On Mars, they encounter Viking I the satellite, and a Christmas angel who's never seen a tree. Also, the colony of rebel Wunderluxe appliances have a serious vendetta against man, and plan to destroy earth with a missile launch; they might remind one of the pokemon Mewtwo, created by humans but resentful of them and with a free will, wishing freedom, and to rebel against their former 'Masters' and creators.
This movie raises the dubious question of what's alive and what's not, as has been rightly pointed out. I don't want to say this a goof that wrecks an otherwise satisfying film, however, it's worth considering. The Christmas ornament, clearly not an electrical appliance, but rather a little doll with organic hair and robes, is alive. But the garbage can she's placed in at the end is not. Okay, chalk it up to enchantment. Christmas is supposed to be magical.Read more ›
When I first watched this very convoluted movie, it brought every "what were they smoking" cliche to mind about the screenwriters and director. Seriously, it was hard to imagine that people whose brains weren't chemically fried could POSSIBLY think that some of the nonsense and downright creepiness in this flick was a good idea. Then I finally read the Brave Little Toaster books by Thomas M. Disch (which are excellent, by the way, and I highly recommend them.) A large part of the awfulness of the "Mars" movie sequel seems to result from the unfortunate collision of the Disney- and Disch-authored plots. Disney pretty much took Disch's concept of anthropomorphic appliances and ran with it, adding their own human characters and greatly altering the plot. The "master" of the appliances Rob McGroarty, his girlfriend/wife Chris, the veterinary school thing --all 100% Disney.Read more ›
The second film to be produced in this trilogy (although the last in it), Mars is the second best. The colorful backgrounds, songs and adventure will capture your child's attention. It also provides a great dialog about values, misunderstandings and prejudice. It's also a entertaining movie. It's a pity that Disney didn't invest a bit more money in this sequel (it was actually done outside of Disney if I'm not mistaken and picked up by the company). The animation could have been a bit smoother but your kids probably won't notice.
The songs are enjoyable and the difficulties the characters have provide excellent examples of conflict resolution for kids. The plot is less dark than the first film but, again, may require a bit of explaining.