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Leap! (2016)

Ballerina (original title)
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An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.

Directors:

Eric Summer (as Éric Summer), Éric Warin | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Eric Summer (original idea) (as Éric Summer), Eric Summer (original story) (as Éric Summer) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elle Fanning ... Felicie (voice)
Dane DeHaan ... Victor (voice)
Carly Rae Jepsen ... Odette (voice)
Maddie Ziegler ... Camille (voice)
Terrence Scammell ... Mérante / Postman (voice) (as Terence Scammel)
Tamir Kapelian Tamir Kapelian ... Rudolph / Mathurin (voice)
Julie Khaner ... Regine (voice)
Joe Sheridan ... Director of Opera (voice)
Elana Dunkelman ... Dora / Rosita (voice) (as Elena Dunkleman)
Shoshana Sperling Shoshana Sperling ... Nora (voice) (as Soshana Sperling)
Jamie Watson Jamie Watson ... Greasy Guard / Janitor (voice)
Bronwen Mantel Bronwen Mantel ... Mother Superior (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Brooks ... Luteau (voice)
Ricardo El Mandril Sanchez Ricardo El Mandril Sanchez ... Postman (voice) (as Ricardo Sanchez)
Kate McKinnon ... Regine / Mother Superior / Felicie's Mother (voice)
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Storyline

In the 1880s, Félicie, a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, but lacks formal training, runs away from her orphanage in rural Brittany with her best friend, Victor, a young inventor. Together they go to beautiful Paris, but they soon become separated, and Victor becomes an office boy in Gustave Eiffel's workshop. Félicie finds her way to the Paris Opera, where the guard catches her trespassing. She is rescued by a mysterious cleaner with a limp, Odette, who agrees to let Félicie stay with her until she gets on her feet. Odette works for both the Opera and for the cruel and imperious Régine Le Haut, a wealthy restaurant owner. While helping Odette clean, Félicie spies Regine's daughter, Camille, practicing ballet. Camille sees Félicie, insults her, and throws Félicie's treasured music box out of the window, breaking it. As Félicie takes it to Victor for repair, she intercepts the postman who brings a letter from the Opera admitting Camille to the celebrated school of ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some impolite humor, and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leap! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,351,359 (France), 18 December 2016, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,730,038, 27 August 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,479,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,831,614
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Dolby Digital | Stereo (Stereo)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)| Ultra Stereo (Ultra Stereo)| SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Stereo (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: When Luteau crashes his motorcycle into a stump. See more »

Goofs

Odette nicknames Félicie "Sherlock Holmes". The first Sherlock Holmes story was published in 1887 (possibly the year the movie is set) in an English magazine and wouldn't have been known in France until sometime after. See more »

Quotes

Mérante: [after Felicie wins the dance-off between Camille and herself] Impressive, ladies! But let me ask you both an important question. WHY do you dance?
Camille: [confidently] I dance because...
[less confident]
Camille: I dance because... Because...
[meekly]
Camille: My mother makes me?
[Merante looks to Felicie, hoping for a better answer]
Felicie: [sincerely] Because it's always been a part of my life. It was there with my mom when I was a baby. It's here now thanks to Odette. It allows me to live. To be myself.
Camille: [remorseful] She should ...
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The title doesn't appear until the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Projector: Ballerina (Leap!) (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Shannon Reel
Written by Daniel Darras and Youenn le Buerre
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Dreaming's easy, but chasing it needs all the effort.
4 May 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Well, I praise a lot, particularly the European animations for preserving the 2D animation. That does not mean they lack behind in 3D format. The recent film 'The Little Prince' was the perfect example of a quality 3D animation outside Hollywood. Pars with Disney, Pixar standards. Technically, as well as the story contents. But the quantities are very less and also making it a bit expensive. So they usually prefer producing it in the English language for the wider/international market, keeping North America particularly in mind. This is a French English-language film that co-produced by Canada.

This is a nice film, that particularly targets little kids and mostly the girl audience to inspire Ballerina. Cute characters and scenes, but very familiar story. Shares lots of similarities with 'August Rush', except the field of interest. I am not an expert or know all about Ballet, but some of the parts involving them were turned me off. I know the gravitation force is irrelevant in animation since they're not real world to comply with science, but maybe I'm being an adult and knowing that stuff might have influenced me to think that way. It reminds me I'm really an adult, though this film should be watched as a kid despite whatever you are. However, nothing affected me from enjoying it.

It sets in the 80s of the 19th century France. At the time when Eiffel Tower and Statue of Libery were on the construction, a poor orphan girl named Felicie escapes orphanage with another boy to pursue her dream to be a ballerina. Then they arrive in Paris, and very soon they find their separate ways to achieve the goals. Not all smooth sail, especially for her. So she takes the opportunity that comes her way, even after knowing it was wrong to do.

❝You have something that she can only dream of: passion!❞

From there, with all the complications tailing her, how far she could go to make her dream come true. Which also includes the amount of dedication put on her undertaking to meet the expectations of her trainer, rivals and many others. And to show the world the interest is not simply based on enthusiasm, but willingness to sacrifice anything for it. Her journey from nothing to the edge of something new to define her life is the film that briefs for just short of 90 minutes.

This is not another 'Billy Elliot'. Animations are usually comedy, fantasy and musical, but recently the adventures and science fictions are surging. I don't remember I ever have seen an animated dance flick. Not the classical dance, not in the modern 3D animation format. The closest one was a decade old 'Happy Feet'. So that makes it is a unique product and comes under a must see for all the animation fans. But the storyline is predictable and many sequences were intentionally dragged to be cliché. Because it works, particularly if they're aiming for the younger generation who haven't seen many films in their lives. Only we the grownups whine.

Most of the voice-over artists are well known Americans actors which boosted the film. The character combinations are good. It brought the variety, especially slightly to ride off the main theme in a few occasions. Like the boy's interest in inventing things which were other major parts of the twist and turns in the narration. It is not a great animation if it was from Hollywood, but coming from France and the theme it focused on, the effort must be appreciated. Overall a much better film than what the average reviews and ratings around the internet says. It is a ballet film means not those who love it should watch it, but those target audience should not miss it. That means generally worth a watch, but not for everyone.

7/10


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