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Escape From Planet Earth is a 2013 animated movie from Rainmaker Entertainment; starring the voices of Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, William Shatner, George Lopez and Sofia Vergara.

Alien astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser), beloved hero to the people of the planet Baab, and brother of Gary (Rob Corddry) - head of the BASA mission control - is sent on a rescue mission by BASA chief Lena (Jessica Alba) to the "Dark Planet" (Earth), but Gary has to step up when Scorch is captured by the evil Area 51 commander Shanker (William Shatner).


Escape From Planet Earth contains examples of:

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Shanker. He hates all alien life forms thanks to losing his dad to them and plans to destroy every alien civilization he can, regardless of how peaceful they may be. Even his relationship with Lena was a front just so she can give Shanker what he needs, then he planned to discard her after she was no longer of use to him.
  • Action Girl: Gary's wife Kira, who mentions that she was a test pilot for many years.
  • Action Mom: Again, Kira Supernova. She's the one that ends up spurring Gary to go rescue his brother after her actions net them a rescue pod set for Earth. Lampshaded by Kira herself.
    Kira: You think just because a chick has kids, she can't dish it out? Psh.
  • Aerith and Bob: Gary, compared to just about everyone else, including his wife Kira.
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  • All Planets Are Earthlike: Planet Baab, at least.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Oh so much. Every single species we meet speaks English (including some of the food in the cafeteria), and there's no mention of any kind of Universal Translator technology.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Scorch to Gary.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Gnarlachs are this to the people of Planet Baab.
  • The Atoner: The reason why the Grays worked for Shanker, they felt bad for squishing his dad.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Scorch Supernova. It even sounds like a superhero name. Especially compared to his brother, Gary.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Scorch (although it turns out he's Gary's younger brother).
  • Big Little Brother: Scorch to Gary.
  • Big "NO!": Scorch when he thinks the "alien" he was trying to rescue on Earth died.
  • Brains and Brawn: Gary and Scorch, to the point that Scorch apparently commonly mentions this trope by name.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Averted with Kip. At first it seems that he really idolizes Scorch to the point of ignoring his more reasonable father, Gary (much to his annoyance), but it turns out that he loves them both pretty equally. He even combines his uncle's heroism and his father's intelligence to help spring his mother and himself out of captivity.
  • Catchphrase: Scorch's "Scorch me, baby!" when he's about to attack.
  • Chekhov's Skill/Chekhov's Gun: Kip is good at flying a remote-controlled model of Scorch's ship, Gary demonstrates that the real ship can be piloted by remote control from BASA Mission Control. Then the real ship's controls go dead at a crucial moment while Kip is hiding in Mission Control...
    • There's also the blast tape.
  • Chick Magnet: Implied with Scorch when Gabby (his girlfriend) warned other women to stay from him on live TV.
  • Cool Uncle: Scorch to Kip, to the annoyance of Gary.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mission Control AI Mr. James Bing, voiced by real life Deadpan Snarker Ricky Gervais. Gary also has his share of snark, after putting up with Scorch's crap for so long.
  • Disney Villain Death: Averted, as Shanker falls after Scorch's suit explodes, but the Greys catch him, along with Gary and Scorch.
  • Don't Explain the Joke:
    Io: Keep it down, I'm trying to get some shut eye!
    Gary: Ahh, I get it, because you have one eye...
  • The Dreaded: The "Dark Planet", the planet that many aliens have gone to but have never returned, aka Planet Earth.
  • Dumb Muscle: Scorch, the arrogant muscle bound heroic twit.
  • E.T. Gave Us Wi-Fi: Shanker makes the aliens he captures invent stuff that he takes credit for. Thurman invented the touchscreen and the internet, Io search engines, and Doc social networks.
  • Faceless Goons: All the Area 51 soldiers wear face concealing Hazmat Suits that make it impossible to tell one from the other.
  • Foodfight!: Gary and Scorch accidentally food fight after having a heated argument.
  • Foot Popping: Gabby foot pops when she kisses Scorch at their wedding.
  • For the Evulz: Lena apparently.
    Computer: This villain thing is not you. It's the aging, the stress.
    Lena: Shut up!
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Again, the people of Planet Baab.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: All the names on the floor 46 minutes into the film.note 
  • Foreshadowing: A lot of emphasis is put on Gary's timing in telling his brother when to shoot his grappling hook in the opening sequence. It turns out Scorch can't use it effectively at all without Gary's help, and it ultimately causes him to be captured.
  • Freudian Excuse: Shanker wants to exterminate all aliens in the Universe because the Greys killed his father in a flying-saucer crash.
  • Gentle Giant: Downplayed with Scorch since he's not exactly a guy without faults, but they don't outweigh his good parts.
  • Genre Blind: The other aliens think that the villain will keep his word in sending them back home. Subverted a little in that even if they were suspicious, they don't have any other options.
  • The Greys: One of the alien races detained at Area 51, and Shanker's right-hand men.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Io, usually involving her eye more than anything.
  • Happily Married: Kira and Gary have a loving and deep relationship, and occasionally trade jokes with each other. And it looks like Scorch and Gabby are heading this way after the marry in the end.
  • Hartman Hips: Every female alien from Planet Baab.
  • Heel Realization: Scorch's decision to fire his brother bites him hard when he realizes, in the middle of the mission no less, that he really does need Gary's help.
  • Heroic Build: With all of his jerkass tendencies, Scorch's heroism matches his impressive build.
    • Io my have her anger issues, but her huge build corresponds with how much she's a good guy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Scorch and Gary appear to finally become this at the ending. Especially since Gary is the Best Man at Scorch and Gabby's wedding.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Scorch is the Huge Guy and his girlfriend and later wife, Gabby Babblerbrook is the Tiny Girl.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Unlike other intelligent species in the universe, they divide themselves into countries over which they have endless wars (where the winner goes into decline and the loser prospers until the cycle repeats), they choose their leaders based on the silliness of their facial hair, and they worship an bizarre creature known as "the Cowell". They also do nasty stuff to alien visitors, none of which have ever returned from what the aliens call The Dark Planet.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Gary's wife, Kira, to viewers, thanks to all of the aliens from Baab having near-identical features. Other aliens even comment on it. "How'd you manage that?"
  • Instant Sedation: The soldiers use Tranquillizer Guns that can knock out anyone in a few seconds, regardless of species.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Scorch can be quite arrogant, loud and obnoxious, especially to his brother, Gary. He's also the Cool Uncle to Kip, brave, loves his girlfriend dearly, and actually admits to Gary that he always wanted to be like him. Have a great wife and a great kid.
  • Kid Hero: Kip really helps out in the climax and he's only about 8 or 9 years old.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: In the cafeteria, they serve something called Plarbe that looks like scrambled eggs with a face and it does not seem to mind that it is going to be eaten.


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