Rated PG · 88 minutes · 2011

Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Science fiction
It gets a little better as it goes, but Disney’s Mars Needs Moms starts off so slowly that it hardly matters. The film—another in a long line of pointless 3-D cartoons—lacks imagination and a unique animated perspective. Although one of the characters, an Earthling stranded on Mars for some 25 years, is effectively drawn, most of the others look like works in progress. That’s more than can be said of the plot: Aliens kidnap a mom from Colorado to extract her parenting skills for a new generation of Martians, and her son tags along for the ride. Ho-hum. With a price tag of more than $125 million, Disney would have been better off building a Mars rover instead.
Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures/marsneedsmoms
Director: Simon Wells
Producer: Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Steven Boyd
Cast: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Joan Cusack, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon, Tom Everett Scott and Seth Dusky



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Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, March 11 Whether you need to go to Mars and get your mom back, fight the aliens in L.A. or even just want to defeat the big bad wolf, it's all at the movies. by James Ady 03/11/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Slow motion: Mars Needs Moms For technology intended to make animated humans look more real, it sure hasn't been used to tell stories that are more human. by Scott Renshaw 03/10/2011
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