In spite of its oddball missteps, Netflix’s Over the Moon is a luminous adventure

It’s hard to watch Netflix’s glossy new animated feature Over the Moon without feeling at least a little suspicious about some of its story choices. An achingly emotional musical about a Chinese girl who chases a legend in a misguided attempt to respect her mother’s memory, Over the Moon plays like a variant on Pixar’s Coco, a similarly family-focused story that foregrounds a series of cultural specifics in a way Western animation hasn’t seen before. In Coco, it’s Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead celebration; in Over the Moon, it’s Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the traditions surrounding it. Over the Moon revels in its cultural touchstones, from mooncakes to fu dogs
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