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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 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}

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Taglines:

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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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

Gross USA:

$198,351,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,509,870
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Company Credits

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DreamWorks Animation See more »
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Seth Rogen's fourth animated film after Shrek the Third (2007), Horton Hears a Who (2008), and Kung Fu Panda (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Susan first transforms in Genormica, as a side effect her hair turns white. However, when she gets back to normal by Galaxar, her hair remains white instead of being brown again. 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 »

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Nice team chemistry
31 October 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is a woman who got upsized by a meteorite on her wedding day. B.O.B. (Seth Rogen) is a gelatinous, brainless creation after an experiment on a tomato went wrong. Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) is a scientist who turned himself into a hybrid. The Missing Link (Will Arnett) is a creature found frozen and revived. And giant mutant larva Insectosaurus is a product of nuclear testing. The government has secretly collected these monster and now they need them to fight alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson).

DreamWorks has gathered all the iconic 50s sci-fi B-movie creations, and formed a pretty cohesive team. It's surprising that the limited backstory allowed the characters to gel so well right off the bat. It's probably due the fact that these characters seem so familiar to us. It also helps that the actors do some great voice work.

The story itself has one major problem. The movie is basically split in two parts. The pacing slows down dramatically in the middle after a high intensity fight at the start. However the comedy works well especially the brainless BOB. I think this team has good potential.


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