Okay, the color has been changed to protect the reputation of certain interplanetary heroes in the animated adventure “Escape from Planet Earth.” The inhabitants of Planet Baab are blue.
Astronaut Scorch Supernova (that name may be made up too) is Big Man on the Planet, a national hero who’s always dashing off to avert danger. He accomplishes these feats of derring-do with the behind-the-scenes help of his nerdy brother Gary. But this time around the mission turns out to be a trap set by the villainous Shanker, a fiendish plot that threatens their planet. Once again it’s up to Gary to save his screw-up brother, his beloved planet, his loving wife and rambunctious son.
Ignore the silly goings-on. Focus on the characters instead. You’ll enjoy the voice performances of Brendan Fraser as Scorch, Rob Corddry as Gary, Jessica Alba as their treacherous Mission Control boss, and bombastic ol’ William Shatner as Shanker.
The cast also features the sounds of Sarah Jessica Parker as Gary’s wife, George Lopez as a three-eyed alien, Jane Lynch as a one-eyed alien, Sofia Vegara as an anchorwoman who has a crush on Scorch, Ricky Gervais as a smart-mouthed computer, and Steve Zahn as a blue guy who works at a 7-Eleven.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, writer-director Tony Leech and film producer Brian Inerfeld have sued the Weinstein Company, claiming the Hollywood moguls (that’s a kind of alien, I’m told) reneged on paying them $50 million in a sweet deal based on gross receipts.
The matter is still being litigated as you watch the movie. Yes, Leech, Inerfeld and the Weinsteins are fighting over the money you paid for your ticket.
Hmm, maybe Scorch and Gary can intercede and save the day on this planet too.
Shirrel Rhoades is a film writer for Cooke Communications.