Planet 51

Planet 51

Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez (2009)

86min
U Certificate
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Chisel-jawed astronaut Chuck Baker (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) lands on what he thinks is an uninhabited planet, only to find it populated by little green men, in this fun animated adventure from director Jorge Blanco and Shrek co-writer Joe Stillman. What's more, this alien world bears a striking resemblance to 1950s America and its attendant fashions, fears and morals. With the help of some well-meaning alien teens, fish-out-of-water Chuck has to find his way back to his spaceship before it returns to Earth without him. The laughs come thick and fast in a sprightly kid-pleaser full of slapstick set pieces and memorable characters, while more grown-up viewers will find themselves grinning at pastiches of the Cold War paranoia of bygone sci-fi movies, and good-natured digs at the era's emerging protest movement.

Summary

An astronaut travels to another world, hoping to return home a hero. However, the planet is inhabited by an alien race who panic and assume he is an advance scout for a planned invasion. An alien boy offers to help the stranger as he desperately tries to get safely back to his ship before the local military get their hands on him. Animated sci-fi comedy, with the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel and Gary Oldman.

Cast & Crew

Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker Dwayne Johnson
Skiff Seann William Scott
Neera Jessica Biel
Lem Justin Long
General Grawl Gary Oldman
Professor Kipple John Cleese
Eckle Freddie Benedict
Glar Alan Marriott
Director Jorge Blanco
Director Javier Abad
Director Marcos Martinez
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Dec 2009

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