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Fly Me to the Moon

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Made exclusively in 3-D, this feature film tells the tale of three ordinary tween-aged flies — Nat, I.Q. and Scooter — who courageously decide to hitch a ride aboard Apollo 11 after being inspired by heroic stories told by Nat's well-respected grandfather. After successfully stowing away in the helmets of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the flies are in for more than they bargained for when they realize "contaminants" are aboard the mission. Some sleazy Soviet flies with counteractive plans also add to the mess when a race to the moon commences. There's no doubt that 3-D makes this movie. Prepare to be slapped in the face with startling graphics that will have you wanting to swat those lovable insects buzzing above your head. A catchy title and fantastic music also add to the film's charm. However, the movie's filled with stereotypical characters, questionable obesity remarks, repetitive life-or-death situations and passable jokes. Oh, and there's nothing like having a live action/animation cameo by Buzz Aldrin to inform audiences that basically, the whole plot of the movie is scientifically impossible — something that will surely burst any 6-year-old's bubble. Although it may have its faults, Fly Me to the Moon is still a successful, whimsical tale that does encourage kiddies to keep reaching for the stars. **1/2

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