Planet 51 (2009) Poster



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Planet 51: The Game (2009) (Video Game)


Sergeant York (1941)
One of the alien soldiers is named "Sergeant York."
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
You can see the word Nikto as the name of a store
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
About halfway through, Rover is running through the street when it starts to rain rocks. The tune "Singin' in the Rain" plays, and Rover does a dance around a lamppost like Gene Kelly
Them! (1954)
The town has a plan for attacks by giant ants
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
An alien girl tries to hold down her white dress as a vent blows up air, just like the iconic shot of Marilyn Monroe in "The Seven Year Itch."
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The town growing paranoid about who is controlled by an alien and who isn't
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)
The inhabitants of the planet fear that Chuck is an evil alien who plans to turn everybody into a zombie, just like in "Plan 9"
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
The town has a plan for attacks by 50 ft. women
Lost in Space (1965) (TV Series)
Chuck marches around saying "Crush, Kill, Destroy", a quote for an alien robot
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) (TV Series)
Captain Charles T. Baker says "Earth, the final frontier"
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
When Chuck Baker asks Lem for help, then says: You're my only hope, like Princess Leia pleaded.
Alien (1979)
The Alien-like pet is named Ripley (the name is written on the doghouse).
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
When Buck asks Lem if he's a 1000 year old Yoda.
The Right Stuff (1983)
Chuck mentions several times that he's got The Right Stuff
The Terminator (1984)
Chuck imitates the terminator and says "I'll be back".
Back to the Future (1985)
The town square resembles Hill Valley, including courthouse and famous clock.
Predator (1987)
This film also acknowledges another sci-fi franchise the Predator films, during the chase scene between Rover and two soldiers they end up in a bowling alley, after entering a song comes over the jukebox- "long tall sally" by Little Richard . This song is originally geatured I n the beginning of Predator and most recently in the Robert Rodriguez adaptation Predators.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
One of the guard soldiers has "Corn to Mill" written on his helmet. This is a connection to Full Metal Jacket's "Born to Kill" helment quotation.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds (1990) (TV Episode)
"Resistance is futile" Borg quote.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Chuck imitates the Terminator and says "Hasta la vista baby".
Apollo 13 (1995)
Baker says, "Houston, we have a little problem!"
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
The alien car's sound is the same of the pod's one
Space Cowboys (2000)
Dancing hula girl is removed from space craft
Cars (2006)
The mountain tops in the desert of Planet 51 are Flying Saucers, whereas the mountain tops are classic autos in CARS.
District 9 (2009)
General Grawl orders that the extra-terrestrial (Baker) be taken to "Base 9." In "District 9," the extra-terrestrials are herded into an area called "District 9."

Referenced in 

Bad Movie Beatdown: The Tooth Fairy (2012) (TV Episode)
another family movie featuring Dwayne Johnson
AniMat's Reviews: Hotel Transylvania (2012) (TV Episode)
Animat says the premise of Hotel Transylvania sounds like a ripoff of this film.
AniMat's Reviews: Escape from Planet Earth (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat says Escape from Planet Earth is like this film, except with no originality.
Nostalgia Critic: Norm of the North (2017) (TV Episode)
poster shown

Featured in 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Jessica Biel/Super Dave Osborne/John Fogerty (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips featured during Jessica Biel's interview.
At the Movies: The Worst Films of 2009 (2010) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
Life on Planet 51 (2010) (Video)
extensive footage shown
Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Starfilm (2017)
An excerpt featuring stars (of the celestial kind) is shown.


The War of the Worlds (1953)
The film that Eckle watches at the beginning of the movie (which was Humaniacs II) parodies a scene from the movie
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Chuck sings the theme song while planting the flag, his ship is called "Odyssey" and resembles a compressed Discovery.
Grease (1978)
Singing Greased Lightning
Alien (1979)
Alien "Pet" resembles the alien here. It also has an acid urine, a reference to the acid blood the alien has.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Buck tries to run away and he and a kid go flying in front of a full moon. Also, when the rover is captured, it is held in a room with an enterance similar to the one used on E.T.
Spies Like Us (1985)
Pulling the coke bottle opens up the secret base 9
Platoon (1986)
Many of the soldiers at Base 9 during Captain Baker interrogation are parodies of the soldiers of this movie.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
At Base 9, when General Grawl is demanding Captain Baker for his invasion plans, one of the soldiers is wearing a helmet with the words "Corn to Mill" on it, spoofing Full Metal Jacket's quote "Born to Kill".
Scent of a Woman (1992)
When Chuck Baker is giving Lem advice on how to get to Neera, they start dancing to the melody of the famous Tango scene between Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar.
WALL·E (2008)
The way the alien cockroach runs up Rover.

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