So far this year there have been some great sci-fi movies. Recently we’ve seen the likes of Looper and Cloud Atlas, but smaller, indie genre offerings as well, like Safety Not Guaranteed, Earthbound, and Extraterrestrial have all popped up in 2012. All of these, however, have one thing in common: they’re aimed at adults. The new trailer for the animated feature Escape From Planet Earth definitely targets a younger demographic. We need to hook’em while they’re young and impressionable, and get them on board the sci-fi train early in life.
Escape From Planet Earth follows two alien brothers who go to great lengths to keep the universe safe. Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser) is the gung-ho hero type, prone to great feats of daring. This has made him a planetary hero. In his shadow lurks his brother Gary (voiced by Rob Cordry), the quiet, behind-the-scenes guy, more comfortable at a control panel than in front of a crowd. Really, with names like that, you can immediately tell which brother is destined for superstar status and which will be relegated to a computer, rarely allowed to see the light of day.
When Scorch responds to an SOS on Earth, he is captured. Gary, attempting to save the day, is subsequently ensnared in a similar trap. Together with a misfit crew of imprisoned aliens who do things like invent cell phones and social media, the brothers must stage an elaborate escape from Area 51 and Earth. You probably guessed that much from the title.
Escape From Planet Earth could go one of two ways. It could be a fun little cartoon adventure, or it could be a bland story you’ve seen a thousand times where the meek underdog finally steps up and has a moment of richly deserved triumph. My guess would be it skews towards the latter.
Opening on February 14, 2013, Escape From Planet Earth also stars Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, Jessica Alba, and Paul Reubens.