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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this short animated film that comes packaged with the Monsters vs. Aliens DVD combines the same goofy characters with conflict and cartoon violence that might be disturbing to very young children. Two creatures attempt to blow up their friend with a bomb. The trio fights against an evil military foe by throwing gelatinous blobs at him and engaging in angry (though funny) exchanges, and a jet goes up in flames. Viewers can choose 2-D or 3-D, and the latter cranks up the intensity.
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What's the story?
In this offshoot of the CG-animated Monsters vs. Aliens, three characters -- B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), and Missing Link (Will Arnett) -- attempt to escape their underground prison where they are watched over by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland). When B.O.B. acquires mind-reading abilities after swallowing a bomb, Cockroach and Link use him to read Monger's mind and find escape methods.
Is it any good?
The character of B.O.B. is hugely charming for all his clueless glee, and his positive energy keeps the short film from turning too dark. His mind-reading ability and general blobbiness are pretty funny too. But the narrative arc is rather predictible, which is fine, but nothing to get too excited about.
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