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This Halloween special is even better than the movie from which the characters come from! Part homage to the movie Gremlins, this half hour special has lots of quirky humor and thrills as well as references to adult classics (think theme from Halloween and Psycho) that keeps the pace zipping along. Well plotted and funny enough to prevent it from being scary to the little ones make this a must-see! In short, a UFO dumps its sewage onto a farmer's pumpkin patch and the resultant pumpkins come to life, inflicting "terror", mischief and mayhem on a town. it's up the monsters from MvA to come to the rescue. Good show! My kids wanted to see it again immediately.
I did enjoy the movie Monsters vs. Aliens, so naturally I did want to
see Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. I found this
very entertaining and perfect to go with the movie. Generally it is
well-plotted and engaging, even if there is the odd spot where it does
feel predictable or thin. It looks beautiful especially in the colours
which are bright and colourful, and the music is jaunty and rousing.
The characters are still as likable as they were in the movie, and the
writing is witty and funny, right from the dialogue, the physical jokes
to the references to adult movies, making it accessible to adults as
well as children.
All in all, well worth watching and very entertaining. 8/10 Bethany Cox
This film is about monsters saving the world by fighting mutant
pumpkins that came from a UFO.
"Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space" is a fun short animation. The plot is very simple, as not much can be packed into 20 minutes anyway. It tells how people prepare for Halloween, and the plentiful Halloween themes and decorations make the short animation appear very festive. I have a feeling that it is geared towards very young children, judged by the abundance of candies and sweets. Which young child does not dream of being forcibly fed non stop by a candy cannon?
The gang goes to Susan's hometown of Modesto, California after an alien
presence is detected right before Halloween. An alien ship had flushed
onto a patch of pumpkins mutating them into monsters. The group must
battle the candy eating pumpkins on Halloween night.
This is a 30 minute Halloween special. The gang has great chemistry together. It's a smaller simplified version of the movie. It's a fun group especially BOB. The fact that it is smaller and simplified may actually help it. It doesn't feel overstretched. The setup was easy. The characters do some jokes. There's a bit of action, and they win in the end. It's a fun watch for 30 minutes.
When I watched this I wasn't sure if I had been to harsh with the
feature length movie (only gave it 5, which means, I though it had more
potential than it explored ... but still not a bad movie). But another
reviewer/user here stated that he thought the short movie is better
than the original movie too ...
Hopefully they will continue from this short, when (and if) they make another feature length movie. The jokes are good, it is a very well rounded story. Of course it only really works if you have seen the characters grow (quite literally in on case) in the movie. Watch if you can, during Halloween season!
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And Reese Witherspoon right in the middle of it as voice actress of the main female character. She gets help from a whole bunch of familiar male actors too, basically everybody who appeared in the full feature film from which these 20 minutes are a spin-off. Fairly spectacular cast for a short film. But that is also all there is to it pretty much. Monsters and aliens unite to fight evil pumpkins in this Halloween special. The writer is not too known and for director Peter Ramsey it was also the first work behind the camera. He went on to direct "Rise of the Guardians" a couple years later. I did like the looks of the evil gigantic pumpkin monster, but the jokes pretty much fell flat in here almost from start to finish. Definitely not on par with other monster movie releases, such as "Monsters University" or "Hotel Transsylvania". However, I am only talking about this short film here. Maybe the full feature is more interesting. I have not seen this one, but the monsters in these 20 minutes here are not that interesting to me unfortunately. That's why I cannot recommend it. However, if you liked the feature really a lot, you can give this one a try here. Or check out the television series. No idea if they will ever make a second movie. If they do, I just hope, it will be better than this short one here. Not recommended.
I was a fan of the Monsters VS Aliens movie. Despite it's predictable
storyline and it's lack of character development, it was an
entertaining flick with great animation, likable characters with
enthusiastic voice work, nice references to other sci-fi movies, and
nice humor along with some heart-pounding sci-fi action. So, when I
heard that Dreamworks Animation made a Halloween special to this film,
I became so excited and went to see it online and to my surprise, I was
impressed by it.
The storyline and concept, although thin and predictable, was at least engaging and well-plotted, the characters are as likable as they were in the first movie along with some great voice work and the music is rousing. The jokes from the writing are witty and funny. Not to mention it's nice references to adult horror movies which would make this more appealing to adults as much as it is to kids and the dialog is efficient.
Overall, not excellent, but a great Halloween special to an underrated movie from Dreamworks Animation. Thumbs up!
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)
*** (out of 4)
Fun short picks up after the events in MONSTERS VS. ALIENS as it's Halloween time and a spacecraft lands on Earth and dumps some waste on a patch of pumpkins. That night these pumpkins turn into the title creatures so it's up to Susan (voice of Reese Witherspoon) and her friends to try and defeat them and return the holiday to the children. As of watching this I hadn't gotten around to watching the film that all of these characters came from but after viewing this short I'm certainly going to move it up on my list. I thought for the most part this was a pretty entertaining film and especially if you don't take it overly serious. I think the film certainly captures the mood and spirit of Halloween and I really liked the title creatures. The entire sequence of the spaceship landing was very well done and I thought the animation on the pumpkins was extremely good. The vocal performances were all good as well so there's certainly no problem here. The entire look of the film was another major plus and especially Susan's parents house and the various decorations they have up.
I quite enjoyed the film Monsters V Aliens, even if Pixar's continual
"making it look easy" performance means that Dreamworks generally look
like they are falling short of the mark even when they make enjoyable
films. This Halloween special came on that is connected to the film and
I figured I'd give it a go because normally the Pixar shorts that use
characters from the movie are very funny as they are shorter and able
just to play on the humour of the characters.
Mutant Pumpkins etc does this to a point and, when it does it is really quite funny. BOB frozen in a doorway unsure of what to say was very funny indeed as one example. The action itself is all big and silly and will be enjoyed by children (who may or may not get the "don't eat too much candy" message that is sort of in there) but the problem with this is that there is too much scene setting. Not so much in terms of the narrative but just in terms of having "seasonal" stuff in there. Where I wanted quick-fire jokes I instead got Halloween themed stuff that seemed in there because it was a Halloween special, as opposed to being in there because it was funny.
It is funny enough to bother with though particularly if you enjoyed the characters from the film. Wisely BOB and Dr Cockroach get a good bit of material each since they are the funniest characters, but others also are given time that they don't really justify by being funny. Glad I saw it without adverts padding it out to a longer run time though as it is best enjoyed as short as possible so that it doesn't have to do too much carrying. Amusing fare but nothing particularly great about it despite a handful of good laughs.
I was not a huge fan of the original "Monsters Versus Aliens", so my
expectations for this short film were relatively low.
The show begins with a spaceship dumping its toilet waste on a pumpkin patch. Then, abruptly, the scene switches to the headquarters where the monsters live--with the usual banter between the characters from the original film. It's all interrupted when the General announces SOMETHING weird is happening in Modesto and the team needs to see what's they can do. Apparently, the pumpkins from the infected patch are BAD--and planning on doing...well, tune in for yourself to find out what happens next.
Overall, the CGI is pretty good and the characters rather enjoyable. I particularly liked seeing Bob trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, the plot wasn't particularly good. In other words, when the film resorted to a plot, it was a lot less fun. All in all, the kids will probably love it and the adults will find it a bit too much.
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