Mars Needs Moms (2011)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  11 March 2011 (USA)
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A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.



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On Mars, the female babies are nursed by robots while the male babies are dumped in the junkyard under the command of Supervisor. They research Earth and finds that the boy Milo is raised by his Mom with love and discipline. The Martians come to Earth and abduct Mom, to use her brain to instruct the robots about how to raise children. However, Milo sneaks into the spaceship and comes to Mars. He meets Gribble, a young man that behaves like a child and together with the hippie Martian Ki and Gribble's friend Wingnut, they try to rescue Mom and bring her back to Earth. But Supervisor will give her best efforts to stop Milo and his friends. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mom needs a little space.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marte necesita mamás  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,914,488 (USA) (11 March 2011)


$21,379,315 (USA) (17 June 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film grossed $6.9 million in its opening weekend , making it the twelfth worst opening ever for a film playing in more than 3000 theaters, and one of the worst openings for a major 3D release. With a $150 million budget, the film is considered a massive box office bomb. Its commercial failure contributed to Disney canceling its planned remake of Yellow Submarine (1968), which was to be made with the same motion capture technology. See more »


Milo's weight was less on Mars than Earth, which would be correct. However, when Gribble and Ki are on Earth, their weight should be higher than on Mars - by a factor of approximately three. This would have made it impossible for them to walk or really move around much at all. See more »


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TV Announcer: NASA scientists are excited over recent findings by the Mars Rover of fossilized organic compounds on the surface that indicate at some time in the past there may have been life on the red planet.
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Crazy Credits

The red ball in the Image Movers Digital logo is replaced with Mars. See more »


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A Message to the Open Minded
14 June 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Due to the copious negative reviews about "Mars Needs Moms," I decided to write a quick positive one.

I've read a bunch of different kinds of bashing over this film; from sexism and hidden political agendas to poor animation and a poorly timed release. Now, I think we can all safely agree that if the viewer really wants to find something negative about "Mars Needs Moms", they won't have to look very hard. Keeping this in mind, I went into watching this film with just one simple goal in mind, to be entertained, and I was. This film really isn't as bad as everyone says it is as long as you just go into it with the right mind set.

The animation is incredible, as well it should be with a $150 million dollar budget and over 6 minutes worth of end credits of people who worked hard creating it. Like Beowulf, the human characters look almost identical to the actor/actress voicing them and the surroundings like the space sequences, the garbage mountains, and the Mars tunnels are breathtaking. This simple animation element will be enough to entertain the open minded person. Yet, the overdone and predictable story is still heartwarming and I believe it served as a nice reminder of how special a mom really is. Though some of the dialogue isn't the greatest, and there are a few ominous notes played throughout (leaving me to recommend this movie to children over ten), wait for it to go down from a new release rental price and give it a try.

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