Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Bombing of Robert Zemeckis' Mars Needs Moms

Robert Zemeckis' motion-capture animated film cost $150 million to produce but earned only $6.9 million in its debut at the domestic box office.

Ouch, that's gotta sting...

I'm really no fan of the creepy motion-capture animation technique Rob Zemeckis has been doing for a last wee while, so maybe he'll return to making live-action movies after this dismal result. I haven't loved everything the guy's done, but he's got some serious filmmaking chops (at least one hopes he still does) that have produced terrific, dazzling work - Back to the Future, Contact and particularly, Cast Away - and it would be an utter shame if he never made another film with flesh-and-blood humans again.

Here's the trailer:

PS: I wrote this under the impression that Zemeckis had directed the film, but he actually only produced it.

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