Monsters vs. Aliens – An epic 2009 3D flick

Monsters vs. Aliens is a computer animated 3-D film which was released on March 27th, 2009. It is directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman and produced by Lisa Stewart. Reese Witherspoon gave the voice of the leading character and Paramount
Pictures distributed the movie.

The film centres on Susan Murphy (Witherspoon) who transforms into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day. She is taken to a secret government compound where she encounters a group of monsters including The Missing Link (Will Arnett),
Dr. Cockroach Ph.D (Hugh Laurie) and B.O.B. (Seth Rogen). The team is sent to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

The 92 minutes movie, which was the first to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format instead of being converted into 3-D after completion, grossed a total of $381,509,870 worldwide.

On its opening weekend, the film opened at number one, grossing $59.3 million in 4,104 theatres. It earned an estimated $5.2 million on IMAX theatres and became the 5th highest-grossing IMAX debut, behind Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the
Fallen, The Dark Knight and Watchmen. The flick made $198,351,526 in the North America (United States and Canada) and became the second highest grossing animated movie behind Up. Worldwide, Monsters vs. Aliens became the third highest earning movie behind
Up and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.  

A video game based on the movie was released on 24th March, 2009 on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Playstation 2 and Wii.

It was nominated for 4 Annie Awards and on 24th June, 2009, the film won the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film. It was also nominated for the Best Animated movie for the 2010 Kid’s Choice Awards but lost to Up.

Monsters vs. Aliens received generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 72 percent of critics gave it a positive review based on 209 critics, with an average rating of 6.4 out of 10. The site’s general consensus states, “Though
it doesn’t approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humour and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.”

Overall, the $175 million budgeted Monsters vs. Aliens is a must watch for all genre