History Film / MarsNeedsMoms

26th Oct '16 3:29:11 AM StFan
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''Mars Needs Moms'' is a 2011 Image Movers film distributed by Creator/{{Disney}} based on the storybook by ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' creator Berkeley Breathed and produced by Creator/RobertZemeckis. It focuses on young suburban kid Milo, who late one night discovers his mother has been abducted by Martians in an attempt to use her skills in parenting to raise their own young. After accidentally hitching a ride on their craft, he lands on the red planet and meets up with another human, an 80's era {{Manchild}} who has gone a bit crazy after being brought to Mars in the same way as Milo. Together with a rebellious young Martian girl they attempt to save Milo's mother from her captors.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AlienAbduction: The entire plot of the movie.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: On Mars, the female martians assume power and total control while the men are exiled and become free-spirited hippies.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Averted, sort of. The characters can't breathe in space, but are able to survive much longer in the vacuum than a real person would. They also wear domes over their faces but no other protective equipment without any ill effects. Borderline TruthInTelevision, at least compared to traditional "explosive decompression, as in your body explodes" Hollywood fare.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Or your mother might just be [[spoiler:''drained and vaporised''.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:The male Martians jumping out of the trash chute to take on the SIS.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: Gribble: "When you're gonna shoot a laser at someone, you should bring them a change of underwear!"
* ChekhovsGun: A literal one. Also [[spoiler:Gribble's helmet that we see him drop on the Martian surface in his flashback, is found, still functional, and used to save Milo's mom who gave up her helmet to save Milo, whose helmet had shattered earlier when he tripped.]]
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: Four separate "cut to sidekick robot's reaction of disdain" shots in the trailer.
* FantasticRacism[=/=]FemaleMisogynist: The Supervisor may not like female humans, as they only remind her of how female Martians used to be.
* GraffitiOfTheResistance: Ki rebels against Mars's society by spray-painting colorful murals over the skyscrapers.
* HartmanHips: Every female Martian has this body shape.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Milo's mom gives him her helmet after his was shattered. Fortunately, Gribble was able to find the helmet intended for his mom that he left behind.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Gribble and Ki. She loves how he blushes.
* JiveTurkey: The Martian girl Milo meets shows elements of this when trying to talk in his language. Though to be fair, Ki learned her English from watching [[AliensStealCable early 1970's television]] and speaks more like a stereotypical hippie.
* {{Manchild}}: The tech-savvy, underground Earthman Gribble.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Ki seems to channel this towards the entire Martian society. After sneaking around in the past and seeing a broadcast from an [[AliensStealCable early 1970's TV show]], she feels compelled to make vibrant, colorful, psychedelic graffiti tags all over the monotone blue/green station.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Pretty much obvious from the title. The Martians need them because they're too busy to raise their own children, hence the need to copy the child-raising abilities of a human mom onto an army of nanny-bots.
* [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye Never Got to Say I Love You]]: Gribble tells Milo that he never got the chance to tell his mother that he loved her.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: But they can still pee on your face if you hold them up.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: The female Martians are pink, while the males are brown.
* RebelliousRebel: The Martian girl Ki.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The Martians.
* ShesGotLegs: The Martians.
* ShoutOut: Upon Gribble's introduction, he breathes like [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]].
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Or Mars for that matter. While the movie does at least make a decent effort at not completely disregarding scientific plausibility for the sake of the RuleOfCool (Mars's low gravity, for instance, is rendered fairly accurately as long as it doesn't stand in the way of plot convenience), there are more than enough inaccuracies to go around:
** If you're walking on the surface of Mars with no spacesuit on right before dawn, you'll probably freeze to death in the temperature of some -100 F before you even realize you forgot to put on your oxygen mask.
* TrojanPrisoner: Ki uses this ploy to get Milo and Gribble through the jail.
* TwoDecadesBehind: How Gribble acts, since he's been on Mars [[spoiler:ever since the 1980s, when his mother was abducted and killed by the Martians while he was a child.]] Ki as well, for only knowing about humans from 1970s television.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Supervisor.
* WhamLine: Milo says he wished he didn't have a mom. [[spoiler:It seems to imply that [[NotSoDifferent Gribble]] [[PartingWordsRegret said the same thing to his mom]].]]
* WomenAreWiser: What the martian women believe.
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''Mars Needs Moms'' is a 2011 Image Movers film distributed by Creator/{{Disney}} based on the storybook by ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' creator Berkeley Breathed and produced by Creator/RobertZemeckis. It focuses on young suburban kid Milo, who late one night discovers his mother has been abducted by Martians in an attempt to use her skills in parenting to raise their own young. After accidentally hitching a ride on their craft, he lands on the red planet and meets up with another human, an 80's era {{Manchild}} who has gone a bit crazy after being brought to Mars in the same way as Milo. Together with a rebellious young Martian girl they attempt to save Milo's mother from her captors.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AlienAbduction: The entire plot of the movie.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: On Mars, the female martians assume power and total control while the men are exiled and become free-spirited hippies.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Averted, sort of. The characters can't breathe in space, but are able to survive much longer in the vacuum than a real person would. They also wear domes over their faces but no other protective equipment without any ill effects. Borderline TruthInTelevision, at least compared to traditional "explosive decompression, as in your body explodes" Hollywood fare.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Or your mother might just be [[spoiler:''drained and vaporised''.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:The male Martians jumping out of the trash chute to take on the SIS.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: Gribble: "When you're gonna shoot a laser at someone, you should bring them a change of underwear!"
* ChekhovsGun: A literal one. Also [[spoiler:Gribble's helmet that we see him drop on the Martian surface in his flashback, is found, still functional, and used to save Milo's mom who gave up her helmet to save Milo, whose helmet had shattered earlier when he tripped.]]
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: Four separate "cut to sidekick robot's reaction of disdain" shots in the trailer.
* FantasticRacism[=/=]FemaleMisogynist: The Supervisor may not like female humans, as they only remind her of how female Martians used to be.
* GraffitiOfTheResistance: Ki rebels against Mars's society by spray-painting colorful murals over the skyscrapers.
* HartmanHips: Every female Martian has this body shape.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Milo's mom gives him her helmet after his was shattered. Fortunately, Gribble was able to find the helmet intended for his mom that he left behind.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Gribble and Ki. She loves how he blushes.
* JiveTurkey: The Martian girl Milo meets shows elements of this when trying to talk in his language. Though to be fair, Ki learned her English from watching [[AliensStealCable early 1970's television]] and speaks more like a stereotypical hippie.
* {{Manchild}}: The tech-savvy, underground Earthman Gribble.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Ki seems to channel this towards the entire Martian society. After sneaking around in the past and seeing a broadcast from an [[AliensStealCable early 1970's TV show]], she feels compelled to make vibrant, colorful, psychedelic graffiti tags all over the monotone blue/green station.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Pretty much obvious from the title. The Martians need them because they're too busy to raise their own children, hence the need to copy the child-raising abilities of a human mom onto an army of nanny-bots.
* [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye Never Got to Say I Love You]]: Gribble tells Milo that he never got the chance to tell his mother that he loved her.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: But they can still pee on your face if you hold them up.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: The female Martians are pink, while the males are brown.
* RebelliousRebel: The Martian girl Ki.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The Martians.
* ShesGotLegs: The Martians.
* ShoutOut: Upon Gribble's introduction, he breathes like [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]].
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Or Mars for that matter. While the movie does at least make a decent effort at not completely disregarding scientific plausibility for the sake of the RuleOfCool (Mars's low gravity, for instance, is rendered fairly accurately as long as it doesn't stand in the way of plot convenience), there are more than enough inaccuracies to go around:
** If you're walking on the surface of Mars with no spacesuit on right before dawn, you'll probably freeze to death in the temperature of some -100 F before you even realize you forgot to put on your oxygen mask.
* TrojanPrisoner: Ki uses this ploy to get Milo and Gribble through the jail.
* TwoDecadesBehind: How Gribble acts, since he's been on Mars [[spoiler:ever since the 1980s, when his mother was abducted and killed by the Martians while he was a child.]] Ki as well, for only knowing about humans from 1970s television.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Supervisor.
* WhamLine: Milo says he wished he didn't have a mom. [[spoiler:It seems to imply that [[NotSoDifferent Gribble]] [[PartingWordsRegret said the same thing to his mom]].]]
* WomenAreWiser: What the martian women believe.
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19th Sep '16 8:16:15 AM Jaro7788
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* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Or Mars for that matter. While the movie does at least make a decent effort at not completely disregarding scientific plausibility for the sake of the RuleOfCool (Mars's low gravity, for instance, is rendered fairly accurately as long as it doesn't stand in the way of plot convenience), there are more than enough inaccuracies to go around:
** If you're walking on the surface of Mars with no spacesuit on right before dawn, you'll probably freeze to death in the temperature of some -100 F before you even realize you forgot to put on your oxygen mask.
16th Feb '16 3:05:18 AM TitoMosquito
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* FantasticRacism[=/=]FemaleMisogynist: The Supervisor may not like female humans, as they only remind her of how female Martians used to be.
21st Oct '15 5:58:45 PM nombretomado
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''Mars Needs Moms'' is a 2011 Image Movers film distributed by {{Disney}} based on the storybook by ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' creator Berkeley Breathed and produced by Creator/RobertZemeckis. It focuses on young suburban kid Milo, who late one night discovers his mother has been abducted by Martians in an attempt to use her skills in parenting to raise their own young. After accidentally hitching a ride on their craft, he lands on the red planet and meets up with another human, an 80's era {{Manchild}} who has gone a bit crazy after being brought to Mars in the same way as Milo. Together with a rebellious young Martian girl they attempt to save Milo's mother from her captors.

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''Mars Needs Moms'' is a 2011 Image Movers film distributed by {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} based on the storybook by ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' creator Berkeley Breathed and produced by Creator/RobertZemeckis. It focuses on young suburban kid Milo, who late one night discovers his mother has been abducted by Martians in an attempt to use her skills in parenting to raise their own young. After accidentally hitching a ride on their craft, he lands on the red planet and meets up with another human, an 80's era {{Manchild}} who has gone a bit crazy after being brought to Mars in the same way as Milo. Together with a rebellious young Martian girl they attempt to save Milo's mother from her captors.
9th Aug '15 4:03:40 PM NWolfman
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* TwoDecadesBehind: How Gribble acts, since he's been on Mars [[spoiler:ever since his mother was abducted and killed by the Martians while he was a child.]]

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* TwoDecadesBehind: How Gribble acts, since he's been on Mars [[spoiler:ever since the 1980s, when his mother was abducted and killed by the Martians while he was a child.]]]] Ki as well, for only knowing about humans from 1970s television.
10th May '15 6:16:05 PM teknomage
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* TrojanPrisoner: Ki uses this ploy to get Milo and Gribble through the jail.
23rd Apr '15 3:43:10 PM Silverblade2
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The film barely made it's money back, leading to [[CreatorKiller the closure of Image Movers Studios]] and canceling Zemeckis' planned ''YellowSubmarine'' remake, not to mention [[GenreKiller killing off the]] MotionCapture movie for good.
20th Apr '15 8:15:34 AM NWolfman
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The film barely made it's money back, leading to [[CreatorKiller the closure of Image Movers Studios]] and canceling Zemeckis' planned ''YellowSubmarine'' remake, not to mention [[GenreKiller killing off the]] MotionCapture movie for good.
19th Apr '15 8:37:14 AM Silverblade2
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The film is notorious for currently being [[BoxOfficeBomb the lowest grossing Disney film in the companies long history]], and the forth biggest expensive box office flop of all time (adjusted for inflation). The film's financial troubles were so severe that it [[CreatorKiller bankrupted its production company Image Movers]], even getting planned future films by the company canceled in the process, not to mention [[GenreKiller putting an end to fully motion-captured movies]]. The film now lives in infamy, forcing RobertZemeckis to go back to live-action films, at least for awhile. The film also suffered negative reception upon its release as well as bad word of mouth, a fatal blow to an already poorly performing film.
17th Apr '15 6:27:09 PM Tuckerscreator
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* [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye Never Got to Say I Love You]]: Gribble tells Milo that he never got the chance to say that he loved her.

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* [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye Never Got to Say I Love You]]: Gribble tells Milo that he never got the chance to say tell his mother that he loved her.
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