Construction worker Tad wants to be a famous archaeologist. He gets a chance to look for a lost Inca city in Peru, where the gold was hidden. He meets the professor's cute daughter/assistant. Villains chase them.
Mike Goldwing, a plucky, determined 12-year old boy, is the son and grandson of NASA astronauts. His grandfather Frank, a once revered, but now forgotten retired astronaut, lives his days isolated from his family after missing out on his big chance to fly to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as a part of the Apollo XI mission. When an eccentric billionaire sets an evil plan to fly to the moon, steal the moon's vast mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo XI team, Mike embarks on a magnificent adventure as a stowaway on the space shuttle. Accompanied by his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, Mike blasts off to the moon to capture the flag and reunite his family.
NASA astronauts Alan Bean and Miguel López-Alegría are technical advisors. Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon with Apollo XII's voyage in November, 1969. Alegría was the first Spanish astronaut to travel outer space. See more »
The Apollo 11 flag is no longer upright on the Moon's surface as shown in this film. It was planted too close to the Lunar Module, and was blown over by the takeoff exhaust. See more »
[as he and his friends are falling]
We're gonna die, and I never kissed a girl! We're gonna die, and I never kissed a girl!
Well don't look at me, chicken!
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The 2002-2011 Paramount logo with the original VIACOM byline appears instead of the current one. See more »
There are better animated films out there, let's not beat around the bush, than 'Capture the Flag', but there are far worse out there as well.
'Capture the Flag' is not a great film as such and has its flaws, instead it's a decent film that could have done with more polish. There is a lack of finesse in the quite strange character designs, that do look unfinished. And it is agreed that some of the story has its disjointed and rushed (much of the pacing is suitably efficient though) moments and that some of the scientific stuff does convolute the story and may go over most viewers' heads.
However, there are also some lovely visuals. The colours are vibrant and atmospherically textured enough, and there is a lot of meticulous detail. The music score and song choices have a really nice Spanish flavour.
While not perfect in execution, the script is amusing with some evidence of charm and heart. It also at least knows which target audience it's aiming for and makes a real effort to appeal to both children and adults, it doesn't completely succeed but still the children will have a few chuckles and like the characters and adults will appreciate the neat inside jokes and notion of the importance of family which has enough subtlety to make it too preachy in how it's delivered.
Characters while lacking depth are likable and charming enough, and they are also nimbly voiced.
All in all, could have been a better film with more polish, but not a bad film...to me actually it was pretty decent. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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