“Lunatics!” is a science fiction animated web series about the very first Lunar settlers. “Someone has to be crazy enough to go first!”
It’s the year 2040, and seven-year-old Georgiana Lerner is destined to become not only the first child to go into space, but she will fly all the way to the Moon with her mother (Hiromi) to join her father (Rob) and his colleagues there.
Cast & Crew
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Writer: Rosalyn Hunter
Director/Producer: Terry Hancock
Character Designer: Daniel Fu
Karrie Shirou as Hiromi Aoki Lerner
Ariel Hancock as Georgiana Lerner
William Roberts as Robert Lerner
Lex Quarterman as Igor Timothy Farmer
Paul Birchard as Joshua Farmer
Veronika Kurshinskaya as Anya Titova-Farmer
Sergei Oleinik as Sergei Titov
Karen Jagger as Tina Harris / Iridium Comm. Voice
Melodee M. Spevack as Narrator (Older Georgiana)
Jami Cullen as Reporter (US)
Miki Kuroki as Reporter (Japanese)
Kristina Ponomarenko as Pad Crew Woman
David Jordan as Talk Show Guest
Sophie Le Neveu as Talk Show Host
Chris Kuhn (Principal Mechanical Modeling)
Bela Szabo (Principal Character Modeling)
Gorka Mendieta (Rigging & Effects)
Sathish Kumar / Spark Multimedia (Principal Set Modeling)
Summer 2012 Team: Andrew Pray, Cosmin Planchon, Guillaume Cote, Vyacheslav Yastrebcev, Timothee Giet
“No Children in Space”
When they left, there were people all around, people with cameras snapping pictures of Georgiana learner, the “space girl”. She could hear people saying those words — “the space girl” — everywhere that she went. She found it odd as she had never been to space herself. She had only been to training classes. The closest that she had got to anything like space was when they let her put on her space suit and walk around the base of a swimming pool.
That had been fun. They dropped rings from the surface and she would walk forward and try to catch them. It was slow, moving that heavy suit in the water, and she had pushed her legs as fast as she could, but even with weights at the bottom, she sometimes fell forward and landed on her chest.
The first time that she had done it, mother had rushed forward, concerned that somehow she would break the seals of her suit, but she had only laughed, the sound echoing dully in her helmet as she climbed back to her feet to try again jumping through the water this time.
Georgy was used to blue skies. She had seen them all of the seven years that she had been alive, and she didn’t know what it would feel like to live in a place where the sky was always black. Daddy told her that things are never just better or worse, they are different, and although she would lose the blue sky, she would gain a sky full of more stars than anyone on Earth had ever seen. She looked forward to seeing that, and to seeing Daddy again. She hadn’t seen him for most of a year, unless you counted calls on the Grid. Her last call had been just two days ago. Mother had smiled wide and said, “Honey, we’ll be there soon,” in that voice that she seemed to keep only for him. Georgy hadn’t said much of anything.
— Excerpt from the novella “No Children in Space” by Rosalyn Hunter