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Escape From Planet Earth

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I'm pleased to note that ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (2013) starring Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jessica Alba is a Canadian, 3D computer animated movie. Nice to see the maple leaf symbolically waved over our theater seats every now and then as the usual fare in animation is largely comprised of U.S. productions.

Proudly representing Baab, a planet of blue aliens, our muscle-bound hero Scorch Supernova takes an impromptu break from his latest endorsement deals to respond to an SOS from one of the most dangerous planets in the galaxy. Secretly assisted by his brother, an engineer back at mission control, the unlikely pair finds they are once again fighting for their own lives and those of everyone they love back on Baab.

Positive lessons are presented throughout the story on family loyalty, and the benefits of teamwork. An extremely bright and colorful movie, this film is going to play well on any format, including the family's I-Pad for long car trips. Originally screened in 3D, my three year old male guest was tickled with the movie, but wasn't impressed with the required plastic glasses (even though the theater did provide child-sized eyewear).

I just loved the stab at online dating and the brief history lesson on earth's evolution. Both are good examples of interesting screen writing. NOTE:  3D viewing is not necessary to enjoy this movie. Directed by Cal Brunker, PG, 89 mins, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, **** 4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin February 23, 2013
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