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Monsters vs Aliens - Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

When California girl Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. Alerted to the threat of this new monster, the military jumps into action and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of other monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr Cockroach PhD (Hugh Laurie); the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link (Will Arnett); the gelatinous and indestructible BOB (Seth Rogen); and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, The President is persuaded by General WR Monger to enlist the motley crew of monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film animation science fiction government secret invasion meteor fantasy UFO

Persons of interest

  • Seth Rogen .... BOB
  • Reese Witherspoon .... Susan Murphy/Ginormica
  • Rainn Wilson .... Gallaxhar
  • Hugh Laurie .... Dr Cockroach PhD
  • Paul Rudd .... Derek
  • Kiefer Sutherland .... General WR Monger
  • Will Arnett .... The Missing Link
  • Stephen Colbert .... The President of the United States
  • Rob Letterman .... Director
  • Conrad Vernon .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I like digital animation (DAN). Who doesn't - no, the people who've never seen it don't count - I especially like watching the new DAN films like Madagascar and Madagascar 2 - ok I've haven't seen it yet but I REALLY want to - and the classics like Toy Story and Over the hedge and Open Season - they're all good! I want to be able to say that I really enjoyed this one, I really do. I cannot with good conscience say I enjoyed (or even watched all the way through) Monsters Inc, but that doesn't matter...

It was good; better than good it was great; better than great is was AWESOME! It had all the right bits and none of the wrong ones. The adult-related innuendos, the cheap shots at other animated films, and cliché after cliché! Some hard-core movie-goers will suggest that films don't need clichés but I say this unto them: Find me a child who doesn't laugh at clichés. These films are made for them and I take my hat - if I wore one - off to the creators and visionaries of these films who thought to insert additional lines of humour so that the experience appeals to adults; furthermore I warn Bible-thumpers to get off their high horses and get a job. Pay taxes vote, and then come back about what is and isn't morally objective in cinema.

... ok that last bit was pretty weak, I got worked up half way through the paragraph and by the time I was pumping the words out I lost my momentum and trip over the multi-coloured wagon. Yes, I'm sure you're reading this and the mini-violin played by Feivel's father (An American Tail) is drawing out a sad dirge and you're rubbing your middle and index fingers together; but I'm full of ideas and how best to represent my views and opinions of this film without offending too many people.

In short, there are times when I worry about DAN going over the top and ending up going straight to DVD because they're just not "fun" any more, DreamWorks is ensuring this is not the case. Seeing it in 3-D was great although I warn ALL OF YOU: after the final preview is over and the screen mask readjusts its height and width PUT THE GLASSES ON, 'cause the entire reel is in 3-D!

The animation, science fiction movie Monsters vs Aliens is directed by Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon and stars Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett.

Government security censorship classification

PG (Mild animated violence)

Surveillance time

90 minutes (1:30 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 April 2009

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