Film Revisits Apollo 11, This Time with Additional Astronauts: Houseflies

By Andrew Moseman | August 1, 2008 12:54 pm

2d fly meBuzz Aldrin is going back to the moon. Or rather, his voice is.

Aldrin was in New York City yesterday for the premiere of Fly Me to the Moon, a 3-D animated retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing in which the famous astronaut voices himself from almost 40 years ago. The movie, however, is told from the point of view of three young flies—Nat, Scooter, and I.Q.— who stow away inside the astronauts’ helmets in order to become the first flying insects on the moon.

It’s a kid’s movie, full of hokey humor, and the plot doesn’t hold too many surprises—the flies and astronauts go to the moon, and then they come back. While not chock-full of plot twists, the film is beautifully rendered and features some funny bits. It hearkens back to the Cold War paranoia of the time by featuring Soviet villains (who are also houseflies) trying to thwart the moon landing—just picture Boris Badenov drawn as a housefly in a communist military uniform.

In another scene, “The Blue Danube” plays in the background as the hero flies first float weightless in space. This homage to the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey is fitting—Aldrin told DISCOVER that the novel’s original author, Arthur C. Clarke, helped inspire him to become an astronaut, as did science fiction by writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. So perhaps Fly Me to the Moon will encourage some new young explorers.

Just make sure you grab the 3-D glasses; without them the film is a little disorienting. If you’ve never seen 3-D images without 3-D glasses, check it out here.

The movie opens in most theaters on August 15.

Image: Courtesy nWave Pictures/

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  • Larian LeQuella

    I gotta ask: How is the actual SCIENCE portrayed in this movie?

  • Andrew Moseman

    Fairly well. Talking insects aside, the film stays pretty faithful to the events of the Apollo mission, including some of the technical problems. There are a few stretches of the imagination to make our heroes seem more heroic — for instance, they summon more strength than three houseflies ought to have in order to reattach a wire and fix an electrical problem. Those kids’ movie moments aside, it’s not bad.

  • Larian LeQuella

    Thanks! :) As a YOUNG child I still have memories of the Apollo missions. I ought to take my daughter to see this for fun then.


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