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Rated PG · 91 minutes · 2009

Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Science fiction
In this 2009 digital animation, a NASA astronaut (visually reminiscent of Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear, and given voice by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) arrives on a distant planet and is dumbfounded to find it inhabited by a tiny green race of picket-fence bourgeois paranoids. They're meant as a parody of Americans during the Cold War, but the script lacks wit, and the in-joke references to cinematic sci-fi classics will soar over little kids' heads without pleasing many adults. Javier Abad and Jorge Blanco wrote and directed; among the other voice talent are John Cleese, Justin Long, and Jessica Biel.
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Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/planet51
Director: Jorge Blanco
Producer: Ignacio Dolcet, Guy Collins, Juan Antonio Ramirez, Peter Graves, Michael Ryan, Jose Rodriguez Diaz, Javier Dolset, Albie Hecht, Patrick Meehan, Mercedes Gamero, Stephen Margolis, Ricardo García Arrojo and Albert Martin
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann Scott, John Cleese, Alan Marriott and Freddie Benedict

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