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Film Review: ‘The Boy and the Beast’

23 September 2015 8:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One lucky human will decide which of two anthropomorphic (m)animals — unruly ursine Kumatetsu or his well-behaved, half-boar rival Iozen — gets to rule an exclusive parallel realm in “The Boy and the Beast,” the latest hyper-imaginative anime marvel from “Wolf Children” director Mamoru Hosoda. While Studio Ghibli maestro Hayao Miyazaki shifts his attention to CG and short-form toons, Hosoda (who’d been attached to direct “Howl’s Moving Castle” at an early stage) nobly forges ahead with the labor-intensive art of hand-drawn animation, serving up an action-packed buddy movie that strategically combines several of Japanese fans’ favorite ingredients: conflicted teens, supernatural creatures and epic battles. Although only festival auds and genre devotees will show much interest abroad, locals have flocked to see how Hosoda has supercharged elements of “Digimon” (the series where he first gained notice) to deliver his highest-grossing domestic hit to date.

Whereas “Digimon” was rightly criticized for being an opportunistic “Pokemon” rip-off, »

- Peter Debruge

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