Matt Robertson part of "Monsters vs. Aliens" team 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

There’s a Morenci connection in this week’s feature at the Rex Theatre. Look carefully through the credits at the end of “Monsters vs. Aliens” and you’ll catch the name Matt Robertson.

The 1998 Morenci Area High School graduate works as an executive assistant at Dreamworks Animation in Los Angeles in the 3D department. The studio launched an initiative in 2008 to add 3D formatting to all animated movies starting in 2009. “Monsters vs. Aliens” is the first one out.

Robertson’s department currently oversees support for the stereo toolsets—a collection of computer software tools used in producing animations—and he often assists with studio-wide requests for screenings and demonstrations of the toolsets.

“If it involves 3D and the studio, it comes through our department and I’m often involved on some level,” he said.

The Rex will receive the traditional 2D version of the film—the same as the 3D version but without the effects that show up in a 3D theatre.

The computer-animated science fiction comedy tells the story of the unfortunate Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) who is struck by a meteorite just before her wedding. She suddenly grows 50 feet tall and is soon whisked away by government officials. She’s taken to a secret facility where other monsters have been stashed away, out of the eye of the public.

Gen. W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) calls on Susan and other monsters—a gelatinous blob named B.O.B., a half-amphibian, half-ape called the Missing Link, a brilliant cockroach with a PhD, and others—to band together against a ruthless alien named Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) who plans to conquer Earth.

The hour and a half film is rated PG and shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Rex. Many critics say it’s a movie that isn’t just for kids.

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