Netflix announced today that streaming service will release Richard Linklater’s new animated film, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, produced by Linklater’s Detour FilmProductions and Submarine.
Set against the backdrop of the 1969 Apollo mission to the moon, which celebrates its 51st anniversary today, the new film is inspired by Linklater’s childhood in Houston, Texas. The live-action shoot wrapped in March 2020 in Austin, and the innovative hybrid of hand drawn and computer animated imagery will be completed at Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands.
Apollo 10 ½: 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.
Written and directed by Linklater, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure is produced by Tommy Pallotta, Mike Blizzard, Femke Wolting (Submarine), and Bruno Felix (Submarine).
“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. Our unique animation style allows both the conjuring of a world long gone, and the flowing, playful expression of memory and imagination,” said Richard Linklater.
“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.”
The streaming service also revealed the trailer for Work It, coming to the streaming service on August 7th. Work It was directed by Laura Terruso from a script by Alison Peck.
In the film, when Quinn Ackerman’s (Sabrina Carpenter) admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school…now she just needs to learn how to dance.
The cast also includes Liza Koshy, Jordan Fisher, Keiynan Lonsdale, Drew Ray Tanner, and Michelle Buteau. The STXfilms production was produced by Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Duttont; and Alicia Keys’ A.K. Worldwide Productions.
And Netflix has debuted the trailer for Last Chance U: Laney as well, premiering on July 28. Last Chance U returns for Season 5 in a brand new setting to give viewers a raw, authentic look at the junior college football program at Laney College in the heart of Oakland, CA.
After clinching the title of state and national champions in 2018, the Laney Eagles have a hard season to follow and a lot to prove. Going into his eighth season and having built the program from the ground up, powerhouse head coach John Beam must fight to rally the team amidst countless setbacks.
Season 5 brings intensity both on and off the field as players battle injuries, stress, and personal demons while finding much needed support in the community and taking pride in their scrappy mentality and motto “Laney Built.”