Planet 51

 (1,736)6.01 h 31 min2009X-RayPG
When Chuck the astronaut (Dwayne Johnson) lands on a distant planet filled with little green people, he is surprised to discover that we are not alone in the galaxy. But he gets the shock of his life when the residents of Planet 51 mistakenly believe that his presence is the start of an alien invasion of the human kind! Luckily, Lem (Justin Long) quickly realizes that Chuck is friendly and make..
Directors
Jorge Blanco
Starring
Dwayne JohnsonJessica BielJustin Long
Genres
Science FictionComedyAnimationActionKids
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Gary OldmanSeann William ScottJohn CleeseJustin YesFreddie BenedictAlan MarriottMathew HorneJames CordenLewis MacleodRupert DegasRebecca FrontVincent MarzelloEmma TatePete AtkinLaurence BouvardBrian Bowles
Producers
Ignacio Perez DolcetGuy CollinsIgnacio Dolset
Studio
TriStar Pictures
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Jen MagradzeReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsNot Appropriate for My family
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Opening scene a couple 'parking'
girl:"I'm really not that kind of a girl."
Boy: "Well I'm not the kind of a guy who would go with that kind of a girl."
Girl: "Ah, that's so sweet...I think."
Boy leaning in to kiss eachother: "There's nothing to be scared of."
(Space ship appears they both scream and drive off)
Girl: " I knew this would happen if the made out."
Rated PG...not appropriate for my family.
Mary H.Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2012
4.0 out of 5 starsFun Movie - Even Daddy Likes It! BUT it is NOT a 2-Disc edition
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I purchased this movie because last year, in second grade, my daughter suddenly became very afraid at the very thought of aliens. (There were a few kids in her class scaring the heck out of the rest.) After nearly a year of tip-toeing around the topic, the problem has gotten worse. So, I decided it is time to show her that aliens are only scary if she makes them scary. I have been hunting for every friendly/funny child version of aliens to be found.

The first few minutes are the 'scariest' with an alien attack being depicted. (Scary being subjective, of course, since most eight-year-olds would have no issue with the scene.) After that, this movie started working its magic. It is funny and very entertaining, even my husband stayed for the whole thing (he takes the 'family' out of 'animated family film').

Right from the start, Planet 51 jumps in and embraces all of our alien stereotypes and beliefs, having cleverly reversed the roles. I especially appreciated the subtle inferences (look for what we call a meteor shower). There are also many nods to other films, songs, and pop culture figures. These guys are living in the 50's, and the storyline is enhanced by that setting.

Planet 51 defintely deserves favorable consideration if you are on the fence, wondering if it will be as entertaining as it looks like it should be.

One thing - this item is supposed to be a 2-disc Blue Ray/DVD combo. It's not. There is a blue ray disc, and there is a second disc they call a DVD. The 'DVD' is a disc you can use to play the movie on your computer or play station. Even if that is okay by you, the 'DVD' feature needs a code to activate it and allow the download. The code expired in March of 2011. This explains the incredibly discounted price. You are not getting a combo pack. This is, effectively, just one disc - and do not purchase it unless you can play a blue ray.
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Hawaii99Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2011
5.0 out of 5 starsShort, Hilarious and fun Adventure
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Original, Fun and Hilarious Adventure
Just got finished watching this movie and I REALLY ENJOYED IT. Maybe it's because I went in expecting to watch a
decent movie after all the negative and plain hateful reviews I read before I bought it. The main reason I took a chance on this film was because it had an original story and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It's full of laughs, a few touching moments and overall it's a great little adventure.

If you pay attention to all the little details of this movie like the hidden tributes, the soundtrack and the voices behind the characters I think you'll really love it. From alien cars designed like a VW Vanagon, to throwbacks to ET and the Alien dog it's a fun adventure. And voices of The ROCK, Stiffler, Gary Oldman, John Cleese make a stellar cast.

As for PQ the details are great, colors are bright and lighting is wonderful. The designers behind this movie are game animators with high attention to detail.

As for the audio it's very well done. The voice levels are balanced throughout the movie, the surrounds are well
utilized (love the helicopters flying around), and the music was a perfect match.

So if you have kids over say 7 and if you like Scifi you should own this movie, screw all the negative reviews;
besides it is a kids movie after all.
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JHDReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2010
5.0 out of 5 starsUnderrated gem...too subtle for some?
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'Planet 51' was the last thing showing at our local theatre that I hadn't already seen. The previews and lobby displays (mis)led me to believe it was just another throwaway kids' cartoon, full of forced cuteness, predictable gags, and cardboard characters; but I had time to kill and the ticket was at matinee price, so I finally went in. Am I ever glad I did!

The obvious send-up of 1950s American culture is fun, and so is the shoe-on-the-other-foot twist of the human being viewed as the fearful alien menace, but if that's all a viewer takes away, he or she is missing a lot. There was plenty of unexpected satire that had me laughing out loud through much of the film. There is also a profound message that centering one's society around perpetual fear can cause more harm to a culture's core values than the thing being feared; however, the message very carefully doesn't get in the way of the humanity (alienity?) of the story.

The music was well done and really enhanced the fun. Visually, I loved the film. Character design wasn't anything particularly special, but the look of the planet itself was gorgeous. This is a cartoon, after all, not an overblown CGI extravanganza like Avatar, so you shouldn't expect photorealistic rendering of every tiny detail. The beauty of this kind of artwork is in the imaginative forms and colors, the simplicity of shapes and lines that enhance the story, not overwhelm it.

Actually, having brought the subject up, I suppose many comparisons and contrasts could be drawn that make Planet 51 a kind of Anti-Avatar. Here, the humans are neither conquering villains, nor paternalistic hero figures. People--er, beings--from both sides have to do their part on Planet 51 to bridge the misunderstanding of cultures and enable goodwill to prevail. That may not be the kind of dramatic plot it takes to engage some viewers' attention these days, yet it's exactly the sort of solid but gentle storytelling one should expect from the offspring of George Harrison's Handmade Films.

Plus, so far as I can tell, no one has yet suffered depression after viewing Planet 51. :)
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ScottReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2010
5.0 out of 5 starsThats right, Five stars!
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I give up on the people that gave this bad reviews. I just saw it on Stars, and now I am going to add it to my collection.
The animation was top notch, the conception and design for the 50's cars and architecture would be something I would like
to see around here instead of the garbage they are designing. The plot and characters were well developed and fun. This movie
is filled with technical graphic excellence, attention to detail and flawless character movement and scene transposition. This
studio (Ilion) has a great future and this film is at least on par with that from the best animation studios out there. A few
reviewers said they wouldn't take their kids to see it --Oh please--grow up, I feel sorry for those children, they must be watching paint dry.
This is a fun, imaginative, extremely well done animation and has my top recommendation.
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Jaime ContrerasReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2014
4.0 out of 5 starsDelightful Nostalgic Animated Sci-Fi Fun
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This is an animated film for adults and fans of the science fiction film genre. The tale of an American turk astronaut landing on a populated planet that is living in a 1950s warp is enchanting. Throw in film references to films like: Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, War of the Worlds, X-Files, Planet Earth, It! Terror From Beyond Space, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and numerous other films and pop culture like hover cars, drive-ins, air defense warnings, bomb shelters, et al and you have a well-crafted film. The film-makers also show their homage to film-making in the style, content and plot of the film.THis is a film gem that is good fare fro all.
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Peggy SchneiderReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2013
5.0 out of 5 starsBoomers rejoice!
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Here's a twist: Earthman lands on alien planet that treats him like an invading alien! Think "The Jetsons" meets "Little Shop of Horrors" meets "Beach Blanket Bingo" meets "The Russians are Coming" -- and you get the idea of a world set to 50s jivin' tunes with sweet girl-next-door love interests and kookie friends and military types who are just trying to keep the spaceship's inhabitants from eating everybody's brains. Anyone who grew up watching 50s movies or who experienced the 50s can enjoy the nostalgia and inside humor here. Yeah, there's a feel-good message, but don't let it weigh you down -- just enjoy the ride!
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the professorReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starscomedy
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Great kid's movie to be shared with the whole family on movie night. Lot's of fun with twists and turns and an excellent moral for all families.
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