By Margaret Lyons
Updated March 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM EDT

Dear Pixar,

I am very much looking forward to Up, and I have reasonable hopes for the rest of your upcoming slate (Toy Story 3, Newt, The Bear and the Bow, though perhaps less so for Cars 2). But I have absolutely found your next project, and I’m imploring you to turn it into the next adorable/thoughtful/touching movie:


Space Bat was a brave, daring creature that clung to the Discovery space shuttle as it took off earlier this week. Scientists had hoped the little guy would “wake up and fly away before the shuttle engines ignited,” according to NASA, but instead, Space Bat hung on, no doubt trying to realize its lifelong dream of orbiting the earth and experiencing the majesty of space. (Scientists also say that “the animal likely perished quickly,” but we’re not making a documentary here — rats can’t cook, cars don’t talk, etc. etc., we can change this part.)

Lovable critter dreams of a life beyond the strictly proscribed bounds of his/her current society, and with dedication, a noble spirit, and the help of some kooky sidekicks, is able to defy odds/expectations and fully live his/her dream. If that’s not a Pixar movie, I don’t know what is. Call me! We can make this happen.