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Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)

Susan Murphy (a.k.a. Ginormica) and the Monsters are now working with the U.S. Government as special ops. So when an alien presence is detected in Susan's hometown of Modesto, California, ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Ramsey

Writers:

Adam F. Goldberg (screenplay), Conrad Vernon (characters) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Wicked Jack (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Carl Murphy (voice)
Julie White ... Wendy Murphy (voice)
Rich Dietl Rich Dietl ... B.O.B. Kid / Husband / Young Man / Pumpkins (voice) (as Rich B. Dietl)
Walt Dohrn ... Link Kid (voice)
Susan Fitzer Susan Fitzer ... Little Girl (voice)
Ava Kelly Ava Kelly ... Cat Girl (voice)
Andrea Montana Knoll Andrea Montana Knoll ... Mom (voice) (as Andrea Knoll)
Latifa Ouaou ... Boy / Old Lady (voice)
Peter Ramsey ... Dad / Farmer Jeb (voice)
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Susan Murphy (a.k.a. Ginormica) and the Monsters are now working with the U.S. Government as special ops. So when an alien presence is detected in Susan's hometown of Modesto, California, right before Halloween, the team is dispatched to investigate. Everything appears normal, right down to the jack-o-lanterns peering out from every doorstep and windowsill. But when Halloween arrives, those innocent-looking carved pumpkins reveal themselves for what they really are, mutant aliens. The altered pumpkins then start to implement their fiendish plan to take over Earth. The Monsters are there to combat the mutant gourds and try to smash their wicked scheme. Written by DreamWorks Animation

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Trivia

Insectosaurus appears in the film for less than a minute. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Farmer Jeb: Darn teenagers. You'd better not be in my fields making out! I warn ya!
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Connections

Spoofs E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Monster Mash
Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi
Performed by Bobby Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
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Quite amusing but far too much "seasonal" legwork is put in when jokes should have been the focus
11 October 2010 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I quite enjoyed the film Monsters V Aliens, even if Pixar's continual "making it look easy" performance means that Dreamworks generally look like they are falling short of the mark even when they make enjoyable films. This Halloween special came on that is connected to the film and I figured I'd give it a go because normally the Pixar shorts that use characters from the movie are very funny as they are shorter and able just to play on the humour of the characters.

Mutant Pumpkins etc does this to a point and, when it does it is really quite funny. BOB frozen in a doorway unsure of what to say was very funny indeed as one example. The action itself is all big and silly and will be enjoyed by children (who may or may not get the "don't eat too much candy" message that is sort of in there) but the problem with this is that there is too much scene setting. Not so much in terms of the narrative but just in terms of having "seasonal" stuff in there. Where I wanted quick-fire jokes I instead got Halloween themed stuff that seemed in there because it was a Halloween special, as opposed to being in there because it was funny.

It is funny enough to bother with though – particularly if you enjoyed the characters from the film. Wisely BOB and Dr Cockroach get a good bit of material each since they are the funniest characters, but others also are given time that they don't really justify by being funny. Glad I saw it without adverts padding it out to a longer run time though as it is best enjoyed as short as possible so that it doesn't have to do too much carrying. Amusing fare but nothing particularly great about it despite a handful of good laughs.


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Release Date:

28 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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