March 27, 2009 Monsters Vs. Aliens
Studio: DreamWorks Animation Rating: PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language.
For the last 50 years the government has collected a group of unusual beings and kept them under lock and key for our protection.
"The Missing Link," "Dr. Cockroach," an indestructible gelatinous mass and "Insectosaurus" are all safely tucked away.
When a meteor turns a normal woman named Susan into a 49-foot tall super strong giant, she's renamed "Ginormica" and put into prison.
With no hope of ever being released the monsters are resigned to their fate. But an alien invasion forces the government to use the misfits as mankind's last hope.
DreamWorks has always been perceived as being a bit behind its rival Pixar when it comes to animation. This may be the movie which finally changes that.
"Monsters Vs. Aliens" looks great. The animation is spectacular, with 3-D images that jump right out at you.
But in addition to how it looks the story is funny and fast-paced. It never bogs down or veers off course into areas where you get disinterested.
But my favorite part of the movie is the voice work. While Reese Witherspoon is good but not great as Susan, Seth Rogen knocks it out of the park as the blue blob named B.O.B. He's the funniest character in the film and will have you laughing out loud.
But he's far from alone. Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson are perfect as the assorted creatures, aliens and military general in charge of the monster project. Stephen Colbert even stops by in an extended cameo as the president of the United States.
I can't praise this movie enough and stress that it's not just for kids. Any movie fan will have a great time with "Monsters Vs. Aliens."