A Would-Be Astronaut Dreams of Space Travel in This Charming Animated Short

Up, up, and away?
Up, up, and away?
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A little boy obsessed with space travel suddenly sees exactly what he requires to make that longed-for journey: a coin-operated rocket ship ride sitting in front of a grocery store. Of course, those rickety things can’t really fly—or can they?


Nicholas Arioli’s very sweet animated short, an award-winner at multiple film festivals, suggests there’s no time limit on your dreams...as long as you can scrape up the coins to fuel your takeoff.


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Wow, I didn’t know they could download my dreams now. We had these back in the ‘60s, basically a flight or spacecraft simulator. I wanted one more than the breath of life itself, but they cost nearly $200 in today dollars and I never got one.