Ilion Animation's Planet 51 Teaser Trailer Debut

January 16, 2009
Source: AOL

Planet 51 Teaser Trailer

Sony has debuted the teaser trailer for their upcoming animated movie Planet 51 developed by Ilion Animation. Unfortunately it's yet another unexciting animated movie that doesn't even look like it'll come close to anything that Pixar, or even DreamWorks, puts out these days. Even worse is that the story isn't their original idea. In 2007, I saw an indie animated film called Terra that had this exact plot - a human lands on an alien colony, befriends the peaceful inhabitants, then must protect them when his own kind comes attacking. It's a flip-flop on the typical alien story (think E.T.), but it doesn't work well here.

Watch the teaser trailer for Planet 51:

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You can also watch the Planet 51 teaser trailer in High Definition on AOL

The inhabitants of Planet 51 live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when an astronaut arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, he has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and try to return home.

Planet 51 is co-directed by first-time filmmakers Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, and Marcos MartΓ­nez of Ilion Animation based out of Madrid, Spain. The screenplay was written by Joe Stillman, of Shrek and Shrek 2 in addition to episodes of "Beavis and Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill" previously. Sony Pictures is landing Planet 51 in theaters everywhere on November 20th this upcoming Thanksgiving.

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Reader Feedback - 48 Comments


Looks very goofy and silly.. I like it.

Nekrosoma on Jan 16, 2009


Doesn't exactly look inspired..

Moose on Jan 16, 2009


I like hardcore animated kids movies set in pre world war 2 era backgrounds. They are fun.

Unseen on Jan 16, 2009


Looks terrible compared to 9 or Up...though I'm glad there's some competition out there to keep Pixar producing hits.

peloquin on Jan 16, 2009


Looks very very cool. This film is not comparable to Pixar's productions since they have more to their backs and this is the first film of a novel animation studio. This must be considerate and clap as they have achieved a more than remarkable look in its first production.

Kenzie on Jan 16, 2009



Crapola on Jan 16, 2009


Looks ok to me. This is purely for the young kids although Im sure I'd get some laughs out of it. Something like 9 is targeted at an older crowd and intended to be a bit more sophisticated.

JimD on Jan 16, 2009


I laughed... twice.

Molly on Jan 16, 2009


No thanks.

Joel on Jan 16, 2009


Looks all right actually. I laughed. Maybe you can take your hype movies and shove 'em?

Movie Fan on Jan 16, 2009


Looks better then half the crap Dreamworks and Sony are pumping out. I liked it.

TX9000 on Jan 16, 2009


I loved that! The alien dog, lol! Who cares if the story's been done before, it's not identical and it's a cartoon. It for the visuals and some shits and giggles. My god, why is everyone so critical. Chill!

K on Jan 16, 2009


I dunno why you disliked this trailer so much, it actually doesn't look bad at all. #11, TriStar is Sony.

Syphous on Jan 16, 2009


I kind of hope that the astronaut doesn't have any actual speaking lines. It would be pretty funny if he was running around the whole time with a muffled scream - truly a monster that the aliens couldn't understand.

Tom Brazelton on Jan 16, 2009


Looks as good as Pixar and Dreamworks stuff - if not more original than some of Dreamworks films. Go Ilion!

dom on Jan 16, 2009


I tend to agree with 10 through 13... I don't think it was awesome or anything, but it wasn't nearly as bad as depicted in the immediately condemning "reviews" I'm reading above. Pretty sure there's a hilarious monkey in that space suit too πŸ˜‰

dRailer on Jan 16, 2009


Alex: I don't know about that indie movie, but the story of Planet51 was written on 2004 and the basic idea has been public for some time. So maybe the copying is the other way around, or maybe (more probable) it is just a coincidence.

juanjux on Jan 16, 2009


Tom's totally right. If this guy only screams and mumbles for the whole movie, I'll love him. Otherwise, it looks fine for an animated flick. I think the Giger Alien dog is HILARIOUS though.

IK on Jan 16, 2009


when I first heard about this I thought it would be live action and I was thinking a real serious movie, so this is a bit of a dissapointment but it still looks ok. just cause its not as well animated as dreamworks or even pixar, doesnt mean it isnt good, I mean there are plenty of non pixar or dreamworks animated films that are great.

tyler w on Jan 16, 2009


not funny the only good part is the Alien/dog part

cheater on Jan 16, 2009


Looks awesome!

LeftHanded on Jan 16, 2009


I confess, i actually laughed twice At the medicine part near the end and when i saw that alien dog

Nikhil Hariharann on Jan 16, 2009


They're using my favourite Blink 182 song... alrigh! πŸ˜€

LW on Jan 16, 2009


I think it also depends on what state the movie is in at this point. It says "teaser trailer." Those are typically earlier than the final trailer. To those in this topic trumpeting Pixar... I can name about 4 Pixar movies that had teaser trailers that made me think "That's not going to be good. They finally screwed up. Oh Pixar, what have you done." And lo, they hit a homerun, sure... but my point is the teaser trailers were not good.

dRailer on Jan 16, 2009


This has more promise than anything Dreamworks has ever done.

Fuelbot on Jan 16, 2009


cool if its free πŸ™‚

insanartist on Jan 16, 2009


looks ok

darrin on Jan 16, 2009


Xenomorph Dog is hilarious! Anim. quality looks good. I'll watch w/ my nephews on video sometime.

Jimbo Slims on Jan 16, 2009


It sold me when he was doing the little Zero G hop planting the flag. Looks watchable compared to Space Monkeys, and Delgo.

GPX2 on Jan 16, 2009



Ramez on Jan 16, 2009


if Pixar made this half the people here would be raving about how amazing it looks. I liked it.

jason on Jan 16, 2009


Hahahaha that actually looks really awesome.

CSpuppydog on Jan 16, 2009


haha #28 i was thinking the same thing about the dog. it really doesnt look too bad at all. it is a kids movie after all

Dan W on Jan 16, 2009


made me laugh.

Trystan on Jan 16, 2009


Hahaha. πŸ˜€

SillySil on Jan 16, 2009


So lets see, if it has been developed by someone you have never seen before its an autofail ? That alien dog was pure win.

shige on Jan 16, 2009



Taktix on Jan 16, 2009


it looks intresting...I might see it me or the score in the begining is the opening theme to Bethovan

Carlemile on Jan 16, 2009


3 flash ads on this page + your flash menu thing. trailer runs at 5 FPS due to gratuitous number of flash ads. had to manually lower quality of all ads. annoying. still runs like shit. movie looks like shit as well. also annoying.

Squiggly on Jan 16, 2009


I think the astronaut is voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Am I right? or was that just a rumor a while back? Anyways I enjoyed it! Looking forward to seeing more from these small animation studios. You got to understand that this is their first feature people.

TKaihea on Jan 16, 2009


Uhhhh, I might have found something creepier then Monsters vs. Aleins... Looks kinda kidish(and wierd) and it looks like a "been there, done that" movie too. I dought it'll hit, I've also noticed theres been alot of space movies recently, the best so far WALL*E. I agree with you one this one Al, a waste of time? Chances are, YES. The dog also creeps me out, though I must admit the last scene was funny!

Catz2 on Jan 17, 2009


I laughed at it. it had some nice things, but nothign special. not worth $10 bucks thats for sure.

dave13 on Jan 17, 2009


What's wrong with that! Looks to have a fun, original style and it's silly and lovable; great stuff! Also, who can complain with Blink 182... Don't get the alien dog thing though, that's just not funny to me. The human trying to walk as though he was on the moon was hilarious though!

Benjamin on Jan 17, 2009


Oh come on, that was funny! He's bouncing across the lawn. The alien kid gulps down the medicine. THAT WAS GREAT! xDD

Lauren on Jan 17, 2009


Nice touch with the aliens-poodle πŸ™‚

Siggi on Jan 18, 2009


Love the dog that looks like the Alien alien...

KyB on Jan 18, 2009


This is quality stuff, and looks like it cost a fraction that it took to make WALL-E. Not a big hit, but I expect mid-sized attendance and a good profit. The Animated Film Arena has really gotten swollen now with competition. Universal joined in with "The Tale of Despereaux" (Framestore Animation) and now Sony is pulling out more ambitious material with this "Planet 51" project (Ilian Animation). Both of these looked quite impressive. Dreamworks and Pixar will need to go faster to stay ahead of this race.

SS on Jan 18, 2009


I REALLY don't know WHY people blames Planet51 too much. I saw that movie and even bought its Bluray release. It's a VERY, VERY Honest animation, nice simple plot and extremely well done tecnically speaking. I work with Cg animation and every frame of Planet 51 has more effort in Artdirection and care on the details than Shrek and some other productions easily. Ok, a good movei is made of many other elements, but lets be fair, it's the first movie of iLion and from a makert not used to do CGi Animated movies... The movie maybe it's not a hit, but has very good points and funny scenes. My son like it, i like it. So, it's over the medium level for me...

Msouza on Nov 25, 2010

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