WATCH — Talking Over the Moon, mooncakes, and boba tea with Cathy Ang

Alexia Sabau
Story by Alexia Sabau and CBC Kids News • 2020-10-22 16:12

Cathy Ang plays Fei Fei in new Netflix film

Grab your popcorn, and maybe some moon cakes and boba tea, for movie night this week.

Netflix’s latest animated movie, Over the Moon, which is set to launch on Oct. 23, tells two stories, both with ties to Chinese culture.

First, it’s a classic tale from Chinese folklore of Chang’e (pronounced “Chung-uh”), a moon goddess who yearns for her one true love.

It’s also the story of a young, ramen noodle-devouring, boba tea-drinking Chinese girl named Fei Fei, who believes in Chang’e with all her heart and wants her family to as well.

Character drinking boba.

The movie’s main character, 12-year-old Fei Fei, builds a rocket to fly to the moon in the hopes of finding moon goddess Chang’e. (Image credit: Netflix)

Spotlighting Asian stories and voices

Along with the Chang’e storyline paying homage to Chinese mythology, Over the Moon highlights many other aspects of Chinese culture.

For example, there are scenes of Fei Fei and her family members sharing a traditional dim sum meal.

And an animated water town, a traditional setting in Chinese culture, serves as a backdrop for the film.

Young Asian viewers will likely recognize these nods to their cultural upbringing.

“I think [they] are going to see themselves in these characters and feel the rest of the world celebrating them,” said Chinese-Filipino actor Cathy Ang, who voices Fei Fei, which means ‘to fly’ in Chinese.

She’s the lead on the movie’s all-Asian cast of big names, including Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong and Canadian actor Sandra Oh.

Ang said she also hopes that non-Asian audiences will be inspired to learn more about East Asian cultures after watching Over the Moon.

“I hope the rest of the world gets curious about it or finds ways to connect to it,” Ang told CBC Kids News contributor Alexia Sabau.

As every good heroine should, Fei Fei has awesome sidekicks on her adventure, in the form of an adorable pet rabbit named Bungee and an annoying would-be little brother character named Chin. (Image credit: Netflix)

Movie buffs interested in seeing more diversity in animated films might also be over-the-moon ecstatic to hear that Netflix won’t be the only one lighting up screens with Asian stories and voices.

This week, Disney released its first trailer of Raya and the Last Dragon, which is set to hit theatres in March 2021.

It features its first Southeast Asian princess.

Watch the video to learn more about Over the Moon and other fun tidbits about Ang, including her very specific go-to boba tea order.

Top Image Credit: (Netflix, Inc./Touchwood PR, Philip Street/CBC)

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Alexia Sabau
Alexia Sabau
CBC Kids News Contributor
Alexia Sabau is an inquisitive teen who likes to keep up with the trends. The grade 11 student is a youth ambassador with a passion for community building and motivation to make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels. She worked as a junior reporter for the Calgary International Children’s Festival and Shaw TV Calgary. Alexia is also a devoted Harry Potter fan who is excited to work her magic on CBC Kids News.

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