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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 ... 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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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.

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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

Maddie Ziegler voices Félicie's rival, who has an overbearing mother; Ziegler is a dancer in real life, having appeared on Dance Moms (2011). See more »

Goofs

The actual Quebec flag is also put up at the Breton bar scene. But it was only created as such in 1948. See more »

Quotes

Felicie: [regarding Victor's idea to escape from the orphange] Do you have a plan?
Victor: A brilliant plan! A plan so "A" we don't need a plan B.
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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear until the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A.P. Bio: Walleye (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Nutcracker Suite - Russian Dance
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A delightful underdog story.
25 December 2016 | by Guy JeffriesSee all my reviews

Something tells me there's more to the film than just a wannabe ballerina setting out to achieve her dreams. I could be very wrong but I believe his to be a personal accomplishment for French director/screenplay writer Eric Summer who comes from Brittany himself, where this story starts at an orphanage in 1879.

Enlisting the talent of French animator who was partly responsible for one of my favourite animated movies, Belleville Rendez-vous, Éric Warin sits alongside Summer in the director's chair and what they give us is a delightful underdog story.

The focus of the story is on Félicie, voiced by Elle Fanning, an ambitious yet rebellious orphan girl who dreams of becoming a dancer, constantly attempting to flee the orphanage to Paris, in pursuit of her ambition.

She's not alone in either dream-chasing or escaping the orphanage. Victor, voiced by Dane DeHaan, an obvious admirer of hers also wishes to leave to become a famous inventor, so the two of them embark on an adventure finally reaching Paris and with various strokes of good fortunate, end up where they both want to be.

The voices don't necessarily match their characters, DeHaan being far to old (apologies, 30 isn't old, but...) to voice a teenage orphan. Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen does a fine job of voicing broken ballerina, Odette, but I'm most impressed with Sia's music video dancing star, Maddie Ziegler, voicing the spoilt, stuck-up Camille.

It has all the ingredients of a simple yet pleasing underdog story with some impressive and enticing animation. The dances themselves are superbly gracefully and the details are brilliant. There's troublesome emotions, difficult choices and quite a few triumphs with a clear message of never giving up and what ever you do, do it with heart.

It's predictable but that's forgivable being a children's film. It's loaded with touching gestures and typical twists that make the film memorable but is equally loaded with unnecessary silliness and feels a little rushed in places, possibly to keep children's attention.

It's not a musical but the soundtrack that accompanies the film really stands out with some great tracks from Magical Thinker, Chantal Kreviazuk and Camila Mora. Klaus Badelt does a graceful and enchanting score that does well to stand alone from Tchaikovsky's ballet greats of Swan Lake and the Nutcracker.

It's good sign not hearing any disturbances for the young audience and my God-Daughter seemed to enjoy it giving a little dance at the end. It's far from perfect but there's some great scenes and you can see the effort was put in. It's good light-hearted entertainment for the whole family.

Running Time: 8 The Cast: 6 Performance: 7 Direction: 7 Story: 8 Script: 7 Creativity: 8 Soundtrack: 9 Job Description: 9 The Extra Bonus Points: 0

69% 7/10


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