The new poster for the Disney film "Mars Needs Moms" has that certain Berkeley Breathed charm. The "Opus" cartoonist, however, tells Comic Riffs that the movie art is entirely the handiwork of Disney -- complete with spaceship designed by Doug Chiang.
"This is like throwing my daughter into a pit of tattoo artists and hoping I'll still recognize her after pulling her out," Breathed tells us. "I just hope that they don't draw flaming skulls all over her forehead.
"On the other hand, it's Disney and Zemeckis running the place. I can't wait."
The 3-D film, directed by Simon Wells (great grandson of H.G. Wells), will employ performance-capture animation, which Zemeckis and his studio (ImageMovers Digital) have used with such films as "The Polar Express" and "A Christmas Carol."
"Mars Needs Moms" -- a title that spoofs the '60s film "Mars Needs Women" -- is scheduled to be released next March.
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