Over the Moon Movie Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Pros: Cute main character; national surroundings; good musical numbers in the style of K-pop Cons: Secondary; the cartoon sequences taking place on the Moon are somewhat eclectic; terrible Russian translation of Over the Moon / “Over the Moon”

Genre family cartoon
Directed by Glen Keane
The roles were voiced by Katie Ang (Fei Fei), Robert Ji Chiu (Chin), Phillipa Soo (Chang’e), Ken Jeong (Gobi), John Cho (Ba Ba), Ruthie Ann Miles (Ma Ma), etc.
Studio Pearl Studio, Netflix
Release year 2020
Site IMDb

Judge for yourself. Both cartoons take place on the eve of the autumn holidays, during which special treats are baked. In Coco it is the Day of the Dead and Bread of the Dead, in Over the Moon it is the Mid-Autumn Festival and Yuebing mooncakes. In Coco, the boy Miguel ends up in the next world, where he meets deceased family members; in Over the Moon, the girl Fei Fei goes to the Moon, which in the beliefs of many peoples is the World of the Dead, to prove to her father that love is eternal and one must continue to be faithful deceased. Coco is a film about forgiveness, and Over the Moon is a film about saying goodbye. In both films there is a lot of singing, and the main characters have animal/spirit patrons. Well, in the Chinese Pearl Studio, which was responsible for the production of Over the Moon, there are diligent students who have adopted the experience of Hollywood for 8 years.

The fact is that Pearl Studio, familiar to you from the cartoons Kung Fu Panda 3 and last year’s Abominable / “Yeti,” was founded in 2012 as a joint venture of the Chinese corporation China Media Capital, which also owns China Film Group Corporation, the creators of the film The Wandering Earth, and the American DreamWorks Animation, authors of Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. Initially, the studio was generally called Oriental DreamWorks and helped DreamWorks work on cartoons and distribute them in the Chinese market. In 2017, when the training period ended, China Media Capital bought out its share from NBCUniversal and became the sole owner of the company. However, cooperation between the partners continues to this day.


Over the Moon tells the story of a girl, Fei Fei, whose family runs a bakery that specializes in Yuebing mooncakes. Unfortunately, the girl’s mother falls ill and dies, and after some time the father is going to marry a second time. Twelve-year-old Fei Fei is resistant to this idea and, turning to the Chinese legend of the moon goddess Chang’e and her lover Hou Yi, plans to go to the moon and ask the goddess to convince her father that love can be eternal. An absolutely pragmatic excellent student builds a spaceship and… ends up on the moon, where she meets a goddess. Naturally, everything on the Moon is not as she imagined, and along with eternal love comes eternal sadness.


Over the Moon, written and directed by Americans who continue to work for Pearl Studio, amazingly accurately conveys the Chinese mentality, in which a passion for science and an understanding of technology is perfectly combined with mysticism and belief in the gods of nature. For Fei Fei, there is nothing surprising in the combination of magnetic levitation technology and the animated mythical guardian lions that take her and her brother to the moon. Just as there is nothing strange by Chinese standards in the fact that the moon goddess Chang’e can look like a girl in traditional clothes straight out of a 15th-century painting, and like a modern pop diva energetically dancing on stage.


In Over the Moon, like in the Hollywood cartoons it copies, people sing for any occasion. Moreover, if the traditional song numbers here turned out to be too banal and uninteresting, and in the Russian version they also had a catastrophic, simply incredibly terrible translation, then several numbers in the K-pop style, which Chang’e herself performs, sound and look just great, than… then reminiscent of the clips of the K/DA group, assembled from the heroines of League of Legends.

1Review of the animated film Over the Moon / “Over the Moon”1

Actually, all the episodes taking place on the Moon look bright, although sometimes somewhat eclectic. The city of Lunaria and its inhabitants, inspired by the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon album and the sculptures of Joan Miró, look truly crazy. There are animated mooncakes, moonbiker roosters, Chang’e tears turning into living creatures, a jade hare and a continuously chattering glowing moon pangolin. Full vinaigrette. Speaking of the jade hare, there was also a place in the cartoon for its namesake, the Chinese lunar rover Yutu, who appears in the frame several times.


And in general, China would not be China if it had not inserted some propaganda into children’s cartoons. There is a Maglev magnetic levitation train, the already mentioned lunar rover, a Chinese orbital station, and the best Chinese education in the world. Well, this is the 21st century, everyone is promoting their agenda as best they can.

The main idea of ​​Over the Moon is the ability to say goodbye to the dead and let them go, letting something new into your life. In the cartoon, both the girl Fei Fei and Chang’e herself understand this. So at the end you will have a full-fledged happy ending. Despite the sad subject matter, overall Over the Moon is a bright and kind film that can be watched by children of any age. There is a national flavor, several good musical numbers and a pretty main character. However, you shouldn’t expect any special revelations; this is just a very smooth and slightly secondary cartoon for one time.


Bright cartoon in national Chinese surroundings

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