Battle for Terra

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When the peaceful inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage is set for an all-out war between the two species for control of the planet. But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terrian (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) and an injured human pilot (Luke Wilson) somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer?
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Battle for Terra

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  1. I have mixed views on this movie. First, even though it’s animated, this is not a movie for kids. The animation is fantastic and there are some good action scenes. Like other reviewers have said here and on other websites, I agree that it is like so much coming out of Hollywood today that portrays the military as just a bunch of war mongers that start wars and kill just because it’s fun, use war as a first resort, see it as the best solution for everything, and have no morals, no logic, no ability to think or reason. I have been trying hard not to give my dollars to movies and such that portray Americans this way (or Earthlings in this case, though we know very well who they really mean), but unfortunately, I can’t return opened movies. It also protrays the humans as a species that destroyed it’s own environment, then destroyed Earth itself in a war, then seeks a new home on another planet by committing genocide with no regard for the indigenous people. There are many other agendas pushed here as well. I’m surprised this isn’t required viewing in our schools today like a lot of similar movies.

    However, after thinking about it more, I realize that while this was obviously intended to be totally anti-military, if you are open minded and examine both sides of the situation portrayed, it can actually make the case for a strong military. Think about it. Place yourself in the viewpoint of the Terrans. It just shows that you can have an advanced, peaceful, evolved, wonderful society and yet, no matter how wonderful things are within your own borders so to speak, even the Terrans found out that there are bad people out there in the rest of the world. Even the evolved Terrans found out they had a need for a military and should have had a way to defend themselves from evil.

    It’s disappointing that they chose to portray humans as the evil villians in this story. Sorry for the political analysis, but this movie was obviously made with an agenda in mind, many agendas actually. It’s a shame, the animators did a fantastic job with it, at least with the budget they had. But, it’s political motive is probably the main reason few theaters even carried it and it bombed even at those. People have no desire to pay good money to be preached at. And, they don’t like being insulted by Hollywood elites that think we’re too stupid to figure out what they are up to. Worse, it angers me that this one targeted young children. The one sided indoctrination continues. Don’t get me wrong, I want to protect the environment, avoid war, treat all people as equals, etc, but a movie disquised as a story for kids is not the place for this, nor should it be in a movie we pay to watch. Whatever your political views are, there is an approprate time, place, and age to make a point. Why are there no animated movies about China mistreating thier citizens, or the Taliban using women as property, or Muslims committing genocide in Darfur? It’s not appropriate, and neither is this. When Hollywood decides to make a movie that’s simply fun entertainment for two hours, a lot more of us will return to the theaters again. Lately, it seems no one in Hollywood can find a story to tell where Americans have done at least one good thing anytime in our history.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I was afraid that this movie was another ‘green’ movie, pushing a philosophy at kids who are just wanting to be entertained. My son loves “Star Wars, The Clone Wars” and thought this would be similar, but different. My husband and I were not excited about the story when it began but the story was compelling and entertaining, with unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think it is political, it takes a turn and the players aren’t the usual politicians. Well done.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Battle for TerraBattle for Terra [Blu-ray]

    I have seen proof positive that the kind of movies I want to see and support are actually being made. Buy or rent a copy of Battle for Terra. It’s totally worth the good karma points. We need to demonstrate there’s a market for these folks.

    Battle for Terra has been directed and written by Aristomenis Tsirbas. Evan Spiliotopolous is the screenwriter. Well done. May the Blu-ray and DVD sales make up for what didn’t happen in the box office.

    In the making of segment, the Tsirbas explained that he intended for this to be an “invasion” movie. Humans are the invaders this time around. Spiliotopolous also points out that an animation like this is adult fare. Countries such as Japan and France can create animation for grownups, but in the US, audiences are still slow to catch on.

    As a person of color, I usually identify with aliens in science fiction. I watch movies expecting the aliens to get the short end of the stick just like human, so-called “minority” groups.

    I observed the pale-skinned, three-fingered, tadpole people glide through the first few minutes of the movie. I call them tadpole people because they had the same kind of vestigial tail without fins. They literally float-swam through their atmosphere which incidentally was poisonous to humans. The Terrans were cute in the sense that E.T. and the Muppets are cute which helps with viewer empathy. Big eyes never fail. At first, the majority of the Terran population revered the invading humans as gods. Terran Elders seemed to have a different opinion of the happenings but they refused to share what they knew with their own people. The plot thickened.

    Mala was the fiesty Terran heroine who rescued a human, Jim Stanton, in order to save her own captured father. By the time, we got this part, I’d been thinking this could be Pocahontas meets John Smith 2009 times worse. With his square chin and close-shaved head, Jim Stanton looked like a Space Marine posterboy with a designer eyebrow cut. (Stanton, incidentally, reminded Her Tangh-i-ness of Richard Corben’s Den. Visually. Not actually.) Jim Stanton’s character arc required him to move from seeing the Terrans as potential hostiles to sacrificing his life for their welfare. Mala lost her own father but successfully defended her home planet from the crippled generation ship populated by desperate humans. It turned out the Terrans once had a warlike period but banished the evidence to the outer regions of the planet and certain underground facilities.

    When I noticed the Black human President voiced by Danny Glover, I think I relaxed a tiny bit. The film’s antagonist, a suitably hawkish General Hemmer leads a coup against the President in order to ensure survival of the human race. Hemmer intends to terraform the planet and write off the intelligent Terran population as collateral damage. Humans will once again have a home despite the lethal cost to another species. If Hemmer had said, “Stay the course,” to Jim Stanton, we could have substituted Hemmer for any number of recent political figures.

    I expected Jim Stanton and Mala to save the day, but I didn’t expect the hero to die in order to make things right. This is where I really appreciated the risk taken by the director and writers. Sacrifice usually falls in standard movie fare upon some hapless sidekick (often a person of color) whose death clears the path to resolution between the warring parties. The hero strides into the sunset with the heroine on his arm and credits roll.

    But it didn’t go down like that in Battle for Terra. Jim Stanton takes out Hemmer and everyone else aboard the terraformer in order to put a stop to the madness. Can we say deep? After his suicide run, the Terrans opt to share their world with humans who are confined to a dome where oxygen-producing foliage can allow them to peacefully co-exist. Mala and Stanton’s younger brother share a feel-good moment.

    Even as much as I’m down for Spock and Uhura, I cringed at the thought of an interspecies romance but Battle for Terra didn’t go there either. Thank the Force. Jim Stanton got a statue dedicated to his memory. Mala glided into the sunset piloting her own ship accompanied by a love interest of her own kind. And the Black President survived.

    I can totally understand why parents might be loathe to answer questions from their little ones after watching. Why there’s that disturbing near-death scene of all those cute tadpole people. And who really wants to own up to the predatorial nature of the human species?

    Thinking parents who want to raise the next generation of staunch Pro-Alienists like Her Tangh-i-ness cogitate, then teleport, but don’t walk to get a copy of Battle for Terra.


    Her Tangh-i-ness

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Battle for Terra is one of those rare films that dares to have a politically charged message: Genocide and ecocide is inexcusable under any and all circumstances; following your conscience can have an extraordinarily high price; and government is best run by civilians and not by a military dictatorship!

    This exact same subject matter of humans colonizing another world at the expense of another intelligent and benevolent species is rarely covered in science fiction on the big screen. Human beings are usually the victims of some evil alien power. It’s nice to see the tables turned for once and witness human beings as the oppressors, or bad guys.

    This is truly a profound and subversive story. Too bad it was shown on only one screen in a metropolitan area with 1 1/2 million people! It deserves to have been seen by a much wider audience!

    While watching Battle for Terra, I asked myself repeatedly, “What would I do in a similar situation?” I realize I will never be a soldier in a critical battle that will determine the destiny of the human race. But I’m forced to examine the power I have, no matter how small, to battle evil and injustice when given the opportunity to do so! That’s the beauty of a subversive story! It makes you think!

    See: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey and The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life

    For other great Science Fiction see::Zardoz and Enemy Mine and Fantastic Planet and A.I. – Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) and Bicentennial Man and Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition)
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. a excellent film, for the family and children especially, as it shows that respect and the comprencion is better than war, excellent.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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