Friday, June 7 2013, 08:00 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Escape from Planet Earth
Genre: Animated, Family, Sci-Fi
Street Date: June 4, 2013
Available On: DVD and 3D Blu-ray/Blu-tay/DVD/Digital Copy Combo
Synopsis: When Scorch, a brave and over-confident alien, disappears during a mission to the Dark Planet (or Earth as we know it) his brother Gary is forced to leave the comfort of Master Control to save him.
Extras: Director’s Commentary, Alternate and Deleted Scenes, “The Making of Escape from Planet Earth,” “How To Make An Animated Feature” Featurettes and Musical Featurettes with Delta Rae, Owl City and Cody Simpson.
Recommendation: While it is unlikely to appease adults Escape from Planet Earth will pacify younger audiences. Its animation is simplistic and pales in comparison to anything Pixar or DreamWorks has released in the past decade. It’s by no means an ugly film; it simply lacked the budget to allow the animators to provide a sense of texture and depth to the images. This also makes the 3D version of the film less impressive that it might otherwise been. The story is equally simplistic and predictable. Its not that writers Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker lack imagination, their script just lacks the wit and attention to detail that you’d ask for from a animated film looking to capture the attention of those outside of the target audience. Fortunately it isn’t remotely as unwatchable as Hoodwinked Too, Mars Needs Moms or Planet 51.
-Ryan Michael Painter