Big Fish & Begonia (2018)


Critic Consensus: Big Fish & Begonia's richly rendered blend of animation styles perfectly complements its bighearted, surprisingly complex cautionary fish tale.


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From ancient Chinese legends comes a beautiful tale of love and sacrifice. There is a mystical race of beings that control the tide and the changing of the seasons. But one of these beings, a young girl named Chun, wants to experience the human world, not simply observe it. When she turns sixteen, Chun is allowed to transform into a dolphin and explore the human world. However, she soon learns this world is a dangerous place. Chun is nearly killed in a vortex, but saved by a human boy at the cost of his own life. Moved by his kindness and courage, she decides to give the boy life again, but this power comes at a price. Chun will have to face adventure and sacrifice in order to protect the boy's soul until it is ready to return to the human world.

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

Chun's life is literally spent on other people, but the beauty her actions create for the film and inspire from its characters is often powerful enough to make sense of a story that never bothers to make sense of itself.

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Its blend of 2D and CG animation uses a radiant palette, and its story moves between the spirit and animals worlds with an undercurrent of yearning and waves of pure delight.

Apr 6, 2018 | Full Review…

From a visual standpoint, Big Fish & Begonia is never less than breathtaking.

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Chinese animation makes a confident play for art and relevance with this swell of myth, nature, adolescent turbulence and fantasy intrigue that impresses more often than it organically dazzles, and yet succeeds mostly because of its beating heart.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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It marks a major step forward for Chinese feature animation, as well as the culmination of a journey that took the filmmakers more than a dozen years to complete.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Never short on visual or emotional wonder, "Big Fish & Begonia" contemplates mortality with the imagination of an old soul who has been given new eyes.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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