Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo)

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Boy and the World's distinctive animation is visually thrilling -- and it's backed up with a daring, refreshingly different storyline that should enthrall younger viewers while resonating deeply with adults.



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Cuca's cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy's journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night. The story depicts a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor - and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film's music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.

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Audience Reviews for Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo)

  • Feb 08, 2016
    "The Boy and the World" is first an foremost a vibrant and beautiful world of hand-drawn animation that will have you in awe. Aside from this aspect, it is an extremely simple (and silent) tale of a boy travelling the world in search of his father. That is truly the only plot worth mentioning here. Told through amazing visual details of our world and how things we see are much larger from a child's point of view. This picture is very smart. As staircases pop up, they go on and on forever, but when the audience sees it from a distance, the adult world is a much smaller place. This is a very unique depiction of the world as we know it and how it differs in terms of how different people see it. The biggest downfall for me is that the film is solely about his journey and offers nothing too thought-provoking on the side. in the end, this is a very well-animated film that is definitely worth watching if you have the patience to do so. "The Boy and the World" is a sweet little tale. Worthy of it's best picture nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars? I am not so sure about that.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    With a simple and lovely animation in pencil and crayon full of blank spaces contrasted with a kaleidoscope of images to show a world seen through the eyes of a child, this is an impressive story that grows to become a relevant commentary, even if it is not really subtle in doing so.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2016
    Meticulously hand-drawn, the crafted world is a marvel to behold. Featuring a touching story of a small boy trying to reunite his family, this has more heart and soul and raises more questions about life through the eyes of a child than any of the Blockbuster 3D animated films of last year. Loved it and it has a powerful message and great soundtrack.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2015
    I saw this at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival. I was hoping to see An Honest Liar, but it sold out, so my wife picked this animated Brazilian picture that was playing around the same time slot. I was not thrilled to see it as one photo and the synopsis did not do it justice, however it gradually took hold and ended up impressing me quite a bit. The story, which is almost completely without dialog, is very much on the theme of the Circle of Life, although on the surface it may appear simpler. Most synopses highlight a little boy's quest to find his father after the father leaves their country home for a job in the city. Visually the movie consists of a broad range of styles as Alê Abreu explores different stages of life. On a nearly empty screen the film focuses on minute details as well as being fantastically full of color a few moments later, and it is breathtakingly kaleidoscopic at other times. If you have a chance to see this visually creative film, pay special attention to the people the boy meets along his journey and see if you can pick up the hints that are dropped like bread crumbs leading to the circular conclusion.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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