Monsters vs. Aliens

 
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Movie-related activities, clips, and games best for tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ginormica, who is a woman, is one of the main super hero-type characters and sends a positive social message that women can be strong, giant super heroes, too.

Violence & scariness

The movie's theme -- monsters fighting aliens that want to take over
the world -- may be scary for some younger children and is what in part
earns the movie a PG rating for sci-fi action and crude humor.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

None observed on the site. But "mild language" in the movie contributes to the PG rating.

Consumerism

You can purchase tickets to the movie on the web site. The movie's "partners" -- including Hubba Bubba gum, HP, Intel, Kid Cuisine, Visa, and McDonalds -- are highlighted in their own section of the Web site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this option-packed Web site and companion movie traliers might be a bit loud and visually overwhelming for younger kids. But grade school and older children will find a lot of cool info about how the movie was made, as well as creative ways to bring the movie characters into everyday play.

What's it about?

Most kids in the Monsters vs. Aliens target age range will be able to figure out on their own the easy clicks into watching the movie trailers
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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Parents and kids who really love this movie will find a lot of cool
stuff about how it was made and fun games that are worth playing a time or two. There are also fun dossiers to read more about the characters and a monster load of ideas on how to bring the Monsters vs. Aliens world into
their own creative play, like 3D model print-outs, cootie catchers, and
themed birthday party ideas for boys or girls. Other features, such as the iPhone apps and
Monsters vs. Aliens game available from Glu.com, are clearly for older
fans, including moms and dads.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the hype behind big studio movies like Monsters vs. Aliens. Besides the Web site and commercials on TV, where else are you seeing these characters and hearing about this movie? How can you decide for yourself whether this is a movie you want to see vs. being convinced it's a great movie just because of the hype around its release?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old January 19, 2011
 
This is a awsome site
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old November 11, 2010
 

Not too bad gets boring though

Not too bad. Gets boring though. The site is a fun to look at even if your kid is into Monsters vs. Aliens. There is nothing bad about it except product placement.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Parent of a 3 year old Written bynycsuzyq August 7, 2010
 
What other families should know
Great messages

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