Over the Moon (2020)

Over the Moon (2020)

2020 PG 100 Minutes

Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy

In this animated musical, a girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess.

Overall Rating

7 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • d_riptide


    7 / 10
    Similar to last years Abominable, I seem to be trapped within somewhat of a weird anomaly with Pearl Studios latest animated film: “Over The Moon”. Here, we have a film that has all the checkmarks and often fulfills most checkmarks needed to be marked as an enjoyable experience: enthralling cinematography, top notch editing, a great art-style and a presumably cool fairy tale-like setting, voice acting is stellar, most of the music is ultraluminary, characters are broadened out and understandable enough, the ambience embedded in the atmosphere adds more layers to said characters in an already visually exquisite presentation and the story not only celebrates Asian culture but it also rejects some of the animated feature tropes we’ve been accustomed to; all of which culminates to an emotionally bittersweet story about moving on and accepting loss.

    So why isn’t my score higher for this movie? One word: Familarity.

    Despite the vapid setting and heartwarming message at its core, many, and I mean MANY of this films narrative ingredients are very familiar. And if not, it’s basically a story that has already been told and effectively told much better. Unlike Abominable, the films a little too generous in giving away its references to other films like Coco, Wizard Of Oz, TRON: Legacy....and a little bit of Angry Birds and as much as I hate to say it, just the feeling of all these references tacked onto both the environment and the blueprints of the story at hand made everything feel a TINY bit redundant. But still, it does its job and it’s probably worth watching just for the message alone which deserves all the credit it gets thanks to the late Aubrey Wells.