Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl tries to get over a tragedy in her life by traveling to the moon in order to meet a heroine from the stories she was told when she was younger.
My Take on it – As a fan of animated films, I was looking forward to this one with lots of hope.
Unfortunately, the story and characters feel a bit too much like other ones in various other animated films which takes away from the original or unique feel of it all.
The animation of this film is quite wondrous to look at and that helps hings especially given the style and setting of the film which is enhanced by the way that they preset things.
The film is all about an old Japanese legend about love and death and they do a nice job of explaining things despite it being harder to actually feel a connection to things along the way.
The voice cast is fine, but the supporting roles are much more familiar than the main ones.
Great hearing John Cho, Margaret Cho, Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong among the supporting characters here.
The characters can get a bit annoying as things move along which is problematic.
The story and characters fit too nicely into normal animated children story tropes which also doesn’t help make things feel more original in the way that things play out.
Bottom Line – Great animation that is hampered by a story that doesn’t feel original enough on the surface. The folklore of Japanese culture is explained well, but it’s hard to feel a connection to it. The animation is done really well and it is really inspiring o look at. The characters are a bit annoying and mostly fit regular animation tropes which doesn’t help things feel more unique which is a shame. The supporting voice cast is much more recognizable than the main characters but it’s still nice to hear the voices of John Cho, Margaret Cho, Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong among them.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Audrey Wells’ final written movie before her death in 2018, the film will also be dedicated in loving memory of her. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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