- Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Paul Scheer, Jason Simpson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Doug Abrahams, Jason Benson, Trevor Devall, Brian Dobson, Brad Dryborough, Gabe Khouth, Kirby Morrow, Andrew Moxham, Al Silverman, William Shatner, Bob Bergen, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, George Lopez, Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch
- Director: Cal Brunker
- Writers: Tony Leech, Cory Edwards, Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen
- Producers: Luke Carroll, Catherine Winder
- Executive Producers: Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart
- Art Direction: Matthias Lechner
- D.O.P.: Matthew A. Ward
- Editors: Matthew Landon, Scott Winlaw
- Music: Aaron Zigman
- Production Design: Barry E. Jackson
The 3D animated family comedy catapults movie goers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA.
When BASA's no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary's warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (James Gandolfini), it's up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip!
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- MPAA Warning: Action and some mild humor
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Blue Yonder Films, Jon Shestack Productions, Protocol Pictures, Rainmaker Entertainment
2013 Guide Analysis: "Canadian animation and design company Rainmaker Entertainment is known for its various computer animated children's shows and direct-to-disc movies over the years like "ReBoot" and the various "Barbie" titles. Now they try their hand at theatrical feature filmmaking with "Escape from Planet Earth," a 3D animated family comedy that is built on the idea that the aliens of the story are us.
Specifically, the action follows admired astronaut Scorch Supernova - a blue alien who masters in daring rescues with the help of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother. When warned of a dangerous planet named Earth, he heads there to check out the danger - only to find himself caught in a trap set by a ruthless human General at Area 51. As a result, the weakling brother has to man up to save his brother, his family and his planet.
Announced over five years ago and long-delayed ever since, it marks a rare attempt by Harvey Weinstein to get into animation - and it has cost them. The film's former writer/director Tony Leech and producer Brian Inerfeld launched a $50 million lawsuit alleging Weinstein and his brother intentionally sabotaged the film through overspending, incompetence and "contempt for contractual obligations." TWC's attorneys fired back and called the claims "false, gratuitous, slanderous, preposterous." It's something of a dark cloud that hangs over the film with no one quite sure at the moment how accurately the final credits of the film reflect the actual work done. Expect to hear more details about this closer to the film's release."