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A Trip to the Moon (1902) More at IMDbPro »Le voyage dans la lune (original title)

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A Trip to the Moon -- The black and white version of A Trip to the Moon with music and voice characterizations recreates the creative way that enterprising American nickelodeon operators presented MÃliès' film when it came to the United States in 1903.
A Trip to the Moon -- Clip from "A Trip to the Moon"
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4 October 1902 (USA) See more »
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Magical short by one of cinema's special effects pioneers See more (124 total) »


François Lallement ... Officer of the Marines
Jules-Eugène Legris ... Parade Leader
Victor André ... (uncredited)
Bleuette Bernon ... Lady in the Moon (uncredited)
Brunnet ... Astronomer (uncredited)
Jeanne d'Alcy ... (uncredited)
Henri Delannoy ... Captain of the Rocket (uncredited)
Depierre ... (uncredited)
Farjaut ... Astronomer (uncredited)
Kelm ... Astronomer (uncredited)

Georges Méliès ... Prof. Barbenfouillis / The Moon (uncredited)

Directed by
Georges Méliès (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Georges Méliès  uncredited
Jules Verne  novel "De la Terre à la Lune" (uncredited)
H.G. Wells  novel "First Men in the Moon" (uncredited)

Produced by
Georges Méliès .... producer (as Geo. Melies)
Original Music by
Jean-Benoît Dunckel (2011 original score) (as AIR)
Nicolas Godin (2011 original score) (as AIR)
Octavio Vázquez (1995)
Cinematography by
Michaut (uncredited)
Lucien Tainguy (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Georges Méliès (uncredited)
Production Design by
Georges Méliès (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Claudel (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Jeanne d'Alcy 
Charles-Edouard Renault .... special thanks
Charles-Edouard Renault .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Le voyage dans la lune" - France (original title)
"A Trip to Mars" - USA (copyright title)
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13 min | 14 min (16 fps) | 8 min (25 fps) | Taiwan:16 min (Kaohsiung Film Festival) | France:16 min (restored color version)
Color (hand-colored) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-7 (TV rating) (2012) | Germany:0 | Singapore:G | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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This film had one of the largest budgets for a short film of its era. Budgetary estimates range from 10,000 to 30,000 francs.See more »
Continuity: The size of the space capsule is inconsistent throughout the entire feature. It is, apparently, big enough to carry multiple people, yet when a Selenite is seen on the back of the capsule following its return to the Earth, he is almost as big as the entire capsule.See more »
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Magical short by one of cinema's special effects pioneers, 20 January 1999
Author: pooch-8 from Fargo, North Dakota

Georges Melies is often credited with being the cinema's father of fantasy, and his 1902 short A Trip to the Moon would seem to support that contention. Full of imaginative uses of editing and photography and inspired by the works of Jules Verne, the film contains one of the most recognizable images in motion picture history: the sleek, steel-riveted rocket ship jutting out from one of the eye sockets of an expressive man in the moon. Most historical accounts of Melies indicate that he was a trained stage magician whose skills were well-adapted to the new medium of the cinema, but he was also the first filmmaker to produce "commercials" (in the sense of advertising films for a variety of companies). A Trip to the Moon is still surprisingly enjoyable and bursts with many of Melies' technical innovations.

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