While humanity is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, the media announce the scrapping of the law banning ownership of the earth's satellite. The first country that manages to plant its flag in it will become the owner of the moon. Solan immediately decides to become the first web-footed creature to walk on the moon.
All is set for a thrilling race! But this time, there is no cheddar or emmental because Solan, Ludvig and Reodor are not taking part in The Big Cheese Race: instead they are determined to win the space race. They aim to set foot - even two feet - on the moon. That alone is enough to stimulate our curiosity. Reinventing the space race with Norway in the running: how about that for an idea! This latest adventure of our stop motion hero is one again the work of the Norwegian director Rasmus A. Sivertsen. The key elements are the same: strong-willed, multi-talented residents of Pinchcliffe; fierce competition; enemies from Pinchford intent on disrupting their plans; and, lastly, a lesson in solidarity. Because for our three friends, there is always strength in unity! Once again there is no shortage of slapstick gags courtesy of Ludvig the clumsy hedgehog and these are as side-splitting as ever. The formula may seem a little jaded but Mission to the Moon is much deeper than you might think at first glance. In addition to teaching us a lot about the space age, it uses a light-hearted backdrop to give us a sharp critique of the decadence of our western societies, denouncing state policies, attitudes to the environment and the grip of the media over our daily lives. This is all done with elegant simplicity to make it easily understandable even for young children! Furthermore, Sivertsen does not miss an opportunity to insert Scandinavian folklore and traditions into the trio's lives by, for example, allowing them to enjoy a fika, the ever-popular coffee break. A final interesting component of this third feature film that is sure to thrill young viewers is the numerous references to other space film. That makes for a real treasure hunt!Read more Show less
The film's duration and the slight complexity of some of the subjects raised mean we recommend this film for ages 5 and over.