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With eye popping visuals and launching the kind of brightly coloured carnage onto the screen that computer animation excels at, Monsters vs Aliens is a film that knows its intended audience well, and targets them precisely. On one side of the fence is a motley crew of heroes, led by the near 50-feet tall Ginormica. Shes joined by B.O.B. the blob, Dr Cockroach and the frankly bizarre The Missing Link. Between them, they have to fight off the threat of the dastardly Gallaxhar, in a fairly standard at heart good versus evil adventure.
And yet Monsters vs Aliens throws plenty into the pot to make things more interesting. Firstly, its odd cast of characters are generally the last thing youd expect from cute and cuddly kids movies, but theyre a hard bunch not to like. Then theres some terrific voice talent at work, and the overall quality of the animation is simply superb as well.
Whats nice too about Monsters vs Aliens are the tips of the hat to the older viewers. Its not always the most subtle script for working on two levels, but the assorted nods to science fiction classics are warmly appreciated. They certainly help paper over a few of the cracks when the films blinding visuals relax and leave you realising what a straightforward tale is hiding underneath. But then the film tries so hard to keep you entertained that its hard not to cut it some slack.
For much of the running time of Monsters vs Aliens though you simply wont have to. Thats because its solid, funny and pacey entertainment, that easily whiles away an hour and a half. Theres plenty of re-watch value here too, in a film that proves to be quality family entertainment. Its no Shrek, but its still a fine piece of work. --Jon Foster
* Modern Monster Movie Making
* Three Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes:
> Mongers Plan
> War Room Turns on Monsters
> If You Dont Know
* DWA Music Video Juke Box
* Filmmaker Commentary
* The Tech of Monsters vs Aliens
* Top Secret Sneak Peek Files:
> How To Train Your Dragon
> Shrek The Musical
> Kung Fu Panda World
> The Penguins of Madagascar
> Shrek The Halls
> Secrets of the Furious Five
> Monsters vs Aliens Activision Game trailer