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    Milo (Disney's Mars Needs Moms)

    Note:
    Not to be confused with Milo from Fish Hooks.
    Milo
    "My life would be so much better if I didn't have a mom at all!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Selfish Bratty Jerk
    Age: 9 (Movie)
    5 (Book)
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Seth Dusky (voice)
    Seth Green (motion-capture)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Mars Needs Moms


    Milo is the main protagonist of the Berkeley Breathed book Mars Needs Moms and the critically panned box office bomb 2011 computer-animated science fiction adventure film adaptation of the same name from Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital. He is portrayed by Seth Green for motion-capture and voiced by Seth Dusky in Mars Needs Moms.

    Sadly, he got flanderized badly in the 2011 film adaptation to the point of being extremely unlikable.

    Why Our Lives Would Be So Much Better If We Didn't Deal With Him At All

    Note: This only applies to his character in Disney's 2011 film adaptation since his original book counterpart is likable.

    1. He has been flanderized beyond recognition and has lost all of the charm and likability he had in the book. He has gone from a mischievous, yet insecure and sympathetic 5-year-old boy to a spoiled and rebellious 9-year-old brat who generally acts like a jerk to his mother with no sympathetic or redeeming qualities to him whatsoever. The way Milo is depicted in the movie is a total insult to his book counterpart.
      • Aside from being a selfish little twerp, his only personality trait is liking zombie movies so much.
      • Once he goes to Mars, he basically drops any form of personality and just starts stating the obvious while occasionally saying nonsensical statements at random to the point where it's debatable whether or not he can be considered a character.
    2. He violated his mother's "No broccoli, no TV" rule by feeding it to his cat, Cujo, and watching TV when he was supposed to eat his dinner that his mom made for him.
    3. He has an unpleasant argument with his mother after she sets him chores to complete over the summer, when he wants it to be fun and takes no consideration for his mom's concerns.
    4. His infamous and worst moment was the “My life would be so much better if I didn't have a mom at all!” line, which is such a heartless and awful thing for a child to ever say to their own parent that it kills any dignity he had until then. In fact, Milo's line was so exceedingly cruel and hurtful that it even made his mother cry. Why should we even root for this guy who says something like this to his own mom?
      • To be fair, there are kids his age that do say stupid stuff like these, which they technically don't really mean it intentionally and their own parents generally won't take it personally, but what he said here is way too mean-spirited and demeaning, even for kids like him. It's not helping that he shows absolutely no remorse in how he said it until it was too late and once she got abuducted by aliens.
      • His book counterpart does say something similar, but the counterpart said that he does not see what is so special about moms, which is much less demeaning to what his movie counterpart says, and the book counterpart was distraught with how his mother was treating him when he said that. In that regard, movie Milo’s version of that sentence just summarizes how unfaithful the movie is from its source material.
    5. His voice done by Seth Dusky is very annoying to listen to.
    6. His motion-capture design is uncanny (and ugly) as he looks more like a hideous teenager than an actual 9-year-old.
    7. His descriptions of his mother are completely askew, where to him, she's nothing more than strict, a cleaner, a dinner maker, and someone who takes him to Disneyland... and yes, he really says just that.
    8. He is completely disagreeable with almost every rule his mom gives him, which makes him unruly and stubborn.
    9. He is so dumb that he's unable to grasp the easiest of information and nothing more. For example, when Gribble explains in full detail why he's on Mars and says why he was never able to see his mother again, Milo literally says, “What do you mean?”.
    10. The way he says the world of trash is awesome when he sees is one of the most forced "whimsical" lines in the entire movie. It's not helping that the place he was in, looked like he went to a junkyard from hell.
    11. Being voiced by the wasted talent of Seth Dusky, the actor didn't have any other films that he starred in, aside from doing voiceover work behind the scenes in films and having minor roles in television shows, pretty much killing his career.
      • Not only that, but the failure of this film also killed ImageMovers Digital's deal with Disney.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He is a much better character in the book and decided to apologize to his mother, but when the aliens kidnap her, he risked his life to save her, showing that he truly cares about her.
      • Speaking of that, at least Milo did apologize to his mom for what he said to her earlier, but that still doesn't excuse the long scene from WOLWBSMBIWDDWHAA #4. Then again, he said that he was at least sorry for everything that was wrong of himself and redeemed himself in the end.
    2. As mentioned, Seth Dusky was a decent choice for voicing him, despite his voice is very annoying, and Seth Green does a great job motion-capturing him.

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    Trivia

    • Actor Seth Green, on top of being the motion capture actor for Milo, was also initially cast as his voice actor before his performance was deemed as sounding too mature for the character. It was subsequently cut and re-recorded by child actor Seth R. Dusky prior to the film's release despite the first trailer for the film featuring Green's dialogue.
    • On December 5, 2018, YouTuber RebelTaxi uploaded a video covering the production history of and reviewing every film released by ImageMovers Digital, where he jokingly advocated for the release of Seth Green's original performance complete with the hashtag “#ReleaseTheSethGreenCut”.
    • Earlier that year, YouTuber Justin Wilton ripped the film from its Blu Ray release to use for his review of the film. After converting the video file, he found that a lower quality recording of Green's dialogue tracks was used in his ripped copy instead of Dusky's, despite his performance being the only English language setting on the disc menu and Green's not even being displayed as an accessible option. Assuming that the availability of the Seth Green cut was already known, its existence remained unknown to the wider public until he was prompted by #ReleaseTheSethGreenCut comments he saw online to announce his discovery on May 29, 2020. The following day, he uploaded the Seth Green cut of the movie to the Internet Archive.

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