Trivia / Mars Needs Moms

  • Box Office Bomb: The film proceeded to tank big-time on its opening weekend, and is now officially one of the biggest box office bombs ever and one of the two finalists to be the biggest animated box office bomb of all time. It scored the 12th worst opening for any film opening in 3,000+ theaters ($6 million) and suffered a net loss of over $110 million due to its $150 million budget and grossing only $39 million worldwide even with 3D grosses. Disney shut down Image Movers shortly before it was released.
  • Creator Killer:
    • The spectacular failure of the film lead to Disney shuttering Robert Zemeckis's studio and canceling their next projects, a remake of Yellow Submarine (because he was only a producer, Zemeckis' directing career was spared) and Calling All Monsters, a Genre Throwback to Kaiju films.
    • While Zemeckis survived, director and DreamWorks Animation alumnus Simon Wells and co-producers Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke ultimately did not; Wells has not directed or written another film (and his screen credits past this are as a story artist for DWA's films), while Starkey and Rapke's careers began fading off of Earth over the next year.
  • Dawson Casting: Played straight and averted at the same time for the same character. Seth Green, who does the motion capture for Milo, was supposed to voice the character as well. However, his attempt at voicing a little kid didn't sound too good, so Milo is voiced by the much younger Seth Dusky.
  • Genre-Killer: Its flopping spelt the end to Motion Capture animated films. The sequels to The Adventures of Tintin, released shortly after, have yet to see the light of day as a result despite that film being successful.

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