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Battle for Terra (2007)

Terra (original title)
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A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

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Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay), Aristomenis Tsirbas (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Allen ... Terrian Scientist (voice)
Rosanna Arquette ... Professor Lina (voice)
Bill Birch ... Terrian 2 (voice)
Brooke Bloom ... Technician Quinn (voice)
Tom Connolly ... Technician Williams (voice)
Brian Cox ... General Hemmer (voice)
David Cross ... Giddy (voice)
Beverly D'Angelo ... Interrogator Wright (voice)
James Devoti ... Colonel Wheeler (voice) (as Jim Devoti)
Chris Evans ... Stewart Stanton (voice)
James Garner ... Doron (voice)
Danny Glover ... President Chen (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Elder Orin (voice)
Alec Holden ... Tulo (voice)
Masam Holden ... Tumi (voice)
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BATTLE for TERRA is a fantastic journey to worlds we have only dreamed of. It is a story of friendship, family, sacrifice and most importantly, the realization that all of our survival relies on our earth's precious natural resources. Written by Elissa Greer

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...A world where WE are the alien invaders. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle for Terra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,082,064, 3 May 2009

Gross USA:

$1,647,083

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,195,442
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Glover's fourth animated film after Antz (1998), The Prince of Egypt (1998), and Barnyard (2006). See more »

Quotes

General Hemmer: [Sarcastically, on the terraforming machine, which will infuse Terra with oxygen in just seven days] Very biblical, don't you think?
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References Skywhales (1983) See more »

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Adventure and Heart
9 April 2009 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Wherefore you do so ill translate yourself Out of the speech of peace, that bears such grace, Into the harsh and boist'rous tongue of war; Turning your books to graves, your ink to blood, Your pens to lances, and your tongue divine To a loud trumpet and a point of war?" Shakespeare's Henry IV, II

Battle for Terra is an animated Star Wars for the 21st century—a successful mix of adventure and heart with a slight overload of moralizing. The peaceful planet Terra is terrorized by the remaining people of Earth, who have traveled over time and space to find a substitute for the planet they destroyed.

The Terrareans are sperm like people with Kean-like eyes suitable for tears. These gentle and intelligent "aliens" are not unsuited to defending themselves, helped by their rebellious, Princess Leia-like Mala (voice of Evan Rachel Wood), who tends to a wounded earthling, the Han Solo-like Lt. James Stanton (Luke Wilson), both of whom must deal with Earth's General Hemmer (Brian Cox), a Dick Cheney-like commander whose answer to survival is armed aggression that begins by wresting power from his president, a black man with soulful mien reminiscent of Barack Obama.

That last description leads into my appreciation of the allegorical implications such as the US invasion of Iraq, torture as tactic, and resistance to alternatives. The need for nations to cooperate or face annihilation is repeated but well taken given the eternal opposition of the Soviet Union and the emergence of Iran and North Korea in the nuclear arms race.

While Battle for Terra lacks humor and preaches a bit too much, it still can be enjoyed by the whole family; its absolute lack of sexual situations (even Princess Leia induced some lustful thoughts) is refreshing and appropriate given the stark difference in the worlds. For the brainier family members, the explanation about the challenges of making oxygen is another rewarding element.

All these moral and aesthetic points are amply relayed throughout, making it a didactic work of art first and entertainment second. I would prefer it the other way around.


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