Netflix to Bow Linklater Animated and Live Action Film ‘Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure’

Netflix will release Richard Linklater’s new animated film Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, produced by Linklater’s Detour FilmProductions and Submarine and starring Jack Black.

Set against the backdrop of the 1969 Apollo mission to the moon, which celebrates its 51st anniversary July 20, the film, written and directed by Linklater, is inspired by his childhood in Houston. The live-action shoot wrapped in March 2020 in Austin, and the hybrid of hand-drawn and computer-animated imagery plus live action will be completed at Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands.

Other stars include Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman and Danielle Guilbot.

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The film tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives. It both captures the astronaut and mission control view of the moment, and the lesser-seen bottom up perspective of what it was like from an excited kid’s perspective, living near NASA but mostly watching it on TV like hundreds of millions of others. It’s both re-creation of a moment in history and a kid’s fantasy about being plucked from his average life in suburbia to secretly train for a covert mission to the moon.

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“It struck me years ago that this was my film to make, from both a chronological and proximity level — I was there, going into 3rd grade,” Linklater said in a statement. “Our unique animation style allows both the conjuring of a world long gone, and the flowing, playful expression of memory and imagination. It’s been a fun, creative journey to incorporate things like 3D graphics into a live action shoot to help bring this story to life.”

Five-time Academy Award nominee Linklater’s credits include It’s Impossible To Learn to Plow By Reading Books (1988); Slacker (1991); Dazed and Confused (1993); Before Sunrise (1995); SubUrbia (1997); The Newton Boys (1998); Waking Life (2001); Tape (2001), School of Rock (2003); Before Sunset (2004), Bad News Bears (2005); A Scanner Darkly (2006); Fast Food Nation (2006); Inning By Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008); Me and Orson Welles (2009); Bernie (2012); Up To Speed (2012, Hulu); Before Midnight (2013); Boyhood (2014), Everybody Wants Some!! (2016); Last Flag Flying (2017); and Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019).

Linklater also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin.

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