Mars Needs Moms Reviewed

With Mothers' day in just over a month, perhaps it's time to remember just how much your mom means to you or rather just how much you mean to your mom.

We check out the lastest animated movie from Disney "Mars Needs Moms"

The Plot

Do these lines sound familiar? "Take out the trash, eat your broccoli!" Sometimes it makes you wonder who needs moms anyway?

Well Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Dusky) 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 3D. Milo stows away on a spaceship, navigates an elaborate, multi-level planet and takes on the alien nation and their leader, the Supervisor (Mindy Sterling).

With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthling named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom and ultimately go home.


The film uses Seth Green's performance capture for the main character Milo and initially used his voice as well. However producers decided to go with Seth Dusky and digitally removed Green's voice to replace it with Dusty's. The film is produced by Robert Zemeckis and his studio ImageMovers Digital and was the final project produced by ImageMovers Digital before its closure in 2011. Character movements were created using performance capture.

The Verdict

The story has a lot meaning to it. I think most of us adults who watch it can related to how we used to find our moms naggy and irritating and even wonder why the heck we need them.

Looking at Milo on screen I see myself and even my younger siblings and what we used to do to our mom when we were that age. They are taken for granted and being as stubborn as we were as kids. perhaps an alien abduction on our moms would have made us think twice about the way we treated her.

There's a particular moment during the escape scene that would make any harden character cry. i think it demonstrated just what a mother would do for her son……..what any mother would do for her son.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

It's light enough in tone and packed with good messages, while delivering a couple of lovely, touching moments

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

POPCulture Online March 2011 All Rights Reserved

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