Mars needs moms. A childrens movie created by Disney costing them 150 million USD and only gained 39 million in ticket sales. This movie was the 2011 all time fail.
Mars Needs Moms- Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and movie download on August 9, 2011. The overall moral of Mars Needs Mom is that children need two parents to be well rounded.
From the beginning of the film, the Martian Supervisor (voiced by Mindy Sterling) observe Earth mothers, abducting those that successfully control their children.
The problem with these Martians is that their children are undisciplined. Martians have “nanny bots” that raise their young girls once they spring up naked out of the ground. The girls are kept for training while the boys are discarded. The nanny bots are unsuccessful in training the wild girls, so, the Martians need the “discipline gene” in Earthling mothers to control their young women.
Flash forward to earth, the eerily human like CGI rebellious nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green, voice-over by Seth Dusky) whose father (voiced by Tom Everett Scott) is leaving for a business trip. Milo is told by his father to obey his mother because she is the boss.
Milo becomes resentful once his mother (voiced by Joan Cusack) assigns him chores and tasks making him do things he does not want to do. So, Milo in one fateful night tells his Mom he does not love her anymore. In the dead of night, Milo awakes, regretting his past comments, decides to apologize. He is suddenly witness to his Mom being kidnapped by Martians. He chases them down to only be taken hostage himself.
Suddenly Milo finds himself on a spaceship, running from Martians, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the Martian nation and their leader, the Supervisor. Milo is determined to find his Mom.
He finds a friend in an immature child like man named George Ribble aka “Gribble”. Gribble (voiced by Dan Fogler) reveals to Milo that he too tired to save his mother some 20+ years a go, and she perished as a result of the Martian “death ray” and he has been trapped on the ship and has made a life for himself in the garbage disposal of the ship where the Martians dump the male children and the male adults party and play.
In Martian land, the women are curvy, intelligent, robust, she devils while the Martian men are dreadlock wearing, pot smoking hippies that only enjoy pleasure and having fun and they are (lack of a better word) stupid.
Soon, Gribble and Milo befriend a female Martian by the name of Ki (voiced by Elisabeth Harnois) and she tells them she is different because she watched a 1960 psychedelic TV show that “liberated her mind”. Now Ki when not doing her assigned job, spray paints 1960 flower child colors on random parts of the ship to express her rebellion with “the system”.
Unfortunately, Mars needs Mom is, at times, a morally and fundamentally confusing journey. In its attempt to appeal to everyone it captured no one especially not its young target audience. The plot is contradictory at times and far over reaches its objective in trying to appeal to both conservatives and liberals in an attempt to define marriage between a man and a woman and yet discount both the role of mother and father in the life of a child-meanwhile remaining under the guise of a children’s film.
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