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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

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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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Maya Forbes (screenplay), Wallace Wolodarsky (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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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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Oooze gonna save us? 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. (Voiced by Seth Rogen and a reference to The Blob (1958)) is remarkably similar in shape/viscosity & eye count to the Tar Monster from Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). The tar monster is itself a reference to The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour: The Tar Monster (1978) See more »

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Monsters vs. Aliens

Mrs. Diegl explains that she has one thumb shorter than the other, but not to worry because it skips a generation. This is untrue. The condition, known as Brachydactyly Type D, a birth defect, can happen in one or both thumbs. The recurrence is 50/50 in all offspring. 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

A flying saucer floats over the "D" in the Dreamworks logo and abducts the boy sitting in it with a tractor beam. The saucer is from the movie "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." 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

References Spaceballs (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Written by John Williams
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Cute and often very funny
13 January 2011 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

After a rather slow beginning in which a girl gets proposed to, the movie picks up when she gets turned into a giant on her wedding day and from that on the film is frenetically comic. Like most Dreamworks cartoons, this one can feel like it's trying too hard (Dreamworks has a Looney-Tunes-on-speed approach that can be a little exhausting), but at its best the movie is wildly funny.

The story and characters are admittedly generic, but pleasantly so. But there is a certain annoying laziness to the plotting. The death of one character is treated as sad even though the audience is given no reason to care, and the female empowerment angle is a bit on the silly side. The plot is at a kid's movie level, even though the humor is funniest enough for this adult.

Not a great cartoon, but a very enjoyable one.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Portuguese | English

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks Animation See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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