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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

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Something strange is coming to their planet...Us! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planeta 51 See more »

Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 10 mins) When Lem & his gang go to save Chuck from Base 9, Skiff pulls on a Coke bottle that opens up the secret entrance. This is a reference to Spies Like Us (1985) and the Pepsi dispenser that allows access to the underground base. 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

PRODUCTION BABIES: Jorge, Álvaro, Guillermo, Carlota, Javier, Eduardo, Emma, Nora, Héctor, Alba, Adrian, Julieta, Jimena, Noah, Max, Diego, Almudena, Bruno, Mateo, Emma, Melchor, Paula, Carla, Jorge, Isabela, Sandra. See more »

Connections

References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
(uncredited)
Written by Chris Isaak
Performed by Chris Isaak
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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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