Fifth about The Seventh

Over the Moon (2020)

Over the Moon: this animated film by Glen Keane and John Kahrs nicely mixes Chinese mythology, fantasy, and family drama; the result is a fresh story, even if the storytelling is both simple and heavy-handed. The main character is a winning young girl, smart and determined; her actions feel justified, the result of a natural grieving process. However, the film has a glut of cute sidekicks (even cute sidekicks get a cute sidekick), and the excess proves detrimental. The voice acting ranges from quiet and perfectly adequate (John Cho, Sandra Oh, Phillipa Soo) to mildly annoying (Ken Jeong); Cathy Ang, as the protagonist, falls squarely in the first group, thankfully. The animation is beautiful and colorful, in particular, the world design: the village has a very realistic look to it, while the Moon shines with fantastic colors and shapes, very original and trippy. Character design is slightly more simplistic, but attractive nevertheless. The music (score by Steven Price, songs by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park) is serviceable but far from memorable.

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