“Over The Moon” Release Date And Storyline

In this article, we will discuss the release date of “Over The Moon”. Over The Moon is an upcoming American-Chinese computer-animated adventure and musical comedy film. It is directed by Glen Kaene and co-directed by John Kahrs in their directional debut. Produced by Pearl Studio, with animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks, this movie is a much anticipated 2020 release!

Over The Moon – Plot 

The plot is fairly simple and tells the story of a girl named Fei Fei who builds and flies a rocket ship to meet the moon Goddess, Chang’e, and ends up on an unexpected quest.

Chang’e, originally known as Heng’e is the Chinese goddess of the Moon. She is the subject of several legends in Chinese mythology, most of which incorporate several of the following elements: Houyi the archer, a benevolent or malevolent emperor, an elixir of life, and the Moon. She is married to the archer, Houyi. The literal meaning of her name is “Chang the Beautiful”.

There are many tales that surround the goddess of the Moon, one of them being the story of her immortality. It is said that in the very distant past, ten suns had risen together into the skies and scorched the Earth, thus causing hardship for the people. The archer Yi, shot down nine of them, leaving just one Sun, and was given the elixir for immortality as a reward. He did not consume it straight away, but let Chang’e keep it with her, as he did not want the power of immortality without his beloved wife Chang’e. However, while Yi was out hunting, his apprentice Fengmeng broke into his house and tried to force Chang’e to give him the elixir. She refused and to prevent it from falling into his hands, drank it herself. Chang’e then flew upward toward the heavens, choosing the Moon as a residence, as she loved her husband and hoped to live close to him. Yi discovered what had transpired and was very distraught, so he displayed the fruits and cakes that Chang’e had liked and sacrificed them for her.

In older versions of the story, Chang’e stole the elixir from Yi, drank it, and flew to the Moon so that her husband could not go after her.

Worship Of The Goddess Chang’e

The worship of the Goddess of the Moon is quite elaborate. On Mid-Autumn Festival, the full Moon night of the eighth lunar month, an open air altar is set up facing the Moon for the worship of Chang’e. New pastries are put on the altar for her to bless. She is said to endow her worshippers with beauty.

Voice Cast Of “Over The Moon”

The voice cast of the film “Over The Moon” is as follows below,

  • Cathy Ang as Fei Fei
  • Robert G Chiu as Chin
  • Phillipa Soo as Chang’e
  • Ken Jeong as Gobi
  • John Cho
  • Ruthie Ann Miles as Mother
  • Sandra Oh as Mrs. Zhong
  • Margaret Cho as Auntie Ling
  • Kimiko Glenn as Auntie Mei
  • Artt Butler

Production

On September 26th, 2017, Pearl Studio hired Audrey Wells to write the script of “Over The Moon”, a retelling of the classic Chinese myth. On February 6th, 2018, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film and Glen Keane was set to direct. However, during this time, Audrey Wells passed away in 2018, making this her final film to work on.

The animation for the film is provided by Sony Pictures Imageworks while traditional animation is being handled. Furthermore, Steve Price is confirmed to be the film composer while new original songs are being handled by Christopher Curtis (from Chaplin: The Musical), Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park (from KPOP the Musical).

Release Date And Trailers

“Over The Moon” is described as “an exhilarating musical adventure about moving forward, embracing the unexpected, and the power of imagination”. The trailer introduces the audience to many of the main characters and the pleasing visual style of the film, as the main character promises to prove the existence of the Moon Goddess after members of her family cast doubt on whether she’s real.

 

With no official release date, “Over The Moon” is slated to release on Netflix in late 2020. Initially, it was marked for a “fall” release as Netflix states, however, in the absence of a proper release date, one cannot be sure of when the movie will be released. “Over The Moon” is said to open alongside Pixar’s “Soul” in theory. Since “Soul” is slated to release on November 20th, 2020, we believe that “Over The Moon” will release on Netflix around the same time as well, that is, November 2020.

Since the movie is a Netflix Original, people all over the world will be able to view the movie as soon as it drops! As is the streamer’s habit, the film should drop around midnight according to Pacific Time. Usually, for originals, Netflix does not vary the release date for different regions.

So for all the fans out there, waiting anxiously for the release of “Over The Moon” on Netflix, hang on for just a while longer till there is an official release date announcement! Check-in as we keep you updated on the same.