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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mars Needs Moms Blu Ray Review

Yet another movie is being released that I was dying to take my kids to the theater to see.  Of course, it's a recession, so nooooooo movie going for 4 people here!  Mars Needs Moms looked like it was going to be a pretty interesting movie. 

So, I put it in intending to watch it as a family.  Two adults, a 5 year old and a 3 year old.  Well, 10 minutes in, the 3 year old lost interest and went upstairs to play.  The rest of us sat through the whole thing.  As an adult watching it, I saw it as E.T. meets Avatar but for kids.  The premise is that Milo is like a typical kid- he sees his mom as a nagging annoyance and feels like he'd be better off without her.  Well, it turns out that Mars needs a mom so that they can update the programming on their "nanny bots."  The Mars children need these nanny bots to raise them and teach them how to become good alien beings.  So, they take Milo's mom and beam her up, Scottie.  Milo decides he needs his mom too and gets beamed up as well and sets out on a quest to find her where he meets many interesting aliens, a human whose mother was also taken, and sees a great many new and crazy things.

I found the movie to be a little boring.  The imagery was pretty awesome and you could totally tell Joan Cusack was the mom from the first 5 seconds!  But, I just found it hard to sit still and watch it because the jokes weren't all that funny and the movie was long and drawn out for the plot.  I think it would have made an excellent short however!

Family Time Factor: I'm thinking it would probably be 4-11.  Younger or older kids than that won't stay interested.

MOTR Grade: C-


Mars Needs Moms releases on DVD and Blu Ray August 9th!!!

Bonus Features:
Blu-ray 3D:
Everything on the Blu-ray & DVD plus….
·       Mom-Napping (All-new 3D Exclusive) –There’s more than meets the eye during the Martian abduction of Milo’s Mom. This alternate scene — completely finished in 3D — tells all.

Blu-ray 2D:
Everything on the DVD plus…
·       Extended Opening - The movie begins… but wait, there’s more.  See it here.
·       Life On Mars: The Full Motion-Capture Experience Go way behind the scenes to the ‘space’ where the actors’ performances are captured. This feature-length, picture-in-picture viewing mode also lets you listen to director Simon Wells and actors Seth Green and Dan Fogler give a fun and insightful look into creating the movie.
·       Deleted Scenes with Simon Wells introductions (4 Blu-ray 2D Exclusive Deleted Scenes) – 7 deleted scenes of which four are exclusive to the Blu-ray 2D release. Some cool scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Now you can see them with introductions by director Simon Wells.
·       “Flower Power” Easter Egg – the name of the show that Ki watched and learned English from is entitled “Freaks on the Street.”

Movie Download:
Everything on the DVD plus…
·       Deleted Scenes  - Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Simon Wells

DVD:
·       “Fun With Seth” - The cast and crew had a galaxy of fun making Mars Needs Moms, thanks to the on-set antics of Seth Green and Dan Fogler. Watch them do the ROM dance see them compete to see who can do their verbal ROM the fastest, and much more.
·       Martian 101 Do you speak Martian? Go behind the scenes and see how the producer and cast came up with their own unique Martian language. Then learn how to speak it yourselfwith lessons from a leading Martian language expert.

Mars Needs Moms Social Media:
Those who want to stay connected with the upcoming release of Mars Needs Moms are encouraged to:
·       “Like” the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MarsNeedsMomsMovie
·       Follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/disneypictures
·       View exciting trailers, video clips and more at www.youtube.com/disneymovies

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