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Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens

Date: May 27 2009

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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With their cute characters, bright colors, and imaginative plots, animated movies traditionally appeal to children. But in recent years, some animated films like The Incredibles and Shrek have featured more sophisticated jokes and deeper themes, helping them reach adults as well as kids.

The new animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens tells the story of Ginormica, a 50-foot woman, and her fellow monsters, who must save the earth from a bunch of nasty aliens. The movie has eye-popping 3D animation, and Reese Witherspoon does the voice-over for Ginormica. But is the movie entertaining if you’re older than 13? Listen to Jason tell Dale what he thinks about the film.

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Dale

Dale

Jason

Jason

Dale:  It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen a beautiful, good 3D movie.

Jason:  Oh, man, you gotta see Monsters vs. Aliens.

Dale:  How was that?

Jason:  It’s good! Yeah. The monsters look really cool. Each of the monsters is like really individualized. And they all look completely different. The idea is that there are just these monsters that the government has collected over time. And then they have to use them to battle these aliens that have invaded the earth.

Dale:  So there’s like spaceships, and like “take me to your leader” kind of thing?

Jason:  Yeah, and there’s all kinds of opportunities to use 3D with all the different creatures that are in the movie.

Dale:  So it did stand out and jump out at you?

Jason:  Yeah yeah, stuff…There’s definitely some ooze flying your way.

Dale:  Do you think it’s more of a kid thing?

Jason:  It’s mostly an underdog story. It’s about someone who, you know, discovers her inner strength and does things she never thought she could do. It just so happens she also happens to be 50 feet tall. But they managed to come up with a theme that bridges ages, I think.

 

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Discussion

Jason recently saw Monsters vs. Aliens, and he thought the animation looked really cool. All the fantastic creatures in the movie allowed the animators to get creative and come up with some eye-popping images.

Dale asks Jason if Monsters vs. Aliens is more of a kids’ movie, or if adults would like it, too. Jason thinks adults would like it because of its underdog theme. The main character, Ginormica, hates being 50 feet tall and wishes she could be a normal woman again. But in the end, she finds her inner strength and helps defeat the aliens.

What do you think an animated movie needs to appeal to adults?

 

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Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

i dol ike it

02:50 PM Apr 27 2013 |

bangun

bangun

Indonesia

well, it sometimes becomes interesting if we like it !! how about my picture? isit childish? haha

12:18 PM May 29 2010 |

saud99

saud99

Saudi Arabia

thank you ||

01:13 AM Aug 30 2009 |

Aus_LT

Aus_LT

Lithuania

the movie amazing i love it.<33
oh and monters was 5.

09:31 PM Aug 16 2009 |

fawazalzahri

Yemen

good thanks

03:32 PM Jul 03 2009 |

sazan pp

sazan pp

Iraq

i like see this movie…i think it is interesting…

11:04 AM Jul 02 2009 |

thomas2

Hong Kong

it's a super cool movie!Cool

10:00 AM Jun 30 2009 |

haswini

Malaysia

  • I THINK IT'S A GOOD MOVIE

04:42 AM Jun 28 2009 |

aksanka

Ukraine

It is cool!!! I've seen this interesting movie.The lesson is exciting!!Cool

01:05 PM Jun 26 2009 |

helenyanglin

China

    not bad Cool

10:41 AM Jun 19 2009 |

snunsy

Russian Federation

i haven't seen the movie but i'm sure it deserves credit. i really appreciate such animated movies that appeal to both adults and children , it's a very good example of a family movie.

01:17 PM Jun 13 2009 |

André cosme lyra

Brazil

I agree with Evdo.

04:39 PM Jun 07 2009 |

Ary setiawan

Indonesia

I don’t know nothing what to say,i am sleepy..

04:16 PM Jun 03 2009 |

lucky不可爱

lucky不可爱

China

this lesson stand out of my eyes!!

06:09 AM Jun 03 2009 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

For someone who never likes the war so do I:)))

05:52 PM Jun 02 2009 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

I think both the “Monsters and Alliens”  is a good phrase which can be used for USA troops in Iraq as they invadded the other country and killed its people for nothing at all!...

 

05:50 PM Jun 02 2009 |

kuzulio

kuzulio

Israel

Great explanation of present perfect. 10x.

I haven't seen this movie but I will.

07:59 AM Jun 02 2009 |

mini poe

mini poe

Saudi Arabia

Smile cool lesson

05:37 PM Jun 01 2009 |

mini poe

mini poe

Saudi Arabia

Smile cool lesson

05:34 PM Jun 01 2009 |

Rufita

Rufita

Kazakhstan

hi everybody!

 didn't see this interesting film. i think that.

03:27 PM Jun 01 2009 |

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