4 out of 5 stars
If Gilbert and George had created a comic book about the first manned mission to the red planet, it might look like this fresh and vibrant interplanetary love story, which writer-director Geoff Marslett animated using his own rotoscope technique. Mark Duplass is perfect as the film’s main protagonist, slacker astronaut Charlie Brownsville, but he’s upstaged by singer-songwriter Howe Gelb (who also wrote the soundtrack) as his boss, and Jewish cowboy-novelist Kinky Friedman playing the coolest American president we never had. But ‘Mars’ isn’t just visually striking, it’s also full of humour, heart and super-cute cartoon Martians.

By: Sarah Cohen


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Director: Geoff Marslett
Screenwriter: Geoff Marslett
Cast: Mark Duplass
Paul Gordon
Howe Gelb
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