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'Mars Needs Moms' Cartoonist Speaks Out

Mars Needs Moms
Berkeley Breathed

Berkeley Breathed, who wrote the children's book, offers The Hollywood Reporter magazine his take on the disappointing movie that followed.

Disney's Mars Needs Moms flopped mightily at the box office: With a budget of $150 million, it grossed just $6.9 million during its opening weekend March 11-13 and $15.4 million during its first 10 days of release.

It was a sad outcome for the film based on the 2007 children's book from Berkeley Breathed, the cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for the satirical Bloom County comic strips.

The film was made using the often-criticized motion-capture technique that bore little resemblance to the characters in the book -- which centers around a boy who sets out to rescue his mother after she's been abducted by aliens.

The Hollywood Reporter asked Breathed his take on the movie. He responded with the following illustration and a forthright, self-administered Q&A which appears in the current issue of the magazine on newsstands now.