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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 »
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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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Trivia

Lem, the name of the main alien character voiced by Justin Long, is also the abbreviation for Lunar Excursion Module. NASA's LEM was used as part of the Apollo program to land astronauts on the moon. See more »

Goofs

(at around 23 mins) As astronaut Chuck Baker gets tangled up in a planet mobile in the planetarium, his air hose becomes dislodged and his oxygen becomes depleted. Upon realizing the planet has breathable air, he removes his helmet, and the air hose is now reconnected to his suit. It is then again disconnected in the following shot. 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

References Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 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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Didn't quite match expectations, but a fun watch
22 November 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

It's an "ET-in-reverse" story. An Earthling astronaut gets stuck on what he calls an alien planet. The local green folks call him (accurately) the alien. The story is a fond tribute to drive-in's, space-creatures sci-fi, and the 50's. With the Area 51 reference in its title, you know the film will be poking fun at everything it can get its hands on, including itself. It delivers this.

There's hover craft that look like big-finned autos of that era, black & white TV, and pioneer rock 'n' roll. It's clever humor, although some of this has been done before. There's a lot of parallels to Monsters vs. Aliens, too, in that frequent references to classic sci-fi flicks (up to the present, not just the 50's) pop up in sight gags and one-liner jokes. My fav was the character that resembled the Aliens movie creatures. There are other clichés sent up for satire: a loud mouth hawkish general, a wanna-be scientist, etc. Adults won't be bored thanks to these in-jokes, and the kids should like the slapstick stuff.

The film boasts a great idea, and some, but not all, of the potential is utilized. It's good natured and fun, rating about average for an animated feature.


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Country:

Spain | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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