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This is a list of trivia the 2009 film, Monsters vs. Aliens.

General[]

  • The fighter jets are F-14 Tomcats and the helicopters are AH-64 Apaches.
  • The large aircraft used to transport the monsters to San Francisco is based on an actual Guppy aircraft. The first Guppy was built in 1962 for NASA by Aero Spacelines of California to transport spacecraft components.
  • Wilhelm scream: During the fight with the "Gallaxhar" clones.
  • The synthesizer that President Hathaway uses to communicate with the giant robot is a Yamaha DX7.
  • While the President bears a slight resemblance to Stephen Colbert, the character's look had been finalized some time before Colbert had even been cast for the part.
  • A code title used during production was "Showdown".
  • When the government arrive at the church to investigate the crash site when the camera pans to the back of their van when the door closes you can see a camera crew visible in the reflection of the door.
  • The multi-colored pads that Dr. Cockroach dances on use the same sound effects as the light-up memorization game "Simon". The dancing in sync with the lighted pads is a reference to the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution (1998), in which you do the same thing, only in sync with the on-screen prompts.
  • The San Francisco streetcar that Dr. Cockroach modifies with rocket engines is an Italian-made vintage Peter Witt streetcar in the 1928 white-and-yellow color scheme. The streetcar in the movie has number #2930 (as of release, not an assigned number)
  • Movie is set in Modesto, CA, birthplace of George Lucas.
  • For the scenes of Ginormica wandering the streets of San Francisco, a replica of the set was built and supervising animator Line Korsgaard Andersen was videotaped walking around it as reference for the animators.
  • The two technicians who first discover Gallaxhar's ship are named Ben and Jerry, like the ice cream brand.
  • In one of the cities where Gallaxhar's message is being shown, there are blinking neon letters on one of the skyscrapers. These letters are Japanese katakana, and they spell "ka-ra-o-ke."
  • In the scene during the closing credits, the President asks the audience if anyone wants to freeze his head. Stephen Colbert, who provided the voice of the President, gives detailed outlines on how to unfreeze his head in an apocalyptic future in his book, 'I Am America and So Can You'.
  • This is the first Universal Animation Studios film to be in 3D
  • This is the first Universal Animation Studios to have a female protagonist with a male antagonist

Trivia[]

  • The second DreamWorks Animation film to be released in March, after The Road to El Dorado.
  • The last DreamWorks Animation film to have the "DreamWorks Animation Presents" credit, until Kung Fu Panda 3 was released.
  • The second DreamWorks Animation film to have a female protagonist, after Chicken Run.
    • It is also the first original DreamWorks Animation film to have a female protagonist.
  • This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be produced and released in 3-D, followed by How to Train Your Dragon.
  • The third DreamWorks Animation film to be produced in a 2:35:1 aspect ratio, after Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Kung Fu Panda.
  • This is the 5th computer-animated film by DreamWorks Animation to be produced at their Glendale studio, along with Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, and Kung Fu Panda.
  • This was the final and last film to use the 2004 DreamWorks Animation logo, which first appeared in Shrek 2.
  • The Gallaxhar's Robot Probe was a cameo in the cancelled film Me & My Shadow, in the scene.
  • This is the last DreamWorks Animation film to be released in the 2000s.
  • This is the seventh DreamWorks Animation film to be promoted by mentioning Shrek in the advertisements, following Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, and Bee Movie.
    • It is also the first DreamWorks film to be promoted by mentioning Kung Fu Panda in the advertisements as well.
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