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Baboon On The Moon — Christopher Duriez, 2002

This 3D model animation shows the nightly routine of a lonely baboon, whose job it is to light the moon with his ‘moonshine machine’. A great deal of detail is shown of the baboon’s house, including photos and posters of ‘back home’. These, combined with his clearly well-rehearsed daily routine, paint a sad picture of his lonely existence. At the end of the film, he laments his homesickness by playing blues on his trumpet whilst watching Earth.

Use our video tutorial on 'Baboon on the Moon' to help you get started: Lesson example - Baboon on the Moon.

You will also find a complete BGE First Level Unit on 'Baboon on the Moon' here.

Classroom Activities

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  • Sound On/Vision Off.
  • Turn down the sound and play the final sequence of the film (vision only) when Baboon sits and looks at the earth and cries, through to where he picks up his trumpet and plays. What kind of music do the pupils think he will be playing?
  • Look at the opening sequence of the film. What clues tell us how time is passing?
  • Watch the film and pause just before Baboon leaves his house. What might happen next?
  • Watch the film again and ask pupils to look for examples of close-up shots. When are they used and why?
  • List all the props in the whole film or a sequence. Take away any props that are not needed to tell the story. Which props are important parts of the action, and which are there to create the setting/atmosphere? For example, what would happen to the story if the bottle of moonshine was not there?


  • Discuss Baboon’s job, daily routine and whether he is happy. How do we know he is unhappy? Talk about ways to make friends.
  • Imagine how Baboon is feeling as he plays his trumpet. What is he thinking?
  • Discuss loneliness. What is it and how does it make you feel? Get the pupils to write a story or draw a picture about a time when they felt lonely or sad. What made them feel better?
  • Use ‘hot seating’ to ask Baboon questions about his job and living on the moon. Where does he get his food? What might Baboon have done when he was first alone on the moon? How long has he been up there on the moon? Why did he go there? How does Baboon get his moonshine to light up the moon? How does he know how to light up the moon? Did he take over the job from someone else?



  • Write a pen-pal letter to Baboon letting him know that the class will build a rocket to go and visit him. Include lists of things they will bring to cheer Baboon up.
  • Write a character profile of Baboon.
  • Write a diary entry by Baboon.
  • Write a job advert for the role of Moon engineer.


  • Build a rocket!
  • Create a set of the moon, with Baboon’s house on it. Imagine other characters joining the story. Build places for them to live. Use this as a storytelling/filmmaking resource, adding to or changing the set.
  • Create a list (you could add drawings or cut-out images from magazines and adverts) of all the things Baboon would have taken with him when he went to the moon.


  • Make a playlist with examples of ‘sad’ and ‘happy’ music.


  • Create a balanced diet of meals for the Baboon.
  • Create a shopping list, with costs, for Baboon to send back to Earth. Give them a limit to spend.
  • Investigate the Moon. How far from Earth is it? Why do we only see the moon at night? Where does its light come from?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-001-C
Resource Rights Holder Christopher Duriez
Project Ref STST1-01
Year of Production 2002
Genre Drama, Stop-Motion
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Modern Languages, Literacy and English, Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies, Technologies
Director Christopher Duriez
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 3D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Feelings, Loss / Memories, Work / Ambition, Creative Expression
Clip Length 06:00
Clip Length 06:00
Age Group P1-P4, P5-P7, S1-S3