Trivia / Monsters vs. Aliens

  • Casting Gag
    • Reese Witherspoon, one of the most petite actresses in the A-list, plays the tallest woman in the world.
    • At the time Stephen Colbert was recording his role as the President, his TV alter ego was running a presidential campaign of his own.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Meta example — the man in charge of the 3D animation for this movie has the legally recognized name of Phil Captain 3D McNally.
  • Technology Marches On: Rule-bot 9000 was created during the Cold War.
  • Throw It In: What you get when you hire an improv comedian. "Evidently they eat lead" was one of them.
  • Viral Marketing:
    • A rather believable (read: amusing) conspiracy nut website has teasers for the movie amid the alien coinage and mind-control candy.
    • Nickelodeon created an ad which started out as a True Jackson, VP promo before abruptly going to static and then shifting to an announcement warning people of the arriving monsters.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Susan's "Zombie Cheerleader" costume from the Halloween Special.
    • A female Galaxhar who is basically the parallel version of Susan.
    • The original pitch was an adaptation of Rex Havoc and the Asskickers of the Fantastic, an obscure satirical comic from Warren Publishing (the same folks behind Vampirella). The monsters were mostly established by this point, although B.O.B. was called The Ick! and Ginormica was referred to as the 50,000 Pound Woman.
    • The monsters would have been imprisoned in Alcatraz at the end of the second act. One draft had the monsters going on the rampage after Derek breaks up with Susan, while another had the President make them take the fall for the destruction of San Francisco.

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