‘Mars Needs Moms’ Trailer #2 Fails To Impress

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:05 am,

Mars Needs Moms Trailer 2 Mars Needs Moms Trailer #2 Fails To Impress

Two of this year’s alien movies, Battle: Lost Angeles and Mars Needs Moms, hit theaters on the same day next month, and while the former promises to deliver lots of gritty sci-fi action, the latter is aimed primarily at young moviegoers.

A second trailer is out for Mars Needs Moms and although it boasts some colorful imagery that’ll keep the kids entertained, adults are unlikely to be too impressed with the humor and jokes on display.

Here’s the official synopsis for Mars Needs Moms:

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 embarks on a 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 (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.

Watch the new Mars Needs Moms trailer (courtesy of Apple) below:

Simon Wells (The Prince of Egypt) directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Mars Needs Moms, which has a clever enough premise that should amuse the under-10 crowd and looks overall to be mostly harmless. On the other hand, the pop culture jokes about Botox and Nintendo Wiis in the second theatrical preview feel kind of bland – and they might be a proper indicator of the movie’s approach to humor in general. That’s not to mention that the first Mars Needs Moms trailer also implied that Fogler will once again be doing his best (re: unamusing) Jack Black impersonation in the film.

There’s also the matter of Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture technology, which admittedly looks to have yielded much more convincing results in Mars Needs Moms than The Polar Express, or even the 2009 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. However, the human characters still seem to occupy that uncomfortable region between the cartoonish exaggerations of people in Pixar or DreamWorks animated films, and the appearance of real-life actors. It’s noticeable enough to be kind of distracting, and at times is a tad bit creepy.

Mars Needs Moms Trailer Mars Needs Moms Trailer #2 Fails To Impress

Mars Needs Moms hits conventional and 3D screens on March 11th. Unless you’re heading out to the theater that day with kids in tow, you might just want to give Battle: Los Angeles a try instead.

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  1. I will never understand why they want to keep making motion capture films. I mean if they want the acting to be better have the actors all record their lines together instead of weeks or months apart. If they want the animation to be more realistic write a better program or go back to hand drawn animation. Just my own two cents worth.

  2. i dont want to see this movie at all, it looks horrid.

  3. I guess the negative criticism of Polar Express simply did not register with them.

    • What negative criticism of Polar Express? All I ever heard and saw were good things about it. Not to mention my family loves it. So, yea. Whatever you read wasn’t quite accurate.

      • Hey Riz, two words for ya,,,

        Sarcasm, and can’t you take a joke?, I mean seriously?,,,

        Love the message here,,, hey kids, Mars wants to take your mommy.

        Most kids must be thinking, ” what the f’s going on whit tis poop!?”

  4. Who the hell is Simon Wells? After wasting several seconds of my life watching this crap I have a room lined with plastic waiting for him.

  5. I need to go BACK TO THE FUTURE and punish Simon Wells for this abomination.

  6. Isn’t Simon Wells the first director for Time Machine? After the break down he was replaced by Gore Verbinski.

  7. @SmartyPants,


    But luckly I don’t have any slaves, I mean kids. :)

    • Wow. Agreeing with a blatant racist (whose comment I’ve deleted)? Nice.


      • Have nothing against the people of Israel, however its right to exsist shouldn’t dictate and control the worlds destiny.

        And if however it does control the worlds destiny I want to know why?
        What have they found buried there? Until my questions are answered, let the free speech and dissent rule!!!

        • I think the blame is on the countries trying to destroy it. It’s only trying to defend itself.


          • But we’re WAY off topic on this here.


  8. Well Vic,
    The nexus that is the Israel soverienty delemma is nothing more then a huge angle for our country to control that region.

    Base it on biblical history, or whatever,,, protecting Israel was not part of what our fore fathers would have wanted for this country.

    We have provided Israel with enough nukes and sattilite weaponery to be a local deterant. Yet we must tremble everytime Iran makes a threat. Lol give me a break. All those other countries, are 20 years behind Israels technology. Yet we fear for the jews.

    Its all a big game.

    • No, (lol, give me a break) we fear a nuclear war.


  9. Great and funny movie…