2013 Running time: 89 Certificate: u Not yet rated

Synopsis

Scorch (Brendan Fraser) and Gary (Rob Corddry) are blue alien brothers on the planet Baab, who work together in their 'BASA' space programme. They're hardly the best of buddies - but when Scorch embarks on a maverick mission to 'The Dark Planet' - aka Earth - it's up to Gary to save the day. Colourful animated fun with an all-star cast (William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker).

Director

  • Cal Brunker

Cast

  • Brendan Fraser

  • Jessica Alba

  • William Shatner

  • Ricky Gervais

  • Jane Lynch

Review

Escape From Planet Earth has a pleasingly retro title - the kind that evokes 1950s black-and-white B-movies, UFOs on bits of string, paper-maché alien costumes, classic Sunday afternoon telly stuff.

Although there's plenty of familiar references to the usual Area 51 archetypes, this yarn of aliens and UFOs is a decidedly modern affair - a zippy, hollow-but-harmless animated adventure in the Ice Age/Monsters vs Aliens mould, a half-term multiplex-filler and little more.

Rob Corddry and Brendan Fraser lead up a cast of celebrity voices as a pair of alien siblings on the planet Baab, home to a sort of Smurfs-vs-Avatar's-Naa'vi species. They're brain-and-brawn brothers: Gary (Corddry) is a control room genius, while Scorch (Fraser) the glory-hogging action hero.

But when Scorch embarks on a maverick mission to Earth (or 'The Dark Planet', as they call it), he stumbles upon the evil General William Shanker (William Shatner, in a neat bit of stunt casting) who captures aliens for the usual nefarious reasons.

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