Monsters vs Aliens Halloween Special: ‘Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space’ airs Wednesday, NBC 8:00 & 8:30 pm

Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from outer Space airs Wednesday on NBC

Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from outer Space airs Wednesday on NBC

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Variety:

…Beginning with a toilet joke — a spaceship essentially empties its lavatories on a pumpkin patch near poor, picked-upon Modesto, Calif., mutating the crop into anthropomorphic little gremlins — the spec reintroduces Ginormica (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), the Missing Link (Will Arnett), Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) and B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), who are quickly dispatched to neutralize the threat.

Halloween, of course, allows most of the group to roam about freely, and Dr. Cockroach to lament about a lost lollipop. Eventually, the candy-munching pumpkins assemble for a pitched battle, though despite the occasional glimpses of pumpkin guts, it’s fine for the kids — though writer Adam F. Goldberg and director Peter Ramsey do indulge in some older-skewing references, from using a favorite “Scarface” quote (“Say hello to my little friend.”) to dressing Ginormica’s parents (Julie White, Jeffrey Tambor) as Frankenstein and his bride.

Continues after the break:

The animation is first rate, and the specials serve an obvious purpose for DreamWorks, helping keep these franchises alive in the minds of kids and their toy-buying parents between movies. There’s also something to be said for replenishing a pool of holiday specials that frankly hasn’t been improved on much since the Grinch, Charlie Brown and Rudolph….

Produced by DreamWorks Animation. Producer, Latifa Ouaou; director, Peter Ramsey; writer, Adam F. Goldberg; art director, Patrick Hanenberger; editor, Lynn Hobson.

Susan/Ginormica – Reese Witherspoon
B.O.B. – Seth Rogen
Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. – Hugh Laurie
The Missing Link – Will Arnett
General W.R. Monger – Kiefer Sutherland
Wicked Jack – Rainn Wilson
Wendy Murphy – Julie White
Carl Murphy – Jeffrey Tambor

Music, Henry Jackman; visual effects supervisor, Mahesh Ramasubramanian; head of character animation, David Burgess. RUNNING TIME: 30 MIN.

October 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art, Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense.

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