Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood

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Apollo 10+12: A Space Age Childhood
Apollo 10½ A Space Age Childhood Poster.jpeg
Release poster
Directed byRichard Linklater
Written byRichard Linklater
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyShane F. Kelly
Edited bySandra Adair
Production
companies
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • March 13, 2022 (2022-03-13) (SXSW)
  • March 24, 2022 (2022-03-24) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Apollo 10+12: A Space Age Childhood is a 2022 American animated coming of age drama film set during the events preceding the Apollo 11 Moon landing, loosely based on the childhood of writer, director, and producer Richard Linklater. It presents a fictional tale of a fourth-grader who becomes the first person to land on the Moon and stars Glen Powell, Jack Black, Zachary Levi and Josh Wiggins.

Linklater, who originally got the idea for the film in 2004, was planning to create the film in live action but instead decided to go with an animation style influenced by Saturday morning cartoons, due to playful nature of animation. Home movies created in Houston, Texas during the 1960s were used for research, and some were also included in the film. Principal photography began in February 2020 at Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas, and wrapped in March 2020. Parts of the filming were done in front of the largest green screen in Texas and parts of the film, which were shot in live-action, were animated during post-production using a technique similar to the rotoscoping used in Linklater's Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006).

Apollo 10+12 premiered at South by Southwest on March 13, 2022, and was released in select theaters on March 24, 2022, before premiering on Netflix on April 1.[1] It received positive reviews, with praise for its writing, visuals, and nostalgic feel.

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of the first Moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives. It captures both 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.

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Richard Linklater originally got the idea for the film in 2004.[3] In February 2018, it was announced Richard Linklater would direct the film from a screenplay he wrote.[4] In July 2020, it was announced Glen Powell, Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L'Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman and Danielle Guilbot had joined the cast of the film, with Netflix distributing.[5]

Richard Linklater was planning to create the film in live action but instead decided to go with an animation style influenced by Saturday morning cartoons because of the playful nature of animation. Home movies created in Houston, Texas during the 1960s were used for research, some were also included in the film.[3][6]

Principal photography began in February 2020 at Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas, and wrapped in March 2020.[7][8][9] Linklater spent much of the time editing the film during the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Setting[edit]

The film is set in Houston in the 1960s, during the Space Race.[10][6]

Filming[edit]

Parts of the filming were done in front of the largest green screen in Texas, and everything the characters did not interact with or touch was animated in post-production. Parts of the film, which were shot in live-action, were animated during post-production using a technique similar to the rotoscoping used in Linklater's Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). After initially being denied eligibility for the Animated Feature category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for using the stylized animation approach, their appeal, with support from fellow directors and animators,[11] reversed the decision.[12]

Release[edit]

Apollo 10+12: A Space Age Childhood premiered as a headliner at the 2022 South by Southwest film festival on March 13, 2022.[13] When the official trailer was released, the release date was announced for April 1, 2022, which is when it premiered on Netflix.[14] The film was screened in select theaters on March 24, 2022.[15]

Reception[edit]

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 91% of 135 sampled critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 8/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "The sweetly nostalgic Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood finds Richard Linklater reusing visual and thematic ingredients in a deeply personal, freshly inspired way."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[17]

Apollo 10 1/2 was ranked seventh on Cahiers du Cinéma's top 10 films of 2022 list.[18]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 12, 2022 Best Animated Feature Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood Nominated [19]
Chicago Film Critics Association December 14, 2022 Best Animated Film Nominated [20]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association December 18, 2022 Best Animated Film Nominated [21]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle January 9, 2023 Best Animated Feature Nominated [22]
Austin Film Critics Association January 10, 2023 Best Animated Film Nominated [23]
Best Austin Film Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association January 13, 2023 Best Animated Film Nominated [24]
Online Film Critics Society January 23, 2023 Best Animated Feature Nominated [25]
Houston Film Critics Society February 18, 2023 Best Animated Feature Pending [26]
Texas Independent Film Award Pending

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d Romano, Nick. "Richard Linklater created 'an animated universe' for 'Apollo 10 ½'". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
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  19. ^ Anderson, Erik (December 10, 2022). "Washington DC Film Critics nominations: 'Everything Everywhere All At Once,' 'The Fabelmans' lead". Awards Watch. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  20. ^ Tallerico, Brian (December 12, 2022). "Everything Everywhere All at Once Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominations". Rogerebert.com. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  21. ^ Neglia, Matt (December 11, 2022). "The 2022 St. Louis Film Critics Association (StLFCA) Nominations". NextBestPicture. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  22. ^ Neglia, Matt (January 6, 2023). "The 2022 San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle (SFBAFCC) Nominations". Next Best Picture. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  23. ^ "2022 Austin Film Critics Association Award Nominations". Austin Film Critics Association. January 3, 2022. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  24. ^ Anderson, Erik (January 7, 2023). "2022 Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) nominations". AwardsWatch. Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  25. ^ Neglia, Matt (January 23, 2023). "The 2022 Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) Winners". Next Best Picture. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
  26. ^ Darling, Cary (January 10, 2023). "'Everything Everywhere,' 'Banshees of Inisherin' top list of Houston critics' nominations". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 11, 2023.

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