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Robert Pearlman
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nWave Pictures Begins Production on Fly Me To The Moon, the First Computer Generated Feature Film in Real 3D

nWave Pictures, one of the world's largest suppliers of stereoscopic entertainment, has begun production on Fly Me To The Moon, the first computer-animated feature film to be conceived, designed and created in 3D. Directed by nWave founder Ben Stassen and produced by company president Charlotte Huggins, Fly Me To The Moon centers on three tween-aged flies who buck the conventional wisdom that "dreamers get swatted..." and stow aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. The film is a funny, heart-warming journey that includes a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride alongside astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The script was written by Domonic Paris, who will co-executive produce the film with Stassen through his company Illuminata Pictures.
The Houston Chronicle recently interviewed Buzz Aldrin about the film, in which he has a cameo appearance:

"It's a very cute story about three houseflies who stow away on board Apollo 11, then get into the helmets of Neil and myself on the lunar surface," Aldrin said. "I'm really impressed with the animation I've seen so far.

"At the end I come in -- in live-action -- to say there were no flies on board. Of course, while I'm doing this, I'm swatting at flies buzzing around my head."

The Internet Movie Database lists Aldrin's co-stars as including Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives"), Adrienne Barbeau ("Maude"), Tim Curry ("Rocky Horror Picture Show") and Ed Begley, Jr. ("St. Elsewhere").

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A very interesting cast of actors for this movie.

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posted 02-06-2006 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could this film have been alternatively called "Back to the Future IV" with Marty McFly?

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All this brings to mind the question... How DID they keep errant insects from flying into the spacecraft on the ground?

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There was a well-publicized mosquito stowaway on ASTP.

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And I hear that Apollo 9 carried a 20-foot-tall Spider into orbit...

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No joke, I believe I saw a story in a children's/young adult's space magazine (Odyssey?) about 1985-1986ish about Apollo 15 having a lone cockroach that had got to ride along in Endeavour. I remember seeing it vividly including a cute clipart roach that was added to the article.

With any luck the clipping still exists among some of my childhood collection in my Apollo archives, yes I archived stuff even as a kid...

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posted 02-20-2006 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious... what's the value on the collectibles market for a flown dead mosquito?

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I was just reading about a recent ham radio contact that Expedition 12 astronaut Bill McArthur had with a school in Germany, and one of the kids was asking about insect stowaways. McArthur replied that, with all the mosquitoes in Florida, they often get aboard Shuttles, but seem to him to get "confused" and die rather quickly once in space. I'm not sure they live that long under normal circumstances?

I thought of this topic when I read that!

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nWave release
Kelly Ripa Joins 'Fly Me To The Moon' All-Star Cast

Kelly Ripa (ABC's "Live with Regis and Kelly") joins an all-star cast for "Fly Me To The Moon," the first-ever feature-length computer generated animated film, conceived and created entirely in 3-D. The film is produced by Illuminata Pictures and nWave Pictures, the production entity responsible for nearly one quarter of all 3-D IMAX films. "Moon" is directed by nWave co-founder Ben Stassen who has created, directed and produced world-famous ride and attraction films, including "Wild Safari" (nWave Pictures Distribution), "Haunted Castle" (nWave) and "Alien Adventure" (nWave). The announcement was made today by Illuminata Pictures co-founder and "Moon" writer / executive producer Domonic Paris.

Stassen comments, "Recent advances in computer technology make it possible to convert 2-D films to 3-D. However, with 'Fly Me To The Moon,' we are taking it a step further by producing every frame in 3-D for the maximum 3-D effect."

Paris says, "With more 3-D films entering the market, such as 'Monster House' and 'Meet the Robinsons,' more theaters are adopting 3-D capabilities. By the time we release 'Fly Me To The Moon' in 2007, we anticipate that there will be approximately 700 specialized digital theaters, while in 2005, there were only 300 3-D theaters available."

Set in 1969, when the NASA space program was in full swing, "Fly Me To The Moon" combines the Apollo 11 mission with the adventures of three young stowaway flies.

Also starring are Buzz Aldrin (former Apollo 11 astronaut), Adrienne Barbeau (HBO's "Carnivale," "The Drew Carey Show"), Ed Begley Jr. ("Six Feet Under"), Tim Curry ("Jumanji," "Scary Movie 2"),Trevor Gagnon ("Big Fish," CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future," "Taxi"), Robert Patrick ("Walk the Line," "Spy Kids") and Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives").

Stassen adds, "As the first true 3-D release, 'Fly Me To The Moon' has the incredible benefit that it cannot be pirated, and it also has a larger and longer shelf-life."

The film is an nWave Pictures production in collaboration with Illuminata Pictures, and it is slated to open in an estimated 700 specialized 3-D theaters worldwide in Spring 2007.

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A website and teaser trailer is now online for Fly Me To the Moon.

(via HobbySpace)

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Belgian involvement in this new 3-D animation film of a fly who travels along with Apollo 11.

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According to IMDB, a release date for this movie has been set for August 22, 2008.

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By next week, this movie will be shown in Belgian cinemas

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Six Flags, Inc. release
Six Flags Flies Audiences to the Moon

Six Flags, Inc. announced today a partnership with nWave Pictures that will bring the excitement of Apollo 11 and the first walk on the moon to millions of park guests this season.

Fly Me To The Moon - 3D, a ride simulation based on the animated feature film releasing this summer, features the voices of Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd and Nicolette Sheridan and will be the featured attraction at 3D theaters at Six Flags Great Adventure, in Jackson, NJ and Six Flags Over Texas, in Arlington, TX.

The fact based fictional film follows three teenaged flies on an incredible adventure as they become part of history - stowing away inside the space helmets of Commanders Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on the Apollo 11 mission that marked America's first manned landing on the moon.

Fly Me To The Moon is the first-ever computer animated feature film designed, created and produced from the first frame, exclusively for the 3D experience. "This innovative film is a great example of the kind of unique, first-run entertainment that our guests have come to expect at the new Six Flags," said Dan Weinberg, Six Flags Vice-President of Entertainment. "The collaboration with nWave allows us to continue the expansion and diversification of our in-park product."

NWave Founder and Director Ben Stassen:

"We applaud Six Flags for thinking outside the box and really seizing the opportunity to expose park visitors to this film. As a company that specializes in 3D production and distribution, we're excited about the new alliance with Six Flags. Their family of parks offer nWave the perfect platform to showcase the recreation of the Apollo 11 flight through the ride film experience that will entertain both adults and children."

Fly Me To The Moon - 3D debuts Opening Day at each park - March 1 at Six Flags Over Texas and April 5 at Six Flags Great Adventure.

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Originally posted by Dave Clow:
Just curious...what's the value on the collectables market for a flown dead mosquito?
Not sure about this, Dave, but the last time I was at Space Camp, Arabella, the spider used in an experiment on Skylab 3, was on display. What's the value of an intentionally flown insect?

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The spider would only be worth something if you could prove it had been flown.
Did the spider on display spell out Skylab 3 in its web?

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Not to put a fly in the ointment (sorry pun intended) but has anyone noticed that the animators put the Apollo 11 patch on the wrong side of the suit?

I'll admit, it's a curse to notice stuff like that.

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Great animation. If it gets the kids interested in space that will be great. If it gets them talking about Apollo 11 and the moon landings too, even better.

I'm sure all of the usual promo materials will be available shortly. Count me in for the Buzz Aldrin limited edition autographed 'Fly Me to the Moon' trading card set (No 001 of course) please.

I'm sure we can continue a trivia thread based on what the animators get wrong courtesy the previous post to this one. Who's for the worst fly joke - see last post, I'll bet the scriptwriters have them all already and a thread on the first piece of film related merchandise that is available. (You'll have to be excluded Robert, you probably already have it).

It will be hit I'm sure, I'm looking forward to it... now which of my nephews can I bribe to take me to the cinema to see it!

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Not sure about this, Dave, but the last time I was at Space Camp, Arabella, the spider used in an experiment on Skylab 3, was on display.
Indeed, on my last visit to the Space & Rocket Center Arabella was on display - and her counterpart, Anita, was on display at the Udvar-Hazy.

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Cosmosphere to premiere "Fly Me to the Moon"

Come to the Cosmosphere Friday, Aug. 8 for the premiere of its newest IMAX film, "Fly Me to the Moon."

Created by nWave Pictures, "Fly Me to the Moon," an animated feature film, places a whimsical twist on the Apollo 11 mission. Three tween-aged flies get the adventure of a lifetime aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft with the world's first Moon walkers. Rated G.

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The movie promoters are making a push to science museums around the country -- we just received a box of these at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, as well as passes for the movie to give to our young attendees.

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With the current crop of movies, it seems that a new book is called for: Animated Animals in Space. Colin?

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Originally posted by kyra:
No joke, I believe I saw a story in a children's/young adult's space magazine (Odyssey?) about 1985-1986-ish about Apollo 15 having a lone cockroach that had got to ride along in Endeavour.
If you did end up tracking this one down, I'd be interested to hear the story. I asked Al Worden about it the other day and he has no recollection of it, although he says it is quite possible something was found when the spacecraft was unpacked and cleaned post-flight.

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I attended a special preview screening at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex IMAX Theater on Saturday Aug 2nd.

The movie is visually stunning. I mean IMAX and 3D animation - you can't beat it. The story line about three adolescent flies that want to hitch a ride to the Moon, well we all would have liked to have done that.

It's a children's movie so the back story about evil Russian flies who try to sabotage the mission is silly and could have been eliminated. It added nothing to the movie and feels out of place now that we've been partnering with these same Russians for years.

If you haven't seen it and want to avoid my complaints, stop reading now. While I hope this movie will encourage young children to study the Apollo program and excite them about the Constellation program, today's teachers will have to educate them on the facts not the movie version.

  1. As I mentioned before, the Apollo 11 patch is on the wrong side of the suit.

  2. There is no NASA patch anywhere. (Did NASA forbid the use of it's emblem?).

  3. The location of dump the flies live in is about the same as the SME gantry at KSC. Way too close.

  4. After the Saturn V makes it to orbit the crew goes to bed, the end of a long first day no doubt.

  5. The crew arrives at the Moon on day two and only then does it separate the CSM from the SIV-B and dock with the LM.

  6. During the landing you see a brief close-up of the gloved hand of the CDR at the controls and the name stenciled on it is "ALDRIN." (Buzz's revenge?)

  7. While the poor guys stay in their "hard suits" the entire time, the CDR and the LMP don't wear their helmets while landing on the Moon.

  8. Tranquility Base looks an awful lot like the Hadley /Appenines of Apollo 15.

  9. While on the Moon the astronauts set up the Flag and then just hop around.
It would have been so much more enjoyable to me if they had just got the mission details correct. I won't be buying the DVD.

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Thanks for posting your review. I have to say that I'm very disappointed.

It's just as easy to do the lack of accuracy you describe is disturbing. Making Buzz Aldrin (for whatever reason) the commander of Apollo 11 is certainly an odd choice. If they did everything else right besides this, it still wouldn't make up for this egregious error. Putting the patch on the wrong side of the suit is just a dumb mistake that shouldn't have been made and it shows a complete lack of regard for historical accuracy. I have to wonder just how much research the filmmakers did before they went into productions.

Looks like teachers are going to have to explain to their students why Hollywood got history wrong again...

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Taylor Dinerman shares a different perspective in his review for The Space Review:
There is also no reason to complain about all the technical mistakes. The Saturn 5 seems to reach orbit without dropping off any stages. In the movie the astronauts reach lunar orbit before attaching the LEM to the Command Module. The kids will just have to "unlearn" this stuff when they grow up: not a big deal, since they already have a lot of that to do anyway.

What is significant about this movie, and makes it a important part of the ongoing debate about the value of human spaceflight and the ongoing effort to get back to the Moon before 2020 (about the time the target audience for this film will be entering college), is that it exists at all. Someone in the film industry thought that the story of first Moon mission was attractive enough to children and their parents to invest real money into making this thing. At a time when fantasy, such as the Narnia movies, are capturing the public imagination and their dollars, the fact that a film about the very unfanciful Apollo program can be made at all is important.

I'm withholding judgment either way until I can see the film. Historical inaccuracies generally annoy me as much as it seems to have Tim, but I can also see merit in what Taylor writes and I would hate for any nitpicking to discourage future filmmakers from considering space history for their projects.

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Let me provide a slightly different perspective on this movie. I have three young children who have seen their dad's interest in the space program, astronauts, etc. and sometimes struggle to understand how all of it works and what a mission to the Moon is like. Today, I had the opportunity to see "Fly Me To The Moon" at the Virginia Air & Space Center in 3D and they loved it. Not only did they love it, the were finally able to understand what it takes to get to the moon.

When they walked out in the main area and saw the Apollo 12 Command Module, they were finally able to put the pieces together and understand some of the things I've tried to teach and show them. Yes, there are some inaccuracies like missing NASA patches, and yes it is a bit far fetched that three flies would hitch a ride to the moon but it was great to see them walk away a bit more interested in space exploration and the Apollo 11 mission.

Keep in mind this movie isn't targeted to us - its targeted to kids. If the movie makes a few more kids interested in history and our exploration of the moon and has a few errors, that's fine with me. The kids had a great time, walked away with a better understanding of a fairly difficult subject (for younger kids), and gave dad a much needed smile.

Take a kid with you and see it through their eyes. I think you'll enjoy it.

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A good number of reviews are out now: While most of the reviews are negative (Rotten Tomatoes ranks the film a lowly 16% rotten), what's interesting is the common praise the critics do allow:
The movie's only saving grace is that it might introduce very young audiences to space exploration and NASA's glory days.
— USA Today

But despite the dullness of its main story, the Apollo 11 mission is a thrill, the best part of a mixed bag; it elevates what would otherwise have been a fly-by-night bore into something awe-inspiring in spite of itself.

— Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The nicest thing about the movie is its reverence for the Apollo space program. The 3-D technology is put to good use in a scene showing the effects of weightlessness, and the moon walk is depicted from Neil Armstrong's point of view, as Nat is hidden inside the helmet.

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Space exploration needs movies like this to engage and interest the next generation, and with cameo appearances by the likes of Buzz Aldrin only make movies like Fly Me to the Moon more valuable.

— Universe Today

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Two of them gave me their autographs. The third one doesn't sign.

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....and other review from my sister's movie review site.

I write up all the space geek type movies (most of the time) but she beat me to this one.

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Two of them gave me their autographs. The third one doesn't sign.

Now that's funny, Dave.

I can see the sequel now..."Spaceflies - The Later Years"

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I saw the movie Wednesday. Seeing an Apollo trip in 3D animation is great! Fortunately, I was the only one in the theater early in the day, so I could guffaw at will, at the inaccuracies. And I could have sworn that they had a "Collins" patch on one of the astronauts inside the (really huge) LEM on the moon! Really now. I wish that they could have tried a bit harder on the obvious things like that.

But I agree, for getting little kids into space history, this is a good movie. They can get the corrected details later.

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I saw the movie this afternoon with some family. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

If you are looking for a documentary, this isn't it. For a goofy movie about flies hitching a ride to the moon, it was good fun.

I can see why it has received bad reviews, and the points raised in them are generally correct. The story tries to emulate "A Bug's Life," but the characterizations and script aren't as good, so you care less about the characters and what they do. Still, it keeps a sense of cheesy fun going throughout. I loved the little period details they added to show Florida in 1969.

The 3-D was awesome - not distracting, instead it kept me visually absorbed throughout. I'm a sucker for a good effect used well (and hate it when they are used badly) - and this was nicely done. The sheer wonder of weightlessness was excellently portrayed, and 3-D brought an extra level to it. I was laughing out loud at the fun of it all.

And yes, there were a large number of changes made to what really happened on the Apollo 11 mission. Which in some places felt odd, as they had obviously gone to great effort to capture accurate details in other parts. Nevertheless, for me, it never distracted. Instead, I accepted it as part of the movie's obviously fantasy-premise (flies in homemade spacesuits) and went with it.

I am glad I did. The 3-D portrayals of moments from the Apollo 11 mission (plus a moment from Apollo 10, and a Redstone launch) were wonderful to see in 3-D on a movie screen. It brought the kind of lump to my throat that parts of From the Earth to the Moon and the Apollo 13 movie managed. I ended up not caring about the inaccuracies, as the film-makers nailed a beautiful feeling of the spirit of Apollo 11 - the public interest, the reaction in mission control, and the sheer wonder of landing on the moon.

I doubt there will be many space fans who don't get a little lump in their throat watching the portrayal of the first step on the moon. And the effects of spacecraft orbiting the moon were stunning, in an absorbing "you-are-there" way.

Most young kids, I hope, will enjoy the story, be pulled in to the wonder of moon missions, and if nothing else will retain an appreciation of space exploration. The movie, I felt, captures a slice of Apollo spirit that many far more technically accurate projects lacked.

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I saw an extended trailer for this in 3D this weekend and I have to say, I'll be saving my $10.

Kids under the age of 8 may enjoy but even with 3D is looks no better than Saturday morning animation quality.

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I'm not sure I understand what all the criticism is about here.

OK, so they got bits of "history" wrong. So what - this is a film about talking flies! How real is it supposed to be?

It's aimed at kids, and I know that I for one will be enjoying it with mine as soon as it gets to these shores. Enjoy...

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Originally posted by kyra:
No joke, I believe I saw a story in a children's/young adult's space magazine (Odyssey?) about 1985-1986ish about Apollo 15 having a lone cockroach that had got to ride along in Endeavour.
I think this incident may refer to a cockroach "joke" aboard Apollo 12's Yankee Clipper. I have a reference to it on my site, showing Pete Conrad holding the critter up to the camera during an in-flight press conference.

Scroll down to "Bugs in Space."

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Anytime the words "Apollo" and "movie" are together means that I have to go watch it. Therefore, it seemed like a good treat to take my 5 and 8 year-old children to watch "Fly me to the Moon."

The special effects seemed to keep the film going, and it pretty much relied on that to hold any audience attention. However, the story was quite weak and lacked character development as well as the usual slapstick innuendos that most adults like about children's movies.

The most important part of a kid's movie is that parents should enjoy it with their children. This movie could not deliver that. The lady behind us snored. There wasn't even a small moment where the audience could share a good hearty laugh together.

I am willing to forgive the historical oversights of any film, but this movie could not entertain enough to justify the deviation. So it flopped- in many ways. Patch locations on the astronauts' suits did not bother me as much as the misspelled word "authorized personal(sic) only" on a control board.

I would give it a D+. My kids thought it was "okay" and chose other movies as being much better than this.

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum just opened the new 3D/4D Zable Theater, the first of its kind in Balboa Park. If you have ever wanted to experience a Saturn V launch, during a showing of the film Fly Me to the Moon, you can experience an approximation of the launch as the seats move and shake with the film's launch scene. The additional environmental effects add to the feeling of launching into space.

The theater is included with Museum admission and the films play daily. For more information, click here. Or for a behind the scenes blog post, click here.

Fly Me To The Moon (13:34)
Get ready for a fully immersive space odyssey! Put yourself into the middle of the action for a thrilling ride to the moon! Team up with three teenaged flies and sneak on board the legendary Apollo 11 for a mind-blowing experience that fully engages all your senses. Feel your heart pounding during countdown. Can you escape the smoke and fire that suddenly burst out on the launch pad? Grab on to your seat as the rocket boosters blast you off into space. If you make it through the atmosphere, try to relax... Enjoy an eye-popping view of Earth as you float among the twinkling stars. Soon you will find out how it really feels to set foot on the Moon. A sensational breathtaking experience like you've never sensed before.

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