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Fly Me to the Moon

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Not even very young kids will be over the moon.

Movie G 2008 81 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 4+

Skip this one.

Story is cute but gender roles and language are not good examples for kids, or anyone...
age 6+


I think this one is fine for age 6+. Nat, Scooter and I.Q.’s mums we’re cryin’ for their sons. They flied to the moon with like astronaut celebrities.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Although FLY ME TO THE MOON's inventive 3D scenes are well-executed (director Ben Stassen is a 3D specialist), the movie's pacing and plot development are amateurishly flat. There's not much dramatic tension (a key element of most animated adventures), and the main characters, while cute, just don't engage viewers. For some reason, Nat and IQ continuously implore Scooter to go on a diet -- so much so that one sequence seemed like a weight-loss PSA aimed at kids. Unfortunately, preachy anti-obesity speeches don't make for entertaining dialogue.

The most exciting character is Grandpa, who gets back into action when Soviet flies dispatched from the Kremlin (the sight of flies dressed like uniformed Communist operatives is one of the rare laugh-aloud moments) try to disrupt NASA control's communication system. (Yes, you should be prepared to answer questions about the Cold War after the credits.) It's too bad the movie didn't focus on Grandpa's exploits. He's one fly who shouldn't get swatted.

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