Children's Book 'Mars Needs Moms' Now a Big Screen Adventure

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Children's Book 'Mars Needs Moms' Now a Big Screen Adventure


MANILA, Philippines - The bestselling children's book "Mars Needs Moms" by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed blasts off to the big screen as an eye-popping 3D animated adventure from the team behind "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express." The Walt Disney film showcases nine-year-old Milo's (Seth Green) quest to save his mom (Joan Cusack) from Martians. What follows is a wild adventure that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader.Breathed was moved to write the book "Mars Needs Moms" after an eventful dinner at home. "One night my son Milo threw his broccoli into the air and stormed from the table-a scene depicted with more civility in the movie," says Breathed. "Upon leaving, he said something about his mother too vile to repeat here-which would only result in expensive therapy later if he ever remembered. From out of nowhere came my next line: 'You might think differently about your mom if she were kidnapped by Martians.' I spun on my heels and wrote the book that night. The rest is Disney history."ImageMovers Digital and the Disney team embraced the project, tapping Simon Wells to direct and co-write the script with wife Wendy Wells. The writing partners have been married for 23 years, and daughters Meredith and Teagan are featured as Martian Hatchlings in the movie. The film follows in the footsteps of ImageMovers Digital's roster of well-received family fare, "The Polar Express" and "Monster House," bringing the story to the big screen in 3D via performance capture. The technique digitally captures the performances of the actors with computerized cameras in a full 360 degrees, allowing filmmakers to transport audiences to Mars-and back-creating elaborate out-of-this-world settings and characters while capitalizing on the expert performances of the cast. The director says the action, adventure and humor will explode on the big screen-thanks in no small part to the fact that it'll be presented in 3D and shown on IMAX screens. …

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