Mars Needs Moms
“Mars Needs Moms” is one of those
kid-friendly animated films that adults will purchase for their children and
grandchildren to watch, but will find something else to do themselves.
There’s nothing really objectionable---though the story line is
creative, and the screenplay is functional enough---it just isn’t magical.
Seth Green is the voice of
, a little boy who is chafing a bit under his Mom’s strict upbringing.
Mom (the voice of Joan Cusack) is serious about raising her son to take
out the trash, and clean up his room, and do his homework, and this apparently
has not gone unnoticed by the Martians, who are targeting earthling Moms with
the “right” ideas about child-rearing. It
seems that Mars, currently being ruled by a dominatrix-matriarch Supervisor
(the voice of Mindy Sterling), has banished the males, to the garbage heap
below, and the females give birth to “hatchlings” en masse.
But somewhere along the way they’ve completely lost the concept of
nurture. They suck out the “Mommy”
essence from the captured earthlings and then discard the carcass, and
knows all this partly because he was a stowaway on the spaceship (how come
nobody else noticed it landing in his back yard?), and partly because he met
another stranded earthling boy, Gribble (the voice of Dan Fogler), who’s now
become an agoraphobic computer nerd, but at least he tries to help.
There’s apparently one Martian, Ki (the voice of Elisabeth Harnois),
who’s also interested in helping poor
rescue his Mom, and at the end, we are supposed to be heart-warmed by the
family being intact again. But did
anybody else wonder if there was a barbed message in there somewhere about
“This is what would happen if women were to take over?”
(“Reuben, Reuben, I’ve been thinking, what a great world this would
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Co-Pastor, United