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Boy and the World (2013)

O Menino e o Mundo (original title)
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A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director:

Alê Abreu

Writer:

Alê Abreu
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Vinicius Garcia Vinicius Garcia ... Menino (voice)
Felipe Zilse Felipe Zilse ... Jovem e Vozes Adicionais (voice)
Alê Abreu ... Velho (voice)
Lu Horta Lu Horta ... Mãe (voice)
Marco Aurélio Campos Marco Aurélio Campos ... Pai (voice)
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Storyline

An amazing Brazilian animation that truly exemplifies the power of imagery and music as a combination that has more than enough to portray a powerful and deep message. It shows an adventurous quest that illustrates the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child. A cautionary tale of globalization, The Boy And The World teaches above all the dangers of the massification of the economy, of the mind, and of the soul. Written by Elo Company

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy & the World See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,591, 13 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$269,020
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filme de Papel See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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With this movie, director Alê Abreu became the first brazilian animator to be nominated for an Academy Award. See more »

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A genuine masterpiece
18 July 2016 | by AntonNPSee all my reviews

This movie is a genuine masterpiece, humane and complex. It's a story of wonder and discovery; the plot simply resolves around this idea. The movie offers the viewer a chance to see the world and explore its immensity together with the little protagonist, and it's simply an offer you can't refuse when each scene is so delicate and so full of life, and draws you in so intensely.

Searching for his father, the titular boy runs from the countryside to the modern city, seeing and meeting an array of characters, all of which portray different states and facets of life, no matter the fact that they not once dialogue – the movie has virtually no spoken lines, but all emotion is generated by the actions and the (very Brazillian) rhythm of the instruments. You can feel the bright joy of the singers, the exhaustion of the rural workers as they go on with their labor routine, the boy's curiosity, and courage to enter each different environment.

Speaking of environment, each is unique, and is as alive as the characters that inhabit them. The boy's home brings a sense of comfort,the cotton plantations are mostly composed of repetitive patterns of trees and carts. The busy city is cramped with ads and cars and machines of all kids.

So although being, in general, lighthearted, the tone is quite emotive; after all, it represents the spectrum of human emotion.

The animation is scribble-like, resembling crayon drawings done by a child, but the fluidity and kaleidoscope of thus fitting perfectly well its theme.

It's the kind of art that I'd recommend anyone to see at least once, for it has much to offer in its pseudo-simplicity. It's a portrait of life, through the eyes of an exploring child.


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