‘Mars Needs Moms’ Featurette Offers New Animation, Insight from Filmmakers

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Walt Disney Studios and ImageMovers Digital have released a new featurette which peeks into the heart of Mars Needs Moms, opening in theaters nationwide on March 11, 2011. Featured among quite a bit of new animation, are producer Robert Zemeckis, writer/director Simon Wells and cast members Seth Green, Dan Fogler and Joan Cusack who offer their take on the film’s message and story. As an added bonus, there’s a little behind-the-scenes motion capture footage side-by-side with the final product, a hint of what moviegoers will see as the closing credits roll.

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ – Dozens of New HiRes Stills

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ImageMovers Digital and Walt Disney Studios have provided us with dozens of new stills from their upcoming release Mars Needs Moms based on the book by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, including one that prominently features Milo’s mom (voiced by Joan Cusack). We’ve added the new stills to the beginning of our stills gallery below. In addition, we’ve also received a few additional behind-the-scenes photos which have been added to its respective gallery.

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ Clips: ‘Meeting Gribble,’ ‘Security Breach’

With a week to go before the theatrical release, Walt Disney Studios has released two additional clips from the upcoming ImageMovers Digital film, Mars Needs Moms, starring Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Mindy Sterling and Elisabeth Harnois.

In ‘Meeting Gribble,’ after Milo has landed on the red planet, desperately seeking out the aliens who took his mom, he runs into Gribble, a thirty-something man-child stuck in the 1980s when he, like Milo, also got stranded on Mars while trying to track down his own mother and forced to live in virtual isolation. With Milo being Gribble’s first human contact in decades, he’s beside himself with the prospect of a new roomie.

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ Clip: ‘No Broccoli’

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Walt Disney Studios has released the following clip from the beginning of the ImageMovers Digital film, Mars Needs Moms, based on the same-title book by famed cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.

In Mars Needs Moms, nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

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Disney’s ‘Mars Needs Moms’ Hurls Third Trailer (Stay Cool)

Walt Disney Studios has released a third trailer for its upcoming mocap film, Mars Needs Moms, from ImageMovers Digital and adapted from the same-titled children’s book by Berkeley Breathed.

Featuring quite a bit of new animation, the trailer also plays host to an interesting title track that plays throughout the trailer which seems to be a fairly campy rap (using the term very loosely) , featuring lyrics such as:

Can’t even tell
Is that a boy or a girl?
They look so nasty,
make a robot hurl!

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ Character Descriptions, Concept Art and Behind-the-Scenes (Minor Spoilers)

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Walt Disney Studios and ImageMovers Digital have provided us with several behind-the-scenes photos, model sheets and concept art from its March 11 release of Mars Needs Moms, based on the same-titled book by famed cartoonist Berkeley Breathed who based the story on his own personal experiences with then four year old son, Milo. A couple of differences you’ll find in the film are that Milo (portrayed by Seth Green) is ‘progressed’ to age nine (while Seth, of course, is regressed) and there is a lot more time spent exploring the red planet. A couple of fun things to note are: in the concept art showing the scale of the characters in relation to each other and their respective actors, Seth Green as an adult in his mid-30s is just six inches taller than his nine year old self; and Joan Cusack (Mom) has a son named Miles and during the recording process, would often use his name instead of Milo’s. In fact, Miles’ name even made it to the production take in one case and had to be fixed later during ADR (audio dialogue replacement).

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ New Hi-Res Stills Feature Milo, Gribble, Ki and Mom

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ImageMovers Digital and Walt Disney Studios have provided us three new stills from their upcoming release Mars Needs Moms based on the book by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, including one that prominently features Milo’s mom (voiced by Joan Cusack).

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Disney’s ‘Mars Needs Moms’ – Five New Stills Featuring Gribble, Milo and Ki

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Just our luck! Right after we announced the brand new trailer for Disney’s Mars Needs Moms from ImageMovers Digital, Walt Disney Studios sent us over five new stills from the film. The new images have been added to the beginning of our gallery of stills from the film below:

Mars Needs Moms stars the voice talents of Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon and Joan Cusack and is slated to be released in theaters nationwide on March 11, 2011.

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First Look: Disney’s ‘Mars Needs Moms’ Trailer Plus Five New Stills

Walt Disney Studios has just released the first full-length trailer for its upcoming film from ImageMovers Digital, Mars Needs Moms, based on the book by Berkley Breathed.

Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just 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. Produced by the team behind Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

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Report: Jim Carrey, Bob Zemeckis, et al Bring ‘A Christmas Carol’ Train Tour to New York

Pamela Adlon and Mae Whitman Photo: Alex J. Berliner © Berliner Photography/BEImages Dozens of commuters got a big thrill early Friday morning when they caught a glimpse of actor Jim Carrey being driven through Grand Central Terminal on a pargo courtesy of the FDNY Fire Chief (well, let’s face it, it’s New York, so make it about 3 commuters who even noticed). Singing the theme to The Flintstones as he ‘pedaled’ the slow moving vehicle along, Carrey waved to and graciously greeted his fans as the vehicle’s light flashed and siren blared.

Rewind to just a few minutes before when Walt Disney Studios held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the final stop on the cross-country train tour to promote Disney’s A Christmas Carol. At a press conference held in front of the facade of the large, inflatable theater showing previews of the film, media, execs and guests were treated to a pre-show involving Christmas carolers and vaudevillian-type performers (who were also out entertaining passerbys all weekend long as well).

Kicking off the presentation was new Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, Rich Ross, who first introduced and brought to stage the Chief Marketing Officers of Amtrak and Hewlett-Packard, partners in the train tour promotion. Ross then introduced director Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey who took the stage together, although it was Carrey who ultimately commanded the stage. Also in presence were ImageMover Digital partners and producers of the film, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.

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