Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American computer-animated 3-D science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The computer-animated movie was the first 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 scheduled for a May 2009 release, but the release date was moved to March 27, 2009. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray September 29, 2009 in North America and included the easter egg to the upcoming movies and previews. Monsters vs. Aliens features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Conrad Vernon, Rainn Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Rudd.
Bride-to-be Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is hit by a meteorite on her wedding day to weather reporter Derek Dietl (Paul Rudd), causing her to absorb a substance called quantonium and grow into a giantess. Alerted to the meteorite crash by first an Arctic base then Susan’s dad, the military arrive and capture Susan, who is labeled “Ginormica” and sent to a top-secret prison facility headed by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) where she meets her fellow monster inmates: B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), a brainless, indestructible gelatinous blob; Dr. Cockroach, PhD (Hugh Laurie), a mad scientist with the head and abilities of a cockroach; the Missing Link (Will Arnett), an amphibious fish-ape hybrid; and Insectosaurus, a massive grub that is larger than Susan.
An alien named Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) detects the quantonium radiation emanating from Earth and deploys a gigantic robotic probe to find it. The President of the United States (Stephen Colbert) attempts to make first contact with the alien robot, which begins destroying everything in sight, impervious to any weapons. General Monger convinces the President to use the monsters to fight the robot instead. The monsters accept the mission with the promise of freedom if they succeed. Arriving in San Francisco, Susan is chased by the robot across the city to the Golden Gate Bridge, where the monsters are able to defeat the robot.
Now free, Susan returns to her hometown and introduces her family to the monsters, but they are quickly rejected after innocently causing a panic in the neighborhood. Derek, meanwhile, breaks up with Susan, claiming that he cannot be married to a freak who would overshadow his career. At first devastated, Susan begins to realize that becoming a monster has improved her life, and fully embraces her new lifestyle. Suddenly, she is abducted by Gallaxhar, who seemingly kills Insectosaurus when he tries to save her. On Gallaxhar’s spaceship, Susan breaks loose and chases Gallaxhar down, only to enter a machine that extracts the quantonium from her body, shrinking her to her normal size. Gallaxhar proceeds to use the quantonium to power a cloning machine which reproduces him into an army so he can invade Earth.
With assistance from General Monger, B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach, and the Missing Link infiltrate Gallaxhar’s spaceship, rescue Susan, and hot-wire the spaceship’s power core, activating the self-destruct sequence. During their escape, Susan is cut off from her friends, who are trapped in the power core. They tell her to save herself, but Susan instead confronts Gallaxhar, who tries to escape with the quantonium, and attempts to force him into releasing her friends. When Gallaxhar says he cannot reverse the sequence, Susan absorbs the quantonium, restoring herself to giant size and she saves her friends. The monsters leap out of the exploding spaceship and are rescued by General Monger on the back of the revived Insectosaurus, who has metamorphosed into a butterfly.
The monsters receive a hero’s welcome home. Derek tries to get back with Susan for the sake of an interview that could benefit his career. Instead, Susan rejects him by throwing him in the air where he is caught, swallowed and spit out by B.O.B. on camera. The monsters are then alerted to a giant snail named Escargantua attacking near Paris and fly off to face the new menace.
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First Published: Dec 23, 2011 – Last Updated: Dec 31, 2012