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Escape from Planet Earth (2013)

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Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

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Cal Brunker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Scorch Supernova (voice)
Rob Corddry ... Gary Supernova (voice)
Ricky Gervais ... Mr. James Bing (voice)
Jonathan Morgan Heit ... Kip Supernova (voice)
Jessica Alba ... Lena Thackleman (voice)
Sofía Vergara ... Gabby Babblebrock (voice)
Paul Scheer ... Cameraman (voice)
Jason Simpson ... Barry / Hazmat / Pilot (voice) (as Jayson Simpson)
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Kira Supernova (voice)
Doug Abrahams ... Hazmat / Baabian Citizen (voice)
Jason Benson Jason Benson ... Hazmat (voice)
Trevor Devall ... Hazmat (voice)
Brian Dobson ... Hazmat (voice)
Brad Dryborough ... Hazmat (voice)
Gabe Khouth ... Hazmat (voice)
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Storyline

The story takes place on planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. Written by Websurfer

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Earth's greatest secrets are about to break out!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Héroes del espacio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,891,055, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,012,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,597,643
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The trio of aliens (who landed on Shanker's dad), the music near the end of the movie, Scouse accent's (from Liverpool), harmonic sneezing, and final comment "Let's not ever break up guys!" is a tribute to the Beatles. See more »

Goofs

According to the Halley family, their name is actually pronounced Hall-Lee not Hail-Lee. See more »

Quotes

Gary Supernova: Nothing says 'peace' like a giant gun, huh?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Shooting Star
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The whole Area 51 monster movie send-up is fun but that's about it.
13 June 2013 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

An animated sci-fi adventure film about a popular astronaut hero from another planet who becomes trapped on Earth and has to be rescued by his computer nerd brother. The all-star voice cast includes Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Steve Zahn and Chris Parnell. It's directed by first time feature film director, and former storyboard artist, Carl Brunker and written by Brunker, Bob Barlen, Tony Leech and Cory Edwards. The animation is colorful and fun to look at and the cast is impressive as well but the story and scene content is pretty simplistic. I liked the monster movie sci-fi send-up though.

Scorch Supernova (Fraser) is a popular astronaut superhero, of sorts, on his home planet Baab. He's looked up to by many there but his brother, Gary (Corddry), is the brains behind their team and he always guides the dimwitted Scorch through his missions, from the BASA base where they work. Gary never gets any of the credit though and even his own son Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit) idolizes Scorch. When their boss, Lena (Alba), orders Scorch to travel to the 'Dark Planet' (Earth), in response to an SOS there, Gary knows it's a bad idea (due to the fact that no other alien life form has ever returned from there). He advises Scorch not to go on the mission but Scorch ignores him and the two get in a huge fight when Gary quits. Scorch goes on the mission without his brother's help, for the first time, and is captured and imprisoned at Area 51. It's of course up to Gary to save him.

The animation is beautiful to look at and has a lot of character to it, unfortunately the story doesn't. It's about as simplistic and by the numbers as you can get. I like a lot of the actors in this cast (especially Corddry, Gervais and Vergara) but their talents are wasted here. Fraser is perfectly cast as the dimwitted hero, once again, but he's the only star that really adds anything special to his role (which is funny because he's arguably the least talented). Like I said the whole Area 51 monster movie send-up is fun but that's about it. It should please kids but other than some great looking animation and a decent score (including a cool song by Owl City) the film has little else to offer adults.

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