Mars Needs Moms! follow young Milo (Seth Green) whose mad at his mom (Joan Cusack) for making him do all sort of chores. Late one night, Milo's mom get taken to Mars and Milo accidentally gets himself taken along for the ride. Once on Mars, Milo team up with the incredibly annoying Gribble (Dan Fogler) and the hippie alien, Ki (Elisabeth Harnois). There are other characters, like a "villain" and a friend of Gribble's, but they add really nothing at all to the movie and could have been cut with completely no ill effects.
Overall, the film isn't really that bad. At least, for the most part it isn't. The acting, mainly from Green and Cusack, is very good and the animation, while it does sometimes go all uncanny valley on us, isn't all that bad. It just that the movie's story is so bad. I gave you the basic plot description, but the entire plot is extremely stupid. Why does mars need moms? Because, the men of Mars where apparently all morons who partied all the time, leaving the women to do all the work. But why does Mars need Earth moms? Because, apparently the martian women don't want to do the work, so they built machines to do it for them. But, if the have machines to be the moms, why do the need Earth moms? Because, the machines don't have any discipline skills, so the martians kidnap Earth moms every 25 years in order to steal the mom's mothering skills. But, why do the keep destroying the machines instead of just keeping one set forever? Because... it's never actually really explained. But, don't the martian women want to raise the children they gave birth to? Ha, ha no. Everybody know martian babies grow out of the ground.
|Don't stare directly into it's eyes!|
|See this villain here. Completely pointless.|
That's not to say the movie doesn't have it's moments. Everybody is clearly trying to make a good movie here, but it's just not happening. The characters are acted well, but are written poorly. The animation is nice, but limited due to the motion-capture. The story is original, but stupid and riddled with holes as well. Mars Needs Moms! is trying to make a classic move for kids, but lacks both the heart and the brains to flesh it out. 2 out of 6.