door.
The first computer animated movie to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format, instead of being converted into 3-D after completion.
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.
The monsters shown in the movie are all references to original monsters in movies. Ginormica is a reference to "Attack of The 50ft Woman" (1958), BOB is a reference to "The Blob" (1958), The Missing Link is a reference to "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), and finally Dr. Cockroach Ph.D is a reference to "The Fly" (1958).
The infamous sound effect, the "Wilhelm Scream: is featured in this film. The scream was originally done in the 1950s by Sheb Wooley, who sings "Flying Purple People Eater," (1958) used in the closing credits.
The license plate of the yellow cars Susan uses as a roller skate reads "XQZMEEEE" or "excuse me," which she later says as she is skating through traffic on her way to the Golden Gate Bridge.
When Gallaxahr is talking to earth about what he is about to do, in the scene when Gallaxhar is talking in Time Square NY, on the top right corner, a scene from Madagascar can be seen of Marty talking to Alex.
The film has a localized version in Australia where the News Reporter is not voiced by Ed Helms but instead voiced by David Koch, a co presenter of morning show "Sunrise" seen on Channel 7 throughout Australia.
While the President bears a slight resemblance to Stephen Colbert, the character's look had been finalized some time before Colbert had even been cast for the part.
The two technicians who first discover the incoming meteor call the control center and issue a "Code Nimoy" alert, an homage to Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock.
When Gallaxhar says "UUUH! Fire phasoid cannon!" you can see the contrail left behind by the flying tennis rackets going past his eyes. The filmmakers also confirmed that.
The President's code name is "Papa Bear" which is what Stephen Colbert calls Bill O'Reilly on The Colbert Report.
Early in the movie, B.O.B is bouncing a ball off the wall of his cell. This could be a reference to Hilts, the Cooler King from The Great Escape, played by Steve McQueen. McQueen played Steve Andrews in The Blob (B.O.B is a parody of the Blob).
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The large aircraft used to transport the monsters to San Francisco is based on an actual Guppy aircraft. The first Guppy was built in 1962 for NASA by Aero Spacelines of California to transport spacecraft components.
WILHELM SCREAM: During the fight with the "Gallaxhar" clones.
The two technicians who first discover Gallaxhar's ship are named Ben and Jerry, like the ice cream brand.
After Susan saves B.O.B., Link, and Dr. Cockroach from being crushed on Gallaxhar's ship, Dr. Cockroach says "By Hawking's chair." This is a reference to Stephen Hawking, renowned academic who is bound to a motorized wheelchair due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS.
Movie is set in Modesto, CA, birthplace of George Lucas.
The song that the president plays on the piano is called 'Axel F' as in Axel Foley from "Beverly Hills Cop".
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The multi-colored pads that Dr. Cockroach dances on use the same sound effects as the light-up memorization game "Simon". The dancing in sync with the lighted pads is a reference to the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution (1998), in which you do the same thing, only in sync with the on-screen prompts.
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The synthesizer that President Hathaway uses to communicate with the giant robot is a Yamaha DX7.
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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.
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Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, and John Krasinski are all in the U.S. version of The Office.
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Each Monster on the team is virtually Immortal.
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A code title used during production was "Showdown".
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In one of the cities where Gallaxhar's message is being shown, there are blinking neon letters on one of the skyscrapers. These letters are Japanese katakana, and they spell "ka-ra-o-ke."
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The fighter jets are F-14 Tomcats and the helicopters are AH-64 Apaches.
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The screen on the machine that Dr. Cockroach uses to try to get Susan back to normal size shows the 2 pictures of Susan in 8-bit form, which was the style used a lot in arcade games.
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The San Francisco streetcar that Dr. Cockroach modifies with rocket engines is an Italian-made vintage Peter Witt streetcar in the 1928 white-and-yellow color scheme. The streetcar in the movie has number #2930 (as of release, not an assigned number)
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Final Dreamworks Animation film to have the 2004 styled Dreamworks Animation SKG logo.
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Seth Rogen's third Dreamworks Animation film after Shrek The Third (2007), and Kung Fu Panda (2008).
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After Insectasaurus becomes a butterfly and is getting ready to fly to Paris it is wearing lipstick, hinting that it is female.
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General Monger's insignia (right chest) is a combination of clouds and Shrek's face - a nod to another Dreamworks Monster.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the scene during the closing credits, the President asks the audience if anyone wants to freeze his head. Stephen Colbert, who provided the voice of the President, gives detailed outlines on how to unfreeze his head in an apocalyptic future in his book, 'I Am America and So Can You'.
LOGO GIMMICK: The "Dreamworks Animation SKG" logo is in not in color and the fisher boy gets sucked in by a UFO, and the screen vibrates after that, and the screen rips off to the galaxy.
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