When I bought Monsters vs Aliens, I honestly didn't think I'd be impressed beyond any comedy value that Mv A brought. I thought it was something the younger ones could enjoy and I could use it as brownie points to earn extra time on the Wii while they were watching the movie (Metroid Prime takes a while to beat on %100).
I was wrong. I was very dead wrong.
I actually paid more attention to the movie than any my younger siblings. I was engaged in it's extremely interesting plot and character development of the monsters, mostly Susan (or 'Ginormica'). The gags were funny, don't get me wrong, but the action scenes, animation, voice acting and the DRAMA (of all things) were done very, very well. I was amazed. I was stunned.
The characters, as I said before, are very well done. Susan's problems are handled very believably, shown that her new size comes with some very unfortunant side-effects (she could accidentally squish any of her family members on accident and nearly kisses her boyfriends head off). She's my favorite character. She's a female protagonist...that was actually done very, very well. She's not a Jerk Sue
and she is not slutty (unlike most hollywood female protagonists that I could name) and her personality is, shall I say it, Three-Dimensional.
That isn't to say the rest of the characters arn't. Dr. Cockroach? Brilliant. Believable. FUNNY. You can easily tell he has a lot of intelligence behind him, and it's believable (even if making a supercomputer from several pizza boxes, a can of hairspray and a paperclip isn't
) The Missing Link and B.O.B are great too, and I love General Monger. Even the Villain seems three dimensional. The whole reason behind his schemes is implied to be because...no, wait. That would really be spoiling. The only character I would accuse of being two-dimensional is The President, but he's funny
The only flaw that I can see in this film is that they try a little too hard on some of the jokes, thus making it too over the top to be funny for This Troper
It is, really, an excellent film with almost no flaws except for a couple of over done gags. Buy it, and display it PROMINENTLY
The only question is...How are they going to stop the nukes that were launched during the credits?