The biggest challenge for this group of five hero monsters is social acceptance — well for the main four; Insectosaurus has some obvious limitations. Each quartet member’s main power is obvious and basic, so you don’t really know what each will do when in the middle of the action, which can make you really connect with the characters in the battles.
Rainn Wilson voices the villainous Gallaxhar while comedian Amy Poehler, Arnett’s real life wife, gets laughs as the ship’s computer. Wilson’s fellow Office mates John Krasinski and Ed Helms have limited voice acting parts, while star Renee Zellweger has an incredibly small voice role as Katie.
The plot really hits some high entertainment points in the second half when the crew gets into Gallaxhar’s alien ship. Dreamworks veterans Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon know how to entertain with epic, creative action sequences that could never be accomplished in real life (e.g. roller skating with cars on your feet through a busy highway full of cars, etc.)
The crew also renders a set of memorable, rosy cheeked human characters to compliment the monsters and aliens. Kiefer Sutherland provides the strong voice for General W.R. Monger while political comedian Stephen Colbert voices President Hathaway. Paul Rudd plays Susan’s fiancé, a self centered TV journalist named Derek Dietl who shows his true colors once her new form takes shape.
This sci-fi animated comedy comes recommended with a few reservations and is rated PG for action, references (largely missed by young viewers), some crude humor and mild language. Be sure to stay for a while during the ending credits for a fairly amusing bonus scene with the President and General. Also playing in 3D and IMAX theaters.