While Netflix is pulling its service in Russia following the country’s military operation in Ukraine, the company has released the official trailer for Richard Linklater’s new animated film Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, which will be released on Netflix next month. The new film, animated in the style of Linklater’s previous films A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life, has his distinct flavor to it. Watch the official trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“The film tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives – the astronaut and mission control view of the triumphant moment, and through the eyes of a kid growing up in Houston, Texas who has intergalactic dreams of his own. Taking inspiration from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater’s own life, Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood is a snapshot of American life in the 1960s that is part coming of age, part societal commentary, and part out-of-this-world adventure.”
In a statement on the new film, Linklater said:
“After the years of work on Apollo 10 ½, I think everyone involved is excited to take folks on these intermingled journeys – one a young astronaut’s trip to the moon, and another that runs hand-in-hand with him and his family in the suburbs near NASA. I wanted it to be many things at once: a re-creation, a fantasy, and a memoir of ephemera, and making a large portion of the film during these dark and unsettling last two years only sharpened our focus as to what were primarily trying to share in this story, namely the hope, optimism, communal spirit, and creativity of that time.”
The movie stars Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Josh Wiggins, Sam Chipman, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Danielle Guilbot with Zachary Levi and Glen Powell, and Jack Black. Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood will be released globally on Netflix on April 1, 2022.