Buoyed by infectious high spirits and self-deprecating humour, the film works in strange and perhaps unintentional ways, thanks largely to the sustained energy of the lead actors, and writers Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg.
While there is no doubting the appeal of Eckhart and Aniston as a screen couple, their scenes together come over as decidedly slight when compared to the weightier issues raised by the movie as a whole.
If Mars Needs Moms had not have been produced using the mo-cap process -- which still hasn't fixed the problem where some folk have a spooky, neither-alive-nor-dead look -- it might have stood more chance of finding an audience.
What really sells this fabulous, kid-friendly 3D adventure to anybody over eight (no offense, kids) is its astonishing visuals, which uses motion-capture technology to a degree that surpasses what we saw in Avatar.
\"Mars Needs Moms\" has been so maligned that we thought it was probably a dud when we got it from our local library. It grabbed us right from the start with the fantastic animation and fast paced storyline. My grandsons and I watched it 3 times already, and now I'm planning to buy it for future viewing. It was about how a naughty boy, Milo, learns the value of his mom after she is abducted by Martians because she is a strict mom. They want her memory to program their Nanny-bots who raise all the female hatchlings. The story centers around Milo's frantic efforts to rescue his mom and get back to earth, aided by Gribble, who is a grown up kid stuck on Mars, after the aliens took his mother years ago for the same purpose. The reason Mars needs moms is because a bitter man-hating imperial Supervisor throws all the males into the garbage where they party and raise the male hatchlings. She wants the females to run everything and thinks they have more important things to do than raise the young, thus the nanny-bots. Ki, a female Martian enamored with earth and Gribble, discovers that Mars used to consist of Mommy-Daddy families and armed with that fact, the female warriors and the \"hairy tribe guys\" depose the evil Supervisor. All's well that ends well as Milo and Mom make it home, just as Dad returns from his canceled flight, unaware of what happened. This is a great movie, stressing the importance of families and the security loving parents provide for their children.