The movie is distributed by Paramount Pictures at international level and it continues the policy of promoting the famous governmental institutions – NASA, such as the movie The Martian (2015).
In comparison to many American independent animation productions, Capture the Flag/ Atrapa la Bandera is well done CGI, with an enviable visual, an original and exciting script with a lot of action and suspense. It is true that the script has some minor glitches. After I watched the movie at the premiere that took place Saturday morning at a multiplex in Bucharest, one collegue told me that he didn’t understand how the astronauts costumes for little ones were into the spaceship 🙂 It did not bother. It is an animated movie, not a documentary one, and as we well know, animation goes beyond imagination.
The animation film tries to dismantle the objections regarding the moon landing in 1969. Not coincidentally a negative character appears in the movie – a rich American – a Texan type who buys appearance in the media (this reminds me of Donald Trump :)), trying to conquer the moon for himself, as Gru did in Despicable Me (just that the little „villain” shrunk the planet in order to brag with that). The American billionaire announced on Jay Leno Show that he will demonstrate that there is no American flag on the Moon. The Elders who worked at NASA are called back for a new mission: to reach the Moon before the rich man and to show the world that the American flag was placed there by the first team of astronauts.
I remind you that Apollo 11 is the name of the first mission when the man stepped on the Moon, the Earth’s natural satellite. Launched on 16 July 1969, at the mission took part: Aiden Neil Armstrong – the Mission’s Commander, Michael Collins – the pilot of command module and Edwin Eugene „Buzz” Aldrin Jr. – the commander of lunar module. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans who have ever walked on the Moon, while Collins orbiting above them.
The Spanish animation, produced by 4 Cats Pictures, is directed by Enrique Gato, winner of two Goya awards for Tadeo Jones. The screenplay is signed by Patxi Amezcua. The animation was made at Lightbox Entertainment.
SINOPSIS: Mike Goldwing, a plucky, determined 12-year old boy, is the son and grandson of NASA astronauts. His grandfather Frank, a once revered, but now forgotten retired astronaut, lives his days isolated from his family after missing out on his big chance to fly to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as a part of the Apollo XI mission. When an eccentric billionaire sets an evil plan to fly to the moon, steal the moon’s vast mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo XI team, Mike embarks on a magnificent adventure as a stowaway on the space shuttle. Accompanied by his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, Mike blasts off to the moon to capture the flag and reunite his family.