Dan Fogler is knee-deep in dots for his upcoming film, Mars Needs Moms!
"As we speak I'm wearing a ridiculous outfit with sensors all over it, with dots all over my face," the Fanboys star said recently during a break from shooting Mars Needs Moms! "It's like black-box theater, just very technical theater, which I love. Once you get past the crazy outfits and crazy helmet and the fact you have to use your imagination 90 percent of the time, it's really a joy. It's very physical. It's action-packed, and I'm doing a lot of harness work, a lot of stuff I wouldn't normally do in your regular comedy."
The motion-capture animated film is based on the 2007 book by Berkeley Breathed. Simon Wells (The Time Machine) adapted the screenplay and directs, while mo-cap veteran Robert Zemeckis (Beowulf) is on board as producer.
"The story is that Mars doesn't know how to control their children," Fogler said. "Their children are like maniacs, animals. So they go to Earth to find the best disciplinarians, the best mothers. They abduct a mother, bring her to Mars, extract her brain and put it into robots, and the robots raise the children. Well, I play Gribble, and my mother was taken when I was 10, which was about 20 years ago. I stowed away on the ship, and now I'm a castaway on Mars, a 30-year-old with the mentality of a 10-year-old."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Seth Green plays Milo, the new kid on the block. It's not long before Gribble and Milo make each other's acquaintance. "Milo is 12," Fogler said. "His mother gets abducted, and he ends up on Mars. And I have to help him save his mother."
Mars Needs Moms! also stars Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois and Mindy Sterling. The film will be released in 2010.