A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice)
Seth Rogen ... B.O.B. (voice)
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (voice)
Will Arnett ... The Missing Link (voice)
Kiefer Sutherland ... General W.R. Monger (voice)
Rainn Wilson ... Gallaxhar (voice)
Stephen Colbert ... President Hathaway (voice)
Paul Rudd ... Derek Dietl (voice)
Julie White ... Wendy Murphy (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Carl Murphy (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Computer (voice)
Ed Helms ... News Reporter (voice)
Renée Zellweger ... Katie (voice)
John Krasinski ... Cuthbert (voice)
Sean Bishop Sean Bishop ... Private Bullhorn / Helicopter Pilot / Advisor Ortega (voice)
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Storyline

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland), on a desperate order from President Hathaway (Stephen Colbert), the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Saving the day the monster way. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

B.O.B. was captured in 1958. This is a reference to the year his inspiration, The Blob (1958), was released. See more »

Goofs

When one of the agents is running towards the entrance of the room, you can see only one keypad, but after he completes his sign in, you see multiple keypads on the left of the screen as he is entering the room. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Technician Ben: Hey, Jerry, you might wanna check this one out. Palomar just picked it up. Looks like some type of UFO, and it's heading this way.
Technician Jerry: How many times do I have to tell you this? UFOs don't exist. And we're never gonna see...
[sees computer, heads to monitors]
Technician Ben: Wow, it's energy signature is massive.
Technician Jerry: [panicking] Holy Cheez-its! What do we do? No one ever told us what to do! The only reason I took the job is 'cause you never have to do anything!
Technician Ben: Jerry, stop it! We calculate its impact point. ...
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, there is an additional scene in the War Room where the President prepares a latte for General Monger and pushes the wrong big red button. After hastily saying something about a contingency plan, he sticks his head seemingly out of the screen to address the audience: "Who wants to freeze my head?" See more »

Alternate Versions

The film has a localized version in Australia where the News Reporter is not voiced by Ed Helms but instead by David Koch, a co-presenter of the morning show Sunrise seen on Channel 7 Australia-wide. See more »

Connections

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Planet Claire
Written by Henry Mancini, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson
Performed by The B-52's
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and Courtesy of Man Woman Together Now! Inc.
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Great Animated Film. Don't listen to the naysayers.
23 July 2010 | by LOQUE9See all my reviews

I honestly don't know what some of these people who've reviewed this film were expecting.

Sure, it's called "Monsters Vs. Aliens." No, that DOES NOT mean that it HAS to be about five thousand monsters fighting five thousand aliens. You people watch too much Predator vs. Aliens.

What this was was a story about one girl, what happens to her and the challenges she faces.

And it's funny. Very funny, in an adult, dry and quirky way. It's not trying to be generic, which seems to be what some reviewers want. It's not trying to be a spectacle, like other reviewers expected it to be.

It's a well told comedy about this girl Susan.

My three year old has seen this movie somewhere in the range of 40 times. I've had to sit through it at least half of that and, quite honestly, it doesn't grow old for me like A Bug's Life or something in that vein might.

Too many people with too specific expectations - and no concept of what's good. Must be why Transformers made so much money.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters vs. Aliens: A Monstrous IMAX 3D Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,321,095, 29 March 2009

Gross USA:

$198,351,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,509,870
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DreamWorks Animation See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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