Movie Review: MARS NEEDS MOMS

MARS NEEDS MOMS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon Writer: Simon Wells & Wendy Wells , based on the story MARS NEEDS MOMS by Berkley Breathed Director: Simon Wells Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 11, 2011 MARS NEEDS MOMS is the latest CGI offering from Walt Disney and Image Movers Digital (who were responsible for the performance capture films THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL).  I have had to warm to the slick almost real style of motion capture animation. Sometimes it really works for me, and other times it’s so natural/unnatural […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The producers of MARS NEEDS MOMS talk 3D

Gribble and Milo in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

Producers Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey have worked with Robert Zemeckis for a very long time, and they’ve seen how that director as pioneered the art of “performance capture” films from POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Now, they’re working alongside Zemeckis as a producer for the Simon Wells directed MARS NEEDS MOMS (opening Friday). An adaptation of the Berkeley Breathed children’s book, the film follows an average kid named Milo who has to save his mom from manipulative aliens (but he has to travel to Mars first). In our exclusive interview with the producers, the producers chat about […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARS NEEDS MOMS actor Kevin Cahoon gets a kick out playing a sidekick

Wingnut (Kevin Cahoon) in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

In the new Disney 3D CGI animated feature MARS NEEDS MOMS (which opens Friday nationwide), the film employed the pain-staking performance capture technique used on such films as POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. For actor Kevin Cahoon, it was a process he relished as he plays a Martian character called Wingnut – the sidekick to Gribble (Dan Fogler) who doesn’t quite understand the idea of what being a sidekick is supposed to be. With a performance that’s largely physical, rather than verbal, Cahoon spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about the process and how his Broadway stage work came into […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview MARS NEEDS MOMS and screenwriters like Wendy Wells too

Ki, Milo and Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

MARS may need moms, but it also needs moms who also happen to be screenwriters. MARS NEEDS MOMS screenwriter Wendy Wells took her child-rearing experiences and along with co-screenwriter/director Simon Wells brought a fresh new take to the standard 3D CGI kid’s film. In adapting Berkeley Breathed’s children’s book, the story took on a whole new life, expanding the universe, aging things up a bit and uncovering even more comedy in the process. The film was also done in the same “performance-capture” technique that’s been previously used by director Robert Zemeckis on THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES trailer (and watch it too!)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - ON STRANGER TIDES poster

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Release Date: May 20, 2011 Stars: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz What Is it? The fourth sequel in the PIRATES saga, this time solely focused on Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Want To See Factor: Anyone who’s seen the previous released trailer, has seen this one, except crammed into a tighter spot. Does it make you want to see it? […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Bruce Boxleitner fires up his Disc drive for TRON: LEGACY

Bruce Boxleitner in TRON: LEGACY | ©2010 Disney Enterprises Inc.

In 1982, Bruce Boxleitner segued from TV to movies by starring in a ground-breaking new science-fiction film TRON where he played Alan Bradley, whose program (in his own image) named “Tron” aided Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) in stopping an evil master control program that had more diabolical plans for the “user” world. Now, 28 years later and Boxleitner has returned to the TRON universe, this time in TRON: LEGACY as a wizened Bradley who helps Flynn’s son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) inadvertently find his father who is once again trapped on the grid – this time of his own making. While […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Producer Sean Bailey chats about TRON:LEGACY and the status of THE BLACK HOLE remake

TRON LEGACY - Light Cycle poster | ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

It’s been a long journey for producer Sean Bailey in rebooting the 1982 TRON film. Now, TRON: LEGACY is arriving tomorrow with Jeff Bridges reprising his role as computer programmer Kevin Flynn who is trapped in a computer world he created and it’s up to his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to save him. In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Bailey, who is now Disney’s President of Production, spoke about bringing TRON back online, as well as discussing the status of THE BLACK HOLE remake also slated to be directed by TRON’s Joe Kosinski. ASSIGNMENT X: Were you a big […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TRON: LEGACY producer (and original creator/director) Steven Lisberger gets back on the grid

TRON: LEGACY teaser poster | © 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

It’s rare for a film to spawn a sequel (with some of the main cast) 28 years after the release of the original, but TRON has managed that feat and exceeded all expectations. The original TRON, co-written and directed by Steven Lisberger was a ground-breaking film that took computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) inside a computer where he fought against nefarious programs inside the “grid.” It was unlike anything out there, but its concept was perhaps way ahead of its time, which is why the film wasn’t the mega-success it should have been. Now, audiences are ready and totally […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the world premiere of Disney’s TANGLED

Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore at the World Premiere of TANGLED

Rapunzel let down her hair, finally (and in 3-D) as Disney held the World Premiere of their new animated film TANGLED at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. It was a long backdrop that was painted to look like Rapunzel’s hair. Wigs were handed out to some of the photographers, myself included and we wore them while shooting. Mandy Moore  (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider) posed with us as the photographers on the carpet shot our photos. It was fun, except that the long wig kept catching on everything! Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Actress Donna Murphy is TANGLED in Mother Gothel’s wicked ways

Mother Gothel in TANGLED | © 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

One of the most delicious aspects of the new hit Disney animated film TANGLED was the creation of Mother Gothel. Stealing away Rapunzel from her Royal parents at a young age (so she could tap into the girl’s magical hair to stay young forever), Gothel is a wonderful creation filled with malicious intent, mass contradictions, misguided motherly love and of course, the expert knack for breaking into show-stopping songs. Breathing the character to life vocally is Broadway actress Donna Murphy (SPIDER-MAN 2, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION) who talked with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview about the Disney process and her […]Read On »

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