Many Hollywood insiders were skeptical about the Chinese Government’s shift from propaganda film production to children’s animation, but it looks like that gamble paid of with their stop animation feature, Yutu & Chang’e Go To The Moon, already a monster hit with fans at home. The dubbed-English version released this weekend in North America features Drew Berrymore as Chang’e, the by the book lunar lander, and Andy Sandberg as Yutu, the fast-talking, free-wheeling rover. This quirky comedy about two mismatched robots on a government mission to the Moon has already impressed American critics holding an 82% on RottenTomatoes.com out of 112 reviews. This android odd couple are filled with witty dialogue and hilarious pop culture references on their mission to claim the Moon for China, but as unforeseen obstacles challenge their programing, the two have to decide between ‘bot and country,’ but in the end, there was only one choice.
In America the painstakingly tedious stop motion process typically takes 2-3 years to produce a feature-length film, but Yutu & Chang’e was released just 14 months after the script was green-lit. Industry experts speculate that Chinese Government Entertainment could challenge Pixar’s reign atop the animation world for years to come.