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His name is Leo and he has a secret.
In the latest animated outing from the always-charming Gkids, a young boy takes flight in a fantastic adventure that looks to flip the superhero narrative on its head. And, as is the case with so many superheroes, Leo has a very big secret.
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The newest film from “A Cat in Paris” filmmaking duo Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, the New York City-set feature returns the pair to the big screen with another film about secret identities, bold deeds and unexpected new friends. When a vicious villain takes over the the city, Leo must use his hidden abilities — yes, as a phantom boy — to help fight back and save the inhabitants of Gotham from yet another wacky baddie bent on taking down the world. But there’s more to Leo than meets the eye, »
- Kate Erbland
After nabbing an Oscar nomination for the delightful “A Cat in Paris” in 2012, the French team of Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol get more ambitious with “Phantom Boy” (July 22), combining an ethereal superhero with a wacky crime thriller. No wonder Gkids smartly grabbed distribution rights to this one as well.
Leo, a sensitive young New Yorker, undergoes treatment for a serious illness in a hospital, where he discovers the strange ability to leave his body for short periods of time and communicate with some of the unconscious patients. This invisible transport allows him to assist a wounded cop and female reporter in thwarting a mysterious villain from destabilizing the city with a computer virus.
“We prefer working in a context and setting that are realistic but with one fantasy element,” said Gagnol, who wrote the script. Felicioli provided the flat, angular, retro graphic design. “It’s a fantastical, dream image of New York, »
- Bill Desowitz
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 15. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Paul Feig
- Steve Greene
Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol previously collaborated on the Oscar-nominated animated film A Cat in Paris, and now they’re back with their latest cartoon effort, Phantom Boy. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and while it would be easy to say this is just another superhero movie, this looks […]
The post ‘Phantom Boy’ Teaser Trailer: A Boy with Cancer is New York City’s Newest Superhero appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
"Terror in the city!" GKids has debuted an enjoyable teaser trailer for the animated film Phantom Boy, the latest from French filmmakers Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol, who previously made the Oscar-nominated animated film A Cat in Paris. Inspired by the classic gangster stories of the 40's and 50's, this film is about an 11-year-old hospitalized boy who has the ability to leave his physical body and float around the city. This teaser is more of an introduction, and I'm sure the next trailer will get into more of the actual story. The film features the voices of Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle and Audrey Tautou. This actually looks damn good, charming but also an edge to it with the gangster story. Looking forward to this. Here's the teaser trailer for Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol's Phantom Boy, from GKids' YouTube: Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, »
- Alex Billington
After earning an Oscar nomination a few years back for their animated feature A Cat in Paris, directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol are back with Phantom Boy. Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, we named it one of our favorites of the festival and thankfully Gkids have picked it up for a summer release. Today they’ve debuted the first U.S. trailer for the film, which follows a boy who is able to explore his city in a supernatural way.
We said in our review, “The much-anticipated follow-up to their Oscar-nominated animation A Cat in Paris was five years in the making and well worth the wait. With its vibrant colors muted for a NYC noir aesthetic and every 2D field shaded by roughly textured shadows in constant motion, the frames literally flicker off the screen to leave a lasting impression. The story »
- Jordan Raup
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