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Special interview: Oscar-winning animated artist and director Glen Keane talked over The Moon

Cagla Meknuze:  Which of the characters you have created so far in your filmography is your favorite and why?

Glen Keane: I have a connection with characters who believe that what seems impossible is possible.Dec. Ariel is a mermaid and believes she can walk and breathe on land, which is impossible! Ugly in beautiful and ugly; a prince who turns into a creature and falls in love with someone so beautiful. That seems impossible, too. And I find the same irresistible, determined spark in Fei Fei in over the Moon. He builds a rocket to meet a moon goddess, who is told by everyone that she does not exist, and goes to the dark side of the Moon. Extremely determined! He sees the unseen, he is innately gifted at it; a gift from his mother. I'm very attached to the character I'm portraying in this respect. I guess that's how I feel, trying to live my own life. That's what Fei Fei and I have in common…


Cagla Meknuze: What inspires you most in everyday life?

Glen Keane: I think the thought of’ something good is coming ' ... I'm waiting for the unexpected. I hope something amazing will happen. That's what happened at Dear Basketball. One day Kobe (Bryant) called me (the production for which he won the Best Animated Short Oscar in 2018). I didn't know him... ‘what? I never thought of anything like that,’ I said. And in bringing this movie to life, we went through what I just mentioned. We've been involved in film festivals... Over the Moon has happened in a similar way. The Netflix team gave me the script like a gift and they said, ‘Glen, you should do this.’ When I read the script, I said,’ I was born to do this.' I live with this sense of trust; there is something amazing that is approaching as a gift waiting in the hands of God! I live life this way…


Cagla Meknuze: What excited you most during the making of Over the Moon?

Glen Keane: Working with this team of great people... our producers, who I work closely with; Peilin Chou of China and Gennie Rim of Korea... they were both very impressive and built a team of Asian talent around me. I needed to get acquainted with Chinese culture, to blend it. And when we went to China, we sat at this amazing family table! Everyone was around the table, the food was very, very good. Both decency and respect among generations were crucial. On the other hand, the technology is also incredible! It was fascinating to work with these people who told me about such a world that I had not experienced before, who helped me.


Fei Fei, a determined and science-loving little girl who tries to prove to her father the existence of a mythological Moon Goddess, goes into space with the rocket she has built. When he reaches the moon, he experiences an unexpected adventure and discovers a new land full of fantastic creatures. Over the Moon, directed by Oscar® - winning filmmaker Glen Keane, is a thrilling musical adventure that pushes the boundaries of the imagination.

Release Date: October 23, 2020

Director: Oscar® winner Glen Keane (Dear Basketball)

Producers: Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) and Peilin Chou (Abominable)

Screenwriter: Audrey Wells (The Hate U Give)

Assistant Director: Oscar® winner John Kahrs (Paperman)

Executive Producers: Janet Yang( The Joy Luck Club), Glen Keane, Ruigang Li, Frank Zhu, Thomas Hui

Music: Christopher Curtis (Chaplin), Marjorie Duffield, Helen Park (KPOP)

Film Composer: Oscar® winner Steven Price (Gravity)


Glen Keane, born 1954, was born in Philadelphia (USA). An animation artist, illustrator, writer and director, Keane brought to life legendary animated characters such as The Little Mermaid, The Beautiful And The Ugly, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan. In 2013, he was awarded the title 'Disney Legend' for his contributions to The Walt Disney World. In 2017, he won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball, which he brought to life through the life story of Kobe Bryant. Over the Moon is the latest production to be directed by Glen Keane.

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