Animated sci-fi tale set on “Planet 51,” whose inhabitants live in fear of an alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, the astronaut has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and return home.
This is an imaginative movie and, in my opinion, pretty entertaining. In fact, if I have any quibble with the movie it is that it contained so much action and amazing things happening on the screen, that it didn’t slow down any to let you catch your breath. This is one movie in which if you took a visit to the restroom you definitely would miss something. Boring it is not.
This story pretty much reverses the story of the film “E.T.” In this movie, an astronaut named Charles Baker accidentally lands on Planet 51, and the green looking aliens (who look like a mix between Yoda and E.T.) think of him as an enemy who wants to turn them all into zombies. A good alien named Lem realizes that Baker is a good guy, and attempts to rescue him with the plan to send him back to his people, specifically a command module in space. Interestingly, the space ship of Astronaut Baker strongly resembles the lunar landing ships of NASA from the late sixties and the seventies. The movie pays homage to several famous film and TV creations, including “Star Wars”, “E.T.”, “The Terminator”,”Lost in Space” and even “Singing in the Rain”!
There is non-stop action along with some fantasy violence along the way. In one scene, a robot which resembles Wall-E crushes a bug. One character is hit in the head by a spinning telescope which is accidentally bumped. There are a few innuendos but overall this is an entertaining and funny movie. There is also the theme of helping others out and not judging someone too quickly. The kids at the preview I attended laughed heartily several times and none of them seemed frightened. We recommend the film for ages twelve and up, but some parents will be comfortable in taking mature kids who are younger to the movie. Visit “Planet 51” today! You will have a great time for an hour and a half.