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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, John Cleese
Director: Jorge Blanco
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2009



- 3 Extended Scenes
- "Life On Planet 51" Making Of Featurette
- "Planetarium" Cast Featurette
- Music Video Montage
- "Origins of Planet 51" Short
- Animation Progression Reel
- "World" Featurette


Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




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 makes it his personal mission to help him return safely to his ship.


"That’s a funny place for his antenna"

Written by Joe Stillman who co-wrote the Shrek series, King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head, the above perhaps is the funniest, adult-oriented one-liner ever coming out from this family-friendly CG movie.

Newcomers Jorge Blanco and Javier Abad co-direct this 'Made in Spain' animation comedy about an egotistical American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker (Dwayne Johnson) who lands on Planet 51 not knowing it’s inhibited by green-looking 'people'. Assuming Chuck is an alien invader, the army of Planet 51 is out to capture him before 'he turns the citizens into zombies'. Aided by his newfound alliance, Lem (Justin Long), his geeky friend Skiff (Sean William Scott) and Chuck’s robotic companion, Rover, Chuck must escaped from the evil clutches of General Grawl (Gary Oldman) and Professor Kipple (John Cleese) to get back to his spaceship before it’s too late.

" Planet 51" honestly is a movie that triumphs with it’s visual than the storytelling on the whole. The design of Planet 51 is apparently inspired by 50’s America and there are obvious nods to the cheesy science-fiction movies from that era and even contemporary ones liked E.T. and Star Wars. While the various character designs might not attract much attention with the exception of a cute mean-looking alien-doggy named Ripley that pees acidic urine (Alien anyone?), the overall set designs, props and retro-futuristic visuals created by the artists deserved much credits. I try to mention Rover as well but I can’t help feeling a certain robot by the name of Wall-E sort of helps to inspire this character.

Storytelling wise, Stillman tries to squeeze in every aspect he can think of. There’s the obligatory romance angle between Lem and Neera (Jessica Biel) which gets a bit limp towards the end. The evil villains, General Grawl and a goofy Professor Kipple that fails to setup the menace. The friendship aspect between Lem, Chuck and Skiff that deserved a little more scribing and lastly, the adventure/action portion that somehow derails from time to time because of the previously mentioned aspects.

The voicework by the well-known cast members unfortunately is a bit letdown consider people liked Gary Oldman and Sean William Scott have proven their ability to charm audience with their voices in CG movies such as "A Christmas Carol" or the latter in "Ice Age 2" though right here, they are just providing unrecognisable, forgettable voice-dubbing to their characters.

Then again, there are certainly laugh-out-loud moments that your kids and you will find endearing for examples, the antics of the hyperkinetic Rover and Ripley and the self-indulgent Chuck with his iPod and pickup lines. The appearance of the ambitious-looking Base 9 in the grand finale, the hovering round-shape automobiles and the immensely colourful platette and design works by Ilion Animation Studio will likely find a fan in you despite the predictable plotline. Ultimately, "Planet 51" is one family-friendly animation piece (without the usual Pixar/Disney and DreamWorks labels) coming out of 2009 that will surprise you.


“Life On Planet 51" Making Of Featurette runs 12 minutes and features interviews with the cast and crew and some behind-the-scenes look at the voicework and CG effects done in Ilion Animation Studio in Spain.

"Planetarium" Cast Featurette is a short 2 minutes feature that has the stars talk about their characters and the story.

Music Video Montage is a collection of movie clips playing against pop music tracks by Blink 182, ironically not from the movie’s official soundtrack.

From rough drawings to the final stage of CG, six scenes are dissected and shown in the Animation Progression Reel.

"World" Featurette shows you more of the CG world of Glipforg and a confusing "Origins of Planet 51" Short that somehow failed short to explain the origins of planet 51.

The DVD is round up with 3 Extended Scenes and Trailers.


The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is lively and dialogue is sharp and clear. Colours are perfect and details are nicely presented in this DVD transfer.  


Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 19 April 2010


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