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"Mars Needs Moms" - {Blu-ray} - (Ed)
Edward Mcnulty
Studio: Disney
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"Director Simon Well’s super expensive film about a boy stowing away on a Mars-bound spaceship on which his abducted mother is aboard is said to have cost $150 million. However, it was such a flop at the box office that it quickly moved on to cheap seat theaters, and now to DVD and Blu-ray. A motion-capture animated film, it deserves a better fate than it has received thus far.***

There are two scenes in an otherwise mediocre film that touch the heart, the first at the beginning, and the second near the end when Mom does what moms do. In between there is a lot of frenetic action that takes place beneath the surface of Mars where a matriarchal society periodically kidnaps a child-disciplining mom from Earth in order to transfer her discipline from her mind to the programs of the robots that raise Martian children.***

In the opening segment Mom (Joan Cusack) is constantly riding Milo (Seth Green) to do his chores, and the kid not only resists by procrastination, but also sasses her back. Immdieately put to bed without his usual TV (worse than being deprived of his supper because this included broccoli), he loudly retorts that he’d be better off without her. As she closes his bedroom door Mom’s hurt, crest-fallen face disturbs his conscience more than any angry words could have done. Later, when Milo goes to apologize to her, he discovers that aliens have captured and loaded her aboard their spaceship. Before the ship blasts off, Milo manages to stowaway, and when it reaches Mars and enters the subsurface world, the boy sneaks off, eventually encountering Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), a Martian who has watched episodes of a Hippy-era Earth TV show, and thus speaks a strange form of English. Also there is Gribble (Dan Fogler), once in Milo’s position, arriving in the 1980s and witnessing the death of his mother when she was hooked up to the robot programs for transferring her disciplining skills to the machines.***

Special Features:

“Fun With Seth” - The cast and crew behind The Scenes/Extended Opening/ Life On Mars: The Full Motion-Capture Experience-Behind the Scenes footage/Deleted Scenes with Simon Wells introductions “Flower Power” Easter Egg

Final Words:

By no means destined to become a children’s classic, the film is still better than many of the live action so-called comedies that came out at the same time, such as Your Highness (which also is being released on DVD on August 9). It is not revealing much to report that alls well that ends well, with young Milo gaining a new appreciation of the mother he had rejected as a nag. Moms should love this film.


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