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Escape from Planet Earth
Escape from Planet Earth poster.jpg
US theatrical release poster
Directed by Cal Brunker
Produced by
  • Donna Gigliotti
  • Catherine Winder
  • Luke Carroll
  • Tony Leech
Screenplay by
  • Bob Barlen
  • Cal Brunker
Story by
  • Tony Leech
  • Cory Edwards
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Matthew A. Ward
Editing by
  • Matthew Landon
  • Scott Winlaw
  • Blue Yonder Films
  • GRF Productions
  • Jon Shestack Productions
  • Kaleidoscope TWC
  • Protocol Pictures
  • Rainmaker Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date(s) February 15, 2013 (2013-02-15)
Running time 89 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $40 million
Money made $74.6 million

Escape from Planet Earth is a 2013 Canadian-American 3D computer animated comedy-adventure science fiction film produced by Rainmaker Entertainment and distributed by The Weinstein Company in the United States and Alliance Films in Canada, directed by Cal Brunker, with a screenplay which he co-wrote with Bob Barlen, and features an ensemble voice cast that includes Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofía Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonathan Morgan Heit, and Ricky Gervais. The film was released on February 15, 2013. Escape from Planet Earth received mixed reviews from the critics, but grossed over $74 million on a budget of $40 million.


On Planet Baab, Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) works at BASA with his nerdy older brother, Gary (Rob Corddry) and his mission control computer, James Bing (Ricky Gervais). One day, Gary receives a message from Lena Thackleman (Jessica Alba), the head of BASA, that Scorch will be sent to the "Dark Planet" (the Baabians' name for Earth) due to a SOS call.

Scorch decides to go to the Dark Planet, as he holds a press conference to the Baab civilians about the mission. However, Gary opposes the idea as Scorch is not serious about it, for no alien has ever returned from the Dark Planet. After further arguments, Gary finally quits BASA before Scorch himself fires him. Gary goes home to his wife, Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and his adventure-hungry son, Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit), who is a big fan of Scorch, only to find out that Scorch has already gone to the Dark Planet, while Kip is watching it on live TV.

Scorch arrives on Earth, lands in the desert and finds a 7-Eleven convenience store but mistakes an airdancer for a dying being. Scorch is then tranquilized and captured by General Shanker Saunderson (William Shatner), a selfish and malevolent general of the US Army, and is taken to "Area 51" where aliens from other planets are held. Witnessing this, Kip wants to go rescue Scorch, but Gary discourages him, making Kip angry. That night, Gary goes to Kip's room to apologize only to find that Kip has escaped. He rushes to BASA with Kira wearing his prototype rocket boots and arrives in time to cancel the launch sequence at the last minute and save Kip.

Gary, having a change of heart, re-activates the sequence so he himself can rescue Scorch. As soon as he arrives, his ship immediately activates a self-destruct sequence, but he manages to escape. Gary arrives at the same 7-Eleven that Scorch arrived at earlier where he is spotted by two geeky alien-loving employees, Hawk (Steve Zahn) and Hammer (Chris Parnell). Although both feared Gary, the two realize that Gary isn't hostile and offer him a Slurpee, giving Gary a brain freeze. Afterwards, Shanker's men break into the store, tranquilize Hawk and Hammer, and capture Gary, taking him to Area 51 as well.

Gary is taken to Shanker's office where he is quickly removed after he receives an incoming call from Lena, who is revealed to be his girlfriend as she has sent him the most powerful energy source in the galaxy known as "blubonium". Gary is placed in a cell hall where he meets a snarky mouse-like alien named Doc (Craig Robinson), grouchy cyclops-like alien, Io (Jane Lynch), and friendly slug-like alien, Thurman (George Lopez), who tell Gary that various human technology has been invented by them for Shanker to rip off and sell to all of Earth so he will release them from Area 51. With these technologies, Shanker had made deals with companies like Apple Inc., Facebook, Google, and Pixar. Gary reunites with Scorch, but is again annoyed by his conceited behavior. After a food fight in the cafeteria, the aliens make their way to the "peace shield". Meanwhile, Lena captures Kira, who stayed at BASA and tried contacting Gary on his rescue mission. Lena reveals her plan to give a lifetime supply of blubonium to Shanker.

After Shanker reveals the blubonium, Gary unintentionally provokes Scorch into stealing it after stating its dangerous power. While being chased, Scorch destroys the blubonium, causing Shanker to freeze him and orders Gary to fix the blubonium, revealing that he plans to destroy all alien planets in the universe with a laser using the blubonium, thinking all aliens are hostile after a trio of grey aliens' spaceship (accidentally) killed his father in his youth back in 1947. Gary fixes the ray with help from his new friends, but Shanker goes back on his promise and freezes him instead. The other aliens discover Shanker's true intentions when he tries to destroy Baab with the laser, knocking out Shanker's henchmen. It is revealed that Gary rigged the machine to malfunction, destroying itself before it can destroy Baab. With Gary and Scorch released from their icy prisons by the machine alongside the other frozen aliens, the brothers, Doc, Thurman and Io escape Area 51. With help from Hawk and Hammer, Gary and company locate Scorch's spaceship in a trailer park.

Meanwhile, back on Baab, Kip frees Kira, who subdues Lena after the latter takes off with a blubonium shipment. US Air Force jets chase Gary's saucer, but Kip guides him through and manages to evade and destroy the jets. However, Shanker, wearing Scorch's robotic suit, uses a tractor beam to stop the ship in midair. Gary and Scorch jump out and manage to get the suit off Shanker which causes them all to plummet. While freefalling, Scorch and Gary reconcile, with Scorch admitting he always looked up to Gary for having a great family. The two embrace before they and an unconscious Shanker are rescued by the grey aliens. After Gary knocks out Shanker, the grey aliens take him away to deal with him. Scorch and Gary return to Planet Baab where Gary is reunited with his family. Scorch is greeted as a hero, but gives the credit to his brother. To celebrate his heroism, Scorch marries his girlfriend, anchorwoman Gabby Babblebrook (Sofía Vergara), with Gary, Kira, Kip, Doc, Io, Thurman, Hawk and Hammer in attendance.




Escape from Planet Earth: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released February 19, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 51:06
Label Sony Classical

Escape from Planet Earth: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack of the film which was released on February 19, 2013.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Shooting Star"   4:06
2. "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)"   3:47
3. "Bom Bom"   2:54
4. "Watch Your Back"   2:21
5. "Dollaz (Gotta Get It)"   3:06
6. "Shine Supernova"   3:12
7. "What Matters Most"   2:51
8. "George Valentin"   5:36
9. "Escape from Planet Earth Overture"   4:57
10. "Tornado / Shanker Battles the Aliens"   6:37
11. "Escape from Planet Earth Variation"   3:53
12. "Shanker Targets Planet Baab / Gary and Aliens Escape"   5:09
13. "Let's Go Home"   2:37
Total length:


Escape from Planet Earth: Original Score By Aaron Zigman
Film score by
Aaron Zigman
Released February 8, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Score
Length 1:14:17
Label Sony Classical
Aaron Zigman film scores chronology
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Escape from Planet Earth: Original Score By Aaron Zigman

Escape from Planet Earth: Original Score By Aaron Zigman is the soundtrack of the film scored by Aaron Zigman, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, which was released on February 8, 2013.

Track listing

  • All songs written and composed by Aaron Zigman.
No. Title Length
1. "Escape from Planet Earth Overture"   4:58
2. "Family Theme / Gary & Kira Save Kip"   4:06
3. "The Peace Shield"   2:52
4. "Tornado / Shanker Battles the Aliens"   6:37
5. "Evil Lena's Theme / Dark Planet Press Conference"   1:18
6. "Kira & Evil Lena / Gary Goes to Save Scorch"   3:58
7. "Kira & Kip Caught / Evil Lena"   1:30
8. "Scorch – Family Theme"   2:33
9. "Step Away from the Bluebonium"   3:07
10. "The Gnalarch Mission"   2:26
11. "Scorch Returns to Planet Baab"   1:57
12. "Scorch Me Baby"   2:49
13. "Shanker Targets Planet Baab / Gary and Aliens Escape"   5:09
14. "Fire Up the Ship"   1:17
15. "Dark Planet Info"   1:48
16. "Gary Captured / Area 51"   4:06
17. "General & Evil Lena / Kip Saves Kira"   4:16
18. "Scorch Goes to the Dark Planet"   4:49
19. "Freezing Gun Fight"   3:05
20. "Aliens Save the Day"   1:59
21. "Gary's Cell"   2:13
22. "Lets Go Home"   2:36
23. "Main Title"   0:53
24. "Escape from Planet Earth Variation"   3:55
Total length:
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