Big Fish & Begonia

2016, Anime/Adventure, 1h 45m

32 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Big Fish & Begonia's richly rendered blend of animation styles perfectly complements its bighearted, surprisingly complex cautionary fish tale. Read critic reviews

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A 16-year-old girl embarks on a fantastical and dangerous adventure after transforming into a dolphin. When a boy sacrifices himself to save her, she uses magic to bring him back to life -- only to learn that this power comes at a serious price.

Cast & Crew

Fong Sung
Old Chun
Voice
Cindy Robinson
Shu Pozi, Pei
Voice
Goddess Wu
Feng
Voice
Cassandra Morris
Kun's Sister
Voice
Greg Chun
Houtu, Chun's Father (Shu), Chisong Zi
Voice
Erika Ishii
Leizu
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Yuri Lowenthal
Goumang, Tingmu
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Chun Zhang
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Xuan Liang
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (3)

  • More a visual marvel than a true masterpiece, but hopefully this is just the start of something new.

    April 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Spinning their own variations on ancient Chinese myths, these directors make a poetic plea to protect actual species-while delighting audiences with transcendent make-believe.

    April 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • While the movie's kaleidoscope of striking images and distinctive characters is spellbinding, it lacks psychological depth. And the question of what the hell is going on is never far from your mind.

    April 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 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.

    April 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • From a visual standpoint, Big Fish & Begonia is never less than breathtaking.

    April 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • More a visual marvel than a true masterpiece, but hopefully this is just the start of something new.

    April 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Spinning their own variations on ancient Chinese myths, these directors make a poetic plea to protect actual species-while delighting audiences with transcendent make-believe.

    April 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • While the movie's kaleidoscope of striking images and distinctive characters is spellbinding, it lacks psychological depth. And the question of what the hell is going on is never far from your mind.

    April 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 6, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Big Fish & Begonia may not be the big catch it could have been, but there's a dreamlike quality to the film that's commendable.

    March 30, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • So to sum up, Big Fish & Begonia is a visual treat that has some heart and childish imagination behind it.

    February 17, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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