Childhood director flies into space in Apollo 10½ trailer

On April 1, Netflix will release Apollo 10½: The rockets of my childhood, a coming-of-age story of an American teenager written by the master of the field, Richard Linklater. The director showed us that he dominated his subject with Childhoodwhere he filmed, for twelve years, a boy who becomes a teenager and then an adult through the main stages of his life: parental divorce, moving house, first breakup and leaving for university.

With Boyhood, Richard Linklater filmed the passage of time like no other

This time, it is not about an extraordinary temporary device, but about a third animated film, after awake life with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and a dark scanner with Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves. Based on Richard Linklater’s childhood memories, Apollo 10½: The rockets of my childhood will evoke the fascination of Stanley, its young protagonist, for space in the context of the Cold War, when the United States embarked on a race against time to send, before the Soviet Union, its first man on the Moon. The young teenager will embark on his own imaginary mission after the adults create a Moon too big for them.

“The mood of the film is inspired by the era it’s set in. So the challenge was to use a fully digital process and imbue it with the analog influence of that era. The Kodachrome look is where we left off. […]. The 1960s animated classics we watched on Saturday mornings were also a big inspiration.”, explained Richard Linklater.

Combining a nostalgic atmosphere and a fantastic story, Apollo 10½: The rockets of my childhood was shot in live action, then animated using the same techniques as awake life and A dark scanner. It is Milo Coy who plays the young Stanley and Jack Black who assumes his role as an adult.

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