We were invited to attend the premier of Space Dogs Adventure to The Moon, which opens in theaters today, August 26th!
As an adult it was interesting because it is loosely based on fact. (Very loosely, seeing how there are talking, animated animals and green laser beams in it, but the dogs are the same as the first two actual dogs that Russians sent into space.) I have a brother that lived in Russia for a brief period so we had fun fact comparing with him about the Russian cultural elements mentioned in the movie.
While I was watching for pop-culture references (there was a great line about Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon") the kids were caught up in the funny children's characters. My 10-year-old absolutely loved the rat, who was the stereotypical sidekick character that provided tons of comic relief. Most of my little ones' favorite parts occurred right towards the end of the movie, so we won't spoil the show, but just be sure to have your kids pay close attention to the last 15 minutes of the movie, they'll love it!
Overall it was a cute little kid movie, with a good message and fun, loveable characters. Honestly one of the big things I loved about it though was the great studio that produced this one. Epic Pictures is an indie film studio that specializes in family films. We love supporting the little guys! And these guys did an amazing job creating something that the whole family can enjoy together, which is becoming harder and harder to come by these days. The film doesn't come off as a 'small project' at all, they brought in good talent, with voicing by Alicia Silverstone and Ashlee Simpson and Disney veteran Mie Disa as the director.
Also, its National Dog Day... definitely not a coincident! They teamed up with local non-profits and are donating a portion of their sales to help rescue dogs. Here in Utah a donation will be made out of the price of your ticket to support Rescue Rovers, a Salt Lake City organization that fosters abandoned and homeless dogs while trying to pair each animal with a permanent home.
There were a couple of foster families at the premier and we got to talk with them and were so impressed with their organization. Plus, my kids just loved seeing all their dogs!
If you're gonna catch a movie together as a family this weekend, we recommend checking this one out.