Excerpt: I've never been the biggest sci-fi nerd in town and military movies are a pretty tough sell for me, but I genuinely love monsters ripping people apart. With that in mind and my general success with After Dark's series of original films, I had relatively high hopes for 51 . Alas, none of us are perfect and neither are production companies. This is, by far, the worst film I've seen on the label, and the reasons are very clear.
Excerpt: 2009 was a pretty mixed year for family entertainment. Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs really impressed, Fantastic Mr. Fox was something of a disappointment, whilst Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was an outright bore. However, each of the aforementioned productions is superior to Tristar's Planet 51 , an inert and ham-fisted sci-fi pastiche. The central premise is adequate, but the story is drab and the characterization amounts to badly written clichés.
Excerpt: Everyone seems to be making animated films these days. And until recently the quality of those produced outside of the usual key animation studios such as DreamWorks, Pixar and Disney has been somewhat lacking. Based on this, I didn’t have high expectations for Planet 51. After all there are many components to a good animated film.