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Mars Needs Moms
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
John Ashton Thomas
Beth Caucci
Michael John Mollo
Germaine Franco
Dave Metzger

Additional Music by:
Michael Z. Gordon
Paul Mounsey
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Walt Disney Records
(March 8th, 2011)
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Buy it... if you appreciate the impressive evolution of John Powell's music for animated films over the past few years, for Mars Needs Moms is a highly cohesive and entertaining follow-up to How to Train Your Dragon.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty casually enjoying well executed scores when they constantly reference specific techniques and the general styles of a variety of composers in a seeming temp track manner, the only real detriment to Powell's work for Mars Needs Moms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,348
WRITTEN 3/12/11
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Mars Needs Moms: (John Powell) It's unfortunate that the humor in this film's title will go unnoticed by the majority of today's generation, though kudos to the filmmakers will likely be afforded by anyone who remembers Mars Needs Women and its peers in vintage sci-fi schlock. The 2011 animated production of Mars Needs Moms is a spin-off of the Robert Zemeckis technique of performance capture, and one of the famed director's peripheral collaborators, Simon Wells, returns to the genre for Disney rather than Dreamworks. In the likable but rather vacuous story, a nine-year-old boy's mother is abducted by Martians, who are in dire need of good mommy skills on their own planet. The boy stows away on one of the Martian rockets and travels to the red planet, where he teams up with misfits and other kids to rescue his mom and, of course, strengthen his relationship with her in the process. Although Mars Needs Moms did not open to stellar reviews, Disney did sink $150 million into the project, once again allotting a fair sum of money towards the music for the film. Wells had collaborated three times with James Horner for his early career entries in animation, all of which during Horner's fruitful 1980's and 1990's period of work in the genre. Since his most definitive success, The Prince of Egypt, however, Wells has utilized the services of Hans Zimmer and his associate composers, the usual choice of Dreamworks. Wells' contribution to the studio's films goes all the way back to Antz and Chicken Run, so it's no surprise that he retained the services of John Powell for this newest stint with Disney. Powell's prolific quantity of assignments in the past few years has led to a period in 2010 and 2011 dominated by large-scale music for animation, and Mars Needs Moms is clearly representative of the ongoing fine-tuning of his capabilities in that regard. Whereas the composer's scores for animated films earlier in the 2000's often ran wild in style and were challenging listening experiences on their own, Powell has finally found a way to create truly cohesive and compelling scores for such projects, the pinnacle of which being the highly lauded How to Train Your Dragon in 2010.



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Review of Mars Needs Moms at movie-wave.net
Southall - April 9, 2011, at 10:23 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:00
• 1. Mars Observers (3:26)
• 2. Abduction/Trashworld (4:48)
• 3. Enjoy the Ride (1:34)
• 4. Mars Needs Moms (2:08)
• 5. Gribble's Plan (1:21)
• 6. Milo Escapes (3:48)
• 7. Gribble's Loss (3:17)
• 8. Firing Squad (5:03)
• 9. To The Surface (6:36)
• 10. The Sacrifice (3:23)
• 11. Transformation (3:47)
• 12. Family Reunion (2:58)
• 13. Mars Needs Moms Credits Suite (3:43)
• 14. Martian Mambo (3:09)

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