My family and I were fortunate enough to see Mars Needs Moms during the week. If you haven’t seen any of the trailers for this yet, here is a quick synopsis for the movie:
Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) 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 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.
For the most part, we like this movie. However, Will, my three year old, did not like it all. It isn’t your normal animated film, and I think that was part of it. He also said it was scary. So, my world of caution is that the younger children may not like this movie. That being said, Madison (who is 7), Bill, and I enjoyed this movie (even though Madison told us all the way home that it wasn’t real. I’m not sure if she was trying to convince us or herself.) It does have what I call a “bambi” moment where you think the mom dies, and I’ll leave it at that.
Now, when the credits are rolling, I highly recommend staying and watching. You get a very cool behind the scenes look at how they made the movie. It definitely gives you a much greater appreciation for these actors (plus it shows you how they make a 36 year old Seth Green into a 9 year old boy).
3 out of 4 of us liked this, so I recommend going.