Five-time Academy Award nominee Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”, “Waking Life”) is directing a new hybrid film for Netflix using a mixture of live action, CGI and traditional hand-drawn animation. The film, “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure”, is set against the backdrop of the 1969 Apollo mission to the moon and is inspired by Linklater’s childhood in Houston, TX.
The live action parts of the film were finished earlier this year with the animation will be completed at Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands. Cast includes Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot.
“Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure” 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 triumphant 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 ultimately both an exacting re-creation of this special 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.