Simon Wells

EXCLUSIVE: Simon Wells Talks ‘Mars Needs Moms’

Director Simon Wells talks Mars Needs Moms, working with the motion-capture format, bringing this cast together and much more.

Director Simon Wells has always been right at home at the drawing board, literally speaking. After starting out as an animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, he transitioned into directing with An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Balto, The Prince of Egypt, and the live-action adventure The Time Machine. After working as a storyboard artist for Disney for several years, Simon Wells made his directing return with the animated tale Mars Needs Moms, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD on August 9. I recentlly had the chance to speak with Simon Wells over the phone about this animated tale, and here's what he had to say.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Mars Needs Moms’ Cast and Crew Interviews

Opening in theaters on March 11th is the new 3D computer-animated film from Walt Disney Pictures called Mars Needs Moms. The movie stars Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Joan Cusack (Toy Story 3), Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight), Elisabeth Harnois (A Single Man), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery), and Tom Everett Scott (Southland). We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, and Mindy Sterling, as well as director Simon Wells and writer Wendy Wells about the new film, producer Robert Zemeckis's influence on the project, the original source material the movie is based on, and motion capture filmmaking. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.

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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