Monsters vs. Aliens
Monsters vs. Aliens is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2009 film GMW. First announced in 2009, the series premiered on Nickelodeon on March 23, 2013 after the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, then began airing in its regular timeslot on April 6, 2013. A total of 26 episodes consisting of 50 segments were released, with the last episode airing on February 8, 2014. Following this, the series was cancelled and wasn't renewed for a second season due to low ratings and poor reviews, as well as the network's desire to refocus on making "more Nickish shows".
Brainless blob B.O.B., prehistoric fish-man Link, mad scientist Dr. Cockroach and incredible growing woman Susan "Ginormica" Murphy learn to adapt to a new world as they work alongside a bizarre group of aliens at Area Fifty-Something, a secret underground base that specializes in the supernatural.
- The show was in development hell for four years, first being announced in 2009 and then finally being released in 2013. To make matters worse, the show was suddenly cancelled after a single season of 26 episodes, with the last episode being completely random and not giving the series a proper conclusion, much to the blame going to both DreamWorks and Nickelodeon.
- None of the cast from the film such as Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, nor Hugh Laurie came back for the show as their roles as Susan Murphy/Ginormica, B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach, and Link respectively. Their new voice actors are nothing but stand-ins Riki Lindhome, Eric Edelstein, Chris O'Dowd, and Diedrich Bader. They don’t even sound like themselves from the actual film itself.
- The CGI animation in the show is horrid as it looks like it came from a very poor cheaply made kids' video game.
- B.O.B. is given the most focus in the entire series, which is another example of trying to give a comic relief character the spotlight in a bad way.
- To add salt to the wound, B.O.B. was even flanderized to being less funny than he was in the movie and more dumb and hyperactive in the series.
- Ginormica is no longer giant like she was in the movie; instead, she now has size-shifting abilities, which is an unnecessary change from her original film counterpart.
- The new aliens are lame, and all of them are based on stereotypes. For example, Coverton is your generic "villain who wants to conquer Earth", Sqweep is your intelligent one, Sta'abi is your badass hothead and Vornicarn is... well, the only alien who doesn't fall into a stereotype. They also all sit around and do nothing in Area Fifty Something.
- Extremely half-baked perilous situations that are always caused by the monsters' stupidity, to which all of these problems are averted with lame solutions; the 11-minute back-to-back episode format also doesn't help this matter.
- Besides that, the plotlines range from boring to cliché to outright stupid, such as B.O.B. taking a bath and then giving everyone else a bath.
- DreamWorks didn't even try with the animation of this show, as it's the same animation that both BTSW and BTSW had, which is an extremely lazy move. Also, there are barely any new locations throughout the entire series, as most of it takes place in Area Fifty Something, with the occasional new location, but these are very rare to find. Lastly, the animation quality took a massive nosedive, as it appears to be much cheaper than before. The worst example of this is Ginormica, who doesn't look properly rendered.
- The characters have lost lots of their charisma due to the replacement voice actors.
- Insectosaurus isn't shown in the series, to which it is never explained what happened to her. Apparently, the animators didn't have the budget to put her in the show and didn't even bother about explaining her disappearance, as she is simply ignored and nobody ever brought her up.
- The failure of the series basically killed off the Monsters vs. Aliens franchise and any chances of it getting a sequel (not helped out by the film not performing well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel), as nowadays DreamWorks outright gave up the franchise, but they still remember it to this day, clarifying fortunately they still didn't forgot it.
- Besides that, the failure of the series also caused Nickelodeon to terminate their partnership with DreamWorks.
- The replacement voice actors, while they lack the charisma of the movie cast as previously mentioned, still do a decent job.
- With the exception of the absence of Butterflyosaurus, there are actually very few continuity errors to the movie.
- The animation, while cheap-looking looks decent at times.
The series IMDb rating is a 5.8. However, it was met with very negative reviews from fans and critics.