Even though I’m a grown woman with children of my own, I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I still need my mom. After all, our moms are the people in our lives that are always there for us when we need them. But how far would you go if your mom needed you?
For Milo, the main character in Disney’s newest animated feature Mars Needs Moms, helping his mom will take him farther than he ever dreamed. Mars Needs Moms will be available on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack on August 9, 2011 and I was thrilled when I was given a chance to check it out. Here’s a brief 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. Complete with intergalactic bonus features, it’s a thrilling journey that’s pure, out-of-this-world crazy fun.
I’m a huge fan of Disney movies so I couldn’t wait to sit down with my boys and watch Mars Needs Moms. My husband put the DVD on for us Saturday evening, and all four of us sat down together to watch it.
The animation in Mars Needs Moms is just phenomenal. It is incredibly realistic and the detail of the imagery makes the story even more captivating. Zackary was immediately intrigued by the idea of outer space and he watched with interest as Milo travelled to Mars, evaded capture and set out on a mission to rescue his mother from the Martians’ clutches. We all loved the friends Milo made along the way, from a rebellious Martian artist named Ki to a genius inventor, fellow human Gribble.
This is definitely a movie for school-aged children and depending on how sensitive a child is about things like shooting or death, screening the film in advance to see if it is suitable for your own child may be a good idea. Zackary, after the influence of his many pre-Kindergarten friends, had no problem watching Milo evade lasers shot by pursuing aliens, but there were a few moments when I made sure to distract him from the plot a little so that he wouldn’t get too upset. (After all, this is a child that sat with tears streaming down his face when Herbie was in the Demolition Derby in Herbie: Fully Loaded….)
Overall, the movie was very fun and entertaining, but also surprisingly absorbing, and while children will enjoy the excitement and adventure of the movie, parents are sure to be impressed by the underlying social relationships of the aliens and the interesting differences between the male and female Martians. And for even more fun for the whole family, the Blu-Ray disc features exciting bonus features like an extended opening, deleted scenes and all the bonus features on the DVD!
If your little space fan can’t wait to see Mars Needs Moms, why not occupy them with a fun Mars Needs Moms activity? My personal favourite is the Crater Cake Recipe, but kids are also sure to love their very own Outer Space Message Centre. And for printable fun, you can’t go wrong with a Martians Among Us! Word Search!
Zackary enjoyed Mars Needs Moms even though it was a little bit over his head, and my husband and I enjoyed it even more. In fact, after the movie ended and I put the boys to bed, my husband sat down and watched it all over again! For a thrilling family adventure for older kids and adults, you can’t go wrong with Mars Needs Moms!
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