Taking a break from the horror movies, I watched a new animated film on Netflix that opened this weekend, Over the Moon.
A young girl Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) builds a rocket ship to fly to the moon in an attempt to find the moon goddess Chang’e (Phillipa Soo) hoping to have her help convince Fei Fei’s father (John Cho) not to remarry after the death of Fei Fei’s mother.
She is accompanied to the moon by Chin (Robert G. Chiu), the son of the woman Fei Fei’s father wanted to marry. Chin was excited about being a step-brother to Fei Fei, but she found him annoying and bothersome.
First and foremost, the animation is utterly gorgeous in this film. The colors were vibrant and filled the screen. The film is a visual masterpiece of animation and movie magic. Most animated movies fall far short of the level of beauty in this movie.
The voice cast was great. Along with our main characters, you can add Ken Jeong. Sandra Oh, Edie Ichioka, Margaret Cho, and Ruthie Ann Miles.
The songs in this musical are all catchy and feel good at the time that you are watching Over the Moon, however, I suspect that none of the songs involved here are going to be remembered past the movie’s run time. There is nothing here like a Disney classic film where you will remember the music and be humming it later in the night.
There is a strong message here about dealing with loss and grief and the continuation of the ideal of telling a story of diversity for all people.
The story itself may be a bit familiar in a lot of ways. It may be predictable, but for this type of animated movie, that may not be the worst thing. As a family film, Over the Moon succeeds tremendously. Again, I may not remember this years later as I might a film from Pixar, but there is no denying that the 1 hour 40 minutes on Netflix was entertaining and engaging. It struck a few emotional beats (especially in the film’s opening 10 minutes) and it should be effective on family movie night. Any problems that the film may have should be easily overcome by the charm presented.