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Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated monster comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures.[5] The film was directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman from a screenplay written by Letterman, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, and the writing team of Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Stephen Colbert, the film involves a group of misfit monsters hired by the United States Armed Forces to stop the invasion of an extraterrestrial villain and save the world in exchange for freedom.

Monsters V Aliens Cast


In Modesto, California, Susan Murphy is going to be married to weatherman Derek Dietl. Just before the ceremony, a meteorite from a destroyed planet strikes her and its radiation is absorbed into her body. Though she appears unharmed at first, during the ceremony, the energy causes Susan's hair to turn white, and turn her into a 50 foot-tall giantess, accidentally destroying the church in the process. Soon, a U.S. military detachment tranquilizes and captures her. Susan awakens in a top-secret government facility that houses monsters, where she meets General W.R. Monger, the Army officer in charge of the facility and her fellow monster inmates: Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., a scientist who became half-human, half-cockroach after an experiment gone wrong; B.O.B. (Benzoate Ostylezene Bicarbonate), a brainless and living indestructible mass of blue goo that is a result of a food flavoring mutation; Insectosaurus, a massive bug mutated by nuclear radiation standing 350 feet in height that attacked Tokyo; and the Missing Link, a prehistoric 20,000-year-old macho fish-ape hybrid who was thawed from deep ice by scientists. Susan is renamed Ginormica" by the government and is forbidden any contact with her friends and family.

Meanwhile, on a mysterious spaceship, a squid-like extraterrestrial overlord named Gallaxhar is alerted to the presence of a powerful substance known as "quantonium", and sends a gigantic robotic probe to retrieve it. The probe lands on Earth, where the President of the United States attempts to make first contact by playing it "Axel F", but the probe goes on a destructive attack, heading straight for San Francisco, despite unsuccessful attempts by the U.S. Armed Forces to destroy it. Monger convinces the President to grant the monsters their freedom if they can stop the probe. In San Francisco, the robot detects the quantonium within Susan's body and targets her. At the Golden Gate Bridge, the monsters manage to destroy the giant robot by using parts of the bridge itself.

Gallaxhar sets a course for Earth to obtain the quantonium himself while the now-free Susan returns home with her new friends and reunites with her family. However, her companions alienate themselves from Susan's family due to their inexperience with the real world, while Derek callously breaks off his engagement with Susan by claiming that he cannot marry someone who would overshadow him and his career. Initially heartbroken, Susan finally realizes that her life was even better as a monster and she promises the other monsters to never underestimate herself again. Suddenly, Susan is pulled into Gallaxhar's ship by a tractor beam. Insectosaurus tries to save her, but is shot down by the ship and seemingly killed.

Returning to Modesto, Susan, B.O.B, Dr. Cockroach, Link, and Butterflyosaurus 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 and gain an interview, but she rejects and humiliates him live on camera in retaliation for his previous actions against her. Monger then arrives to inform the monsters that a monstrous snail named "Escargantua" is slowly making its way to Paris after falling into a nuclear reactor, resulting in the heroes taking off to confront the new menace.

The film started as an adaptation of a horror comic book, Rex Havoc,[11] in which a monster hunter Rex and his team of experts called "Ass-Kickers of the Fantastic" fight against ghouls, ghosts and other creatures.[12] The earliest development goes back to 2002, when DreamWorks first filed for a Rex Havoc trademark.[13] In a plot synopsis revealed in 2005, Rex was to assemble a team of monsters, including Ick!, Dr. Cockroach, the 50,000 Pound Woman and Insectosaurus, to fight aliens for disrupting cable TV service.[11] In the following years, the film's story diverged away from the original Rex Havoc, with directors Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman finally creating the storyline from scratch.[14]

To promote the 3D technology that is used in Monsters vs. Aliens, DreamWorks ran a 3D trailer before halftime in the U.S. broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009. Due to the limitations of television technology at the time, ColorCode 3-D glasses were distributed at SoBe stands at major national grocers. The Monsters, except Ginormica and Insectosaurus, also appeared in a 3D SoBe commercial airing after the trailer. Bank of America gave away vouchers that covered the cost of an upgrade to a 3D theatrical viewing of the film for its customers.[19]

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.

The first movie was an animated hit with an all-star voice cast, so why hasn't Monsters Vs Alien 2 happened yet? Monster Vs Aliens arrived in 2009 and followed Susan Murphy, voiced by Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), who is struck by a meteor on her wedding day and grows to be a giant. Susan soon becomes part of a group of monsters assembled by the government to fight otherworldly threats.

The other monsters include B.O.B, voiced by Seth Rogen (Neighbors), a gelatinous blob and a scientist named Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie). Monsters Vs Aliens was far from a groundbreaking animated feature but it was an entertaining ride and grossed close to $400 million worldwide. The movie also received good reviews for its starry voice cast, which included Rainn Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame).

While Monsters Vs Aliens 2 was quickly halted by DreamWorks it would live on in other forms. This includes short films Night Of The Living Carrots and B.O.B's Big Break, the Monsters Vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space Halloween special, and the Monsters Vs Aliens TV show on Nickelodeon. Sadly, none of the original voice cast returned and the 2013 show failed to connect with viewers, meaning it was canceled after one season.

In 2009, Dreamworks released Monsters vs Aliens, a 3-D animated film that dealt with the repercussions of two diametric species battling for dominance. The film follows the journey of Susan Murphy, played by Reese Witherspoon, following her transformation into a giant after being hit by a superpowered meteorite. Once the government learns of her otherworldly growth, she is taken to a secret facility, where she meets a colorful cast of monsters that have also been placed under federal holding.

In a feature that is crafted as a love letter to classic monster movies it's only fitting that the production team of Monsters vs Aliens took inspiration from film history. Each of the main monsters in the film is a direct reference to a classic film in the genre, and while some connections are obvious, such as B.O.B. and The Blob, others may have been missed by audiences.

Subsequently, fans may have overlooked that four cast members in Monsters vs Aliens also appeared on The Office. Rainn Wilson plays the titular alien, Gallaxhar, Will Arnett lends his voice to The Missing Link, and John Krasinski and Ed Helms round out the cast as Cuthbert and a news reporter, respectively.

The "monster" genre of cinema enjoyed its heyday during the mid-twentieth century and Monsters vs Aliens paid tribute to these classic titles throughout the film. Not only were the monsters themselves inspired by those that had come before, but the design of the protagonist, Susan, is a throwback in itself.

When it came time for the monsters of the film to arrive in San Francisco, the government agency utilized a large transport ship to get them to the sunshine state. Fans of the movie may not be aware, however, that the vehicle used by the main characters was based off a real-life spacecraft.

During the climax of the film the monsters finally do battle with the invading aliens, fulfilling the promise made in the movies title. While the battle set piece is epic in scale and damage is undertaken by both factions, one of the main characters refrains from getting too physical.

When Gallaxhar addresses the world and announces his invasion plan, one of the many screens he utilizes is broadcasting the first Madagascar movie, proving that even invading aliens can take solace in tales of interspecies friendship.

Stephen Colbert, best known for his comedic takes on political issues, plays President Hathaway in Monsters vs Aliens. The casting choice is spot-on, as Colbert's connection to politics makes him an ideal choice to portray a fictional politician.

Ironically, the President bears a strong resemblance to Colbert, even though the character design was finalized before casting even began. The mid-credit reference to Hathaway "freezing his head" is also a link to Colbert, as he lists a step-by-step guide to cranial cryogenics in his book, "I Am America and So Can You."

Eddie Waters is an actor and freelance writer based on the coast of the United States. He holds two degrees from UNC Wilmington, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and another in Theatre Performance. When not delving into his creative efforts, he can be found listening to podcasts, exploring the woods, or planning his next theme park adventure.

Reese Witherspoon leads the cast of "Monsters vs. Aliens," providing vocals for a woman who grows to nearly 50 feet after an encounter with a meteor. The voice cast also includes Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and Stephen Colbert. 041b061a72


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