Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 15, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fly Me to The Moon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/15/08
performer
Buzz Aldrin, Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd
director
Ben Stassen
author
Domonic Paris
genre
Animation

We gave it a B-

The 3-D animation work in Fly Me to The Moon is brisk and sweet, even if the script veers toward fussy and lame in this tot-level retelling of the historic 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission. The focus isn’t on the human astronauts and their giant leap for mankind, but on three fictional, boy-like houseflies who, in the name of adventure, hitched a ride in the spacecraft. It’s a kick to see actual moonwalker Buzz Aldrin at the end, but must he really assure kids that the spacecraft was, in fact, free of contaminants? Oh, phooey on pedants. B-

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