GenreAnimation, Adventure, Sci-Fi Budget156 million CNY CountryChina
Release dateDecember 30, 2005 (2005-12-30) (Cannes Film Festival) WriterJim Cox, Paul Gertz, Jean Giraud (story) CastMark Hamill (Simon Weir), Chris Marquette (Jac Weir), Peri Gilpin (Caroline Weir), Kevin McDonald (Agent Po), Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Prince Ragis) Similar moviesJean Simmons and Peri Gilpin appear in Thru the Moebius Strip and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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Thru the Moebius Strip (Chinese: 魔比斯环; pinyin: móbǐsī huán) is a Hong Kong–produced 3D-CGI feature film, made in mainland China.
The story is about the coming of age of a 14-year-old boy who grew up refusing to accept the loss of his father. He reaches the planet Raphicca 27.2 million light years away to find that his father is prisoner in a kingdom of giant aliens who believe in magic and a medieval code of chivalry. In the midst of a raging battle between good and evil, Jac rescues his father, his new-found family of aliens, the planet of Raphicca, and ultimately, the universe.
The film was produced in Shenzhen, China by the Institute of Digital Media Technology (IDMT). The project began with 200 animators in 2000 and grew to employ more than 400 by the end of production. Unlike traditional Chinese films, the movie was dubbed into English first. Previewed at the Second International Animation and Cartoon Festival at Hangzhou, China on April 27 and May 3, 2006, The film was based on an original story and designs by Jean "Moebius" Giraud.
Directed by Glenn Chaika
Animation director Kelvin Lee
Written by James Cox and Paul Gertz
Based on the Story by Jean Giraud
Produced by Anthony Neoh, David Kirschner and Frank Foster
Executive producers Raymond D. Neoh, Jun Aida, Christopher Tuffin, Fred DeWysocki, Gordon Steel, Roxane Barbat and C. Scott Votaw
Co-producers Jean Giraud and Arnie Wong
Art director Fred Cline
Production designer Jean Giraud
Editors Bob Bender and Lois Freeman-Cox
Music by Nathan Lanier, Peter Breiner, Patrick Copeland and Oliver Lliboutry
Visual effects supervisor Manny Wong
Special effects department Wayne A. Kennedy
Sound designer Stephen P. Robinson
Casting and voice director Jack Fletcher
The film earned CN¥3.650 million at the Chinese box office.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and received good reviews for the animation work. However film critics have emphasized that the story was mostly catered to the west with eastern elements added in, making it difficult to satisfy any group of audience in any one particular region.