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Planet 51 (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Planet 51 squanders an interesting premise with an overly familiar storyline, stock characters, and humor that alternates between curious and potentially offensive.

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Planet 51 is a galactic-sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

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Cast

Dwayne Johnson
as Chuck Baker
Gary Oldman
as General Grawl
John Cleese
as Professor Kipple

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Critic Reviews for Planet 51

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (31)

Well and truly aimed at kids, Planet 51 is a film they will thoroughly enjoy yet which any accompanying adult will have lots of laughs in too.

December 9, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Just how much of this will be appreciated by children is questionable, but the film is clearly intended to keep them happy with lashings of colour, movement and cheesy jokes while older, diehard geeks can enjoy all the reference spotting.

December 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A hideously annoying and emotionally blank tale.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It could have added up to something. Alas, any excitement is submerged by the relentless barrage of trite sci-fi allusions and nudge-nudge gags aimed solely at adults.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Good fun if you can put up with the pastel colours and plasticky textures, which show that in modern fantasy animation all that pixellates isn't Pixar.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Planet 51

Its ok but there are a lot better animated movies out there. The star part is the alien type dog thing.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

The whole storyline is something everyone will know they have seen before. Some jokes were funny, others were embarassing and it treads too much into E.T territory Resultingly, Planet 51 isn't good family entertainment. The animation is pretty good but the characters are either cardboard cut out or borrowed from other better films.

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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Aside from some impressive animation and a few chuckles here and there...a mostly forgettable film. For some reason the fact that the "aliens" looked like gummi sea monkeys, really bothered me. The animation was so good they could have really been more creative with them. But I did love the (Giger inspired) ALIEN "dog".

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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