21 July 2004 | rapt0r_claw-1
An amusing cosmic mix-up
Unusually, this sci-fi cartoon is funny and imaginative (and original) without the presence of such a professional laugh-trigger as the teaming of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. This time, it revolves around one-shot characters.
Once upon a time, earth and Mars came closer together than ever before. Thus, a serious mix-up occurred when a Martian baby greeted Mr. Wilbur in the waiting room, while Wilbur's son ended up on Mars. Not only is this cute little kid green, he also has antennae and a talent for science unbecoming for someone his age. The Martians inform the Wilburs about the mix-up, and add that if their kid, Mot, is harmed, then the humans' kid, Yob, will not be returned to his rightful parents. But the Wilburs are just a little too late to stop Mot and his "toy flying saucer" zooming off through the city. So a frantic chase ensues, Mr. Wilbur trying to save the Martian to save his own son.
The first impression I got from the cartoon was that it might well lack originality. I thought they must have done the mix-up in another cartoon, and this was just a rehash. But I wasn't expecting the second half of the movie to be as intriguing as it was. The ending was dramatic enough, but the highlight was Mr. Wilbur's series of problems with Mot and his embarrassment at having him for a son. The expressions are priceless. I wouldn't mind Mot, he's really cute and brilliantly animated if you don't mind green. Also particularly memorable is the chase sequence, in which a man who is beating the Martian theories into dust starts bawling in the middle of a fit of laughter, having seen the little green man in the spaceship. Most highly recommended!