Netflix has released a new trailer for Over the Moon, “an exhilarating musical adventure that stars Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess.”
While the premise alone may seem familiar, Netflix’s upcoming animated film touts an impressive creative team led by Oscar-winning director Glen Keane (Dear Basketball) and Oscar-winning Co-director John Khars (Paperman), who uses a script written by. Additionally, the casting is reflective of the film’s story and characters. It stars Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Sandra Oh, Robert G. Chiu, Margaret Cho, and Kimiko Glenn.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Over the Moon:
“Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl 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. Directed by animation legend Glen Keane, and produced by Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou, Over the Moon is an exhilarating musical adventure about moving forward, embracing the unexpected, and the power of imagination. The film stars Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Sandra Oh, Robert G. Chiu, Margaret Cho, and Kimiko Glenn.”
I have to say, I love all the little nuances to the characters and the Asian culture that this film will have. From the traditionally hand-drawn 2D animation ink paper styling as we hear the story of the Moon goddess, to Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) drinking boba tea as she is determined to build a rocket that will take her to the moon. It has this vibe that is similar to that of Abominable where its grounded in reality characters go on a one of a kind adventure. Considering that Pearl is involved, it is no wonder it has that similar feel. But rather stay on Earth like Abominable, our Earthly characters use their love of science and the joys of imagination to go on a fantastical adventure to a whole other world that’s colorful and whimsy.
And, Over the Moon will be a musical, with songs written by Christopher Curtis (Chaplin), Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park (KPOP). The score is composed by Oscar-winner Steven Price (Gravity). Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) and Peilin Chou (Abominable) are producers.
Over the Moon doesn’t have a set release date as of yet, but it will hit Netflix this fall.