Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
Director Mark Cowen
Genre Documentary, Animation, Short
Country United States
|Release date September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)|
Writer Tom Hanks, Mark Cowen, Christopher G. Cowen
Tagline Only twelve have walked on the moon. You're next.
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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D is a 2005 IMAX 3D documentary film about the first humans on the Moon, the twelve astronauts in the Apollo program.
It is co-written, produced and directed by Mark Cowen, and co-written, produced by and starring Tom Hanks.
The film includes historical NASA footage as well as re-enactments and computer-generated imagery. Tom Hanks is the narrator, co-writer and co-producer. Magnificent Desolation is the third Apollo-related project for Hanks: he was previously involved in the film Apollo 13 and the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. The cast includes Andrew Husmann, Aaron White, Brandy Blackledge, Gary Hershberger, and Scott Wilder. The voice cast includes Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Paul Newman, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey. Bryan Cranston and Peter Scolari reprised their From the Earth to the Moon roles as Buzz Aldrin and Pete Conrad, respectively; many of the other actors had previously portrayed different people depicted in the film, in From the Earth to the Moon, The Right Stuff, and/or Apollo 13.
Score by James Newton Howard and Blake Neely.
The film was released in IMAX theaters on September 23, 2005. It was released on DVD on November 6, 2007.
Origins of title
The title comes from Buzz Aldrin's description of the lunar landscape:Aldrin: Beautiful view! Armstrong: Isn't that something! Magnificent sight out here. Aldrin: Magnificent desolation.
Aldrin's statement was substantially predicted nineteen years earlier in the film, Destination Moon, in which Charles Cargraves, the fictional second man on the moon, states "The first impression is one of utter barrenness and desolation." Without Aldrin realising it, he was also quoting the Wilkie Collin's classic "The Moonstone": '..I resolved not to leave Kattiawar, without looking once more on the magnificent desolation of Somnauth..'
On February 16, 2006, Jack Geist, Johnathan Banta, and Jerome Morin received the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Film from the Visual Effects Society for their work on the film.
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