A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The three young flies use teamwork to save the space mission. Mrs. McFly learns that even though it's risky, following your dreams is important. Two young flies constantly implore their friend to go on a diet. The Russian flies are portrayed as stereotypical Cold War Communists.
Violence & Scariness
Russian flies fight American flies, but it's not very intense.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Grandpa flirts with his old love, Nadia. The local TV station's call letters are D-CUP.
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Mild insults, including "idiot," "stupid," and "butts."
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Products & Purchases
Motorola shows up.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Flies have to fly around the ashes of an ashtray.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated 3D film only has a couple of mildly perilous scenes -- when Russian flies (one with a menacing eye patch) attack American flies, and when flies are stuck in a sample jar. The language is restricted to mild insults like "stupid" and the oft-repeated "idiot," and there are a few scenes of flies flirting and hugging. Because the film is set in 1969, there are references to the Cold War, with the Russians set up as the clear nemeses of the American astronauts/flies. Young children might be confused about the entire Moscow-set section, since most kids don't understand the political atmosphere of the 1960s. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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