‘Over the Moon’: How Glen Keane Leveraged His Disney DNA for Netflix’s Chinese Moon Goddess Fable

‘Over the Moon’: How Glen Keane Leveraged His Disney DNA for Netflix’s Chinese Moon Goddess Fable
Disney legend and Oscar winner Glen Keane (“Dear Basketball”) was somehow destined to direct “Over the Moon,” the eye-popping animated musical update of the ancient Chinese Moon Goddess fable from Netflix (co-produced by Shanghai-based Pearl Studio). In fact, “Over the Moon” technically marks Keane’s directorial feature debut, since a heart attack forced him to drop out of his trouble-plagued passion project, “Tangled” in 2008. (He formally left Disney in 2012 after nearly 40 years of animation glory.)

Truth be told, Keane was instantly drawn to Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), the 12-year-old girl obsessed with building a rocket to the moon to meet the legendary, nine-foot-tall goddess Chang’e (Phillipa Soo of “Moana” and “Hamilton”), to fill the emotional void in her life after the passing of her mother (Ruthie Ann Miles). But her journey on the enchanting and phosphorescent Lunaria forces her to accept change and rediscover love.

“I have fallen in
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