Monsters vs Aliens

March 27th, 2009


Monsters vs Aliens

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.7/10 (46,726 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Rob Letterman

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert

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!

Writers: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky

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 - Private Bullhorn / Helicopter Pilot / Advisor Ortega (voice)

Taglines: Oooze gonna save us?


Official Website: DreamWorks Animation [United States] | Official site [Australia] |

Release Date: 27 March 2009

Box Office Details

Budget: $175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,813,838 (Russia) (22 March 2009) (725 Screens)

Gross: $198,351,526 (USA) (27 August 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

While the President bears a slight resemblance to Stephen Colbert, the character's look had been finalized some time before Colbert had even been cast for the part.

Continuity: The hair on Link's chest disappeared in one scene and then reappeared later on.

Susan Murphy: Oh, please, God, please tell me none of this is real. Please tell me I had a nervous breakdown at my wedding and I'm in a mental hospital and I'm on medication that's giving me hallucinations.

User Review

A pleasant surprise

Rating: 7/10

Let's get this out of the way first: I'm not a huge fan of DreamWorks Animation. Usually consisting of nothing more than unfunny pop culture gags, I think the majority of their films are mediocre at best, with the only ones that I really enjoyed being the first Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. The trailers for Monsters vs. Aliens did get me interested, though, and the voice cast seemed pretty impressive. Even so, I was still fairly skeptical about how it would finally turn out. Now, having seen the film, I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised.

There isn't a whole lot in the way of story and character development, but suffice it to say, it serves its purpose. What makes Monsters vs. Aliens such an enjoyable film is how it works as a comedy. The pop culture references are still present, but I found them to be more clever and funny this time around, and in much smaller amounts. I was smiling through virtually the entire film, and had about 5 or 6 hard laugh-out-loud moments throughout. As expected, I was also very impressed by the voice cast in this movie. Hugh Laurie does a fantastic job as the voice of the sophisticated (though mildly insane) Dr. Cockroach, and most of the laughs are generated by Seth Rogen's performance as B.O.B.. Even Reese Witherspoon helps you feel some sympathy for her character near the beginning of the film, and Stephen Colbert does a surprisingly solid job as President Hathaway.

The 3D, while not used as effectively as it was in Coraline, is still one of the more impressive showcasings that I've seen, and that's largely due to the film's incredible action sequences. Seriously, this is some of the best action that I've seen in an animated film; as far as I'm concerned, it's right up there with that of The Incredibles.

Overall, I found Monsters vs. Aliens to be a surprisingly entertaining film, with clever and witty dialogue, as well as terrific action. I'm not usually in favor of sequels, but if they're able to keep it as balanced and charming, I would honestly like to see this become a successful, long-running franchise. Nice job, folks at DreamWorks Animation.


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