Netflix has launched the primary trailer and introduced the voice forged for Glen Keane’s Over the Moon. The animated musical facilities on Fei Fei (newcomer Cathy Ang), a younger lady from China who builds her personal rocket ship to show the existence of a legendary moon goddess often called Chang’e. She finally blasts off along with her pet rabbit and rambunctious brother-to-be, Chin (Robert G. Chiu).
Fei Fei’s mother and father are voiced by John Cho and Ruthie Ann Miles, with the supporting characters performed by Sandrah Oh, Ken Jeong, Robert G. Chiu, Phillipa Soo, Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn, Artt Butler, Irene Tsu, Clem Cheung, and Conrad Ricamora.
“Each little one grows up in China figuring out the story of Chang’e and believing that she lives on the moon,” producer Peilin Chou mentioned in an announcement. “There may be even a nationwide vacation centered round it — the Mid-Autumn Pageant. [EP Janet Yang] got here up with the thought to inform a modern-day model of this legend by means of the eyes of somewhat lady named Fei Fei. I beloved the thought of bringing the story of Chang’e to a worldwide viewers in a recent, contemporary and distinctive means. Our movie incorporates a Chang’e that you’ve got by no means seen earlier than.”
“I really feel like this film was made for me. I at all times wished to participate in bringing Asian tales to the display screen, and I felt so honored to have the ability to inform this story a few younger lady dwelling in modern-day China. There’s a lot about this character that resonates with me,” added producer Gennie Rim.
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The movie, which may hint its roots again to 2015, appears to have a Coco-ish vibe, embracing a wealthy tradition and mythology as Fei Fei enters Lunaria, a fantastical world based mostly firmly in celebrated Asian folklore. Our heroine’s never-say-quit willpower to achieve outer house might have one thing to do with the truth that her father is about to remarry after the demise of her mom. It is all however assured that this cosmic journey will assist Fei Fei come to phrases with emotions of loss and grief.
“Walt Disney was at all times speaking concerning the ‘plausible impossible.’ And I believed, ‘A 13-year-old lady constructing a rocket to the moon? I don’t know,'” Keane admitted. “However as I used to be studying it, I acquired to the web page the place Fei Fei’s rocket launches after which it runs out of energy and begins falling again, like they are going to die. And I believed, ‘Sure! Now I imagine it. However you have to save them by some means!’ I used to be abruptly invested. It was when that beam of sunshine hit them and the moon lions leapt onto the web page that I knew I needed to direct this film.”
That is the director’s characteristic debut after his decades-long tenure as a Disney animator. His previous credit embody Magnificence and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Treasure Planet, and Tangled.
Throughout pre-production on Over the Moon, he toured historical Chinese language water cities, Wuzhen and Nanxun, alongside manufacturing designer Céline Desrumaux (The Little Prince). The latter took loads of images, so the animators would have loads of reference materials when bulding Fei Fei’s hometown.
“If the viewers goes to imagine within the story that you simply’re telling — you must imagine it,” Kean defined. “As a way to create a film that feels just like the Wizard of Oz, the place you begin someplace that’s actual, then journey to some unbelievable world, you must begin with what’s actual.”
For the look of Lunaria, Keane steered that Desrumaux take a look at the enduring album cowl for Pink Floyd’s Darkish Facet of the Moon. Going off that, “she got down to create Lunaria as a spot the place the whole lot is a light-weight supply, illuminating from inside and stemming from Chang’e — versus Earth, which is all mirrored gentle,” says the discharge.
Audrey Wells (The Hate U Give screenwriter sadly handed away from most cancers in 2018) penned the script and the songs had been written by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park. They reportedly took inspiration from KPop, Queen, Tina Turner, Eminem, Woman Gaga, John Williams, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry. Steven Value (Gravity) composed the unique rating.
“There has by no means been a time when this movie has been extra related, or maybe when the world wanted it extra,” Chou continued. “The themes of Over the Moon, which Audrey portrayed with ardour and integrity, are all about opening your coronary heart and studying to simply accept new issues. It tells us that in difficult or tough occasions, the reply to nearly something is at all times love.”
Over the Moon lands on Netflix this fall (a selected date has but to be confirmed).