Published Aug 14, 2008With Journey to the Center of the Earth skewing a slightly older demographic and Bolt scheduled for a late November release, Fly Me to the Moon looks to be the first animated 3-D movie for the bedwetting crowd to enjoy in this modern resurgence of an almost defunct technology.
Boasting impressive 3-D environments and a thorough aesthetic understanding of audience interactivity, Moon is sure to have children reaching out of their seats for floating debris and jumping back excitedly as various items seemingly fly out into the crowd. But it will likely bore and frustrate their parental companions who will surely wonder how such an atrocious script made it to the big screen.
In fact, should the visual excitement of the optics be taken away, which inevitably will happen upon the DVD release, it will become apparent how truly shallow, slight and occasionally offensive this film really is.
Moon jumps back to 1969 where the space race is on and three "tweenaged houseflies Nat (Trevor Gagnon), IQ (Philip Daniel Bolden) and Scooter (David Gore) are desperate to be a part of the first manned mission to the moon. This was surely inspired by their grandfathers (Christopher Lloyd) story of stowing away on board a strangely animated Amelia Earharts famed solo Cross-Atlantic flight.
Once Nats master plan is in play, the young flies manage to make it on board Apollo 11, leaving the fly community in shock and awe while jealous Russians led by Yegor (Tim Curry) try to sabotage the mission. Learning of this malicious intent, Grandpas old Russian flame Nadia (Nicolette Sheridan) travels to America to warn everyone before it is too late.
Outside of the animation, the film has very little to offer besides negative Russian stereotypes, pathetic female characters and endless fat jokes targeted at the "social stigma that being overweight causes, since the true lesson here appears to be that validation from dickhead strangers is paramount. The films message seems to be one of following your heart and flipping the bird to naysayers but it gets mixed up with body image crap and 3-D belches.
Children may enjoy the theatrical experience of the film regardless of its inability to be anything memorable or significant. Hopefully some of the upcoming 3-D childrens features will pay slightly more attention to the actual content behind the pretty pictures. (Seville)