ANIMATION BREAKDOWN 2014: The Boy And The World (O Menino e o Mundo)

“Employing everything from mosaics to watercolors, the film overflows with delight, exploding with vibrant color and samba/hip hop rhythms.” – 40th Seattle Int’l Film Festival

A simple story, really: a small boy finds himself lost and alone, and must pass through a series of strange environments in order to find his way back home. In the hands of Brazilian director Ale Abreu, this classic coming-of-age form undergoes a radical leap, employing a wide variety of virtuosic animation styles. Starting with our stick figure hero, Cuca, and simplistic naive backgrounds, the artwork mirrors his difficult physical journey from his rural home to the urban center, rife with the encroaching dangers of global consumerism. Driven by a propulsive score and almost no dialogue, The Boy And The World deftly succeeds at showing us the dangers of rapid development through the wide-eyed, optimistic vision of a child.
Dir. Ale Abreu, 2013, DCP, 80 min.
Preceded by the short film “LA-GAR-TO”, dir. Miguel Jiron, 2014, digital presentation, 6:39 min.

Watch the French trailer for “The Boy And The World”!
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