Mars Needs Moms: Adventure with Lighter Side

The adventure comedy Mars Needs Moms, directed by Simon Wells and starring Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler, will be released  by Walt Disney Pictures on March 11.

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 “Monster House” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild and funny adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multilevel planet and taking on the alien nation and their Supervisor (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, gadget-happy, ’80s-speaking 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.

“It’s an adventure film with a lighter side,” says director Simon Wells (“The Time Machine,” “The Prince of Egypt”). “Even though the movie is about this thrilling mission to save mum from a bunch of Martians, it’s littered with funny characters,” says Wells. “Dan Fogler as Gribble is consistently hilarious and ad-libbed much of his role. And even more serious characters like Supervisor were taken over the top by brilliant actors like Mindy Sterling. The whole cast really made a fun film funnier.”

The film also stars Kevin Cahoon as Wingnut and Tom Everett Scott as Dad. The screenplay is by Wells and Wendy Wells based on the book by Berkeley Breathed. The film is produced by Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”), Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Steven Boyd. The creative team also includes production designer Doug Chiang (“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “The Polar Express”), editor Wayne Wahrman (“I Am Legend,” “Charlie’s Angels”), director of photography Robert Presley (“The Polar Express,” “Beowulf”) and Oscar®-nominated composer John Powell (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Shrek,” “The Bourne Identity”).

Zemeckis says audiences have a lot to love about “Mars Needs Moms.” “They have a lot to look forward to—fun, adventure, comedy, laughs, great performances, spectacular 3D—just an unbelievably wonderful digital movie.” “Mars Needs Moms” is rated PG by the MPAA. A fun, rollercoaster 3D adventure comedy in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D. The film lands in U.S. theaters on March 11, 2011.