Fly Me to the Moon Synopsis

Fly Me to the Moon 3-D
(A 1969 Space Story)

The year is 1969. Nat the fly loves listening to his grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) tell stories of adventures from his youth. Desperate to experience some derring-do of his own, Nat convinces two of his friends to stow away on Apollo 11. The high-flying trio have the adventure of a lifetime when they must prevent a Russian bug (Tim Curry) from sabotaging the mission.

Production notes


"It took a monkey to get man into space, but it will take three flies to get them back!"
Three tiny explorers make history in the action-packed outer space adventure Fly Me to the Moon, the first-ever animated feature film designed, created and produced entirely in 3D. Fly Me to the Moon takes the historic Apollo 11 moon mission and turns it into a launch pad for a family comedy that introduces a new generation to NASA's ultimate achievement as a trio of tween-aged houseflies stow away aboard the first manned flight to the moon.

A funny, heartwarming journey that bucks the conventional wisdom that "dreamers get swatted," Fly Me to the Moon features an all-star voice cast including Kelly Ripa ("Live with Regis and Kelly"), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives"), Tim Curry ("The Wild Thornberrys"), Ed Begley Jr. (For Your Consideration), Adrienne Barbeau ("Carnivàle), Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Philip Daniel Bolden (Are We There Yet?), David Gore (Nomad), Robert Patrick (Bridge to Terabithia) and real-life Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Directed by Ben Stassen and written by Domonic Paris, Fly Me to the Moon is produced by Charlotte Huggins, Gina Gallo Paris, Mimi Maynard and Caroline Van Iseghem.

Every American school child knows the story of the summer of 1969, when Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins made the first manned moon landing in the Apollo 11 lunar module. But lost to history until now is the story of the mission's unsung heroes, Nat (Trevor Gagnon), IQ (Philip Daniel Bolden) and Scooter (David Gore), three young flies whose quick thinking and courage saved the mission from sure disaster.

Young Nat grew up listening to his Grandpa (Christopher Lloyd) relive his audacious rescue of Amelia Earhart as she crossed the Atlantic on her historic flight. Inspired by Grandpa's derring-do and eager for an unforgettable adventure of his own, Nat convinces his two best friends to join him as stowaways aboard NASA's historic moon mission.

Thinking the trip will be over in a matter of minutes, the fly boys-and their earthbound families-are shocked to learn they will be in space for a week. When a Ground Control official catches sight of the three winged stowaways, he instructs the astronauts to store them in a test tube for later study. But after an electrical short causes the ship's engine to malfunction, the three intrepid insects manage to escape from their glass mini-brig just in time to discover the wiring problem and fix it.

After a difficult lunar landing, Nat tags along with Neil Armstrong on his legendary moon walk. The mission appears to be a success, until Grandpa's old flame Nadia (Nicollette Sheridan) arrives from Russia to warn him that her government, angry over losing the space race, has dispatched fly-spy Yegor (Tim Curry) to Cape Canaveral to sabotage the computer flight plans. With the Apollo 11 hurtling toward Earth, it's up to Nat's family to save the mission-and the trio of brave flies-from disaster.

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