When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and multiples her size to 49 1/2 feet, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a group of monsters (Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., the Missing Link, B.O.B., and Insectivorous) also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from the president, the motley crew of monsters is called into action to combat an alien invader, Gallaxhar, and save the world from global domination. Monsters vs. Aliens was the first of Dreamworks’ films to be released in stereoscopic 3D. —IMDb
Rob Letterman is an American film director who started with animation and moved on to live-action.
Before Letterman’s filmic subjects took him into outer space with Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), he was taken underwater, having co-directed and co-written DreamWorks Animation’s 2004 Academy Award-nominated hit comedy Shark Tale, starring Will Smith, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black. His writing efforts on the film also netted him an Annie nomination.
Prior to Letterman’s joining DreamWorks Animation, he directed the short film Los Gringos, which was accepted at 2000’s Sundance Film Festival.
In 2010 Letterman directed the live-action film Gulliver’s Travels, starring Jack Black in the lead role.
Letterman was born in Hawaii and attended Mid-Pacific Institute and the USC. —Wikipedia
Conrad Vernon IV (born July 11, 1968) is an American director, storyboard artist, writer, and voice actor, best known for his work on the DreamWorks animated film series Shrek as well as other films such as Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Life and career
Vernon, a native of Lubbock, Texas, studied at CalArts and worked as a storyboard artist on Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World, 2 Stupid Dogs, Rocko’s Modern Life, Nightmare Ned, Morto the Magician.
In 1996, he joined DreamWorks, where he worked as a storyboard artist on Antz. After Antz proved a success as the first animated feature film to be produced by DreamWorks Animation, Vernon signed on as a writer for Shrek, where he was responsible for the Gingerbread Man, and eventually voiced that character. He also appeared in Shrek 4-D and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. In 2004, he made his feature film directorial debut with the Academy Award-nominated Shrek 2. He voiced Mason the chimpanzee… read more
I'll never forget first seeing this film in the cinema: first of all, it was the first film I ever saw in digital 3D, so obviously I was impressed at the time and, apparently, so was the audience, as they couldn't stop exclaiming "WOAH!" every minute. Speaking of which, the audience I saw it with was rolling around laughing at literally EVERY SINGLE JOKE. They actually applauded at two of the jokes! And they weren't even that funny! That's the first and ONLY time that's EVER happened in a movie theater for me! Finally, while the end credits were rolling and during the "Purple People Eater" song, a young couple got out of their seat and performed a surprisingly elaborate swingin' dance, to which the rest of the audience clapped at afterwards! So, yeah, the movie itself is pretty mediocre, but going to see it resulted in probably the best cinematic experience of my entire lifetime.
Quite the long post. MUBI normally wouldn't allow me to write something as long as that. Well I guess I can't say for myself if your theatre experience was as great as you said it is or really annoying as I wasn't there. But, sounds better than my experiences with "The Lorax".
At least that was an example of good parenting. My first viewings of "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Hugo Cabret" involved kids who wouldn't stop talking and nobody told them to shut up. Every so often I get the occasional crowd of youngsters who aren't aware that they are disrupting the experiences of others, even at $2 dollar morning screenings.
Katzenberg pushed this one big as the revolutionizer for digital 3D but what came out of his hype was a gimmicky disappointment. Characters, storytelling and even nods to 50's creature movies are underplayed in favor of the stereoscopic action sequences and "poke-poke" moments. Dr. Cockroach and B.O.B. have possibilities for entertaining sequences but those were saved for the TV specials and spin-offs.