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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}

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When aliens attack, these guys got your back. 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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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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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

During the fight in the Golden Gate Bridge, Insectosaurus and the Robot Probe didn't throw a single punch to each other. Instead, both of them fight by hitting each other's eyes: Insectosaurus blinds the Robot with his silk, and later on the Robot shines it's light to Insectosaurus' eyes to hypnotize him, although it was unintentional. See more »

Goofs

Before setting the alien spaceship on self-destruct, Dr. Cockroach says, "A hexadecimal color code system." This represents 16 colors. The actual color system had nine colors and therefore would be a nonary color code system. See more »

Quotes

The Missing Link: So, how was Derek?
[pause]
Susan Murphy: Derek's a selfish jerk.
B.O.B.: No!
Susan Murphy: Yes. All that talk about us - "I'm so proud of us", "Us just got a job in Fresno" - There was no us, it was just Derek. Why did I have to get hit by a meteor to see that? I was such an idiot!
[kicks roof of gas station, sending B.O.B. flying]
Susan Murphy: Why did I ever think life with Derek would be so great anyway? I mean, look at all I've done without him. Fighting a alien robot? That was me, not him! And it was amazing! Meeting you guys... amazing. Dr...
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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 »

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References Madagascar (2005) See more »

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Written and Performed by Harold Faltermeyer
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DreamWorks can be proud.
22 March 2009 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

The President of the United States (Stephen Colbert): "Boys, set the terror level at code brown, 'cause I need to change my pants."

Monsters vs. Aliens is my first 3-D movie—not really, but it is the first time I have felt the process worked within a film as an integral part of the artistic process. It supports the science fiction, titillates at times, but most of all gives the illusion of reality. DreamWorks can be proud of this addition to the pantheon of excellent contemporary animations (dominated by Pixar) that use its Shrek as a touchstone for memorable characters wedded to mature themes and superior techniques.

Monsters vs. Aliens is also a family film in the truest sense: Elders to tots can enjoy the visual delights of 3-D outer space and observe a young bride-to-be Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) grow by a radiation accident into the heroic role of Ginormica, a woman literally too big for her britches. She must assert her independence from a self-centered fiancé and convince family, friends, and the world that an out-sized woman (read overachieving feminist) has a place in the male world, a superior place at that.

A strength of this sweet film is its use of ironic, sometimes sardonic, language to satirize just about everyone, from the president (see the opening quotation, not great humor but entertaining) to the makers of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, whose feel good '70's glow is ripe for 21st-century cynicism, to memories of such chestnuts as The Blob and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The hip,loving mood of the film is exemplified by the alien's proclamation at invasion time, "Humans of Earth, my quest has led me to your planet. Give it to me now! You should, in no way, take any of this personally. It's just business."


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