Hairy crab notwithstanding, Fei Fei tries to convince her family the Moon Goddess Chang’e is real, in clip from Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ director’s new animated musical adventure, coming October 23.
The Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival), a celebration which traces back centuries to Ancient China, is an annual tradition centered around a family reunion, usually involving a sumptuous feast, and giving thanks to the moon for the harvest.
In the clip just released by Netflix from Oscar-winning Dear Basketball director Glen Keane’s new animated musical adventure, Over the Moon, we join our young heroine, Fei Fei, at a family dinner, complete with hairy crab and skeptical adults, as she desperately tries to convince everyone that the Moon Goddess, Chang’e, is real.
In the film, Fei Fei, a bright young girl fueled with determination and a passion for science, builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. In the trailer we learn a bit more about our feisty heroine and her seemingly impossible quest to build a rocket to the moon; despite the odds, she succeeds, though her miraculous journey to prove the Moon Goddess is not just a childish myth puts her in the middle of a contest no one could have predicted.
Over the Moon is directed by Keane (Dear Basketball) and co-directed by Oscar-winning director John Kahrs (Paperman). The film, produced by Pearl Studios, the animation house that co-produced last year’s Abominable with DreamWorks Animation, will premiere on the streaming giant this coming October 23.
The film is produced by Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) and Peilin Chou (Abominable), and is written by Audrey Wells; the film is executive produced by Keane, Janet Yang, Ruigang Li, Frank Zhu, and Thomas Hui. Emmy-winner Céline Desrumaux (The Little Prince, Age of Sail) serves as production designer. The film stars newcomer Cathy Ang; Grammy winner Phillipa Soo (Hamilton); newcomer Robert G. Chiu; Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians); John Cho (Searching); Ruthie Ann Miles (All Rise); Emmy nominee Margaret Cho; three time SAG winner Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse); Artt Butler; and two time Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh (Killing Eve). Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park are writing the film’s songs; the movie is being scored by Oscar-winner Steven Price.
Netflix will release the film October 23 worldwide except in China; Pearl Studios will distribute the film in the Middle Kingdom.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.