I just saw the movie Mars Needs Moms over the weekend. I hated it pretty thoroughly (except for one poignant moment near the end, which I won’t spoil). My children hated it, and one even ran out of the room. So, imagine as you read this that I’m pulling on a long pair of surgical gloves and telling the director to bend over.
|"This will hurt you a lot more than it will hurt me."|
|Okay, the movie was a little less disturbing.|
|I assume the producers never met their mothers.|
|Then again, this is the guy they execute.|
|"We're supposed to be cute and cuddly!"|
The book is about the strong bond between mother and child; go with that. Show us the main character being a brat. After his mom is abducted, show us his life with his mother gone (he enjoys it for a while, but then misses her). Have him meet a network of kids of abducted moms who have a rocket that he steals to go get her back. Then you can do the whole crazy running around, shooty, bang-bang, falling off a cliff stuff.
Remember, this is a story for kids; make the characters more cartoony. There’s a reason why Pixar makes sure their characters look like cartoons and why everything from Dreamworks gives me nightmares.
|"Give him a Scottish accent! That'll work!"|