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At the Trailer Park: ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, ‘Mars Needs Moms’, and ‘Cars 2’

Here’s a batch of some upcoming films that may interest sf/f fans….

Gulliver’s Travels

In a contemporary re-imagining of the classic tale, Jack Black stars as Gulliver, a big-talking mailroom clerk who, after he’s mistakenly assigned a travel piece on the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of very tiny people. At first enslaved by the diminutive and industrious Liliputians, and later declared their hero, Gulliver comes to learn that it’s how big you are on the inside that counts.

Release: December 22, 2010

Mars Needs Moms

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli–who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom–a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom–in more ways than one. Based on the book by Berkeley Breathed

Release: March 11, 2011

Cars 2

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

Release: June 24, 2011

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4 Comments on At the Trailer Park: ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, ‘Mars Needs Moms’, and ‘Cars 2’

  1. Ugh.  Cars 2?  Really?  Pixar is jumping the shark again…great.

  2. These look really lame to me. I won’t be going.

  3. Cars 2 actually looks kinda fun to me, in a sit at home on a wet miserable sunday afternoon and shove the dvd on kind a way…

  4. Gulliver’s Travels (the book) has four distinct stories of travels to four distinct places. The third one (about the projectors of Laputa), in particular, is screamingly funny.


    So why to filmmakers only ever film part 1?



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