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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.

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

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  1. What can we find out from the film about how Baboon lives on the moon?

  2. Where does he get his food?

  3. What might Baboon have done when he was first alone on the moon?

  4. How long has he been up there on the moon?

  5. How do you think he feels? How can we tell this from the film?

  6. How does Baboon get his moonshine to light up the moon?

  7. How does he know how to light up the moon?

  8. Did he take over the job from someone else?

  9. Does he feel differently at the beginning of the film to the end?

  10. Imagine how Baboon is feeling as he plays his trumpet. What is he thinking?



  • Cover the screen and play the first minute of the film with sound only. Get the class to write down what sounds they hear and what images might appear on screen. From sound alone, can we tell if Baboon is male or female? How?

  • 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. Discuss what might happen next.

  • 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?


  • Watch the film again and ask pupils to look for examples of close-up shots. When are they used and why?

  • Ask the pupils to list all the props in the whole film or a sequence. Then ask them to take away any props that are not needed to actually tell the story. Discuss which props are important parts of the action and which are there to create the setting/atmosphere. Give examples, such as "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.

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • Create a balanced diet of meals for the Baboon.

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


  • 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 Shorts International ltd (formerly Britshorts)
Project Ref STST1-01
Year of Production 2002
Genre Day in the Life
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Literacy and English, Social studies, Religious and moral education, Sciences, Technologies
Who Christopher Duriez (Director), Michelle Franklin (Producer)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 3D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Homesickness, Loneliness, Routine, Work
Clip Length 06:00