(Netflix) [Warning: The following story contains minor spoilers for “Over the Moon,” now streaming on Netflix.] In many ways, the movie is a meditation on grief. (From left) Chin (voiced in Chinese by Robert G. Chiu), Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), Chang'e (Phillipa Soo), Jade Rabbit and Lunettes in a still from Over the Moon. I’ve never been more proud to tell a story. Voiced by: Phillipa Soo. "It was really so much fun and especially under the umbrella of an all Asian/Asian-American cast, it's just so – it's one of my favourite things I've ever done." Most notably, the main character of Chang'e was voiced by Chinese-American Broadway sensation Phillipa Soo, who broke through into mainstream stardom as Eliza Schuyler in mega-hit show "Hamilton." Very early on, you realize she and Fei Fei are grieving. She starts off haughty and proud, treating Fei Fei and her friends coldly and demanding "The Gift" without explaining what it is. There, Fei Fei ends up on an unexpected quest and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. 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Gobi (the dog-like green creature) voice actor Ken Jeong described the story as a "sequel" of the Moon Goddess' tale. Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? There she ends up on an unexpected quest and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. Characters that have appeared or been "re-versioned" multiple times across different mediums. This image released by Netflix shows characters Bungee the rabbit, left, and Fei Fei, voiced by Cathy Ang, in a scene from "Over the Moon." It is the first international fil… Being able to be a main character in a cast of Asian characters that look like me, that look like people I know, and being able to tell this story about a bright, young, strong, smart, passionate girl – I mean, that's all I want to do as an artist for the rest of my life! Movie: Over the Moon. New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Actor Phillipa Soo, who voice stars in 'Over The Moon', says featuring in the animated film as Goddess Chang'e made her realise how love can heal people struggling with grief. Hamilton star Phillipa Soo had the "honour" of bringing this animated version of Chang'e to life, and into the living rooms of millions of people who may never have heard of the legend before. “She’s motivated more than anything by her love for her family and the idea of finding happiness for her family. It should come as no surprise to anybody that Netflix has entered the animation game. Over the Moon is a 2020 American-Chinese computer-animated musical family fantasy film, which was directed by Glen Keane and co-directed by John Kahrs, from a screenplay by Audrey Wells with additional screenplay material by Alice Wu and Jennifer Yee McDevitt. To be able to play goddess Chang’e in this whole new modern take, it was a wonderful and exciting opportunity. Fei Fei makes it her mission to meet Chang’e (voiced by Hamilton star Phillipa Soo), ... She’s hopeful Fei Fei and Chang’e will be characters that viewers of Over The Moon can look up to, too. "It was really great," he said, "because you really could use your imagination. But, there are plenty of positives too. Defrosting Ice Queen: When Fei Fei meets her she is not like what the girl expected. Phillipa Soo voices a multifaceted mythical goddess in "Over the Moon." Remember Me? I'm so proud to be able to voice that character and I'm really excited for people to take Fei Fei's journey with her.". Netflix's new 'Over the Moon' trailer teases lunar journey with Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, John Cho, Ken Jeong, Margaret Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Sandra Oh. NEW DELHI : Actor Phillipa Soo, who voice stars in “Over The Moon”, says featuring in the animated film as Goddess Chang’e made her realise how love can heal people struggling with grief. "I think what's interesting though is that I practised a lot, all these different versions of Fei Fei. Your character goes through such a journey. When I read it, I instantly fell in love with Fei Fei, she’s bright, loves science. Phillipa Soo first heard of Chang'e, the famed goddess of Chinese mythology who lives forever on the moon, from a children's book read to her by her parents. The pressure was great but that came from a place of truly caring, and I think ultimately what you see is the celebration of everything that we are that we brought to these characters.". Cathy Ang and Philipa Soo voice the lead characters of Fei Fei and Chang'e in the film. Over the Moon, helmed by Oscar-winner Glen Keane is a retelling of a popular Chinese fable. Hamilton star Phillipa Soo had the "honour" of bringing this animated version of Chang'e to life, and into the living rooms of millions of people who may never have heard of the legend before. Thu December 24, 2020  |  Updated 07:57 AM IST   |, The Leading Daily of Jammu and Kashmir , India. By Radhika Sharma New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Actor Phillipa Soo, who voice stars in "Over The Moon", says featuring in the animated film as Goddess Chang'e made her realise how love can heal people struggling with grief. The actress Phillipa Soo, who played Eliza in the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” has always considered herself politically minded. New Delhi: Actor Phillipa Soo, who voice stars in “Over The Moon”, says that includes within the animated movie as Goddess Chang’e made her realise how love Steve McQueen is releasing the Small Axe anthology series celebrating the UK's West Indian community. Soo is best known for originating the role of Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton, a performance for which she was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In their first foray into this world, Netflix has presented us with Over the Moon, and from the moment the trailer debuted, the Internet flipped for the story. The film was produced by Pearl Studio and Netflix Animation, and animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. Will.I.Am says he is preparing for Joe Biden to win and talks about what he will contribute to society after the election. Soo is best known for her performance as the socialite-philanthropist Eliza Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical "Hamilton". And because it's through her eyes, we're seeing Chang'e like we've never seen her," Soo told Digital Spy. Copyright © 2020 DailyExcelsior All Rights Reserved. The English voice actors include stars such as Sandra Oh, Ken Jeong, and John Cho, with leads Cathy Ang as young Fei Fei and Tony Award-winning Phillipa Soo as the moon goddess Chang’e. In Netflix’s animated musical “Over the Moon,” grief-stricken 12-year-old girl Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) dreads the impending marriage of her widower dad (John Cho) so much that she builds a rocket ship to prove the existence of mythical moon goddess, Chang’e—a role that couldn’t be better suited for any actress than Phillipa Soo. "I was like oh yeah [there's pressure], but also it's a celebration of who we are and what we bring to this. "In Asian cultures there's many different versions of this myth, but it's not so often you get to see what happens after she gets to the moon and what she's doing while she's waiting. “Over the Moon” is an American-Chinese fantasy musical adventure which has an all Asian American voice cast, also featuring Ken Jeong, Margaret Cho, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Sandra Oh. The … CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. It’s only when the two come together is when they find out that the solution is listening to each other… For Fei Fei, we get to see her go through a lot of different journeys because at first when she is looking for Chang’e she is also looking for her mom. The most joy that she can experience, not only as a science nerd but also as a believer in the impossible to find her mom again,” she said. Chang'e (voiced by Phillipa Soo) in the movie 'Over the Moon.' "I knew Chang'e as the 'moon lady' based on the children's book I read as a kid. and he is determined: 'You are going to be my sister', there's a commitment that he is going to break through that barrier and you watch Fei Fei learn this journey all the way through. Soo, who is half Chinese, said she was drawn to the story as she never got the chance to specifically play a character of her ethnicity. Voiced by an all-Asian cast, including Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, and newcomer Cathy Ang, the musical will stream on Netflix on Friday. 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Over The Moon - October 23, 2020 Over the Moon is an animated film that follows Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), a young girl who travels to the moon to find the moon goddess Chang’e (Phillipa Soo). 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The movie follows a bright young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. USERNAME: PASSWORD: Forgot password? Access the latest edition with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+. Soo is best known for her performance as the socialite-philanthropist Eliza Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton”. NEW DELHI : Actor Phillipa Soo, who voice stars in “Over The Moon”, says featuring in the animated film as Goddess Chang’e made her realise how love can heal people struggling with grief. "Here's this example for Fei Fei of Chin [Fei Fei's soon-to-be-brother, voiced by Robert G Chiu]. As a subscriber, you will have full access to all of our Newsletters and News Bulletins. The film is currently available on Netflix. Phillippa Soo plays legendary moon goddess Chang’e in Netflix’s Over The Moon (Picture: Getty/Netflix) Over The Moon director Glen Keane has revealed how Hamilton star … Soo is best known for her performance as the socialite-philanthropist Eliza Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton”. But Glen and the creative team – they picked this cast because they wanted these actors to bring themselves to all the characters, and I think that makes it a little more nerve-wracking because you're hoping that the world loves you. (Netflix via AP) The acclaimed animator behind such powerful figures as Ariel, Aladdin, Tarzan and Rapunzel has a new heroine and she’s going further than any of his creations — the moon. Johnson's own MPs blench at lack of vote on tier 4 Covid rules, 'What am I about?' It follows a young girl named Fei Fei, a bright young girl with a passion for science, who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of the moon goddess Chang'e. Directed by Glen Keane, Over the Moon stars Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Robert G. Chiu, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn, Artt Butler and Sandra Oh. Fei Fei is the lead character in the movie and the story is portrayed from her point of view. “These two women feel like they are very different but actually are very similar. This kid who also lost a parent – his approach is 'NO BARRIERS!' (Netflix/TNS) ei Fei (voiced by Cathy Ang) and her pet rabbit, Bungee, in the movie 'Over the Moon.' What I learnt from taking this journey as this character is that love can surprise you,”the singer-actor told PTI in a Zoom roundtable interview. Soo said her character Chang’e is looking for this gift, and she has this idea of what it is but “really this gift is right in front of her the whole time, it’s in Fei Fei”. “Everyone experiences grief differently. Taking imagination and science to new heights In Netflix’s animated adventure Over the Moon, a bright girl named Fei Fei uses her creativity and science smarts to build a rocket to the moon. Directed by Oscar winner Glen Keane, the film follows 12-year old girl Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a Chang’e (Phillipa Soo). Here’s what the Constitution says, BGT's David Walliams mocks Amanda's risque outfits in Alternative Queen's speech, Prince Charles and Camilla join Tom Hardy, Judi Dench and more stars for Christmas performance, Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Over the Moon is released on Netflix on October 23. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Phillipa Anne Soo (born May 31, 1990) is an American actress and singer. Penned by the late Audrey Wells, the film will start streaming on Netflix Friday. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Directed by Oscar winner Glen Keane, “Over the Moon” follows Cathy Ang’s Fei Fei, who is passionate about science and builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of Chang’e, the legendary moon goddess in the Chinese mythology. Pixar has led the charge on heartwarming and often heartbreaking, cartoon films that are just as much for adults as they are for children. They learn something about themselves. Chang'e VOICE. And children losing parents, whether it's death or divorce, so many kids in the world experience this, but how do they deal with it? Losing a loved one brings these two characters together and Soo said it is through their shared experience they are able to start anew. In Netflix’s Over the Moon, actors Cathy Ang and Phillipa Soo found not only great characters but also an opportunity to share their reality with the world. Ang may be young, but she's not naive to the importance of her character. (AGENCIES). "She's super fabulous, so what was exciting about that is in this animation world you can sort of go as you wanna go with it, and I really think that the creative team animators did such a great job at alluding to the traditional story and where it comes from and really honouring that, and at the same time really going wild with: what are the possibilities of who this person is? The Goddess of the Moon with a legendary sad love story. “Over the Moon” features a great voice cast consisting of the aforementioned Cathy Ang, Robert G. Chiu and Phillipa Soo but also includes Ken Jeong, John Cho, Margaret Cho, Sandra Oh, Ruthie Ann Miles and Kimiko Glenn. “Over the Moon” tells the story of a 12-year-old girl named Fei Fei, who builds a rocket to go to the moon in search of Chang’e. 1 Summary 2 Plot 3 Cast and Characters 4 Awards 5 Gallery 5.1 Videos 5.2 Promotional Images 6 See More Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a … "But I think that even though it's a lot of pressure it's such an honour, and that's what most of us focus on. That the cast had a connection to the original story was important, but added a level of pressure to get it right. Korean-American actors John Cho and Ruthie Ann Miles voiced Fei … Though it is ostensibly a film about loss, Over the Moon is certainly a celebration. “I’ve never wanted a project more than this one. “She equates the moon, this faraway place, with her mother. The character Chang'e, voiced by Phillipa Soo, in a scene from Netflix's "Over the Moon." I love science and space exploration. Over the Moon is an American-Chinesecomputer-animatedadventuremusicalfilm directed byGlen Keane. We also meet Gobi (Ken Jeong), a spirited Lunarian who joins Fei Fei on her quest. Over the Moon voice cast Cathy Ang as Fei Fei. It’s about learning how to move on, learn to love somebody new, learn to find love in different places. "Ultimately she goes through a great journey and a great change and that's really where that humanity comes in. "I definitely felt the pressure," she said, "and then we started, and I got to see Cathy work, and hear her and see her voice with the animation. Monoliths: Why are these strange monuments appearing around the world? You could really use whatever comedy that came organically to the story, but at the same time trying to fit the tone of what everyone's looking for. LOGIN. Margaret Cho added: "It's fun to be in this project all as a group, all of us together. It's understandable that eyebrows might raise at the writer/director duo behind the project: the late Audrey Wells and Glen Keane, both of whom are white. Soo is best known for her performance as the socialite-philanthropist Eliza Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical 'Hamilton'. As an Asian-American/Asian project it's really meaningful, just because there aren't very many, so this is a very big deal for us. Ang, who appeared in a brief role on the show “Ramy”, said she was proud to tell a motivational story like “Over the Moon”. Still, in a movie filled with wonderful characters, Phillipa Soo’s Chang’e stands above the pack (and not just physically). ... Phillipa Soo is the voice of Chang'e in Over the Moon. "I'm so proud and honoured to be able to tell this story with people like Pippa [Soo] and I think it's really exciting that the world is going to get to know Fei Fei's character – I can't wait for kids all over the world to see her and celebrate her.". 11:52 HRS IST. Over the Moon is an American-Chinese animation film that retells a popular Chinese fable about the moon goddess Chang’e. As director Glen Keane describes: "The tears of joy are the other half of the tears of sadness, and they're married together. They become them. “That says a lot about how we can look at ourselves all we want but it’s not until we reach out and look to other people that we can truly experience change within ourselves,” she added. “This story has been taken from this traditional myth that I had been familiar with as a kid. In a recent Associated Press interview, Oh discussed the significance of her character, the importance of media inclusion, … Why Is Everybody Snapping Up This New Smartwatch? Broadband ISPs Don't Want You Buying One, But They Are Not Illegal, You Will Never Have To Scrub A Toilet Again If You Try This New Toilet Cleaner. https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/10/21/Netflix-Over-the-Moon.html It feels like a huge privilege to share your self and your heritage through this story.". But it was also "a dream come true. 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Having achieved house-hold fame as Eliza in Hamilton, Soo is familiar with high stakes. The character in the film is on who believes in Chang’e, a Chinese goddess of the Moon, who was parted from her husband Houyi after taking a potion that made her the Goddess. We had the unbridled pleasure of speaking to the cast and director of Over the Moon about the pressure, and joy, of telling this story. "[The audience is] surprised to know that [Chang'e is] actually not only coming from this traditional place, but she's morphed into something greater and bigger and larger than life. 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Digital Spy has launched its first-ever digital magazine with exclusive features, interviews, and videos. But Soo was adamant that Over the Moon was both respectful and inventive. Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers. Don't have an account? Fei Fei is the vehicle for every child in this film and the sophisticated lessons are learned vicariously through her because you believe in her. Over the Moon (2020) - Phillipa Soo as Chang'e - IMDb Over the Moon (2020) The world is filled with so many fantastical elements that light up the screen. The message about these two Asian women coming together and lifting each other up was so powerful,” the Chinese-Filipina actor said. While Fei Fei is mourning the loss of her mother, Chang’e longs for her dead husband, Houyi, the archer. It’s the moon so you can do anything and it’s animation so you can go even further than you can really go.” ... Over the Moon features an all Asian and Asian-American cast. "In the making of this movie our team went through loss of loved ones, I certainly have in my life. Over the Moon makes it look easy; as Chang’e and Fei Fei, Hamilton ’s Phillipa Soo and newcomer Cathy Ang lead an entirely Asian-American voice cast. Des O'Connor - comedian, chat show host and singer - hosted several top rated shows and national British prime time television. "And when kids see these characters, they believe that they're real. And that's where this story comes in, and where Fei Fei's story comes in.