Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction monster comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks Animation’s first feature film to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format instead of being converted into 3-D after completion, which added $15 million to the film’s budget. The film was directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman, and features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Stephen Colbert.
- Starring : Reese Witherspoon / Seth Rogen
- Genre : Animation / Action / Comedy / Family / Sci-Fi / Thriller
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Rob Letterman / Conrad Vernon
- Production : DreamWorks Animation
- Distributor : DreamWorks Distribution / Paramount Pictures / Bontonfilm / Solar Entertainment / Tatrafilm / United International Pictures (UIP) / Universal Pictures International (UPI) / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Argentina Video Home / BBC One / Finnkino / Nickelodeon Network / Paramount Home Entertainment / fX Network
Monsters vs. Aliens movie
Monsters vs. Aliens release date
- March 9, 2009 : Germany (Berlin) (premiere)
- March 25, 2009 : Philippines
- March 26, 2009 : Israel
- March 27, 2009 : Canada
- March 27, 2009 : Philippines (IMAX version)
- March 27, 2009 : USA
- April 1, 2009 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- April 1, 2009 : France
- April 2, 2009 : United Arab Emirates
- April 2, 2009 : Australia
- April 2, 2009 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- April 2, 2009 : Germany
- April 3, 2009 : Spain
- April 3, 2009 : UK
- April 3, 2009 : Ireland
- April 3, 2009 : Sweden
- May 28, 2009 : Singapore
- July 11, 2009 : Japan
- October 23, 2009 : Germany (DVD premiere)
Monsters vs. Aliens cast
- Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy / Ginormica(voice)
- Seth Rogen as B.O.B.(voice)
- Hugh Laurie as Dr. Cockroach Ph.D.(voice)
- Will Arnett as The Missing Link(voice)
- Kiefer Sutherland as General W.R. Monger(voice)
- Rainn Wilson as Gallaxhar(voice)
- Stephen Colbert as President Hathaway(voice)
- Paul Rudd as Derek Dietl(voice)
- Julie White as Wendy Murphy(voice)
- Jeffrey Tambor as Carl Murphy(voice)
- Amy Poehler as Computer(voice)
- Ed Helms as News Reporter(voice)
- Renée Zellweger as Katie(voice)
- John Krasinski as Cuthbert(voice)
- Sean Bishop as Private Bullhorn / Helicopter Pilot / Advisor Ortega(voice)
The film was released on March 27, 2009 in the United States, grossing over $381 million worldwide on a $175 million budget. Although not successful enough to be followed by a sequel, the film started a franchise consisting of a short film, B.O.B.’s Big Break, two television specials, Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space and Night of the Living Carrots, and a television series with the same name.
Out beyond the far reaches of space, an unknown planet explodes sending a strange meteorite across the galaxy, heading towards Earth. Meanwhile, Susan Murphy of Modesto, California is going to be married to news weatherman Derek Dietl. Just before the ceremony, she is hit by the meteorite and its energy causes her to glow green and grow to an enormous size with her hair turned white. She is tranquilized by the military and awakens in a top secret government facility that houses monsters of which the public are ignorant. She meets General W.R. Monger, the Army officer in charge of the facility, and her fellow monster inmates: Dr. Cockroach PhD, a mad scientist who became half-human, half-cockroach after an experiment; B.O.B. (Benzoate Ostylezene Bicarbonate), a brainless, living mass of blue goo as a result of a food flavoring mutation; Insectosaurus, a massive bug mutated by nuclear radiation standing 350 feet in height, and the Missing Link, a prehistoric 20,000 year old fish-ape hybrid who was thawed from deep ice by scientists. Susan, herself renamed to Ginormica, is forbidden any contact with her friends and family, leaving her feeling increasingly isolated.
In a mysterious spaceship in deep space, an alien overlord named Gallaxhar is alerted to the presence of quantonium, a powerful energy source on Earth, and he sends a robotic probe to retrieve it. The probe later lands on Earth where the President of the United States attempts to make first contact with it. However, the attempt fails and the probe goes on a destructive rampage, headed straight for San Francisco. Monger convinces the President to grant the monsters their freedom if they can stop the probe. A single person objects to this arrangement and Monger responds by giving him a wedgie. In San Francisco, the robot detects the quantonium radiating through Susan’s body and tries to take it from her, putting many lives at risk. At the Golden Gate Bridge, the monsters work together to defeat the probe.
Gallaxhar sets course for Earth to obtain the quantonium in person while the now-free Susan returns home with her new friends and reunites with her family. However, the monsters alienate themselves from the humans due to their inexperience with social situations. Derek breaks off his engagement with Susan, claiming that he cannot marry someone who would overshadow him and his career. Heartbroken, the monsters reunite, but Susan realizes that her life is better as a monster and promises not to sell herself short to anyone again. Suddenly, Susan is pulled into Gallaxhar’s spaceship. Insectosaurus tries to save her, but he is shot down by the ship’s plasma cannons, seemingly killing him.
On board the ship, Gallaxhar extracts the quantonium from Susan’s body, shrinking her back to her normal size. Gallaxhar then uses the extracted quantonium to create clones of himself in order to launch a full-scale invasion of Earth. Monger manages to get the monsters on board the ship. They rescue Susan and make their way to the main power core where Dr. Cockroach sets the ship to self-destruct to prevent the invasion. All but Susan are trapped as the blast doors close and she personally confronts Gallaxhar on the bridge. With her time running out, she sends the ball of stored quantonium down on herself, restoring her monstrous size and strength. After rescuing her friends, they flee the ship and meet with Monger and Insectosaurus, who has morphed into a butterfly. The ship self-destructs, killing Gallaxhar and his army.
Returning to Modesto, Susan and the monsters receive a hero’s welcome. Hoping to take advantage of Susan’s fame for his own career, Derek tries to get back together with her, but she rejects him. Monger then arrives to tell the monsters about a new monstrous snail called Escargantua slowly making its way to Paris, and the film ends with the monsters taking off to confront the new menace. [ref]
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