Planet 51 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.… Planet 51 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.… 2009-11-20 PG Animation Comedy Kids and Family Jessica Biel Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Justin Long TriStar Pictures
Movie Review

Planet 51 (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG
Planet 51 | FIRST CONTACT An earthman makes friends with the locals on Planet 51
Image credit: Ilion Animation Studios
FIRST CONTACT An earthman makes friends with the locals on Planet 51
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 20, 2009; Rated: PG; Genres: Animation, Comedy, Kids and Family; With: Jessica Biel, Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson and Justin Long; 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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Originally posted Nov 18, 2009 Published in issue #1077 Nov 27, 2009 Order article reprints
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