A musical cinematic tale about a young girl who goes to find the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e in a homemade rocket is making waves on Netflix right now. The film became the top-streamed movie or TV show on US Netflix over the weekend.
Over the Moon, co-directed by former Disney animators Glen Keane and John Kahrs, is a co-production between Pearl Studios — a Shanghai-based studio that was formerly known as Oriental DreamWorks — Sony Pictures ImageWorks and Netflix.
And, with fall entry “Over the Moon,” a gorgeous update of the Chinese Moon Goddess fable, former Disney legend Glen Keane (Oscar-winning “Dear Basketball”) makes his directorial feature debut at Netflix.
In “Over the Moon” (co-produced by China’s Pearl Studio and animated by Imageworks), 13-year-old Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) builds a rocket to the moon to meet the legendary goddess, Chang’e (Phillipa Soo of “Moana” and “Hamilton”). But her journey on Lunaria forces her to embrace change. Original songs were composed by Christopher Curtis (“Chaplin: The Musical”), Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park (“KPOP”), and the score was by “Gravity” Oscar winner Steven Price. Also, famed costume designer Guo Pei designed the lavish gowns for Chang’e, which required Imageworks to up its simulation software.
The Netflix-Pearl Studio co-production follows the story of Fei Fei as she builds a rocket ship to travel to the moon and save Chang'e, who, according to the real Chinese myth, was sent to the satellite after drinking a magical potion by accident. Over the Moon will debut on the streaming service later this year.
Hamilton Tony nominee Soo voices Chang'e, with newcomer Cathy Ang as Fei Fei, Tony winner Miles as Mother, and Oh as Mrs. Zhong. Also among the cast are Robert G. Chiu, John Cho, Ken Jeong, Margaret Cho, and stage regulars Kimiko Glenn and Conrad Ricamora. Over the Moon is directed by Glen Keane, with a screenplay by the late Audrey Wells and additional story by Jennifer Yee McDevitt. The movie features eight original songs by Christopher Curtis (Chaplin), Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park (KPOP).
Netflix and Pearl Studio unveiled the first trailer for their animated film “Over the Moon” on Tuesday following a virtual discussion with some of the cast and crew about the pic last week. Actors Sandra Oh, Phillipa Soo, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles and newcomer Cathy Ang joined producers Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou, along with director Glen Keane, to discuss the making of the movie, a musical adventure about a young Chinese girl named Fei Fei (Ang), who builds her own rocket ship to travel to the moon in order to prove the existence of the legendary Moon goddess Chang’e (Soo).
The film is directed by Oscar-winner Glen Keane, the Disney animator behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. Oscar-winner John Kahrs (Paperman) is co-director, while The Hate U Give's Audrey Wells penned the script. Pearl Studio, which brought Abominable to the screen, is also behind the film. Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park are writing the songs, and Oscar-winner Steven Price (Gravity) is handling the score.
Netflix announced today that Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park are writing original songs for the upcoming animated feature Over the Moon. The film is directed by Glen Keane (Dear Basketball) and follows a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess. Audrey Wells (Shall We Dance, Under the Tuscan Sun) wrote the screenplay. Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball, Duet) is producing the Pearl Studios production. Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club, People Vs Larry Flynt) serves as the executive producer. Curtis is best known for his work on the stage production Chaplin: The Musical and Park for composing the music for the Off-Broadway musical KPOP. Over the Moon is set to be released theatrically in 2020 in China and on Netflix in other markets.
The musical is like Charlie Chaplin's oeuvre: ostensibly as entertaining as it is funny, yet with a deeper message. The audience had a great time on Wednesday evening in the Offenburger Oberrheinhalle.
Charlie Chaplin is considered to be Europe's most popular filmmaker and actor: the musical "Chaplin", which was presented in Frankenburg by Frank Serr Showservice International on the 130th birthday of the artist, should further strengthen this image. Sometimes fast and with a lot of slapstick, sometimes calm and thoughtful, Bas Timmers played the title role.......
Tuesday’s announcement was made jointly by Peilin Chou, chief creative officer of Pearl Studio, and Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family for Netflix.
“Over the Moon” is a musical adventure feature film about a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess. The film will be released in 2020 theatrically in China and by Netflix around the world.
Keane and retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant have been nominated for an Oscar for the animated short film “Dear Basketball,” based on a letter Bryant wrote in the Players’ Tribune in 2015, in which he announced his retirement from basketball. Keane, whose animation credits include “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” directed and used hand-drawn animation to capture Bryant.
Keane also animated Elliott the Dragon in “Pete’s Dragon” and was responsible for the climactic bear showdown in “The Fox and the Hound.”
In 2012, he left Disney to form Glen Keane Productions.
“Over the Moon” is written by Audrey Wells, produced by Gennie Rim (who also produced “Dear Basketball”), and executive produced by Janet Yang (“Joy Luck Club”). Songs will be written by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park.
Here is a show capable of arousing the interest of wide audiences. The musical by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan gains a Brazilian version by Miguel Falabella and scenic direction by Mariano Detry that thrills movie fans, children or adults and can make even the detractors of the genre's overproductions applaud standing. Recognized as a dancer and singer, Jarbas Homem de Mello reaches overcoming as an actor in the characterization of one of the greatest geniuses on the screen, the Englishman Charles Chaplin (1889-1977). The show runs through his career from a poor childhood in London to the acclaim with films such as The Great Dictator and Modern Timesand offers a psychological reading of the artist that explains the dubious character or unethical attitudes. This scenic drama overlaps with good musical numbers and does not leave editing limited to singing or choreography. Juan Alba (in place of Marcello Antony) represents Sidney, the protagonist's brother and future agent, while Naíma and Paula Capovilla stand out respectively as their mother, Hannah Chaplin, and journalist Hedda Hooper. Myra Ruiz, Paulo Goulart Filho and Leandro Luna are on the cast of 21 actors. It premiered on 5/14/2015. and ran a second tour 2019 and 2020.