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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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Never give up on your dream! See more »


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

The character referred to as "Mattie" throughout the film, but given no mention in the credits, is "Mathurin" voiced by Tamir Kapelian who also voiced Rudolph. See more »

Goofs

When Odette is telling Felicie about Regine, she jokes that Regine likes to eat orphans with ginger ponytails (obviously referring to Felicie). However, Felicie's hair is in a braid, not a ponytail. See more »

Quotes

Regine: [to Odette, as she and Felicie are cleaning the stairs] Get up.
Odette: [meekly] Yes, ma'am.
[gets up, but keeps her head down]
Regine: [referring to Felicie] Who is this?
Odette: No one. She helps.
Regine: YOU feed her. Out of YOUR wages.
Odette: Yes, ma'am.
Regine: I want you to air and press the linen.
[whispers]
Regine: NOW.
[...]
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The title doesn't appear until the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in CTV National News: Episode dated 17 February 2017 (2017) See more »

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Composed by Didier Roussin and Dominique Cravic
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Familiar but charming, definitely worth a watch
5 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Being a lifelong fan of animation and ballet, 'Ballerina' seemed very appealing to me. Plus who doesn't love an underdog/person who wants to succeed at something they love against adversity story.

While not up there with my favourite animated films, or one of my favourite films of 2016, 'Ballerina' is nonetheless charming with a lot of delights. It will delight the younger crowd, but fellow ballet fans will also be charmed and there should be enough for adults to find value. 'Ballerina' is much more than a film for "little girls" or "just for kids" and does a good job telling a type of story that would be relatable to anybody.

Coming from somebody who overcame disabilities and bullying and wanted to sing professionally and get training and experience, it took a long time but I got there and have not looked back, 'Ballerina' clicked with me.

Of course 'Ballerina' isn't immune to flaws. The story is very familiar and does get predictable, while the characters are very likable but slightly skim-surface archetypes. However, this may seem very nit-picky and can easily be ignored by people and only problems for the toughest of critics.

Aside from these, there were also reservations with some of the soundtrack and one voice cast member. The music is often beautiful and infectious, with some genuine enchantment, but could have done with more classical music choices and less pop. A good deal of the pop tunes are very catchy, but more Tchaikovsky would have suited the film better and been more dynamic and a few others grate. Dane DeHaan doesn't sound right as Victor and doesn't fit, sounding too mature for a character clearly intended to be much younger, either he should have tried to sound younger and more boyish or the character should have been voiced by somebody in his late-teens.

However, the animation is very good, often excellent, especially in the beautifully studied and meticulous background details and the intricate and graceful choreography that synchronises with the music very well and shows animators that have clearly done their homework. As said, the soundtrack does mostly work, while the script makes a real attempt to appeal to both children and adults (being a family film) and, with a nice mix of humour, pathos and life values and never being over-complicated or childish, it does succeed.

The story, even with the familiarity and predictability, goes at a neat pace and as well as having a lot of charm and heart the messaging never comes over as preachy and very much valuable. It is also easy to see why anybody would find it inspiring and easy to relate to, as a young adult both were very easy for me. Even though archetypal, the characters are still likable, the title character has her flaws but it is easy to quickly warm to her. The voice acting, DeHaan aside, is strong, with Elle Fanning and Carly Rae Jensen bringing emotion and spirit to their characters and Maddie Ziegler stealing the show.

In summary, a familiar film but a very charming one and one to be seen without prejudice. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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