Richard Linklater’s latest animated film Apollo 1012: A Space Age is available on Netflix. Glen Powell, Jack Black, Zachary Levi, and Josh Wiggins star in the film. Stanley (Milo Coy) is a fourth-grader in Houston in the late 1960s when the film begins. He is a white male who lives in the suburbs and has a NASA-employed father, like most of his peers. He is also the youngest in a large family, which has both advantages (free ice cream cones from his elder sister’s employment at Baskin-Robbins) and disadvantages (constant squabbles among siblings over what TV show to watch at night).
A pair of NASA executives named Kranz (Zachary Levi) and Bostick (Glen Powell) show up to the school during one of Stanley’s classes. In truth, the two believed that the boy should be sent to the moon before Apollo 11 in a top-secret mission known as Apollo 10 1/2. Why? Kranz and Bostick’s first attempt at a space capsule turned out to be too small for adult astronauts (math is difficult for anyone, including NASA engineers), and they need someone his size to test it. Stanley is also the greatest candidate because he has excelled on past science projects and has obtained the Presidential Fitness Challenge certification three years in a row.
The film stars Jack Black as the grown-up version of Stanley and is directed by Richard Linklater, who has previously worked on films such as “School of Rock,” “The Before” trilogy, and “Boyhood.” Linklater also wrote the screenplay for the film. Glen Powell as Bostick, a NASA official, Zachary Levi as Kranz, a NASA official, Josh Wiggins as Steve, and Lee Eddy as Mom are among the other voice actors in the film.