Mars Needs Moms Movie Review

Mars Needs Moms Movie Review

Mars Needs Moms Movie Review - Mars Needs Moms Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

For a change, the Martians seem to really want humans for something other than experimentation purposes. Released on March 11, 2011, ‘Mars Needs Moms’ is an animated cartoon film that has been produced by ImageMovers Digital (famous for movies like ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘The Polar Express’).

Directed by Simon Wells (of ‘Prince of Egypt’ and ‘The Time Machine’ fame), the movie revolves around a small boy who tries to thwart the evil plans of a bunch of Martians who land up on earth with a sole purpose: to kidnap all the mothers!

Milo (voiceover by Seth Dusky) is extremely frustated with his mother’s (voiceover by Joan Cusack) constant outburts. Her bossy demeanor makes him resent her to the core.

And so when several Martians land on Earth in order to kidnap human mothers whom they feel could be influential in raising their newborns; Milo is all the more pleased to let his mother be kidnapped.

Mars Needs Moms Movie Review - Mars Needs Moms Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

However, a sudden twist in the plan sees Milo being accidentally kidnapped along with his mother by the Martians who take them and the othe captives back to their cavernous alien kingdom in Mars.

While there, Milo befriends Gribble (voiceover by Dan Fogler), an earthling who was also kidnapped accidentally by the Martians way back in the 1980s when the aliens had come to earth for similar reasons.

Together with Gribble (who is technically savy by the way) and a friendly Martian soldier named Ki (voiceover by Elisabeth Harnois) who speaks a little bit of English, Milo must set out to rescue his mother and the millions of other mothers before their parental knowledge is stolen for good by the Martians.

Mars Needs Moms Movie Review - Mars Needs Moms Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

The central plot of ‘Mars Needs Moms’ has been adapted from a book that was published in 2007 by Berkley Breathed, a comic strip icon. The concept I can argue is novel and quite intriguing with the director giving special attention to detail to the characters and the ensuing animation.

The Martian kingdom has been carefully designed and the result is quite compelling to watch on the big screen. Steely backdrops and landscapes surround the towering Martian establishments with the 3D presentation giving more depth to the visuals.

Mars Needs Moms Movie Review - Mars Needs Moms Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

Even the Martians look visually endearing on the big screen and put in quite an appearance with their big eyes, wide hips and legs resembling an upside down tuning fork fitted with hooves at the ends. The creatures have been painstakingly animated to look natural (in fact graceful) as they move about and emote.

However, what looks pretty pleasing does not end up pleasing the ears. With blaring sounds that seem to pound their way into your head, the movie’s soundtrack could have been fine tuned a bit more for a better effect, with only a few notes sounding good throughout the movie.

All said and done, at the end of the day, ‘Mars Needs Moms’ needs to be appreciated for a number of factors including a novel concept and script; excellent visuals and animation; and of course the usual message of inspiration that helps the movie end on a high note.

Mars Needs Moms Movie Review - Mars Needs Moms Story, Movie Review, Cast & Rating

Our Verdict: Definitely a must watch for families with kids! With movies that spread messages about parents listening to their children, here is a movie for a change that actually tells the kids how important their parents are! So you would most probably want your kid to watch this one!

Director: Simon Wells

Cast: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack and Elisabeth Harnois

Rating: 4/5

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