March Break Guide: Mars Needs Moms - Movie Review | Toronto Teacher Mom

March Break Guide: Mars Needs Moms - Movie Review

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This March Break is a perfect time to get the kids out of the house and out to the movies. And what kid doesn't love a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D? Last Friday saw the premiere of Disney's Mars Needs Moms, featuring a talented cast which includes Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Mindy Sterling and Joan Cusack to name a few. Based on the novel by Pulitzer-Prize winner Berkeley Breathed, the film was produced and directed by the same talent behind "Disney’s A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express." With stunning visual effects, amazing performance-capture filmmaking and a wonderful storyline, Mars Needs Moms is sure to blast off to the top of box office charts.

Every 25 years, hairy little baby Martians are born and placed under the care of nanny robots. These robots must be reprogrammed each cycle but in order to do so, the Martians require a special mother from planet Earth so that they can steal her mom-ness. When 9-year-old Milo (Green) discovers that his mother (Cusack) has been mom-napped by a bunch of aliens in the middle of the night, he runs after her and manages to stow away on board the spacecraft.

Upon landing on the Red Planet, Milo soon discovers it will be next to impossible to rescue his mother from the militant Martians. Not on his own, anyway. Enter Gribble (Fogler), the only human on the planet and one of the funniest characters in the movie. Together with Gribble's technological savoir faire and the aide of a rebel Martian girl named Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo struggles to defeat all odds and save his mother from an untimely demise.

Milo, Gribble and Ki to the rescue.

The magic of motion-capture really brings this movie to life. Gribble's character is a perfect example of how every little movement and jiggle is perfectly portrayed on screen. During the credits, there are several snippets of behind-the-scenes action that clearly demonstrate the amazing talent of the actors, directors and everyone who made Mars Needs Moms a wonderful success. While I chose not bring either my 2-year-old or 5-year-old to the advance screening because it was on a school night, I do feel that the movie would have been a bit too much for them. They might have been frightened by some of the scenes involving laser guns or even by the very idea that Milo's mother was taken away and was in terrible danger. However, the message behind this film is very touching and can be applied to our lives in many different ways. It serves as a reminder that love plays an important role not just in our lives as individuals but also as a civilization. Love long and prosper!

Below you will find a YouTube video of Joan Cusack sharing her thoughts on her role as "mom" in Mars Needs Moms.

You can also view the trailer, play games and more on the Mars Needs Moms official website.

Disclosure: I was asked to attend an advance screening of Mars Needs Moms to help facilitate this review. I was not compensated in any way. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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