Lighting Animated Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how lighting is created in animated movies by way of Netflix’s recent film Over the Moon and Pixar’s Incredibles 2. Plus, learn how the screenplay for 1917 was written to give the impression that the movie unfolded in a single shot. And finally, get a load of some Easter eggs you might have missed in the Sherlock Holmes spin-off movie Enola Holmes. Read More »

glen keane over the moon interview

“I never do this,” Glen Keane muses as he swivels his laptop around his office at Netflix, filled with stacks of drawings and doodles — half thought-out ideas that the legendary animator had while working on his feature directorial debut Over the Moon.

Through the grainy Zoom video screen I can see reams of sheets that are hung around the room. Some of them storyboards that Keane has drawn for Over the Moon (“I drew more for this movie than I did for The Little Mermaid,” he remarks dryly), others snapshots of people and life in the Chinese water town of Wuzhen, which Keane and his team visited as part of their research into the China-set animated film that reimagines the myth of Chang’e, the goddess of the moon. It was important to Keane that the town where the film’s young protagonist, Fei Fei, lives felt as real as the town that he visited, filled with savory dishes or the bustling sound of a close-knit town.

“Everything you feel, and smell, and taste, and touch, and see — that’s what I want to share,” Keane says.

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over the moon clip

No one is over the moon to meet their new step-brother, least of all when his pet frog is leaping all over the kitchen. But the super enthusiastic Chin at least has a “superpower” or two to keep things interesting. In Over the Moon, 13-year-old Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) is having trouble adjusting to her father’s new relationship when her potential step-brother Chin introduces himself and his frog to her in an exclusive clip we’re debuting at /Film. See the exclusive Over the Moon clip below.

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over the moon trailer

Inspired by the Chinese tale of the Moon Goddess, Over the Moon reimagines a Chinese legend with the help of a Disney legend. Disney Legend and Oscar winner Glean Keane directs Over the Moon, Netflix’s first animated musical film, animated by DreamWorks’ Pearl Studios and featuring an all-Asian cast including Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, and Sandra Oh. Watch the final Over the Moon trailer below.

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over the moon music video

Over the Moon, a new animated musical from Netflix, has not one but two different videos for you today, so consider yourself blessed. A making-of featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the production, while a music video features the first single from the flick, “Rocket to the Moon.” Watch both videos below ahead of the film’s October debut.  Read More »

over the moon trailer

Netflix has been steadily becoming a major threat to Disney and Pixar’s animation domination. After the streamer’s phenomenal Klaus became an unexpected darling at the awards circuit last year (and looked like it might steal the Oscar from Pixar, for a second), Netflix is doubling down on gorgeous, compelling animated films. And for Netflix’s first animated musical, they’ve assembled quite the team. Former Disney legend and Oscar winner Glen Keane is directing Over the Moon, a striking new animated film inspired by the Chinese legend of the Moon Goddess and animated by DreamWorks’ Pearl Studios. Watch the Over the Moon trailer below.

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glen keane netflix

As hand-drawn animation slowly disappears from Hollywood, at least one legendary animator is helping to keep it alive.

Glen Keane, whose handiwork has become synonymous with the Disney animation renaissance of the ’90s, is returning to feature film animationBut for the first time in decades, Keane will be stepping out from beyond Disney. He will work with Netflix and the rising Chinese animation studio, Pearl Studio, for their the animated film Over the Moon.

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