Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tame Halloween special doesn't live up to original movie.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 30 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Kids may learn why it's important not to eat too much candy after seeing what happens to the gorging pumpkins...

Positive Messages

The monster team must work together to save humans from the mutant pumpkins. But there's also some mild potty humor: In one scene, a spacecraft dumps what’s implied to be alien urine on a patch of pumpkins, turning them into the mutant creatures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The monsters rely on violence to eliminate the invasive pumpkins, but their goal is always humans' safety. As in the movie, Susan is a strong female character.

Violence & Scariness

Animated pumpkins explode after gorging themselves on Halloween candy. The only weapon resembles a machine gun -- but is used only to feed the pumpkins the candy that will destroy them. Some of the pumpkins look pretty creepy, which could be scary for very young kids.

Sexy Stuff

One brief mention of “making out.”

Language

One use of “stupid.” 

Consumerism

No outright product pushing, but plenty of tie-in merchandise available. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Halloween special is far less intense than the Monsters vs. Aliens movie. Violence is limited to the self-imposed implosion of mutant pumpkins from eating too much candy, and the only weapon in use is a machine gun that’s used to feed the “ammo” to them. Apart from a lone instance of mild language (“stupid") and some brief potty humor (it’s implied that aliens dump their urine on the pumpkins), there are no worries for most kids, though very young ones might be frightened by the somewht creepy-looking animated jack-o-lanterns.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bybriannefair November 20, 2009

2 year old scared!

My 2 year old son is a complete boy-boy, but for some reason this scares the daylights outta him! We have it on DVR and while he normally loves action in shows... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byPinkarray January 4, 2015

This film takes away almost everything that made the film delightful to watch

If you are five-years-old, you will likely be entertained by this special of fun and plot of monsters beating the crap out of those pumpkins while getting into... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 13, 2010

March, Madness

This was a creative movie that was very funny, but the characters weren't that interesting. I would've liked it if it were a unique alien invasion.

What's the story?

In MONSTERS VS. ALIENS: MUTANT PUMPKINS FROM OUTER SPACE, those pesky space dwellers are back with a new evil plot for taking down the human race. It’s Halloween, and unsuspecting trick-or-treaters are out en force in Modesto, Calif., unaware that they’re surrounded by mutant pumpkins whose sights are set on their sugary loot, which causes them to grow. Once again it’s up to Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), BOB (Seth Rogen), The Missing Link (Will Arnett), and Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) to save the humans from the aliens’ wrath and restore order to the town.

Is it any good?

This movie's lackluster content isn’t likely to wow any but the youngest viewers. There’s no doubt that this holiday special is intended to capitalize on the success of its full-length predecessor rather than stand out on its own merit. The story is one-dimensional, the characters’ actions are predictable, and the outcome is hardly a shocker. For most of the show, the plot seems to build toward an exciting climax that never materializes, leaving older viewers (who may have loved the original movie) wondering what the point was.

That’s not to say the special is totally devoid of entertainment value. With the exception of classics like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, holiday specials typically don’t boast great staying power anyway, and Mutant Pumpkins is just more of the same. And at least younger kids for whom the original movie was a tad too intense can tune in to this Halloween tale without parents worrying much about its very mild content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why kids wanted to see this special -- was it because it was connected to the movie or because it looked good on its own? Did it live up to your expectations?

  • Kids: What other movie-related specials/sequels have you seen? Have you ever liked a sequel or follow-up special better than the original? Which movies do you wish had a sequel that don’t?

  • How does violence affect a show or movie? Does seeing violence in the media bother you? Which shows have you seen that have a lot of fighting? Does the realistic nature of the violence affect its impact on viewers?

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