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Mars Needs Moms (2011)

Joan Cusack , Seth Green , Simon Wells  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Cusack, Seth Green
  • Directors: Simon Wells
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EPZ048
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mars Needs Moms" on IMDb

Special Features


•Martian 101 -- Speaking Martian With Lessons From An Expert
•Fun With Seth -- Featurette Showcasing The On-Set Antics Of Seth Green And Dan Fogler

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From Disney and Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis (best director, Forrest Gump, 1994) comes the craziest adventure this side of the galaxy Mars Needs Moms. Take out the trash, eat your broccoli who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out how much he needs his (Joan Cusack) when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. In a race against time and oxygen, his quest to save her knows no bounds. And with some unexpected help, Milo just might find his way back to her in more ways than one. Complete with intergalactic bonus features, it's a thrilling journey that's pure, out-of-this-world crazy fun.

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Mars Needs Moms is a comic animated adventure about moms, Martians, and mutiny. Martian hatchlings are springing up out of the ground up on Mars, and there's a desperate need for a good mom to raise the babies. Mars matriarch "The Supervisor" (Mindy Sterling) sets her sights on Milo's mom (Joan Cusack) because she's doing such a good job raising Milo (Seth Green) down on Earth, and she quickly abducts her. As luck would have it, Milo's just said something to his mother that he's come to regret, goes into her room to apologize right as she's being abducted, and winds up getting caught in the spaceship that's transporting her to Mars. On Mars, Milo meets a strangely childlike human named Gribble (Dan Fogler), and the two quickly become friends and set out on a bumbling mission to rescue Milo's mom. Along the way, they get a little help from Martian Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), who sees things a little differently than other Martians, thanks to her exposure to some Earth television from the flower-power era. What ensues is a dangerous and exciting adventure that yields a surprising revelation about the role and value of mothers. Mars Needs Moms utilizes the same digital performance-capture technology animation as Polar Express, and it is a visually stunning film. The pace is exciting; the characters are well developed, captivating, and often quirky; and the story speaks to kids and adults alike. Mars Needs Moms earns a PG rating because of sci-fi action and peril, and it's probably a bit too intense for kids under 7, as well as older children who are especially sensitive. --Tami Horiuchi

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The critics are wrong April 17, 2011
Format:DVD
I believe that the critics were all wrong about "Mars Needs Moms". My four year old granddaughter and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was cute, colorful, funny, and very entertaining. We both smiled and laughed all the way through. Plus the main characters were warm, loyal, resourceful, and caring--good role models for the little ones. I intend to buy it as soon as it comes out in DVD so that my granddaughter and I can enjoy it all over again!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Needs Moms - A Fave with our Youth Film Critics August 1, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
We all know how well Mars Needs Moms did at the box office. Sometimes, I think you really need to send in a kid to do a kids' job - particularly in reviewing a movie made for kids. Adults just don't get it. Here are video reviews by 2 of our 8 -year-old youth film critics reviews and, believe me, they loved it!

The DVD comes out this week so don't pass it by, give it the good old family try.
"This movie is out of this world literally, because it takes place on Mars, A.K.A The Red Planet. The movie is about a little boy named Milo voiced by Seth Dusky, who says some pretty mean things to his mom. Before he has a chance to apologize, she is Martian-napped and taken to Mars. He has 6.93 earth hours until sun rise to save her. Does he make it in time!

My favorite part is when Gribble, voiced by Dan Fogler, saves Milo's mom with the helmet that was meant for his mom. I thought that was very thoughtful. My favorite characters are Gribble, because he's just simply Gribbletastic. Ki, because she helps Milo, and she does something that no other Martain has ever done. She stands up to the supervisor. Head of all Martians, Milo, because he realizes that he needs his mom and is determined to do whatever he needs to save her.

I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars because the Martains are a little scary, especially the supervisor. So for this reason I recommend this movie to kids ages 7 and up." Reviewed by Ny'Asia Bell, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
"I just finished watching an excellent movie called "Mars Needs Moms." The movie is about a boy named Milo who goes on a big adventure to help save his mom from aliens. The aliens that live on Mars are not very good mothers so they look to Earth to find good mothers to steal.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, despite some setbacks.... July 12, 2011
Format:DVD
I'm giving this movie a full five stars right off the bat because when my 5 year old daughter and I saw Mars Needs Moms in a completely empty theater on opening weekend, I cried my eyes out at the ending. No, this movie is NOT a dedicated version of the Mars Needs Mom storybook; nor was it a B-grade movie in the style of the sci-fi classics Mars Attacks! and Mars Needs Women. However, it isn't the utter travesty critics and nay-sayers claim it is.

Once you get over the 'weird' CGI images of the actors, and you ignore the blatant ploy to make this a hit with the 8-year-old-boy crowd, you can't help but really appreciate the details in the landscape and backgrounds (the Red Planet, the garbage 'under world', the otherworld beauty of Ki and the Martians, etc.). And the story itself really resonates with all ages - courage when everything else seems lost, the support of friends, even hunger for political power, and the love between a mother and child. Yes, this movie could have been much better (by Disney standards); on the other hand, it could have been MUCH much worse if released by another studio.

No matter what your opinions of Robert Zemeckis' work, Mars Needs Moms deserves at least one viewing before you make your final judgement.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining with a great message April 17, 2011
By JDavid
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Mars Needs Moms" relates the adventures of Milo, a boy who seeks to rescue his kidnapped mother from Martians . Based on a children's book by the famous comic strip author Berkeley Breathed, this animated film, while uneven in certain respects, excels in its depiction of sacrificial family love. Milo is truly heroic in his single-minded determination to free his mother despite insurmountable odds and even a powerful temptation to give up. I also found the Martian settings to be artistically imaginative, fascinating, and impressive.

The film's portrayal of the relationship between an American mother and her son was not only realistic but profoundly moving. Young Milo attempts to deceive his mother. Like all good mothers, she catches him out and holds him accountable. Like all disobedient children (which covers most of the human race at one time or another), Milo angrily lashes out at her. In a moment that rings true with my own childhood and with our own children on occasion, Milo's mother is reduced to tears by her son's cruel words. Milo tries to go to sleep but the guilt over his response to his mother troubles him. He gets up to apologize, only to discover that he is, in one sense, too late. His mother has disappeared. In another sense, he arrives in the nick of time, just able to follow after the strange beings who have kidnapped his mother. Love for his mother stoked by his remorse for his meanness fuel an unquenchable determination in Milo to rescue her. Within a fast-paced, wildly fantastic and carelessly implausible animated movie, this true-to-life family relationship comes as somewhat of a surprise. But the film succeeds brilliantly because the filmmakers remain true throughout to the theme of love between a mother and son.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... bombed at the box office the girls and I love this movie despite...
it may have bombed at the box office the girls and I love this movie despite the creepy eyes of the humans.
Published 8 days ago by Allan R. Mcdermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. 5 Stars because my son likes it a lot.
Published 15 days ago by Mrs. S
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad. I hope Disney fired everyone responsible for this film.
I can't believe Disney made a whole film this bad.

Wow.

The basic story is about a dysfunction family:
It was depressing for my kids to watch. Read more
Published 28 days ago by A. G. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
rec'd dvd in excellent condition.
Published 28 days ago by Patricia L. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great price fast shipping. For the price liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Pachico
5.0 out of 5 stars New addition to my personal Top 5 "kid's" movies.
I loved everything about this movie: the moral lesson, the effects, the artistry, the humor, the tenderness, etc... I buy very few movies, but I want this one in my collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie
1.0 out of 5 stars -1 stars?
This movie was TERRIFYING! I am 17,love and I mean LOVE kids' movies that are heavily critisized but this crossed too many lines. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D.Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie -- but some mature themes
Great movie will the kids, with some mature themes which require parental guidance.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by royce g mcguire jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 3 months ago by Willam L. Ewbank
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