Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Aliens Have Landed....Aliens Ate My Homework Available Today on DVD and Digital (Review) #AAMH

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.



You have all heard and maybe even used the excuse, "The dog ate my homework."  But, what about, "Aliens ate my homework."  A little far-fetched right?  Well, when you sit to watch this new DVD/Digital release with your children starting today, it may give them the idea to tell their teacher's this excuse.  And, if you live on the East Coast, picking up this new release tonight as it is looking like the kids may be having a snow day tomorrow and maybe even Thursday, thus making an afternoon movie the perfect way to keep them busy and help you keep your sanity. :-)

I received this movie the other night and we ended up watching it as part of our Friday night family movie night.  My youngest knew all about the movie even though we never saw it.  She said she used to see the movie trailers and had friends tell her about how funny it was.  She was excited when she saw the DVD arrive at our door the other day.  I love William Shatner, so was happy to see he voiced the Phil character.  If you are wondering if this movie is based on Bruce Coville's best-selling book series, the answer is "Yes!"  So, if you have a fan of these books in your house, then you will definitely want to pick up this movie to share with your kids.

Doesn't this look like a funny movie?  It really was, and had our whole family laughing throughout it the other night.  When we were done watching the movie, we took time to check out the fun bonus features that come with both the DVD and digital version of this movie.

BONUS FEATURES on DVD and digital:

    Not of This World: Creating Alien Life Forms – A look at creating some of the film's Alien characters, showcasing the work of Emmy-winning visual effects maestro Todd Masters and his creature effects team. Viewers will get a peek at what it takes to bring the creatures to life on-set through the magic of prosthetic make-up, as well as practical effects techniques like oversized sets and puppetry.
    Aliens Ate My Homework: From Page to Screen – This piece will give viewers a peek at the process of turning the novel into a film – from concept to production and visual effects. Featuring behind the scenes footage plus interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and author Bruce Coville.
    On the Set with Bruce Coville – The beloved author gives viewers a peek at life on the set of Aliens Ate My Homework while providing details on the origins of the Galactic Patrol book series.

    The Galactic Patrol Wants You! – A closer look at the members of the Galactic Patrol featuring Grakker, Madame Pong, Rod Allbright, Elspeth, and Phillogenous Esk Piemondum, aka Phil. In this featurette, the intrepid crew of the Starship Ferkel will reveal details on their current mission and will inform viewers on what it takes to become a member of the Galactic Patrol.

Both of my girls agreed that the "On the Set with Bruce Coville" was their favorite part of the bonus section.  Even though they haven't read the books yet, they said it was interesting to learn about the aliens and see the set and how this movie was made.  Even though they know they aliens are not real (or, are they?), they said this movie made them fun and not scary, which they enjoyed.  And, with the comedic aspect of it and the great cast of kids and easy-going aliens, the movie was one of the best they have seen in a while, and one they will be watching again soon...I am guessing it will be part of our snow day tomorrow or Thursday, which I will not mind, as I really enjoyed it, and wouldn't mind sitting and watching again.

More about this Movie:

"Unexpected extraterrestrial guests team up with a pair of middle schoolers to prevent the destruction of the planet in Aliens Ate My Homework, coming to DVD, Digital and On Demand on March 6th, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A humorous and suspenseful intergalactic adventure, Aliens Ate My Homeworkfollows the whimsical members of the Galactic Patrol on the trail of an evil alien criminal hiding out on Earth.

Based on the first book in prolific author Bruce Coville’s globally renowned “Galactic Patrol” series published by Aladdin Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, Aliens Ate My Homeworkfeatures the voice of two-time Emmy Award winner William Shatner (“Star Trek”)  and comes from director Sean McNamara (The King’s Daughter). The film also stars Jayden Greig (The Shape of Water), Lauren McNamara (“Summer of Dreams”), Kirsten Robek (The Edge of Seventeen), Dan Payne (Star Trek BeyondWatchmen), Ty Consiglio (Wonder) and Alex Zahara (“The Man in the High Castle”).

Aliens Ate My Homework is a suspenseful family comedy which follows the adventures of sixth-grader Rod Allbright (Greig) and the extraterrestrial lawmen known as the Galactic Patrol. When a tiny spaceship flies through his window and lands on his science project, Rod and his cousin Elspeth (McNamara) meet a group of friendly aliens, including Phil, a talking plant (voiced by William Shatner). The earthlings quickly join the aliens’ adventurous mission to help defeat an evil alien criminal. After discovering the evil alien is disguised as a human - someone he knows all too well – Rod and Elspeth race to save the world from total planetary disaster.

Aliens Ate My Homework will be available on DVD and Digital.

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Cast: Jayden Greig, Lauren McNamara, Kirsten Robek, Dan Payne, Alex Zahara, Ty Consiglio, Sean Quan, William Shatner, Tristan Risk
Casting By: Jackie Lind, CSA
Music By: Brandon Moore
Edited By: Tony Dean Smith
Production Designer: Bob Bottieri
Director of Photography: Adam Sliwinski
Co-Producer: Todd Masters
Executive Producers: Harvey Kahn, Sean McNamara
Produced By: Roger Lay Jr. and Eric Carnagey
Based on the book series ‘Rod Allbirght Alien Adventures by: Bruce Coville
Screenplay By: Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed By: Sean McNamara

Street Date: March 6, 2018
Copyright: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 63187246
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG for some rude humor, mild action and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, French European, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English, French European, and Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

About Universal 1440 Entertainment, LLC:
The Universal 1440 Entertainment banner develops and produces live-action and animated non-theatrical productions directly for distribution in all media worldwide. Since its formation in 2005, the group has assembled an exceptional roster of animated family fare, including the Daytime Emmy®-winning Curious George television series for PBS Kids and Hulu; as well as the beloved The Land Before Time film series and the all-new animated family film Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. The group also has successfully built upon some of Universal’s highly celebrated live-action, comedy and drama franchises, Scorpion King,Jarhead, American Pie, Honey and Bring It On as well as the terrifying Chucky movies Projects currently readying for release include the newest installment of the epic sci-fi adventure hit Tremors, the next chapter in the gritty action franchise Death Race and an exciting new film from the popular Honey franchise.
Universal 1440 Entertainment is a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (www.uphe.com). Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. This sounds like an innovative new take on alien stories!

  2. I'll have to tell my nephew about this. I think that he will like this movie. Thanks for sharing. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  3. The older kids in the family would enjoy watching this one.
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