Escape from Planet Earth is an animated feature released on the big screen in 2013. I have to admit I was a bit skeptic about this one but when I saw the cover and I saw how excited the kids were to watch it with me, I decided to give it a go. And I’m very glad I did – it’s a very, very cute and charming movie. So let’s get into the review, shall we?
As said before, Escape from Planet Earth is a 2013 Canadian computer animated comedy film and it was produced by Rainmaker Entertainment, directed by Cal Brunker. The movie features the voice talents of Rob Corddry (Gary Supernova,) Brendan Fraser (Scorch Supernova, Gary’s younger brother), Jonathan Morgan Heit (Kip Supernova, Gary adventurous son and Scorch’s nephew), Sarah Jessica Parker (Kira Supernova, Gary’s wife and Kip’s mother) and William Shatner as General Shanker, the villainous head of Area 51. There are many more celebrities in this super talented cast but hey, this post will be waaaayyyy too long if I start listing them all, right?
The movie is about two brothers, Gary and Scorch Supernova and boy are they as different as can be! Scorch is the superhero type who goes out on exhilarating missions to far away planets while Gary sits in Mission Control and he just pushes the buttons. One day Scorch gets sent to a dangerous planet called the Dark Planet which turns out to be Earth and when he’s captured by the evil General Shanker, Gary sets off on a mission to not only save his brother but to repair his relationship with his son Kip. Gary is not the adventurous type at all so he lands up in all sorts of trouble trying to be a hero.
I really enjoyed the animation and the colorful scenery throughout the movie. The colors are so vivid and it pops from the TV like you would expect an animated movie to do. There were plenty of laughs throughout the story but it did verge on the slapstick end of things. The only thing is that it’s nothing new, really. Animated movies need to be on another level these days, if you look at the quality of Toy Story or Finding Nemo, and sadly Escape From Planet Earth is nowhere near any of the Pixar movies. Having said that, I did enjoy watching it with my children and it’s a definite must-watch for the young ones during the coming holiday season.