'Over the Moon' launches into your must-see list
Start writing a post

'Over the Moon' launches into your must-see list

Disney veterans collaborate to bring an exciting, magical and heart-warming animated movie anchored by an origin story filled with love

(Left to right) Pet rabbit Bungee, main character Fei Fei and her soon-to-be brother Chin are in a small, handmade space ship. They're all staring in awe of a beam of light that's carrying them toward space. They're all wearing astronaut helmets, with Fei Fei specifically in a homemade space suit. The film still image is a tight shot.
Netflix/Pearl Studio

Reading through the film credits, viewers should take note of the incredible cast and crew involved in making "Over The Moon."

This film, animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks and produced by Pearl Studio ("Abominable"), includes Disney and Pixar animation veterans like director Glen Keane, producer Gennie Rim, co-director John Kahrs and lead character designer Jin Kim.

So it's no wonder that the musical movie beautifully sends its message about imagination, grief and love to audiences with poise.

Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) is a bright girl with a wild imagination and a passion for science, traits that she shares with her mother (Ruthie Ann Miles) and father (John Cho). She loves celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival and hearing the legend of Chang'e, a Chinese moon goddess who was given immortality at the cost of never seeing her true love again. They are memories she clings to that help her cope with grief after her mother dies. But her beliefs in her childhood tales are challenged when Mrs. Zhong (Sandra Oh) and her son Chin (Robert G. Chiu) enter her family's life.

With her pet rabbit Bungee, Fei Fei sets off on a journey in space to prove Chang'e (Phillipa Soo) is real. Ken Jeong, Margaret Cho and Kimiko Glenn also star in this stellar all-Asian cast.

OVER THE MOON | Official Trailer #1 | A Netflix/Pearl Studio Production www.youtube.com

The animation is extremely mesmerizing. Characters are intricately detailed with 3D animation. But throughout the movie, there's also 2D hand-drawn animation to describe the legend of Chang'e and Houyi's love and to annotate Fei Fei's creative process as she builds her rocket ship. World-building for Fei Fei's hometown feels authentic with details like shades of peeling paint and Luminaria, Chang'e's home, is a bright, astronomical setting that fills viewers with joy.

Writing is another outstanding element to this film. Writer Audrey Wells ("The Hate U Give" and "Under the Tuscan Sun") died from cancer before the film could be released. According to production notes from Netflix, she chose her final projects carefully and wrote "Over The Moon" as a love letter to her husband and daughter. But before knowing the script's origin story, it's clear how deeply the creators connect to themes like grief and wonder through the movie.

More context in the last quarter of the movie would've been nice, specifically learning more about Mrs. Zhong's past and family history. But in this case, maybe the unknown is better left unsaid.

And like all good animated movies, kids will love the goofy nature of these characters and bright colors, but adults will appreciate the hidden melancholy themes. For example, when viewers meet Chang'e's Luminaria citizens, they're cute blobs that exude happiness. But there's a somber origin story to these adorable creatures that may strike a chord.

There's plenty to love about "Over The Moon," from the nine original songs to the loving origin stories, making it one of this year's must-see animated movies.

Score: 9/10

Watch "Over The Moon" in select theaters on Friday, October 9. Stream the film on Netflix starting Friday, October 23.

Connect with the reporter on Twitter at @s_incorvaia.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Where To Find The Best Coffee Drinks In America, According To A Survey

Here's the coffee shop where you should get your morning brew.


Coffee, for billions of people, is one of the only things that can get us out of bed (after hitting snooze a time or two), especially in 2020. Because, if we're being honest, is there anything that beats a quality cup of coffee on those mornings when all we wanted to do is roll over and go back to sleep? The answer is no. And if you're headed to a coffee shop to pick up your caffeinated beverage, you don't want to sleep on the best coffee drinks in America.

According to LiveShopper Sassie's Coffee Project survey, when it comes to chain coffee shops, there are definitely preferred spots you'll want to hit up for your go-to order — whether you order the classic, frozen, or flavored coffee, an espresso, tea, or other. To figure out the hot spots, 1,000 coffee drinkers across the United States took to LiveShopper's mobile app, PrestoShopper, to answer various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Odyssey Template: 25 Questions For My State's Elected Officials

"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We fought for these ideals, we shouldn't settle for less."


Whether you're interested in how democracy works, how stop signs get installed, or anything in between, this is your opportunity to ask questions. This is your opportunity to show current and future members of your community what, in your opinion, is most important as your town, city, and state are trying to put the best, most effective practices forward.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Survey: Which Issues Are The Most Important To You In The 2020 Election

If you're a first-time voter or voting by mail for the first time, we want to hear your story.


The general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, will decide not only the next president of the United States but also which political party controls the House of Representatives and the Senate. Young and first-time voters will play a crucial part in determining the result.

Keep Reading... Show less

Articles To Write If You're All About Saving More Money, And Waking Up A Little Bit Earlier

Get your day started right — and keep that budget tight.


For all the young professionals, parents, and students out there who've been working, learning, or even teaching remote — 2020 has likely been the longest year of your life. If you didn't know (sorry), we've been locked down for over 200 days now, and chances are, you are ready for it to be OVER.

Keep Reading... Show less

Who is ready to fa-la-lall in love with holiday-themed sex toys that will make you jingle all the way? If you're biting your lip and your legs are quivering with excitement, hold on to Santa's sleigh reins because there are so many ways to celebrate the season.

Festive sex toys are here to bring you some holiday cheer. From candy cane flavored everything to bright red bows, there is fun for everyone. Feel free to treat yourself or add these 15 festive sex toys to your wish list.

Keep Reading... Show less

How Much Of A Coffee Snob You Are, Based On Where You Live

Your state may determine how picky you are about your coffee.


When it comes to coffee, everyone has different criteria for what goes into their "perfect cup." Some caffeine lovers, though, are extra particular when it comes to their beloved beverage. One survey found that the state you're from (or the one you live in now) may play a part in determining how much of a coffee snob you actually are.

LiveShopper Sassie, the company behind this Coffee Project survey, received input from 1,000 coffee drinkers via their mobile app, PrestoShopper, to ask various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Reasons 'Hubie Halloween' Is A Must-Watch Halloween Film For October Movie Nights

Just knowing it's an Adam Sandler movie, you can assume it's funny but very ridiculous.


"Hubie Halloween" was just released on October 7. It follows Hubie Dubois in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween. He patrols the town to make sure people are safe. He's the kindest and caring person in the town and also the most bullied.

This poor man is scared of everything. He screams when he sees scary decorations and when people prank him. Definitely a laugh, but when I watched it, I felt bad for him. The one person that pulled at my heartstrings is Violet Valentine, a woman he had a crush on since high school. She's super nice to him and stands up for him when she can. It was great seeing someone, other than his grandma, on Hubie's side.

Keep Reading... Show less

While this is my first ever presidential election, I have voted before in others, including at least one other "off" year election. I can honestly say that one of the things that made voting for the first time interesting was that I personally don't really identify myself with either party completely.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

7 Ways You Can Volunteer Virtually In The Middle Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

Use that anxious energy from dreading the rest of 2020, and put it towards volunteering


Life has shifted from face-to-face to face-to-screen-to-face this past year. There's no need, though, to wait out the pandemic to make a difference from home. Rather than spending the unexpected free time the rest of this year dreading each day, use that same energy towards volunteering from the comfort of your bed or couch or patio.

Here are seven ways you can volunteer safely and virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Hilarious Netflix Specials To Binge If You Need A Laugh In 2020

Netflix specials are single-handedly keeping my spirits high.


I cannot tell you the number of times that I have re-watched these comedy specials over the course of the last seven months.

What I can tell you is how absolutely great these comedians are. They bring me joy when I am sad, bored, or wanting to tune into something while I work on school or my virtual job.

Keep Reading... Show less

"Emily in Paris" is one of the newest Netflix original series and it began streaming on the platform on October 2.

I knew this was going right to the top of my watch list because I have a serious girl crush on Lily Collins, it's from the creator of "Sex and the City", and the plot feeds directly into my "Mamma Mia" fantasy of just hopping on a plane and killing it in a whole new country. Not going to lie, the series has its slightly cringe-y moments, but that honestly makes me love it even more.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Songs We All Need To Add To Our Fall Roadtrip Playlist

This songs are guaranteed to make you feel like the main character this fall.

Photo by averie woodard on Unsplash

One of the best feelings is driving with the windows down. Listening to the right song makes that experience even better. If you want to feel like the main character in your own teen movie, listen to these feel-good classic songs right away.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments