Mars Needs Moms!

March 11th 2011
  • Animated/Sci-Fi,
  • PG,
  • 88 min,
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Cast: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Breckin Meyer, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Tom Everett Scott, Billy Dee Williams, Mindy Sterling, Ryan Ochoa, Jacquie Barnbrook, Julene Renee, Matthew Wolf, Raymond Ochoa, Robert Ochoa, Amber Gainey Meade, Seth Robert Dusky, Adam Jennings, Kevin Cahoon, Elias Eliot, Matthew Henerson, Kirsten Severson, Gavin Bryson Thompson
  • Director: Simon Wells
  • Writers: Simon Wells, Wendy Wells, Berkeley Breathed
  • Producers: Steven J. Boyd , Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
  • Art Directions: Brian Flora, Norman Newberry, Mike Stassi
  • D.O.P.: Robert Presley
  • Editor: Wayne Wahrman
  • Makeup: Tegan Taylor
  • Music: John Powell
  • Production Design: Doug Chiang


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. Milo's quest to save his mom 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 rebellious Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom — in more ways than one.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Sci-fi action and peril
  • Production Budget: $150 million
  • Production Companies: Adult Swim, Stoopid Monkey, Williams Street, ImageMovers, Walt Disney Productions

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Four years after they bought it, Disney is shutting up shop at Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital company, making this its final mo-cap CG animated effort. While "Monster House," "Beowulf" and IMD's first official Disney effort "A Christmas Carol" all ended up grossing more theatrically than their production budgets, none of them did the business of a Pixar or Dreamworks Animation effort which is why the studio is in business.

As it's Zemeckis' mo-cap animation technique, the look is at times astounding while at others downright creepy. While the kid and mother appear decidedly animated, Dan Fogler's wacky character is a quite convincing effect and the Martian environments are pretty epic to behold. Simon Wells ("The Time Machine," "The Prince of Egypt") helms this adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's book and it's very much a kids film that hopefully won't pander too much."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 March 2011: Greece
  • 9 March 2011: Egypt
  • 10 March 2011: Hungary, Malaysia, Singapore
  • 11 March 2011: Norway
  • 18 March 2011: Iceland, Spain
  • 8 April 2011: UK
  • 15 April 2011: Sweden
  • 21 April 2011: Portugal
  • 22 April 2011: Finland
  • 23 April 2011: Japan
  • 27 April 2011: Netherlands
  • 28 April 2011: Germany