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Planet 51 (2009)

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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.

Directors:

Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Joe Stillman (script by), Javier Abad (original idea by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Captain Charles T. Baker (voice)
Jessica Biel ... Neera (voice)
Justin Long ... Lem (voice)
Gary Oldman ... General Grawl (voice)
Seann William Scott ... Skiff (voice)
John Cleese ... Professor Kipple (voice)
Freddie Benedict Freddie Benedict ... Eckle (voice)
Alan Marriott ... Glar (voice)
Mathew Horne ... Soldier Vesklin (voice)
James Corden ... Soldier Vernkot (voice)
Lewis Macleod ... Additional Voices (voice)
Emma Tate Emma Tate ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rupert Degas ... Additional Voices (voice)
Pete Atkin Pete Atkin ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rebecca Front ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Right stuff. Wrong planet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Spain | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planeta 51 See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,286,129, 22 November 2009

Gross USA:

$42,194,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,647,102
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 59 mins) One of the hippies is holding a sign, which reads "Make like, not war." See more »

Goofs

In every instance except one, the city/town is spelled "Glipforg". On the hardware store sign, it's spelled "Glipfrog". See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Spin-off Planet 51: The Game (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Ding Ding a Boom Boom
Written and Arranged by Chris Cawte
Vocals by Keith Murrell
Produced by Graham Walker
© 2008 Handmade Films Music Ltd
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Great quality, easy plot, fun... perfect for kids!
27 November 2009 | by TheotherSakSee all my reviews

First of all, let me say that I'm tired of dumb reviews saying "why do aliens speak English?" or "they fart and burp a lot". Disney's The Princess and the Frog's trailer has about 3 ass related jokes and one burp in less than 45 seconds. Toy Story's characters spoke English and understood humans and nobody wondered why. A house managed to be lifted by balloons in Up with no police radars detecting anything. So, this said: Let's sit down and enjoy a movie and stop looking for silly excuses to criticize it.

I watched Planet51 with my two nephews (8 and 10 years old) and they enjoyed it all the way. The quality is as good as Pixar's or Dreamworks and, yes, it's true the script is somewhat flat and very repetitive, but as the kids said to me "We didn't understand Wall-E's plot and didn't sympathize with any characters in Up, but Planet51 we did." It has some really funny characters (the white camera ala Wall-e and the alien pet), plus it's easy to understand, and despite the lack of chases or explossions it keeps its pace all the time and, as I said before, kids love the characters and understand -and enjoy- the plot.

As Groucho Marx once said: A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five!!!


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