Fly Me to the Moon 3D (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Fly Me to the Moon 3D (2008)
  • Rate: 4.7/10 total 2,248 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Family
  • Release Date: 15 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $41,412,264(Worldwide)
  • Director: Ben Stassen
  • Stars: Trevor Gagnon, Philip Bolden and David Gore
  • Original Music By: Ramin Djawadi   
  • Soundtrack: Fly Me To The Moon
  • Plot Keyword: Moon | Fly | 3 Dimensional | Animal | 1960s

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Domonic Paris  writer

Known Trivia

  • As the lunar module lands on the moon, Aldrin is shown on the left side, which is the Command position, with Armstrong on the right side. This is the reverse of how they were in reality. Furthermore, Armstrong is shown clapping Aldrin on the arm and calls him “Commander”. In the end credits all three Apollo XI astronauts are named Commander (a military rank none of the astronauts held -Collins and Aldrin were Air Force colonels). The upshot is that in this fictionalised version of Apollo XI, Aldrin commanded the mission and landed the craft, while Neil Armstrong still makes the historic first walk on the Moon. With the roles reversed, Buzz Aldrin had actually campaigned internally within Nasa for this to be how the mission took place; i.e. that with Armstrong being in command, it would be Aldrin to make the first exit through the door. The film’s reorganisation of the positions and ranks may have been made at Aldrin’s suggestion, since he was involved in the picture.
  • In the scene where the flies are in the lunchbox, and being placed in the car, the license plate reads “FMTT – Moon” or “Fly Me To The Moon”, the movie’s name.

Goofs: Factual errors: When re-docking with the command module, the lunar module is shown docking with the engine side towards the command module instead of the docking side. The LEM is backwards.

Plot: Three young houseflies stow away aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Full summary »  »

Story: In the Kennedy days, all the States buzz about the Apollo moon program, even the bugs. Grandpa fly keeps 'inspiring' his grandson and two mates, a nerd and a glutton, with heroic stories. New they decide to get in on the action at Cape Canaveral via an astronaut's bred box. Grandpa also gets involved. There's also an evil Soviet Russian fly to with.Written by KGF Vissers  


Synopsis: A preteen-aged fly named Nat and his two best friends, I.Q. and Scooter, build a fly-sized rocket in a field across from Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the Apollo 11 sits on its launch pad. From his earliest memory, Nat remembers his grandfather, Amos, telling him of his daring rescue of Amelia Earhart as she crossed the Atlantic Ocean on her historic flight. Wanting to be an adventurer like his Grandpa, Nat knows what he has to do. Defying the notion that Dreamers get swatted!, he tells his friends his plan to get aboard the Apollo 11 and go to the moon. His buddies, with some reluctance, are in. The next morning, as their families realize they are missing, the three flies make it to Space Center command. In their homemade space suits, Nat, I.Q. and Scooter stow away inside the space helmets of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. As they blast off, our three tiny adventurers are about to make some history of their own.

Back on Earth, Grandpa, Mom and the others watch TV to get news of their offsprings adventure. As the astronauts appear on camera, the heroic flies wave in the background, visible to other flies but barely seen by humans except for an attentive NASA team member, who informs Armstrong that there appear to be contaminants on board. One other problem: In far-away Russia, there are other flies watching TV – Russian flies that cannot tolerate American flies getting to the moon first. A Russian plan is hatched and operatives are enlisted to interfere with the US mission. Mother Russia puts all its hopes of success on the back of one nasty operative named Yegor. Fortunately, a pretty Russian fly named Nadia also sees the flies on board and hears Nat calling out his Grandpas name, the very name of the fly Nadia met in Paris and loved so many years ago.

Back on board the space ship, as the burn cycle to enter the moon’s orbit begins, the capsule starts to shake violently. Theres a short circuit in a control panel that must be fixed manually or the ship wont be able to complete its mission. Nat and I.Q. fly through a maze of wires, find the problem and repair it just in time. Unaware of the flies aid, the ship enters orbit and all is well… or so they think. Just as they congratulate each other, the little flies are sprayed with a numbing aerosol and are captives in a test tube vial contaminants indeed.

The flies manage to break the vial. Nat sneaks into Armstrongs helmet just in the nick of time. The Lunar Module lands on the surface of the moon. From inside the helmet, Nat beams with every awe-inspiring historic step. I.Q. and Scooter join him on the surface inside Aldrins helmet. Back on earth, other plots are being set in motion. After more than 50 years apart, Nadia finds Grandpa, though the joy of their reunion is brief. She tells Grandpa and Nats Mom about the Russian plot to divert the mission to crash directly into Mount Rushmore. Yegor must be stopped. Nats Mom faints while Grandpa takes off with a renewed youthful vow to save his grandson. At Mission Control, the Russian operatives have infiltrated and are preparing to alter the descent codes. Unaware of the potential danger looming, the astronauts and the little flies sit back and prepare to come back home as heroes.

Grandpa, Nats Mom and Nadia join forces to stop Yegor and the Russian plan as Apollo 11 hurtles closer and closer toward Earth. In a series of death-defying stunts, they crush the Russian threat. Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, the world still totally unaware of the three little flies on board who made it all possible. Returning as heroes, the three little flies share a slogan embraced by all: Adventure forever! Dreamers get swatted? Never!

At the end the real Buzz Aldrin appears on screen and briefly explains that no flies were on board during the real flight. [D-Man2010]

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Produced By:

  • Jeremy Burdek known as executive producer
  • Eric Dillens known as executive producer
  • Gina Gallo known as producer
  • Charlotte Huggins known as producer
  • Nadia Khamlichi known as executive producer
  • Mimi Maynard known as producer
  • Domonic Paris known as co-executive producer
  • Adrian Politowski known as executive producer
  • Ben Stassen known as co-executive producer
  • Caroline Van Iseghem known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Christopher Lloyd known as Amos (voice)
  • Kelly Ripa known as Nat's Mom (voice)
  • Nicollette Sheridan known as Nadia (voice)
  • Tim Curry known as Yegor (voice)
  • Trevor Gagnon known as Nat (voice)
  • Philip Bolden known as I.Q. (voice)
  • David Gore known as Scooter (voice)
  • Ed Begley Jr. known as Poopchev (voice)
  • Adrienne Barbeau known as Scooter's Mom (voice)
  • Robert Patrick known as Louie (voice)
  • Buzz Aldrin known as Himself
  • Sandy Simpson known as Commander Armstrong (voice)
  • Eddie Frierson known as Commander Aldrin (voice)
  • David Cowgill known as Commander Collins (voice)
  • Steve Kramer known as Leonide (voice)
  • Mimi Maynard known as I.Q.'s Mom (voice)
  • Lloyd Sherr known as Mission Control 1969 (voice)
  • Charlie Rocket known as Mission Control 1961 (voice)
  • Phil Proctor known as Senior Official (voice)
  • Nicholas Guest known as Fly Buddy #1 (voice)
  • Archie Hahn known as Fly Buddy #2 (voice)
  • Lynnanne Zager known as Fly at Launch (voice)
  • Scott Menville known as Butch (voice)
  • Michael McConnohie known as American Newscaster (voice)
  • Doug Stone known as Russian Announcer (voice)
  • Max Burkholder known as Mom's Maggot (voice)
  • Jessica Gee known as Maggot #1 (voice)
  • Mona Marshall known as Maggot #2 (voice)
  • Barbara Goodson known as Maggot #3 (voice)
  • Toby Stone known as Mosquito (voice)
  • James Frederick known as Housefly #1 (voice)
  • Jeffrey Braer known as Horse Fly #2 / Party Guests (voice)
  • Gregg Berger known as Pale Russian Flies (voice)
  • Sophie Simpson known as Katie (voice)
  • Lorraine Nicholson known as Katie (voice)
  • Auguste Paris known as Kid Fly at the Party (voice)
  • Neil Armstrong known as Himself
  • Sophie Simpson known as Polly
  • Cam Clarke known as Ray (voice) (uncredited)
  • Grant George known as Other Russian Fly (voice) (uncredited)
  • Gigi Perreau known as Amelia (voice) (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • nWave Pictures
  • Illuminata Pictures
  • uFilm

Other Companies:

  • Blink Entertainment  marketing and promotion
  • Dada Studios  music recording
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • uFund  funding


  • nWave Pictures (2008) (non-USA) (theatrical)
  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Cascade Film (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Intersonic (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Intersonic (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • K2 Communications (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Les Films Séville (2008) (Canada) (theatrical) (French Canada)
  • MK2 Diffusion (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sarai Inc. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Summit Distribution (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Summit Entertainment (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • T-Joy (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Bazuca Films (2008) (Chile) (all media)
  • Bridge Entertainment Group (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Global Digital Creations Asset Management (2009) (China) (all media)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2008) (Finland) (all media)
  • Paradox Entertainment Group (2008) (Canada) (DVD)
  • R Film (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Seville Pictures (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Z@ppelin (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (broadcast premiere)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Meilhon Arnaud known as modeler
  • Aurelie Badin known as shading artist
  • Melanie Beisswenger known as senior animator
  • Frederic Cervini known as technical director: nWave Digital/Refractor
  • Nicolas Chombart known as lighting artist
  • Wim Coene known as generalist
  • Frederic Convert known as lighting technical director
  • Olivier De Cafmeyer known as fur and hair groom artist
  • Olivier De Cafmeyer known as shading artist
  • Nigel Denton-Howes known as texturing/shading supervisor
  • Julien Ducenne known as digital compositor
  • Seynaeve Emmanuel known as character finaling supervisor
  • Seynaeve Emmanuel known as rigging supervisor
  • Jérome Escobar known as visual effects supervisor
  • Roland Franck known as shading artist
  • Anthony Fristot known as lighting artist
  • Ryan Grobins known as senior lighter
  • Othman Haddi known as lighting/shading technical director
  • Mathias Lautour known as lighting supervisor
  • Mathias Lautour known as rendering supervisor
  • Etienne Marc known as lighting artist
  • John Martin known as rigging artist
  • Sebastien Potet known as rigger
  • Frederic Robert known as digital compositor
  • Frederic Robert known as modeling supervisor
  • Jesús Ruiz Torres known as senior animator
  • Rick Sander known as senior lighter
  • Jelle Van den Audenaeren known as lighting artist
  • Vincent Visca known as compositor
  • Vincent Visca known as pipeline engineer

Release Date:

  • Belgium 30 January 2008
  • Israel 7 August 2008
  • Canada 8 August 2008 (French speaking region)
  • USA 15 August 2008
  • Russia 21 August 2008
  • Brazil 31 August 2008 (Festival de Cinema Infantil)
  • Netherlands 4 September 2008
  • Turkey 5 September 2008
  • Ireland 3 October 2008
  • UK 3 October 2008
  • Brazil 4 October 2008 (Festival do Rio BR)
  • Brazil 10 October 2008
  • Poland 10 October 2008
  • Estonia 24 October 2008
  • Mexico 24 October 2008
  • France 29 October 2008
  • South Korea 30 October 2008
  • Iceland 7 November 2008
  • Greece 13 November 2008
  • Argentina 18 December 2008
  • Germany 18 December 2008
  • Finland 26 December 2008
  • Czech Republic 8 January 2009 (IMAX version)
  • Czech Republic 15 January 2009
  • Slovakia 15 January 2009
  • Philippines 28 January 2009 (IMAX version)
  • Peru 29 January 2009
  • Bulgaria 27 February 2009
  • Japan 28 March 2009
  • Ecuador 3 April 2009
  • Hungary 7 May 2009
  • Spain 8 May 2009
  • Portugal 21 May 2009
  • China 22 May 2009
  • Romania 22 May 2009
  • Norway 5 June 2009
  • Hong Kong 16 July 2009
  • Panama 4 September 2009


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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