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Movie Review – Mars Needs Moms

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When it comes to CG animated films I tend to be a little wary these days of what the quality of them will be.  I’m not talking about the look of them, as often they all look stunning, but it’s the strength of the story and the writing that’s the defining factor now. So, when I saw the trailer for ‘Mars Needs Moms’, and heard a lot of bad things about it, I went in with even more trepidation than normal. But this wasn’t just any CG animated film.  It was a full performance motion capture animation film like the great ‘Beowulf’, and also had a similar system to that used for the main aliens in ‘Avatar’. It’s a method that hasn’t yet been done to death like normal CG animation, and with similar producers behind it who have made other great full performance motion capture films, I held out hopes that it would still be half decent.

“Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.”

Well, I can see why people may not have liked this as the concept alone is pretty ‘out there’ and maybe even a little scary and dark for some kids. Some of the performance capture just didn’t work either and ended up coming off as pretty creepy, which I’m also sure helped scare a few kids in the process.  I did enjoy it nonetheless, as it was a fun ride and interesting enough to keep me from falling asleep, but it’s far from the best animated film around, or for that matter even of its full performance capture medium. So, although I liked it, I’m comfortable with others who may have hated it because I at least know where they are coming from.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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