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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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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 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, on a desperate order from The President, 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Alien Problem? Monster Solution. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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, Wide Release

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There are 30 sequences in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the self-destruct sequence, Computer announces time remaining as "[Explosion] in T minus [x] minutes". This is modeled on how NASA do their countdowns, but it is wrong. NASA do their countdowns as follows: "We are now at T minus [x] minutes", where T is the time for launch. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cockroach Ph.D.: My, what a shindig. Your parents really know how to throw it down.
The Missing Link: Huh? Oh, yeah. That was the best party I've even been to since I left prison.
B.O.B.: I don't know what party you guys went to, because that's not how I interpreted it at all. I don't think your parents like me, and I think that Jello gave me a fake phone number.
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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 »


Soundtracks

When You See Those Flying Saucers
Written by Cy Coben and Charlie Grean
Performed by The Buchanan Brothers
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Pretty Innocent, And Fun To Watch
5 October 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise: a nice, feel-good film that is pretty innocent and sports the usual beautiful Dreamworks art. The artwork and colors are magnificent. I say "surprise" because it did not get great reviews. Thus, I wasn't expecting the quality film I got.

The good guys - the "monsters" are typically-likable as you see in other animated films of today. They are pretty funny, too, diverse "monsters" like "Dr. Cockroach, B.O.B and The Missing Link. They, along with "Ginormica," who does her impression of the 1950s sci-fi character, "The F-Foot Woman," are appealing and fun to watch.

I'm tempted to describe this movie as "innocent," because it's such a nice story that doesn't have all the innuendos some other animated films have, yet still will make most adults laugh in many spots because there is some good humor that kids wouldn't get. "Monsters Versus Aliens" shows one doesn't need "edginess" in every movie to have adults enjoy the kids' film, too.

Chances are you'll find this movie a lot better than you thought. Give it a shot.


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