Thru the Moebius Strip

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Thru the Moebius Strip
Directed by Glenn Chaika
Kelvin Lee
Written byJim Cox
Produced by Raymond Neoh
David Kirschner
Jun Aida
StarringJonathan Taylor Thomas
Chris Marquette
Mark Hamill
Michael Dorn
Andrea Leon
Peri Gilpin
Kellie Martin
Daniel Davis
Dee Bradley Baker
John DeMita
Kevin McDonald
Jim Romanovich
Edited by Bob Bender
Lois Freeman-Cox
Music byNathan Lanier
Olivier Lliboutry
Release date
Running time
87 minutes
Budget¥156 million RMB (US$20 million)
Box office¥3.650 million RMB (China)

Thru the Moebius Strip (Chinese :魔比斯环; pinyin :móbǐsī huán) is a 2005 Chinese computer-animated science fiction adventure 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 a 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). [1] 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, [2] The film was based on an original story and designs by Jean "Moebius" Giraud. [3]


NameEnglish dubbing actor
NarratorAndrea Miller
Young Jac Michelle Ruff
Simon Weir Mark Hamill
Caroline Weir Peri Gilpin
Young RagisDaisy Torme
Shepway Jean Simmons
Jac Weir Chris Marquette
Allana Kellie Martin
Prince Ragis Jonathan Taylor Thomas
King Tor Michael Dorn


Box office

The film earned ¥3.650 million RMB at the Chinese box office. [4]

Critical reception

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and received good reviews for the animation work. [5] 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.

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