'Over the Moon' doesn't succeed in lifting Netflix into Disney's orbit

With Disney invading Netflix’s streaming turf, 转机是公平竞争, 如 “非常开心” 公开尝试模仿迪士尼动画而不占据其轨道. 虽然电影在视觉上令人印象深刻, the Chinese-American co-production suffers from a too-thin story, built upon a heavy-handed message soaked in that oldest of Disney tropes: a dead mom.

Veteran Disney animator Glen Keane directed the film, which comes from China’s Pearl Studios, whose recent roster includes the uninspired Abominable. The story (written by the late Audrey Wells, 谁死于 2018, and to whom the movie is dedicated) derived from the Chinese myth of the moon goddess, who achieved immortality but lost her love, pining for him in the night sky.
Fei Fei (voiced by Cathy Ang) also experiences loss when her mom becomes sick, after an introductory section in which the mother shares the tale and traditions of Chang’e, the aforementioned goddess. The girl is unprepared, 然而, when her dad (John Cho) meets a new woman, as Fei Fei hopes that a trip to the moon will remind him of the past and spare her from the prospect of a not-at-all-wicked stepmother.
The film then embarks on a colorful flight of fancy, one with so many touchstones of past Disney movies it’s tough to count them all. There’s the boy stowaway a la “向上,” the cheerful fast-talking fantastic sidekick echoingFrozen” (manically voiced by Ken Jeong), the colorful spectacle ofWreck-It Ralph,” and a whole lot of soaring but generally unmemorable songs.
    The last items on that roster sound fine, thanks in part to havingHamilton’sPhillipa Soo as Chang’e, who demands that Fei Fei present her an unspecifiedgiftin order to earn the proof that she seeks. That portion of the film conspicuously drags, laboring to get from Fei Fei sayingI just want things back the way they were” 至, rather sweetly, accepting the way they are.
    Keane directed the Oscar-winning Kobe Bryant short Dear Basketball,” and clearly learned the tricks of the trade during his time at Disney, with the movie appearing pretty desperate to conjure that sort of magic.
      唉, that’s not enough to reach the heady space that separates the best of the Disney/Pixar movies from something like “非常开心,” a bright, shiny object that never quite escapes the bonds of Earth.
      “非常开心” premieres Oct. 23 在Netflix上.


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