The Moon at the Movies: Five more great moments of the Moon at the Movies

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1989). Director: Nick Park

The clay animation artist Nick Part is responsible for several box office hits, in both film and television (“Shaun the Sheep”, “Chicken Run”), but Wallace and Gromit – a well-mannered British inventor and his loyal dog – are his masterpiece. In their very first adventure on the big screen, the duo travel to the Moon in a hand-made spaceship… The goal: to have a picnic. Because the Moon, as we all know, is an excellent source of cheese.

Picnic on the Moon:

Did you know? Starting as early as the Middle Ages, there are fables and fairy tales about the Moon being made of cheese… Even in the writings of the medieval Torah commentator, Rashi!

Apollo 13 (1995). Director: Ron Howard

Are you familiar with the phrase, “Houston, we have a problem”? Well, this is its origin: a thrilling action movie starring Tom Hanks, which tells the true story of the astronauts of that momentous flight in 1970. Spoiler alert: They didn’t make it to the Moon. There were some problems on the way.

Houston, we have a catchphrase:

A large portion of the filming was done on a special NASA airplane that is called the “Vomit Comet”. Why is it called that? Because it ascends to a very high altitude, and then dives quickly, over and over again, in order to simulate weightlessness (to cancel out gravity). You can imagine what that does to the passengers… (yuck).

Five more greatest moments of the moon in the movies

In which movie is the moon made of cheese?

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Which film coined the phrase "Houston, we have a problem"?

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Which film featured a cameo appearance from Buzz Aldrin, the second astronaut to ever walk on the moon?

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In which film were the actors in an actual environment that simulates weightlessness?

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Which movie about the moon won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film?

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Five more greatest moments of the moon in the movies
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When he was a child, Yonatan dreamt of being an astronaut, but something went wrong along the way and he found himself serving in the army at Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio), as an editor and broadcaster of culture shows. Later he studied screenwriting at Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. Nowadays, Yonatan is the “movie man” –  he recommends new content in the description window of HOT VOD (cable television), he edits the news of the movie industry for the show “Shover Kupot” (“Blockbuster”) on YES cable channel for Israeli films, and he presents the movie review show on Tel Aviv Radio station 102FM. He also teaches film and media at the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center) Herzliya, and has been a staff member at the entertainment show “Erev Tov Im Guy Pines” (“Good Evening with Guy Pines”) for over a decade. There have been some rumors that he’s the voice behind the animated character “Hamevaker” (“The Critic”), but there’s been no official confirmation as of yet. Yonatan is still waiting to fulfill the promise he read in Bazooka Joe’s comic strip to go to the moon – even though it’s been a long time since he was 21. Father to Shaul and Ruth, married to Einat, lives at Givat Nili.

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