The story revolves around California girl Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde), who is hit by a meteorite from outer space and grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. A secret part of the military swoops in to capture her and she’s introduced to other “monsters” the military has been rounding up over the years.
When a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth, the unlikely group of misfits are brought in under desperate order from the President (Stephen Colbert, TV’s The Colbert Report). With the guidance of General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland, TV’s 24), this crew of monsters are called to combat against the aliens and save the world from imminent doom.
The animated feature also includes: The Missing Link (Will Arnett, TV’s Arrested Development), Dr. Cockroach Ph.D (Hugh Laurie, TV’s House), B.O.B. (Seth Rogan, Knocked-Up), and alien leader Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson, TV’s The Office).
Monster vs. Aliens is directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) is produced by Lisa Stewart (I Think I Love My Wife) and co-produced by Jill Hopper and Latifa Ouaou. One thing that’s very odd about this film is that there is no mention of who the writers are – anywhere. Not on any of the movie database sites, official sites for Dreamworks or the film itself, or even in press releases for the movie. More than likely, the film is a studio-wide project with many members contributing to it. This potentially portends a disconnected project, but what they’ve put together looks pretty good so far.
From the first trailer, nothing seemed too out of the ordinary but this latest clip looks like an attempt to set a new bar for animated action. Along with 50-foot-woman Susan come action sequences on a massive scale. From what must have been a huge array of scattered ideas, DreamWorks has whittled this down to a handful of characters that look to provide a (hopefully) fun film.
Monster vs. Aliens arrives March 27, 2009.