New Asteroid Film Released on Morning of Chelyabinsk Meteor and Asteroid DA14

Anti Asteroid-Mining Film Coincidence

At about 9:00 AM EST in my city, the hilarious new animated William Shatner and Dreamworks/Weinstein Company feature film Escape From Planet Earth (PG) was released. It was produced largely in Canada, with a big-name voice cast.

Driving to the theater for a 10:00 AM showing, I learned from a radio broadcast about the Chelyabinsk Meteor event from the late night before (about 9:15 AM Friday, my time). I thought that the Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby predicted for February 15, 2013 had occurred early! When I heard later of the DA14 event in the afternoon, I suspected a flurry of conspiracy theories about Canada and asteroid control by sundown - or perhaps that Willliam Shatner does really own the universe.

I sympathised with the Siberian region affected by the meteor crash, learning from a well known asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources (Google, James Cameron, and others) , that it hit with the power of 1,000 times that of the Little Boy H bomb that demolished much of Hiroshima during WWII. However, NASA photos indicate that the meteor did not strike the gound, but burst into a meteror shower of smaller pieces.

Do these meteor event affect Earth's weather like sunspots do, or do they lead to extinctions? I agree with scientists who feel that some dinosaurs became smaller rather than dead - giant crocodiles (even the regular size), monitor lizards, Gila monsters, etc. -- even a dinosaur-like living species of bird was recently found and reported in National Geographic in January 2013. If ever a ptero-being ever actually did develop feathers, our current living species is it.

The Siberian rock did injure 1,400 people, however, although some reports quote 1,000 or even 500. Someone is trying to diminish the importance of this event, because I see that Russian-language papers are reporting over 1,000 injuries.

Intriguingly, Chelyabinsk has been the site of top secret nuclear research since WWII, with atleast one major nuclear accident during the Cold War.

Siberian Meteor Impact

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A markerFebruary 15, 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor Impact -
Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia
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B marker1908 Tugunska Meteor Impact -
Tunguska, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
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What, already on DVD 2/15/13?

Quote From NASA

The estimated size of the object, prior to entering Earth's atmosphere, has been revised upward from 49 feet (15 meters) to 55 feet (17 meters), and its estimated mass has increased from 7,000 to 10,000 tons. Also, the estimate for energy released during the event has increased by 30 kilotons to nearly 500 kilotons of energy released. (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.html retreived February 15, 2013).


Hilarious Fun!

It was good that no reviews of the film were published before the release date of Escape, because those would have ruined the surprises. As I watched the film, I laughed at the dozens of references to Star Trek: The Original Series episodes and movies, Star Wars, Buzz Lightyear, Monsters, Inc. and many others. Then my mouth dropped opened at messages interwoven into the plot, much like those of The Triplets of Belleville, a delightful French animation in which even the Statue of Liberty is fat.

One jaw dropper is an interwoven message that the USA plans to steal the resources of every other planet and asteroid it can reach and then kill alien populations living on any of them. Reference is made to Planetary Resources asteroid mining company by mentioning the name of co-founder "James Cameron", cleverly separated as the names of two US Army soldiers and called out at once by a General that lost his dad in the 1947 Roswell Incident when a UFO lands on him in his back yard. This reference is lost on the audience kids, while the adults laugh. The kids have plenty to laugh at in the rest of the film and I hope they listen to the problems with overeating foods containing sugar and caffeine.

You must go and see the movie - in 3D - even if just to get a look at the gigantic bigger-than-IMAX Asteroid Gun the US has in its possession for mining alien fuel. Of course, it won't work without alien fuel in the first place.

US corporate greed and American obesity are brilliantly parodied throughout the film, funny and disturbing at once. One space hero wears corporate sponsorship patches all over his spacesuit. The colors in the animation are happy, bright primary colors, white, and black, with a few muted shades - not like the blaring colors of Disney TV shows for youth (those shows hurt my eyes).

At any rate, I am still laughing about this film. I must...have...the...DVD...

Source
Asteroid DA14 was invisible to northern hemisphere until just before close approach: it approached from "underneath" Earth. On the other hand, after close approach it was favorably placed for the N. Hemisphere to see.
Asteroid DA14 was invisible to northern hemisphere until just before close approach: it approached from "underneath" Earth. On the other hand, after close approach it was favorably placed for the N. Hemisphere to see. | Source
Does William Shatner control the Universe, as his work in Shatner's World suggests?
Does William Shatner control the Universe, as his work in Shatner's World suggests? | Source

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

After your brilliantly funny commentary, Patty, I have placed that film on my must-see list. Will be looking and listening for those interesting messages.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

It's all pretty funny, even with the messages, but a 7-11 store makes even those funny. The fans of Star Trek:TOS and the other series and films parodied will have a blast - but, the critics on Rottentomatoes.com didn't notice any of the Trek references! They missed a lot of the laughs.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

What a clever way to relate this. I have not seen the movie but now it is on my list.

Thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I hope you like the film, pstraubie48; I'm going to see it again and in 3D this time. People in the theatrer were wondering why I was laughing so much, because they probably never saw most of the original Star Trek episodes.But, the alien with sponsor patches on his spacesuit was a scream!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

William Shatner has always been one of my favorites, from the original Star Trek, to the Star Trek movies and the reruns of the series on TV. I'll definitely be on the lookout for this movie when it reaches DVD. (Have you ever seen "Galaxy Quest" with Tim Allen? It's a great spoof on the Star Trek characters.) We love the "final frontier" and all the voyages relating to the journey and animation is just a big plus. Thanks for another great recommendation of Escape From Planet Earth!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

@PegCole17 - You like "Galaxy Quest", too! I felt I had to purchase the VHS and then the DVD of that one. This reminds me that I should watch it again soon - it's so funny, especially with the Sigourney Weaver scenes in which she simply repeats what the computer says ad infinitum and Tony Shaloub as the engineer... Alan Rickman - and Enrico Colonati as the alient Mathesar.

I hope you like Escape from Planet Earth. If you have a Half Price Books store near you, they may have it pretty inexpensively.

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