Friday, March 11, 2011


Starring the voices of: Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler

Rated: PG

Story: Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom 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. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one. Based on the book by Berkeley Breathed.(Walt Disney Pictures)

Bottom Line: The story is fast-paced, occasionally touching and splashed with a few solid messages about motherhood and family. They still haven’t perfected the motion capture animation and some of the situations are a bit intense for younger viewers (like, oh I don’t know, having your mom kidnapped by aliens!) but it’s still a a wild if not completely original ride. Saw it with the fam so here’s all four grades: Me: C+. Mrs. Movie Guy: B. My 6-year old boy: A. My 4-year old boy: S…which, of course, stands for ‘Scay-wee’.

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