Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens

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Director: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon

Cast: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon, Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie

     
 

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When human-hating aliens disrupt earthbound cable-television signals, it's up to a monster-hunting superhero to take out the pesky extraterrestrials and ensure that television viewers are not deprived in this animated adaptation of the popular comic-book series. The DreamWorks Animation release is being helmed by Shrek 2 director See more details below

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When human-hating aliens disrupt earthbound cable-television signals, it's up to a monster-hunting superhero to take out the pesky extraterrestrials and ensure that television viewers are not deprived in this animated adaptation of the popular comic-book series. The DreamWorks Animation release is being helmed by Shrek 2 director Conrad Vernon and Shark Tale's Rob Letterman.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With references to House of Wax, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and George Lucas, the first 30 seconds of DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens makes it clear that the filmmakers wanted to pay homage to their favorite sci-fi films. Thankfully, the genre in-jokes aren't the focal point -- they just provide amusing window dressing so that movie-savvy parents can enjoy this elegantly simple tale as much as their kids. The story centers on Susan (Reese Witherspoon), a bride whose wedding goes spectacularly wrong when she she's hit by a meteor outside the church and proceeds to grow 50 feet tall. Immediately after her transformation, the military swoops in and whisks her away to a detention center for monsters. Among her fellow inmates are the gelatinous, blue B.O.B. (Seth Rogen at his best); the half-insect, half-mad scientist Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie); and the part fish, part human Missing Link (Will Arnett). Although Susan wants her freedom, she's told that this can never happen. But that changes when the evil alien Galaxhar (Rainn Wilson) threatens Earth, and General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) convinces the President (Stephen Colbert) that these monsters are the only weapons powerful enough to stop the intergalactic threat. The action set pieces all utilize 3-D technology to impressive effect, and the filmmakers construct them to maximize the "Wow!" factor -- particularly when Susan skates through the steep streets of San Francisco with cars on her feet. Because the screenwriters make Susan the center of the movie, they don't have to bother with character arcs for anybody else, and streamlining the storytelling in this way allows the movie to skip along from action to comedy and back again without slowing down. This is a lean 90 minutes, packed with laughs and age-appropriate thrills -- not to mention a solid lesson for girls about self-respect. And while those adults fond of '50s sci-fi movies will appreciate the numerous nods to some legendary genre films, the string of references won't get in the way for kids who, if they love Monsters vs. Aliens enough, may start to discover stuff like Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Fly, and The Blob all on their own. And that's reason enough to like it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2010
UPC:
0097361169743
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:08:00
Sales rank:
16,896

Special Features

Closed Caption; The animators' corner; Trivia track; B.O.B.'s big break in 3D (HD); Karaoke music party (HD); Paddle bell game in Monster 3D (HD); Top secret files; Modern monster movie-making; 3 deleted scenes; Dreamworks animation video jukebox; The tech of Monsters Vs. Aliens; Filmmakers' commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reese Witherspoon Susan Murphy/Ginormica
Hugh Laurie Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.
Seth Rogen B.O.B.
Will Arnett Missing Link,The Missing Link
Kiefer Sutherland Gen. W.R. Monger,General W.R. Monger
Stephen Colbert The President
Rainn Wilson Galaxhar
Paul Rudd Derek Dietl
Julie White Wendy Murphy
Jeffrey Tambor Carl Murphy
Amy Poehler computer
Ed Helms News Reporter
Renée Zellweger Katie
John Krasinski Cuthbert
Jimmy Kimmel Insectosaurus (uncredited)
Lisa Stewart Bridesmaid Candy
Gavin Greenaway Conductor

Technical Credits
Rob Letterman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Conrad Vernon Director,Original Story
Jonathan Aibel Screenwriter
Joyce Arrastia Editor
Glenn Berger Screenwriter
Eric Dapkewicz Editor
Jill Hopper Desmarchelier Co-producer
Leslee Feldman Casting
Maya Forbes Screenwriter
Michael Isaak Art Director
Henry Jackman Score Composer
David James Production Designer
Yancy Lindquist Special Effects Supervisor
Latifa Ouaou Co-producer
Susan Slagle Rogers Associate Producer
Lisa Stewart Producer
Scott Wills Art Director
Wallace Wolodarsky Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Monsters vs. Aliens
1. Chapter 1 [5:08]
2. Chapter 2 [2:30]
3. Chapter 3 [3:21]
4. Chapter 4 [6:34]
5. Chapter 5 [3:01]
6. Chapter 6 [3:32]
7. Chapter 7 [4:10]
8. Chapter 8 [4:20]
9. Chapter 9 [2:28]
10. Chapter 10 [3:48]
11. Chapter 11 [2:51]
12. Chapter 12 [4:52]
13. Chapter 13 [:02]
14. Chapter 14 [3:23]
15. Chapter 15 [5:37]
16. Chapter 16 [3:49]
17. Chapter 17 [3:46]
18. Chapter 18 [3:14]
19. Chapter 19 [1:59]
20. Chapter 20 [5:21]
21. Chapter 21 [2:55]
22. Chapter 22 [1:14]
23. Chapter 23 [3:27]
24. Chapter 24 [3:30]

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