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Planet 51

Rated PG 91 minutes 2009

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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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 GarcĂ­a 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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