Rent Mars Needs Moms (2011)

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1h 24min
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Synopsis:
Take out the trash, eat your broccoli - who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. In a race against time and oxygen, his quest to save her knows no bounds. And with some unexpected help, Milo just might find his way back to her - in more ways than one.
Directors:
Producers:
Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Voiced By:
Marianne Bennett, Seth Robert Dusky, Jo McGinley, Dan O'Connor, Edi Patterson, Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon, Tom Everett Scott, Jacquie Barnbrook, Matthew Henerson, Adam Jennings, Stephen Kearin, Amber Gainey Meade, Aaron Rapke, Julene Renee, Kirsten Severson
Writers:
Simon Wells, Wendy Wells
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/08/2011
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Portuguese, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Fun with Seth: See the on screen antics of Seth Green
  • Martian 101: Go behind the scenes for an extra terrestrial language tutorial
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
86 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
86 minutes

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Mars Needs Moms review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso

Milo (voiced by Seth Green) is an 11-year-old boy who is annoyed by his mother for nagging him to take out the trash, eat his vegetables, and basically, become a decent human being. Suddenly, Milo’s mom is abducted by a spaceship and he manages to latch onto it, only to find out that they’re being transported to planet Mars.

Yes, where aliens reside; as it happens, are also terribly fond of Earth Moms to take care of its population. Will Milo be able to rescue his mom from the Martians? Will he realize that his mom is more important than he thinks? This is a 3-D animated feature that uses performance animation capture to promote kids appreciating their moms more.

‘Mars Needs Moms’ is indeed a technological wonder. Robert Zemeckis spares no expense in rendering spectacular views, landmarks, and environments particularly his version of Mars and its triangular-headed aliens. But this also brings up certain valid questions of the scientific kind: Why can Milo move like he’s on Earth? Shouldn’t Mars’ gravity have an effect on him? Why is Milo wearing just a shirt – isn’t he freezing to death?

Based on the children’s book by Berkeley Breathed of the same name, ‘Mars Needs Moms’ bores sentimentality into you but to no avail. Whether it’s the fault of the story the movie is based on, or director Simon Wells’ (great-grandson of sci-fi author H.G. Wells) adaptation and direction, the result still maintains a bombardment of eye-catching visuals without inducing a heartwarming response.

Performance animated capture seems to be a novel idea and also an acquired taste by most viewers. Most movies that use this system receive complaints of non-fluid motion, cross-eyed looks of characters, and even a creepy feel to it. If only there was a tighter and more endearing story in ‘Mars Needs Moms’, this would have been ignored altogether.

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