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At its core, this ‘Earth’ is beige

The last time we saw Rob Corddry do mayhem-from-the-skies material, he was playing a family man encouraging the kids to party 1999-style in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” Perfect — just the subversiveness you’d hope for from the “Childrens Hospital” series creator-star and former “Daily Show” correspondent. You spot his name in the advertising for the indie animated feature “Escape From Planet Earth,” and you instantly look forward to seeing what he’ll do with space stuff when it’s for a PG, Pixar-loving crowd.

Colorful as the 3-D aliens-among-us comedy is to look at, though, Corddry is handed a role that’s beige as can be, and so are his castmates. If “Escape” figures prominently into your February staycation plans, you won’t feel like you’ve thrown your money away, but the kids won’t still be buzzing about it when they get back to school, either.

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