Mars Needs Moms

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Overview

His mother voice of Joan Cusack abducted by Martians intent on harvesting her maternal instincts to nurture their young, nine-year-old Milo voice of Seth Green stows away in an alien spacecraft bound for Mars in a bid to bring her safely back to Earth. Later, on the Red Planet, Milo befriends a subterranean-dwelling earthling named Gribble Dan Fogler and a spirited Martian lass named Ki Elisabeth Harnois, who agree to help him locate his missing mother and confront the head ...
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Overview

His mother voice of Joan Cusack abducted by Martians intent on harvesting her maternal instincts to nurture their young, nine-year-old Milo voice of Seth Green stows away in an alien spacecraft bound for Mars in a bid to bring her safely back to Earth. Later, on the Red Planet, Milo befriends a subterranean-dwelling earthling named Gribble Dan Fogler and a spirited Martian lass named Ki Elisabeth Harnois, who agree to help him locate his missing mother and confront the head alien in charge voice of Mindy Sterling.
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Special Features

Alternate & deleted scenes; Extended opening; Deleted scenes; Life on Mars: Full motion-picture experience with audio commentary; Martian 101: Speaking Martian with lessons from an expert; Fun with Seth: Featurette showcasing the on-set antics of Seth Green and Dan Fogler
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
With its uplifting message of peaceful revolution and its curious fixation on Love Generation politics, Mars Needs Moms plays like one of those fateful films that simply willed itself into existence at precisely the most opportune moment in time. But as adults are noticing the uncanny parallels between the recent Egyptian uprising and the one that takes place at the climax of Mars Needs Moms, the target audience will be learning a valuable lesson in the benefits of appreciating their parents, and working through some rather complex, often conflicting adolescent emotions. Meanwhile, everyone will be having a good time joining young Milo on an adventure that takes him millions of miles from home thanks to a bevy of colorful characters, eye-catching animation, and fast-paced, genuinely heartfelt storytelling. His mother Joan Cusack abducted by Martians intent on harvesting her maternal instincts to nurture their young, nine-year-old Milo Seth Green stows away in an alien spacecraft bound for Mars in a bid to bring her safely back to Earth. Upon arriving on the Red Planet, Milo befriends a subterranean-dwelling earthling named Gribble Dan Fogler, who helps him navigate this strange new world, and a spirited Martian lass named Ki Elisabeth Harnois, whose kaleidoscopic graffiti provides the oppressive planet with its only splash of color. As Ki joins her new human companions in helping to rescue Milo's mother before her memories are extracted and downloaded into nanny-bots, the tyrannical Supervisor Mindy Sterling catches wind of their scheme and dispatches her army of loyal soldiers to capture the rebels and keep an ancient secret buried in the past. At its core, Mars Needs Moms is a playful adventure with a gentle, uplifting message about the importance of family. The simple yet involving screenplay by Simon and Wendy Wells does a fantastic job of defining the conflict while keeping character motivation at the forefront of the action, and once Milo has managed to stow away on the Martian spacecraft, the story thrusters switch on full blast. Thanks to a running time that clocks in at just under 90 minutes, there certainly isn't much time to get bored during Mars Needs Moms, though it definitely isn't because the filmmakers have nothing to say -- just that they manage to convey their humanistic message through a series of well-placed plot devices that don't hinder the pace of the story. Meanwhile, the "dead-eye" syndrome that has previously dogged such animated Robert Zemeckis productions as The Polar Express and Beowulf seems to be steadily improving. The characters in Mars Needs Moms convey genuine, discernible human emotion in a manner that's not unnerving, though there's little question that the animation works best once the Martians move to the forefront of the storyline; it's simply easier to "believe" the emotions conveyed by the extraterrestrial characters since our brains aren't straining to read them from a human face that doesn't look quite human. Still, the cast does an excellent job of bringing their characters to life, and the contrast between the Martians' rigidly clean dwellings and Gribble's Gilliam-esque, junk-tech setup actually serves the story in addition to giving our eyes some rich and varied textures to marvel over. The film's most striking visual element, a colorful form of Martian graffiti executed by the rebellious Ki, offers a vivid indication that the truth will always shine brightly through tyranny, while at the same time adding a much-needed sense of color to the film's dreary, dystopic palette. Composer John Powell's score merges classic sci-fi elements with experimental flourishes to give Mars Needs Moms a distinctive personality all its own though silence is used to striking effect during the film's highly emotional climax, and the 3D does a fantastic job of immersing the audience in the action on a full-size IMAX screen. The most impressive aspect of Mars Needs Moms isn't technical, however; it's the manner in which the screenwriters smartly manage to fold crucial messages regarding the importance of family and culture into the story with enough skill to ensure that it all remains accessible to younger viewers, yet never comes off as so heavy-handed that it detracts from the overall fun. And there's plenty of fun to be had in Mars Needs Moms; fortunately, movie lovers only have to venture out as far as their local movie theater to find it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • UPC: 786936815993
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / 3D / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray 3D
  • Sales rank: 58,787

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seth Green Milo
Joan Cusack Milo's Mom, Mom
Dan Fogler Gribble
Elisabeth Harnois Ki
Mindy Sterling Supervisor, Voice Only
Kevin Cahoon Wingnut, Voice Only
Tom Everett Scott Dad
Technical Credits
Simon Wells Director, Screenwriter
Steven J. Boyd Producer
Doug Chiang Production Designer
John Powell Score Composer
Robert Presley Cinematographer
Jack Rapke Producer
Steve Starkey Producer
Wayne Wahrman Editor
Wendy Wells Screenwriter
Robert Zemeckis Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mars Needs Moms
1. Life on the Red Planet/Main Title [4:04]
2. Life on Planet Earth [5:10]
3. The Abduction [4:38]
4. Milo on Mars [5:12]
5. Milo Meets Gribble [9:07]
6. The Rescue Attempt [7:41]
7. Flower Power [4:23]
8. Gribble's Rescue [6:56]
9. Martian Families [9:33]
10. Hatchlings [12:12]
11. Journey Home [12:20]
12. End Credits [6:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mars Needs Moms
   FastPlay
   Main Menu
      Play
      Scene Selection
      Bonus Features
         Fun with Seth
         Martian 101
         Discover Blu-ray 3D with Timon & Pumbaa
         Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go: Disney File Digital Copy
      Set Up
         Languages
            English 5.1 Dolby Digital
            English 2.0 Descriptive Video Service
            Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
            Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Subtitles
            Subtitles: None
            English for the Hearing Impaired
            Français
            Español
         Register Your DVD
         Return to Film
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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Strange and NOT worth your time...

    Mars Needs Moms...Even a strange Title. Even though the commercials looked odd and the story line was not the typical for a cute kids movie, my family and I rented this hoping it would turn out to be good despite how weird the commercials looked. Well, we couldn't have been more wrong. Although this gets out a great message : kids need to respect their parents (mom) while they can and they also need to understand how much value their parents (mom) really have - even though they make you take out the trash, eat your veggies, and clean your room. Other than that message, this movie was terrible. The basic story line goes something like this: Mars needs the memories of a disciplining mother so they can use those memories to discipline their own "hatchlings" (children). It is a somewhat confusing story, and So odd at times that I regretted watching it. The aliens looked more like creatures from STAR WARS than something that should be in a kid movie, and the romance between an alien and a human was so strange and cheesy that it made me uncomfortable to even watch it. Although it had a good message, I can not give MARS NEEDS MOMS more than one star because of how weird the rest of the movie was. Concerns for parents : Not too many. One part I thought might be a bit intense for children is a scene in which a human is remembering his first time at mars and what the aliens did to his mother... Other than that I can't think of much else that would be a problem. The alien creatures might scare young children. In my opinion, this movie is not worth seeing, but if you decide to see it I would suggest renting it instead of buying it.

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