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Planet 51

Planet 51It takes only one look at the rigid, rubbery aliens in this sci-fi spoof to know that we aren't dealing with topflight computer animation here. But ...Planet 51Kids and Family, Comedy, AnimationPGIt takes only one look at the rigid, rubbery aliens in this sci-fi spoof to know that we aren't dealing with topflight computer animation here. But ...2009-11-19TriStar Pictures
Planet 51 | FIRST CONTACT An earthman makes friends with the locals on Planet 51

FIRST CONTACT An earthman makes friends with the locals on Planet 51 (Ilion Animation Studios)

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Planet 51

Genre: Kids and Family, Comedy, Animation; Starring: Jessica Biel, Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson, Justin Long; Director: Javier Abad, Jorge Blanco; Author: Joe Stillman; Release Date Wide: 11/20/2009; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

It takes only one look at the rigid, rubbery aliens in this sci-fi spoof to know that we aren’t dealing with topflight computer animation here. But Planet 51 still delivers a few pleasant surprises, including a smart story — a reverse-E.T. riff that plops an American astronaut down in a world of just-like-us-only-green creatures — and clever characters, like a lovable NASA rover with canine programming. He’s no WALL·E, but you’d have to be an alien yourself not to smile when he starts wagging his antenna like a robot beagle. B

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