BLU-RAY REVIEW – Mars Needs Moms

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Mars Needs Moms Bluray Cover


  • Street Date: August 9, 2011
  • Feature Run Time: Approximately 88 minutes
  • Rated: US: PG / Canada: PG (bonus material no rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios
  • Language/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English, French, Spanish, Portuguese / DVD = English, French, Spanish

Film Synopsis:

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli — who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out how much he needs his mom (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.

MARS NEEDS MOMS is brought to life by the performances of Seth Green (TV’s “Family Guy”) as Milo, Joan Cusack (Toy Story 2 & 3) as Milo’s Mom, Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda, Robot Chicken) as Gribble and Elizabeth Harnois (A Single Man, TV’s “90210”) as Ki and is directed by Simon Wells (The Time Machine, The Prince of Egypt) and produced by Robert Zemeckis (Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Forrest Gump).

Bonus Features:


· “Fun With Seth” – The cast and crew had a galaxy of fun making Mars Needs Moms, thanks to the on-set antics of Seth Green and Dan Fogler. Watch them do the ROM dance see them compete to see who can do their verbal ROM the fastest, and much more.

· Martian 101 – Do you speak Martian? Go behind the scenes and see how the producer and cast came up with their own unique Martian language. Then learn how to speak it yourselfwith lessons from a leading Martian language expert.

Blu-ray 2D:

Everything on the DVD plus…

· Extended Opening – The movie begins… but wait, there’s more. See it here.

· Life On Mars: The Full Motion-Capture Experience – Go way behind the scenes to the ‘space’ where the actors’ performances are captured. This feature-length, picture-in-picture viewing mode also lets you listen to director Simon Wells and actors Seth Green and Dan Fogler give a fun and insightful look into creating the movie.

· Deleted Scenes with Simon Wells introductions (4 Blu-ray 2D Exclusive Deleted Scenes) – 7 deleted scenes of which four are exclusive to the Blu-ray 2D release. Some cool scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Now you can see them with introductions by director Simon Wells.

· “Flower Power” Easter Egg – the name of the show that Ki watched and learned English from is entitled “Freaks on the Street.”

Blu-ray 3D:

Everything on the Blu-ray & DVD plus….

· Mom-Napping (All-new 3D Exclusive) –There’s more than meets the eye during the Martian abduction of Milo’s Mom. This alternate scene — completely finished in 3D — tells all.

Movie Download:

Everything on the DVD plus…

· Deleted Scenes – Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Simon Wells


As mentioned after I attended an early screening, Mars Needs Moms is amazing. The colors are bright and bold and the graphics and animation are terrific. In typical Disney fashion the movie made me both laugh and cry, and the time in the theater flew by. Long story short, the movie is about Milo, his Mom, and the Martians. Milo was fresh to his Mom one evening, which caused her to cry. Once in his room he regrets his behavior and decides to apologize. At that time the Martians are abducting Milo’s Mom so they can bring her to Mars to raise the Martian babies that are hatching. Milo sees the rocket ship in the back yard and is on board when it takes off. After landing on Mars, Milo barely escapes capture and meets another human, a man named Gribble. Gribble, who lost his Mom years before, decides to help Milo find his mother. The duo try to avoid capture by Martians while on their mission, and receive some help from an unexpected source – a female Martian named Ki. Milo doesn’t give up on finding and saving his Mother, willing to risk his own life to do so. You have to watch it for yourself to find out the ending, but I will tell you it’s a good one.

Here’s a clip from the movie where Milo meets Gribble.


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pat.navymom August 18, 2011 - 5:12 am

The lesson in this movie validates good parenting.

valmg August 22, 2011 - 9:30 am

I agree. That’s why the Martians chose Milo’s Mom, because she was doing a good job of parenting.

Royalegacy August 18, 2011 - 11:48 am

We are going to be renting this one this weekend. I will have it reserved at Redbox for us. Last weekend I tried to get it, but we were too late.

valmg August 22, 2011 - 9:29 am

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


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