Rating Explanation: for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Although it's bright, colorful, and sugary, it has nothing original about it, so it will entertain only the youngest audiences.
DVD Features: "Run Rover Run" game!; 3 extended scenes; Music video montage; 2 featurettes.
Featuring the voices of:
Dwayne Johnson ... Capt. Baker
Jessica Biel ... Neera
Justin Long ... Lem
Gary Oldman ... General Grawl
Seann William Scott ... Skiff
John Cleese ... Professor Kipple
In this computer-animated sci-fi spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies, humans and aliens trade roles when American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker (voice of Dwayne Johnson) lands on a planet inhabited by little green people living in what is reminiscent of small-town America in the 1950s. As much as Chuck is scared of them, he is actually the one that has “invaded” their planet. With a much-anticipated movie about alien invasions about to hit theaters, the aliens go into full panic mode when they find out something from another world has actually made contact with them.
Desperate to get back to his abandoned spacecraft, which he parks in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, Chuck puts all his trust in Lem (Justin Long), a typical high school dweeb and aspiring astronomer who can never muster up enough courage to ask the girl of his dreams Neera (Jessica Biel) out on a date. Lem takes on the responsibility of getting Chuck safely back to his ship before General Grawl (Gary Oldman) and his army captures him. Plus there's a mad scientist, Professor Kipple (John Cleese), who wants to dissect his brain.
While most of the slapstick humor will amuse younger kids, Planet 51 is far too imitative of E.T.Star Wars and every other sci-fi film of the past 50 years to really be entertaining, particularly in a year where animated films are just as abundant as alien movies. This one just floats aimlessly in the cinematic galaxy. It might be harmless enough for the most nonjudgmental of youngsters, but everyone else will only be reminded of movies that they have seen already and which were at least ten times better.