Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

PG   |    |  Animation, Action, Comedy


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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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13 January 2011 | cherold
7
| Cute and often very funny
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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Trivia

There are a few scenes that were not featured in the film, but are storyboarded as deleted scenes in film's DVD releases. Some of these scenes include: Dr. Cockroach, The Missing Link, B.O.B., and General Monger plotting to fight off Gallaxhar's clones to reach a Robot Probe to fly it back to Gallaxhar's ship and rescue Susan. Another scene is in the Situation Room where the President and his advisors call General Monger and convince him to return the monsters to the base due to the trail of destruction left in San Francisco.


Quotes

General W.R. Monger: We had the prison psychologist redecorate your cell, try to keep you all calm like.
Susan Murphy: But I don't want a poster. I want a real kitten, hanging from a real tree.


Goofs

After Derek completes his TV weather forecast, a director can be heard saying "cut". You don't "cut" a live TV broadcast: this is a film term. The correct term should be "we're out", (meaning off air) or just "out".


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?"


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 (2002) seen on Channel 7 Australia-wide.


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Planet Claire
Written by
Henry Mancini, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson
Performed by Les Deux Love Orchestra

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Animation | Action | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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