Fly Me to the Moon

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Fly Me to the Moon
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Genre: Comedy
Animation
Sci-fi
Directed By: Ben Stassen
Produced By: Gina Gallo
Charlotte Huggins
Mimi Maynard
Caroline Van Iseghem
Written By: Domonic Paris
Starring: Kelly Ripa
Christopher Lloyd
Nicollette Sheridan
Tim Curry
Buzz Aldrin
Distributed By: Summit Entertainment
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 25, 2007 (Los Angeles), August 15, 2008
Runtime: 84 minutes
Country: Belgium
United States
Language: English
Budget: $25 million
Box Office: $41.7 million


Fly Me to the Moon is a 2007 Belgian-American CGI animated 3D comedy feature film. It was released in digital 3D in Belgium on January 30, 2008, and in the USA and Canada on August 15, 2008. The film was also released in IMAX 3D in the USA and Canada starting August 8, 2008. Fly Me to the Moon was directed by Ben Stassen and produced by nWave Pictures in association with Illuminata Pictures, and distributed by Summit Entertainment and Vivendi Visual Entertainment.

Plot

Nat the fly loves listening to his grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) tell stories of adventures from his youth. Desperate to experience some derring‑do of his own, Nat convinces two of his friends to stow away on Apollo 11. The high‑flying trio have the adventure of a lifetime when they must prevent a Russian bug (Tim Curry) from sabotaging the mission.

Why It Sucks

  1. Ridiculous concept.
  2. Awful script.
  3. Bad voice acting.
    • The three lead characters are supposed to be teenagers, but are voiced by children.
  4. A poorly-written story.
  5. Poor animation, even by 2000s standards.
  6. There is a subplot about the Cold War, the Space Race and Russian political espionage. Kids are very unlikely to know what those things are.
  7. Very tired jokes.
  8. Nat and his friends rip off Alvin and the Chipmunks, only this time they're flies.
  9. The plot is very lackluster.
  10. It inaccurately depicts the Apollo mission profile, with the spacecraft remaining attached to the third stage of the Saturn V until it reaches orbit. On the actual flights, the spacecraft would separate from the third stage, dock with the lunar module, extract it and leave the third stage to either drift in heliocentric orbit, or it was sent on a collision course with the moon. In the profile depicted in the film, the third stage would not have had enough fuel to insert the entire stack into lunar orbit, and it would either shoot past the moon or crash into it.
  11. Dreadful soundtrack.

Reception

A review aggregator website, Rotten TomatoesRWW, calculated a rating of 19% with an average rating of 3.9/10, based on reviews from 80 critics. The site's consensus reads: "Flatly animated and indifferently scripted, Fly Me To the Moon offers little for audiences not comprised of very young children."

Trivia

  • Two of the lead voice actors, David Gore and Trevor Gagnon, have no credits after 2010. The other lead voice actor, Philip Bolden, has only a few TV appearances since 2018.

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