A Martian Christmas

A Martian Christmas is a Mexican-American[1] sci-fi Christmas animated film, released direct-to-video on November 11, 2009. The film was produced by Ánima Estudios and Porchlight Entertainment.[2] The film was directed by José Alejandro García Muñoz.

A Martian Christmas
Directed byJosé Alejandro García Muñoz
Produced byJose C. Garcia de Letona
Screenplay byLinda Miller
Alex Mann
John Behnke
Rob Humphrey
Story byLinda Miller
Alex Mann
StarringCindy Robinson
K.C.D. Shannon
David Lodge
Mac Grave
Robert Mark Klein
Katie Leigh
Dave Mallow
Music byGuy Michelmore
Edited bySean Stack
Production
company
Distributed byPorchlight Entertainment
Release date
  • November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
Running time
45 minutes
CountryUnited States
Mexico
LanguageEnglish

Although it was described as a "television movie",[2][3] there is currently no further information about the film's air date or network.

Synopsis

A Martian boy, Kip, was caught up in an intergalactic race to save both Christmas and Earth.

Cast

Production

On 6 October 2008, The Hollywood Reporter reported that A Martian Christmas is in development from Porchlight Entertainment and Ánima Estudios.[2] Post-production services was handled by Telegael.

Reception

The film received mixed reviews. IMDB reported the film received a 7.1 audience rating out of 10.[4] Sierra Filucci of Common Sense Media gave this film 2 out of 5 stars and said, "Unfortunately the build-up to the main part of the story -- the journey to Earth -- takes so long and is packed with so much backstory that kids and even adults might get lost, or just bored. Once the trip begins, things pick up and it's sort of interesting to see humans and Christmas from outsiders' eyes."[4]

Release

This film was released on DVD on 11 November 2009 by PorchLight Home Entertainment. Due to its obscurity, it remains one of the rarest films to this day, most likely due to lack of promotion, and the fact that this film was primarily produced in Mexico, as it is difficult for a Mexican animated production to get into the United States market, according to producer Fernando de Fuentes.[5] The DVD of the film is only available on online shopping sites, such as eBay and Amazon.com.

References

  1. "Producciones cinematográficas Mexico: Una navidad marciana (in Spanish)". Conaculta. Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  2. Goldstein, Gregg (6 October 2008). "PorchLight reveals two projects". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  3. "ÁNIMA ESTUDIOS INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS". Anima Estudios Noticas. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  4. Filucci, Sierra. "A Martian Christmas Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. "ANIMA ESTUDIOS prepara sorpresas en cine de animación (in Spanish)". Diálogo Sin Fronteras. Diálogo Sin Fronteras. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
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