‘Mars Needs Moms’ Trailer: A Sci-Fi Flick For The Kids

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Mars Needs Moms Trailer Mars Needs Moms Trailer: A Sci Fi Flick For The Kids

Readers familiar with Berkeley Breathed’s charmingly off-kilter comic strip Bloom County will be pleased by the news that Walt Disney Pictures has adapted one of the writer/illustrator’s other works, Mars Needs Moms, into a feature-length motion picture.

Disney has unleashed the trailer for its adaptation of Mars Needs Moms, but did the cleverly warped story from Breathed really need to be brought to life via Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture technology?

The premise behind Mars Needs Moms is simple, but fun: Nine year-old Milo (Seth Green) learns the hard way about how important his mom (Joan Cusack) is when she’s kidnapped by Martians who are, for whatever reason, suffering from a shortage of maternal types. Milo teams up with a “tech-savvy, underground earthman” by the name of Gribble (who, as played by Dan Fogler, acts like Jack Black’s long-lost brother) and an alien gal called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois) to rescue his beloved parent.

Zemeckis produced Mars Needs Moms, which uses the same performance-capture techniques as his films Polar Express and A Christmas Carol – hence how the 36-year old Green is able to physically portray a kid about 1/4th his age. But has Zemeckis’ mo-cap technology improved enough to avoid being negatively compared to that of James Cameron’s from Avatar?

Watch the Mars Needs Moms trailer below and find out:

Mars Needs Moms looks to pander far less to the under-10 crowd than next month’s Yogi Bear, but the 3D sci-fi pic is still very much for young moviegoers. The plot and characters seem satisfactory, if not especially memorable, and the trailer at least doesn’t go overboard with the pop culture references (aside from the obvious Star Wars homage), which bodes well for the film.

While the performance-capture animation is a vast improvement over that in The Polar Express, it still is weak, judging by this early footage. The characters’ expressions just look off, unnatural, and distract from the rest of the visuals on display, which are otherwise colorful and realistic enough in their own right.

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It’s possible that Mars Needs Moms will benefit from being viewed on the big screen and that the characters’ features will look less wax-like. What do you think?

Mars Needs Moms hits 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D screens in the U.S. on March 11th, 2011.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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  1. I’d rather see Yogi Bear than this pile of dung. The animation alone is enough to make me cringe.

  2. Personally, I applaud Zemeckis for continuing performance capture. I get tired of the usual Pixar-looking characters: Talk about waxy-looking skin! Yes, there is still a lot of improvements that need to be made as far as expression, but let us not forget that the characters in James Cameron’s Avatar were not human beings, but big blue guys with Gollum-like eyes. I think this film is even more of an achievement than Avatar because the characters (or, most of them) are human with facial features that are to scale.

    So as much as people complain about these performance capture films, I say: bring ‘em on!

    • What happened to Robert Zemeckis? After giving us Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump, he decides to make mo-cap film after mo-cap film. I would have rather him remake Wizard of Oz, then make more of these awful movies.

    • I couldn’t agree more! I can’t wait to see this film. Can’t argue with Pixar’s success but they’re cookie cutter in my opinion. I’m tired with Zemeckis’ work being compared to Avatar. Zemeckis has been an easy target. I for one, am amazed with the quality and improvement of work on each film. Not perfect, but kudos to him and his team for pushing the envelope. For those who don’t like mocap, show some respect for those artists who worked on this and keep your mouths shut. You have the choice to simply not go and see it.

      • I won’t go and see this and I won’t keep my mouth shut about how truly awful motion capture is. The eyes are dead, the skin is waxy and the expressions are always slightly off.

        I can’t respect someone who looks at something broken and continues to do the same thing without thinking anything is wrong. The people at Pixar and ILM are constantly changing their styles and updating things to look more and more realistic and creating interesting styles of animation.

        Motion capture is trapped in a bubble of suck and Zemeckis keeps trying his best to make it work but it just doesn’t work and it won’t until he can figure a way around the dead-eyed mannequin look which, believe it or not, creeps most people out.

  3. This may be the WORST disney film to date….ugh

  4. Someone should retire Zemeckis. Trinity? Dexter? Jordan Chase?

  5. 790? is that you? LOL

  6. meh

  7. This one sits squarely in Uncanny Valley. Whatever these guys tried to improve on from Polar Express, it wasn’t enough.

  8. “The world WILL learn to appreciate and even demand motion capture technology based filming techniques even if we have to shove it down every movie viewers throat. Any non-compliance will result in forced mutiple screenings of CUTTHROAT ISLAND at a TSA Run theatre. ”
    ~ Robert Zemekis

    Zemekis didn’t really say this but when you see things like this trailer you almost have to think Zemekis probably woudl like to say something like this, ey?

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