Kidsday interviews Jane Lynch for 'Escape From Planet Earth'

Actress Jane Lynch with Kidsday reporters Angelica Granados,

Actress Jane Lynch with Kidsday reporters Angelica Granados, Jennifer Zaragoza and Stevan Mezzolesta 11, Medford and Coram. They are in the Dolby 88 screening room in Manhattan. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly)

Do you believe in aliens? Really, do you believe in blue aliens? Well, if you do, you would enjoy seeing the new animated comedy, "Escape From Planet Earth," starring Jane Lynch as Io, a one-eyed, long-armed, lobster-skinned alien with anger issues.

Although blue-skinned aliens and humans may not appear similar, they do seem to value family equally. Gary, the cautious brother, is overshadowed by his more heroic younger brother, Scorch, until the end.

This movie starts with Scorch Supernova, the planet hero, saving babies from the being eaten by the vicious and smelly creatures. As the movie progresses, Scorch is summoned to the Dark Planet -- Earth -- for a mischievous reason.


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After the some thought, Gary knows he had to save his brother from the evil clutches of General Shanker and his men. Through their journey, they run into Io. Toward the end of the movie, the roles are reversed, so the cautious character Gary becomes a hero.

This movie is well fit for ages 5 and up. One of the cool scenes was the alien food fight. You could only imagine the type of food that was being thrown! We think the story, the graphics and the 3-D effects made it even cooler. Our rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

After seeing the movie, Jane Lynch sat down with us in the screening room to talk about her role of Io.

Do you like the way your character looked?

Yeah. I love it, and I love that she has the one eye, and it's a beautiful shade of blue, and she has this red body that looks like lobster skin, which I thought was so neat. I love that her arms were real long.

What is your favorite scene in the movie?

I love the scene when the son realizes that what his dad does is really cool. And he gets behind the controls and appreciates his dad for the first time. I think that's really touching.

Where do you do the voice-overs, and are there any cues you could use, and do you feel you have to use more imagination than normal acting?

Good question. You have to use more imagination in the moment because you're in a booth by yourself, and it's dark, and you have just the microphone and two bored people sitting like this and waiting for you to entertain them. It's pretty neat. It's high-tech.

Was changing your voice a challenge?

It wasn't a challenge, because it was fun. I do funny voices all the time. So I knew that this was a really big character, so I had a voice; I tried to make it fierce and yet to have the high tones, too. So she sounded vulnerable. She's trying not to be so mad all the time. So, yes, I guess I did kind of change my voice.

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