Run time: 95 mins
Animation superstar Glen Keane celebrates Chinese legends and the power of love in this dazzling musical adventure.
From Bambi to The Lion King, the death of a loved one is a topic the animated genre has often touched upon. Here, still processing the death of her mother, Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) struggles when her father (John Cho) expresses a romantic interest in fellow single parent Mrs Zhong (Sandra Oh). To prove to him that her mother isn’t really gone, Fei Fei plots to blast off to the stars to meet Chang’e (Phillipa Soo), the moon goddess she always told stories about.
A veteran of Disney animation, Keane was the man responsible for designing numerous iconic characters during Disney’s renaissance period of the late 80s and early 90s, including Ariel, Beast, Aladdin to name just a few. His talent and love for his craft is again on show here. A gorgeously animated and incredibly entertaining delight, this is a film which bursts to life with original songs, charming characters and a familiar, yet heartwarming family story that knows exactly how to play with your heartstrings. (Chris Coetsee)