Oscar-nominated animator Glen Keane will direct Over The Moon, a new animated adventure for Netflix.
From Pearl Studio, the feature-length musical tells the story of a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.
Keane most recently directed acclaimed short film Dear Basketball, which won Best Animated Short at the 45th Annual Annie Awards. A veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, he trained under Walt Disney’s legendary 9 Old Men and was the lead animator who brought to life many of the most beloved modern classic Disney characters, such as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin, and Tarzan, as well as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. His debut work as an animator was featured in The Rescuers for the characters of Bernard and Penny, alongside the famed Ollie Johnston, before he went on to animate Elliott the Dragon in Pete’s Dragon and the climactic bear showdown in The Fox and the Hound.
In 2012, he left Disney to form Glen Keane Productions as a way to further his artistic explorations in animation, design, and film. For Over The Moon, he will bring his artistry and experience to the modern-day retelling of the classic Chinese myth.
The film is written by Audrey Wells (Shall We Dance, Under the Tuscan Sun), produced by Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball, Duet) and executive produced by Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club, People vs. Larry Flynt). Songs will be written by Christopher Curtis (CHAPLIN: The Musical), Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park (KPOP).
“I am powerfully drawn to characters who believe the impossible is possible,” says Keane. “Over The Moon has just such a heroine as its centerpiece. The compelling script by Audrey Wells has tremendous heart and humor that called to me and I had to respond. I’m honored to bring this story to life alongside my producer Gennie Rim. We are both looking forward to creating a wonderful film and partnership with Melissa Cobb at Netflix and Peilin Chou at Pearl Studio.”
“Glen Keane is one of the most beloved and respected animation talents in the world,” adds Chou, Chief Creative Officer for Pearl Studio. “His contributions to the art form are legendary and as Pearl Studio launches our operations, I can not imagine a more exciting or important director to bring the enormous scope, truth and soul of Over the Moon to life. We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with Glen and Netflix on the creation of this beautiful and enchanting film.”
The film will be released in cinemas in China and on Netflix everywhere else around the world. It is currently set to premiere in 2020.