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February 18, 2013

'Escape from Planet Earth' is mediocre, which is a step up for this studio


Gervais does some riffing, and since Stephen Fry’s name appears on the long list of writing credits, perhaps he helped the lad out.

The animation is what sells “Escape from Planet Earth,” rich, textured surfaces — check out the fishnet webbing on Scorch’s space suit, the paint worn off the hardware and the perfectly rendered 7-Eleven, where even the Slurpee (product placement in a cartoon?) shimmers like the real thing.

It’s not worth paying 3D prices — 3D is for suckers, especially when it comes to kids’ animation.

Years in development, re-written to death according to the lawsuit some of those involved filed against the Weinsteins, and not funny, to boot — not a ringing endorsement. But unlike say, “Doogal” or “Hoodwinked 2,” at least you won’t want to gouge your eyes out after this one.

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