On October 23rd, 2020, Over the Moon, the newest animated film directed by Glen Kleane and co-directed by John Kahrs was released on Netflix. It is with pride to know that all of the voice actors are of Asian descent, including Cathy Ang playing the main character, Fei Fei.
The movie follows the clever and ambitious Fei Fei who learns important lessons about herself, life, and family as she embarks on a wondrous journey to the moon. Without giving away too much of the story, I want to share three reasons why you should see this movie!
1. Representation matters!
Being Asian American, I get excited to support projects about and for our communities so that they can succeed and inspire more to be created. There were moments throughout the movie that acknowledges parts of my childhood and Cambodian upbringing:
The joy of having dinner and togetherness with your whole family, including your grandparents, cousins, aunties, and uncles. The endearing and lively personalities and conversations of our elders. The importance of telling stories and remembering our loved ones. Drinking bubble tea and eating mooncakes. Whether you are Asian or not, you can relate to the values of family, love, and food.
2. Important theme of overcoming hardships in life.
As with many children movies, they touch the hearts of all ages. Especially as an adult, you can understand the efforts and perspectives behind each character in the story. Everyone wants to feel loved, listened to, and appreciated. When we experience hardships, we can either choose to stay in the past or to work towards being more open, strong, and accepting.
3. A positive movie during these tough times.
We are about seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic. This movie is heartwarming to watch during this time when we cannot see and be with our families as much as we used to. It also gives positive light on Chinese culture and people. There are beautiful songs, quirky and cute characters, and funny lines that will brighten up your evening.
We hope that you will enjoy watching Over the Moon. Please share it with your loved ones and let us know how the movie resonated with you.