1.Escape From Planet Earth (The Weinstein Company, 3,288 Theaters, 89 Minutes, Rated PG): When you think of The Weinstein Company, you think of the Weinstein brothers, You think of Miramax. You think of art house films done by young, up and coming directors. You think hip and trendy.
You don’t think of animated features. Or, if you do, you think of animated features with a higher standard than this one. This film comes off not as a second rate Pixar film, not just as a second rate Dreamworks film, but as a second rate Asylum film.
Scorch is an interplanetary adventurer from the planet Baab who success is due in large part to the behind-the-scenes work of his nebbishy brother Gary. When the pair get a distress call from a dangerous planet (which, based on the title of the film, one would assume would be Earth), Scorch gets himself captured. Now it’s up Gary to be the hero, save his brother and find a way to escape planet Earth.