If you didn’t know that the lead character in Dreamwork’s new animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens was played by Reese Witherspoon and you went because the trailers included that distinctive voice of Seth Rogan as a gelatinous blob you’re not alone.  And the previews were designed that way on purpose.

Monsters Vs. Aliens is a 3D film that looses nothing without 3D glasses, as that’s how I saw this movie.  There are a few gimmicky shots that would take advantage of the one thing that studios still have that home theatres do not.  Otherwise this is just another animated movie.

As mentioned above Withespoon does not bring anything spectacular to the lead role of Ginormica.  The film is carried by the other monsters: Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) The Missing Link (Will Arnett) and of course B.O.B. (Seth Rogan).   Ginormica has accidently been turned into a giant woman, and the government quickly imprisons her with the other monsters kept in a top secret facility run by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Southerland). 

When an alien named Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) starts attacking Northern California the President (Stephen Colbert) is left with no other choice but to send the monsters to defend the Earth. 

Much like Shrek, there is plenty of slapstick for the kids, and enough adult’s-only references for the rest of us. One was a reference to Close Encounters that I’m certain I was the only person in the theatre who got it.

Of course, this film is muddled in the typical PC Hollywood agenda, with nods to Al Gore’s environmental mockumentry and a general feminist ideology surrounding the female lead.

One thing that I noticed, more than anything, was the depth of textures and realistic looking skin-tones and hair. Dreamworks may have surpassed Pixar on the technical aspects of the digitally animated movie with this venture.

But the movie does have more good than bad. It is funny, colorful, fast paced and family-friendly.  Seth Rogan steals the show with his over-the-top voice acting.  A sequel would do well to more proximately feature the B.O.B. character.

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