Historical fact: On Aug. 19, 1960, Belka (translation from Russian: “Whitey”), and Strelka (“Arrow”) spent a day in space aboard Sputnik 5 before safely returning to Earth. They were accompanied by one grey rabbit, 42 mice, two rats, some flies and a number of plants and fungi. All passengers survived. They were the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive.
The trailer below is for the new 3D computer animated movie called “Space Dogs.” The first Russian stereoscopic 3D animation movie, it is very loosely based on the true story of Belka (voiced by Anna Bolshova) and Strelka (Elena Yakovleva).
It’s official plot description reads: Schoolbooks say that Belka and Strelka were first space dogs. But the dogs say that people dissemble a lot. The trailer does have hilarious instances. It is dubbed in English, and although none of the voice-overs are popular celebrities, judging from the trailer, it still seems like a fun movie.
There are parts of the trailer that definitely pique my interest in the film, such as the fleas on the dogs, who seem to be great be comic relief and will be unknown stowaways of the space flight.
Of course, lots of things will be changed from the actual story. One tidbit that will not be included is that both dogs were stuffed and are on display now at the Moscow Cosmonautics Museum. But we wouldn’t want traumatized children crying at the theater if they found out of the small dogs’ fate. No, like co-director Svyatoslav Ushakov said in an interview, the film is “a fairytale based on real events.”
There is no exact release date for this movie. It is slated for release in the summer of 2010. It already was released in Russia on March 18, 2010.
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