Exclusive Interview: Dan Fogler is MARS NEEDS MOMS space case

Dan Fogler is Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

After making an impression with his starring role in the hilarious BALLS OF FURY, Dan Fogler has been moving up the ladder as a stand-out in such films as FANBOYS and the recently released TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT. The actor gets to stretch even further in the new 3D CGI animated Disney Film MARS NEEDS MOMS where he plays Gribble – an adult who was stranded on Mars in the 1980s as a kid. Now has a chance to right some wrongs by helping a new kid named Milo who has arrived to the Red Planet and wants to save […]Read On »

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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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