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"Mars Needs Moms" - {Blu-ray} - (Wayne)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Disney
Genre:
Family
Release Date:
8/9/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

"Mars Needs Moms" will never be mistaken for "Apocalpyse Now" much less "Toy Story" but it IS an entertaining diversion. It seems Simon Wells (the great grandson of H.G. Wells) can't escape his past or the subjects of his grandfather's writing; "Mars" makes the second time that Wells has worked on a project that is somehow tied into his great-grandfather's work (he also directed the recent live action version of "The Time Machine").***

It seems that good moms are being kidnapped by Martians and young hero Milo (Seth Dusky--motion capture performance by Seth Green)gets whisked away with his mom (Joan Cusack)to the Red Planet and he must figure out a way to get both of them back to Earth. With the assistance of Reagan era secret astronaut Gribble (Dan Fogler) Milo must stop the Martians from doing something evil and wrong to his mom.***

Image & Sound:

"Mars Needs Moms" looks positively stunning in HD. Colors pop and there's a level of detail that the BD disc provides nice resolution for. Audio is presented in 7.1 DTS-HD and sounds terrific as well. It's too bad that the film didn't get a bigger audience but that had more to do with marketing and less with the quality of the film itself.***

Special Features:

The special features are quite nice as well. We get a commentary track featuring director Wells, Green and Fogler (clearly recorded before the film premiered because they seem quite optimistic about the future of the film as a Disney franchise)/ "Life on Mars" focuses on the motion capture shooting that provided the basis for the animation./ "Martian 101" allows us to find out about the creation of the Martian language and culture for the film./ "Fun with Seth" takes us behind-the-scenes on the set letting us see the cast goof off a bit./ We also get deleted scenes and an alternate beginning in various states of completion with an introduction by director Simon Wells./

Final Words:

It's a pity that "Mars Needs Moms" met with public indifference--if it had been marketed better it might have found it's audience as it's an entertaining film although not quite in the class of the work that Pixar does (although it does have a much darker story element than we would normally see in a Pixar flick).

 

 
 
 
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