Jealousy, fear and the menace of Simon Cowell test the bonds of fraternal love in Cal Brunker’s computer-animated adventure.
Establishing a brisk tone from its opening sequence, Escape From Planet Earth charts a course from conflict to reconciliation as feuding alien siblings put their differences aside to overcome the galaxy’s great menace: man.
A bright colour palette and cute otherworldly characters should hold the interest of younger viewers who relish slapstick and armpit farts with their mawkish sentiment.
Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser) returns from a daredevil rescue assignment to a hero’s welcome from his home planet Baab.
Locals whoop as Scorch stage-dives from the cargo doors of his spaceship then scoops up Baab News Network (BNN) anchorwoman Gabby Babblebrook (Sofia Vergara), who swoons in his arms.
Scorch’s strait-laced older brother Gary (Rob Corddry), who works as a controller at Baab’s space agency BASA, is unimpressed by the recklessness of his sibling.
The argument culminates in Gary quitting BASA just as Scorch prepares to venture to the Dark Planet - earth - where inhabitants choose their leaders “based on the profusion of their facial hair”.
Back home with his wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and son Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit), Gary continues to bemoan his brother’s impetuosity.
Sure enough, Scorch is surprised outside a petrol station by villainous General Shanker (William Shatner) and his men.
It is on at the Hollywood Plaza, Scarborough, from Friday March 14 to Thursday March 20.