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Sony Pictures Imageworks Goes ‘Over The Moon’ with Glen Keane

SPI to serve as lead animation vendor for Netflix’s animated musical feature film directed by legendary animator and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Glen Keane.

Glen Keane with a sketch of Fei Fei from Pearl Studio’s forthcoming animated feature for Netflix, ‘Over the Moon.’

LOS ANGELES -- Pearl Studio and Netflix have selected Sony Pictures Imageworks as the lead animation vendor for the company’s animated musical adventure Over the Moon, directed by legendary Academy Award-winning animator Glen Keane.

Over the Moon is an animated musical adventure feature film about a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess. When she gets to the “other side” she unexpectedly discovers a whimsical world filled with fantastical creatures -- some of whom threaten her and others who ultimately help her find her way home. The film will be released in 2020, theatrically in China, and to Netflix members around the world.

Sony Pictures Imageworks is an Academy Award-winning visual effects and animation studio known for photoreal live-action visual effects, dynamic creature and character animation and full-CG features. Having created visually stunning images for more than 100 live-action and animated productions over its 26-year history the studio is also a leader in technology, developing software and tools that have helped solve industry-wide challenges and deliver spectacular visuals to the big screen. Recent company credits include Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Smallfoot, among other animated and live-action titles.

“I am thrilled to work so closely with the innovators, animators and digital pioneers at Sony Pictures Imageworks as we bring the magical story of Fei Fei and her dream of a moonshot to life in Over the Moon,” said Glen Keane. “To use an appropriate space metaphor, they have the right stuff to make this film visually stunning and completely unique in keeping with the style, tone and sensibility we plan to establish. I am tremendously excited about this creative collaboration and am looking forward to working with Randy Lake, Michelle Grady and their extraordinary award-winning crew.”

Over the Moon is written by the late Audrey Wells (Shall We Dance, Under The Tuscan Sun), produced by Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball, DUET) and executive produced by Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club, People vs Larry Flynt). Songs are written by Christopher Curtis (Chaplin: The Musical), Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park (Kpop).

Imageworks is overseen by Randy Lake, President Studio Operations & Imageworks, and Michelle Grady, Senior Vice President of Production for Imageworks. Over the Moon will be overseen by David Smith, who will serve as VFX Supervisor; Sacha Kapijimpanga, Animation Director; and John Kreidman, Producer.

Keane most recently directed the acclaimed Academy Award winning animated short film Dear Basketball, which also won Best Animated Short last year at the 45th Annual Annie Awards honoring the best in Animation. He is a multi-award winning distinguished veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation who trained under Walt Disney’s legendary 9 Old Men. He is considered one of the most important creative forces in contemporary animation and was the lead animator who brought to life many of the most beloved modern classic Disney characters, such as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, the title characters in Pocahontas, Aladdin, and Tarzan, as well as the Beast in Beauty and The Beast, along with Rapunzel and countless others. His debut work as an animator was featured in The Rescuers for the characters of Bernard and Penny, alongside the famed Ollie Johnston. He animated Elliott the Dragon in Pete’s Dragon and was responsible for the climactic bear showdown in The Fox and The Hound. His career has been both profound and prestigious. In 2012, he left Disney to form Glen Keane Productions as a way to further his artistic explorations in animation, design, and film.

Source: Pearl Studio