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Fly Me to the Moon 3-D Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A tribute to a giant leap for mankind feels like a clumsy shuffle backward for animation.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An awkward mix of proficient 3-D animation, detailed technical recreation and strained storytelling that stalls on takeoff.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Not even very young kids will be over the moon.

What 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.

  • Families can talk about how the small flies made a big difference. Parents, if your kids are interested/need plot clarification, explain the history of the space program and explain the central role of the long-standing competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. Ask kids how they think things have changed since the '60s. Is space exploration as big a deal as it was back then? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: 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.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Russian flies fight American flies, but it's not very intense.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Grandpa flirts with his old love, Nadia. The local TV station's call letters are D-CUP.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild insults, including "idiot," "stupid," and "butts."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Motorola shows up.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Flies have to fly around the ashes of an ashtray.