“Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just 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. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.”
Berkeley Breathed, a Pulitzer-Prize winner for his comic strip “Bloom County,” is the author and illustrator of the book “Mars Needs Moms.” The story was inspired by a particular moment of disagreement that took place between his son Milo and his wife. Producer Robert Zemeckis, who wrote, directed and produced “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” is a pioneer in performance-capture filmmaking. The process digitally captures the performances of the actors with computerized cameras in a full 360 degrees, allowing actors like Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks to play several roles of varying ages in one film, and for 36-year-old Seth Green to portray a 9-year-old. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases nine-year-old Milo’s (Seth Green) quest to save his mom (Joan Cusack) from Martians—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling).
At first, I was worried about seeing Mars Needs Moms. I thought that it was going to be just a movie for kids and I wanted to be able to see a movie that adults would enjoy as well. Mars Needs Moms is a movie that is great for kids but also for their parents.
There were many things that I liked about this film. The animation was awesome. The people almost look like they could be a real, life person. Not just cartoons. The voice actors did an amazing jobs as well. I could not believe that Seth Green was the performance behind 9-year-old Milo. He made his performance of a 9-year-old believable.
The message of the movie was very touching. The importance of family and love is greatly emphasized in this film. The aliens/creatures of Mars do not understand or have this love. Through Milo’s actions, they learn how powerful love and family can be.
I loved the final credits on this film. During the credits, they show you the behind the scenes of how they did the motion capture for this film. I was so entertained watching how they did it. You could tell that the filmmakers and the cast were having a fun time.
The only warning that I have about this film is taking your little, little kids. Watching a mom getting kidnapped and being taken away from their mom can be traumatic. I would recommend talking to your kids before the film and let them know that aliens will not take away their parents! It is imaginary!
If you are looking for a movie that the whole family can enjoy, Mars Needs Moms is the movie for you!
Mars Needs Moms gets bragging rights!
Mars Needs Moms opens today in Disney Digital 3D , Real D 3D, and IMAX 3D. It is rated PG for sci-fi action and peril.
**I attended a screening of Mars Needs Moms for this review.