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Plants vs. Zombies: Movie Review and Plot Details Revealed!

The Movie is a computer-animated American comedy-adventure action film based on the video game series of the same name. Columbia Pictures will be handling distribution for the film, which was co-produced by PopCap Movies and Sony Pictures Animation (the latter making their feature film debut). Michael Cera, Richard Horvitz, Danny McBride, James Corden, Will Arnett, Chris Evans, Bill Faggerbakke, Josh Gad, and Jackson Robert Scott all lend their voices to the film. We watch as the Plants wage an epic, never-ending war against the Zombies. This is the first installment in the Plants vs. Zombies film series.

On June 2, 2017, it premiered in theatres across the United States. Critics praised the film’s story, performances (especially those of Cera, Horvitz, McBride, and Evans), humor, animation, special effects, and adherence to the original material, and it was a financial success at the box office, earning $354.6 million on a budget of under $20 million. A sequel film series based on the video game franchise has since been released, to generally positive reviews.

Plot

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In an effort to demolish Crazy Dave’s home, Zomboss leads an army of zombies in an assault on the Plant tribe. As a result of Bloomerang’s observation, the Plants and Zombies engage in a massive conflict. When the Plants triumph, Zomboss swears vengeance on them. The Plants celebrate their achievement with a party, but one of them, dubbed Peashooter, is concerned that the humans will come back to ruin the celebration. His Australian cousin, Ice Pea, comes to visit him. Chomper, another of his companions, comforts him and eventually befriends Ice Pea.

Despite his best efforts, Zomboss has run out of ways to harm the Plants. His friends Conehead and Buckethead propose using a robot that harvests the organic substance that sustains the Plants’ life. Once Zomboss agreed to the plan, construction on the robot could begin. Peashooter sees Zomboss and his horde of zombies come, intent on capturing Crazy Dave and plundering his stockpile of plant food. After a brief battle, Peashooter, Ice Pea, and Chomper are sucked out of the house by a vortex opened by Zomboss.

After a while, the Zombies pull ahead, and the last remaining Plants flee. The Plants then bow down to Zomboss for the first time in history. Miles from home, Peashooter, Ice Pea, and Chomper strive to find their way back. They eventually come to appreciate the importance of Plant Food to their well-being, and they make a beeline for home.

Eventually, Peashooter knows about Ice Pea’s power to shoot Ice balls and grows exceedingly jealous, along with Chomper’s ability to eat Zombies whole. Later, Peashooter stumbles across a tiny amount of Plant food and consumes it, thinking it will grant him superpowers. Unfortunately, he soon passes out after realizing the food was spoiled. To wait for Peashooter’s awakening, Ice Pea and Chomper settle in for the night alongside him.

Zomboss questions Crazy Dave in an effort to learn the whereabouts of the Plant Food. Dave informs Zomboss that the Plant Food is concealed below the surface so that the Plants can be quickly energized upon their arrival on the Battlefield. Then, Zomboss gathers his undead army and heads for the Mines. Once Zomboss locates the Plant Food, he utilizes it to fully energize his robot.

The robot eventually becomes too powerful and learns how to call in the ancient monster known as the Gargantuar, a hulking variety of the zombie. Training in it helps Zomboss get ready to employ it in combat. After a long day of mischief, Peashooter, Ice Pea, and Chomper return home. The two characters get into an argument on how to defeat Zomboss and end up fighting. Peashooter, jealous of Ice Pea and Chomper, leaves them to go up against Zomboss on his own.

Despite Peashooter’s advice to the contrary, Ice Pea and Chomper wait outside to see if they can catch up with him. When Zomboss kidnaps Peashooter, he has to give up the Plant Food that gives him the ability to fire peas at the zombies. Next, Zomboss feeds the plants with Plant Food and sets up his robot to destroy them.

Once Zomboss has left, Ice Pea and Chomper show up to liberate Peashooter. After they go, Zomboss realizes the problem. The Plants are inspired to unite against the Plants vs. Zombies after Peashooter, Ice Pea, and Chomper make amends and join forces with the rest of the Plants. In anticipation of their ultimate showdown, Zomboss calls for the Gargantuar, ensuring victory over the Plants once more.

All of the Plants are saved, though, since Peashooter summons his inner strength to vanquish Zomboss and destroy the Gargantuar. Again, the Plants emerge victorious, and Peashooter learns that he doesn’t need superpowers to rescue the day. The survivors then lock Zomboss away in the basement, away from the rest of the zombies.

In the middle of the credits, Zomboss is visited by Leonard Mudbeard, the bad pig from Angry Birds, who suggests they work together.

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Cast

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  • Michael Cera as Peashooter, the best friend of Ice Pea and Chomper, and the archenemy of Zomboss who is also the favorite plant of Crazy Dave.
  • Richard Horvitz is Zomboss, the archenemy of Peashooter who is the leader of the Zombie army and the enemy of Crazy Dave.
  • Danny McBride as Crazy Dave, the owner of the Plants and the house they defend who is also the enemy of Zomboss.
  • James Corden is Ice Pea, the cousin of Peashooter from Australia who joins the Plant army against the Zombies.
  • Will Arnett is Chomper, Peashooter’s best friend, and Ice Pea’s friend who is a member of the Plant army against Zomboss.
  • Chris Evans is Bonk Choy, the ancient leader of the Plant army who plans retirement and wants to pass the mantle to Peashooter.
  • Bill Faggerbakke is Walnut, the secretary and best friend of Bonk Choy who is a member of the Plant army and a friend of Peashooter.
  • Josh Gad as Bloomerang, a friend of Bonk Choy and Peashooter who is a member of the Plant army and an army of Zomboss.
  • Jackson Robert Scott as Potato Mine, a member of the Plant army and the Plant counterpart of the Imp zombie.

Additional cast

  • Michael Peña as Conehead, the second-in-command of the Zombie team who rebels against Crazy Dave and the Plant army.
  • Billy Eichner is Buckethead, the strongest but not brightest of the Zombie team who is the best friend of Conehead.
  • Bill Hader as Newspaper Zombie, a member of the Zombie army who goes furious if someone destroys his newspaper.
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Screen Door Zombie, the member of the Zombies who uses a screen door as a shield against the Plants.
  • Iain Armitage as Imp, a member of the Zombie team who is also a counterpart of the Potato Mine Plant.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Cherry, a cherry who can explode Zombies and the over-optimistic brother of Bomb.
  • Keanu Reeves as Bomb, a cherry who can explode Zombies and the furious and angry brother of Cherry.
  • Nick Kroll is Grave Buster, a member of the Plant team who rebels against the Zombies and destroys the graves.
  • Brie Larson as Sunflower, a vital Plant that provides Sun for the Plants.
  • Josh Brolin is Gargantuar, an ancient monster that works for the Zombies and has a huge fight against the Plants.

Additionally, Bill Hader also reprises his role as Leonard Mudbeard (King Pig) from The Angry Birds Movie franchise in an uncredited cameo appearance, respectively.

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Production

Development

In October 2015, Edgar Wright was tapped to direct a film adaptation of Plants vs. Zombies. Actors had committed to the project and made public announcements about their participation as early as November.

The whole cast of the upcoming Plants vs. Zombies film was revealed on the same day in December by PopCap Movies, the film division of PopCap Games. They said it would be the first in a series, with the next three films serving as a climax, resolution, and continuation of the story that began in this one. Originally scheduled for a December 2016 release, the film’s debut in theatres was pushed back to May 2016.

Animation and voice recording

The film’s new release date is November 2, 2016, and animation and voice recording took place between December 2015 and October 2016. A teaser trailer was published on the same day to advertise the film.

Release

On June 2, 2017, it premiered in theatres across the United States. In addition to the streaming and digital releases, the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD editions were made available on September 5, 2017.

Reception

Box office

Plants vs. Zombies earned $354.6 million around the world after bringing in $250.4 million in the United States and Canada and $104.2 million in other markets. The studio expected the picture to earn $102 million at the box office, but it earned more than that and was declared it a financial success.

Critical response

Reviews for the film were mostly positive, complimenting the story, acting (especially from Cera, Horvitz, McBride, and Evans), comedy, animation, special effects, and trueness to the original material. The film has an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.17 out of 10. The website’s opinion on the film’s critical reception says, “A faithful rendition and Edgar Wright’s great style makes Plants vs. Zombies: The Movie a must-see for fans of the gaming series (and maybe outsiders, too).” The film was awarded an “A-” by CinemaScore.

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Sequels

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (2018)

On June 8, 2018, a sequel called Plants vs. Zombies 2 was launched. The entire cast is back, with the addition of Jason Sudeikis, and returning actors Danny McBride, Josh Gad, and Bill Hader all playing their Angry Birds characters once again. After an evil team-up between the Zombies and the Naughty Pigs, the movie centers on the Plants as they partner up with the Angry Birds to destroy the Zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies 3 (2019)

On June 7th, 2019, a sequel titled Plants vs. Zombies 3 was launched. The original cast members from the previous films return, although none of the Angry Birds actors or actresses make an appearance. In the film, the Plants are seen preparing for their greatest battle against the Zombies, while Zomboss progressively looks for a means to wipe out the Plants for good.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (2020)

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On June 4, 2020, the third and final installment, named Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, was released. None of the Angry Birds actors appear, but everyone else from the previous films returns. After the Zombies’ terrible plan succeeds, the film centers on the Plants as they try to eradicate them from post-apocalyptic Neighborville.

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