Escape From Planet Earth


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

"The script encourages smiley faces and it's this, more than the storyline, that helps you love these little guys"

Alien life forms have nothing but bad things to say about The Dark Planet. No one returns from there. Ever!

Evolution worked backwards apparently, beginning with benign vegetarian dinosaurs and ending with homo stupidos playing war games for real.

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The planet Baab is technically on the next page. It copied a few of The Dark's progressive disasters, such as sponsorship and advertising, but its blue inhabitants prefer to watch TV rather than blow each other up.

Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser) is the leading astronaut/adventurer and an A-list celebrity. He shares certain characteristics with Buzz Lightyear, especially his self belief, which is impressive. No job is too difficult, no mission too dangerous. Until he goes to The Dark, because "I hear calls for help".

His brother Gary is Mission Control's master techy and Gary's son Kipper is as sharp as a pin, but too young, Dad says, to touch the equipment, which he does, naturally, and - whoops!! And then there's Mom, who is no sit-at-home hanky ironer, either.

Yes, you've guessed it. This family bears a striking resemblance to The Incredibles, except they don't have super powers. Despite this, they head off to The Dark to save Scorch and release the other aliens that have been captured by General Who'sthefascist, Earth's equivalent of Dr Doom.

In the animation game Escape would be dubbed a rookie. The writers and director are newbies and the look is different, not in a bad way, but oddly original.

The script encourages smiley faces, even in the soppy bits, and it's this, more than the storyline, that helps you love these little guys.

Speaking from a planet as wasteful and wasted as this one, there is nothing to say to Scorch and his crew except "Sorry".

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2014
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Astronaut Scorch Supernova from Baab finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from The Dark Planet (Earth's nom-de-death)
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Director: Cal Brunker

Writer: Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker

Starring: voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, William Shatner, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jane Lynch, Joshua Rush

Year: 2013

Runtime: 110 minutes

BBFC: U - Universal

Country: US, Canada


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