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Mars Needs Moms (2011)

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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.

Director:

Simon Wells

Writers:

Simon Wells (screenplay), Wendy Wells (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seth Green ... Milo
Dan Fogler ... Gribble
Joan Cusack ... Mom
Elisabeth Harnois ... Ki
Mindy Sterling ... Supervisor
Kevin Cahoon ... Wingnut
Tom Everett Scott ... Dad
Jacquie Barnbrook ... Martian
Matthew Henerson ... Martian
Adam Jennings ... Martian
Stephen Kearin ... Martian
Amber Gainey Meade ... Martian
Aaron Rapke Aaron Rapke ... Martian
Julene Renee ... Martian
Kirsten Severson Kirsten Severson ... Martian
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mom needs a little space.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars Needs Moms See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,914,488, 13 March 2011

Gross USA:

$21,392,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,233,678
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is set on Mars (for the most part). Over the end credits, the song "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" plays, written and sung by Freddie Mercury. See more »

Goofs

Milo's Mom told him that cats are not supposed to eat vegetables. Cats can actually eat some vegetables like cooked/steamed broccoli and some others. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 Walt Disney Pictures logo is tinted red for the final eight seconds to make it seem like the logo takes place on Mars (the sunset sky behind the castle morphs into reddish browns). See more »

Connections

Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen
Licensed courtesy of Queen Productions Ltd.
Courtesy of Hollywood Records Inc. for N. America
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Touching Family Fantasy
14 March 2011 | by padres01See all my reviews

I'm a mom. Milo looked and acted just like my 12-year-old son. ... I was touched by the film. Was it perfect? No. The '60s slang and cultural references bugged me. As a woman who grew up during the women's movement in the 1970s, I knew some people would be offended by the vaguely antifeminist themes. But it could be argued that there were some underlying "liberal" themes, too (antiestablishment politics, guerilla art, individuality, education, a sense of true history, anthropology, science, and other "revolutionary," anti-religious ideas).

It could be argued that women have made so much progress in our culture that they are fair targets as the "oppressor," too. It's important to note, that the flipside message of this film is that Mars needs dads, too. Though I really could not stand the way the men were portrayed in this film (mangy, goofy, dancing thingies in '60s hippie rags.) I'm not familiar with the book, but the cultural references seemed really, really out of synch with several generations, and I was alive in the '60s (as a child).

In the end, though, my geek side loved the motion-capture appearance of the film. We saw it in iMax 3D (the only way to watch these films), and were blown away by the animation. We are not offended by Disney technology and storytelling. We've seen the good side of Disney in so many ways at their theme parks, cruises (Castaway Cay!!!), etc. ... So, it saddens me to see a touching family film go down in flames because of a few storytelling defects, bad timing, and anti-Disney sentiment.


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